- The Washington Times - Friday, February 29, 2008

Somethin’s gotta ‘Give’

The world, apparently, needs more Oprah Winfrey.

If her daily talk show, eponymous magazine, XM satellite radio program and recent role as would-be political kingmaker aren’t enough, we give you “Oprah’s Big Give,” premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. on ABC. The show, a sort of altruistic twist on “The Apprentice,” notes Associated Press, sends competing do-gooders on missions to surprise needy people with help — and they have five days to get it done.

At the end of each episode, the contestants are judged on how well they pulled off that week’s assignment. The one who comes up short gets sent home. Then, at the end of the eight-week series, there’ll be the biggest surprise of all: The contestant deemed the “biggest giver” will receive a $1 million prize.

“The biggest giver becomes the biggest winner,” explains Miss Winfrey.

“Oprah Winfrey Show” regular, designer Nate Berkus, is the host. The panel of “expert judges” consists of “Naked Chef” Jamie Oliver, NFL superstar Tony Gonzalez and Malaak Compton-Rock, wife of comedian Chris Rock, who’s involved in humanitarian work.

The 10 contestants at the start of the series include a U.S. veteran of the Iraq war, a 22-year-old dot-com millionaire, a former girl-gang member, a TV producer who’s a paraplegic and a beauty pageant queen.

HBO, YouTube team

Now it’s really not just TV.

According to E! Online, HBO has inked a deal with YouTube to create a signature channel on the video-sharing site to air highlights from some of the premium cable network’s most popular shows — including “Entourage,” “The Wire,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Extras” and “Def Comedy Jam.”

Most notable, however, will be full-length episodes of HBO’s newest hit, “In Treatment,” as well as “Habla y Habla,” an in-depth look at what it’s like to be a Latino living in the U.S.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Also included in the deal will be segments from HBO’s long-running “Stand-Up Comedy” specials and “Real Sports” and memorable clips from older series like “Sex and the City” — though absent from the list so far is “The Sopranos,” which now airs in syndication on A&E.;

There will also be various promos plugging the latest, greatest from HBO Films and HBO Documentary Films, like the upcoming miniseries, “John Adams,” starring Paul Giamatti as the second U.S. president, and the documentary “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo,” which was the Special Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

This isn’t HBO’s first foray into Internet programming. HBO on Broadband, a free download service available via HBO.com, allows users to stream hundreds of hours of movies, HBO original series (including “The Sopranos”) and other bonus exclusives on their computers.

‘Bachelor’ rejects show

ABC is sending out an APB for past stars of “The Bachelor,” offering up a “Where Are They Now?” special that will also serve as a preview for the next installment of the show.

“The Bachelor: Where Are They Now?” is scheduled for March 10 at 8 p.m., Zap2it.com reports.

It doesn’t appear that all 11 previous bachelors will be taking part. Aaron Buerge (season two) and Andrew Firestone (season three) will provide updates on their post-show lives, but others, it seems, will only be seen in clips.

Among the women featured in the special are upcoming “Bachelorette” DeAnna Pappas; Charlie O’Connell’s chosen woman, Sarah Brice; Moana Dixon, the final woman eliminated during “The Bachelor: Paris”; and Trish Schneider, who tracked down Jesse Palmer after being eliminated in season five.

Viewers will also get a preview of the upcoming season, which premieres March 17 with Londoner Matt Grant at its center.

As with all things “Bachelor,” Chris Harrison will be your host.

Weekend highlights

Tonight

Your Mama Don’t Dance (9 p.m., Lifetime): Choreographer/actor Cris Judd — known best for his brief marriage to Jennifer Lopez — Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen (“Pippin”) and singer/actress Vitamin C (“The Amanda Show”) are the judges for the dance competition series premiering tonight. Hosted by “Beverly Hills 90210’s” Ian Ziering (last seen as a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”), the series will pair young professional dancers with one of their parents for an eight-week competition. The winner — who will receive $100,000 in cash and prizes — will be determined by call-in votes from viewers.

Tomorrow

George Carlin: It’s Bad for Ya (10 p.m., HBO): As he turns 70, the bad-boy comic continues his relentless routines that rip society’s most sacred taboos and institutions. In his 14th solo special for HBO, Mr. Carlin unleashes his latest catalog of comic rants live from the Wells Fargo Center of the Arts in Santa Rosa, Calif. The special will feature his take on such issues as the advantages of being old; euphemisms associated with dead people; child worship and his intolerance of stupid and/or boring people, among other topics.

Sunday

Osmonds 50th Anniversary Reunion (7 p.m., WETA-Channel 26): All seven members of entertainment’s Osmond family reunite to perform many of their best-selling hits in this concert special, recorded in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel showroom. Video clips and historic photos are presented around many of the performances, which include cameo appearances by celebrity guests such as Andy Williams.

Compiled By Kelly Jane Torrance and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.


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