It's taken awhile, but the new Sox-centered dating show from the creators of "Queer Eye" is finally ready. Originally set to premiere in mid-July, the first episode of "Sox Appeal" will air after tomorrow's Sox/Orioles game on NESN. The show, which was filmed at Fenway and produced by NESN and Scout Productions, focuses on a guy or girl -- "the hero" -- and three prospective partners. (Each wannabe gets two innings of attention and then, during the seventh-inning stretch, the person playing the field decides which of the three contenders they want to watch the rest of the game with.) "It's good and funny," swears Scout's Eric Korsh, the show's executive producer. "It's not a show about humiliation. We're not trying to make fun of people." Although Sox chairman Tom Werner has an impressive TV track record -- he was the brains behind "Roseanne," "The Cosby Show," and "That '70s Show" -- he wasn't involved in making "Sox Appeal." (We're told that he and Sox owner John Henry have seen the first episode, which features former figure skater Garrett Lucash, left, but don't blame them if it's no good.) Asked if any of the couples on the show have a future after Fenway, Korsh was optimistic. "That'd be awesome," he said.
A good day at Black Rock
Yesterday's storms couldn't keep Sox players Tim Wakefield
and Jason Varitek
off the links at swanky Black Rock in Hingham, where they joined a couple of hundred other golf fans to raise money for their Pitching in for Kids Foundation. Also braving the weather were Doug Flutie
, Hizzoner Tom Menino
, Sox hurler Mike Timlin
, former Sox players Troy O'Leary
and Jim Lonborg
, and Dropkick Murphys singer Ken Casey
. While the athletes each tried to hit a $1 million hole-in-one for the charity, the chatter was less about the quality of shots than news that the Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves were working on a trade that could get Kevin Garnett
wearing the Boston green.
Musical celebration for Hard Rock Cafe Aaron Lewis
, frontman of Boston's alt-metal band Staind, will perform at a bash next Tuesday for the opening of the relocated Hard Rock Cafe at Faneuil Hall. Other rock types are expected to strut down the red carpet, including Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer
, record producer and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde
, and Anthrax axman Scott Ian
Film seeks office space Annette Bening
, Candice Bergen
, Meg Ryan
, and the rest of the cast of "The Women" will be in town mid-month to begin filming Diane English
's remake of the Hollywood classic. Among the locations nailed down are a sprawling Dover house and its spectacular kitchen, but scouts are still scouring downtown Boston for the perfect high-end office space. If a suitable space can be found, the filmmakers have told local film industry reps they will shoot even more of the movie -- which also stars Eva Mendes
, Jada Pinkett Smith
, and Debra Messing
-- in the Boston area. Word from the West Coast is that "Desperate Housewives" diva Nicollette Sheridan
is in talks to join the cast.
Some great getaways
Ever wonder where chef Ming Tsai
goes to get away from the glare of the cameras? For Boston magazine's "Best of Boston" issue, editors asked local celebs for their picks. Tsai heads to the raucous Chicken Bone on Waverly Street in Framingham to unwind. "The Office" writer-actor B.J. Novak
of Newton picks the IHOP
in Brighton as his "go-to chain restaurant." Chef Todd English
recommends Tumi in Copley Place for luggage. NESN anchor Hazel Mae
splurges on footwear at Jimmy Choo. And "Little Children" author Tom Perrotta
suggests Full Moon on Huron Avenue in Cambridge as the place to take the family.
From sex guide to sex advice on Web Amber Madison
(inset) will never be mistaken for Dr. Ruth Westheimer
, but the 23-year-old Tufts grad has a similar gig. Today, Madison, who lives in Somerville, is launching AmberMadi son.TV, a Web-based video channel featuring straight, informative talk about -- you guessed it -- sex. "One thing I love about this medium is the freedom we have to think about content," said Madison, who made headlines last fall with her book "Hooking Up: A Girl's All-Out Guide to Sex & Sexuality." Taped in LA, the programming on AmberMadison.TV deals with everything from body image to contraception.
They're the bitter ones
What's with those Devil Rays' radio announcers? The play-by-play pair resorted to name-calling during the Bosox series in Tampa. The tandem of Andy Freed
and Dave Wills
referred to Kevin Youkilis
's "Bitter Beer Face" when the first baseman didn't like an umpire's call. What's that? According to urbandictionary .com, it's the puckered expression made by people unaccustomed to alcohol. Freed, a former PawSox announcer, must wear a Bitter Beer Face all the time watching the dreadful D-Rays.
Singing a new tuneKT Tunstall
was in town flacking for her new CD yesterday. The Scottish singer played a short set for WBOS listeners at First Act Guitar Studio and then headed over to the Colonnade Hotel, where cloudy skies nixed a planned pool party. There, Tunstall told MIX 98.5 listeners about the time she met White Stripes screamer Jack White
at a recent rock festival. "He gave me a hug and I went very red," she said.
'Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend.' Singer Faith Hill, to an audience member who grabbed her husband, Tim McGraw, in the groin during a concert in Louisiana.
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