- The Washington Times - Monday, March 21, 2005

Garofalo’s ‘In’

Liberal comic Janeane Garofalo may be trading in her radio microphone.

The former “Saturday Night Live” regular will star in the NBC comedy pilot “All In,” Reuters News Agency reports.

The show is based on the life of poker champ Annie Duke. Miss Garofalo will portray a professional poker player and single mother of three who lives in Las Vegas.

The actress-comedian can be heard on Air America and formerly co-starred on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show.” It’s not known whether she’ll leave radio if “All In” gets picked up by NBC.

Miss Garofalo also has a featured role in Marc Forster’s “Stay,” which arrives in movie theaters later this year.

Short remembered

The AmericanLife TV Network remembers cabaret great Bobby Short with a replay of a 2000 special on his career.

“The Real Me Autobiographies: Bobby Short” airs at 8 tonight on the channel dedicated to baby boomers and their families. The special, taped at the Cafe Carlyle, features interviews with audience members, fans and Mr. Short himself.

The celebrated singer died yesterday at age 80.

Emmy changes mulled

The powers that be behind the annual Emmy telecast are considering some modifications to streamline the lengthy telecast in an effort to retain viewers.

The proposed changes, according to Associated Press, would whittle down the ceremony and add an award for best new series. However, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which oversees the event, says the tweaks need further scrutiny.

The revisions — which include removing some of the awards from the annual telecast — should be discussed further with academy members, board members decided last week. Enacting the changes would cut the number of honors presented from 27 to 21, a move that would make room for more creativity in the typically three-hour show, academy spokeswoman Pam Ruben Golum said.

Writing, directing and supporting-acting awards for movies and miniseries are among the categories that could be removed, along with some honors for variety, music and comedy shows. Under the proposal, the awards would be given at the creative arts ceremony for technical achievement. The award for best reality series would be included in the main ceremony.

Also under consideration is restoring the best-new-series category, last included in the 1973 ceremony, when journalist Alistair Cooke’s “America” documentary series took home the honor.

Changes must be accepted by industry guilds and the four major networks, which air the ceremony on a rotating basis. The 57th Emmy Awards is set for Sept. 18 on CBS, with the creative arts ceremony to be held September 11.

The Emmy program, much like other major award telecasts, has been fighting slumping ratings for years. Last year’s telecast marked its second-lowest ratings ever.

Hogan,’ ‘Kojak’ on DVD

Two long-running shows, including a war sitcom that probably sounded bizarre in its first pitch meeting, make their belated DVD debuts this week.

“Hogan’s Heroes: The Complete First Season” followed the feisty Col. Robert E. Hogan (Bob Crane) and his constant verbal scrapes with Col. Klink (Werner Klemperer) and his minions at a POW camp in Nazi Germany.

The five-disc set features 32 episodes, including the pilot, which was shot in black and white. “Hogan” ran on CBS from 1965 to 1971.

Meanwhile, as Ving Rhames takes a stab at playing the lollipop-loving Lt. Theo Kojak on cable’s USA Network this week, fans of the original series can check out the genuine article on DVD.

“Kojak: Season One,” starring Telly Savalas, features 22 episodes from the show’s 1973 season.

Finally, “Fat Albert,” which arrived in movie theaters on Christmas Day, makes a rapid transition from the big screen to DVD. The film, based on the animated TV series “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” (1972 to 1984), stars “Saturday Night Live’s” Kenan Thompson as the lovable, larger-than-life teen.

The movie’s results weren’t nearly as memorable as the source material, but its PG rating ensures that it’s suitable for family viewing.

Family’ affair

Three generations of the Douglas family star in 2003’s “It Runs in the Family,” airing at 8 tonight on Showtime.

The film flopped at the box office and faired just as poorly with critics, but it’s still a hoot to see Michael Douglas sharing the screen with his acting-icon father, Kirk. The film follows a bickering family as they convene for Passover dinner.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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