- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Eagles soar on NBC

The Eagles are flying high with a televised special of their sold-out farewell tour airing tonight on NBC.

Taped in Melbourne, Australia, the rock icons’ two-hour event (8 to 10 p.m.) will feature Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit performing songs from the band’s six studio albums, including the hits “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “New Kid in Town,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Hotel California” and “Desperado.”

Bill won’t visit ‘SFU’

“Six Feet Under” creator Alan Ball is denying rumors that he extended an invitation to former President Bill Clinton to appear on the fifth and final season of his Emmy-winning HBO mortuary drama, which begins Monday.

“That’s completely untrue,” TV Guide quotes Mr. Ball as saying. “I have no idea where that came from. I don’t even know what somebody might’ve said that would’ve led somebody to think that. I’m not interested in working with people who are not actors,” said Mr. Ball, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 1999’s “American Beauty.”

Rockin’ in Rockville

Those “Rock Solid” guys Derek and Dean will breeze through the D.C. area to chat with Tom Nigro from Capitol Tile and Marble in Rockville for tonight’s installment of their how-to show on cable’s DYI network.

Mr. Nigro will work with the pair in creating a one-of-a-kind slate floor in a local home. He’ll also join Derek and Dean in offering insider tips on varying color schemes and tile size to create a finished project.

“Rock Solid” airs at 9 p.m.

Casting calls

After two seasons in a recurring part on “Nip/Tuck,” former “Boston Public” star Jessalyn Gilsig will become a regular on the FX series this fall, notes Zap2it.com, citing a report in the Hollywood Reporter. She will continue her role as Gina Russo, a sex-addicted woman who has a deep history with plastic surgeon Christian Troy (Julian McMahon).

Miss Gilsig appeared in 10 episodes over the first two seasons of “Nip/Tuck.” She was a regular on Fox’s “Boston Public” from 2000 to 2002 and also has appeared on “NYPD Blue” and in the Robert Redford feature film “The Horse Whisperer.”

In other casting news, Tate Donovan (Fox’s “The O.C.”) has signed on to star opposite Anne Heche in “Silver Bells,” a CBS/Hallmark Hall of Fame holiday movie, Zap2it reports. Michael Mitchell and Lourdes Benedicto (“24”) also have joined the cast.

“Silver Bells,” based on a book by Luanne Rice, tells the story of a librarian (Miss Heche) who takes in a teenager (Mr. Mitchell) after he runs away from his dad (Mr. Donovan), who sells Christmas trees in New York. Miss Benedicto will play Miss Heche’s best friend.

Mr. Donovan left “The O.C.” midway through this season but returned as a guest star for the season finale — leaving open the possibility that he would return.

Finally, Keri Lynn Pratt (the WB’s “Jack & Bobby”) and Nicole Paggi (“Hope & Faith,” “Pasadena”) have joined the ABC Family movie “Campus Confidential.” The movie also stars Katey Sagal (“8 Simple Rules”) and Christy Carlson Romano (“Kim Possible”).

Model replacement

Janice Dickinson is no longer in the running to judge who will become “America’s Next Top Model.”

The loudmouthed supermodel and author has left the UPN reality show and will be replaced by ‘60s catwalk queen Twiggy Lawson on the upcoming fifth season, Associated Press reports.

No reason was given for the change, but Ken Mok, the show’s executive producer, praised Miss Dickinson for her participation.

“We would like to thank Janice for bringing her talents to the show and for everything she did to help us build ‘America’s Next Top Model’ into its current success,” Mr. Mok said in a statement last week.

Miss Dickinson, 52, author of “No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel” and “Everything About Me Is Fake … and I’m Perfect,” was the most outspoken member of the model hunt’s judging panel, dishing harsher-than-harsh critiques of contestants and getting into spats with fellow judges since the show’s first season in 2003. She will soon be seen in the new season of VH1’s “The Surreal Life” with the likes of Jose Canseco and Bronson Pinchot.

Also gone as a judge is stylist Nole Marin. He’ll be replaced by runway expert J. Alexander, a former model who has taught catwalk technique and guest-judged in previous seasons.

Now 55, the pencil-thin Miss Lawson — known to millions simply as Twiggy — rose to fame in the 1960s with her doe eyes and pixie hairdo, appearing on the covers of such magazines as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, McCall’s, Seventeen and Newsweek. She also received a Tony nomination for her role in Broadway’s hit revival of the Gershwins’ “My One and Only” in 1983.

Compiled by Christian Toto and R. Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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