- The Washington Times - Monday, June 20, 2005

Rescue’ returns

Denis Leary’s creative fire burns anew tonight with “Rescue Me” returning for its second season.

The FX drama, a gritty look at a New York City fire department in a post-September 11 world, gave the Boston comic a chance to honor firefighters while dramatizing their incendiary personal lives. Last season, his Tommy Gavin character dealt with a divorce, a combustible workplace and growing alcohol problems.

“Rescue Me” begins its new season at 10 p.m. on FX.

Destiny’s last dance?

Supergroup Destiny’s Child will appear at the upcoming ESPY Awards, an event that will mark one of its last appearances, Associated Press reports.

The trio, best known for hits such as “Bootylicious,” “Survivor” and “Independent Women (Part I),” will perform at the July 13 awards presentation. The show will be broadcast four days later.

Former “Friends” co-star Matthew Perry is the host.

The girl group announced last week that it will disband following the end of its current world tour, which wraps in September. The group is performing across Europe and will begin the North American leg of its Destiny Fulfilled … and Lovin’ It tour in St. Louis on July 9. The tour stops at the MCI Center July 31.

Nominations for the 13th annual ESPY Awards will be announced Friday. Fans vote for the winners in all categories, recognizing major sports achievements, performers and moments of the past year.

Emeril’s Home cooking

The star of the Food Network’s “Emeril Live” is cooking up a little synergy with his bosses.

Chef Emeril Lagasse will soon peddle utensils and share recipes with Shop at Home Network viewers, AP reports. The animated chef will be featured on “From Emeril’s Kitchen,” a new weekly series, and also will star in a series of live programs.

Both cable networks are owned by Scripps Networks, the Knoxville, Tenn.-based subsidiary of E.W. Scripps Co.

“Our lifestyle brands have such passionate audiences, people who strongly identify with everything related to home and food, and no one has a more loyal following than Emeril,” said Judy Girard, who headed Food Network before becoming president last year of the Nashville-based shopping channel.

Mr. Lagasse’s first live special will premiere in July, with two more slated for September and November. The weekly show will be hosted by chefs he has trained personally, and he will make taped appearances from his New Orleans test kitchen and his studio kitchen at the Food Network.

Shop at Home, which Scripps acquired in 2002, reaches about 53 million households.

Phillips lost in ‘Triangle’

Lou Diamond Phillips, still best known for his breakout role in the feature film “La Bamba,” is joining the cast of “The Triangle,” a new Sci Fi Channel miniseries, Reuters News Agency reports.

The show focuses on a disparate group of professionals who are brought together to investigate the dangerous truths about the Bermuda Triangle. Mr. Phillips will play Meeno Paloma, who’s piloting a Greenpeace expedition when he encounters a deadly force in the Triangle.

The six-hour miniseries, slated for a December premiere on the cable network, also stars Eric Stoltz, Catherine Bell, Michael Rodgers, Bruce Davison and Sam Neill.

Mr. Phillip’s recent credits include the feature film “Hollywood Homicide” as well as USA Network’s cable movie “Murder at the Presidio,” the Hallmark Channel’s “The Trail to Hope Rose” and the TBS made-for-cable film “Red Water.”

CBS shuffles ‘Cut’

The new fashion reality series “The Cut” is getting a fresh time slot as CBS preps its lineup for the return of “Big Brother.”

“The Cut,” which features designer Tommy Hilfiger, will move from Thursday to Wednesday nights starting July 6, Reuters News Agency reports.

On July 7, “Big Brother 6” will premiere in “Cut’s” current 8 p.m. slot on Thursday evenings.

“Cut” had a disappointing debut last week despite being given the plum slot usually reserved for the network’s “Survivor” for its first four airings. It drew just 6.6 million viewers.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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