- The Washington Times - Monday, August 7, 2006

CBS’ Titanic change

“CBS Evening News” is not only getting a new host next month. It’s getting a new soundtrack, too.

Oscar-winning composer James Horner, who wrote the music for films such as “Titanic,” “Braveheart” and “Apollo 13,” will compose new music for the network’s evening newscast, the industry trade publication Cynopsis reports. The music eventually will be heard on all CBS news programs.

New host Katie Couric arrives on the show Sept. 5 along with the new music and a new set.

Sci-fi masters

ABC has signed a few top names for its upcoming anthology series “Masters of Science Fiction.”

Reuters news agency reports that Emmy winner Judy Davis (“Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows,” “Husbands and Wives”), Sam Waterston (“Law and Order”), Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”) and James Cromwell (“L.A. Confidential”) are among the actors who have agreed to star in installments of the six-episode series.

The hourlong episodes reportedly will be based on short stories by some of sci-fi’s top writers, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison and Robert Heinlein. Physicist Stephen Hawking, author of “A Brief History of Time,” will introduce each episode. The show — slated for filming in Vancouver, British Columbia — will air during the 2006-07 season.

Costanza on ‘Chris’

Jason Alexander will have a recurring role on “Everybody Hates Chris” next season, both in front of and behind the camera, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Alexander, best known as George Costanza on “Seinfeld,” will play the principal of Corleone Junior High on two episodes of the sitcom and will direct a third. Air dates have yet to be announced.

In one episode, Mr. Alexander in his guise as Principal Edwards makes Chris (Tyler Williams) confront a bully. In another, Chris and the principal bond while waiting at school for a snowstorm to lift.

Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg previously was announced as a guest star for the comedy’s second season. She will play a new next-door neighbor for Chris’ family.

The UPN Chris Rock sitcom, based on the comedian’s childhood in Brooklyn, survived the merger of that network with WB, now known as the CW. It’s scheduled to premiere Oct. 1.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from staff, wire and web reports.

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