- The Washington Times - Monday, March 28, 2005

Live ‘Guy’

Fox TV’s “Family Guy” may be coming to a stage near you.

E! Online reports the animated sitcom, which was canceled by the network only to rise from the television graveyard after smashing sales records on DVD, is being made into a theatrical show titled “Family Guy Live!”

Meanwhile, the series is set to return to the small screen in May.

Show creator Seth MacFarlane teamed with 20th Century Fox Television and Just for the Laughs, the folks behind the Montreal Comedy Festival, to produce “Guy’s” stage show.

During the multimedia presentation, actors supplying the voices of the animated characters will read from one of the show’s original episodes, take part in a Q&A; and then perform a musical number from the forthcoming “Family Guy Live in Vegas” album.

The cast includes Mr. MacFarlane (who voiced family patriarch Peter Griffin, the martini-drinking dog Brian and the highly evolved baby Stewie), Alex Borstein (wife Lois), Seth Green (son Chris) and Mila Kunis (daughter Meg).

“Family Guy Live!” will premiere April 15 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, and will play New York City’s Town Hall April 29 and April 30, the New York Post reports.

The new “Family Guy” episodes will begin airing May 1 on Fox.

Sundance gets ‘Dirty’

Cable’s Sundance Channel will take a look at three less than desirable professions with a 2004 documentary debuting tonight.

“Dirty Work” — no, not the horrid 1998 comedy starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange — profiles a bull semen collector, an embalmer and a septic tank pumper.

“Work,” executive produced by Edward Norton, manages to capture each employee’s enthusiasm for their jobs while also examining how others view their career choices.

The film airs at 9 p.m.

‘Watch’ out

NBC’s long-running medical drama “Third Watch” won’t be back for a seventh season.

The network announced last week it’s canceling the show which follows the triumphs and tragedies of the cops, firefighters and paramedics who work the graveyard shift in New York, notes the Hollywood Reporter.

The program, currently on hiatus while “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” fills its 10 p.m. Friday time slot, will return to finish out its sixth season.

Who’s your daddy?

Another big-name guest star is checking into “ER.”

“Lethal Weapon” star Danny Glover has been cast as Dr. Gregory Pratt’s (actor Mekhi Phifer) absentee father, reports TVGuide.com. He’ll first appear in the show’s May 19 season finale and will return next fall for at least three more episodes.

The last word

Before Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw there was Howard Reig, the voice of NBC News.

Mr. Reig’s career began when John Chancellor sat behind the anchor’s chair, and now the voice-over man has stepped down after nearly 62 years on the job, Associated Press reports.

Friday’s nightly newscast was his last.

Viewers knew him for the way his baritone would announce “This is NBC Nightly News” each weeknight.

Mr. Reig, 84, served as NBC’s staff announcer, a position which often only required him to say just a few words each day.

Former “NBC Nightly News” anchorman Tom Brokaw recalled Mr. Reig’s opening having a settling effect.

“It would be chaos around here, with things happening all over the place and big news breaking, and I’d hear Howard’s voice and know it was time to settle down and go to work,” Mr. Brokaw said.

Now that his six-decade run as an announcer has ended, Mr. Reig says he’s proud to be identified with the “NBC Nightly News.”

“I’m a news addict,” he said. “I love being associated with the news.”

He plans to move to Florida where he’ll live with one of his three sons and dote on five grandchildren.

“You have to face facts,” Mr. Reig said. “When you’re 84 the end of the road is not that far away and I want to spend as much time as I can with my grandchildren.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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