- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2005

‘Apocalypse’ out

NBC has moved its earthquake miniseries “10.5: Apocalypse” out of November sweeps, deciding instead to hold the project until sometime next year, Zap2it.com reports.

The sequel to the May 2004 miniseries had been scheduled for Nov. 27 and 28. A new airdate for the four-hour film, in which killer earthquakes continue to threaten the United States, has not been set. No reason was given for the change.

The move means that sweeps will no longer feature the scheduling oddity of four straight Sundays of disaster movies on either CBS or NBC. Both networks are trying to make a dent in ABC’s dominance of the night with “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

CBS’ two-part miniseries “Category 7: End of the World” remains scheduled for Nov. 6 and 13, and NBC’s remake of “The Poseidon Adventure” is still on tap for Nov. 20. There’s no word yet on what NBC will air on Nov. 27.

“Apocalypse,” whenever it airs, will pick up more or less where the first “10.5” ended, with the West Coast devastated by a massive earthquake. The ground starts to shake again, threatening more of North America.

Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges and David Cubitt will reprise their roles from “10.5.” Carlos Bernard (“24”), Dean Cain (“The Perfect Husband”), Carly Pope (“Popular”) and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon (“Eyes”) will join them for the sequel.

Going bump in the night

Cable’s ABC Family will premiere two all-new episodes of “Scariest Places on Earth” as part of its seventh annual “13 Nights of Halloween,” a showcase of horror films and specials that began Wednesday.

The first, airing tomorrow evening at 8, follows the Monahan family as it travels to Transylvania to spend the night in the castle of Vlad the Impaler — a 15th-century prince who some believe was the real Count Dracula.

The second new episode (Sunday at 8 p.m.) takes a look at urban legends and will be hosted by actress Linda Blair, who shot to fame some 30 years ago as the demon-possessed, head-spinning Regan in “The Exorcist.”

Poetry man

After “Byron” — BBC America’s biopic on Lord Byron — the British poet may be better known for his rock-star antics than his body of work.

Jonny Lee Miller has the title role in this 2003 take (airing at 9 tomorrow night) on the raucous and romantic George Gordon Byron, whose genius with words was surpassed by his vanity and voracious sexual appetite. Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Campbell Moore, Natasha Little and Philip Glenister round out the cast.

During his brief life, Byron (1788-1824) — charismatic and handsome despite his club foot — fathered several illegitimate children, engaged in incest and bisexuality, drank heavily and lived extravagantly. He also became a member of Parliament, where he was known as a strong advocate for social reform.

Lady Caroline Lamb (one of his many lovers, played here by Camilla Power) described Byron as “mad, bad and dangerous to know.”

Southern fried reality

If Ozzy Osbourne can do it, so can Tanya Tucker.

Country music’s former bad girl is jumping on the reality-television bandwagon with “Tuckerville” on cable’s TLC.

The new series, debuting tomorrow night at 10, trails Miss Tucker, 47, as she attempts to revive her once thriving music career while also managing her Nashville estate and her brood of three — son Grayson, 13, and daughters Presley,16, and Layla, 6.

“Tuckerville” is one of three new reality shows on TLC’s fall lineup, joining “Ballroom Bootcamp” and the ratings-challenged “Adam Carolla Project.”

Ramblin’ man

“Today” co-host Matt Lauer will resume his globe-trotting Nov. 7 for the seventh edition of “Where in the World Is Matt Lauer?” a popular feature on NBC’s top-rated morning show.

This time, viewers will be able to track Mr. Lauer through a daily video blog that includes a clue about the next day’s destination as well as a written blog and related travel stories, TV Week.com reports.

To date, Mr. Lauer has visited nearly 30 countries and logged more than 174,000 miles for the series.

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

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