- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 2, 2008

First guests

Robin Williams will be David Letterman’s first guest upon the return of his “Late Show” on CBS tonight.

The appearance of a Hollywood A-lister who can talk a mile a minute may be Mr. Letterman’s way of quickly trying to draw a distinction between his show and his late-night rivals, who are without writers and may also have trouble booking major entertainers as guests.

NBC’s “Tonight” show said Monday that Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee will appear on Jay Leno’s first show back tonight.

Mr. Letterman announced Friday that his production company, Worldwide Pants, had reached an agreement to have his show return with writers despite the continuing writers strike, which began Nov. 5. The deal also allows writers to return to Craig Ferguson’s late-night show, also owned by Worldwide Pants.

The late-night shows hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien are also returning tonight but have said little about who will be appearing.

Comedy Central’s topical nightly comedies, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” are set to return Monday without striking writers.

No trial

The estate of Rick James has settled a lawsuit claiming that a music publishing company collected money from licensing his songs without permission.

The estate’s attorney, Jennifer J. McGrath, announced the settlement. A trial was to begin Monday.

Dozens of Mr. James’s compositions, though not the late funk singer’s biggest hit “Super Freak,” were involved in the suit, filed in March in Superior Court.

It accused California-based Brooklyn Music Publishing Group Inc. of collecting money from European music publishers and making new foreign deals without authority.

Messages left for Ms. McGrath and Brooklyn Music attorney Vincent Chieffo were not returned.

Grammy winner Mr. James was 56 when he died in 2004 of heart failure.

Wedding bells

Roselyn Sanchez and fellow actor Eric Winter got engaged during a holiday vacation on the island of Vieques, just east of Puerto Rico.

The couple will discuss a date and location for their nuptials on their return to Los Angeles, said Brenda Rodriguez, Miss Sanchez’s publicist.

Miss Sanchez appears in the CBS series “Without a Trace” and produced the 2007 movie “Yellow.” Mr. Winter has appeared in a variety of TV shows, including “Days of Our Lives.”

c Compiled from wire reports.

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