- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Perkins gets ‘Wicked’

If your morning dose of Tony Perkins isn’t enough, you’re in luck. The WTTG “Fox 5 Morning News” meteorologist is making an appearance in prime time.

Mr. Perkins will guest-star in “Wicked Wicked Games” tomorrow evening at 8 on MyNetworkTV (airing locally as My20 WDCA). The telenovela stars Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal as a woman who uses her sons to get back at an old flame through his daughters. No word on whether the character of Mr. Perkins, formerly the weatherman on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” will be deliciously wicked or impossibly saintly.

Matthews in the ‘House’

Grammy-winning musician and actor Dave Matthews will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Fox’s medical drama “House.”

The founder of the Dave Matthews Band will play Patrick, a man who becomes a savant and virtuoso pianist after suffering a severe neurological impairment in a childhood accident. “That ‘70s Show” dad Kurtwood Smith will guest-star as Patrick’s father. The episode is slated to air in March.

In other “House” news, two co-stars of the show— Jennifer Morrison, who plays Dr. Allison Cameron, and Jesse Spencer, who plays Dr. Robert Chase — became engaged over the holidays in Paris, Associated Press reports.

The couple met on the set of the show.

Virtual world of CBS

More from the if-you-can’t-beat-‘em-join-‘em department: CBS has announced it will allow television viewers to take clips, send them to friends and even splice them together in ways that until recently would have invited complaints of copyright infringement, AP reports.

CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said Tuesday that his company would embrace products and technologies that allow viewers to “time shift” and “place shift” his network’s shows and interact with them in new ways.

In his first keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Mr. Moonves talked about how viewers could make TV watching more enjoyable by using the virtual world of the online society Second Life. Basketball fans could meet in a “virtual skybox” to cheer on their team and discuss plays, and “Star Trek” fans could visit a computer-generated Starship Enterprise.

Mr. Moonves gave support to two outside companies besides Second Life developer Linden Lab. One is Sling Media, maker of the Slingbox device that lets users watch shows on their home TV or digital video recorder on any Internet-connected computer.

Sling Media Chief Executive Blake Krikorian said CBS would help test a new service that lets Slingbox users clip short segments from live or recorded shows and post them on an Internet site for friends to view.

The network’s more tolerant attitude toward people posting clips of CBS shows on the Internet even extends to a popular compilation, or “mashup,” featuring Mr. Moonves’ wife, Julie Chen, and her frequent use of the phrase “but first…” as host of the reality show “Big Brother.”

“She got a kick out of it more than anybody else,” Mr. Moonves said.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from Web and staff reports.

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