- The Washington Times - Monday, December 4, 2006

SexyBack Secret’

CBS will air “The Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show” (tonight at 10), featuring more than two dozen supermodels along with pop idol Justin Timberlake singing his newest hit, “SexyBack,” says AllHeadlineNews.com.

Mr. Timberlake, you will recall, also appeared on CBS’ telecast of the 2004 Super Bowl with Janet Jackson. That show gained notoriety when a “wardrobe malfunction” caused the pop star to bare Miss Jackson’s breast on live national TV. It also resulted in a large fine and cancellation of the 2004 Victoria’s Secret show. It’s no surprise that tonight’s show was taped, Dow Jones’ Market Watch noted on Friday.

The show, billed as TV’s sexiest night, costs about $10 million to produce, but the company believes that is marketing money well spent.

“We believe this is a very targeted, long-lasting format,” Sharen Jester Turney, chief executive of the Victoria’s Secret brand, told Market Watch. “It is so powerful that today, we have not been able to think of a better idea than ‘The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.’ ”

This year’s show features plenty of feathers and diamonds. Six supermodels, including Gisele Bundchen and Karolina Kurkova, dubbed Victoria’s Secret “angels,” wear a pair of wings each and some strategically placed handkerchiefs, Market Watch reports. Miss Kurkova also models a $6.5 million diamond-studded bra. “This is the only fashion show I do now,” she says.

More than 11 million people watched the show on TV last year, up 71 percent from 2003.

‘Rock’ to roll on

NBC’s remade Thursday comedy lineup, which debuted last week, will remain intact for a while.

According to Zap2it.com, the network has given a full-season order to “30 Rock,” the lone freshman series in the group, following a fairly decent ratings performance in its new time period. It becomes the fourth new NBC show to be picked up this season, following “Heroes,” “Studio 60” and “Friday Night Lights.”

Like “Studio 60,” “30 Rock” is set behind the scenes at a sketch-comedy show. It focuses on the fictional show’s head writer, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), whose life is thrown into chaos by the arrival of a new NBC executive (Alec Baldwin) who bullies her into adding a mercurial movie star (Tracy Morgan) to her show’s cast.

The pickup comes one day after “30 Rock” made its time-period debut on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. It drew about 6 million viewers — on par with its season average, notes Zap2it.com.

Meg replaces Meryl

Meg Ryan has some mighty big shoes to fill.

The actress will be playing the Carrie Fisher-like character originally portrayed by Meryl Streep in 1990’s “Postcards From the Edge.”

Miss Ryan has signed on to star in “The Best Awful,” an HBO miniseries adaptation of the novel by Miss Fisher, Reuters news agency reports. The book is a sequel to the best-selling, thinly veiled autobiographical novel “Postcards From the Edge.”

Miss Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films, is adapting her own book for the project.

Miss Ryan, last seen on the big screen in 2004’s “Against the Ropes,” is one of the stars of Jon Kasdan’s upcoming ensemble movie “In the Land of Women.” She recently wrapped production on the action comedy “Homeland Security.”

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

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