- The Washington Times - Friday, January 2, 2009

Paging Dr. Corday

Alex Kingston, known for her role as Dr. Elizabeth Corday on “ER,” will return to the show as Dr. Mark Greene’s widow, TVGuide.com reports.

Miss Kingston, whose original “ER” run spanned seven seasons (1997 to 2004) will resurface in the Jan. 15 episode, when Neela goes in for an attending interview and is surprised to run into Dr. Corday.

“I’ve been gone five years, but it seems like yesterday,” Miss Kingston says. “It’ll be great to see everyone again.”

Her return is the latest encore confirmed for “ER’s” final season. Most recently, Anthony Edwards appeared as Mark Greene (albeit in cleverly reconstructed flashbacks revolving around Angela Bassett’s Dr. Cate Banfield). Also expected back during the long-running medical drama’s final months are Noah Wyle and Eriq La Salle (although only as a director).

The series finale for “ER” is set for March 12.

‘Unsung’ praises

“Unsung,” TV One’s superb new documentary series honoring influential yet underpraised R&B; and gospel music greats, is seeking input from viewers on the next group of subjects for the program, according to a posting on the network’s Web site (TVoneonline.com).

The acclaimed series, launched in early December, has profiled four subjects so far, including the brilliant careers and suicides of Phyllis Hyman and Donny Hathaway, the rise and fall of ‘80s family group DeBarge and the resilience of the Clark Sisters of gospel music fame.

Produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions - whose credits include the reality shows “Hell’s Kitchen,” “The Swan” and “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” - “Unsung” is narrated by another voice from the past, ‘80s soul singer Al B. Sure.

Short takes

• “Dexter” co-star Lauren Velez has been tapped for a multi-episode arc on ABC’s dramedy “Ugly Betty.” Miss Velez will play Elena, a nurse who enters the lives of the Suarez family, on the ABC Studios-produced series, the Hollywood Reporter says. On “Dexter,” Miss Velez plays Lt. Maria Laguerta, a higher-up and resident dictator at the Miami Police Department. Her series credits include HBO’s “Oz” and Fox’s “New York Undercover.”

• Also from Hollywood Reporter: The premiere episode of the upcoming second season of HBO’s offbeat comedy “Flight of the Conchords” has raked in about 250,000 streams in its first 10 days on FunnyorDie.com. That’s in addition to the tens of thousands of views on HBO.com, which also showcases the season opener, Hollywood Reporter says. Not too bad for a show that drew 950,000 viewers for its first-season finale - and much better than the 100,000 views the first-season premiere scored on MySpace last year. The promotional streaming of “Concords” on FunnyOrDie marks the first such collaboration between the pay cable network and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s comedy Web site after HBO took an ownership stake in the Internet venture in June.

• Nickelodeon is launching a pop-culture Web site where youngsters can post and vote on such topics as TV, movies, music and sports, says MediaWeek.com, citing a story from Hollywood Reporter. UPickDaily.com will enable children to be “their own content providers, programming directors, distributors and news aggregators” on any number of topics, which also can include gaming, celebrities and the Internet. On the site, children can blog; share content; submit or take quizzes and polls; or post, read and comment on what they like or dislike the most. Nick says the site will evolve daily to reflect children’s ever-changing interests, with all content moderated around the clock.

Weekend highlights

Friday

Supernanny (9 p.m., ABC) - “The Park Family.” For the first time ever, series star Jo Frost comes to the rescue of a nanny in over her head in dealing with the rambunctious Park children.

Saturday

Crash marathon (9 p.m. Starz) - Here’s a chance to catch up on the happenings and watch the first season-ending cliffhanger of the network’s new original drama series.

Sunday

Bridezillas marathon (3 p.m., We TV) - Savor the guilty pleasure of watching real-life brides behaving badly before and during their special day.

• Written and compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse

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