- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chimp victim on ‘O’

A Connecticut woman who was mauled and blinded when a 200-pound chimpanzee attacked her in February is set to appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the Associated Press reports.

Chicago-based Harpo Productions said Monday that Charla Nash will appear on Wednesday’s episode of Miss Winfrey’s talk show. Locally, the show airs at 4 p.m. weekdays on WJLA-ABC 7.

Show spokeswoman Angela DePaul said the interview with Miss Nash was taped in advance, the Hartford Courant reports.

Harpo says Miss Nash - who turned 56 on Tuesday, according to the newspaper - will discuss how she’s adjusting, how she maintains her spirit and what the future holds.

The chimpanzee named Travis went berserk when his owner asked Miss Nash to help lure him back into her home in Stamford, Conn. The animal ripped off Miss Nash’s hands, nose, lips and eyelids. She has been receiving treatment at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, the Courant reports.

A Connecticut state biologist had warned state officials beforehand that Travis could seriously hurt someone,

Together again

Donald Trump is reuniting with his most infamous “Apprentice” villain to produce a new reality show for TV One.

“Omarosa’s Ultimate Merger” will star the now mono-named Omarosa (nee Manigault-Stallworth) as she attempts to choose a mate from a stable of 12 bachelors, Variety reports.

Juma Entertainment is producing the show, along with Trump Productions, for TV One, the Silver Spring-based Comcast network geared toward black audiences. TV One has picked up eight episodes, Variety said.

“Omarosa was a great personality on ‘The Apprentice’ that was watched by over 40 million people as it became the No. 1 show on TV,” Mr. Trump tells Variety. “Omarosa is smart, witty and difficult, but all of those qualities will make for some very interesting entertainment.”

The Donald also said he thought TV One would “make a huge impression on the cable landscape with this tremendous new show.”

“Omarosa’s Ultimate Merger” will center on 12 men who compete for the reality star’s affection through a series of challenges, both relationship-and business-driven. The show is being shot in Las Vegas at the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

Mr. Trump will serve as executive producer and also will appear on camera as he offers up his advice to Omarosa. In typical reality fashion, one suitor will be eliminated each week until she makes her final choice.

Besides returning to “The Celebrity Apprentice,” Omarosa has appeared on several reality shows, including a revival of “Battle of the Network Stars” that Juma produced for Bravo. In those shows, the Howard University alumna has played the role of show villain. But the dating show’s producers have taken pains to paint her in a different light, said Robert Horowitz, executive producer for Juma.

TV One is currently available in just under 50 million homes, Variety said.

Not ‘Forgotten’

ABC has picked up five more episodes of “The Forgotten,” but the network did not order additional episodes of “Eastwick,” TVGuide.com reports.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Eastwick” will finish production on its original 13-episode order, and ABC will air them all.

Meanwhile, ABC has also pulled the upcoming reality show “Let’s Dance,” THR says. The network recently announced that Kathy Griffin would host the show, but has now decided to air “Find My Family” in its place.

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