- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

‘Curb’ goes to basic

TV Land and TV Guide Network say they are jointly acquiring basic cable rights to air “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the HBO comedy series produced by and starring “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David.

According to Associated Press, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will come to TV Guide Network starting in February. TV Land expects to air the series as early as 2013, immediately following its run on TV Guide Network.

Both networks also say they will acquire certain broadband, wireless and video-on-demand rights, bringing “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to multiple platforms.

The pay-cable network HBO is premiering the seventh season of the series, which also stars Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman.

Ray’s good deeds

Television cooking star Rachael Ray is boosting the local food supply for a struggling Ohio town.

On Saturday, Miss Ray brought a Wilmington soup kitchen new appliances, shelves and furniture. Miss Ray’s show also promised to supply food for the kitchen for the next year.

The soup kitchen is getting as many customers in one day as it did in a week a year ago.

Located about 38 miles from Dayton, Wilmington is still reeling from the departure of DHL Express and other Wilmington Air Park operations, which has left a 15 percent local unemployment rate in its wake.

On Monday the Food Network star hosted an early Thanksgiving feast for the community. The soup-kitchen improvements and the Thanksgiving meal are scheduled to be featured on “The Rachael Ray Show” on Nov. 25.

Miniseries set

A reality-show miniseries about the Jackson family will premiere Dec. 13 on A&E, the network tells Associated Press. Back-to-back hour episodes will air that night at 9.

“The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty” focuses on brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon as they prepare to reunite for a concert tour. It also chronicles their lives as they cope with brother Michael’s drug-induced death June 25.

There will be six episodes, the network said.

“This deeply intimate portrait will provide viewers with a raw and honest look inside a musical dynasty,” said A&E and Bio Channel Vice President Robert Sharenow.

It remained unclear whether Michael Jackson or his children, Paris, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II (also known as Blanket), will be seen in the shows, AP said.

The cable network had originally announced “The Jacksons” as a documentary special in May, before the star’s death. In August, “Entertainment Tonight” aired what A&E said was leaked footage from the special.

‘Jonas’ bonus

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of the comedy “Jonas,” starring the Jonas Brothers, Broadcastingcable.com reports.

The second season of “Jonas” will debut in mid-2010 on the cable network, B&C said.

In its 8:30 p.m. Sunday time slot, “Jonas” has been the top program on all of television among children 6 to 11 and 9 to 14, two of its target demos.

Allen’s ‘Choice’

“American Idol” winner Kris Allen is joining Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), Jeff Probst (“Survivor”), Johnny Galecki (“Big Bang Theory”) and Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) in announcing the 2010 People’s Choice Awards nominees at 9 a.m. Tuesday from Los Angeles.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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