The next sound you hear: Musical talent to try their hand at ringing in 'N-B-C'

B.B. King, the B-52s, the Flaming Lips, T.I. and Clint Black are among the musical acts NBC has invited to create their own take on the three-note chime for the Peacock network.


The artists will appear in on-air promotions for NBC's "Chime In" branding campaign.

King will be seen, for example, adding a twist to the G-E-C notes on his guitar, while the B-52s have come up with a more dance-oriented take on the chimes.


Other artists taking part are Richie Sambora and the Airborne Toxic Event.

The chime spots will air between shows at the top and the bottom of the hour. The musicians weren't paid, but reportedly were given a "modest gift honorarium." NBC launched "Chime In" earlier this year to re-emphasize its 75-year-old audio cue. All promos now end with the notes; in recent spots, the chimes have been tailored to fit the show being promoted.

Bid on a candidate

Four one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids dolls crafted in the likeness of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain and vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin will be auctioned on

The dolls sport outfits inspired by their counterparts, with the Palin doll wearing the Republican candidate's signature rimless eyeglasses, red suit and heels.

"These four folks in particular seemed like the perfect candidates, if you will, to become one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids," said Jakks Pacific Inc. spokeswoman Genna Rosenberg. "We've done everyone from Elvis [Presley] to Donald Trump to Ellen [DeGeneres] and Oprah [Winfrey]."

All proceeds from the auction, which begins Thursday and ends Nov. 4, will benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Jakks Pacific will also auction six limited edition 25th-anniversary dolls that have been created to look like the original Cabbage Patch Kids, which were first released in 1983.

Staying in Vegas


Brother-and-sister entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond are extending their variety show at the Flamingo Las Vegas for two more years.

The hotel made the announcement yesterday, with Flamingo President Don Marrandino pointing to the success of the Osmonds' 90-minute greatest-hits multimedia show, which opened Sept. 9.

They will continue to appear at the Flamingo Showroom through October 2010. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

The sniff test

Jennifer Lopez says it wasn't easy coming up with the recipe for Deseo for Men, the new scent that joins her fragrance line.

"I wanted to think outside the box."


Acccording to the Associated Press, her starting points were red hot sauce and whiskey. The finished product had subtle notes of lemon, tobacco, suede and amber.

Quick clicks

* A&E; has picked up its original drama, The Cleaner, for a second season, Variety reports. In the series, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) stars as an "interventionist" who helps people overcome their addictions.

* NBC is revamping its primetime lineup, which includes bringing Law & Order back on the scene next week - earlier than expected. It returns to its 10 p.m. Wednesday slot with lead-ins from Knight Rider at 8 p.m. and Life at 9 p.m. Lipstick Jungle gets bumped from Wednesday to 10 p.m. Friday.


Musician Charlie Daniels, 72.


Actress Jane Alexander, 69.

Actor Dennis Franz, 64.

Actress Annie Potts, 56.

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, 53.

Actress Julia Roberts, 41.

Country singer Brad Paisley, 36.


Actor Joaquin Phoenix, 34.

Singer Justin Guarini, 30.