- The Washington Times - Monday, September 18, 2006

Irwin service to air

Fans of Steve Irwin will want to tune in to Discovery’s Animal Planet tonight. The cable channel is airing the memorial service for the “Crocodile Hunter,” who was killed by a stingray Sept. 4 while filming off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The network, which has exclusive rights to the service in the U.S., will broadcast the event — titled “Steve Irwin: He Changed Our World”— commercial-free from 9 to 10 p.m.

The memorial broadcast is taking place at Crocoseum, a 5,500-seat stadium at Mr. Irwin’s Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Australia, and will be seen here on a two-hour delay. Those scheduled to speak include members of Mr. Irwin’s family and his longtime friend and producer, John Stainton.

The service will be rebroadcast at midnight.

Day trippin’

Daytime TV lovers and couch potatoes take note: WTTG Fox5 and its sister station WDCA-My20 (Channel 20) — both owned by Fox Television Station Groups — will roll out their new daytime lineup this week with a bevy of changes afoot.

• Rachael Ray: The Food Network darling and best-selling author brings her new self-titled talk show to broadcast television, dishing up advice and interviews with celebs along with her no-nonsense cuisine. Weekdays at 9 a.m. on Fox5.

• Dr. Keith Ablow: The forensic psychiatrist — a fixture on “The Tyra Banks Show” before landing his own gig — joins fellow chrome-dome shrink Dr. Phil on TV’s pop-psychology beat. Weekdays at 4 p.m. WDCA (Channel 20)

• Megan Mullally: Two-time Emmy winner Megan Mullally (the squeaky-voiced Karen Walker from NBC’s “Will & Grace”) goes from prime time to daytime with her eponymous talker. Weekdays at 3 p.m. on Channel 20

• Cristina’s Court: Cristina Perez, former host of Telemundo’s popular court show “La Corte de Familia” (Family Court), makes her English-language debut, presiding over a mix of small claims cases, family spats, lovers’ quarrels and co-worker feuds. Weekdays at 1 p.m. on Fox5

• Ohio attorney and jurist Lynn Toler replaces Mablean Ephriam on the bench of “Divorce Court.” Miss Toler, a former administrative judge in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court, was seen previously on Twentieth Television’s syndicated strip “Power of Attorney” in 2001. Weekdays at 11:30 a.m. on Channel 5 and at 6 p.m. on Channel 20.

Moving to a different time:

• The Tyra Banks Show: Now on weekdays at 10 a.m. on Fox5 and at 5 p.m. on Channel 20.

n Judge Hatchett: Now on weekdays at 2 p.m. on Fox5

• Judge Alex: Now on weekdays at 3 p.m. on Fox5.

• Judge Joe Brown: Now on weekdays at 4 p.m. on Fox5 and at 7 p.m. on Channel 20)

• Judge Judy: Now on weekdays at 4:30 p.m, on Fox5 at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 20

• Everybody Loves Raymond: Now on weeknights at 6 p.m. on Fox5.

• The Simpsons: Now on weeknights at 6:30 and 7 p.m. on Fox5.

n Seinfeld: Now on weeknights at 7:30 p.m. on Fox5.

Sherman’s big move

Sherman and his brainiac dog, Mr. Peabody, are coming back — but this time, they’re not returning to television.

Instead, DreamWorks Animation is bringing the time-traveling cartoon adventures of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” to the big screen, Reuters news agency reports.

The adaptation of the classic animated TV series centering on the genius dog Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy, Sherman — will be directed by Rob Minkoff, whose credits include “The Lion King” and the “Stuart Little” movies.

The feature project had been in development at Universal Pictures.

Produced by late animation legend Jay Ward, the series of short segments premiered in 1959 as part of Mr. Ward’s classic “Rocky & Bullwinkle” series. It followed the duo as they went back in time via Mr. Peabody’s WABAC Machine, to a pivotal moment in history.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance, Christian Toto and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and wire reports.

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