- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2008

Flav on network TV

Is there no end to the Flavor Flav madness?

MyNetworkTV has ordered 13 episodes of a new half-hour sitcom, “Under One Roof,” starring the Public Enemy rapper and VH1 reality-show star.

The series is scheduled to premiere this spring, MediaWeek.com reports.

According to MyNetworkTV, Flav will play Calvester Hill, an ex-convict who moves in with his wealthy conservative brother, Walter (Kelly Perine). Calvester subsequently turns the Hill family’s life upside down, parading his old prison cronies through the house; teaching his nephew Walter Jr. to be a gangsta rapper; and butting heads with Walter’s snooty wife, Ashley.

The series is in production in Toronto.

In the meantime, you can catch Flav (real name William Drayton Jr.) when the latest edition of his VH1 hit, “Flavor of Love 3,” kicks off its third season Monday at 9 p.m.

‘A.I.’ tops primaries

When it comes to nationwide competitions that play out on TV, “American Idol” trumps in viewer interest more than anything that happened in New York, California and elsewhere on Super Tuesday, the Hollywood reporter notes.

As expected, Fox and “American Idol” steamrolled the competition in Tuesday night’s primetime. The monster Fox reality series averaged 27.8 million viewers, according to preliminary estimates released yesterday by Nielsen Media Research.

“Idol” and a new episode of “House” (23.2 million viewers) stood out over Fox’s rivals, which also included three hours of prime time Super Tuesday coverage on ABC, two hours on CBS and an hour on NBC. But some networks may have also had lower ratings due to preemptions of incoming primary results, the Hollywwod Reporter said.

On tap tonight

Lipstick Jungle (10 p.m., NBC) — In tonight’s premiere of this long-awaited series based on the book of the same name by “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell, we meet movie exec Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields), editor in chief Nico Reilly (Kim Raver) and fashion designer Victory Ford (Lindsay Price), a high-powered trio of New Yorkers as theymaneuver their way through life, love and career demands in the Big Apple. Their goals? Wendy longs to balance career and family, Nico has her heart set on becoming CEO, and the free-spirited Victory hopes to find Mr. Right. Sound familiar? It should. We’ve seen it all before in the far superior “Sex and the City” and most recently in ABC’s tepid “Cashmere Mafia.” There’s nothing new here.

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

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