- The Washington Times - Monday, May 1, 2006

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Flava Flav. Da Brat. Florence Henderson. It just wouldn’t be a new season on VH1 without a coterie of D-list celebrities fleshing out the schedule.

Another example: “Breaking Bonaduce,” the reality series that follows the “Partridge Family” star as he skirts the borders of sobriety. It’s coming back, along with other returning hits, when the cable network’s established “Celebreality” Sunday lineup emerges this fall, Reuters news agency reports.

“Bonaduce,” a chronicle of the turbulent times of radio DJ and former child star Danny Bonaduce, returns in October with eight new episodes for its second season. Also returning that month for a third season: “Hogan Knows Best,” the reality series starring former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and his kin.

Can’t wait until fall? Beginning in August, those in need of a more immediate “Celebreality” fix can check out the second season of “Flavor of Love” (now in production for 10 new episodes) and the fourth season of “Celebrity Fit Club” — with such diet-challenged stars as Carnie Wilson, Nick Turturro and Erika Eleniak.

Rounding out the “Celebriality” renewals are second seasons of “My Fair Brady” and “VH1 & IFilm’s Web Junk 2.0.”

VH1 also is expanding its “Rock Docs” franchise with acquisitions of music-themed documentaries, including “Bob Dylan: No Direction Home,” “Neil Young: Heart of Gold,” “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” and “Fade to Black.”

Fix-er upper

Have a home you’re dying to sell? Let the folks at HGTV know about it, and you could be on your way to fame and fortune.

The cable network is seeking District-area homeowners who want to sell their homes pronto — and make a few thousand dollars more in the process. Its popular “Designed to Sell” program is rolling into town with a team of professional contractors, designers, painters and a $2,000 budget to make over the digs of a few lucky viewers hoping to sell their humble abodes. When added to the saved costs of labor and designs, the total value of the prize is about $10,000.

The team won’t directly help sell the homes, mind you. Nor will they interfere with the real estate agent handling the task. They’ll just do their best to make the process more lucrative for the families.

To be considered, each home should be within 25 minutes of the District’s Dupont Circle neighborhood in northwest. Homeowners must also be outgoing and able to spend at least two days filming the show.

Interested parties should submit their names, photos of themselves and their homes (front and back as well as the living rooms, bedrooms, den, entry and bathrooms).

To do so, visit the Web site www.hgtv.com and click on the Be on HGTV link.


This week’s assortment of new to DVD TV shows ranges from the prehistoric to life in an unassuming Texas hamlet, Associated Press reports.

On the list:

• “Dinosaurs: The Complete First and Second Seasons” follows a family of prehistoric reptiles as they deal with domestic issues not that different from our own. The series, from Jim Henson Productions, contains a four-disc box set with two behind-the-scenes featurettes.

• Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin clicked in the 1980s sitcom “Kate & Allie,” a show about two single moms making ends meet. “Kate & Allie: Season One” features the show’s first six episodes, a bonus episode from season two, a gag reel and a conversation with Miss Saint James and “K&A;” director Bill Persky.

• Years later, Miss Curtin found another hit sitcom with NBC’s “3rd Rock From the Sun,” co-starring John Lithgow as an alien living in disguise on planet Earth. “3rd Rock From the Sun: Season 4” features that season’s 24 episodes.

• Finally, Hank Hill and family star in “King of the Hill: The Complete Sixth Season,” a three-disc set featuring 21 episodes. The laid-back show deals with a proud propane salesman and his curious collection of friends and family living in fictional Arlen, Texas.

‘Missing’ vanishes

Lifetime Television’s “Missing” won’t be back for a fourth season.

The network has decided not to pick up its hourlong crime drama, saying the series “ran its course,” Reuters reports.

The show stars Vivica A. Fox, Caterina Scorsone and Mark Consuelos as a special FBI team who locate missing victims using unorthodox methods.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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