- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Stones to play AMA

The Rolling Stones will be seen performing on next month’s American Music Awards.

The band will appear live from the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where it will be in concert that evening as part of the A Bigger Bang world tour, named for the band’s latest album. The group will join a stellar lineup of entertainers that includes Mariah Carey, Kenny Chesney and Rob Thomas. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.

Now in their 33rd year, the American Music Awards are presented to the past year’s top recording artists in contemporary music — including stars in pop/rock, country, soul/rhythm and blues, rap/hip-hop, Latin music, contemporary inspirational, adult contemporary and alternative music — as voted by record buyers. The awards ceremony, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, will be telecast live Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Hilton: ‘Life’ goes on

Despite its cancellation by Fox, rival networks are vying over the rights to air “The Simple Life,” according to Paris Hilton.

The reality series, which starred the jet-setting hotel heiress and her former best friend Nicole Richie, was canned by Fox last week.

The network said its midseason schedule didn’t have a time slot for a fourth season of “Life,” prompting speculation the show’s feuding ex-friends, Miss Hilton and Miss Richie, no longer proved compatible.

However, Miss Hilton says “The Simple Life” will begin shooting new episodes Nov. 1.

“All the networks are fighting over it,” Associated Press quotes Miss Hilton as saying.

Miss Hilton adds that she and Miss Richie, the 24-year-old daughter of singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, will continue working on “The Simple Life” because other networks want it.

Meanwhile, Miss Hilton’s friend Kimberly Stewart — Rod Stewart’s 26-year-old daughter — dismissed reports that she had been touted as a replacement for Miss Richie.

Last week, 20th Century Fox Television, the studio that produces the show, said it hopes “Life” will go on at another network.

Fox’s ‘Legal’ brief

Michael J. Fox will return to the small screen later this season on ABC’s “Boston Legal,” Reuters news agency reports.

The 44-year-old actor left the sitcom “Spin City” five years ago to battle Parkinson’s disease full time and since then has been mostly absent from acting.

Mr. Fox will play a corporate executive who suffers from lung cancer and is represented by the show’s fictional law firm of Crane, Poole and Schmidt in a court case involving a promising cancer-fighting drug, ABC said.

During Mr. Fox’s three-episode arc, his character will become involved with attorney Denise Bauer, played by series regular Julie Bowen.

“Boston Legal,” from veteran TV producer David E. Kelley, stars James Spader and William Shatner as unorthodox trial lawyers. Both won Emmy awards last month for their performances on the show.

CSI’ still No. 1

CBS’ “Crime Scene Investigation” was television’s most-watched show for the week of Oct. 10 through 16, AP reported yesterday, citing data from Nielsen Media Research. Rounding out the top five were, in order, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” ABC’s “Lost,” CBS’ “Without a Trace” and CBS’ “CSI: Miami.”

Compiled by Christian Toto and Robyn Denise Yourse from staff and wire reports.

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