- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 12, 2007

Selleck eyeing ‘Vegas’

Emmy winner Tom Selleck is in discussions to join NBC’s “Las Vegas” as the fast-paced drama’s new leading man, notes the Hollywood Reporter.

He would play the smart, powerful, fun-loving new owner of Montecito Resort & Casino, a new character designed to fill the void left by the recent departure of the show’s star James Caan.

Mr. Caan, who played the head of the casino’s surveillance team for four years, recently left the series to return to feature films.

“Vegas” was picked up for a fifth season in February and is slated to begin production on its order soon. The show also is looking to add a beautiful female concierge in the wake of the departure of co-star Nikki Cox.

Josh Duhamel also stars on “Vegas,” with Molly Sims, James Lesure and Vanessa Marcil rounding out the cast.

Mr. Selleck’s starring role on “Vegas” would mark his first regular gig on a drama series since his Emmy-winning turn on CBS’ “Magnum, P.I.” (1980-1988).

They’re baaaack

You thought it was all over, but it isn’t.

VH1’s popular Celebreality programming block strikes again Sunday, anchored by the “I Love New York Reunion” special at 9 p.m. Fans who followed the goings-on of the raucous Tiffany “New York” Pollard and her 20 wannabe suitors can find out what happened once the cameras stopped rolling.

Given all the tawdry goings-on that viewers were subjected to, do you really want to know?

According to the network, the fellas will take care of some unfinished business, and there’s talk of a showdown between the show’s final two contenders: the hotheaded Kamal “Chance” Givens and the slow-witted Patrick “Tango” Hunter.

“I Love New York’s” April 2 season finale drew an estimated 4.8 million viewers, according to Reality TV magazine.

Well, you know what they say about train wrecks.

Tango was the victor, but rumor has it the couple has since broken up — perhaps due to a vigorous protest from Mr. Hunter’s reported real-life lady friend. Plus, Mr. Hunter’s page on MySpace.com (therealtango) indicates he’s free, single and ready to mingle.

Next up on VH1’s Celebreality Sunday: “Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School starring Mo’Nique,” at 10 p.m., which presents VH1 with one of its biggest challenges to date — transforming 13 of the show’s most boisterous participants into self-respecting, self-reliant women.

That’s easier said than done, and you’ll immediately see why when you see the rambunctious enrollees.

Under Mo’Nique’s tutelage, these “Flavor of Love” castoffs will be trained in proper etiquette and have their social skills challenged to test their self-confidence, composure and grace, notes thefutoncritic.com. And the one left standing will receive a $50,000 prize.

“The Springer Hustle,” a hodgepodge of the most outrageous guests and topics from the infamous “Jerry Springer Show” for the past 16 years, will close out the evening at 11 p.m.

“Hustle,” which will air weekly, moves to its regular Sunday spot at the same time the following week on April 22.

‘Crossroads’ airs

“America at a Crossroads,” a major PBS series consisting of 11 documentaries on the post-September 11 world, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on WETA-Channel 26 and WMPT-Channel 22. Both stations will show episodes of the series each night through next Friday.

The first episode is a two-hour look at “Jihad: The Men and Ideas Behind al Qaeda.”

Many local luminaries took part in the series, which cost an estimated $20 million. Former assistant secretary of defense Richard Perle debates his critics in “The Case for War: In Defense of Freedom,” airing Tuesday.

The Washington Times reported earlier this week that one documentary, “Islam vs. Islamists,” was pulled from the series. The episode, whose production team included Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney Jr., explored the tension between moderate and radical Muslims.

Oscar DVD watch

Several Oscar-nominated films, including four award winners, arrive on DVD in the next few weeks. “The Last King of Scotland” and “Notes on a Scandal” are out on Tuesday, followed by “The Queen” (April 24), “Dreamgirls” and “Little Children” (both on May 1) and “Pan’s Labyrinth” (May 15).

Also coming: the box office blockbuster “Night at the Museum” and the Denzel Washington science-fiction thriller “Deja Vu” on April 24.

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

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