Rice signs with William Morris; look for books, tours in her future

Hours after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed with the William Morris Agency to pursue opportunities that are likely to include books and lectures, Variety reports on its Web site.


"It is an honor to represent Secretary Rice as she prepares to embark on the next chapter of her incredible career," said WMA Chairman and CEO Jim Wiatt. "She is a cultural force, and we look forward to assisting her in her ongoing philanthropic initiatives in education and women's empowerment."

TV's top shows


Sunday's AFC championship game, which the Baltimore Ravens lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, was the most-watched prime-time show for the week of Jan. 12-18, according to Nielsen Media Research. The game, on CBS, drew 40.7 million viewers.

The remaining top 10 (in millions): American Idol, Tuesday, Fox, 30.4; American Idol, Wednesday, Fox, 30.3; AFC championship post-game show, CBS, 25.4; CSI, CBS, 24.3; NCIS, CBS, 18.6; The Mentalist, CBS, 18.1; Two and a Half Men, CBS, 17.1; The Mentalist, Sunday, CBS, 16.4; CSI: Miami, CBS, 15.8.

Obamas, take note

If there was any doubt, the Labrador retriever is the people's choice among purebred pooches for the 18th straight year. That's the word today from the American Kennel Club, which keeps its nose to the ground on such matters.

AKC says more than twice as many labs were registered in the U.S. in 2008 as Yorkshire terriers - the No. 2 dog on the list. The rest of the top 10 canines are German shepherd, golden retriever, beagle, boxer, dachshund, bulldog, poodle and Shih Tzu.


Author Joseph Wambaugh, 72

Actor John Hurt, 69


Actress Linda Blair, 50

Actress Diane Lane, 44

Actor Balthazar Getty, 34