Steven Spielberg and Jane Fonda have recalled their memories of John F. Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago (22Nov63) for a U.S. TV news special which will be aired to mark the sad anniversary. Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw, who wrote the book Where Were You? America Remembers the JFK Assassination, sat down with celebrities, politicians and dignitaries to discuss the day President Kennedy died - and their memories of it.
Fonda said, "It just seemed impossible that this great president... was dead. It's like everything became unsafe... It shook my world view."
The news special will air on Friday night (22Nov13) in America.
The mystery surrounding Kennedy's death remains but it is believed he was killed when gunman Lee Harvey Oswald opened fire on the presidential motorcade as it weaved through Dallas, Texas.
A moment of silence following the tolling of bells in Dallas as part of ceremonies to honour President Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination was staged on Friday morning at 11.30am local time.
He who will assume the legendary seat of Regis Philbin on Live! with Regis and Kelly has got a lot to live up to. It's likely that anyone suggested will be met with at least some naysayers, no matter how affable or talented said candidate may be. The newest potential successor to Philbin's longtime hosting gig is quite an interesting and unexpected choice, although not one without promise: Dana Carvey.
Yes, Carvey has been the source of a good deal of laughter over the years, from both the Wayne's World movies and his years on Saturday Night Live. But we never really see Carvey not playing some kind of character; and more often than not, he's playing a pretty off-the-wall character. He's known more for wild, spot-on impressions rather than his capabilities with charming smalltalk and casual banter.
But then again, it might be wise to veer from the expected. No one who takes the role will wow all of the Regis-devotees out there. Perhaps, instead of emulating the television fixture's unwavering insuperability as a friendly talk show host, shooting for the epitome of a character actor to keep everyone guessing is not a bad choice. Of course, they won't have Carvey coming out in Church Lady garb or delivering opening monologues as Tom Brokaw. But instilling some of his wacky flavor into the mix might just work.
Others in consideration for the role include Kelly Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelos, who has filled in for Philbin in the past on the show. Additionally, Ryan Seacrest and Bravo television host Andy Cohen are in the running.
The major news anchors are heading to the West Coast.
ABC's Peter Jennings, CBS' Dan Rather and NBC's Tom Brokaw will be temporarily relocated to California to cover the recall election Tuesday, Oct. 7, Reuters reports, when voters will decide either to keep current Democratic Gov. Gary Davis in office or elect a new governor.
While none of the Big Three will offer complete coverage, they will be focusing on the election during their regular news programs, along with special updates as warranted.
Jennings, joining the leading candidates in the final days of their campaign, will be the first of the major broadcast news organizations to land in Los Angeles, broadcasting ABC's World News Tonight Friday. ABC's Nightline, hosted by Ted Koppel, will air two broadcasts--one at 11:35 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, about half an hour after the California polls close, and a West Coast update three hours later that will air live across the country, Reuters reports.
Brokaw's NBC Nightly News will start its L.A. broadcast on Sunday, with Brokaw anchoring on Monday for three nights of newscasts running through Wednesday. Rather and the CBS Evening News will join them Tuesday and Wednesday. Harry Smith will be in L.A. for the CBS Early Show, as will Katie Couric, who will anchor NBC's Today show from the Left Coast, Reuters reports.
The three leading 24-hour cable news outlets--Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC--also are planning special election coverage from Los Angeles and elsewhere in California.
Everyone seems poised to see the battle between Gov. Davis and the myriad of colorful candidates opposing him, including Republican actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor Gary Coleman, porn publisher Larry Flynt, and more than 130 other candidates. This event has gained intense national media coverage rarely seen for state gubernatorial races.
"It's got all the elements," NBC Nightly News executive producer Steve Capus told Reuters on Thursday. "Start with this unpopular governor trying to make his way through difficult economic times... add in the uniquely California set of circumstances that includes a Hollywood actor and any number of other interesting characters, and you've got a great story."
ABC News political director Mark Halperin said: "It's quite obvious if Arnold Schwarzenegger were not a candidate in this race, the national networks would not be devoting presidential campaign resources to this story." He added that widespread voter discontent also has sparked strong interest in the recall experiment of California, home to roughly one in seven Americans, Reuters reports.
Networks have also made a promise not to project winners and losers until all polls close, which should be an easy one to keep because of the long list of candidates, the larger-than-normal number of absentee ballots and the consolidation of precincts. Depending on the closeness of the election, it could be hours, even days, before the outcome is known.
"We're going to be pretty cautious because there's a lot of weirdness to this race," Joe Lensky, executive vice president of Edison Media Research, told Reuters, which together with Mitofsky International, is providing exit poll data for all the networks, several newspapers and local TV stations.
Major networks and cable outlets are planning extensive, daylong coverage of the upcoming one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Many advertisers have opted out of the coverage, which means networks will offer TV viewers an entire day of retrospective with little or no commercial breaks.
With retrospectives hard to avoid, will the coverage be seen as overkill?
According to The Associated Press, networks are asking themselves the same thing.
Mark Lukasiewicz, executive producer for special projects at NBC News, said it's a question everyone is grappling with. "I don't think anybody has a handle on it. It's a very tough call. The great thing about television is: If you've had enough, you can turn it off."
NBC will air a commemorative concert the night of 9/11, but will run a Dateline NBC special hosted by Tom Brokaw the night before. The network figures viewers may be overdosed on the subject by midday on the 11th, the AP reports.
ABC and CBS, however, are gambling that people will want to see more. Both networks will focus on reactions of how the government responded in the week following 9/11 in primetime specials.
Here is a rundown of network and cable stations' anniversary coverage on Sept. 11, according to USA TODAY:
ABC Coverage of the day's memorial events from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET/4 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT, four hours of primetime (including a minute-by-minute account of the twin towers' collapse in cooperation with USA TODAY) and Nightline. Peter Jennings will moderate a new edition of Answering Children's Questions, which aired last fall.
CBS With 9/11: The Day That Changed America, viewers will get expanded editions of The Early Show and the CBS Evening News, with primetime coverage featuring 60 Minutes contributors and an exclusive interview with President George Bush. The documentary 9/11 will be rebroadcast Sept. 8 at 9 p.m.
NBC: Themed America Remembers, coverage includes a six-hour edition of Today; a town-hall meeting with rescuers, victims' families and survivors; and continuous coverage anchored by Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams. Concert for America (to be taped Sept. 9 in Washington, D.C.) will air at 9 p.m. as a tribute.
FOX: The Day America Changed, a two-hour special hosted by Brit Hume, will air at 9 p.m. ET (live)/PT (taped). The special features interviews with survivors, rescuers and family members and will include Greta Van Susteren, Shepard Smith and Bill O'Reilly.
CNN: Using the America Remembers label just like NBC, CNN plans 12-hour coverage anchored by Aaron Brown and Paula Zahn from CNN's Manhattan rooftop at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT, a two-hour special with Brown and Connie Chung at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and a Larry King show at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A two-part Sept. 11 documentary also airs Aug. 17 and 24 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Fox News Channel will air regularly scheduled programming commercial-free on Sept. 11 from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET/2 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT.
PBS: America Rebuilds, a documentary about the aftereffects of Sept. 11 aided by special access from former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, airs Sept. 10 at 10 p.m.
BBC America: Events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania where hijacked planes crashed will be covered live from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET/3 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT, along with overseas coverage.
For viewers looking for escapism, TBS will air The Wedding Singer, a comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
The Producers Guild of America will give out awards tonight, with the teams behind A Beautiful Mind, Moulin Rouge and Shrek among those in contention for its top honor. The producers of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring are also in the running for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.
The honor is similar to the motion picture academy's best picture prize, and the winner is considered a near shoo-in for Oscar gold. The 1,500-member Producers Guild has correctly predicted the best picture Oscar winner 10 out
of the last 13 years.
A Beautiful Mind, Lord of the Rings and Moulin Rouge are
nominated for both the PGA award and best picture Oscar. But the guild opted for box office hits Shrek and Harry Potter for its other two slots,
while the Academy chose the indie critic faves In the Bedroom and Gosford Park.
The Producers Guild will also hand out awards in three television categories, with such shows as The West Wing and The Sopranos among those in the running.
The teams behind CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos and The West Wing are nominated for the Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in episodic television-drama.
Contenders for the Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in episodic television-comedy are Frasier, Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Sex and the City and Will & Grace.
The nominated producers of Frasier include the late David Angell, who was aboard one of the hijacked planes that crashed on Sept. 11.
Among the David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in longform television nominees are some well-known names--Billy Crystal for HBO's 61*, and Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg for HBO's Band of Brothers.
Husband-and-wife actors Bradley Whitford of The West Wing and Jane Kaczmarek of Malcolm in the Middle will host the guild's 13th annual ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Formed in 1950, the Producers Guild has about 500 active members and 1,000 affiliated members.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Darryl F. Zanuck Theatrical Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award in Motion Pictures
A Beautiful Mind, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, David Heyman
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh
Moulin Rouge, Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann and Fred Baron
Shrek, Aron Warner, John H. William and Jeffrey Katzenberg
Norman Felton Producer of the Year in Episodic Television-Drama
CSI Crime Scene Investigation, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ann M. Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony Zuiker, Jonathan Littman, Sam Strangis, Danny
Cannon, Cynthia Chvatal and William Petersen
Law & Order, Dick Wolf, Barry Schindel, Jeffrey L. Hayes, Lewis H. Gould and Kati Johnston
Six Feet Under, Alan Ball, Robert Greenblatt, David Janollari and Alan Poul
The Sopranos, David Chase, Brad Grey, Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green, Ilene S. Landress and Terence Winter
The West Wing, John Wells, Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, Llewellyn Wells, Christopher Misiano, Alex Graves and Michael Hissrich
Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television-Comedy
Frasier, David Angell, Peter Casey, Kelsey Grammer, David Lee, Dan O'Shannon, Mark Reisman and Maggie Blanc
Friends, Kevin S Bright, Marta Kauffman, David Crane, Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Scott Silveri, Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen and Todd Stevens
Malcolm in the Middle, Linwood Boomer and James S. Simons
Sex and the City, Michael Patrick King, Cindy Chupack, John P. Melfi and Sarah Jessica Parker
Will & Grace, James Burrows, Jeff Greenstein, Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and Tim Kaiser
David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Longform Television
61*, Billy Crystal and Ross Greenburg
Anne Frank, Hans Proppe and David R. Kappes
Band of Brothers, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Tony To
Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Robert Allan Ackerman and Lorna Luft
Wit, Cary Brokaw
Pop singer Britney Spears has been caught once again with the wrong brand of drink on her hands. Spears, who signed a $97.5 million deal with Pepsi earlier this year, was reportedly seen drinking Coca-Cola during her stay in Sydney, Australia and was seen drinking Sunkist when she was leaving a recording studio on Wednesday. But Pepsi has not lost their faith on their young spokeswoman, as they continue to play her tune on television commercials and on the telephone. "You know, after all that's happening in the world right now, this is not a big event," Larry Jabbonsky, director of public relations for Pepsi Cola Co. told Hollywood.com on Thursday. "You can move on from there."
Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Jay Livingston, whose collaboration with Ray Evans led to hits such as "Silver Bells," "Que Sera, Sera" and "Mona Lisa," died of pneumonia Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 86.
Rapper Snoop Dogg was charged with marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession in Amherst, Ohio, on Wednesday after officers stopped two of his tour buses for speeding. Drug-sniffing dogs found six bags marijuana weighing about 200 grams in the cargo hold of the bus, The Associated Press reported. Charges for possession of marijuana could lead to a maximum $100 penalty. Drug paraphernalia possession could lead to a maximum sentence of $250 and 30 days in jail.
The Rosie O'Donnell Show returns live on Monday, Oct. 22 after taking this week off due to the anthrax scare at NBC, PageSix.com reported. O'Donnell shut down production last Friday after Tom Brokaw's assistant tested positive for anthrax.
Actor Robert De Niro has dropped plans to produce and play a phobic therapist in Scared Guys for director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest). Instead, he'll reprise his role as a mobster being treated by a shrink (Billy Crystal) in Analyze That, the sequel to the hit 1999 comedy Analyze This. According to Reuters, De Niro will reportedly earn near $20 million for the role. Film production begins in February.
Divorce lawyers for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are in Los Angeles this week hashing out money issues. According to New York's Daily News reports, Kidman's team is bracing for a court fight, arguing that she's within her rights to raise their children as Catholics rather than Scientologists.
Former Beatle George Harrison, 58, has recorded his first single since being treated for cancer earlier this year, Reuters reported. Harrison co-wrote the song, called "A Horse to Water," in his house with his son Dhani and recorded it with British musician Jools Holland. The song will appear on Holland's album Small World, Big Friends, to be released in Britain on Nov. 11. On the record, Holland duets with other artists as well, including Dire Straits' guitarist Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison and Eric Clapton.
The Grammy Awards, the top honors in the music industry, will take place on Feb. 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, event organizers said on Wednesday. According to Reuters, the organization is also planning to announce, within the next few weeks, the winners of the second annual Latin Grammy Awards, which were canceled following the Sept. 11 attacks.
'N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick will be the first member of the boy band to turn the big 3-0 on Thursday. Being involved in a group at such age would never have been acceptable in former boy bands such as Menudo, but for the Tampa-based group, age is no limit. "We try to convey to everybody that we're just learning just like everyone else," Kirkpatrick told ABCNews.com. "We're on this planet to be here, y'know, as humans."
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 9, 2000 -- The infectious bug that has been plaguing TV series of late -- you know, the "I feel that my time with the show is up and I've decided to move on" epidemic -- has claimed another victim.
The latest casualty is none other than "Veronica's Closet's" Kathy Najimy. Trade papers report today that the actress, who plays Olive, Veronica's (Kirstie Alley) trusted sidekick and confidant, will bid farewell to the NBC comedy at the end of this season.
Najimy tells Variety that her decision to leave the show is based purely on personal reasons. With "Veronica's Closet" behind, Najimy reportedly plans to spend more time with her 3-year-old daughter, not to mention more of the same said time on a would-be "feature career."
Of course, the concept of "leaving" "Veronica's Closet" might become a moot point. The unbeloved comedy series, now in its third season, was already benched once this season by NBC for low ratings. It is currently mired in 85th place among all shows and is considered a long shot for fall renewal.
SUPERHERO SAVES FOX: Patrick Warburton, the guy who played Elaine's mechanic beau Dave Puddy on "Seinfeld," will return to the tube in the form of a blue superhero in the Fox comedy pilot "The Tick."
Once a Saturday morning toon on Fox, "The Tick" follows the adventures of a dim-witted crime fighter and his ex-accountant sidekick as they battle bad guys with names such as Chairface Chippendale, El Seed and Breadmaster.
The new live-action half-hour pilot will be directed by the enthusiastic Barry Sonnenfeld ("Wild Wild West").
"I've been a huge fan of 'The Tick' for years," Sonnenfeld told the Hollywood trade papers. "I like it even more than my 6-year-old daughter. It's really up my alley. It doesn't feel like anything on television today."
(Let us guess -- Mr. Sonnenfeld doesn't have cable.)
Warburton, meanwhile, has handled superhero duties prior to "The Tick." Dig this, "Seinfeld" fiends, the actor was the voice of Superman in those American Express commercials starring Jerry Seinfeld.
'LEEZA' IS DEAD: No, not Leeza Gibbons, but her fast-sinking eponymous talk show. Cause of its likely death? Ultra-bad ratings.
Word on the street is that "Leeza" will not live to see a second season in syndication.
The daytime talk show went through various transformation and network shuffles in its (technically) 7-year history. It was first conceived by NBC in 1993 as "John & Leeza," the John, of course, being Gibbons' "Entertainment Tonight" co-hort John Tesh. The show downsized to simply "Leeza" in 1994 when the above-mentioned Tesh bailed. In September, NBC decided to sell the show to non-NBC outlets, thereby banishing the show to syndication.
"LIP" SERVICE: Oscar- and Emmy-winning director-producer James L. Brooks ("Terms of Endearment," "As Good As It Gets," "Jerry Maguire") is set to endow the tube with a live-action romantic comedy series for ABC.
The comedy, still untitled, will be based on a character from the 1988 radio series "Lip Schtick." Joan Cusack, whom Brooks collaborated with on the 1987 flick "Broadcast News," will stake the title role.
Slated for a slot in ABC's 2000-2001 lineup, the show will mark Cusack's prime-time debut and Brook's first TV gig since his stint as the executive producer of the animated series "The Critic" in 1994.
RANDOM BITS: NBC has picked up a half-hour comedy pilot starring David Alan Grier ("In Living Color"). Grier is slated to play a Secret Service man in charge of protecting the first lady. ...
... CBS has greenlit a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced ("Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor") drama pilot for the new fall season. The project is said to be an hour-long drama called "CSI." Starring William Petersen, the series revolves around forensic crime-scene investigators working in Vegas. ...
THE COURT OF POPULAR OPINION: Democracy sometimes flourishes in the most unlikely places, just ask Judge Judy -- one of the many, many finalists chosen by TV viewers of America for the 2nd Annual TV Guide Awards.
More than 1.5 million viewers cast ballots to determine nominees in 22 categories. NBC led all networks in mentions with 20 finalists. Winners will be announced March 5 in a Fox broadcast.
Here's the complete list of the TV Guide Award nominees, as announced today:
Favorite Actor in a New Series David Boreanaz, "Angel" (WB) Billy Campbell, "Once and Again" (ABC) Dan Futterman, "Judging Amy" (CBS) Martin Sheen, "The West Wing" (NBC)
Favorite Actress in a New Series Amy Brenneman, "Judging Amy" (CBS) Tyne Daly, "Judging Amy" (CBS) Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC) Sela Ward, "Once and Again" (ABC)
Favorite Actor in a Comedy Bill Cosby, "Cosby" (CBS) Michael J. Fox, "Spin City" (ABC) David Hyde Pierce, "Frasier" (NBC) Ray Romano, "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS)
Favorite Actress in a Comedy Jenna Elfman, "Dharma & Greg" (ABC) Calista Flockhart, "Ally McBeal" (FOX) Lisa Kudrow, "Friends" (NBC) Phylicia Rashad, "Cosby" (CBS)
Favorite Actor in a Drama David Duchovny, "The X-Files" (FOX) David James Elliott, "JAG" (CBS) Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue" (ABC) Sam Waterston, "Law & Order" (NBC)
Favorite Actress in a Drama Gillian Anderson, "The X-Files" (FOX) Roma Downey, "Touched by an Angel" (CBS) Melina Kanakaredes, "Providence" (NBC) Julianna Margulies, "ER" (NBC)
Favorite New Series "Judging Amy" (CBS) "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC) "Once and Again" (ABC) "The West Wing" (NBC)
Favorite Comedy Series "Ally McBeal" (FOX) "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS) "Frasier" (NBC) "Friends" (NBC)
Favorite Drama Series "ER" (NBC) "Providence" (NBC) "The Practice" (ABC) "Touched by an Angel" (CBS)
Favorite Soap Opera "All My Children" (ABC) "Days of Our Lives" (NBC) "General Hospital" (ABC) "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
Favorite Sportscaster Terry Bradshaw (FOX) Bob Costas (NBC) Howie Long (FOX) John Madden (FOX)
Favorite Daytime Talk Show "Judge Judy" (Syndicated) "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee" (Syndicated) "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (Syndicated) "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (Syndicated)
Favorite Game Show "Hollywood Squares" (Syndicated) "Jeopardy!" (Syndicated) "Wheel of Fortune" (Syndicated) "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (ABC)
Favorite News Personality Tom Brokaw (NBC) Katie Couric (NBC) Peter Jennings (ABC) Matt Lauer (NBC)
Favorite Late Night Show "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS) "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher" (ABC) "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC)
ONLINE NOMINEES Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (WB) "Charmed" (WB) "The X-Files" (FOX)
Favorite Reality TV "Biography" (A&E) "Behind the Music" (VH1) "The Real World" (MTV)
Favorite TV Pet Eddie, "Frasier" (NBC) Happy, "7th Heaven" (WB) Salem, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (ABC)
Favorite TV Movie or Miniseries "Annie" (ABC) "Joan of Arc" (NBC) "Tuesdays with Morrie" (ABC)
Favorite News Program "Dateline NBC" (NBC) "Entertainment Tonight" (Syndicated) "20/20" (ABC)
Favorite Music Show "Behind the Music" (VH1) "Total Request Live" (MTV) "Pop-Up Video" (VH1)
Favorite Children's Show "Blue's Clues" (Nickelodeon) "Rugrats" (Nickelodeon) "Sesame Street" (PBS)
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Favorite Teen Show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (WB) "Dawson's Creek" (WB) "Popular" (WB)