- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 10, 2005

Ruthless Love

Jennifer Love Hewitt might look like a grown-up Kewpie doll, but she finds her inner tart in a new Oxygen feature debuting this weekend.

“Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber,” airing at 8 p.m. tomorrow, finds the “Party of Five” star playing a ruthless social climber who inadvertently finds herself during her shallow pursuit of glory. The film co-stars Joseph Lawrence, the child-star-turned-sitcom-staple, and Colin Ferguson.

Chef’s slim menu

Chef Juan-Carlos Cruz cooked his way to a lighter frame by cutting down on fats and calorie-laden foods.

Now he hopes to share his wisdom with others as part of the Food Network’s new show zeroing in on weight loss.

“Take It Off,” debuting at 10 tonight, serves up recipes designed to help viewers lose weight. The show offers lighter versions of such menu favorites as macaroni and cheese, as well as recipes viewers may never have tried before.

Mr. Cruz shed more than 100 pounds by changing his diet.

Boyle gets ‘Crazy’

“The Practice’s” Lara Flynn Boyle is coming back to television as part of UPN’s new drama pilot, “Crazy,” Reuters News Agency reports.

The Spelling TV production centers on a psychiatrist who sees the problems of her patients reflected in her own life.

Miss Boyle’s series credits also include the 1990-91 David Lynch creation “Twin Peaks” on ABC. She co-starred in the 2002 feature “Men in Black II” and once dated Hollywood bad boy Jack Nicholson. She is expected to appear next year in the independent film “Land of the Blind” alongside Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland.

A ‘Volcano’ classic?

The AMC channel tends to throw the word “classic” around a bit loosely. Case in point: tonight’s 8 o’clock showing of the Tommy Lee Jones thriller “Volcano.” The 1997 film finds the gruff actor playing an L.A. emergency worker who rallies survivors after a series of violent earthquakes strikes the City of Angels. The film co-stars Anne Heche, Don Cheadle and Keith David.

It’s hardly art, let alone a classic, but there’s always a place on the dial for a disaster epic.

Scott’s 25th ‘birthday’

“The Today Show’s” Willard Scott yesterday celebrated 25 years with the show, much of which has been spent wishing centenarians a very happy birthday.

The cherubic personality’s first day on the job for the NBC morning show was March 10, 1980, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Scott, the show’s former weatherman, now appears twice a week to give birthday wishes and occasionally subs for Al Roker.

Back in 1983, Mr. Scott got a card from someone asking for an on-air birthday wish, and he complied. More cards and letters followed — first a trickle, then a flood.

“When I did my thematic piece in 1983, I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would be my career,” he told AP.

Now he sees the segment as a nice lift at a time when news is too often bleak. He recalled a visit to Michigan where a boy leaned out of a school-bus window and yelled, “Hey, Willard, can you wish me a happy birthday in 85 years?”

Mr. Scott’s own 100th birthday would be March 7, 2034.

“I’ll tape mine,” says Mr. Scott, who turned 71 on Monday, “just in case.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from Web and wire reports.

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