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June 4, 2005 at 2:29 PM
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Worker paid to watch 'The Dukes of Hazard'

BRISTOL, Tenn., June 4 (UPI) -- A singer/songwriter and part-time temporary worker in New York City has won $100,000 to stay home and watch "The Dukes of Hazard" on cable's CMT.

Before a crowd of thousands of "The Dukes of Hazard" fans at CMT's DukesFest 2005 at the Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, in Bristol, Tenn., Ben "Cooter" Jones announced Saturday that the CMT Good Ol' Boys & Gals Executive Search Team has chosen Christopher Nelson as the vice president, CMT Dukes of Hazard Institute.

"Being paid $100,000 to stay home and watch my favorite show is a dream come true," Nelson said.

The position requires the execution of a one-year, $100,000 independent contractor agreement. Among Nelson's responsibilities are:

-- Watching "The Dukes of Hazard" every weeknight on CMT.

-- Knowing the words to the show's theme song, "Good Ol' Boys" written and performed on the series by Waylon Jennings.

-- Serving as media expert on "The Dukes of Hazard" in media interviews.

-- Writing "The Dukes of Hazard" online blog at http://www.CMT.com.

-- Making appearances at special events such as CMT's DukesFest.

CMT, a U.S. country music network, carries original programming, specials and live concerts and events.

Dr. Phil's wife gets book contract

NASHVILLE, June 4 (UPI) -- Robin McGraw, wife of syndicated television talk show host, Dr. Phil McGraw, has signed a book contract with Nashville-based Nelson Books.

Set to release in 2006, the book is yet untitled, but is expected to target the female demographic -- the core of Dr. Phil's worldwide audience.

"There is an overwhelming viewer response when Robin appears with Dr. Phil on the show," Jonathan Merkh, senior vice president and publisher of Nelson Books, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers, said in a statement.

"Viewers continue to embrace Robin's contributions to the show -- whether it be discussing her experiences as a mother, wife or dealing with issues that women face in the many phases of their lives."

The terms of the contract were not revealed.

Entering its fourth season in national syndication, "The Dr. Phil Show" ranks as the No.2 U.S. daytime talk show -- and ranks among the top 10 of all syndicated U.S. television programs. The show is seen in 99.9 percent of the United States as well as 40 territories and countries around the world.

Movie has couples vying for bridal prize

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- "Confetti," a comedy featuring British comedic talents, about couples competing to win a bridal magazine contest, has been acquired by Fox Searchlight.

Written and directed by Debbie Isitt, of "Nasty Neighbors," the movie follows three couples vying for the title of "Most Original Wedding of the Year."

The cast includes Martin Freeman, of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy;" Jessica Stevenson, of "Shaun of the Dead;" Stephen Mangan of "Green Wing;" Felicity Montagu, of "I'm Alan Partridge;" and comedian Jimmy Carr in his first screen performance.

"From minute one, we were immediately enamored with 'Confetti's' unique concept and witty execution," said Fox Searchlight Pictures President Peter Rice.

"With 'Confetti' we look forward to both working with BBC Films and Wasted Talent, and continuing the extraordinary success we have experienced with previous British comedies like 'The Full Monty,' 'Waking Ned Devine' and 'Bend it Like Beckham.'"

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