- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2009

‘Daily’ in Iran

Comedy Central says “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones is reporting from Iran for a week of dispatches titled, “Access of Evil.”

His reports will air on the spoof news program anchored by Jon Stewart beginning Monday.

Taped earlier this month, Mr. Jones’ dispatches find him interviewing a cross section of society, including an Iranian family, an underground rapper and a feminist blogger. He also attends a speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Associated Press reports.

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” airs weeknights at 11 on Comedy Central.

According to the New York Times, the reports were taped over 10 days in late May and earlier this month ahead of the June 12 Iranian elections.

Dancing queen?

So, does Katie Holmes think she can dance?

The actress reportedly taped a guest appearance for “So You Think You Can Dance” on Monday, says the New York Daily News, citing a story from Usmagazine.com.

“They are making it seem like a huge Broadway production,” says a source. “It’s a massive set.”

According to published reports, Miss Holmes, who previously danced during a guest appearance on “Eli Stone,” was seen arriving at a sound stage on the CBS Studio lot where the dance competition show airs live each week.

It’s also reported that the actress and wife of Tom Cruise “has been working on this for a long time,” the source adds. “She is working with the choreographer Tyce Diorio.”

How will she do compared to the show’s professional dancers?

“She looks incredible. She is just doing an amazing job,” the source says of Miss Holmes, 30. “Everyone is absolutely floored by how talented she is.”

A ‘Lot’ more

One of the surprise successes of the last TV season, CBS’ special “I Get That a Lot,” will get some more life on the network, Zap2it.com reports.

The hidden-camera special, in which celebrities work regular jobs and attempt to convince people they only look like the famous people they are, will be back three more times in the 2009-10 season. The first special aired on April Fool’s Day and featured supermodel Heidi Klum working in a pizza shop, “Survivor” host Jeff Probst bagging groceries and singer Jessica Simpson fixing computers.

Although it wasn’t heavily promoted on the network, “I Get That a Lot” won its time slot in viewers (10.35 million) and adults between ages 18 and 49. Those results gave CBS its highest ratings at 8 p.m. Wednesday in five months, Zap2it.com notes.

CBS says it will announce celebrity participants for the three new specials later. The network also hasn’t set airdates for the show.

Boyle heads to U.S.

Susan Boyle may be jumping across the pond.

The breakout star of “Britain’s Got Talent,” who captured the attention of the entire world when the video of her audition went viral, has been invited to perform on the U.S. version of the show, People.com reports.

“America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan spoke with reporters Tuesday and said the Scottish songstress is welcome to perform on the NBC talent competition.

“If she’s up for it and she is well enough,” said Mr. Morgan, “our feeling is she probably will [appear on ‘AGT’]. Absolutely!”

Miss Boyle, who was briefly hospitalized for exhaustion in a London clinic after she landed in second place on the British competition, has returned to performing, and Simon Cowell, who produces both the American and British versions of the show, plans to bring her to the American stage, Mr. Morgan said.

“Susan singing live to 25 million Americans? That would be great!” Mr. Morgan said, adding that, “she still gets a bit tired sometimes, but she is 48.”

According to her brother John Boyle, performing in America would be a good match, he said, because 95 percent of his sister’s fan mail comes from the U.S.

CW sets fall launch

The CW plans to kick off its fall lineup a tad later this year, launching Sept. 8 with the premiere of “90210” and “Melrose Place,” the Hollywood Reporter notes.

While that’s early compared to most broadcast networks, it’s a week later than the CW’s launch last fall, which began Sept 1. The network prefers to get a running head start on competitors, but going early does have a cost: Top shows like “Gossip Girl” had more momentum-disrupting repeats than usual last season.

The CW also became the first broadcaster to alter a fall schedule announced at last month’s upfronts, electing to swap the time periods for “Gossip Girl” and “One Tree Hill” on Mondays.

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

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