- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 5, 2006

More ‘Bridezilla’

Cable’s WE tv has renewed its original unscripted series “Bridezillas” for a fourth season run of 18 episodes, premiering in June, reports MediaWeek.com.

The network’s biggest hit of the year, season three of the reality show about crazed brides and their suffering loved ones, increased its ratings by an estimated 200 percent among women in the 18 to 34 and 18 to 49 demographics than WE averaged throughout its entire prime-time schedule.

In a recent survey commissioned by the network, women reported that the word “bridezilla” has become part of the pop culture argot. Nearly 75 percent of 1,000 women, age 18 and up, said that they were familiar with the term, MediaWeek.com reports.

Corbett returns

John Corbett is finally making a return to episodic television

The actor — who starred as Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) fiance Aidan Shaw on “Sex and the City” and as Chris Stevens in “Northern Exposure” — has joined the cast of “Manchild,” the Showtime comedy pilot, Reuters reports. The new show is based on a BBC series about four male friends having midlife crises.

Mr. Corbett will play a pothead who constantly sabotages his professional and romantic relationships, reports Zap2it.com, citing a story in the Hollywood Reporter. Paul Hipp was previously cast.

Mr. Corbett also had a starring role in FX’s “Lucky” three years ago, but the show was quickly canceled.

He next stars in the feature film “The Messenger” and the Lifetime original movie “Montana Sky,” based on Nora Roberts’ best-selling novel.

Big screen ‘Sex’

While we’re on the subject of former “Sex and the City” cast members, it appears that a feature film based on the long-running HBO series is back in the works.

Negotiations with the series’ four leading ladies — the aforementioned Miss Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon — made significant progress last week, World Entertainment News Network reports. The four were set to star in the big screen version of the hit show (which left the air in February 2004) before the project collapsed.

OK! magazine also reported that a studio source has confirmed that the long-postponed project is closer to becoming a reality after “substantial negotiations have opened with each of the stars’ teams.”

Rumors have circulated since the show’s end that the project foundered because of behind-the-scenes drama between the actresses. Miss Cattrall reportedly refused to appear in the feature film, which insiders said doomed the project. But, according to unnamed sources, enough time has passed and the stars are willing to put their differences aside and move forward with the project.

Lucky ‘Charm’?

The Flavor Flav universe continues to get larger … and stranger.

After record-breaking ratings for the second season of “Flavor of Love” on VH1 and plans for a spinoff — “Flavorette,” starring crazed contestant Tiffany “New York” Patterson — comes word of yet another spinoff titled “Charm School.”

The series, hosted by Baltimore-born comic Mo’Nique, will bring back 13 of Flav’s potential heartthrobs for training in the social graces, Cynopsis.com reports. The contenders — whose lot includes those with a penchant for brawling and unorthodox uses for body fluids — will undergo various challenges to win a cash prize and the title of Charm School Queen.

No airdate has been announced for the series, which will be produced by Mindless Entertainment and 51 Pictures — the creative force behind VH1’s “Flavor of Love.”

‘Dexter’ a killer hit

Look for more “Dexter” on Showtime.

The premium cable network last week announced plans for a second season of the new drama series, the Reuters news agency reports.

The show stars Michael C. Hall (“Six Feet Under”) as Dexter Morgan, a good-natured Miami Police Department forensics expert who moonlights as a vigilante serial killer. The second season will begin airing next summer.

Robert Greenblatt, Showtime’s president for entertainment, said the renewal was made based on the series’ critical acclaim and viewership tallies.

” ‘Dexter’ is a home run for us, both critically and in popularity —the show was launched at the height of all the broadcast networks’ fall launches and instantly became our highest-rated show,” Mr. Greenblatt said. “People seem fascinated by the moral ambiguity of ‘Dexter.’ ”

According to published reports, “Dexter” — seen Sundays at 10 p.m. — has attracted an estimated 2 million viewers weekly based on the network’s multiple airings of each episode. The show debuted Oct. 1 and its season finale is scheduled for Dec. 17.

Based on the novel “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” by Jeff Lindsay, the series also stars Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Julie Benz, Erik King, David Zayas and James Remar.

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

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