- The Washington Times - Monday, June 13, 2005

Fox finds Carlson

Gretchen Carlson, co-host of CBS’ “Saturday Early Show,” is taking her act to the Fox News Channel.

Miss Carlson, a Minnesota native who joined CBS News in 2000, will be a news anchor for the cable outlet but won’t be attached to a particular show, Associated Press reports.

She co-anchored the network’s Saturday morning broadcast alongside Russ Mitchell.

Miss Carlson has worked in local news in Dallas, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Richmond

CBS has yet to name her successor for its Saturday morning program, according to AP.

Sin City ‘Takedown’

Court TV corrals a group of former con men to test the security systems of various Las Vegas casinos in “The Takedown,” a reality show debuting at 10:30 tonight.

The new show will tag along as the men and women attempt to keep Sin City’s casinos clean by discouraging would-be cheats.

Spears’ parting shot

Britney Spears is signing off on her brief UPN series “Britney and Kevin: Chaotic” with the release of “Someday (I Will Understand),” her latest single, at the end of tonight’s show, AP reports.

Written by Miss Spears, the song will cap the reality series, which primarily has featured home videos chronicling the love story between the pop diva and her hubby, Kevin Federline.

Past episodes of the series, seen at 8 p.m., have shown the courtship, engagement and wedding of Miss Spears to Mr. Federline through those video snippets. Critics, however, have savaged the show — created, in part, by Miss Spears to dispel what she says are published “lies” about the couple’s relationship and Mr. Federline’s character.

Tonight’s finale, titled “Veil of Secrecy,” finds the duo revealing how they managed to keep their wedding plans under wraps; surprising even their families and closest friends in September with the private ceremony in Studio City, Calif. During the show, members of the wedding party will explain how guests believed they were coming to a fun-filled gala — instead of a wedding — hosted by the couple.

Yet audiences appear to be less than thrilled with the show’s tabloid-friendly material. Ratings have been tepid for most of the show’s six-week run.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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