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Hard Roll for the Dice

August 30, 2004 12:00 AM

"Hickory, dickory, dock/The Diceman is in for a shock/His reality-show plan/ Mistress, wife and rude, crude man/In cable land hasn't a shot."

Foul-mouthed comic Andrew Dice Clay wants to revive his career by starring in a reality show featuring his wife, his kids and his mistress, according to New York Daily News gossips Rush & Molloy. But so far, his efforts appear to be coming up snake eyes. TVWeek did a nonscientific poll of the usual and not-so-usual suspects in the cable realm and interest in Dice was minimal. Reasons include his way-low profile, his paucity of Ozzy Osbourne-style cuddly-geezer qualities and the difficulty of packaging the Diceman's swinging idea of married life in the era of "The Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica." Even the networks that only now are seeing the wisdom in aiming high and seeking the next version of poker, not poke-her, say: "He's not the right flavor for us." "Misogyny," sniffed an exec at a cable net that has developed hits, "is not cool."

-Michele Greppi

House Race Revs Up

Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., who serves on the House telecommunications subcommittee and is known by industry representatives for his expertise on copyright issues, is said to be in a an uncomfortably tight re-election fight this year, against Republican Kevin Triplett, a former NASCAR executive. Rep. Boucher, who has amassed a campaign war chest that's more than twice as large as his opponent's, told TVWeek he doesn't feel threatened. "We do not view this as a serious race," said Rep. Boucher. An industry source warned, however, that "NASCAR is bigger than copyright in Abingdon," one of the larger towns in Rep. Boucher's largely rural Virginia district. "[Mr. Triplett] could give him a real race," the source said. n

-Doug Halonen

Macho Men Show a Feminine Side

These ladies are actually macho men who thought they were entering a competition to find the all-American man, based on physical challenges. Instead, they're starring in "He's a Lady," a new reality series premiering Oct. 12 on TBS that requires they be made over as women for a chance to win $250,000. Over six episodes competitors have their bodies shaved and must learn to wear a bra and be a supermodel and a bridesmaid and walk in women's shoes while living in a place called The Doll House. In reality, six are married and the others all have girlfriends, before whom they will be required to perform tasks while dressed in drag. It ends with a beauty pageant. Judges include Morgan Fairchild and John Salley. So is this "Straight Guys Learn to Cross-Dress"? "It's more of a fish-out-of-water theme," said a TBS spokesperson, who described it as more "Tootsie" than "The Birdcage."

-Alex Ben Block