- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 18, 2007

HBO takes ‘Flight’

A cult hit music-comedy duo is coming to HBO, the network announced this week.

Production has begun in New York on the cable channel’s new half-hour series “Flight of the Conchords.” The comedy stars the cutting-edge New Zealand duo of the same name, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. Co-created by the duo, along with James Bobin, the series begins its 12-episode first season at 10:30 p.m. on June 17.

The new series will follow new episodes of the fourth season of HBO’s successful Hollywood comedy “Entourage.”

“Flight” revolves around the adventures of transplanted New Zealanders Jemaine and Bret, who live on New York City’s Lower East Side, as they seek venues for their act and have awkward encounters with women.

Often finding it easier to express themselves with music, they are apt to break into song at a moment’s notice, the network says.

Flight of the Conchords garnered a worldwide cult following through live performances. The duo was named best alternative comedy act at the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and best newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Flight of the Conchords released the live album “Folk the World” in 2002 and headlined a six-part BBC Radio 2 series that won a Sony UK Comedy Award. The men made their HBO debut in 2005 on their own edition of “One-Night Stand.”

Bounty in the burbs

Dog will no longer be the only bounty hunter with his own show. “Mom, Bounty Hunter” premieres tomorrow evening at 9 on cable’s WE TV.

This one is geared a little more toward the ladies. (That’s not to ignore the fact that many find the rough-hewn Duane “Dog” Chapman quite attractive.) The new show follows Sandra Scott, a former female wrestler and owner of Old West Bail Bonds, as she juggles being a bounty hunter with her role as a caring mother and doting wife. She arrests criminals in between attending parent-teacher conferences and planning parties for her husband and two children in the ‘burbs of Phoenix.

Miss Scott apparently is as good with a spatula as with her Glock 9mm semiautomatic handgun. She also may be the most attractive bounty hunter on television.

Joining her are fellow hunters Theresa, an ex-cop known as the “shakedown queen,” who can sniff out a bail-jumper a mile away, and J.D., a massive, ex-semiprofessional football player who has earned black belts in numerous martial arts disciplines and is known as “The Wall.”

Tonight’s one-hour special presentation will be followed by 10 30-minute episodes.

On tap tonight…

Lynda Carter guest-stars on an all new episode of “Smallville” on the CW Washington at 8 p.m.

The actress, best known as Wonder Woman, will appear as Chloe’s mother on the Superman-themed drama.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from staff and wire reports.

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