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Kathryn Morris: ‘Cold Case’ Heroine To Blur Legal Lines

Lilly Rush as Kathry Morris in "Cold Case" Photo: Mitchell Haddad/CBS  ©2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Lilly Rush as Kathry Morris in "Cold Case" Photo: Mitchell Haddad/CBS ©2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Fans of “Cold Case” can expect detective Lily Rush to take a turn off the straight and narrow in the forthcoming seventh season of the CBS drama.  That’s the word from series star Kathryn Morris, who tells us, “There’s a lot of questionable activity for Lily this year.  All the best heroes have that fork in the road, you know.”

Morris acknowledges that last season wound amid talk of “Cold Case” being “on the bubble or whatever, but we were not.  We were cranked up 30-40 per cent in the last leg,” she says, referring to the series’ ratings.  “And we had this really explosive season finale” — with Lily’s car being forced off a bridge into 40 feet of water.

“It was really cool to be able to complete that and it really raised a whole new set of questions for everyone,” adds Morris.  “So now every character has something that they’re going to be delving into.  For Lily, well, the justice system has always worked for her, but now she’s finding out that no, it isn’t really working for her as it has for all the victims that she takes care of things for.  Now she can take things into her own hands and I think she’s going to blur the lines a little bit.”

THE INSIDE TRACK: English singer-songwriter David Gray shot to fame in the late 90s with his breakout album “White Ladder,” including such hits as “Babylon” and “This Year’s Love.” With his newest album, he’s hoping he can finally match that success.

“With your first breakthrough thing, I don’t think you can recreate it.  It was fairytale that wrote itself with me in the middle of it.  All you can do is try to create something of equal potency,” says Gray, whose album “Draw the Line” hits stores Sept. 22.

Gray has a new band, which, he says, “has given me a completely new lease on life.  There’s this sort of bulletproof feeling that I’ve got when I’m inside the music that we’ve made,” he tells us.  “‘White Ladder’ will always be something that will be there.  It’s a benchmark thing that you’ll always be pigeonholed into, but I’m trying to get out of the cage for Chrissakes.  This is certainly my best shot at it,” he adds with a laugh.

Also featured on the album are two duets with Jolie Holland and Annie Lennox, who Gray says added a breath of fresh air to the project.  “Oh, that was brilliant. We were a bunch of cynical bastards sitting there in the studio not knowing what it was going to be like.  We needed the other voice to be able to finish the song and Annie just blew us away.  She was like a gale of positive energy from the moment she came into the studio.  There was no ego or nonsense.  She just threw her heart and soul into it because she wanted it to be as good as it could be.”

Gray begins his US tour with the album starting Oct. 23 in Boston.  “The gigs are the best part of it…I’m just fanaticizing about getting out there and playing.”

NO REGRETS: Some TV stars aren’t too thrilled about constantly being associated with their most memorable character, especially years after the show has been off the air.  But “A Different World” star Darryl M. Bell tells us he takes it as a compliment.

“With six years in primetime as one of highest-rated shows on television and 17 years of syndication, we still get recognized pretty frequently.  Not only am I flattered by it, but I embrace it,” says Bell, who is currently starring on Fox Reality Channel’s “Househusbands of Hollywood” with his longtime girlfriend Tempest Bledsoe of  “The Cosby Show.”

“We’ve all taken great pride in the legacy that ‘A Different World’ left, which was doubling the enrollment in historically black colleges and universities.  That’s always been amazing,” notes Bell.  “I can’t tell you how many young men come up to me and tell me the show is the reason they went to college or went to a black college.  It’s been one of the most gratifying things about the work that we’ve done.”

It also helped pave the way for many other African American shows of its time.  “It was a precursor to ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,’ ‘In Living Color,’ ‘Martin,’ ‘Living Single,’ and all the other shows that opened the door for more African American shows on television,” he says.  “The late 80’s was a magical time for African American shows in television.  For whatever reason, the fact that that door hasn’t stayed as opened in today’s environment as we would have liked is unfortunate.  Hopefully that will come back.”

NOTE WORTHY: Nia Vardalos, who collaborated with Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson to make “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “My Life In Ruins,” wants us to know, “They are very normal people.  They are so down to earth.  They have managed to achieve a very humble existence in this cesspool of a town, so I admire them for that.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Heidi Klum Saddened by Paparazzi Balloon Battle

Heidi Klum on "Project Runway"

Heidi Klum on "Project Runway" (Photo from Lifetime Channel)

Heidi Klum is saddened by the recent confrontation between paparazzi who were swarming her and her young children in a New York City park – and other parents on the scene who took matters into their own hands and started pelting the offending photogs with water balloons.

“It sounds like fun when you read it maybe in a newspaper somewhere, but in reality it’s not so much fun when there are children involved,” she tells us.  “My children are screaming, ‘What’s going on?!”  I don’t think that people should start fighting over it.  I don’t want people to get hurt.  You don’t know how the paparazzi are going to react when they get hit with balloons and they start yelling back and forth.  I’m always worried that something might happen.”

The “Project Runway” hostess, who is expecting her and husband Seal’s fourth child in October, says she left the scene quickly.  “I’m like, ‘Let’s just go away.’

“It’s something that you just deal with, unfortunately,” she goes on.  “I wish there was some sort of a law that maybe they have to be at a certain distance, or there can’t be more than two…I wish there could be something done.  I know people say, ‘They’re celebrities, and why shouldn’t we get photos of them all the time?’  But people forget about the person being shot all day long and their children.”

MEANWHILE:  The super-achieving supermodel cum producer-TV personality-entrepreneur and her family will be heading off on a vacation next week.  She’s just  completed shooting of her latest season of “Project Runway,” and done a round of promotional chores trumpeting the intensely popular, Peabody Award-winning show’s return to the tube.  The airing of “Runway’s” sixth season, you may recall, was delayed nine months due to the legal wrangling over its move from Bravo to its new home on Lifetime.  Festivities begin Aug. 20 with a two-hour “Project Runway:  All Star Challenge” special featuring eight favorite contestants from past “Runway” seasons competing for a $100,000 prize, followed by the new season’s first episode.  And in addition to the regular “Project Runway,” there will now be a companion series called “Models of the Runway,” showing the action from the models’ points of view.

“I appreciate all the designers that came back for the challenge because once you’ve kind of done the show and gone on with your life, to come back and then maybe not be the winner again, for example, is not so good,” Heidi observes.  “Or maybe you’re the winner and then not the winner.  There are all these possibilities for how it might end up.  You don’t want the big L for loser on your forehead, again.”

Darryl M. Bell and Tempestt Bledsoe at BET Awards (Photo by Matt Slayes AP)

Darryl M. Bell and Tempestt Bledsoe at BET Awards (Photo by Matt Slayes AP)

MAN OF THE HOUSE:  “We’ve heard from a lot of people who have said that they had no idea we were even a couple,” says Darryl M. Bell, star of “A Different World,” who is the long-time partner of “The Cosby Show’sTempest Bledsoe.  The two have opened up their lives for Fox Reality Channel’s newest show “Househusbands of Hollywood,” which follows the lives of five men and their high-powered wives or in Bell’s case, girlfriend.  “Before now, we’ve never really spoken publicly about our relationship in the media, although we haven’t been hiding it,” he notes.  “As far as our pedigree in television, there’s a certain expectation of what people think they will see from us.  There’s nothing salacious.  It’s just a sweet and comical relationship on many levels and hopefully that’s what we convey.”

Despite the show’s premise of showing men who are stay at home dads while the women are the breadwinners, Bell’s situation is different.  “In our case, Tempestt and I are not married, nor do we have kids, and she’s not the breadwinner in our relationship.  We’re both working actors so in that sense our lives are a little different.”  However, Bell thinks those men’s storylines are very important for today’s society.  “With the epidemic of single parent families in this country and the absence of mentoring for young men, I think seeing men who are raising their children and made them priorities is important and that’s what you see in this show.”

When asked if he and Tempestt have any plans for marriage and a family of their own, Bell responds, “If I could predict the future that well, I’d be at the Powerball station right now.  I generally just try to talk about where we’re at today, and where we’re at today is happy and content, so we’ll see what the future brings.”

THE VIDEOLAND VIEW:  Infomercial king Kevin Harrington tells us that it’s the real deal on ABC’s Aug.        9-premiering “Shark Tank.”  In other words, he and his self-made millionaire fellow judges/potential investors on the show have actually been interested in some of the products and services contestants will be seen pitching to them.  “I have to be careful with confidentiality, I can’t disclose what projects I looked at and what are the specific deals I may have made,” he says.  “But I can say there definitely was some buying activity, some investing activity in the first rounds.”  That’s good to know, because there is clearly some funny business as well.

“If you watch the trailer, some of that is going on.  There are crazy, zany things none of us took too seriously,” says Harrington.  For instance, “a surgically implanted Blue Tooth device.”  Harrington notes that the contestant putting forth that idea told the judges (a.k.a. “sharks”) “You may be laughing now, but 10 years from now, it may be a reality.”  However, he points out that 10 years is too long to interest him.  “Some companies expect five-year waiting periods.  The pharmaceutical industry, for instance, builds time for clinical trials and FDA approval into their plans.  That’s not for me.  I’m in the business of taking a gadget and within 90 days to six months being able to bring it to market and start generating revenue.”

Harrington notes, “There are so many ideas out there, and to be honest with you,  if you look at a thousand, 950 of them are going to be very tough to bring to market.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster