- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 25, 2007

N.Y.’ state of mind

We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out who triumphs on VH1’s “I Love New York” and wins the hand of the wacky and tacky Tiffany Patterson, dubbed “New York” by rapper Flava Flav during her days on “Flavor of Love.”

In the meantime, you can relive all the mayhem from episodes past during a special “best of” show — which also will feature new footage — airing at 9 tonight on the cable channel.

For those who actually care (and the otherwise uninitiated) here’s a recap: A pack of 20 potential suitors have attempted to capture the heart of the chain-smoking Miss Patterson — with one contestant eliminated each week — since the show’s debut in early January. It’s now down to two: Patrick “Tango” Hunter, a 27-year-old record label owner from Tampa, Fla.; and the often-combative Kamal “Chance” Givens, a 25-year-old music producer from Anaheim, Calif. Mr. Given’s brother, Ahmad “Real” Givens, a 26-year-old data entry specialist and musician, was ousted in last week’s elimination round.

Twice rejected on “Flavor of Love,” Miss Pollard, a 25-year-old native of Syracuse, N.Y., was given her own reality show, which became the highest-rated debut in VH1’s history. Her mother, Michele Rothschild-Patterson, is also part of the show’s cast.

Adams’ expands cast

Tom Wilkinson and David Morse will join the cast of the HBO miniseries “John Adams,” which stars Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”) as America’s second president, Reuters news agency reports.

Mr. Wilkinson, a British actor and Oscar nominee for 2001’s “In the Bedroom,” will play Benjamin Franklin. Mr. Morse “The Green Mile”), who recently guest starred on several episodes of Fox’s “House M.D.,” will play George Washington. Mr. Giamatti — an Oscar-nominee for “Cinderella Man” and most recently seen in “The Illusionist”— was already cast in the seven-hour miniseries, which is slated to premiere next year.

Based on David McCullough’s Pulitzer-winning biography, the miniseries will chronicle the first 50 years of the American republic. It will be told through the eyes of Adams’ wife, Abigail (Laura Linney, “Kinsey”).

Others previously cast include Stephen Dillane (“The Hours”) as Thomas Jefferson, Danny Huston (“Children of Men) as Samuel Adams, Rufus Sewell (“The Illusionist”) as Alexander Hamilton, District native Justin Theroux (“Mulholland Dr.”) as John Hancock and Guy Henry (“Rome”) as Jonathan Sewall.

Production is scheduled to begin shortly, with most of the filming taking place in Colonial Williamsburg.

Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks will serve as an executive producer.

Headed to rehab

Hunky Jesse Metcalfe, who played Eva Longoria’s boy-toy on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” has decided to seek help for a drinking problem, reports Zap2it.com.

According to various published reports, the 28-year-old actor has checked himself into an undisclosed treatment facility.

“On Monday, March 19, Jesse Metcalfe entered a rehab facility to deal with alcohol issues,” his representative Susan Patricola said.

“He realized he had a problem and was anxious to deal with it immediately.”

Mr. Metcalfe also appeared on “Smallville” and starred in the 2006 teen comedy “John Tucker Must Die.”

Bionic spinoffs

Jamie Kennedy will star in a new Fox comedy, “Me & Lee?” opposite Lee Majors, notes Zap2it.com, citing stories published by the Hollywood Reporter and Reuters.

The pilot focuses on Mr. Kennedy’s character — who, while experiencing chronic back pain — undergoes mysterious and experimental bionic surgery in Mr. Majors’ Beverly Hills basement. Mr. Majors famously starred as “The Six Million Dollar Man” on television in the 1970s.

Mr. Kennedy produced and starred in “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” on the now-defunct WB.

Meanwhile, NBC is remaking “The Bionic Woman,” a 1970s spinoff from “The Six Million Dollar Man” featuring Lindsay Wagner in the title role.

“Crossing Jordan” regular Miguel Ferrer has joined the cast of the pilot, which stars British actress Michelle Ryan (from the BBC soap “EastEnders”) as Jaime Sommers, whose body parts are replaced with super-strong artificial counterparts after a horrific accident. Mr. Ferrer — who played Dr. Garret Macy on “Crossing Jordan” for the past six seasons — will portray the head of the government agency that rebuilt Sommers, and Chris Bowers (“Rescue Me”) will play her boyfriend.

Reuters says that if “Bionic Woman” becomes a series, Mr. Ferrer (the son of Oscar-winner Jose Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney) might be able to remain on both shows. He’s the second “Jordan” regular (after Jerry O’Connell) to take pilot work this spring — which may not bode well for “Jordan’s” future.

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

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