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TV Notes: 01/05/04

Monday, January 05, 2004

'Obnoxious' fitting title for new Fox reality show

Take a pinch of "Married by America," add a dash of "The Joe Schmo Show," throw in a jigger of "Trista and Ryan's Wedding" and mix it all in a glass lined with "Average Joe" and you have the entirely original formula for Fox's latest reality entry "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance."

Advocacy groups for the big, the fat and the obnoxious should stand ready to be offended by the six-episode series, which will launch Jan. 19.

Fox can be confident that "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" will find an initial audience. The network is premiering the show at 9 p.m. after the premiere of the third installment of "American Idol." It will continue in the time slot that once nurtured "Joe Millionaire," "Married by America" and "Mr. Personality."

The show comes from the good people at Rocket Science Laboratories and was nurtured by Fox's own reality mad scientist Mike Darnell.

The premise finds Randi, a 23-year-old first grade teacher from Scottsdale, Ariz., attempting to perpetrate a giant lie on her family. She has to make her family believe that she has gone on a reality show and become engaged to "Steve." She thinks that if she can make it through her wedding without admitting that she barely knows Steve, her family will get $500,000.

Randi thinks that Steve is also a reality show contestant trying to fool his own family.

What she doesn't know is that Steve is an actor cast to be as obnoxious as possible to destroy the wedding. His friends and family are actors as well.

How could hilarity help but ensue?

Claudia DiFolco, most recently seen on Fox's "Anything for Love," will host.

(Zap2it.com)

Young Iraqis on MTV

MTV News correspondent Gideon Yago, who previously traveled to Kuwait to report on how the war was affecting young people there, is now sharing his experiences with the youth in Baghdad.

"Diary of Gideon in Iraq" is scheduled to premiere at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 14 on the cable music channel.

The special chronicles Yago's two-week trip to Baghdad, in which he interviewed young Iraqis and talked to American soldiers still stationed there.

"This trip will allow MTV News to finish what we started back in March," Yago said. "We're eager to give our audience an in-depth look at what it's like for these young Iraqis to grow up in the middle of this conflict, in an intimate way that really brings the full story to light."

(Associate Press)

PBS to offer 'Newsbriefs'

If you're watching WQED-TV during prime time, you may begin seeing 30-second news updates under the banner "PBS/NPR Newsbrief."

NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters will produce the headlines for PBS stations. Beverly Kirk, formerly with NBC News Channel, will anchor the weekday reports, while veteran ABC and public TV correspondent Sheilah Kast will anchor weekends.

When time permits, Channels 13 and 16 will air the reports from 8 to 11 p.m. The news briefs, scheduled to premiere today, will be sandwiched between promos and station identification and the programs that start at the top of the hour.

(Barbara Vancheri, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

WPTT special event

Former Gov. Richard Thornburgh will be a guest during a special two-hour talk show Monday on WPTT-AM (1360).

U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan will host the special, which airs from 4 to 6 p.m.

Doug Hoerth, whose show normally airs from 3 to 6 p.m., will be on two hours earlier, starting at 1 p.m.

(Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

WKST brings on 'Freak Show'

The Pittsburgh radio market is starting the New Year with yet another new morning show.

Starting today, contemporary hits WKST-FM (96.1) will sign on with "The Freak Show." It features a trio of hosts -- Tic Tak, Mikey and Big Bob.

They come from contemporary hits station WIOQ-FM, WKST's Philadelphia counterpart in the Clear Channel fold, where "The Freak Show" was a night-time show. The team started out in Detroit before joining WIOQ.

The new morning team joins an already revamped morning drive scene. WPCB-FM (104.7) is unveiling its all-talk lineup, with longtime morning personality Jim Quinn as morning host. WRRK-FM is replacing Quinn with the syndicated "Bob and Tom Show."

(McCoy)

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