- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Smith makes ‘Time’

Jada Pinkett Smith is returning to television as the star and executive producer of TNT’s drama pilot “Time Heals.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project, penned by Emmy winner John Masius, centers on Nancy Hawthorne (Miss Pinkett Smith), a strong but caring director of nursing at Charlotte Mercy Hospital in North Carolina, a single mother who always puts the pain of others first.

A Baltimore native, Miss Pinkett Smith co-starred on the NBC comedy “A Different World” for two years before segueing to feature films. She can be seen on the big screen in “The Women” and recently wrapped her writing and directorial feature debut, “The Human Contract.” She also co-created and executive produced the UPN comedy “All of Us” with husband Will Smith and Betsy Borns.

Legacy explored

PBS’ “American Masters” puts a spotlight on Hollywood history this week with an in-depth look at the Warner Bros. studio and its 85-year legacy.

“You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story” (at 9 tonight through Thursday, WETA-Channel 26 and WMPT-Channel 22) offers a five-hour chronicle of the studio and its films. Oscar winner Clint Eastwood narrates tonight’s opening installment, titled “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet (1923-35),” about the movie studio’s first years, when its top star was a dog named Rin Tin Tin, and its gradual move into gritty fare.

In addition to “You Must Remember This,” written and directed by Richard Schickel (“The Men Who Made the Movies”), PBS also will air Cass Warner Sperling’s “The Brothers Warner” (10 p.m. Thursday), an intimate 90-minute look at the four brothers from Youngstown, Ohio.

Miss Sperling, granddaughter of Harry Warner, doesn’t dwell on the brothers’ origins, instead focusing on the studio they built and the clashes between figurehead Jack Warner and older brother Harry. Brother Albert — who was born in Baltimore — is the family peacekeeper, and Sam served as a producer on Warner Bros. films, including Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer.” Sam Warner was the first brother to die, at age 40, the day before the landmark film was released.

“I was fortunate enough to have my grandfather in my life for the first 10 years of my life,” Miss Sperling told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Also tonight…

Dancing With the Stars ( 9 p.m., ABC) — The megahit reality series continues its three-night seventh-season opener as the celebrity contestants — Lance Bass, Brooke Burke, Toni Braxton, Rocco DiSpirito, Maurice Greene, Kim Kardashian, Cloris Leachman, Cody Linley, Susan Lucci, Misty May-Treanor, Ted McGinley, Jeffrey Ross and Warren Sapp — show off their best moves.

This just in

The Emmy Awards had one of its smallest audiences ever on Sunday, with an estimated 12.2 million viewers, Associated Press reports. The telecast faced tough competition with a Dallas-Green Bay football game and “60 Minutes” interviews with presidential contenders Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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