Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Memorial Day music

WETA-TV heralds Memorial Day this weekend with a live broadcast of the National Symphony Orchestra.

The annual National Memorial Day Concert, airing Sunday at 8 p.m., will be telecast from the Capitol’s West Lawn. The orchestra that night will be led by maestro Erich Kunzel.

Oldham’s new design

HGTV is teaming with design superstar Todd Oldham for a new limited series set to air this fall.

“Todd Oldham’s Handmade Modern,” based on the designer’s new book of the same name, is a five-part series set to begin production next month.

The show will let Mr. Oldham show viewers how to create home accessories and furnishings using colorful and practical ideas inspired by midcentury modern design.

Rosie’s ‘Folk’ tale

One-time talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell will appear on this weekend’s new episode of Showtime’s “Queer as Folk,” Associated Press reports. The former stand-up comic will appear on three episodes in all, playing an abused woman who falls for her mentor, played by Sharon Gless.

“Queer as Folk” airs Sundays at 10 p.m.

Miss O’Donnell, long a fan of the homosexual-themed drama, called the show’s producers to request a role, according to a statement from the premium cable channel.

As one of the few TV programs to give homosexual issues the spotlight, “Folk” speaks directly to Miss O’Donnell. She and her partner, Kelli Carpenter O’Donnell, are raising four children together and are strong advocates of homosexual “marriage” and adoption.

The 43-year-old entertainer has busied herself of late by writing her own blog and running a cruise business catering to homosexual and lesbian families.

‘Sopranos’ creator sings$h$>

Viewers have to wait until 2006 to see the sixth and likely final season of “The Sopranos,” but show creator David Chase is squealing about some of the new season’s details.

The final round of goombahs, guns and whackings will revolve around money and materialism, themes on which the characters obsess, Mr. Chase told Reuters News Agency.

The upcoming season will be the swan song for the HBO hit, but Mr. Chase said this week that it might not be the last we see of Tony Soprano and company.

“I really enjoy it, so why leave something like that?” he said during a forum sponsored by New Yorker magazine and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. “It’s just a question of whether the story works out creatively in six seasons, which I think it will. Then we probably shouldn’t do a seventh.”

It has long been rumored that the show may climax with a feature film, something about which producers have remained silent.

Mr. Chase said he has known for two or three years how the violent yet funny series will end. The Emmy-winning show debuted in 1999.

“I started thinking … what are these people really about, what are they really after,” he said, adding that the show “is going to be about money and about materialism, buying stuff, consumerism.

“All that stuff helps them not to think about larger issues. I notice that myself. When I go shopping, I feel better. It’s like a high,” Mr. Chase said.

The final season of “The Sopranos” will air nearly two years after season five wrapped.

‘Job’s‘ second wind

Just because a show gets a quick pink slip doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a DVD box set of its own.

We found that out when “My Big Fat Greek Life” limped its way to the DVD shelf after an oh, so brief run on CBS two years ago.

Now, Denis Leary’s acclaimed cop drama “The Job” is heading to DVD despite a similarly dismal reception during its original ABC run.

“The Job: The Complete Series” features 19 episodes of Mr. Leary playing yet another police officer whose personal life is veering out of control. Still, critics embraced the show’s edgy approach, and the show’s creative team — Mr. Leary and Peter Tolan — went on to make FX’s successful “Rescue Me” last year.

Also out this week on DVD is another delayed release, “Chappelle’s Show: Season 2 Uncensored,” from District-born funnyman Dave Chappelle.

We may not know when, or if, Mr. Chappelle will return to work after his surprise disappearance in late April from the set of his Comedy Central show. The comic later told Time magazine he fled to South Africa to escape stress.

For now, his faithful can snack on these 14 episodes.

The show’s first season became the best-selling TV-series DVD box of all time.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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