Crashdown, Tabasco, and Howie D on VH1 (Spoiler)

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By C. Bottomley

Who wants to be a millionaire? Lance Bass of ‘N Sync and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys already have plenty of cash, thanks. But after selling millions of
records, both boy-band studs are going to make TV appearances. Bass will appear on the popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, while Howie will play
an alien on the WB series Roswell.

Lance couldn’t increase his millions on the show, though, even if he tried. With tough questions like “Which one of these four people isn’t in ‘N Sync? Is it Abraham Lincoln…” we think he’s a shoo-in.

Other participants playing for charity will be music stars Queen Latifah and Vanessa L. Williams, actor David Duchovny, and comics Dana Carvey, Drew Carey, and Ray Romano. Rosie O’Donnell, Kathie Lee Gifford and – BAM! – loud-mouthed gourmand Emeril Lagasse are also taking part.

The rules have been changed so no one will suffer the humiliation of being unable to put key conflicts in the Hundred Years War into chronological order. Instead, each guest will warm the chair opposite Regis. Let’s hope for the sake of ABC’s coffers there aren’t too many winners. You can see if Lance is a brain when the shows air May 1 through to May 3.

If he uses Howie Backstreet as his lifeline, then we’ve got a real news story. But while the Backstreet Boy’s chum A.J. tries his hand at being Johnny No Name, Howie is flexing his acting muscles. He appears on the season finale of troubled WB show Roswell. A spokesperson for the WB said Howie will have a cameo as an alien who visits the New Mexico town. With only one line, however, it’s a bit of a stretch to call it a real acting role.

Despite the size of the part, MTV is already reporting that this could lead to bigger things. The channel says Howie is negotiating to star in a feature film called Bloom. He is apparently up for the role of a bully out to spoil a young boy’s bar mitzvah
preparation. His first appearance as an actor was in 1989’s Parenthood, as a kid in a classroom.

Roswell producers are just hoping that somebody is watching. Although the show about alien kids with hormonal hang-ups seems like a Buffy with tentacles, fans are worried network executives are about to give the show the axe. Prompted by the fan site, they’ve mailed thousands of Tabasco sauce bottles to producers.

Why? It seems the alien kids have to quaff the yummy pepper sauce whenever they eat anything sweet. The New York Post reports that Roswell is indeed getting
another chance. The show is moving to Monday night at 9 PM ET, right after 7th Heaven.

“The final six episodes of the season are running in order beginning Monday, and fans of the show are going to go bonkers,” said Roswell executive producer Kevin
Brown. “One of the main characters will get shot, and we’ll have a grittier, edgier sci-fi emphasis.” Hmm, who wants to get their face sucked off?


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