Emmy winner Dana Delany and Brian Kerwin are set to guest-star on a forthcoming episode of ABC’s freshman drama “Boston Legal.”

The two TV veterans will play a Boston power couple who turn to the firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt in a crisis. Kerwin (“Beggars and Choosers”) will play a mayoral candidate whose bid for office is threatened by dirty politics a few days before the election. Delany is set to play his wife, who asks her friend Alan Shore (James Spader) for a hand.

An airdate for the episode hasn’t been set.

Delany is probably best known for her work on the ABC series “China Beach,” which earned her four Emmy nominations and two wins from 1989-92. She’s also starred in “Pasadena” for Fox and “Presidio Med” for CBS, provided the voice of Lois Lane on “Superman: The Animated Series” and appeared in a number of feature films and TV movies, most recently Lifetime’s “Baby for Sale.”

Kerwin, who starred in the Showtime series “Beggars and Choosers,” most recently appeared in the CBS movie “Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman.” His other credits include “The Blue and the Gray,” Showtime’s “A Girl Thing” and a recurring part on “The West Wing” last season.

CBS has given a title and airdate, not to mention a cataclysmic event, to a disaster miniseries it announced earlier this year.

“Category 6: Day of Destruction” is set to air Nov. 14 and Nov. 17, right in the middle of the November sweeps. It concerns a sort of land-locked perfect storm bearing down on Chicago and the people about to be caught up in it.

Brian Dennehy (“Death of a Salesman,” “Presumed Innocent”) stars as an about-to-retire National Weather Service meteorologist who’s watching three big storm systems: powerful tornadoes that have laid waste to Las Vegas, an abnormally warm storm front moving up from the south and a blast of Arctic air coming from the north. He asks an old friend, adventure-tour guide “Tornado Tommy” (Randy Quaid, “Independence Day”) to help him track the twisters.

Meanwhile, a heat wave and drought is crippling Chicago, even as the secretary of energy (Dianne Wiest, “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Law & Order”) warns that the power grid could fail at any moment.

“Any moment” arrives in the form of a continent-wide blackout triggered by a massive thunderstorm, meaning Chicagoans may have no way of knowing about the devastating weather bearing down on them. A reporter (Nancy McKeon, “The Division”) teams with a power-company executive (Thomas Gibson, “Dharma & Greg”) to restore electricity and warn the public.

“Category 6” continues a mini-revival of the disaster movie. NBC’s earthquake miniseries “10.5” scored better than 20 million viewers in May (and may spawn a sequel, according to Variety), and the feature film “The Day After Tomorrow” has made more than $180 million at the box office this year.


The final episode of “Last Comic Standing” will make it to the airwaves after all.

Comedy Central, which has been airing same-week repeats of the show since the summer, has picked up the final episode of the show, which NBC dropped last week in favor of a three-episode “Father of the Pride” marathon. The finale is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday.

The cable network’s pickup of the show puts an end to several days of speculation over what the fate of the finale would be. Although “Last Comic” was not performing well in the ratings – averaging only about 6 million viewers per week – a number of TV critics, and host/executive producer Jay Mohr, wondered why NBC would pull the show with only one episode left.

NBC moved “Last Comic Standing” into its fall lineup after summer airings of the second season pulled reasonably strong ratings. The third go-round pitted the finalists from season one against those from season two for a $250,000 prize.

The finale will reveal which of the final four – season one’s Rich Vos and Dave Mordal and season two’s John Heffron and Alonzo Bodden – wins the pot.

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