- The Washington Times - Monday, March 9, 2009

New role at CNN

D.L. Hughley’s CNN comedy show, “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News,” is ending as the comedian assumes new responsibilities for the cable channel, Entertainment Weekly reports.

In a statement, the network said, “D.L. approached CNN about being permanently based in Los Angeles, where his family lives. To accommodate this, we agreed upon a new role where he will be a contributor for the network based in Los Angeles.

“We are eager to continue our relationship with D.L., who is a tremendous talent and a valued colleague.”

No finale date has been set, but the show — which debuted last fall and airs Saturday nights — will continue airing through this month.

‘Watchman’ star on TV

“Watchmen” star Jackie Earle Haley is segueing into another comic-book role, this time on TV.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar nominee (for his supporting role in 2006’s “Little Children”) has been tapped to co-star in Fox’s drama pilot “Human Target.”

“Pushing Daisies” alum Chi McBride also has been cast in the project, based on the DC Comics title.

“Target” centers on Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a mysterious freelancer who offers a unique form of security for hire: He assumes the identities of people in danger, becoming the “human target” on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Haley will play Chance’s information gatherer, who keeps his ear to the ground.

Mr. McBride will play Chance’s business partner and friend, THR notes.

Another ‘Housewife’

NeNe, Kim, Sheree and Lisa, those feisty Southern belles of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” will have to make room for one more.

Kandi Burruss, a singer-songwriter from the platinum-selling ‘90s R&B girl group Xscape (which also included sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott and Miss Burruss’ best friend, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle) will replace season one co-star DeShawn Snow, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Miss Burruss fills the spot vacated by Mrs. Snow, wife of Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player and NBA TV announcer Eric Snow. She was known on the show for her ridiculously large house and extensive staff and for a poorly received fundraiser she threw for the DeShawn Snow Foundation, which helps teenage girls with self-esteem issues. When the news came out that Mrs. Snow would not be joining “Housewives” for a second season, she was quoted on Essence.com as saying a producer called her “and said that I was ‘too human for a circus show’ and that because the show did so well, they are about to pump up the drama and they didn’t think that I would fit in.” She is now pursuing a degree in divinity.

Her replacement, Miss Burruss, is undeniably the most notable member from Xscape. After the group parted ways in the late 1990s, she had a somewhat successful solo singing career (her biggest hit: “Don’t Think I’m Not”) but has seen ever greater successes with songwriting. Along with Miss Cottle, who is married to rap superstar T.I., she wrote TLC’s 1999 smash hit “No Scrubs.”

Miss Burruss also has penned songs for Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Boyz II Men, Alicia Keys and Faith Evans. The singer-songwriter has a daughter, 6-year-old Riley, from a previous relationship, and a boyfriend.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” was Bravo’s highest-rated freshman series since “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” back in 2003, Entertainment Weekly says.

On tap tonight:

Dancing With the Stars (8 p.m., ABC) — Injuries forced two previously announced contestants (pop star Jewel and “Access Hollywood” host Nancy O’Dell) out of the race, but the eighth-season premiere will go on for the remaining celebrity hoofers — rock star Brenda Carlisle; Grammy-winning rapper Lil Kim; comedian and actor David Alan Grier; rodeo star Ty Murray; Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (the youngest competitor ever); actor Gilles Marini; comedian Steve-O; reality-show star Denise Richards; singer-songwriter Chuck Wicks; Hall of Fame football star Lawrence Taylor; and Apple Computers co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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

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