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'Diddy' Combs to face down David Caruso on 'CSI: Miami'

Sean "Diddy" Combs is becoming a prosecutor - at least on television.

CBS says the rapper has agreed to appear on CSI: Miami in two episodes.

The network says Combs will portray a prosecutor who doesn't get along with police Lt. Horatio Caine, played by David Caruso.

CBS said Tuesday that Combs' episodes will probably air in mid- to late winter.

Another rap artist, Nelly, has had a recurring role this season in CSI: New York.

'P' is for porno

Seth Rogen is looking to make a porno-based comedy for Showtime, Variety reports.

Rogen and production partner Evan Goldberg are developing a comedy series for the premium cable channel about three people in their 20s who learn about life and love while running a pornography shop.

Matthew Bass, who is credited as an assistant to both comedy filmmakers on Pineapple Express and Superbad, will write the script.

Showtime has several comedies scheduled to start next year, including Nurse Jackie starring Edie Falco and United States of Tara from writer Diablo Cody, expected to debut Jan. 18.

Ballot initiative

Even though the presidential election remains fresh in our collective memories, it will become the subject of a college course at Tulane University, where James Carville has just joined the faculty.

In a Tulane news release, the New Orleans university says the political strategist who led Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign will bring in nationally recognized journalists, politicians and pollsters to speak to students for the course.

Carville, a Louisiana native who became known as the Ragin' Cajun, is also a commentator on CNN. He and his wife, Republican campaign strategist Mary Matalin, recently relocated their family to New Orleans from Washington. His course on the 2008 race will be offered during the spring semester.

Tops on TV

President-elect Barack Obama's appearance on 60 Minutes Sunday, along with his wife, Michelle Obama, elevated the CBS show to No. 1 in the TV ratings for the week of Nov. 10-17, according to Nielsen Media Services. The show drew 25.1 million viewers.

The rest of the top 10 (in millions): Sunday Night Football (Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins), NBC, 19.3; CSI, CBS, 19.1; NCIS, CBS, 18.7; Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 18.7; Desperate Housewives, ABC, 16.8; Dancing with the Stars Results, ABC, 16.5; The Mentalist, CBS, 16.5; Country Music Association Awards, ABC, 15.9; Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 14.9.

today's birthdays

Talk show host Larry King, 75.

Broadcasting mogul Ted Turner, 70.

Fashion designer Calvin Klein, 66.

Actress Allison Janney, 48.

Actress Jodie Foster, 46.

Dancer Savion Glover, 35.

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