New York Times

columnist Frank Rich has signed on with HBO as a "creative consultant" to help develop new projects at the premium-cable network.

His column continues, but according to HBO, he'll no longer be writing about HBO or its parent company, Time Warner.

'Gossip' spreads fast

The season finale aired just three days ago, but we can already tell you that "Gossip Girl: The Complete First Season" comes to DVD Aug. 19.

Does size matter?

The Style Network has ordered a "reality" series for fall that looks at life through the eyes of Ruby Gettinger, a 500-pound woman from Savannah, Ga.

Before we cringe, we'll note that "Ruby" will be produced by the same company that's behind TLC's popular "Little People, Big World," which features a family of little and average-sized people who are far more interesting than most "reality" show stars.

Changing channels

Starting May 31, the programming on WHYY (Channel 12) will be simulcast on the station's primary digital channel, 12.1 (or for Comcast subscribers, Channel 240) in preparation for the station's switch to all-digital broadcasts on Feb. 17, 2009, the day most broadcasters are required to drop their analog signals. *