VCR ALERT–Watch Johnny Depp on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno tonight, and THE TODAY SHOW Thursday morning!

Johnny Depp fans have a feast of television appearances to enjoy this week. Johnny will appear on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno on Wednesday night, July 13th, to promote CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. We will keep our fingers crossed that Jay conducts a better interview than he did in Johnny’s previous appearance on THE TONIGHT SHOW, the night of the infamous weiner dog races. Expect some sort of lame Michael Jackson reference, since Michael Jackson jokes are a staple of Leno’s opening monologues; at least that will offer Johnny the opportunity to tell a large television audience that his Willy Wonka is NOT based on Jackson.

Johnny’s gifted young co-star, Freddie Highmore, will be interviewed on THE TODAY SHOW on Wednesday morning, July 13th; and on Thursday, July 14th, Johnny and Freddie will be interviewed together on THE TODAY SHOW. Interviews were conducted by Al Roker during the Nassau press junket for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.

Cable’s VH-1 channel offers a half-hour special on CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY for their series “10 Most Excellent Things.” The special airs tonight, July 13th, at 8:00 p.m. and repeats at midnight.

E’s BEHIND THE SCENES series visits the set of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY on Thursday, July 14th, at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The program repeats twice on Friday, July 15th, at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Other TIVO opportunities are Saturday July 16th at 7 a.m. and Sunday July 17th at 7:30 a.m.

The Zone thanks DeepinDepp for keeping our TV news up-to-date. Check the TV Alerts thread on the News board for further updates.

DVD Alert–John Waters' cult classic CRY-BABY, starring Johnny Depp, now available on Region 1 DVD!

North American Deppheads cheered the release of John Waters’ classic satire CRY-BABY on DVD on July 12th. It has been a long wait for fans, who have worn out their VHS tapes of the 1990 musical. Johnny Depp heads a cheerful cast of misfits and eccentrics, playing Elvis-figure Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker with subversive charm. The DVD contains deleted scenes, additional footage, and cast interviews, including one with Johnny. Like another of John Waters’ films, HAIRSPRAY, CRY-BABY will soon become a Broadway musical.

Recently John Waters was asked by Daniel Coleridge of TV Guide if he claims “any credit for Johnny Depp’s huge film career.” Waters replied, “Johnny would’ve been a huge star and a very successful actor without me. I’m glad he started with me, though. I’m glad he starred in my movie. More people have seen CRY-BABY, because of Johnny Depp, than any of my movies.” Waters added, “I’m glad that I’m the first person who ever got him a million-dollar paycheck. And I’m glad we’re still friends.”

In other Depp DVD news, the Region 1 release of season 3 of 21 JUMP STREET has been postponed two weeks, from August 23 to September 6, 2005. No reason was given for the delay. The Zone thanks emma for the Coleridge interview and itsnotmytree777 for the news on 21 JUMP STREET.