Programming Briefs


'Housewives' Star in Lifetime Movie Marathon

New YorkLifetime Television will air Wisteria Lane's favorite films on Sept. 17 and 18.

The women's service is celebrating the second season of Desperate Housewives — which kicks off on ABC Sept. 25 — by airing movies featuring stars Nicolette Sheridan, Teri Hatcher, Alfre Woodard, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman on Sept. 17 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sept. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

'Suite Life' Lives on For a Second Season

Burbank, Calif.The Suite Life of Zack & Cody will return to Disney Channel for a second season.

The live-action comedy has been the network's No. 1-rated series among boys 6 to 11 (a 2.9 mark) and tween boys 9 to 14 (2.6), as well as No. 2 among girls 6 to 11 (5.5) and tween girls 9 to 14 (4.7).

Steve Harvey to Host BET Comedy Honors

WashingtonBlack Entertainment Television will air the 2005 BET Comedy Awards Sept. 27, at 9 p.m., preceded by a view of red carpet arrivals during the BET Comedy Awards Pre-Show at 8:30 p.m.

Steve Harvey returns as host of the event — themed “Oh! No They Didn't” — which will be taped at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., Sept. 25.

Lefty Leads TNT to Lofty PGA Ratings

New York — Phil Mickelson's second majors win was sweet for Turner Network Television. Fueled by a 47% jump over the weekend, the drama net holed a 13% ratings rise to a 1.8 household average for its 17 hours of coverage of the PGA Championship from Aug. 11-14.

Elsewhere, MTV: Music Television's second-season debut of My Super Sweet 16 posted a 4.0 mark among viewers 12 to 34, up 18% from the over-the-top birthday bash's bow.

And Hallmark Channel was blessed with a weekday viewership record for A Man Who Became Pope. The four-hour movie event, averaged a 1.5 household rating on Aug. 15 from 8 p.m.-midnight, and posted the network's highest-ever weekday primetime delivery (1.05 million). A commercial-free encore was set for last night (Aug. 21).

Pam Anderson Roast Tops Comedy's Busy Week

New York — Lots of big things happened at Comedy Central last week.

The network added three installments to the first-season run of Mind of Mencia, through Sept. 28. Starring Carlos Mencia, the series has averaged a 1.4 million viewers in its Wednesday 10:30 p.m. timeslot since its July 6 debut.

Officials also said the network would go on tour with the Comedians of Comedy — Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford and Zach Galifianakis — starting in Baltimore. The series will air late this year or early next.

Comedy Central will also tape the special Live from Laffapalooza!, hosted by Jamie Foxx, Oct. 27-30 at the EarthLink Live Theater in Atlanta, before airing it early next year.

Comedy also got lucky with Pamela Anderson on Aug. 14.

Some 4.3 million viewers tuned in The Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson from 10-11:45 p.m. that night, scoring a 3.6 household rating, good for seventh place overall in basic-cable's weekly rating race, according to a Disney ABC Cable Networks Group analysis of Nielsen Media Research data.

The show lifted Comedy to the top spot in all of TV among adults 18 to 49 (2.9 million of those watchers) in the 10 p.m. hour.