- The Washington Times - Monday, May 26, 2008

Much ado about nothing

Despite a string of never-ending headlines, E! Entertainment Television apparently feels we need to know more about Denise Richards and her acrimonious split with ex-husband Charlie Sheen and about spotlight-hogger Dina Lohan — who somehow manages to get nearly as much press as her troubled superstar daughter, Lindsay.

Frequently the subject of tabloid fodder, both Miss Richards and Mrs. Lohan are the stars of their own reality series, bowing tonight on the basic cable channel.

No one faults Miss Richards for wanting to hype her new show, “Denise Richards: It’s Complicated” (premiering at 10 p.m.), although the timing of the hoopla — disputing Mr. Sheen’s claims that she e-mailed him a request to be a sperm donor for her future offspring — seems suspect.

While working the talk-show circuit last week, Miss Richards insisted she had no interest in discussing Mr. Sheen and only wanted to promote her series. Somehow, though, his name — and the matter of his role as a sperm donor — kept creeping into each conversation.

Those who tune in tonight can expect this tawdry battle to continue as Miss Richards (with the couple’s adorable daughters, 4-year-old Sam and 2-year-old Lola, unwittingly in tow) accelerates her efforts to air her dirty laundry about Mr. Sheen along with other aspects of her life.

To his credit, Mr. Sheen went to court a few months back seeking an injunction to stop Miss Richards from using the youngsters in the series.

Sadly, he didn’t prevail.

So now, according to E! viewers will witness Miss Richards “picking up the pieces of her life in the wake of a bitter public divorce and the recent death of her mother as she’s ready to put the past behind her and take an open and honest look at her image.”

Of course, this also means being on the prowl for a new man, so we’ll see Miss Richards preparing for a blind date — who’s not likely to be your average Joe.

“Everyone says I need to date a normal guy. What is normal, anyway?,” Miss Richards asks. “For me, normal is a famous actor or a rock star. That’s normal.”

How riveting.

As if this weren’t enough, tonight’s premiere also involves Miss Richards attempting to find a suitable stud for her pet pig, Charlotte, to produce a litter of piglets.

“Livin’ Lohan,” Mrs. Lohan’s show (following at 10:30 p.m.) presumably, doesn’t involve animals, but, it’s equally narcissistic — although its star would beg to differ.

“I did this to defuse the rumors about my family,” Dina Lohan tells TV Guide in its May 26 edition. “The media has just been so horrific to us over the past two years … I just want to get the message across that we’re a normal family.”

Yeah, right.

The series will follow the 46-year-old single mom as she attempts to jump-start daughter Ali’s (age 14) burgeoning singing and acting career while also keeping track of son Cody’s (age 11) school and sports schedules, and the goings on of eldest son Michael (age 20).

The most famous member of the Lohan clan won’t be appearing on the show.

“I told Lindsay I don’t want her on the show right now,” Mrs. Lohan says in TV Guide. “Doing reality TV would almost be taking a step backward as far as her career goes.”


The usually chipper Lisa Simpson isn’t sounding so happy these days.

Yeardley Smith, who provides the voice for “The Simpsons” brainy character Lisa, filed for divorce on Wednesday from her husband Daniel Erickson, Zap2it.com says, citing a report by TMZ.com.

The petition, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, cites irreconcilable differences for the split. Miss Smith, 43, is requesting that she not be ordered to pay spousal support.

The couple tied the knot in 2002, and they have no children. Miss Smith, an Emmy winner for her role as Lisa, was previously wed to actor Christopher Grove, whom she divorced in 1992.

On tap tonight

The 9th Annual Movie Preview Awards (8 p.m., MyNetworkTV, Channel 20) Trailers can be just as much fun to watch as the movies they represent — sometimes moreso. They get their due with comedian Sinbad hosting this two-hour event. Film trailers will compete for recognition in 16 categories, including Trailer of the Year, Best Summer Blockbuster Trailer and Most Original Trailer. There’s even a Golden Fleece Award for the best trailer for a bad movie. (No, Paris Hilton’s “The Hottie & the Nottie” isn’t nominated for that honor — it’s in the Trashiest Trailer category.)

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



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