- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 4, 2007

‘Reba’ rubbished

The CW has canceled its highest-rated comedy, E! Online reports.

The freshman network has announced that “Reba” will end a run of six seasons this month. The family sitcom, starring country music star Reba McEntire as a wise-cracking single mom, returned Nov. 19 after a long limbo period in which the CW wouldn’t even commit to bringing back the popular series.

The network finally ordered 13 new episodes last May and added an hour of “Reba,” with new episodes at 7:30 p.m., to its Sunday night lineup, giving a strong lead-in to another show from the old WB, “7th Heaven.” That’s the CW’s most-watched show; its move to Sundays from Mondays garnered it a season-high viewership of 4.5 million.

“Reba’s” sixth-season premiere attracted more than 4 million viewers. It’s been averaging 3.7 million viewers in its Sunday slot after being a Friday show for most of its life.

A two-part series finale is scheduled for Feb. 18.

Guilty pleasure

Get an intimate look at the nuptials of the stars tonight with “In Style Celebrity Weddings,” airing at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Giorgio Armani, in his first television interview, talks about the wedding of the year. The Italian designer created the bridal party attire for the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

Viewers will also get a peek at the previously private wedding videos of two couples: “Desperate Housewives’ ” Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney and “Beverly Hills 90210’s” Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott. Younger celeb watchers will be more interested in singer Avril Lavigne and Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley. The Canadian pair’s nuptials were a mix of the traditional and the punk rock.

From assassin to cop

Former Bond girl Famke Janssen is making a return to the small screen.

The Dutch actress will star in a new cop series from “House” creator and executive producer David Shore and “House” writer Peter Blake, Reuters news agency reports. The untitled light drama with police-procedural elements, which was picked up by NBC, will center on Miss Janssen’s cop character.

Miss Janssen played the sexy assassin Xenia Zaragavena Onatopp in 1995’s “GoldenEye.” More recently, she’s appeared in all three “X-Men” movies as Jean Grey/Phoenix. On television, she had a recurring role on FX’s hit drama “Nip/Tuck.”

Pilots offer undead

Reuters has the skinny on some other small-screen pickups.

CBS has picked up two more drama pilots, “Twilight” and “Babylon Fields,” Fox has ordered the single-camera comedy pilots “Hackett” and “Two Families,” and ABC has picked up an untitled comedy, the news service reports.

“Twilight” concerns a private investigator/vampire who struggles with the repercussions of immortality, his adversaries in the vampire world and the love he feels for a mortal. “Beauty and the Beast” creator Ron Koslow wrote the script with Trevor Munson.

“Babylon Fields” is a comedic drama in which the dead are resurrected and try to resume their former lives. Gerald Cuesta and Michael Atkinson wrote the script.

“Hackett” centers on Thomas Hackett, a bad-boy literary luminary who escapes his troubles with women and a disgraced teaching career at Yale to become a public high school teacher in Ohio. Denise Moss of NBC’s “Frasier” penned the script.

“Two Families” is about two sets of adult siblings who learn they have the same bigamist father. The writers are Barbara Wallace and Thomas R. Wolfe of CBS’ “Welcome to New York.”

ABC’s untitled comedy pilot, written by Victoria Pile, revolves around the eccentric characters in a police precinct.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from Web, wire and staff reports.

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