- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Stirring another pot

Fox hopes to do at least one live special on which “Hell’s Kitchen” star Gordon Ramsay shows viewers how to make a dinner, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The program will urge viewers to make a three-course meal along with the world-famous chef.

“It has been picked up, and I can’t wait for it to go live,” Mr. Ramsay tells THR. “My frustration is that most cooking shows don’t really cook … their ingredients are prepped earlier; that’s not cooking … it’s nice to show the journey from live ingredient to [finished meal].”

No airdate has been set for Mr. Ramsay’s modern-day take on Julia Child, although the network is eyeing spring or fall. If successful, the network hopes to do more specials. However, it doesn’t see the format as a weekly series.

The format is based on Mr. Ramsay’s British version of the project, called “Cook Along,” which prompted thousands of viewers to hold cooking parties along with the show. Viewers are told which ingredients they’ll need ahead of time and then are led breezily through the cooking process. Fox plans to intercut shots of a few families cooking as well.

Last year, Fox gave Mr. Ramsay a blind commitment for an as-yet-unannounced new series and the live special as part of a new overall deal with the chef, THR says.

Bias cited

In a petition to the Federal Communications Commission last week, the National Hispanic Media Coalition claims that hate speech is “prevalent” on national cable news networks and says it wants the government to do something about that, Multichannel.com reports.

That was one of the assertions made by the group in a formal request that the commission open a notice of inquiry into “the extent, the effect, and possible remedies” to what it said was a pervasive problem and not just on conservative talk radio.

NHMC, a nonprofit Los Angeles-based media advocacy group, cited a 2007 Media Matters study that concluded “the alleged connection between illegal immigration and crime” was discussed on 94 episodes of CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” 66 times on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” and 29 times on Glenn Beck’s CNN Headline News show. Mr. Beck has since moved to Fox News.

Mr. Dobbs’ ongoing criticism of immigration reform and border enforcement or, more specifically, the lack of it, has often drawn criticism from immigrants rights groups, NHMC says.

NHMC defined hate speech as speech whose cumulative effect is to create an atmosphere of hate and prejudice that “legitimizes” violence against its targets.

BET acquires ‘Game’

“The Game” is coming to BET.

The cable network has acquired off-network rights to the CW comedy series from CBS TV Distribution and will begin airing segments from the show’s first two seasons in February. The deal also gives BET rights to the third season, currently set to air on the CW starting in the fall, Variety reports.

“The Game” stars Tia Mowry, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Brittany Daniel as wives and girlfriends of professional football players.

The show marks the first series acquisition made by Barbara Zaneri, the former Choice Entertainment president who recently joined BET as executive vice president of acquisitions, Variety says.

In the network’s other acquisitions, BET has just acquired rights to ABC’s Emmy-nominated made-for-TV movie “A Raisin in the Sun,” starring Sean “Diddy” Combs, and the cable TV rights to the recent feature film “Not Easily Broken,” adapted from T.D. Jakes’ novel.

On tap tonight

Independent Lens (10 p.m., WETA-Channel 26) - Oscar nominee Don Cheadle (“Hotel Rwanda”) narrates a profile of influential radio-and-TV personality Ralph “Petey” Greene (1931-84), whom he played in the 2007 film “Talk to Me.” Mr. Greene’s rise to the top, though, was not without difficulties, thanks to his brash style and personal demons.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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