- The Washington Times - Monday, October 3, 2005

Carolla’s new ‘Project’

Before hitting it big on both Comedy Central and radio’s “Loveline,” Adam Carolla worked as a boxing instructor and part-time carpenter.

Now the comedian is putting his woodworking skills to good use with “The Adam Carolla Project.”

The series, debuting at 10 tonight on cable’s TLC, finds Mr. Carolla remodeling his childhood home with hopes of selling it when he’s finished. Joining him on the “Project” are a few of his old pals — who may or may not be as skilled with a hammer as our host.

Along with watching the construction, viewers can also take a peek at Mr. Carolla’s other gigs, including his “Loveline” radio show and his new “Too Late With Adam Carolla” on Comedy Central.

Extended sentence

Thanks to promising ratings, Fox’s “Prison Break” will serve a longer on-air sentence.

The network has signed off on nine more installments of the new serial drama (seen Monday evenings at 9), giving it a full-season order of 22 episodes, E! Online reports.

The acclaimed series stars Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield, an engineer who gets himself locked up in hopes of helping his brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), escape from death row.

Since its Aug. 29 debut, “Break” has averaged 10.5 million viewers per episode and has kept Fox competitive among its target demographic of adults 18 to 49 against ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” and NBC’s “Las Vegas,” notes Zap2it.com.

Fox, which last week axed its legal dramedy “Head Cases” after just two episodes, also gave a full-season order to Seth MacFarlane’s “American Dad.”

The animated series about gung-ho CIA agent Stan Smith and his wacky family, premiered in May in tandem with the return of Mr. MacFarlane’s “Family Guy.”

Stones song on soap

Few would question the Rolling Stones’ credentials as chick magnets, but what’s up with their latest commercial tie-in?

The ageless rockers, who performed in the District last night, will release “Streets of Love” — the title track from their latest LP — on the long-running NBC soap “Days of Our Lives,” according to Reuters.

The single will be introduced on “Days” Oct. 18 and will become the recurring love theme for one of the soap’s story lines.

“They understand it’s a great way to hit women,” says Randy Miller, executive vice president of marketing at Virgin Records, referring to “Days” mostly female demographic.

‘Thirteen’ after ‘24’

After five seasons of real-time thrills, the creators of Fox’s “24” plan to slow the pace a bit for their next network series, Reuters news agency reports.

The project is tentatively dubbed “Thirteen” and is envisioned as a story that unfolds over 13 episodes per season, though not in real time a la “24.” Fox has made a sizable commitment to a pilot, Reuters reports.

Set in present-day Los Angeles, “Thirteen” will mine the film noir vein in the potboiler-meets-psychological-drama spirit of Curtis Hanson’s “L.A. Confidential” (1997) and such vintage classics as 1944’s “Murder, My Sweet” and 1947’s “Out of the Past,” says Bob Cochran, who will reteam with Joel Surnow, his “24” collaborator, to produce the new show.

“We’d like to do the same thing for film noir with this that ‘24’ did for the thriller format,” Mr. Cochran says, noting that he and Mr. Surnow have taken their time in deciding on a follow-up to the Emmy-winning “24.”

“There’s not a whole lot on TV right now in this wonderful genre, and we feel that we’re kind of in the same place where we were a few years ago when ‘24’ launched,” Mr. Cochran says. “There’s real opportunity for someone to reinvent this format for TV.”

Compiled by Thomas Walter from Web and wire reports.

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