- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2007

‘Drawn’ from life

“Drawn Together,” another Comedy Central favorite, returns tonight at 10:30, following a new episode of “South Park” at 10.

This adult animated parody of a reality series stars comedian Adam Carolla and brings together familiar staples of cartoonland — including stock characters such as a princess and a superhero — all living under the same roof, “Real World”-style, and the high jinks are just as steamy.

You also can catch up with this series with the recently released “Drawn Together: Season Two Uncensored,” a two-disc DVD set retailing for $26.99. At the start, the naive housemates think their reality series has brought them real celebrity, so they go to Hollywood. It soon becomes clear that no one cares about reality TV stars, so they dejectedly head back to the “Drawn Together” house. They also fill the empty slot created when one housemate kills himself, replacing him with a new character named Strawberry Sweetcake — who, it turns out, isn’t quite as sweet as her name suggests.

HBO gets Duke case

HBO has acquired the rights to Stuart Taylor Jr. and K.C. Johnson’s book “Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case,” Variety reported yesterday.

The book, about the prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players charged with the reported gang rape of a stripper at a team party on campus, was just published by the St. Martin’s Press imprint Thomas Dunne Books.

According to Variety, the premium cable biggie will develop a movie exploring the dynamics of racism and class issues that made the case a national story.

During the yearlong ordeal — which began in March 2006 — Durham, N.C., district attorney Michael Nifong demonized the defendants in the media and fanned racial hatred to win black votes in his re-election campaign, according to the book. Worse, he withheld or ignored crucial evidence that disproved his flimsy case. He subsequently was disbarred and disgraced, and all charges were dismissed by the attorney general of North Carolina, who declared the players innocent.

Josh Maurer, whose HBO credits include “The Pentagon Papers” and “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” will serve as executive producer for the film with Alixandre Witlin, Variety says.

Mr. Taylor is a legal commentator who writes for Newsweek, and Mr. Johnson is a professor of history at the City University of New York.

Martha on Demand

Comcast this week will roll out Martha Stewart on Demand, a new video-on-demand channel featuring instructional segments culled from the doyenne of domesticity’s linear TV properties, MediaWeek.com reports.

The VOD service kicks off with 10 hours of seasonally relevant video from the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia vaults, including the original syndicated series “Martha Stewart Living” and the current syndicated strip, “The Martha Stewart Show.” Segments from “Petkeeping With Marc Morrone” and “Everyday Food” also will be made available via the new service.

Clips with a Thanksgiving slant will be available beginning next month, with all on-demand programming slated to be refreshed each month.

The deal marks MSLO’s first foray into VOD, MediaWeek.com says.

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

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