- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2008

‘Adams’ debut set

The long-awaited “John Adams” miniseries has a premiere date at HBO.

According to Zap2it.com, the seven-part miniseries will debut March 16, a week after the series finale of “The Wire.” Parts one and two will air back to back, with subsequent installments debuting on each of the next five Sundays.

Based on David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, the miniseries stars Paul Giamatti (“Sideways,” “Cinderella Man”) as the second president of the United States and Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “The Squid and the Whale”) as his wife, Abigail. It follows Adams’ life for 50 years, from his leadership in the independence movement through the early days of the republic and his time as president.

“This miniseries will bring to life that crucial founding time for our country in a way nothing else ever has,” Mr. McCullough says. “It isn’t a lesson; it’s a powerful human drama — one of the most important in all history. The audience will feel the human reality of what happened and all that those caught up in the struggle went through.”

“John Adams” also stars Stephen Dillane (“The Hours”) as Thomas Jefferson, Tom Wilkinson (“Michael Clayton”) as Benjamin Franklin, Danny Huston (“Children of Men”) as Samuel Adams, David Morse (“House,” “Disturbia”) as George Washington, Sarah Polley (“Away From Her”) as Nabby Adams and Rufus Sewell (“The Illusionist”) as Alexander Hamilton.

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, executive producers of “Band of Brothers,” perform the same duties on “John Adams.” Kirk Ellis (“Into the West”) wrote the teleplay, and Tom Hooper (“Elizabeth I,” “Longford”) directs.

Brown hosts debate

Campbell Brown will host CNN and Univision’s coverage of the Democratic presidential debate between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois on Thursday, Multichannel News reports.

The debate, sponsored by the networks and the Texas Democratic Party and presented by the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation on behalf of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Library, also will feature CNN chief national correspondent John King and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos as panelists asking the candidates questions.

The program is scheduled to air live from the University of Texas on CNN and on CNN International from 8 to 9:30 p.m. It will air on the leading Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision.com and its AM radio network, RadioCadena, at 11:30 p.m. The debate will stream live on CNN.com and will be available later on demand on both Univision.com and CNN.com. Repeat broadcasts will also air on CNN and CNN en Espanol.

Almost one-fourth of the residents of Texas, the second most populous state, are ofLatino descent, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. The primary is slated for March 4.

Bravo to ‘Step It Up’

Not enough reality dance competitions for you?

Luckily, Bravo has put its best foot forward to join the action.

Its new series “Step It Up & Dance” will premiere April 3 at 10 p.m., Zap2it.com reports.

On the show, a dozen dancers will participate in a variety of dance style challenges, such as hip-hop, burlesque or Latin to become the last hoofer standing, winning $100,000. The weekly challenges are set up as auditions for performances that range from a music video shoot to a Vegas spectacular.

“Showgirls” and “Saved by the Bell” star Elizabeth Berkley will host, while Emmy Award nominee and Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (“Hairspray,” Legally Blonde”) acts as the competitors’ mentor. Director-choreographer Vincent Paterson (Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour, Michael Jackson’s Bad Tour) and choreographer Nancy O’Meara (“Hannah Montana,” “High School Musical” Tour) are on the juding panel.

On tap tonight

Janice & Abbey (11 p.m. Oxygen): Janice Dickinson — self-anointed as “the world’s first supermodel” — and Abbey Chancey, runner-up for “Britian’s Next Top Model,” are the subjects of this new six-part reality series that will test Miss Chancey’s resolve to make it in the world of high fashion.

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


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