- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

‘Wives’ heads to days

“The Real Housewives” is coming to daytime.

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has sold the franchise to NBC Local Media, Hearst Television and other broadcast groups nationwide for off-network syndication, Variety reports.

The first batch of episodes will be a combination of the various “Housewives” incarnations - Orange County, New York City, Atlanta and New Jersey. The rollout will begin in fall 2010, with the show airing Monday through Friday, Variety said.

Bravo recently announced a Washington version of the franchise, set for a 2010 launch.

NBC Local Media is the umbrella for the Peacock network’s owned-and-operated stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, the District, Miami, San Diego and Hartford, Conn. Hearst stations are in Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach, Fla.; plus Sacramento, Calif.,. Louisville, Ky., Kansas City, Mo., Cincinnati, Baltimore and New Orleans.

No holiday ‘Glee’

Looks like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be minus a little “Glee.”

Sources tell E! Online that the cast of the quirky Fox hit series will not take part in the holiday classic, airing next month on NBC.

Citing unnamed sources, E! reported Monday that NBC and Fox had been in discussions for weeks about the “Glee” stars appearing when NBC opted out. A contract had not been signed, but according to insiders on the set, wardrobe and choreography were in the works and the cast had been informed they would be taking part.

According to E!, Fox network and studio representatives had no comment. At press time, NBC had not yet replied to a request for comment, E! said.

Fox’s stars have participated in the Macy’s parade before. “American Idol” singers, for instance, have performed for the past six years.

So why the “Glee” diss? Insiders told E! no reason was given for the change.

Carrie fronts special

Country star Carrie Underwood is returning to Fox, the network that catapulted her to stardom with “American Idol,” to headline a variety special executive produced by “Idol” creator Simon Fuller.

Adam Shankman and Nigel Lythgoe also are on board to direct and executive produce the two-hour show, tentatively titled “Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special,” to air Dec. 7, the Hollywood Reporter says.

Miss Underwood will perform previous hits, holiday classics and songs from her upcoming album and will participate in comedy bits.

Musical guests signed so far to join her onstage include Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley - her co-host at the 2008 and the upcoming 2009 CMA Awards - and David Cook, the 2008 “Idol” winner.

Miss Underwood, the fourth-season “Idol” winner, is the most successful recording artist to have emerged from the competition series, with sales of more than 10 million albums in the U.S. and four Grammy Awards.

Her next album, “Play On,” produced by Mark Bright, will be released Nov. 3 on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville.

The Underwood special has been billed as a one-time bet, although the broadcast networks have been looking for ways to revive the variety-series genre - so far unsuccessfully with Rosie O’Donnell (NBC) and the Osbournes (Fox).

John Mayer signed on in January to star in a variety pilot for CBS, which is still percolating at the network, THR says.

‘South’ may rise

“Southland” may find a second life on TNT, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The cable network is talking with Warner Bros. TV to pick up the gritty cop drama, which was axed abruptly by NBC last week, two weeks before its scheduled second-season premiere. TNT and Warner Bros. are both under the corporate umbrella Time Warner Inc.

“We continually look at all programming opportunities that fit our portfolio of brands,” TNT said in a statement.

No further details from the cable network were available.

TNT is no stranger to police dramas. It’s home to “The Closer,” “Saving Grace” and “Dark Blue.”


Goodbye YouTube, hello “Tonight Show.”

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, who has garnered national attention for his passionate defense of the crime-plagued Garden State city, is taking his act to the airwaves.

“Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien, who has been engaged in a playful feud with hizzoner since Sept. 23, has scheduled Mr. Booker to appear Friday night on the NBC show.

The exchange began when Mr. O’Brien poked fun at Mr. Booker’s new health care plan for gritty Newark - long an icon for urban decay - saying it consisted of a bus ticket out of town.

Mr. Booker fought back with a humorous response on the YouTube video Web site in which he “banned” the 46-year-old redhead from Newark Liberty Airport.

Book ‘em Danno!

The familiar catchphrase from the original “Hawaii Five-O” may be back in vogue as a revamped version of the late ‘60s series begins to take shape.

CBS has given a pilot commitment to an updated version of the classic cop show from writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and “CSI: NY” executive producer Peter Lenkov, the Hollywood Reporter says.

According to THR, there are few details on the trio’s take on the police drama, which chronicled the workings of the fictional Hawaiian state police department led by Steve McGarrett (the late Jack Lord). The original series, created by Leonard Freeman, ran on CBS from 1968-80.

Besides the “Book ‘em, Danno” catchphrase, the show also was known for the uptempo theme music in its classic opening sequence.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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