- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 2, 2006

A ‘Desperate’ mystery

Now that “Desperate Housewives” has returned to the top of the ratings heap, big doings and even bigger surprises are in store for the residents of Wisteria Lane in Sunday’s episode, titled “Bang” (9 p.m. on WJLA-ABC 7).

There’s a hostage situation at the local supermarket, shots ring out … and a character is killed off.

Wonder who?

Count on the outcome (which already has been revealed in at least one tabloid) being Monday’s water cooler fodder.

More than 21 million viewers tuned in last Sunday to make the ABC dramedy TV’s most-watched show of the week.

‘Class’ act

Pretty boy rapper, actor and fashion trendsetter Andre 3000 (one-half of the Grammy-winning duo OutKast) sat down with the Detroit News to chat up his latest project “Class of 3000,” an animated series debuting tonight at 8 on the Cartoon Network.

“Cartoon Network gave me a call and wanted me to do an animated series based on ‘The Love Below’ (his portion of OutKast’s 2003 award-winning album) for Adult Swim,” said Andre (born Andre Benjamin), who will also voice the role of a crow named Elwyn in a live-action version of “Charlotte’s Web,” due in theaters next month. “But when I started working on it, it became something else entirely. I didn’t set out to make a kid-friendly show, but that’s what it became.”

Although the new series was first and foremost, the star waxed on about other topics, as well.

On teaching music someday: “It’s something I could do in real life. I’ve thought about going back to school and becoming a teacher. You never know,” he told the Detroit News.

On appearing in comedian Kat Williams’ recent HBO special: “We had just left the (Jerry) Seinfeld concert (in Atlanta) when a guy stopped us and asked us if we wanted to see Kat. I didn’t even know that fool was in town. I love him. When it aired on TV, they must have shown me laughing in the audience a dozen times.”

On “Idlewild,” the recently released film he made with his OutKast partner, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton: “Big Boi and I will probably do more musicals. We knew about Idlewild, Mich. The director’s wife is from Michigan. I read about it being a vacation spot for the black elite back in the day, but we chose to set it in Georgia and people were really mad at us. I wish they wouldn’t have been, but they were.”

VH1 revisits the past

VH1 pokes fun at the 1980s with “Totally Awesome,” premiering tomorrow evening at 9 on the cable channel.

Directed by “Chappelle’s Show” co-creator Neal Brennan, the film features an outrageous cast — including former Saturday Night Live” stars Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan (now on NBC’s “30 Rock”), actor James Hong (“The King of Queens”) and actor-author-comedian Ben Stein (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) — lampooning some of the most enduring moments from well-known films of that decade.

The broadcast will air without commercial interruption and will include a behind-the-scenes intermission featuring interviews with the cast, the network says.

“Totally Awesome” also arrives on DVD Tuesday, marking VH1 Film’s first foray into the multiplatform release format. Along with tomorrow’s broadcast and the DVD release, extra features and content from the film will also be available online at VH1.com, VH1 Mobile and VH1’s broadband channel VSPOT.

Gender-bending Tyra

Last year, Tyra Banks donned heavy padding to experience the world as a 350-pound woman. Now the talk show host has gone undercover as a man in a rapper’s posse.

Miss Banks, 32, disguised her supermodel looks and underwent five hours of preparation for the transformation to become a guy for an episode of “The Tyra Banks Show” that is set to air Nov. 13, Associated Press reports.

“I actually had a suit thing that went over me that made me have pecs and, like, a six-pack,” Miss Banks — who infiltrated rapper Chingy’s entourage — said in an interview with AP Radio.

Her get-up even fooled a young woman, who gave her a bit of a surprise.

“She kissed me,” said the former catwalk queen. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that was really weird.’ She ran up and kissed me ‘cause she thought that kissing me would get her closer to Chingy.”

Compiled by Robyn Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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