- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A 'Wow!' for Beyonce

Multiple Grammy winner and actress Beyonce Knowles is adding children's programming to her credits with a voice-over gig on Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-winning animated preschool comedy series “Wow! Wow! Wuzzby!” later this month.

In her first project for youngsters, Miss Knowles will provide the voice of Shine, the lead singer of the Wubb Girlz, the hottest girls' band around, with a weeklong celebration from April 27 through May 1, Multichannel.com reports.

The four music-filled episodes feature a new original song composed and performed by the Grammy-winning singer, titled “Sing a Song,” which will be available at iTunes and other digital outlets on April 21. The week culminates with an hourlong Wubb Idol, comprising select episodes that will air that week. The “movie” will replay on Noggin in prime time on May 3, at p.m.

Nickelodeon will support the Wubb Girlz premiere week online and via wireless with dedicated playlists, beginning April 20. The playlists will include themed clips and full “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” episodes, as well as an instant replay of the “Wubb Idol” movie on Nick Jr. video. “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” will continue its presence on Nickelodeon video on demand throughout the month of April.

Meanwhile, the Nick Jr. Web sitewill feature an interactive game and activities to complement the Wubb Girlz premiere week. Beginning April 15, NickJr.com will feature The Great Microphone Hunt game, where youngsters can go online and help Wubbzy and good friend Daizy search the Wubb Club to find the Wubb Girlz microphones that have been lost. “I'm so happy to be a part of 'Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!' because I'm finally able to impress my nephew,” Miss Knowles said.

Jackson's back

Samuel L. Jackson will return as host of the ESPY Awards for the fourth time this summer, Associated Press reports.

The Oscar-nominated actor previously hosted the show that honors the year's top sports performances and moments in 1999, 2001 and 2002. This year's event will move to the Nokia Theatre across from Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles from its longtime home at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

It will air July 19 on cable's ESPN.

'Game' may change

“The Game” as an hourlong dramedy?

With the CW expected to complete its exit from the half-hour comedy genre at the end of this season, the creator/executive producer of one of the network's two remaining comedies, “The Game,” is mulling its conversion into an hourlong series, notes the Hollywood Reporter.

A show switching genres is extremely rare. (In 1999, Fox launched the short-lived “Ally,” a half-hour version of David E. Kelley's hit hourlong dramedy “Ally McBeal.”) However, for “Game,” such a transformation would actually make sense creatively. As a series with no live audience, “Game” already plays like a half-hour dramedy as it mixes comedy with drama more than a traditional sitcom does.

Still, keeping the three-year-old “Game” on for another season is considered a long shot. Once a promising newcomer airing behind “Girlfriends” - the series that spun it off - “Game,” as well as the network's comedy “Everybody Hates Chris,” have been relegated to the low-rated Friday night, where “Game” has averaged 1.9 million viewers this season.

Fox sets 'Love' date

Fox will premiere Mike Fleiss' dating series “More to Love ” July 28, Broadcastingcable.com reports. The series, announced last month, follows a single, average, husky man as he attempts to woo several confident and secure plus-size women.

Fox is currently casting for “More to Love” across the country, B&C notes.

'Kings' canned

NBC is pulling the critically acclaimed “Kings” from Sunday nights, yanking the struggling allegorical drama effective this week, notes the Hollywood Reporter.

“Kings,” which premiered March 29, will be replaced with a second hour of “Dateline.” The long-running newsmagazine will now run for two hours starting at 7 p.m.

On tap tonight

American Masters (At 9 on WETA-Channel 26 and at 10 on WMPT-Channel 22) - A year in the hectic life of Baltimore-born minimalist composer Philip Glass, from his annual ride on the Coney Island Cyclone to the world premiere of an opera in Germany as well as his work with Woody Allen and artist Chuck Close.

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

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