- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It’s No. 3 for ‘Wives’

A mere five weeks into its sophomore run, “Army Wives” has been enlisted for a third season, Lifetimes announced at Friday’s session of the Television Critics Association, TVGuide.com reports.

“Since premiering last year, ‘Army Wives’ has become a game-changer for Lifetime,” said Andrea Wong, the cable network’s president and chief executive. “Announcing this early renewal is a testament to the enormous faith and confidence we have in this show.”

This season, the “Wives” are No. 1 with Lifetime’s target demographic of women 18 to 49 as well as women 25 to 54 among all ad-supported basic cable series, TVGuide.com reports.

VHI plans Who tribute

VH1 is serving up a multiplatform experience for fans of the British rock group the Who, the subject of the network’s latest VH1 Rock Honors series, Multichannel.com reports.

The network taped the tribute concert — featuring live performances by Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Tenacious D and the Who itself — on SaturdayJuly 12 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Multichannel says.

“VH1 Rock Honors: The Who” will be broadcast Thursday at 9 p.m. However, fans who can’t wait a few days can start accessing “sneak peek” performances, backstage celebrity interviews and behind-the-scenes video beginning Tuesday at Rock.VH1.com.

Rainn Wilson of “The Office,” who also stars in the upcoming comedy feature “The Rocker,” will be the backstage host, interviewing both performers and presenters exclusively for VH1.com.

One for the road

The District’s NBC4 joined 3rd Dimension Inc. for Monday’s launch of NBC Washington Traffic Cam, a free service … for mobile phone users that will provide live, up-to-the-second traffic video and information for the District, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland.

The program is designed to help millions of daily commuters view traffic tie-ups on their mobile devices before beginning their commutes. With access to a network of more than 450 live roadside cameras, the service can help data-enabled cell-phone users plan their commutes more carefully and avoid gridlocked areas. This advertising-supported service is powered by Mobileyes software from 3rd Dimension.

To download the application, commuters should click on the NBC Washington Traffic Cam link at www.NBC4.com or call 877/NBC-DC03 (877/622-3203). A text message is then sent to the user, who can click on the link to download and install the application.

On tap tonight …

Hurl (9 p.m. G4 TV) — In this latest slice of reality fare, contestants stuff themselves with food, then try to stop themselves from upchucking it during over-the-top challenges. On the premiere episode, they wolf down macaroni and cheese before being strapped into steel-caged human bowling balls to careen down the famous Second Street Tunnel in Los Angeles. An encore presentation follows at 9:30 p.m. on the cable channel.

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



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