- The Washington Times - Monday, November 28, 2005

The life of Roker

Al Roker — weatherman, author, sitcom star?

The avuncular NBC personality is developing a comedy series for the network tentatively titled “Meet the Rokers,” Reuters news agency reports.

The project, loosely based on his own life, centers on a weatherman and father of two who realizes that he has become his own dad, for better and worse. NBC has given a script commitment to the project.

Mr. Roker, whose non-“Today” credits include writing the 2001 book “Don’t Make Me Stop This Car: Adventures in Fatherhood” and appearing on numerous sitcoms in cameo roles, has been the weather and features reporter on the top-rated early-morning show since 1996.

Brady love

Here’s the story of a former Brady who became smitten with a reality-show diva.

Christopher Knight, aka Peter Brady of “The Brady Bunch,” plans to wed Adrianne Curry and will let the cameras capture every minute, Associated Press reports.

The couple met on VH1’s “The Surreal Life” and became engaged on the season finale of their spinoff reality series “My Fair Brady.” Mr. Knight, 48, and Miss Curry, 23, will return for a second season of “My Fair Brady,” according to VH1.

Miss Curry first gained fame as the winner of “America’s Next Top Model” during its first season in 2003.

Mr. Knight addressed the couple’s bickering, as witnessed on their reality show, in his statement regarding the wedding. The former child star said love had prevailed despite “our individual quirks and flaws. … We look forward to planning the rest of our lives together and continuing to embrace our differences on our way to the altar.”

‘Late’ learning curve

It has taken a while for Craig Ferguson to get the hang of hosting a late-night talk show. The Glasgow, Scotland, native says his first year as host of CBS’ “The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson” also taught him just what kind of person he is.

“There’s something I believe wholeheartedly: Cynicism is the true refuge of the pseudointellectual,” Mr. Ferguson told Reuters during a recent interview. “Cynicism is easy. Joy is an extremely advanced spiritual and intellectual tenet.”

Nearing his first anniversary as the replacement for former host Craig Kilborn, Mr. Ferguson reflected on the changes within himself as well as the show.

“This job has explained to me who I am — I’m not kidding,” Mr. Ferguson says. “I always knew I was an actor, but kind of not. I always knew I was a writer, but kind of not. I knew I was a producer, but kind of not. It’s really a peculiar confluence of skills and experiences that put you in the right position to do this job. But I know now what I am. I’m this. Whatever this is. Now that I know this, it’s really helped me in my life.”

Although he fell in love with the job, it took a few months of not quite hitting the mark before Mr. Ferguson found his comfort zone. He decided to lose the tie that comes as standard-issue equipment with the job, and he also discarded virtually all of the show’s prepared skits and bits.

Still, Mr. Ferguson can’t help but bring an “old country” outsider’s perspective to the kookier aspects of American pop culture, a trait that sets him apart from his competition as much as his ready supply of colorful Scottish sayings. After 11 years in this country, though, he’s proud to say that he feels like a Yankee through and through — especially because he’s also the father of an American-born son, now 4 years old.

Fox beefs up

Fox knows a successful formula when it finds one.

Still giddy over the breakout success of handsome Wentworth Miller of “Prison Break,” the network is adding another hunky actor to an upcoming new series.

Luke Mably, who played a young monarch opposite Julia Stiles in the 2004 romantic movie “The Prince & Me,” has signed a deal with Fox to star in a drama series project, Reuters reports. The network will seek an appropriate vehicle for him.

“He is a Fox kind of guy — interesting and muscular,” Marcia Shulman, Fox’s executive vice president of casting told Reuters.

Mr. Mably’s credits also include the TV movies “In the Beginning” and “Uprising” and the 2003 big-screen feature “28 Days Later.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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