- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Game on for ‘L&O;’

NBC’s “Law & Order” is entering the mobile marketplace with a game designed to appeal to the franchise’s female fans, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The development of “Law & Order: Celebrity Betrayal” was described as a collaborative process among the mobile-game publisher LimeLife, NBC Universal’s mobile department, “L&O;” creator and executive producer Dick Wolf, and executive producer Peter Jankowski.

LimeLife and NBC Universal’s Bravo property also recently collaborated on a mobile extension for Bravo’s reality series, “Top Chef.”

The game will follow the formula of “L&O;,” with users virtually searching for clues through a celebrity crime scene in New York, questioning witnesses and bringing the case to trial. It will have contributions from automated characters from the series, including those of series stars Jesse L. Martin and Sam Waterston.

“Celebrity Betrayal” is available on AT&T; and T-Mobile and within the next couple of weeks on Verizon. It is priced at $6.99 for download-to-own on AT&T; and T-Mobile and $2.99 for a recurring monthly subscription on T-Mobile. Pricing is not yet available for Verizon.

‘AMW’ heads to D.C.

Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” is heading to the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, FishbowlDC.com reports. The new interactive studio — which occasionally will host upcoming “AMW” broadcasts — also houses the AMW hot line, 800/CRIME-TV. The facility, co-owned and operated by “AMW” host John Walsh, is slated to open May 9.

According to culturaltourismdc.org, the new museum (downtown at 575 Seventh St. NW) will “provide memorable insight into the history of crime, crime fighting and solving, and the consequences of committing a crime through an interactive, entertaining, and educational experience.”

It’s all relative at NBC

If exploring the lives of celebrities has become passe, NBC has a new solution: Find their ancestors.

The Peacock network has ordered a genealogy reality series called “Who Do You Think You Are” from the U.K. production house Wall to Wall (PBS’ “Frontier House”) in association with Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky’s Is or Isn’t Entertainment, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

The hour-long program will be based on the hit British series in which stars are shown the oft-surprising details of their ancestors’ lives. In the U.K. version, the uncovered back stories included tales of bigamy, wartime heroism and, in one case, attempted murder.

“Who Do You Think You Are,” which premiered in 2004, will air its fifth season on BBC1 this year. Its fourth-season premiere in the summer scored the show’s highest rating ever, with 6.8 million viewers tuning in.

Star on probation

Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on the ‘60s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” is serving six months’ unsupervised probation in Idaho after reportedly being caught with marijuana in her car, Associated Press reports.

The actress, 69, was sentenced Feb. 29 to five days in jail, fined $410.50 and placed on probation after pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving.

Royals net viewers

ABC News’ March 3 “20/20” special on Britain’s royal family, seen by more than 14 million viewers, netted the biggest audience for that newsmagazine in five years, AP reported yesterday, citing data from Nielsen Media Research.

Yet Fox dominated the week, averaging 12.1 million viewers overall. CBS was second with 8.1 million, followed by NBC with 7.5 million, ABC with 7.3 million and the CW with 2.3 million. Bringing up the rear were My Network TV with 1.3 million and ION Television with 540,000.

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led the pack, averaging 3.7 million viewers, followed by TeleMundo with 1.1 million, Telefutura with 640,000 and Azteca with 160,000 viewers.

For the week of March 3 through 9, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1) “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 28.4 million; 2) “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 28.3 million; 3) “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 26.5 million; 4) “The Moment of Truth,” Fox, 14.7 million; and “20/20: The Royal Family,” ABC, 14.1.

Compiled by Robyn-DeniseYourse from Web and wire reports

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