- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2009

‘Break’ star moves

“Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller will guest-star in the Season 11 premiere of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” TVGuide.com reports.

Mr. Miller, who spent years running from the police on Fox’s “Break,” will be on the other side of the law this time around. He will play a New York cop named Nate Kendal who saves a rape victim and crosses paths with detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni).

Joining ‘Grown-ups’

Another party guest has been added to the “Saturday Night Live” reunion taking place on the set of the Columbia Pictures comedy “Grown Ups.”

Tim Meadows, a 10-year “SNL” alum, joins former colleagues Adam Sandler, Maya Rudolph, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Chris Rock, Norm Macdonald, Tim Herlihy and Colin Quinn in the cast of the ensemble comedy about high school friends who get together 30 years after graduation, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

Mr. Sandler, who is producing with Jack Giarraputo via their Happy Madison shingle, wrote the script with Fred Wolf. Dennis Dugan (“I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”) is directing.

Mr. Meadows has appeared in the features “Mean Girls,” “Benchwarmers,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “Semi-Pro” and “The Ladies Man.”

He also stars on the TBS comedy “The Bill Engvall Show” and will appear in Fox’s summer movie “Aliens in the Attic.”

Griffin hosts roast

Kathy Griffin has been tapped to host Comedy Central’s roast of Joan Rivers, airing Aug. 9, Variety says.

Comedy Central is increasing the frequency of its roasts to more than once a year for the first time. The specials typically rank high on the list of the cabler’s most-watched programs, the trade publication notes.

The Rivers edition will tape on July 26 at CBS Radford Studios. Previous roasts have been held on the lot at Warner Bros.

“I will be roasting Joan with more gentleness and tenderness than her latest chemical peel,” quipped Miss Griffin, who stars in the Bravo reality show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List.”

Comedy Central’s most recent roast, in which Larry the Cable Guy was skewered in March, remains the net’s most-watched program for the year.

That special drew 4.1 million viewers, making it the third-most-watched special behind the roasts of Jeff Foxworthy (6.2 million) and Pamela Anderson (4.3 million).

Match points

More than 11 million viewers watched Roger Federer’s epic five-set victory over Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon men’s final Sunday, giving the BBC its best viewing tally for the championships in five years, notes the Hollywood Reporter.

Sunday’s final scored even more viewers than the semifinal between Mr. Roddick and hot-favorite British contender Andy Murray, which drew 10 million viewers two days before.

The Wimbledon final saw Mr. Federer lift the coveted All England Club trophy for a record sixth time, but the five-set battle - which eventually was won 18 games to 16 in the marathon final set - played havoc with BBC schedules as the match ran well over the anticipated time.

The BBC ran its early-evening news and then the Sunday evening edition of “Antiques Roadshow” on BBC2 to avoid breaking off from the game. On Friday, Mr. Murray was beaten by Mr. Roddick in a four-set game.

Caught in a ‘Lie’

Two faces that popped up at the end of the first season of “Lie to Me” will be sticking around for its second.

Mekhi Phifer will be a regular on the Fox series in the fall, while Jennifer Beals will continue her recurring role, Zap2it.com reports. Each actor appeared in two episodes toward the end of last season, including the finale.

Mr. Phifer (formerly of “ER”) plays FBI agent Ben Reynolds, who serves as the bureau’s point man when deception expert Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and his team are called in to assist on cases. Miss Beals (Showtime’s “The L Word”) plays Zoe Landau, a U.S. attorney who is also Cal’s ex-wife.

The show begins its second season Sept. 28.

‘Talent’ tops Nielsens

NBC’s got a hit so far with “America’s Got Talent.”

In its second week, “Talent” retained the top prime-time position as well as taking the No. 2 slot, Associated Press reports, citing data from Nielsen Media Research. It even scored ninth place with an encore airing.

However, in a rerun-laden holiday week, CBS claimed the lead overall, bolstered by its hit scripted dramas. NBC was runner-up.

CBS averaged 6.9 million viewers, while NBC had 5.4 million. Fox had 4.2 million, while ABC had 3.7 million viewers. Following were My Network TV with 1.4 million viewers, the CW with 900,000 viewers and ION Television with 580,000 viewers.

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with an average audience of 3.3 million viewers, Telemundo had 1.1 million viewers, TeleFutura 750,000 viewers, and Azteca 170,000 viewers.

As usual, NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.3 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.2 million viewers, and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.7 million viewers.

For the week of June 29 through July 5, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1) “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 13.15 million; 2) “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 11.44 million; 3) “NCIS,” CBS, 10.83 million; 4) “The Mentalist” (Tuesday), CBS, 10.55 million; 5) “The Mentalist,” (Thursday), CBS, 9.79 million; 6) “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.29 million; 7) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.39 million; 8) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 8.236 million; 9) “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday-repeat), NBC, 8.235 million; and 10) “CSI: NY,” CBS, 8.20 million.

They’re baaaack!

Bravo is bringing back “The Real Housewives of New York City” for a third season, Broadcastingcable.com reported Tuesday.

The network is casting for additional housewives to join the series, although it isn’t clear which of the current cast members will be leaving the show.

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

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