Dave Barry and former “Saturday Night Live” writer Alan Zweibel are in the running for a top humor prize.
“Lunatics,” a novel cowritten by Barry and Zweibel, is a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
The other nominees announced Wednesday were Shalom Auslander’s novel “Hope, A Tragedy” and NPR “comic correspondent” Dan Zevin’s essay collection “Dan Gets a Minivan.”
The winner receives $5,000. The prize is named for humorist-cartoonist James Thurber and has been given to Calvin Trillin, Christopher Buckley and David Sedaris, among others. Zweibel won in 2006 for his novel “The Other Shulman.”
Franco’s passion projects headed for TV
James Franco is coming back to TV, but this time it’s not for a soap opera or the Academy Awards. The Ovation channel said Wednesday that it’s joining with the actor-writer-filmmaker on a new series, “James Franco Presents.” Ovation said the series will document Franco’s explorations of the art world, including his gallery exhibits and other “passion projects.” The prime-time series also will include Franco’s “heroes” in various areas of the arts, the channel said. The film actor has dabbled in TV since his breakout role in the series “Freaks and Geeks” in 1999, with appearances on “General Hospital” and hosting the 2011 Oscars with Anne Hathaway. “James Franco Presents” will debut this fall.
charged: Authorities say former teen heartthrob David Cassidy was pulled over in upstate New York for failing to dim his headlights and charged with DWI after tests showed his blood alcohol content at 0.10 percent, higher than the state’s legal limit of 0.08. Schodack Police Lt. Joseph Belardo said Cassidy, 63, was stopped shortly after 12 a.m. Wednesday about 10 miles south of Albany. The charge is a felony because Cassidy has a 2011 conviction for driving under the influence in Florida. The “Partridge Family” star lives in Fort Lauderdale but is staying in upstate New York for a racing meet in Saratoga.
part 2: Rapper DMX has been arrested again in South Carolina and charged with possession of marijuana, police said Wednesday. The entertainer, whose real name is Earl Simmons, 42, was a passenger in a truck that was stopped late Tuesday for an illegal U-turn, police said. Officers arrested Simmons after realizing that he had a warrant for driving under suspension, authorities said. Domenick Nati, a spokesman for the rapper, said Simmons had no drugs on him when police searched the truck. This is Simmons’ second arrest in as many months.