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NFL Hebrews

Here’s this year’s Jews in the NFL run-down, prepared with the help of the Jewish Sports Review newsletter.

Sad to say, no Jewish rookie players made the final team cuts and former Jets and Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler was let go by Tampa Bay just before the season began.

The returning Jewish players are: Igor Olshansky, 24, a starting defensive end with the San Diego Chargers. Igor, a practicing Jew, grew up in San Francisco and married his Jewish high school sweetheart in 2005; Mike Rosenthal, 30, is an offensive tackle for Minnesota. He has been battling injuries and he’s not expected to start many games; Josh Miller, 36, the starting punter for New England, is coming off a good year in which he played in every game. Miller often speaks to Jewish groups; Lennie Friedman, 30, is a reserve offensive guard for Cleveland; Mike Seidman, 25, is a reserve tight end who is in his fourth year with Carolina; and Sage Rosenfels, 28, a back-up quarterback. Rosenfels joined Houston last March and did so well in 2006 pre-season games that he may get a start at some point.

TV premieres

Jewish comedians David Cross (“Arrested Development”) and H. Jon Benjamin created and provide a lot of the voices for the new Comedy Central animated series, “Freak Show.” It’s about a group of freak show performers that work after hours for the government. (Starts Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 10:30 p.m.)

Cooking expert Nigella Lawson, usually listed among the most beautiful women in Britain, begins a new, 13-part series on the Food Network called “Nigella Feasts.” (Starts Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.)

“30 Rock,” starring Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”), is an NBC comedy about the backstage scenes of a fictional TV sketch comedy program. Originally, SNL veteran Rachel Dratch was slated to be a “30 Rock” regular and to play the star of the fictional series. However, her role in “30 Rock” has been reduced to playing recurring characters. (Starts Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.)

The NBC comedy “Twenty Good Years” premieres right after “30 Rock.” San Francisco native Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow play two middle-aged friends who are very different, but they agree that only have “20 good years left” — and they should start living life to the fullest.

Lewis on ‘L&O’

Jerry Lewis, 80, makes a rare TV guest appearance on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” Lewis plays a disheveled homeless man who is arrested as a suspect in a murder case. It turns out the homeless man is the uncle of “SVU” Jewish detective John Munch (who is played by Jewish actor Richard Belzer). The episode airs Oct. 10 at 10 p.m.

Silverstone news

Opening Friday, Oct. 6, is “Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker,” a movie about a teenage James Bond-type secret agent that’s based on a best-selling book by British Jewish author Anthony Horowitz. The film co-stars Alicia Silverstone, who grew up in Hillsborough and British Jewish actress Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”).

While “Alex Rider” books are British best-sellers, the movie only did so-so business when it opened in the U.K. earlier this year. Critical reviews were lukewarm.

Meanwhile, Silverstone, who turns 30 next week, has just agreed to join the cast of the NBC mid-season replacement series, “The Singles Table.”