- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 19, 2006

D.C. doc screens today

“Through Our Eyes,” an HDTV documentary on the accomplishments of Latinos in the District since the 1970s, gets a public screening this morning at 11 at the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School (1100 Harvard St. NW.).

The hourlong documentary commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs — which funded the film — and Hispanic Heritage Month. The film was produced by Maya Advertising & Communications and directed by the firm’s president, Luis Vasquez-Ajmac. Mr. Vasquez-Ajmac will discuss the film following the screening.

“Through Our Eyes” features many of the District’s prominent Latino leaders, including Sonia Gutierrez, executive director of the Carlos Rosario International Career Center and Public Charter School; Hugo Medrano, artistic director of Gala Theatre; and Dr. Elmer Huerta, director of the Cancer Preventorium at the Washington Hospital Center’s Washington Cancer Institute.

The film revisits the atmosphere of the city’s Latino community in the 1970s — after the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s — the creation of the Office on Latino Affairs, the arrival of Central American immigrants, and disturbances in Mount Pleasant in 1991.

“Through Our Eyes” gets its television premiere Sunday at 11 a.m. on WUSA Channel 9. Beginning Monday repeat broadcasts will air at various times on Channel 16, a local government channel available to Comcast subscribers in the District.

Cross to bear

NBC has given the green light to include Madonna-on-the-Cross footage in an upcoming November Sweeps concert special, according to a story posted yesterday on drudgereport.com.

In the show, the Material Mom, wearing a glittered crown of thorns, descends on a suspended mirrored, disco ball-type cross singing her hit “Live To Tell.” NBC President Kevin Reilly said Madonna considered the crucifixion a highlight of her show.

Model behavior

“America’s Next Top Model” returns for its seventh season tonight at 8 with a two-hour premiere on the newly-minted CW — the new network created from the ashes of the former UPN and WB networks.

Thirteen supermodel hopefuls will vie for an exclusive modeling contract in the reality show competition (airing locally on WDCW, Channel 50) hosted by former catwalk queen Tyra Banks.

Good week for ABC

During the week leading up to the opening of the new TV season, “Dancing With the Stars” made a strong return, Katie Couric won again, and Fox’s “Happy Hour” appears anything but.

“Dancing With the Stars” was the week’s most popular program, with 20.2 million viewers, Associated Press reports, citing data from Nielsen Media Research. The follow-up results episode, on which Tucker Carlson was voted off the dance floor, also did well and enabled ABC to win the week’s ratings crown. The hoofers did better than the first episode of CBS’ “Survivor,” seen by 18 million people. The 13th edition of the CBS game is being watched closely because, initially, its four teams are being divided along racial and ethnic lines.

By a whisker-thin margin, Miss Couric won her second week in a row in the evening news ratings. Her “CBS Evening News” averaged 7.88 million viewers last week, while NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.83 and ABC’s “World News” had 7.5 million.

“Happy Hour,” with 5.4 million viewers last Thursday, is near the bottom of the ratings already. Also, in the new season’s first big showdown Monday (not included in last week’s ratings), NBC’s highly touted “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” was sampled by 13.4 million viewers. Competitor “CSI: Miami” on CBS had 17.2 million.

While NBC’s new Aaron Sorkin drama shaved 2 million viewers from last year’s “CSI: Miami” premiere, CBS pointed out that “Studio 60” had a steep drop-off in its second half-hour, an ominous sign of viewer restlessness.

Last week, ABC averaged 9.4 million viewers. CBS was second with 9.2 million but, unusually, won in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic because of its reality shows. NBC had 7.9 million, Fox had 7.2 million, the WB had 1.6 million, UPN had 910,000, and the I network averaged 590,000.

For the week of Sept. 11 through 17, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: “Dancing With the Stars” (Tuesday), ABC, 20.2 million; NFL Football: Washington at Dallas, NBC, 18.4 million; “Survivor: Cook Island,” CBS, 18 million; “Dancing With the Stars” (Wednesday), 16.2 million; and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 15.5 million.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from staff and wire reports.

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