Major networks canceled their entire programming lineup yesterday to carry non-stop coverage of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. According to Reuters, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox joined CNN in televising round-the-clock reports on the tragedy. Other networks, including Home and Garden Network and the Food Network, canceled their programming and posted a message to viewers stating that their shows had been suspended "due to the nature of today's tragic events." ESPN and ESPN2 are also carrying news from their sister network ABC.
Cable networks USA, A&E, Discovery, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and AMC did not opt out of their regular schedules. According to Variety, the networks went on the assumption that viewers had many other options to find news on Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
Access Hollywood and Extra preempted or delayed their regular shows in order to carry news coverage of the events. Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday was preparing a show focused on the entertainment community's handling of the news.
Live! With Regis & Kelly, which normally airs weekday mornings at 9 a.m., broke its coverage on Tuesday to cover the events. The show will be in repeats on Wednesday. The status of many other productions are is unknown, including The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Change of Hearts and People's Court. Many shows are not expected to jump back into production right away.
The Toronto International Film Festival canceled all activities on Tuesday but organizers said screenings would resume on Wednesday, Reuters reports. An official social function aimed at bringing international directors together on Wednesday night was also canceled.
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said it has canceled all cable-industry activities this week in New York. The city was in the middle of what is dubbed as "hell week"-an annual event that draws cable industry bigwigs from around the nation.
The Walt Disney Co. has temporarily closed its theme park until Wednesday, Reuters reports. Parks were shut down temporarily in response to Tuesday's attacks. Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in Southern California were closed, as well as Disney's water parks and shopping areas. Disney Cruise Lines officials said that sailing will continue as scheduled.
All city, state and federal buildings in Los Angeles were shut down Tuesday. A majority of television and feature film productions also postponed shooting both on location and in studios. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Entertainment Industry Development Corp. was only issuing permits on an emergency basis for production outside or in? check source the downtown Los Angeles area. Most studios based in Los Angeles also shut down production, including 20th Century Fox, Sony and Warner Bros., while DreamWorks gave employees an optional workday. Productions filming in Canada remained open.
British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey, who won Britain's most prestigious popular music award award for the album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, could not accept the award in person after she was stranded in the United States. According to Reuters, Harvey was in Washington at the time of the terrorist attacks on Tuesday when U.S. authorities halted all civilian flights until at least mid-day Wednesday.
According to Susan A. Fraine, the executive director of the Boston Film Festival, several actors were not able to attend Tuesday's screenings due to the halt on civilian flights. Both Kevin Kline, who was set to attend the festival for the screening of his film Life as a House, and Sissy Spacek, who won the Film Excellence Award for In the Bedroom, were unable to attend the festival.