- The Washington Times - Monday, February 13, 2006

See no ‘Monkey’

CBS has scrapped its midseason hourlong comedy “Love Monkey.”

The official line is that the show is “on hiatus,” but the network has no current plans for its return, the Chicago Tribune notes.

The show starred Tom Cavanagh as a single record executive in New York.

Seen Tuesdays at 10 p.m., “Love Monkey” drew 8.6 million viewers to its Jan. 17 premiere, but the audience dropped to 5.4 million in its third and latest airing, according to Nielsen Media Research.

It will be replaced by the next edition of “The Amazing Race,” which premieres Feb. 28 with a two-hour edition, reports MediaWeek.com. The new drama “The Unit” will debut March 7 at 9 p.m., MediaWeek reports.

A rerun of “NCIS” will air in the “Love Monkey” time slot tonight, with “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” filling in Feb. 21, CBS says.

“Love Monkey” joins another unsuccessful midseason entry, ABC’s “Emily’s Reasons Why Not,” the Heather Graham sitcom that was yanked after just one airing.

Barker, zoo at odds

The director of the Los Angeles Zoo has a bone to pick with TVpersonality and animal lover Bob Barker.

“The Price Is Right” host last week pleaded with the city council to close the zoo’s elephant exhibit, saying the pachyderms lived in misery and that two of the three elephants were ill, Associated Press reports.

Zoo director John Lewis quickly disputed the comments.

“His information was wrong,” Mr. Lewis told AP. “He was making statements that were just factually untrue.”

Two of the zoo’s elephants, Billy and Ruby, are healthy physically and mentally, Mr. Lewis said. A third, named Gita, has been recovering from October surgery for a foot injury and has been behaving normally, he added.

A fourth elephant, Tara, died in 2004.

Mr. Barker, 82 and a longtime animal rights activist, stood by his remarks, saying that Gita has had continuous problems with her feet and still stands on cement and hard-packed soil, which exacerbates her condition. He also said that Ruby is under emotional stress and has started to sway back and forth for hours at a time.

“The only place you see that is at zoos and circuses. When they are under such emotional stress, they begin to sway,” Mr. Barker said. He also denounced the zoo’s plans to build a 2-acre, $19 million elephant exhibit that supporters claim would provide more space and a more natural environment.

Mr. Lewis said the proposed exhibit would exceed the requirements for elephant exhibits set by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, which accredits U.S. zoos.

Compiled by Christian Toto from Web and wire reports.

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