People & Entertainment

PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

April 02, 2009|By From Sun news services

'Project Runway' season 6 set to air

The way has finally been cleared for Lifetime to air season six of Project Runway starting this summer. The episodes, which have already been taped, were held back as the producer, the Weinstein Co., battled with NBC Universal, owners of the show's former home, Bravo, over rights to the series.

NBC Universal said in a statement issued Wednesday: "NBC Universal, the Weinstein Company and Lifetime have resolved their disputes. The Weinstein Company will pay NBCU for the right to move Project Runway to Lifetime. All of the parties are pleased with the outcome."

It looks as if hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back in the prime-time fashion and reality TV business after the nasty spat that hurt their fans more than any of the three show-biz entities involved.

David Zurawik

'Guiding Light' fading

The soap opera Guiding Light is switching off after a 72-year run that predates television.

CBS says the show will air its final episode in September. Like most daytime dramas, Guiding Light has suffered from declining ratings and CBS is looking for a lower-cost alternative to the hour of programming.

The Guinness Book of World Records has cited it as the longest-running television drama.

It began as a 15-minute serial on NBC Radio in January 1937 and debuted on CBS television in 1952, focusing on the Bauer family of Springfield.

Twain Prize for Cosby

Bill Cosby will be awarded the nation's top comedy prize from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for his groundbreaking career.

The center announced Wednesday that Cosby, 71, will be honored in the fall with the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Some of the biggest names in comedy will salute Cosby on stage in Washington on Oct. 26.

Cosby said in a statement accepting the award that his mother read Twain's famous stories to him as a child, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

"I would like to apologize to Mr. Twain for falling asleep hundreds of times, but he should understand that I was only 4," Cosby said.

Martin gets Opry gig

Steve Martin is going to the Grand Ole Opry, and he's taking his banjo.

The comedian, actor, author, playwright and musician will make his debut on the long-running country music program May 30.

An Opry spokeswoman says Martin will perform songs from his first musical album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. Performing with him will be friends Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Stuart Duncan, Tim O'Brien and John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Martin, who's been playing banjo since he was 17, wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the new album, which features several guests, including Gill, Dolly Parton and bluegrass great Earl Scruggs.

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