- The Washington Times - Friday, September 25, 2009

DJ AM series a go

MTV intends to air DJ AM’s drug-intervention reality series, which was shot just before he died, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The status of “Gone Too Far” has been in question since DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, was found dead last month in his New York apartment. Although a toxicology report has not been released, preliminary findings suggest he died from a drug overdose.

MTV, which declined to comment, has not made a final decision on airing the series, but sources told THR the network expects to air the program and has been in talks with Mr. Goldstein’s family about the timing.

Because “Gone” is an “Intervention”-style series, with Mr. Goldstein playing the role of a sober and experienced tough-love guide for troubled addicts, there was concern among industry experts that the show would seem hypocritical or exploitative. Sister network VH1 recently decided against airing two reality series that became embroiled in real-life controversy when they featured murder suspect Ryan Jenkins.

Some believe that if handled properly, Gone” could successfully impart its anti-drug message, perhaps now even more than before. Mr. Goldstein reportedly told his sponsor before he died that he would return to rehab.

The MTV situation bears a stronger resemblance to A&E’s Jackson family reality show than VH1’s reality troubles. After Michael Jackson’s death, A&E worked with the Jacksons and held off confirming the series while awaiting a toxicology report and the subsidence of the media frenzy surrounding Mr. Jackson’s death.

Eight episodes of “Gone” were shot. Three days before Mr. Goldstein’s body was discovered Aug. 28, DJ AM tweeted that he had wrapped filming. The show’s original premiere date was Oct. 5, though launching that soon seems unlikely.

‘Southland’ change

Casting changes are afoot at NBC’s sophomore police drama “Southland.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amaury Nolasco — tapped in August as a new regular — has departed after filming three episodes.

Clifton Collins has been added to fill the void.

Mr. Nolasco played the aggressive new partner of Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King), driving her crazy.

Mr. Collins will play a new character, Ray Suarez, who is still being fleshed out. He recently appeared in “Star Trek,” “Crank: High Voltage” and “Extract.”

G-men tagged Walt

The FBI had files on Walter Cronkite, the legendary CBS newsman who died in July at age 92.

Under federal law, with Mr. Cronkite’s death, the files can be made public. That’s not going to happen in this case, however, because the FBI says it destroyed Mr. Cronkite’s files in October 2007, according to TVWeek.com, citing a report from USA Today.

A former lawyer for the FBI says the Cronkite files should not have been destroyed, the newspaper reports.

According to TVWeek, USA Today was unable to learn what information the now-destroyed files contained.

Verizon Cen on TV

Scott Hamilton will skate on TV for the first time since battling a brain tumor, joining fellow Olympian and cancer survivor Dorothy Hamill for a Thanksgiving Day special intended to inspire viewers to triumph over illness, Associated Press reports.

“Kaleidoscope,” airing Nov. 26 on Fox, is intended to inspire viewers to overcome cancer. It also will feature 1992 Olympic figure-skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi and two-time medalist Nancy Kerrigan.

The show will be taped at the Verizon Center, AP says.

Miss Hamill, the 1976 gold medalist, will skate to a song performed by Olivia Newton-John. Both women were diagnosed with breast cancer.

The program is intended to entertain and motivate, said Mr. Hamilton, winner of the 1984 Olympic gold medal and a four-time world champion. He has battled testicular cancer and a noncancerous brain tumor.

Taking flight

The CW has given a green light to a half-hour unscripted series, “Fly Girls,” the Hollywood Reporter says.

The midseason series will follow flight attendants on Virgin America. The airline sees the series as part of its larger marketing effort.

“This show is about real, down-to-earth young women who happen to have landed in an exceptionally glamorous, high-flying career filled with exotic locations and handsome strangers,” said Kristen Vadas, the CW’s senior vice president for alternative programming.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Virgin America for this unique peek into a whirlwind lifestyle that shows how tough it is to be grounded when you work 35,000 feet in the air.”

New faces

Glenn Close, who won her second consecutive Emmy Award for FX’s “Damages,” is welcoming two new cast members to the legal drama.

Campbell Scott and Martin Short have signed on as regulars, joining Miss Close, Rose Byrne and Tate Donovan, Associated Press reports.

Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine will make guest appearances on the series, which stars Miss Close as a ruthless attorney.

Production on the third season of “Damages” began Wednesday in New York. It debuts on FX in January.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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