- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

‘Choice’ picks

How heroic. “Iron Man” will battle “The Dark Knight” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” for favorite movie at the 35th annual People’s Choice Awards, Associated Press reports.

”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House” are nominated for favorite TV drama, and “Two and a Half Men,” “Ugly Betty” and “Samantha Who?” are nominated for favorite TV comedy.

Queen Latifah will host the viewer-voted awards show, to air live Jan. 7 (on CBS) from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Awards will be presented in more than 40 categories, including favorite new TV drama, talk-show host, rock song, on-screen matchup and leading lady.

Nominees also include Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg for favorite leading man; Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson and Queen Latifah for favorite leading lady; Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for favorite funny male star; and Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg for favorite funny female star.

Short takes

— Live from New York! It’s Tim McGraw. The country music star will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 22, Associated Press reports. He joins a shortlist of country stars, including Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, to host the show, AP notes.

— MSNBC said Monday that it had signed a contract extension with “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann that takes him through the end of President-elect Barack Obama’s first term. In February 2007, Mr. Olbermann signed an agreement that would keep him and “Countdown” on the air through 2011, the Hollywood Reporter notes. However, in recent months, Mr. Olbermann and MSNBC had been negotiating to extend it further.

On tap tonight…

Heroes at Home (8 p.m., MyNetwork TV) - Former Oakland Raiders standout and Fox “NFL Sunday” analyst Howie Long offers a Veterans Day salute profiling six military heroes from around the United States who will share their personal experiences of service in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

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

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