News Roundup: Sept. 14

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Madonna took to the stage in Los Angeles Thursday as scheduled, resuming her “Drowned World” tour, The Associated Press reports. The singer performed at the Staples Center after canceling Tuesday’s show in light of the terrorist attacks. Tickets for the canceled show will be honored on Saturday. Thursday’s 18,000 ticketholders were told to arrive at the concert an hour ahead of time because of heightened security procedures. Other performers also resumed their tours, including the Backstreet Boys, Earth, Wind & Fire and Sade. Aerosmith, Destiny’s Child, Jimmy Buffet, Tony Bennett, k.d. lang and Blink-182 kept their tours on hold for the time being.

According to, all Broadway shows resumed performances yesterday. The Roundabout Theatre Company, however, has postponed its Broadway production of Assassins. Roundabout and the show’s director, Joe Mantello, believe this is not an appropriate time to present a show, which deals with presidential murder and violence from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald to John Hinckley.

In General

Britney Spears canceled a Thursday media conference to promote her new album. According to AP, Spears had planned a two-day promotional blitz in Sydney, Australia, but felt it was not appropriate to hold a press conference.

AP reports that neither country singer Jo Dee Messina nor her record company is making money from her song, “Bring On the Rain,” played recently in Nashville as a response to Tuesday’s bombings. Messina, however, feels the relation between her song and the bombings “gives the song an entirely new dimension.”

An Internet game entitled WTC Defender has been removed from its hosting Web site,, according to BBC News. Horrifically, Tuesday’s bombings mirrored the plot of the game: players try to avert kamikaze pilots from attacking the World Trade Center. The site has posted an apology, telling its users “the game was not meant to offend anyone.”

According to Variety, HBO has discontinued all advertisements concerning its mini-series Band of Brothers. In light of Tuesday’s attack on America, HBO will let each of the ten episodes speak for themselves, hopefully sparking the country’s morale.

Networks ABC, CBS, and NBC plan to continue commercial-free coverage of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks through today, Reuters reports. Fox television, CNN, CNBC and other cable channels will report commercial-free until further notice. Coverage of the tragedy has resulted in the largest advertising hiatus in network television history, with over 60 hours of uninterrupted coverage.

Networks will be left with huge gaps to fill this weekend after the NFL, college football, Major League Baseball, pro golf and NASCAR postponements and cancellations, AP reports. The major networks, including ABC and NBC, as well as all sports networks like ESPN and ESPN2, will instead give time to their news departments or affiliates for further coverage of cleanup operations following Tuesday’s terrorist attacks. CBS will air taped sports programming, including Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France victory in July. staffers Guylaine Cadorette and Stephanie Marcucci contributed to this report.