- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 16, 2005

They’ll take Manhattan

Ellen DeGeneres will get a fancy tour guide when she takes her talk show to New York City next month.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, agreed to show Miss DeGeneres around town during the comedian’s Thanksgiving Week visit, Associated Press reports.

“We’ll go see some theater, and we’ll hang out and do some stuff there. We’ll go to clubs,” Miss DeGeneres said during Thursday’s taping of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“You’ll go to the clubs,” Mrs. Clinton replied.

Miss DeGeneres also congratulated Mrs. Clinton on her 30-year marriage to former President Bill Clinton.

“He’s the kind of person you really want to be married to for 30 years because he washes dishes,” Mrs. Clinton said.

Full season pickup

CBS has given full season orders for two of its freshman dramas, “Ghost Whisperer” and “Criminal Minds,” and one of its new sitcoms, “How I Met Your Mother.”

“Ghost” is winning its time period — especially among the 18-to-49 demographic prized by advertisers. The show is averaging 11 million viewers in its 8 p.m. Friday slot, generally a low TV viewing night, notes MediaWeek.com.

“Criminal Minds “(Wednesday, 9 p.m.) is averaging 11.2 million viewers. “How I Met Your Mother” (Monday, 8:30 p.m.) is averaging 10.6 million viewers per episode.

Neighbors sue ‘World’

A lawsuit brought by neighbors of the next “Real World” house in Key West, Fla., could force the show to pack up and leave the island, one of the show’s producers says.

Ed and Nancy Swift, who live next door to the 6,000-square-foot house where the “Real World” cast is currently living (and, presumably, drinking, hooking up and indulging petty feuds), filed their claim in August, saying the production is essentially running a business in an area not zoned for such activity, reports Zap2it.com. The Swifts were in court Wednesday for a hearing in their case, which asks a judge to issue an injunction against filming.

If that happens, producer Ted Keeney says, the MTV show is taking its cameras and going home.

“The show would be done if we had to find a new place,” Mr. Keeney tells the Key West Citizen. “There is not enough property in Key West to do what we do.”

In their suit, the Swifts claim that lights on the “Real World” property flood their home at night, that a helicopter often hovers to take aerial shots of the house and that the location has drawn scores of tourists and curious locals to their previously quiet neighborhood. Attorneys for Bunim-Murray, which produces the series, say the location of the home wasn’t made public until the Swifts listed its address in their court papers.

The cast has been living and filming at the house for more than a month.

‘Judy’ renewed

“Judge Judy,” Paramount Domestic Television’s top-rated court show, will remain on the TV bench for an additional four seasons through 2009-2010, reports TVWeek.com.

With ratings up 10 percent from the comparable year-ago period, the show ranks third in all of syndication (behind King World’s “Wheel of Fortune” and “Oprah”), according to Nielsen Media Research. “Judy,” in fact, has now led the court-show genre for 470 consecutive weeks.

“I love what I do, and the fact that the viewing public continues to enjoy the program made the decision to continue an easy one,” says show star Judith Sheindlin, who served as a Family Court judge in New York City prior to the show’s debut in 1996. She later was appointed supervising judge in Manhattan.

‘Sex’ redux?

Is more “Sex” in the offing from HBO?

Inside TV magazine reports that “Sex and the City,” off the air only a year, may be back, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The magazine says that show creator Darren Star and HBO are wooing the cast — Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon — with promises of half as many episodes for twice the pay.

All four stars are seriously weighing the offer, says the Inside source, adding that if a deal can be reached, HBO wants to debut the show next year. Still, a publicist for the network says a “Sex” return may be wishful thinking. “Unfortunately, it’s had its run,” the flack says.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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