Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Mandy Moore (see designer info below) at the MTV Video Music Awards (or to those of you into acronyms, the VMAS). Posted by Hello

Designer Duds at the MTV Awards, Rap Reunion, Record Skeds and More

Who’s Wearing What at the MTV Video Awards:
Actress Faune Chambers wore Sue Wong while walking the red carpet with Farnsworth Bentley at the MTV Video Music Awards. She chose the “Barbet” pleated slip dress in coral.

Mandy Moore chose a beautiful coral Calvin Klein dress for the MTV Vid awards. More MTV attendees:

Alicia Keys wore a Dolce & Gabbana gown, in silk and lace in-set.

Hilary Duff wore sexy strappy ankle wrap Gucci sandals with her Helmut Lang shorts

Ashlee Simpson wore an unusual dress with a pouff at the hem, by Jennifer Nicholson.

Beyonce kept her loyalty to her mom-manager Tina, by wearing her design of a low-cut gold damask silk jacket and matching hot pants.

Carmen Elektra wore a Loris Azzaro white halter dress.

Dior-loving Gwen Steffani wore a Louis Vuitton scarlett colored fitted skirt.

Haylie Duff went more casual than her sis and wore Paper Denim & Cloth jeans and a olive green top by Allure.

Ashanti wore a black and ivory print dress from Redworks by Christine.

Christina Aguilera chose a flirty 20s-inspired beaded mini with a criss crossed back, designed by Roberto Cavalli.

Mrs. Marc Anthony (you might remember her as Jennifer Lopez or J-Lo) wore a truly frightening frock by Stella McCartney (the luckiest designer in the history of all designers) she topped it off with a very pimp-style chapeau.

Scary Lil' Kim (who has been refreshed within an inch of her life recently) was wearing a garish dress by Carlos Miele.

Omarion was wearing a denim jacket by G-Star.

Rap Reunion:
Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Warren G reunited with their new album 213: The Hard Way. The collaboration, garnered the group the No. 4 album in the country, charting Top 10 in 70 of the Top 100 markets. The West Coast made THE HARD WAY No.1 on Southern California's charts. The album has also achieved No.1 status for Rap Album, as well as becoming the No.1 Independent Album in the country. <>The album's lead single "Groupie Luv" is a playful funk-drenched anthem introducing listeners to 213’s player side. The DJ Pooh produced song is a radio-friendly record with an undeniable hook. <>

With life long friends, unparalleled talent and an 18-track album full of stellar songs, 213 proves that THE HARD WAY has been well worth the wait. "Nate brought the gangster melodies to the game," Warren G says. "Snoop brought the smooth gangster style to the game. We've had an incredible impact. Now its time for us to reinvent West Coast hip-hop." Stand-out tracks on the album include "Another Summer" produced by Kanye West; "So Fly" a revamped version of R&B singer Monica's hit "So Gone"; and "Joysticc", a head-nodding track inviting female fans to an one-night affair. "It ain't really talked about as a big record coming out this year and ain't nobody really expecting it, but it's a great record with a lot of good songs on it," says Snoop Dogg. THE HARD WAY is one of the many upcoming releases from TVT Records.

Rebuilding the World Trade Center: Within days of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the questions began: What should be built on the site of Ground Zero? And who should build it? In "Sacred Ground," airing Tuesday, September 7, 2004 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), FRONTLINE-with exclusive access to architect Daniel Libeskind-tells the inside story of the first stormy year in the rebuilding effort on the site of the World Trade Center.

Beach Boy Book: Publication Date: October 15, 2004 The Definitive Treatment of the Beach Boys

“It’s great to see the details of the best years of our career collected with such love in one place.” — Brian Wilson

San Francisco, CA—Brian Wilson is currently on the road on his Smile tour. A new recording of lost classics and a new Wilson solo album have hit stores. It's the 40th anniversary of the Beach Boys' first No. 1 hit ("I Get Around"). And Good Vibrations, a musical featuring more than 30 Beach Boys songs, opens on Broadway in January. So what better time can there be to read about the best years of America's greatest pop group?

The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America’s Greatest Band on Stage and in the Studio is a meticulous study of the Beach Boys’ musical career from 1961 to 1976, as well as a stunning collection of previously unpublished photographs and original studio logs from classic recording sessions. Also covered are over 1,000 concert appearances around the world—including long-lost press reviews—and every Beach Boys television appearance.

Featuring rare archival interviews with the band members and their close associates, the book’s easy-to-browse, day-by-day format tracks every move in the legendary group’s career, detailing for the first time its entire concert and broadcast history, recording sessions, and all records released in the U.S. and U.K. Author Keith Badman leaves no stone unturned in this authoritative guide, which includes a song-by-song recording index, a Smile recording index, a session-musician log, a TV index, and much more. The book also examines the life of Brian Wilson—one of the most gifted songwriters, producers, and arrangers in popular music—and provides a datelist of his recent solo concerts.

Keith Badman, the author of three books about the Beatles and a regular contributor to Record Collector and Mojo magazines, lives in London, England.

Backbeat Books publishes books for people who are passionate about music, whether as performers or avid fans. Based in San Francisco, Backbeat Books is an imprint of CMP Information.

The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America’s Greatest Band on Stage and in the Studio
By Keith Badman
Price: $29.95
Format: Trade Paper, 400 pp, 120 photos
ISBN: 0-87930-818-4
Publication date: October 15, 2004

Sea Stones: David Yuman is introducing a new South Seas Pearl Collection, available at Neiman Marcus.

Katy Rose performing Live:

Tuesday Afternoon
Live on The Fuse
exclusive interview
4 p.m. EST

Wednesday Morning
WB11 Morning News
- 9 a.m. EST

LIVE Performance
Wednesday Evening
Webster Hall Live for The Chicks with Attitude Tour playing with Liz Phair, Charlotte Martin and The Cardigans

Thursday Morning
ESPN's Cold Pizza
7 a.m.- 9 a.m. EST
Live Performance

AXIS OF JUSTICE: CONCERT SERIES VOLUME LIVE ALBUM AND DVD HITS STORES ON ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 2ND Serj Tankian of System of a Down and Tom Morello of Audioslave/Rage Against the Machine have announced their plans to release Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume I on Election Day, November 2, 2004. The concert which was recorded at the Avalon in Los Angeles was one in a series of benefits for Axis of Justice, the non-profit organization founded by Tom and Serj in an effort to unite concerned musicians, fans of music and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice. This very unique night of music featured performances and surprises by a number of special guests, including Flea, Maynard James Keenan and Pete Yorn (see full tracklisting). The album includes one donated track from Chris Cornell and Maynard James Keenan of their cover of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love, and Understanding", which was recorded at last year's Lollapalooza. Other highlights include an all-star jam of "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2 and "Alice in My Fantasies" by Funkadelic.

CD Track Listing (not in sequence):

1) Intro to the event by comedian Ahmed Ahmed

2) "Speak On It": Knowledge and Serj Tankian: Spoken Word/Piano about


Armenian Genocide

3) "Until The End": The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)

4) "Union Song": The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)

5) "I Feel Good Again" by Junior Kimbrough: Pete Yorn with his band

6) Serj Tankian: Piano Improvisation

7) "Charades" (vocals with piano): Serj Tankian

8) Flea(bass)/Brad Wilk(drums)/Serj Tankian(piano): Free Jam

9) "Chimes of Freedom" by Bob Dylan: Tom Morello (guitar and vocals),


Tankian (Piano and vocals), Pete Yorn (guitar and vocals), Flea


Brad Wilk (drums)

10) "Alice In My Fantasies" by Funkadelic: Flea (Bass), Brad Wilk


Tom (guitar), Pete Yorn (guitar), Serj (vocals)

11) "What's Golden": Jurassic 5

12) "Freedom": Jurassic 5

13) "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2: Flea (bass), Brad Wilk

(drums), Tom (Acoustic guitar), Pete Yorn (guitar and vocals), Tim


(electric guitar),Serj (vocals), Maynard James Keenan (vocals), Johnny

Polonsky (keyboards)

14) "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love, and Understanding" by Nick

Lowe: Chris Cornell,Maynard James Keenan

For more information on Axis of Justice please log on to www.axisofjustice.org .

Check Out Record Release Sked:

September 7, 2004

The Smithereens Anthology: From Jersey It Came! (2-CD set) -

Various Christmas With the Rat Pack

Patti LaBelle Anthology (2-CD set)

Al Green The Immortal Soul of Al Green (4-CD box set)

September 21, 2004

Dean Martin Christmas with Dino

Walt "Baby" Love Walt Baby Love Christmas

Various Ultimate Soul Christmas (2-CD set)

Kajagoogoo White Feathers

September 28, 2004

Bobby Darin The Legendary Bobby Darin

The Rat Pack Boys' Night Out (EPK available)

Ultra Lounge Ultimate Christmas Cocktails (3-CD set)

October 5, 2004

The Beach Boys Christmas With the Beach Boys

Various Christmas Classics

October 12, 2004

Various Shimmy Down the Chimney - A Country Christmas

November 2, 2004

Duran Duran Singles Box, Volume 2 (1986-1995) - (boxed set of
14 CD singles in individual cardboard sleeves with replicated original singleartwork)

November 16, 2004

Joe Cocker The Best of Joe Cocker: Live (DVD)

George Thorogood & The Destroyers Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock
(limited CD/DVD deluxe edition) - (interviews & EPK available)

Monday, August 30, 2004

New mummy Gwyneth Paltrow was among the many who donned bling to the Miami-location MTV Video Music Awards (see story below) Posted by Hello

Law and Order on DVD (see story below)
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Emmy Party with ET and People (see story below) Posted by Hello

MTV Bling, Great News for Fans of L&O, Emmy Fest

Bling! Bling! MTV Video Music Awards: Miami, FL (August 29, 2004) - Everyone looked like a “rock” star as they cruised the red carpet drenched in diamonds at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Head turning trends included the Diamond Right Hand Ring and enormous diamond stud earrings.

Diamond Right Hand Rings rule MTV VMA red carpet:

· Lil’ Kim-26 carat pink Diamond Right Hand Ring by Sol Rafael
· Jessica Simpson- 22 carat Diamond Right Hand Ring by Jacob & Company
· Ashanti- 15 carat Diamond Right Hand Ring by Fred Leighton
· Gwen Stefani- 12 carat Diamond Right Hand Ring by Lorraine Schwartz

Diamond Studs top the charts:

· Beyoncé - 9 carat Diamond Studs by Lorraine Schwartz

· Gwen Stefani-15 carats Diamond Studs by Lorraine Schwartz

Celebrities who wore diamonds:

· Ashanti - Art Deco diamond bracelet valued at $15,000, Diamond Right Hand Ring valued at $25,000, Art Deco diamond necklace and diamond chandelier earrings valued at $22,500 by Fred Leighton.

· Beyoncé - 15 carat diamond studs and 32 carat yellow diamond ring valued at $2 million all by Lorraine Schwartz.

· Missy Elliot - $500,000 of diamond jewelry by Jacob & Company. Diamond turntable pendant with diamond necklace, diamond turntable ring and customized diamond watch with her name by Jacob & Company.

· Nelly - 500 carats and $5 million dollars of diamond jewelry by Chris Aire.

· P. Diddy - $8.3 million dollars of diamonds including an 18 carat diamond ring, 23 carat yellow diamond ring, diamond bracelet and diamond watch by Jacob & Company.

· Remy Martin (“Lean Back” video with Fat Joe) - Diamond necklace with fancy yellow and white hearts totaling 80 carats, valued at $135,000, multi-colored diamond cross and chain totaling 15 carats, valued at $30,000, diamond bracelet totaling 15 carats, valued at $80,000 and diamond chandelier earrings totaling 19 carats, valued at $89,000 all by Sol Rafael.

· Usher - Rose gold diamond watch by Jacob the Jeweler.

· Victoria Gotti - Pear-shaped diamond necklace totaling 95 carats, valued at $395,000, pear-shaped diamond bracelet, totaling 58 carats, valued at $165,000, Asscher-cut diamond right hand ring totaling 25 carats, valued at $500,000 all by Sol Rafael.

· Alicia Keys - Fancy yellow diamond earrings and yellow diamond ring totaling 11 carats valued at $500,000 by Sol Rafael.

· Amy Lee - Diamond stacked necklaces.

· Ashlee Simpson - Three-row stacked diamond bracelets and diamond flower brooch.

· Christina Aguilera - Three-row diamond bracelet and three stacked diamond bracelets.

· Gwen Stefani - 9 carat diamond stud earrings, rose-cut diamond bangle and 12 carat yellow Diamond Right Hand Ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

· Gwyneth Paltrow - Diamond disc earring by Stephen Russell.

· Haylie Duff - Diamond Right Hand Ring by Neil Lane.

· Hilary Duff - Gold and diamond bracelets and Diamond Right Hand Ring by Neil Lane.

· Jennifer Lopez - Diamond chandelier earrings by Stephen Russell, multicolored natural blackened diamond mesh bracelet and two blackened rose-cut diamond cuffs by Lorraine Schwartz.

· Jessica Simpson (Arrivals) - Diamond drop earrings, 22 carat Diamond Right Hand Ring and two diamond bracelets by Jacob & Company.

· Jessica Simpson (Performance) - Diamond drop earrings, eight stacked diamond bracelets, a diamond cuff bracelet and a 22 carat princess-cut diamond ring by Jacob & Company.

· Jo Jo - Pink diamond hoops and pink diamond bangles by Lorraine Schwartz.

· La La (MTV VJ) - Yellow diamond pear-shaped chandelier earrings by Joel Rosenberg.

· Lil’ Kim - 26 carat pink Diamond Right Hand Ring and Asscher-cut chandelier earrings and diamond bracelet by Sol Rafael.

· Paris Hilton - 24 carat diamond bracelet.

· Queen Latifah - Diamond hoops with inner chandeliers valued at $100,000 and diamond rose cut flower cuff valued at $200,000 by Lorraine Schwartz.

· Vanessa Minnillo - Diamond chandelier earrings by Joel Rosenberg.

Emmy Festivities: ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the #1 entertainment newsmagazine in the world, and the world’s most popular magazine, PEOPLE, will join forces for the first time on Sunday, September 19, 2004 to celebrate and honor the 56th Annual Emmy Awards. Hollywood’s industry elite will gather at Mondrian’s famed Asia De Cuba and Skybar on the Sunset Strip for the 8th Annual ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT EMMY PARTY sponsored by PEOPLE, which is also publishing The Hollywood Daily, an inside look at the television industry’s biggest week.

“We are so incredibly excited that PEOPLE is sponsoring this year’s Emmy party,” commented Linda Bell Blue, executive producer of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and THE INSIDER. “As the number one brand in broadcast entertainment news, it makes perfect sense for us to join forces with the number one brand in print entertainment news to bring together the industry’s finest on television’s biggest night.”

“We’re thrilled to cap off our week of Emmy reporting in the Daily by partnering with ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT for this fantastic event,” adds PEOPLE managing editor Martha Nelson.

The festivities will commence at 7:30 PM as exclusive invitees dine on a special menu created by Asia De Cuba executive chef, Christian Plotczyk, while watching the Emmy telecast on state-of-the-art [Samsung] plasma screens. Internationally acclaimed DJ, Tony O from the Emmy-nominated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” will be spinning throughout the night as ET and PEOPLE welcome more than 1,000 industry insiders comprised of Emmy winners and nominees, television and film stars, network and studio VIP’s, and opinion-makers from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, music and publishing to create a magical media universe as they party the night away by the pool, under the stars, and overlooking the lights of Hollywood.

Other event highlights include:

· Mystery Musical Performance

As with last year’s event – which was anointed ‘Best Party on Emmy Night’ by The Los Angeles Times when The Bangles rocked the house -- this year’s ET/Emmy Party sponsored by PEOPLE will feature a musical performance by one of the industry’s most popular bands.

· Beauty Bar

In addition to great music and fabulous food, ET and PEOPLE's guests will be treated to an exclusive Beauty Bar inside the party. Staffed by top industry make-up artists, this special retreat will provide guests with everything they need to stay looking fresh and fabulous throughout the night. Partiers will also be able to try-out and take-home exciting product samples.

· Couture Leather Gift Bags

Handbag designer, Junior Drake, has created a one-of-a-kind couture leather tote bag exclusively for the party. Currently available at Fred Segal in Los Angeles and the favorite of many celebrity fans such as Beyonce, Tyra Banks and Ali Landry, the exclusive Junior Drake bag will feature the latest beauty, personal and lifestyle products from companies such as Bed Head, Brasilian Roots Jewelry, Diane Von Furstenberg, L’Occitane, Paramount Home Entertainment’s “Frasier,” Pecksniff of London, Revlon, Joico, Sony Music, and Tony and Tina, among many others.

· Exclusive Photos and Video Coverage on ETonline:

Entertainment news junkies will also be able to view exclusive photos and video of star arrivals, clips of ET’s red carpet interviews, and photos from both the Awards and the ET/PEOPLE Emmy party within minutes of them taking place, on ET’s website, www.ET.Yahoo.com.

Fans of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT can look forward to comprehensive coverage of the 56th Annual Emmy Awards on the following night’s broadcast – consistently one of ET’s highest rated shows of the year. Interviews with Emmy nominees and winners will be featured as ET anchors Mary Hart and Mark Steines take their places front and center on the Red Carpet at the Shrine Auditorium and then later at the evening’s festivities.

Emmy-nominated guests include: Jennifer Aniston, Peter Boyle, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Stockard Channing, Larry David, Drea de Matteo, Kristin Davis, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Jennifer Garner, Brad Garrett, Kelsey Grammer, Mariska Hargitay, Sean Hayes, Patricia Heaton, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Imperioli, Allison Janney, Jane Kaczmarek, Anthony La Paglia, Matt Le Blanc, Janel Maloney, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Hyde Pierce, Doris Roberts, James Spader, Tony Shalhoub, Martin Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Jeffrey Tambor, and Amber Tamblyn, among many others.

Among the attendees since ET launched its first Emmy Awards party in 1996, are: Oprah, Dr. Phil McGraw, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe, Christian Slater, Kelly and Jack Osbourne, Matthew Perry, Tony Bennett, Ellen DeGeneres, Christine Baranski, Dennis Franz, George Lopez, Molly Sims, Rachel Hunter, Jeri Ryan, Catherine Bell, Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, the cast of “Frasier,” the “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” crew, the cast of the original “Survivor,” Arianna Huffington, Ron Livingston, Roma Downey, Jimmy Kimmel, Cheri Oteri, David Alan Grier, Sarah Wynter, and “Bachelor” Bob Guiney, as well as the original members of The Bangles who performed a rocking 50-minute set of their greatest hits.

Need Some LAW & ORDER? LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT The Complete Current Seasons of All Three Series In This Award Winning Franchise Now Available to Own On DVD In Stores September 14, 2004 Universal City, CA, August 30, 2004 - One of the most successful and longest running drama series on television, LAW & ORDER has been honored with a record 11 consecutive Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. Over 17 million viewers* tune in to enjoy the gripping story lines ripped from today's news headlines. Producer Dick Wolf's two additional series, the Emmy® Award nominated LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, have met with similarly loyal followings. Now the most recent seasons of all three series in this powerful crime drama brand are available to own on DVD September 14, 2004. Each collection includes exciting bonus features that enhance and extend enjoyment of the show. LAW & ORDER: THE FOURTEENTH YEAR, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT − THE FIFTH YEAR and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT − THE THIRD YEAR are each priced at $59.98 SRP. Get $10 back when you buy one of the new DVD sets plus any other complete season of the Law & Order franchise.

Synopses & Bonus Features

With storylines echoing controversial real-life cases, each episode follows a single fascinating crime from the police investigation through its resolution in court. According to the New York Times, LAW & ORDER "has evolved into that rare jewel: a prestigious drama that tells self-contained stories about challenging issues." TV Guide says LAW & ORDER "is still turning out absorbing, sharply written episodes plumbing the moral minefield of modern-day crime and punishment." The star-studded cast features Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston, Elisabeth Röhm and Fred Dalton Thompson as the detectives and prosecutors who tackle a different challenging case in each suspenseful episode. Bonus features include profiles of Jesse Martin and Fred Thompson, a set tour with Jerry Orbach and an interview with forensic scientist Park Dietz.

Series creator Dick Wolf followed the success of the original show with Emmy®-nominated LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. Heading into its sixth season, this hard-hitting and emotionally charged drama chronicles the life and crime fighting of the New York Police Department's elite SVU. The series follows the investigations of Det. Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), a seasoned, seen-it-all veteran of the unit, and his tough but compassionate partner, Det. Olivia Benson (Emmy nominee Mariska Hargitay), as they try to solve the city's most heinous crimes. Directing their intense efforts is Capt. Donald Cragen (Dann Florek, reprising his Law & Order role), whose tough but supportive approach guides the entire squad - which includes Detectives John Munch (Richard Belzer) and Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T), forensic psychiatrist George Huang (B.D. Wong) and ADA Casey Novak (Diane Neal) - through the dangerous challenges they face every day. Extra features include profiles of Ice-T, B.D. Wong and Dann Florek; plus a montage of the show's most memorable guest appearances.

The latest in the franchise, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, is Wolf's gritty, psychological and suspenseful crime drama. Follow Major Case Squad Detectives Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe) as they tackle the most challenging criminal cases in New York City. Under the supervision of Captain James Deakins (Jamey Sheridan) and with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver (Courtney B. Vance), Goren and Eames pursue the city's most devious offenders in a cat-and-mouse game filled with treachery and surprising twists. The show offers an additional dimension by exposing major crimes from the criminal's perspective, thus offering an up-close and personal look into the criminal justice system. Bonus materials include profiles of James Sheridan and Courtney Vance, a set tour with executive producer Fred Berner and Erbe, an interview with private eye and show consultant; plus the featurette "Who is Robert Goren?"

Street Date: September 14, 2004
Rating: Not Rated
Suggested Retail Price: $59.98
DVD Selection Number: 25714
Number of Discs: 3
Running Time: 17 Hours and 27 Minutes
Number of Layers: Dual (3 Double-Sided)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (Full-Screen)
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; Spanish Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; French Subtitles

Street Date: September 14, 2004
Rating: Not Rated
Suggested Retail Price: $59.98
DVD Selection Number: 25725
Number of Discs: 4
Running Time: 18 Hours and 1 Minute
Number of Layers: Dual (3 Double-Sided, 1 Single-Sided)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (Full-Screen)
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; Spanish Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; French Subtitles


Street Date: September 14, 2004
Rating: Not Rated
Suggested Retail Price: $59.98
DVD Selection Number: 25719
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Layers: Dual (3 Double-Sided)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (Full-Screen)
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; Spanish Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; French Subtitles

*Based on average viewers of first-run Law & Order episodes during 2003-2004 season.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Ryan Fisher explaining the finer points of the very cool Segway to BeansTalk's Chairman of the Board. Posted by Hello

Segway Party

Thanks to our friends at Russo and Fisher for inviting us to the opening of the Segway store in Santa Monica. It was great to try it out!

Friday, August 27, 2004

Hugh Laurie and Jim Broadbent star in "The Young Visiters" Posted by Hello

TGIF -- More TV info, Carmen Electra and More


THE YOUNG VISITERS [sic] (U.S. premiere original) Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Moulin Rouge) and Hugh Laurie (Stuart Little, Maybe Baby) star in a colorful, enchanting and eccentric view of adult life and love in Victorian London as seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl in BBC AMERICA's original comic moviepremiere, The Young Visiters [sic]. Based on the much-loved Victorian novel, written in 1890 by Daisy Ashford, who wrote (and famously misspelled) the tale when she was just nine-years-old, the comic drama centers on two gentlemen - Alfred Salteena (Jim Broadbent) and Lord Bernard Clark (Hugh Laurie) - as they compete for the favors of a young lady, Ethel Monticue (Lyndsey Marshal, The Hours, The Gathering Storm). Alfred Salteena, "an elderly man of 42," has his heart set a-flutter by his young charge, Ethel, whom he has promised to introduce to the aristocracy. Alfred is only acquainted with one aristocrat - Lord Bernard Clark - and duly arranges to visit him in his rambling Rickamere Hall. Alfred asks Bernard's advice on how to, "gain a place on the right side of the blanket" in order to be in a position to propose to Ethel. Bernard advises him to travel to Crystal Palace to seek tuition from his old chum, the Earl of Clincham played by Bill Nighy (Love Actually, State of Play). This he must do at once. Alfred sets off to see the Earl of Clincham who agrees to help him. And, after being relieved of his life savings, Alfred is sent on a rigorous training course of learning social etiquette, such as how to doff one's hat and the proper use of cutlery. Meanwhile, back at Rickamere Hall, Ethel's head has been turned by the size of Bernard's estate, his butler and his propensity for first class travel. Likewise, Bernard, fighting his conscience, finds himself head-over-heels in love with Ethel, and proposes a wild trip to London. Shortly after their arrival in the metropolis, Bernard can hold himself back no longer. He proposes to Ethel who immediately accepts. Clincham decides to throw a party to celebrate Alfred's progress and invites the highest of society to attend. Bernard is reluctant to go but Ethel, faced with the opportunity of meeting even more lords and ladies, insists on accepting the invitation, which inevitably leads them coming face-to-face with Alfred...The Young Visiters [sic] premieres Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 8 p.m.

MURDER IN SUBURBIA (U.S. premiere original) A sassy, female crime-busting duo with an irresistible knack for uncovering the truth bring their exceptional investigative skills to BBC AMERICA in an all-new murder mystery series, Murder in Suburbia. The meticulous and often stubborn Detective Inspector Kate Ashurst (Caroline Catz, The Vice) teams up with instinctive, chaotic and street-smart Detective Sergeant Emma Scribbins (Lisa Faulkner, MI5) to create suburbia's hottest new detective partnership.
Murder in Suburbia premieres Mondays from November 22, 2004 at 8 p.m.

(U.S. premiere original) What would happen if you discovered that you own not only your house but also the whole town in which you live? The Vivaldi family, of Swansea in Wales, is just about to make such adiscovery in BBC AMERICA's latest U.S. premiere original drama from writer Russell T. Davies (Queer as Folk, The Second Coming), Mine All Mine.
Mine All Mine premieres Sundays from November 28, 2004 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

(U.S. premiere season) Digging up the past can be a dangerous business - especially for members of the Cold Case Unit. Chief Inspector Boyd (Trevor Eve, David Copperfield, In The Name Of The Father) is back to reopen the files of more unsolved crimes in a U.S. premiere season of BBC AMERICA's Waking the Dead.
Waking the Dead premieres Mondays from November 22, 2004 at 9 p.m.

THE PERSUADERS (Channel premiere) Fast money, fast cars and fast women... this is the life of dashing do-gooders Tony Curtis and Roger Moore in the 1971 adventure series The Persuaders. The action-packed classic joins The Avengers and The Saint on BBC AMERICA's Friday night line-up of cool retro favorites.
The Persuaders airs Friday nights beginning November 5, 2004 at 10 p.m.

(Channel premiere) The complex emotional lives of three 30-something couples are the focus of BBC AMERICA's stylish, award-winning drama, Cold Feet. Stars Stephen Mapes, Helen Baxendale, James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris.
Cold Feet airs Sundays from November 28, 2004 at 9 p.m.

THIS LIFE Five friends. One household. No rules. It's back. BBC AMERICA presents an encore presentation of the UK's hottest drama of the 1990s - the cult show, This Life.
Winner of five major awards - including the Royal Television Society's award for Best Drama - This Life revolves around uncompromising story lines of sexy, young twenty-somethings who are rival lawyers by day and hard-partying friends by night.
This Life airs Sundays from November 28, 2004 at 8 p.m.

Who's Wearing What: Carmen Electra will hit the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards in a dress by Sunny Choi. The vibrant green plunging v-neck satin cocktail dress is the just the beginning. She will change into another Sunny Choi dress for the VMA after-party. Carmen will host the Ocean Drive VMA after-party in a white satin off-the-shoulder cocktail dress, with bow accent at the shoulder.

TNT Original: Two-time Golden Globe nominee Kyra Sedgwick (The Woodsman, Loverboy, Cavedweller) has been cast to play the lead Turner Network Television (TNT)'s THE CLOSER, an original dramatic pilot about an elite division of the LAPD, announced Michael Wright, senior vice president of original programming for TNT. THE CLOSER comes to TNT from The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. James Duff (The D.A., The Agency) wrote the pilot, which is being executive produced by Duff, Greer Shephard (Nip/Tuck, The D.A.) and Michael Robin (Nip/Tuck, The D.A., NYPD Blue). Robin will also direct. THE CLOSER is a gripping police drama that tells the story of Deputy Police Chief Brenda Jean Johnson (Sedgwick), an Atlanta police detective who has come to LA to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the wrong way, but her reputation as the world's best interrogator eventually wins over even her toughest critics.

Sedgwick, who co-starred in the Emmy-winning TNT Original Door to Door, will soon be seen in The Woodsman, co-starring Kevin Bacon, which will be released on December 24. The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was showcased as part of the Cannes Film Festival. She will also be seen in Showtime's Cavedweller, which she developed and produced and which will premiere on October 17.

Sedgwick was last seen in HBO's Emmy-nominated Something the Lord Made and has just wrapped production on Kevin Bacon's Loverboy, which she co-produced. In addition to Personal Velocity, which earned her a 2002 Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, her credits include Born on the Fourth of July, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Singles, Phenomenon, Behind the Red Door, Just a Kiss and Secondhand Lions, as well as Something to Talk About and Miss Rose White, both of which earned her Golden Globe nominations.

Christmas Production: A new holiday musical/dance theater production coming to New York City's Beacon Theater in December.... SANTA MEETS THE ICE DRAGON
WHO: Bob McGrath, known as"Bob from Sesame Street," is cast in the main role as Narrator.Beloved by kids everywhere for his role as the music teacher on Sesame Street for the past 34 years, Bob sings and narrates and portrays all of the voices in this unique production, which also features the renowned American Symphony Orchestra (28-piece orchestra), and an 11-member dance troupe as Santa, the elves in Santaland, the little boy and girl, Max and Sara, and the other characters (still to be cast). Oh, and a 21-foot-high Ice Dragon will take kids' breath away!
WHAT: SANTA MEETS THE ICE DRAGON, a brand-new musical holiday adventure combines theater, dance and music. This captivating production is a new and original Christmas tale, but has the kind of wonderfully old-fashioned, timeless storyline and themes and enchanting symphonic score that will appeal to children and adults alike. The magical costumes, sets and special effects make it destined to become an instant annual classic. (Think of a production situated somewhere between Hans Christian Andersen and Disney.) Produced and directed by Anne Geenen of In the Wings Productions (which also brought the performance troupe Mummenschanz and The Flying Karamazov Brothers to Lincoln Center for special holiday runs in recent years) . Composed and conducted by award-winning composer Erik Van der Wurff. Choreographed by Gilles Monnart. Costumes designed by Tony-nominated Yan Tax. (See synopsis below.)

The Beacon Theater (2800 seats)
New York City

Evening performances at 7:30 pm, with two performances on Wednesdays & Sundays, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Specially discounted school matinee for Group Sales and open to the public on Tues., December 14, at 12 pm.

Ticketmaster: 212-307-7171

Box Office: 212-496-7070
Groups: 212-398-8383 or 800-223-7565

War, What it's Good For, Absolutely Nothing: On October 5, 2004, Universal Studios Home Video will release on DVD the critically acclaimed landmark documentary feature THE WAR ROOM, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, and produced by R.J. Cutler, Wendy Ettinger and Frazer Pennebaker. Nominated for an Academy Award® and the winner of Best Documentary from the National Board of Review, THE WAR ROOM peers behind the closed curtain of modern day politics, reveals the inner sanctum of the 1992 Clinton-for-President Campaign and vividly details how the two political masterminds, James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, changed the way presidential campaigns are run.

Timed to coincide with the 2004 Presidential campaign, the THE WAR ROOM is a timely look at the political campaign process, offering insights into what the John Kerry and George W. Bush campaigns must be like in the last days to win the presidency. An additional bonus feature includes newly recorded remarks from the filmmakers specifically added for this release, wherein they share some of the most memorable stories from their ringside access to the Clinton campaign and the making of this film. The DVD has a suggested retail price of $14.98. The pre-order date is August 31, 2004.

From a cold Primary in New Hampshire to the victory party in Little Rock almost ten months later, THE WAR ROOM takes viewers on a revealing, behind-the-scenes journey to the White House. This insightful look into one of the shrewdest, funniest, most sophisticated political machines ever, takes on new meaning in light of subsequent revelations concerning President Bill Clinton.

At the center of THE WAR ROOM are the two men who guide Clinton’s presidential bid through all of its turmoil: James Carville, the fiery, charismatic, expletive-spewing Cajun who manages the campaign with a mixture of Southern charm and unrelenting passion; and George Stephanopoulos, the brilliant, handsome Rhodes Scholar who, as communications director, calmly but surely mobilizes Clinton’s staff to take the presidency.

Filmmakers Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker’s camera follow these two masterminds as they ingeniously maneuver the campaign past the controversy of Gennifer Flowers and the draft-dodging issue through such events as the Democratic National Convention, the debates with George Bush and H. Ross Perot and the final, nail-biting days leading up to the election itself. This is a compelling and enlightening adventure story about two remarkable men, and about the monumental effort, determination and chutzpah that is required to conduct – and win – a political campaign in the modern age.


DVD - $14.98 SRP

Street Date: October 5, 2004

Orders due August 31, 2004

Running time: 1 hour 36 minutes

Language: English

Subtitles: Spanish

Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1

DTS: Dolby

DVD Catalog # 26128

Thursday, August 26, 2004

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Television Schedules, Fall Previews and More

Fun Educational TV: PBS KIDS GO! — A New Destination for Early Elementary School-aged Kids Launching October 11, 2004 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays (check local listings) and weekends, PBS KIDS GO! is a new educational, multimedia destination specifically created by, for and about kids in their early elementary school years — an audience with limited choices for media that is both fun and educational and more importantly, age-appropriate.

PBS KIDS GO! introduces new stars — from MAYA & MIGUEL and POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER —and current popular PBS KIDS’ programs targeted towards older kids, including ARTHUR and CYBERCHASE (new episodes for CYBERCHASE begin this fall, ARTHUR will premiere new episodes in December). Info: www.pbskidsgo.org


MAYA & MIGUEL, from Scholastic Entertainment, presents culture and language learning as fun, relevant and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino population. Lively and colorful, MAYA & MIGUEL chronicles the adventures, and sometimes misadventures, of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos and features their family, friends and a richly diverse neighborhood. This never-a-dull-moment situation comedy revolves around Maya’s well-intended meddling in her family’s and friend’s lives, ultimately creating new quandaries to fix. While every episode takes humorous twists and turns, the underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than personal gain. Sprinkled throughout the series are values of friendship, family and a positive, culturally rich portrayal of Latino family, language and cultures.

POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER, from WGBH Boston and Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. in association with Marc Brown Studios, is a series spin-off from the popular series ARTHUR. Arthur's friend Buster travels with his father, who is an airline pilot ferrying a Latino rock band, Los Viejeros, on tour around the country and the world. Buster takes along his video camera to send home video postcards to Arthur and his friends and family. POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER mixes animation with live-action shooting to present Buster's point of view, what he sees and who he meets through the lens of his video camera, and to show a vivid, multicultural portrait of America and the world.

ARTHUR, from WGBH Boston and Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. - - A five-time Emmy Award-winner, this daily half-hour animated series, based on Marc Brown’s best-selling Arthur adventure books, shows how Arthur and his friends use effective, age-appropriate problem-solving skills. Each episode consists of two independent stories focusing on themes and events central to children’s lives. Whether facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and his friends manage to solve their crises with imagination, kindness and a lot of humor. The series promotes literacy and is complemented by a comprehensive outreach campaign targeted to teachers, librarians, parents and daycare providers.

CYBERCHASE, from Thirteen/WNET New York, Nelvana Limited -- Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE energizes kids ages eight-eleven with math power. Full of cyber-mysteries with eye-popping animation and a sly comic flair, the daily series features the voices of Christopher Lloyd and Gilbert Gottfried. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun — it’s about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon three earth kids for help. They are Jackie, Matt and Inez — the culturally diverse heroes of CYBERCHASE — who, along with the wise-cracking cyber-bird Digit (Gottfried), travel from their real-world realm to the colorful virtual vistas of cyberspace, where they vanquish the bad guys in an all-out battle of wits. Each episode takes the kids on a thrilling adventure driven by a different math concept — from tackling time in ancient Egyptian tombs to cracking codes in creepy caves or making sense of numbers in a fractured fairy tale world.

Bring on the Kaviar: Kaviar and Kind has retained MHA Media for national public relations representation. Kaviar and Kind, co-owned by Sunrise Ruffalo and Katherine Azarmi, is a high-end, fine art gallery concentrating on unique jewelry brands and original fine art and accessories. The gallery carries high-end jewelry and accessories, leather goods and unique home décor, striving to sell brands and unique pieces previously unknown to the mainstream market in Los Angeles. Visit www.kaviarandkind.com.

Yellowcard Tour Info: A full Yellowcard live DVD is slated for release in November.
And dates for Yellowcard's fall headlining North American tour have been confirmed:


10/13 Fresno, CA Valdez Hall
10/14 Las Vegas, NV UNLV
10/15 San Diego, CA Soma
10/16 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater
10/19 Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom
10/20 Seattle, WA Premier
10/21 Vancouver, BC Croatian Cultural Center
10/23 Edmonton, BC Reds
10/24 Calgary, ALB MacEwan Ballroom
10/26 Winnipeg, MAN Burton Cummings Theater
10/27 Minneapolis, MN The Quest
10/28 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall Star Theater
10/29 Chicago, IL Riviera Theater
10/31 TBA
11/1 University Park, PA Penn State
11/3 Montreal, QUE Metropolis
11/4 Worcester, MA The Palladium
11/5 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
11/6 Asbury Park, NJ Convention Hall
11/8 TBA
11/10 Storrs, CT Jorgensen Auditorium
11/11 Baltimore, MD University of Maryland/Baltimore
11/12 TBA
11/13 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
11/14 Jacksonville, FL University of Northern Florida
11/16 Orlando, FL House of Blues
11/18 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
11/21 Denver, CO Fillmore Theater
11/22 TBA
11/24 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
11/26 Los Angeles, CA Palladium
11/27 TBA

Maher Guest: Real Time with Bill Maher” new episode, Friday, August 27, 2004 at 11 p.m. will feature guests: Brigadier Gen. Janis Karpinski, commentator Chris Matthews and author John E. O'Neill; roundtable guests are journalist Ashleigh Banfield, author and educator Michael Eric Dyson and California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.

McCallum Returns: Most doctors heal people - but by the time bodies reach Dr. Iain McCallum, it's too late. John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Mummy) returns as forensic pathologist Dr. Iain McCallum in the acclaimed crime drama dubbed, "enormously watchable," "exceptional," and "outstanding," by UK critics. A second season of McCallum makes it's cable premiere on BBC AMERICA's Mystery Mondays with four two-hour movies beginning September 27, 2004 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

This season, McCallum struggles more than ever with his inner demons as he copes with a painful break-up from long-term girlfriend, Joanna, and begins to wonder if he's chosen the right profession. Surrounded by death, shattered families and troubled souls - will the harsh reality of McCallum's day-to-day finally prove too much to handle? <>Deep in the morgue of St. Patrick's Hospital in London's East End, McCallum works alongside colleagues Dr. Angela Moloney (Zara Turner, Sliding Doors), Sir Paddy Penfold (Richard Moore), Fuzzy Brightons (the late James Saxon, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and Bobby Sykes (Richard O'Callaghan). Together with police DI Bracken (Gerard Murphy, Waterworld) and DC Small (Alex Walkinshaw), the team perform post-mortem examinations, trying to uncover the truth behind a death. <>

A rash of murders at a retirement home, the gruesome discovery of four disemboweled bodies, the untimely death of a medical student linked to McCallum and a disturbing case involving Anorexia Nervosa are some the mysterious cases facing McCallum and the team in the new season. <>McCallum is produced by Scottish Television Enterprises; Murray Ferguson is producer.

Beginning September 27, 2004 John Hannah will be the face of BBC AMERICA's Mystery Mondays as the night's on-air host. Also, in a U.S. premiere movie coming to BBC AMERICA this Fall, John Hannah stars as a cop whose life is turned upside down when his wife disappears in the psychological thriller Amnesia, premiering Monday, October 25, 2004.

October Lifetime Sked:

WOMEN rock! Airs Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 10 PM-11:30 PM ET/PT The fifth annual “WomenRock!” in celebration of Lifetime’s 20th year, brings together some of the brightest talent of today to champion the fight against breast cancer. The signature concert, which each year attracts the music industry's hottest performers, is part of Lifetime’s award-winning public awareness campaign, Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Breast Cancer for Life, now in its tenth year. “Women Rock!” tapes at the Wiltern Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday, September 28.


Body Mass Increase Airs Sunday, October 10, 2004 9-10 PM ET/PT After performing a check-up on her son’s friend, Lu (Rosa Blasi) is shocked to find out the teen is pregnant and that it may be her son’s child. Meanwhile, Andy (Patricia Richardson) takes action when her daughter’s friends are sent “fat letters” by their school, notifying their parents that they are overweight. With Kayla’s (Tamera Mowry) ex-boyfriend announcing his pending nuptials, Kayla (Tamera Mowry) asks Peter (Josh Coxx) to be her fiancé. (Drama/2004) Starring Jenifer Lewis, Patricia Richardson, Philip Casnoff, Rosa Blasi, Josh Coxx and Tamera Mowry.

LIFETIME’S Speaking of Women’s Health Airs Saturday, October 9, 11-11:30 AM ET/PT Breast Health: A woman undergoes a breast lift surgery. Breast Lifting/Firming Exercises. Lisa Bronson fights breast cancer and undergoes breast reconstruction. (2004/Reality) Starring Florence Henderson and Rachel Campos.
Airs Saturday, October 23, 11-11:30 AM ET/PT

One woman is tired of her double chin that just won't go away and wants to undergo liposuction to get rid of it. Will she be pleased with the results? Choosing a bra for your figure and lifestyle. Drive-Through Mastectomies-One woman’s experience has inspired legislation to prevent it from happening again. Exercising with the Big Ball. Fried favorites baked. (2004/Reality) Starring Florence Henderson and Rachel Campos.

Changing Hearts (Basic Cable Premiere) Airs Friday, October 8, 7-9 PM ET/PT Based on the play "Colored Eggs" by Daniel Wright. The unlikely friendship between two women helps each cope with her battle against breast cancer. Starring Faye Dunaway, Lauren Holly, Tom Skerritt and Ian Somerhalder. (Dramedy/2002)

The Linda Mccartney story (Basic Cable Premiere) Airs Saturday, October 9, 12-2 AM ET/PT The true story of the life and times of Linda McCartney, from her first meeting with Paul and their 30-year marriage, to Linda's death. Starring Gary Bakewell, Aaron Grain, Matthew Harrison, David Lewis, Elizabeth Mitchell and Tim Piper. (Drama/2000)

LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE- Plain Truth (Lifetime Original Movie Premiere) Airs Monday, October 4, 9-11 PM ET/PT; Emmy Award-nominated actress Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Lake Placid”) portrays a cynical Philadelphia lawyer who defends a young Amish woman (Alison Pill) charged with murdering an infant in an explosive adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s controversial, best-selling novel “Plain Truth.”

Series: How Clean Is Your House? Airs Monday, October 4, 11-11:30 PM ET/PT Airs Monday, October 11, 11-11:30 PM ET/PT Airs Monday, October 18, 11-11:30 PM ET/PT Airs Monday, October 25, 11-11:30 PM ET/PT Two British cleaning experts shake filth offenders out of their horrible cleaning habits and turn them into domestic Gods and Goddesses!

MISSING Pop Star Story Airs Saturday, October 2, 10-11 PM ET/PT The Grammy Award-winning R&B sensation Mya guest stars as a world-famous pop star who disappears while trying to hide a family secret. (2004/Drama) Starring Vivica A. Fox, Caterina Scorsone, Mark Consuelos and Justin Louis.

Mr. Nobody Airs Saturday, October 9, 10-11PM ET/PT Nicole and Jess are in hot pursuit of a criminal when he steals a car and attempts to get away. Nicole and Jess capture their man only to find that in the back seat is a body bound and gagged with a gun shot wound in the head. Nicole and Jess think he's dead, but suddenly he sits up and reveals that he is alive. Nicole and Jess must try to figure out who this man is, and whether he is a victim, or a criminal. (2004/Drama) Starring Vivica A. Fox, Caterina Scorsone, Mark Consuelos and Justin Louis.

Truth or Dare, Part I Airs Saturday, October 16, 10-11PM ET/PT Shawn Christian (“Summerland”) guest stars. Nicole, Jess and Antonio are assigned to find a man who has disappeared from the federal government's Witness Protection program. The team soon finds out that the missing man is actually conning them, and that he isn't missing at all. (2004/Drama) Starring Vivica A. Fox, Caterina Scorsone, Mark Consuelos and Justin Louis.

Truth or Dare, Part II
Airs Saturday, October 23, 10-11PM ET/PT Shawn Christian (“Summerland”) guest stars. Nicole, Jess and Antonio are assigned to find a man who has disappeared from the federal government's Witness Protection program. (2004/Drama) Starring Vivica A. Fox, Caterina Scorsone, Mark Consuelos and Justin Louis.

Premonition Mission Airs Sunday, October 3, 10-11 PM ET/PT Aida Tuturro (“The Sopranos”) guest stars. Dan and Zoe meet a psychic who channels the voice of a dead medical researcher. The spirit is seeking Zoe's help in solving her murder. (2004/Drama) Starring Joely Fisher, Chris Potter, Loretta Devine, Vikki Krinsky, Jamie Johnston and Aislinn Paul.

Tick Tock, Writer’s Block Airs Sunday, October 10, 10-11 PM ET/PT A once famous mystery writer kills her wealthy cousin, making it appear to be a suicide. But the writer hires Zoe and Dan to prove the death was in fact a murder. Zoe and Dan begin to suspect the writer is indeed the killer but when she turns up dead, Dan and Zoe are left to find the answers to the murders in the mystery writer's unfinished manuscript. (2004/Drama) Starring Joely Fisher, Chris Potter, Loretta Devine, Vikki Krinsky, Jamie Johnston and Aislinn Paul.

Bada Bing, Bada Busiek Airs Sunday, October 17, 10-11 PM ET/PT A mob boss hires Zoe and Dan to find his daughter. (2004/Drama) Starring Joely Fisher, Chris Potter, Loretta Devine, Vikki Krinsky, Jamie Johnston and Aislinn Paul.

Cinderella Scrubs
Airs Sunday, October 10, 9-10 PM ET/PT 100th Episode. Lu (Rosa Blasi) and Andy (Patricia Richardson) are at odds when their patients, an adoptive mother (guest star Camryn Manheim) and an ex-junkie (guest star Sara Gilbert), fight over the parental rights of a four-year-old little girl. Also, Andy (Patricia Richardson) encourages Irene (guest star Fran Drescher), who is diagnosed with stage four uterine cancer, to sue her insurance company as a test case for improving women’s health care. Meanwhile, Lu goes to a ball with her new love interest. (2004/Drama) Starring Jenifer Lewis, Patricia Richardson, Philip Casnoff, Rosa Blasi, Josh Coxx and Tamera Mowry.

Selective Breeding Airs Sunday, October 17, 9-10 PM ET/PT Lu (Rosa Blasi ) helps a desperate mother get her mentally ill daughter admitted to a state-funded health facility. Andy (Patricia Richardson) aides a couple who wish to have in vitro fertilization, only to discover that they have ulterior motives for having the baby. A trip to volunteer at a wildlife park leaves Kayla (Tamera Mowry) and Peter (Josh Coxx) with learning more about the birds and the bees than either expected. (2004/Drama) Starring Jenifer Lewis, Patricia Richardson, Philip Casnoff, Rosa Blasi, Josh Coxx and Tamera Mowry.

Airs Sunday, October 24, 9-10 PM ET/PT Andy (Patricia Richardson) meets the teenager who killed Milo (Richard Biggs) in the car accident. Jessie (Michelle Horn) driving drunk gets into trouble. Lu (Rosa Blasi) has a medical mystery when a recent organ transplant patient of hers comes into the ER with symptoms of organ rejection. Andy and Lu rush to find all the recipients from this organ donor before it's too late. Jonas is investigated for insider trading. (2004/Drama) Starring Jenifer Lewis, Patricia Richardson, Philip Casnoff, Rosa Blasi, Josh Coxx and Tamera Mowry.

Graft Airs Sunday, October 31, 9-10 PM ET/PT A six-year-old girl suffering from third-degree burns needs an immediate skin graft, and Lu (Rosa Blasi) must decide if her healthy twin sister is old enough to give consent for a medical procedure that will save her sister’s life. Meanwhile, Andy (Patricia Richardson) discovers that cadavers at the hospital are being illegally sold. (2004/Drama) Starring Jenifer Lewis, Patricia Richardson, Philip Casnoff, Rosa Blasi, Josh Coxx and Tamera Mowry.

What Should You Do? Airs Saturday, October 2, 11 PM-12 AM ET/PT Airs Saturday, October 16, 11 PM-12AM ET/PT Airs Saturday, October 30, 11 PM-12AM ET/PT True stories of people surviving emergency situations.

LIFETIME’S Speaking of Women’s Health Airs Saturday, October 2, 11-11:30 AM ET/PT
Catching Good ZZZZZ'S: One woman gets a snoring makeover. Another woman goes to a sleep clinic to find out why she has problems sleeping. Tips to improve your night's sleep; cooking for a good night's sleep. (2004/Reality) Starring Florence Henderson and Rachel Campos. Airs Saturday, October 16, 11-11:30 AM ET/PT

Get In Shape Boot Camp: Barb Treutelaar, formerly of “One Life to Live,” is ready to lose some weight. Meet three women whose lives have been saved by searching out more than one doctor's opinion. Keeping germs at bay; spicing up your health with cinnamon. Gourmet meals with Florence and Chef Josie Le Balch. (2004/Reality) Starring Florence Henderson and Rachel Campos.


PBS Programming for October: PBS HOLLYWOOD PRESENTS “Cop Shop” -- Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss stars as a veteran cop working on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in this new two-part offering. Blair Brown (“The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” The Astronaut’s Wife), Oscar winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story, “Oz”), Rosie Perez (Do the Right Thing, White Men Can’t Jump) and Jay Thomas (The Education of Max Bickford, Mr. Holland’s Opus) also star. The first part, “Fear,” focuses on the heated exchange between police officers and a gathering of local residents on the verge of panic over a series of rapes in the community. The second part, “Blind Date,” provides a glimpse into the lives of working women in a neighborhood brothel when their paths cross with the police.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2004 7 p.m. AMERICAN FAMILY — JOURNEY OF DREAMS -- PBS’ widely acclaimed drama chronicles the multigenerational saga of one family’s pursuit of the American dream. The new miniseries, AMERICAN FAMILY — JOURNEY OF DREAMS, interweaves the Gonzalez family’s courageous escape from the Mexican Revolution to seek a better life in America with the sacrifices the family made in the 1990s to send their first-born son to medical school and the consequences of those sacrifices as seen through the war in Iraq. The series stars Edward James Olmos (Jess), Constance Marie (Nina), Yancy Arias (Conrado), Jesse Borrego (Shady), Patricia Velasquez (Adela), Kate del Castillo (Ofelia), Parker Torres (Cisco), Austin Marques (Pablito) and Raquel Welch (Dora), with special guest stars Esai Morales (Esteban), Lynn Whitfield (Major Hall) and Rachel Ticotin (Vangie), and special appearances by Sonia Braga (Berta).

Victory” (R) (OB: 6/20/04) -- Esteban and Shady struggle in a burning building. The Gonzalez family holds a family dinner to celebrate the end of the war in Iraq. In flashback to the Mexican Revolution in 1917, Adela and the children are captured by renegades.

October 3, 2002 at 8 p.m.: NATURE -- Television’s longest-running weekly natural history series, NATURE has won more than 200 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including the only award ever given to a television program by the Sierra Club.

Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns” (R) (OB: 11/23/03) -- In this sequel to “Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies,” filmmaker Ginger Kathrens continues to chronicle the lives of a band of horses living wild and free in the mountains of Montana. Cloud is now father to Bolder, a stallion in the making, but all the horses must face the obstacles of a Bureau of Land Management round-up, the unpredictable fires of the American West and the harsh weather.

October 3, 2004 at 8 p.m.

MYSTERY! -- In a hot new summer line-up, “the nation’s foremost oasis for whodunits” (Los Angeles Times) delivers its unique brand of murder and mayhem. Seasoned sleuths, dogged detectives and amazing amateurs return to PBS. WGBH BOSTON

“Death in Holy Orders” -- As the leaves begin to fall so do the bodies in this new adaptation from the pen of Britain’s Queen of Crime, P.D. James. When a seminary student is smothered, his wealthy father moves heaven and earth to force Scotland Yard to re-examine its verdict of accidental death. Commander Adam Dalgliesh (Martin Shaw) is summoned to a scenic coastal college where he unearths an unholy litany of sinister motives lurking beneath the surface of piety and penance.

Episode One -- St Anselm’s is a select High Anglican ecclesiastical college and retreat situated on a remote part of the Suffolk coast. When theology student Ronald Treeves is found smothered under a pile of earth and sand on the beach nearby, it appears that he was the victim of a fall. However, his father — wealthy industrialist Sir Alfred Treeves — is convinced that the college authorities have glossed over the truth to avoid a scandal. He demands that Scotland Yard re-examine the verdict of accidental death. Commander Dalgliesh anticipates nothing more than a nostalgic return to old haunts and a straightforward examination of the evidence. No sooner has he scratched the surface than there is another death. Worse is to come. St Anselm’s is a community under threat. Archdeacon Matthew Crampton is intent on closing the college and selling off its assets — news that is met with anger and fear by the tutors, staff and ordinands. On the morning after his arrival, his savagely beaten body is found in the chapel before one of the church’s treasures, a painting of the Last Judgment, which someone has vandalized. Dalgliesh now has a major murder inquiry on his hands.

October 3, 2004 at 10:30 p.m.

VISIONES: LATINO ART AND CULTURE -- Latino artists across the United States take center stage in this groundbreaking six-part television series. Viewers experience the world of Latino artistic _expression as the series journeys throughout the country, capturing rich stories about theater, music, dance, spoken word and the visual arts. From New York City’s hip hop culture to mural painters in Los Angeles and Chicago to theater in Texas, the series offers a unique cross-section of Latino artists working today.

Episode Five -- The fifth episode highlights the Taco Shop Poets of Southern California, early tent theater of the Southwest called Carpas and performance art in San Francisco. Featured performance artists include Guillermo Gomez-Peña, performance troupe ASCO, and the performance art pioneers Royal Chicano Airforce. The San Diego-based Taco Shop Poets, Chicano poets who blend the spoken word with lively beats, strive to take their social and political poetry to where people are likely to congregate — the Taco Shops.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2004 8 p.m.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW -- The series presents a winning lineup of shows with host Lara Spencer. /TV-PG/ (series)

"San Francisco” (Hour Two) (R) (OB: 2/2/04) -- ANTIQUES ROADSHOW continues its sojourn in San Francisco, California, with an eye out for Gold Rush and Spanish Mission treasures. ROADSHOW appraisers are delighted with the day’s haul, which includes an original Ansel Adams Mission San Juan Batista photograph; a whimsical sculpture of three nymphs and a satyr by French artist Pierre Laurel; and a pair of 17th-century chinoiserie-style scent bottles that could fetch a sweet $30,000 to $50,000 at auction.

October 4, 2004 at 9 p.m. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE -- Television’s longest-running, most-watched history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its 16th season, the series has produced over 150 programs and garnered every major broadcast award, most recently three Emmys for “Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film,” “Seabiscuit” and “The Murder of Emmett Till.”

"RFK” -- On a hot August night in 1964, Robert F. Kennedy mounted the podium at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. Ten months before, President John Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. Bobby had been his brother’s confidant, protector and lightning rod. Now his brother was gone and he was forced to reinvent himself. Politicians, civil rights workers and journalists weave the story of his rebirth in “RFK,” produced by David Grubin (“Abraham and Mary Lincoln,” “LBJ”).

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2004 at 8 p.m.

-- PBS’ premier science series helps viewers — men, women and children of all ages — explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science and technology, and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

The Perfect Pearl” (R) (OB: 12/29/98) -- For thousands of years, humans have speculated about the mystery of the pearl, a jewel that requires no mining, extraction, cutting or polishing to reveal its beauty. NOVA travels around the world to exotic locations where rare pearls are harvested by divers and to farms where huge numbers of pearls are grown. Will cultured pearls ruin the value of those grown in the wild? From the depths of the ocean to the riches of Fifth Avenue, NOVA revels in the luster of these desirable gems. /TV-G/

October 5, 2004 at 9 p.m. DEBATES 2004: A NEWSHOUR SPECIAL REPORT “Vice Presidential Debate” -- The first general election debate between vice presidential candidates Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. John Edwards will be broadcast live from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent, THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER, and moderator, WASHINGTON WEEK, moderates the 90-minute debate. Post-debate commentary and coverage are provided by the NEWSHOUR team of correspondents. /EXEMPT/ (series)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2004 8 p.m.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD -- Today’s scientists, armed with advanced technology and a tireless determination to know the truth, are penetrating myths and legends to arrive at important new conclusions about the causes and consequences of history’s darkest mysteries. Part detective story, part true-life drama, SECRETS OF THE DEAD unearths evidence from across the globe, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events that have captured popular imagination and confounded scientific theories. Using the latest laboratory and field science, scientists and researchers examine the missing pieces of each puzzle, applying updated techniques and retooled theories, and come away with complex and detailed pictures of what had been merely sketches and suppositions.

Bombing Nazi Dams” (R) (OB: 2/12/03) -- In 1941, the world was at war and the Allies were desperate to slow the tide of Nazi domination. The Germans needed 100 gallons of water to make one ton of steel. Barnes Wallis, a British aircraft designer, set out to develop a unique weapon that would detonate dams — a bomb that could skip across water, cling to its target and explode at a specific depth to deliver its coup de grâce. This program investigates the urgent rush to create, test and deploy the new bomb, and the efforts to train an elite squadron of pilots for the unusually dangerous low-level night flights to drop it far inside enemy lines. Using archival footage, modern tests of the original principles and equipment, and interviews with experts, participants in the raids and their surviving relatives, the program provides insight into the ingenuity of the man who built the bomb under incredible pressure, as well as the dedication and bravery of the airmen from Britain, Canada, America, Australia and New Zealand who risked (and lost) their lives in one of the most daring missions of WWII. /TV-PG/

October 5, 2004, 9 p.m. -- “Cop Shop” -- Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss stars as a veteran cop working on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in this new two-part offering. Blair Brown (“The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” The Astronaut’s Wife), Oscar winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story, “Oz”), Rosie Perez (Do the Right Thing, White Men Can’t Jump) and Jay Thomas (The Education of Max Bickford, Mr. Holland’s Opus) also star. The first part, “Fear,” focuses on the heated exchange between police officers and a gathering of local residents on the verge of panic over a series of rapes in the community. The second part, “Blind Date,” provides a glimpse into the lives of working women in a neighborhood brothel when their paths cross with the police.

Otober 6, 2004 10:30 p.m.

VISIONES: LATINO ART AND CULTURE -- Latino artists across the United States take center stage in this groundbreaking six-part television series. Viewers experience the world of Latino artistic _expression as the series journeys throughout the country, capturing rich stories about theater, music, dance, spoken word and the visual arts. From New York City’s hip hop culture to mural painters in Los Angeles and Chicago to theater in Texas, the series offers a unique cross-section of Latino artists working today.

Episode Five (R) (OB: 10/3/04) -- The fifth episode highlights the Taco Shop Poets of Southern California, early tent theater of the Southwest called Carpas and performance art in San Francisco. Featured performance artists include Guillermo Gomez-Peña, performance troupe ASCO, and the performance art pioneers Royal Chicano Airforce. The San Diego-based Taco Shop Poets, Chicano poets who blend the spoken word with lively beats, strive to take their social and political poetry to where people are likely to congregate — the Taco Shops.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2004 at 8 p.m.

THE NEW THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR -- America’s favorite home improvement series, the Emmy Award-winning THIS OLD HOUSE, airs in the first half hour of THE NEW THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR. In the second half-hour, ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, host Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscape contractor Roger Cook address specific, viewer-driven home maintenance and repair questions in a dynamic, interactive Q&A format with in-studio demonstrations, new product reviews and “house call” visits.

THIS OLD HOUSE celebrates 25 years of home renovation by going back to its roots. In the first half of the hour, the season opens with host Kevin O’Connor and master carpenter Norm Abram taking a look at the first THIS OLD HOUSE project in Dorchester, Massachusetts, which THIS OLD HOUSE bought, renovated and sold in 1979. This season, THIS OLD HOUSE becomes a homeowner again, with some of the proceeds from the sale of the 25th anniversary centerpiece project endowing a new scholarship for the building arts. To find just the right house, Norm takes Kevin to Carlisle, Massachusetts, a beautiful New England town 20 miles outside of Boston. After looking at several properties, THIS OLD HOUSE decides to take on an 1849 Greek Revival-style farmstead that’s big on charm, but needs a lot of work to be comfortable for a modern family. In the second half of the hour, the first House call takes landscape contractor Roger Cook to Beverly, Massachusetts, where he helps smooth out a few rough edges on a lawn for new homeowners Todd and Chrissy Fratzel. Then it’s up to the ASK THIS OLD HOUSE loft for a lesson or two on drill bits from Tom. While inside, Tom, Roger, Richard, and Kevin ask, “What is it?” Then, Kevin visits the pros — Boston’s own firefighters — to learn all about fire extinguishers.

October 7, 2004 9 p.m.

WIDE ANGLE -- With documentaries on Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Rwanda, France and Colombia, among others, this award-winning international documentary series brings to life the international events and issues that are urgently relevant to Americans today. Through stories of real people affected by current events around the globe, WIDE ANGLE shows viewers the humanity behind the headlines. Mishal Husain, “BBC World News” anchor, hosts the series’ third season. /EXEMPT/ (series)

The Saudi Question” -- The question facing Saudi Arabia, and those dependent on its oil exports, is whether the kingdom will find a path to democratic reform or suffer the consequences of failing to do so. The Saudi kingdom, dangerously at war with itself, controls approximately 20 percent of the world’s oil. It is the fulcrum on which the global economy teeters and the home of Islam’s holiest sites. Despite stringent restrictions on Western media, WIDE ANGLE has obtained first-hand access to the kingdom and its ruling elite. With an introduction to the Saudi Royal family from Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi chief of intelligence and a leading royal reformer, “The Saudi Question” explores whether the Saudi government is capable of making lasting democratic reforms in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the US-led invasion of Iraq. The film includes access to Crown Prince Abdullah’s “majlis” — a citizens’ forum where people come to petition or praise the de facto ruler of the kingdom. Also featured is Jamal Khaleefa, brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden and a former close friend who is well acquainted with the threat that Islamic radicalism poses to the kingdom and to the royal family. WIDE ANGLE also speaks with ordinary Saudis, both those who encourage the ruling elite to initiate progressive reforms and the Wahhabist hardliners who preach the destruction of all infidels. “The Saudi Question” sheds valuable light on the obstacles Saudi Arabia faces on the road to reform and the possible ramifications if the kingdom fails to change.

10/7/04: 110:00-11:00 PM:

SOUNDMIX: FIVE YOUNG MUSICIANS -- This program profiles five teenage musicians with deep connections to American musical traditions. Each story explores the music, mentors, culture and communities that fuel the passions of these young players. Mentors featured in the program include trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, master Latin drummer Louis Bauzo and the late old-time fiddle legend Melvin Wine.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2004 8 p.m.

WASHINGTON WEEK #4415 -- PBS’ longest-running public affairs series features Washington’s top journalists analyzing the week’s top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans. Gwen Ifill hosts. /EXEMPT/ (Photo available on PBS PressRoom®.)

10/8/04: 8:30-9:00 PM:

WALL $TREET WEEK WITH FORTUNE -- Geoffrey Colvin, editorial director of Fortune, and veteran business reporter Karen Gibbs co-host WALL $TREET WEEK WITH FORTUNE. Each week, a panel of leaders in business, finance and government joins them to discuss what’s ahead for the financial markets. /EXEMPT/ (Photo available on PBS PressRoom®.)

10/8/04: 9 p.m.

DEBATES 2004: A NEWSHOUR SPECIAL REPORT “Presidential Debate” -- The second general election debate between presidential candidates President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry will be broadcast live from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Charles Gibson, co-anchor, “ABC News Good Morning America,” moderates the 90-minute debate. Post-debate commentary and coverage are provided by the NEWSHOUR team of correspondents. /EXEMPT/ (series)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2004 9 p.m.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS -- AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music and beyond. Musical styles range from contemporary and traditional pop, rock, country, blues, bluegrass, Latin, folk, roots and more. All find a home on the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage. /TV-G/ (series)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band” -- AUSTIN CITY LIMITS brings the unique sounds of pedal steel guitar phenomenon Robert Randolph & The Family Band to PBS. This group has been getting national attention and gaining fans for their high-energy music that fuses gospel, rock and more.


The first planned vice-presidential debate is on October 5, 2004. If the major candidates agree to appear, the debate will occur from 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. If the debate does not occur, PBS will present an encore of ALLIES AT WAR on October 5, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. Descriptions below. If the debate does occur on October 5, ALLIES AT WAR would be softfed for stations who wish to air it (check local listings).

10/5/04: 9 p.m.

ALLIES AT WAR (R) (OB: 5/22/02) --To the outside world, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the French general Charles de Gaulle were allies in the fight against Hitler. But behind the appearance of unity among these titans were contentious private battles that threatened the entire war effort. This is the first documentary ever to reveal this intensely personal drama of rancor and deceit played out against the backdrop of World War II. The two-hour program features rare archival footage, private correspondence and interviews with historians and insiders, including FDR’s grandson Curtis Roosevelt.


The second planned presidential debate is on October 8, 2004. If the major candidates agree to appear, the debate will occur from 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. If the debate does not occur, PBS will air regular series NOW WITH BILL MOYERS, TUCKER CARLSON: UNFILTERED and THE JOURNAL REPORT. Descriptions below. If the debate does occur on October 8, the programs will be softfed for stations who wish to air them (check local listings).

10/8/04: 9:00-10:00 PM:

NOW WITH BILL MOYERS #341 -- Bill Moyers, one of the most recognized and respected journalists in America, anchors this weekly news program, which includes documentary reporting, in-depth one-on-one interviews and articulate commentary to offer viewers relevant and diverse perspectives on the events, issues and ideas that are shaping their world. Flexible in format from week to week, the series also draws on the editorial resources and journalistic strength of NPR News to tap public radio’s brightest talents every week. /EXEMPT/ (Photo available on PBS PressRoom®.)

10/8/04: 10:00-10:30 PM:

TUCKER CARLSON: UNFILTERED #117 -- This weekly half-hour public affairs series combines serious, in-depth analysis with the lively wit and commentary of its host and managing editor. Incorporating newsmaker interviews, roundtable discussions with thinkers from across the political spectrum, packaged production briefs and weekly commentaries from Carlson’s unique perspective, the series promises a fast-paced, provocative half hour that will enlighten, engage and inform, encompassing political, social and cultural issues. /EXEMPT/ (series) (Photo available on PBS PressRoom®.)

10/8/04: 10:30-11:00 PM

THE JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT #104 -- Members of the Wall Street Journal editorial board bring viewers a forum for exploring current issues and events in JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT — a new weekly series. Each week, JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT will consider an array of timely topics in a fast-paced half-hour built around four regular segments and occasional special segments. Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Gigot, editor of the paper’s editorial page and a former correspondent for THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER, serves as moderator and host. Gigot will be joined frequently by deputy editorial page editor Daniel Henninger; Susan Lee, a PhD economist; and Dorothy Rabinowitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner who specializes in cultural commentary. Gigot also will call on contributors from a diverse group of men and women of varying ages and experience who are editorial page writers and editors, as well as the paper’s op-ed contributors. /EXEMPT/ (series) (Photo available on PBS PressRoom®.)

Vacation, Brit Style: From the makers of the UK smash-hits Wife Swap and Faking It, BBC
AMERICA invites you to witness Brits on vacation in a timely U.S. premiere, Holiday Showdown, premiering Tuesdays from September 14, 2004 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Each week, two families from very different parts of the British social spectrum, with polar opposite views of what makes a great family vacation, are sent off to swap holidays for one week each - together... The rules are non-negotiable. In week one everyone must do whatever Family One wants. In week two, the tables are turned, and Family Two takes charge as they both embark on a very different vacation. At the end of the two weeks both families come together for a Holiday Showdown "Last Supper" to give their full and frank views on their experiences. Will the families remain loyal to each other and their chosen holidays? Or will they even make it that far?

Brit Design: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen brings the very best of Brit style
to the U.S. in a premiere season of the original hit makeover show, Changing Rooms. New episodes premiere Tuesdays from September 28, 2004 at 9 p.m. ET\PT. In the show that inspired a revolution in home decoration, two sets of neighbors swap keys and, with the help of an expert interior designer and 'Handy' Andy Kane, attempt to achieve stunning results with just two days and a limited budget. In a refreshing makeover of the shows original format, Laurence casts his expert designer eye over the rooms prior to the makeover, giving his very candid opinion.