- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 9, 2005

Pink slips

The verdict is in — ‘Just Legal’ has been canceled.

On Friday, WB announced it was pulling the plug on the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama — which starred Don Johnson and Jay Baruchel as mismatched attorneys — after just three episodes.

The network will air “Legal’s” pilot tonight in the show’s regular slot (9 p.m.), but a replacement has not been named, MediaWeek.com reports.

In other cancellation news, NBC reportedly has stopped production on its Friday night fertility drama, “Inconceivable.” The Peacock network initially said it was shelving the series for one week only, but reports indicate that its removal from the schedule most likely is permanent.

Speaking of NBC’s Friday night lineup, Amy Grant would be wise to use one of her “Three Wishes” to ask for more viewers for her new reality series.

The show landed in 70th place with just 6.3 million viewers for the week ending Oct. 3, according to E! Online.

Hosted by Miss Grant, “Three Wishes” makes dreams come true for deserving people in towns across America.

Elsewhere, there was good news for WB’s “Supernatural”: The sci-fi drama has been given a full-season pickup by the network.

Fame and Fortune

INXS will introduce its new lead singer, J.D. Fortune, on the North American leg of its “Switched On” tour, Associated Press reported Friday.

Mr. Fortune, 32, was the winner on the CBS reality show “Rock Star: INXS.” The band held the competition to find a replacement for its former lead singer, Michael Hutchence, who committed suicide in 1997.

The tour, which will visit 22 cities, is scheduled to begin Jan. 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Other stops include Denver, Chicago, Toronto, New York, Detroit and Philadelphia. The tour arrives in the District Feb. 18 for a one-night engagement at the Warner Theatre.

“Switch,” the band’s debut album on Epic Records, is due in stores Nov. 29.

Purr-fest ‘Vegas’

The Pussycat Dolls and professional poker player Annie Duke guest star as themselves on tonight’s “Las Vegas” (9 p.m. on NBC).

Tonight’s action centers on the growing relationship between Danny and Penny (Josh Duhamel and Rachel Leigh Cook). And new casino boss Monica Mancuso (Lara Flynn Boyle) gets stuck in the shower and asks hunky casino surveillance team member Mike Cannon (James Lesure) to rescue her.

Second time around

“Martha: Behind Bars,” CBS’ made-for-TV movie based on Martha Stewart’s brief stay in the Big House, is getting a second chance to attract viewers after its drubbing in the ratings last month. Lifetime will air the drama tomorrow evening at 9.

Cybill Shepherd, who played Miss Stewart in “Martha Inc.: The True Story of Martha Stewart,” NBC’s adaptation of the best-selling book by Christopher M. Byron, reprises her portrayal of the domestic doyenne.

“Behind Bars” was originally broadcast Sept. 25 in the 9 p.m. time slot — opposite the season premiere of the ABC hit “Desperate Housewives.”

Burnin’ down the house

Stately Wayne Manor is no more.

A Wednesday night fire gutted the Tudor style mansion that served as the home of Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, in the 1960s “Batman” television series, Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department, told Associated Press. The home was being remodeled by the owners, she said.

The 16,000-square-foot home sat on 5 acres of land, according to an article last week in the Los Angeles Times. It also was used for filming other TV shows and films including “Dead Again” (1991), which starred Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh, according to the Pasadena city Web site.

House’ call

Emmy winner Cynthia Nixon, fresh from her acclaimed performance as Eleanor Roosevelt in HBO’s “Warm Springs,” is slated for a guest appearance on Fox’s “House, MD,” Zap2it.com reports.

Miss Nixon, best known as tart-tongued attorney Miranda Hobbes on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” will appear as a “sharp-witted” patient who comes under the care of House (Hugh Laurie) and his team after suffering an unexplained seizure.

Curiously, her last guest appearance on a broadcast series was also as a hospital patient. On an episode of “ER” last season, Miss Nixon played a stroke-afflicted woman who was unable to speak; yet the audience heard the thoughts going through her head.

“House” will return from its baseball-induced hiatus on Nov. 1. An air date for Miss Nixon’s episode has not been finalized.

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

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