- The Washington Times - Friday, January 5, 2007

Over and out

Megan Mullally’s syndicated talk-variety show is finished after less than five months.

The low-rated “The Megan Mullally Show” has been canceled and production has been halted, NBC Universal Television Distribution said Wednesday. Original and repeat episodes of the show, which debuted last September, will air through January.

Miss Mullally, who played the outrageous and spoiled socialite Karen on “Will & Grace,” was an audience favorite on the long-running NBC sitcom that wrapped last May after eight years. But that popularity failed to convert to talk-show strength, with her new show drawing just over 1 million daily viewers, Associated Press reports.

In comparison, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the top syndicated talk show, is watched by about 8 million viewers.

‘New York’ state of mind

Sometimes finishing last really does pays off.

It certainly did for Tiffany Pollard — who, after being kicked to the curb twice by Flava Flav on VH1’s “Flavor of Love” — is now getting her own reality show on the cable network.

“I Love New York,” named for the moniker Miss Pollard received from Flav on the reality hit, premieres Monday at 9 p.m. with the combatant diva holding court and selecting her own stud muffin from a pool of 20 male contenders.

Each potential suitor must pass muster and will be examined for looks, dating skills and — of course — bank accounts. Among the hopefuls: thirtysomething Venezuelan-born actor Mauricio Sanchez, seen as Eduardo/Housekeeper in last year’s spoof, “Date Movie”; and New York actor Jason Rosell (who will be known on the show as Heat).

The new series will be produced by Cris Abrego and Mark Cronin, whose other VH1 reality creations include “Flavor of Love,” “Celebrity Paranormal Project” and “My Fair Brady.”

“The show is crazy. It’s just me being me,” Miss Pollard, who turns 25 tomorrow, told her hometown newspaper, the Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch in its Dec. 29 editions.

During her two stints on “Flavor of Love,” Miss Pollard (who appears to have had breast augmentation surgery since the show’s second season finale on Oct. 15) frequently antagonized the other women while vying for Flav’s affection — prompting one contestant to spit in her face in a now infamous scene from season one.

Still, Miss Pollard emerged as one of two finalists before being shown the door. She returned for season two and was booted again but remains unscathed and seems hooked on her lifelong quest for stardom.

“I knew it was my time from the day I popped out of my mother,” the Observer-Dispatch quotes her as saying.

More reality bites

While Tiffany “New York” Pollard has her day, a handful of other new reality show hopefuls also are gearing up for their approaching debuts.

Also on tap:

• Gay, Straight or Taken? 8 p.m. Monday, Lifetime — Rather than relying on the intuition of the participants, the real questions cable’s “network for women” should be asking is who thought of this turkey and just how long do they think it will last? In case you haven’t figured it out, here’s the concept: Female contestants will be asked to guess the relationship status and sexual preference of three men — one heterosexual, one homosexual and one who’s already committed — during a series of dates. No, we aren’t making this up. If she chooses correctly, the contestant and the man will enjoy an exotic vacation for two. If not, the man selected gets to go on a getaway with his significant other. Monday’s premiere features Jenner, a 27-year-old Realtor, who must pick out the straight and single guy from a trio of men: Is it Chris, a personal trainer; Luciano, a bartender; or Mike, a club promoter?

• Living With Ed, 8 p.m. Sunday, HGTV — Ed Begley Jr. has had a myriad of roles during his long and varied career — from (most recently) Pastor Ed of CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine” to hairstylist Hiram Gundersen on HBO’s “Six Feet Under.” Now he’s puttering about in a six-episode series that focuses on his day-to-day life as an environmental activist — which often sparks tensions with his wife, Rachelle Carson. Guess it’s not easy being green.

• I’m From Rolling Stone , 10 p.m. Sunday, MTV — Six aspiring young journalists compete for a one-year staff position at the pre-eminent and venerable rock magazine. Just what will they do to get the gig?

• Grease: You’re the One That I Want , 8 p.m. Sunday, NBC — Convinced you’re the next Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko (Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the 1976 movie version)? This new reality series — named after one of the movie version’s most familiar songs and hosted by “Access Hollywood’s” Billy Bush — will let TV viewers decide by popular vote who will play the role when the nostalgic ‘50s musical suits up for a multimillion-dollar revival on Broadway this summer.

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

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