News on Ice-T, Foo Fighters, Clint Black, LFO
Rapper-turned-actor Ice-T will narrate his life story as it is acted out by an improv troupe of eight actors and comedians on the debut episode of "Lifegame." Due to air Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on cable outlet TNN: The National Network, the episode will follow Ice-T's life from the streets of South Central Los Angeles through to his music and acting career.
Adapted from a British theatrical performance that played Off-Broadway, the show "is a fascinating twist on improv comedy," says network executive VP/GM Diane Robina. "Usually the audience calls out a scene for the actors to riff on. On TNN's 'Lifegame,' real people as well as celebrities are interviewed and then see their life stories dramatized on stage with insight and humor."
Upcoming episodes of the show will feature the stories of Kathy Griffin ("Suddenly Susan"), Michael Ian Black ("Ed," "Spy TV"), Mila Kunis ("That '70s Show"), Maureen McCormack ("The Brady Bunch"), Steven Schirripa ("The Sopranos"), Nicholas Turturro ("NYPD Blue"), and Wil Wheaton ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Stand By Me").
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Prior to setting off on a short European tour, the Foo Fighters will treat 300 lucky fans to a rare club show Sunday (Aug. 5) at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif. Winners were chosen from a pool of E-mail entries submitted to the group's official Web site. Afterward, the Foos will hit the Bizarre Festival in Weeze, Germany, on Aug. 17, followed by the U.K.'s V2001 Festival on Aug. 18-19, and a support slot for U2 at Dublin's Slane Castle on Sept. 1.
As previously reported, the group is writing material for a new album, which will be the follow-up to 1999's "There is Nothing Left to Lose" (RCA). Frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins reportedly spent time last month in a Los Angeles recording with ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, L7's Donita Sparks, and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme. No word on what, if anything, from those sessions may be officially released.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Country artist Clint Black will host tonight's (Aug. 2) third annual Family Television Awards ceremony at the Beverly (Hills, Calif.) Hilton Hotel. Produced by dick clark productions, the affair will be taped for Aug. 10 broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The show will feature a musical performance by Black and his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, as well as pop trio LFO, which recently released its sophomore album, "Life is Good" (J Records). Eight awards will honor television programs deemed best representing family-friendly programming and values.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.