- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 17, 2006

‘Break’-ing news

“Prison Break,” Fox TV’s just-wrapped series, is on the move.

The escape drama, which aired its first-season finale Monday, will begin filming season two June 15 in the Dallas area, Associated Press reports.

“Prison Break,” winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award for new drama and a Golden Globe nominee, follows Michael Scofield, a prison designer played by Wentworth Miller, who gets himself imprisoned so he can break out his brother Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), who was framed for murder.

The inmates escaped near the end of the first season, which was shot around Chicago.

Producer Garry Brown has a home in Dallas and said he chose that region because a wide variety of settings were available from rural to urban, all in close proximity.

It’s one of several filming projects anticipated for the Texas town.

The city is still courting the planned movie remake of the long-running TV soap opera “Dallas,” starring John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez. HBO also will feature the city in “12 Miles of Bad Road,” a pilot comedy series about a wealthy Dallas matriarchy. “A House Divided,” a potential ABC series starring Dylan McDermott, finished filming its first episode in Dallas.

CBS’ good news

The Katie Couric bounce CBS hoped to gain has happened already, and the “Today” show co-host hasn’t even reported to the news desk.

According to AP, the “CBS Evening News” rose to second place last week for the first time in five years.

CBS correspondent Bob Schieffer took over the anchor duties after Dan Rather’s departure last year and has helped guide the newscast to healthy ratings. Among evening newscasts, “CBS Evening News” edged past ABC and into second place for the first time since 2001. The CBS broadcast with Mr. Schieffer averaged 7.39 million viewers compared to 7.31 million for “ABC World News Tonight,” AP reports.

Miss Couric, who signs off from “Today” at month’s end, will begin anchoring the CBS newscast this fall.

‘Wood’ cut at CW

Fans of the WB’s “One Tree Hill” and UPN’s “Veronica Mars” can breathe more easily. Both shows have been welcomed into the CW fold, Reuters news agency reports.

However, the news is grim for “Everwood” faithful.

The WB drama, starring Treat Williams, won’t be joining the new network, a venture combining the WB and UPN channels that bows this fall.

CW’s other pickups — along with the new drama “Runaway” and the “Girlfriends’ ” spinoff “The Game” — include the nighttime soap “Palm Springs,” which was given a midseason order Tuesday.

“Runaway” stars Donnie Wahlberg as a father who goes on the run with his family after he’s wrongly convicted of murder. “The Game” revolves around women in the lives of professional football players. “Palm Springs,” from “Dawson’s Creek” creator Kevin Williamson, is an ensemble soap set in the California desert city.

Also moving to the new network are the UPN comedies “Girlfriends,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and “All of Us,” and the WB dramas “Smallville,” “Supernatural” and “Gilmore Girls.” The WB’s long-running drama “7th Heaven” is expected to join the lineup pending the completion of new deals with its cast.

On the reality-show side, the UPN hit “America’s Next Top Model” and the WB’s “Beauty and the Geek” are rumored for a possible pairing on the schedule, with Wednesday nights considered the logical place.

Compiled by Christian Toto from Web and wire reports.

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