He'd rather stay in Iraq doing risky business deals.Yet Dunham compels him to join her cause, and before long he's joining her on foot in pursuit of a suspect.End of the dial: The Third Coast International Audio Festival presents highlights from its 2008 challenge "Radio Ephemera" at the Hideout, 1354 W. Perhaps the only person outrageous enough to suggest that former WSCR-AM 670 mainstay Mike North has anything in common with Barry Manilow would be North himself, and guess who's tryin' to get the feeling again."What Rich Melman is paying me to do is what the Las Vegas Hilton pays Barry Manilow to do," the hot-dog-man-turned-sports-talker explained Tuesday, in announcing his latest venture, a two-hour, five-day-a-week Internet program that will stream on the Lettuce Entertain You Web site of Melman's Wildfire restaurants, starting Monday."I don't even know how to turn [a computer] on, but I know how to make money off it."Fox thing after dark: In an effort to increase Web traffic and the size of its online community, News Corp.-owned WFLD-Ch.32's My Fox is adding a local Internet dating feature to its site, beginning Sept. Fox stations in Phoenix, Detroit and Orlando have similar efforts on their sites, with the Phoenix version, launched last year, reported to showcase more than 20,000 profiles.Yet the premiere, entitled "Work Sex," puts Rhonda in something more than a working relationship with a hotel security guard, apparently because she must have seemed too forthright otherwise.Her character is softened as a result, but so is the humor, leaving nothing to strike sparks when these apparent opposites collide.
They have a conflict relationship going back to a previous sex-harassment case she prosecuted, and to subtly emphasize the point people keep calling her "honey" and "sweetie." Here's where the series elements kick in.I'm not going to say much else, in order to preserve the genuinely surprising twist this show takes toward the end of the pilot. ) This show has promise of becoming an anxious allegory of global capitalism, and it's not just the super-sharp halogen flashlights that remind a viewer of "The X-Files." If Abrams keeps his urge to overreach under control and lets the mystery seep out organically over time, while tracking the shifting three-way relationship between Dunham and the Bishops, this could be a very good and even significant TV show.Yet I will suggest that it has a playful manner and untapped resources of "X-Files" paranoia, manifested in Blair Brown, who plays the placid public-relations face of Massive Dynamic, a hugely fearsome corporation run by a former colleague of Dr. No so "Privileged," the CW's new class-conscious, but otherwise bubbleheaded exercise in elitism and how the other half lives, debuting at 8 p.m. Jo Anna Garcia, who could double as Amy Adams' baby sister, stars as Megan Smith, an aspiring writer who ends up serving as tutor to two bratty Palm Beach teens: the more humble Rose, played by Lucy Kate Hale, and the more ferocious and dominant Sage, played by Ashley Newbrough.Dunham's efforts to determine the active agent - and undo the disease in her lover - lead her to Walter Bishop, an institutionalized old master of the "fringe sciences" (read "paranormal phenomena," a la "The X-Files") who as played by John Noble comes off as a hyper-self-absorbed, if well-intentioned Unabomber. Bishop, however, Dunham needs a family contact, which leads her to Peter Bishop, played by former "Dawson's Creek" humble hunk, Joshua Jackson.How much does he want to visit his crackpot old man?