- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

New role for Lowe

Rob Lowe is playing another political role on TV — but this time, he’s a conservative.

Mr. Lowe (formerly of “The West Wing”) will guest star in six episodes of ABC’s freshman drama “Brothers & Sisters,” according to a report by MediaWeek.com. The actor will play conservative Sen. Robert McCallister, whom Kitty Walker (“Ally McBeal’s” Calista Flockhart) interviews and soon comes to consider a potential romantic interest. (Let’s see: First, Kitty dumped her New York fiance. Then she hooked up with the co-host of her TV talk show, “Red, White & Blue.” Do we sense a pattern here?)

Mr. Lowe’s first appearance on the show, seen Sundays at 10 p.m. on WJLA-ABC7, is Nov. 19.

“Brothers & Sisters” also stars Rachel Griffiths, Sally Field, Ron Rifkin, Balthazar Getty and Matthew Rhys.

A holiday ‘Shrek’

ABC, already the home of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” is hoping to add a new special to its pantheon of holiday staples.

The network has commissioned “Shrek the Halls,” a half-hour special featuring characters from the two hugely popular “Shrek” films. It is scheduled to premiere in December 2007, reports Zap2it.com.

The special comes from DreamWorks Animation, which produced both “Shrek” films, and will feature the principal voice talent from both movies: Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Donkey), Cameron Diaz (Fiona) and Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots). Plot details are a little fuzzy, but DreamWorks Animation says the special will explore “how Christmas would play out in [Shrek’s] world.” Gary Trousdale (“Beauty and the Beast”) will direct.

Probably not coincidentally, ABC will also be home to the broadcast premiere of “Shrek 2” on Nov. 24.

CBS gets NBC drama

CBS is redeveloping a legal drama pilot originally written for NBC in 2003, MediaWeek.com reports.

The original pilot about a group of public defenders was called “Law Dogs.” The writer was Barry Schindel (now executive producer on CBS’ “Numb3rs”), and the producers were filmmaker brothers Tony and Ridley Scott.

Mr. Schindel has written a new script for the new pilot and will produce it again with the Scotts. The pilot was in development at the now-defunct Universal Network TV. The new pilot will be produced by CBS Paramount Network TV, where Mr. Schindel has an overall deal.

Bold’s‘ new additions

Multiple Emmy-winning actress Betty White is making a return to the small screen.

Miss White, a regular on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and a co-star of “The Golden Girls,” will appear on the CBS soap “The Bold and the Beautiful.” She’ll play Ann Douglas and actress Alley Mills (“The Wonder Years”) will play her daughter, Pamela. The characters are the long-lost mother and sister of Stephanie Forrester, played by original “B&B;” cast member Susan Flannery.

The story arc begins Dec. 1. “The Bold and the Beautiful” airs weekdays at 1:30 p.m. on WUSA 9.

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

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