- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2008

‘CSI’ role for Diddy

Sean “Diddy” Combs is becoming a prosecutor - at least on television.

CBS says the rapper and businessman has agreed to a two-episode appearance on “CSI: Miami.”

Mr. Combs will portray a prosecutor who doesn’t get along with police Lt. Horatio Caine, played by David Caruso, Associated Press reports.

CBS said Tuesday that Mr. Combs’ episodes probably will air in mid- to late winter.

Mr. Combs drew praise for his role in the ABC movie “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Another rap artist, Nelly, has had a recurring role this season in “CSI: New York.”

Linney’s ‘Masterpiece’

Emmy winner (“John Adams”) and three-time Oscar nominee Laura Linney has been tapped to host the 2009 season of the “Masterpiece Classic” series on PBS, Variety reports.

She succeeds Gillian Anderson as host of the series, which premiered last year when the “Masterpiece Theater” franchise was broken up into three distinct series: “Masterpiece Classic,” “Masterpiece Contemporary” and “Masterpiece Mystery!”

Next year’s lineup of “Masterpiece Classic” costume dramas includes an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” “Wuthering Heights” and “The Incomplete Charles Dickens.”

“Masterpiece Classic” will run January through May, kicking off Jan. 4 with “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” Variety says.

CBS has a ‘Secret’

CBS will once again be the home of the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.” This will be the sixth installment for CBS, which first picked up the special in 2002.

The fashion show, airing Dec. 3 at 10 p.m., will be held for the first time in Miami at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

The annual holiday special will feature supermodel Heidi Klum and top models Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks and Marisa Miller, among many others.

Emmys eye cable move

Faced with the prospect of ABC and CBS shunning its low-rated telecast, the Daytime Emmys could become a lot less soap-centric next year as organizers entertain new ideas that could include shifting the show to cable.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is sifting through bids from two broadcast networks and two cable channels to carry the telecast. NATAS President Peter Price said a decision could be made by year’s end.

He declined to name the networks, though ABC and CBS - which traditionally have carried the ceremony on a Friday night in late May or early June - likely aren’t in the running. ABC, which carried the telecast this year, isn’t interested in doing it again in 2009 after CBS dropped out. (Next year was supposed to be CBS’ turn as the two generally alternate, THR notes.)

“We’re still talking to CBS and ABC, but it’s more likely going to be another network,” Mr. Price said.

The 2008 Daytime Emmys hit an all-time low in viewership with an audience of 5.3 million when the program aired June 20. It has been a tough climate for many awards shows; the Miss America Pageant moved to cable several years ago.

“It’s sort of the way that ratings are going, especially on a Friday night,” Mr. Price said.

Debbie’s divorce shocker

TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos says she is hurt - and surprised - by her husband’s divorce filing, which she learned about from Internet reports.

“I am extremely saddened by the dissolution of my seven-year relationship with my husband,” the host of E!’s Daily 10 tells People.com.

Jay Faires, a music executive, filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, according to Los Angeles court papers filed Nov. 12. Mr. Faires, who wed Miss Matenopoulos, 33, in July 2003 and separated from her in March, is requesting that the court not award her spousal support.

“I am not a proponent of divorce, and I believe in working things out,” says Miss Matenopoulos, a two-time Emmy nominee and former co-host of “The View.”

“So you can only imagine my extreme sadness and disillusionment when I was informed of my husband’s divorce proceedings, much like you were, by reading them online,” she said.

On tap tonight …

The Shield (10 p.m., FX) - The acclaimed drama signs off in a 90-minute series finale that promises to wrap up the stories of crooked cop Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and his colleagues.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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