Craig Ferguson receives letter with white powder
The taping went on as scheduled after the show received a threatening letter sent to Mr. Ferguson. Police Detective Gus Villanueva declined to discuss the nature of the threat against the talk show host, saying only that it was sent from overseas.
Two people at CBS Television City, where the show is taped, were held in isolation temporarily after being exposed to the powder around 3 p.m. They were released after a hazardous materials team screened the powder and found it to be benign.
The brief scare appeared to have rattled Mr. Ferguson’s nerves.
“I was going to come out and talk about the earthquake, but I can’t do that now,” he said about the magnitude 5.8 quake that struck the East Coast. “The earthquake only scared millions of people on the East Coast, but the white powder did something much worse. It scared me.”
‘Glee’ cast tapes video for Fashion’s Night Out
Cast members from “Glee” have recorded a music video to David Bowie’s “Fashion” to promote Fashion’s Night Out, a Sept. 8 event sponsored by the fashion industry to encourage shopping.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, it begins with villain cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) saying, “I just love fashion.” Miss Lynch ends the clip by shouting into her megaphone, “Now get out and shop!”
“As fashion becomes more of a pop-culture influence [it made sense to use the ‘Glee’ cast because the Fox hit is] such a pop-culture phenomenon.”
The video will be streamed on FashionsNightOut.com, Fox.com and Vogue.com, on signs in Times Square, and on taxi TV screens.
The program, now called “PoliticsNation,” will air at 6 p.m. and premiere Monday, the network announced Tuesday.
In his new role, the civil rights activist and minister will lead a lively and informed discussion of the day’s top headlines, MSNBC said.
Mr. Sharpton called the hosting job “a natural extension of my life work and growth.”
Besides his work as a community leader and religious figure, Mr. Sharpton already hosts a nationally syndicated radio show. He was a candidate for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination that ultimately went to Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts.
The 6 p.m. hour serves as a lead-in to MSNBC’s weeknight slate that includes Chris Matthews, Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz. The network has done a swift reconfiguration in prime time since the abrupt departure of its marquee host, Keith Olbermann, in January. Mr. Olbermann took his show to Current TV.
‘Uncle Frank,’ a fixture on Kimmel show, dies
Frank Potenza, a former New York City police officer who turned to comedy as “Uncle Frank” on his nephew Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show, died early Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. He was 77.
“His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone he touched,” the statement said. It did not include further details.
On “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the uniformed Mr. Potenza was paired in comedy bits with Guillermo Rodriguez, a real-life parking lot security guard for the show. The two men also joined with Veatrice Rice, another show security guard, in a clueless discussion about news events. Rice died in 2009.
ABC hidden-camera show is asked to get out of town
Officials in one well-to-do Connecticut town are asking an ABC hidden-camera show to hit the road, according to the Associated Press.
Greenwich officials told the Greenwich Time that the shooting of the show “What Would You Do?” is disruptive, saying they asked the crew to choose another location for taping.
The show sets up morally difficult situations and secretly films people’s reactions.
Town officials said having the show set up in front of stores has a negative impact on business. Greenwich police said one of the show’s scenes caused an alarmed resident to ask a store employee to call police.
The Associated Press left messages for an ABC representative.
• Compiled from Web and wire reports.
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