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December 17, 2008|By From Sun news services

Jack Black is joining 'Office' staff for episode on Super Bowl Sunday

Jack Black is headed to The Office to guest-star in an episode slated to air in a ratings-rich time slot: immediately after NBC's Super Bowl telecast.

The Feb. 1 episode, titled "Stress Relief," will follow the office drones as they try to secretly watch a bootlegged Hollywood movie at work.

The network did not say how the Tropic Thunder star will factor into the story line.

Hosts with the most

Fox TV says Halle Berry and actor-screenwriter Tyler Perry will host the 40th NAACP Image Awards in February. Nominations for the awards, which honor those who promote diversity in the arts, will be announced Jan. 7.

The Feb. 12 ceremony, airing on Fox, will kick off a yearlong centennial celebration for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

'Twilight' 2

Twilight fans have a short wait for the next installment of the vampire saga.

Summit Entertainment spokesman Paul Pflug says New Moon will open Nov. 20.

Summit has tapped Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) to direct New Moon, based on the second book in Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series.

Singing, dancing on Fox

The Fox network is making a musical comedy for prime time.

Fox said yesterday that it had ordered 13 episodes of Glee, a scripted series about a high school teacher trying to transform a glee club into a national power. At least three musical numbers will be performed in each show.

Fox said the new series will appear next year.

Tops on TV

Fans settled in to watch Tony Romo best Eli Manning as NBC's Sunday Night Football (New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys) drew 23.1 million viewers.

CBS held the remaining top spots. They are, in millions: CSI, 20.9; 60 Minutes, 18.8; Two and a Half Men, 15.6; Criminal Minds, 14.7; CSI: Miami, 13.8; The Mentalist, 13.7; NCIS, 13.7; Eleventh Hour, 13.4; CSI: NY, 13.3.

Falk has Alzheimer's

Peter Falk, who solved murders on TV as a rumpled trench coat-wearing homicide detective in Columbo, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, his daughter says.

Catherine Falk is seeking a Los Angeles court's approval for a conservatorship of her 81-year-old father, who won four Emmys for his TV role. A hearing has been scheduled for late January.

A phone message left for Falk's manager was not returned yesterday.

No strike vote, stars say

Delivering a rebuke to the leadership of the Screen Actors Guild, more than 130 actors, including Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria Parker and Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire, signed a letter urging their colleagues to reject a strike-authorization vote next month.

"We don't think that an authorization can be looked at as merely a bargaining tool," said the letter, also signed by Tom Hanks, Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham and Edward Norton. The Guild wants terms that are better than the deals accepted by directors, writers, stagehands and another actors union earlier in the year.

The studios have said it is unreasonable for the Guild to demand better terms, especially now that the economy has worsened.

today's birthdays

Actor Wes Studi, 61.

Actor Barry Livingston, 55.

Director Peter Farrelly, 52.

Actor Sean Patrick Thomas, 38.

Actress Milla Jovovich, 33.

Actress Vanessa Zima, 22.

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