- - Monday, March 12, 2012

President Obama will deliver an opening message before the debut of “Speak Up,” a Cartoon Network documentary about bullied youth across America and those who have helped them.

The half-hour film, part of the network’s “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” initiative, will air at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, with an encore at 8 p.m., the Associated Press reports.

The documentary features appearances by star athletes Venus Williams, Chris Webber, Lisa Leslie, soccer player Hope Solo, BMX bike rider Matt Wilhelm and NASCAR drivers Trevor Bayne, Jeff Burton and Joey Logano.

The film also will be posted on www.StopBullyingSpeakUp.com and be available through other outlets after the premiere, including Facebook, iTunes and YouTube.

Mr. Obama, who has said he endured schoolyard harassment, hosted the first anti-bullying summit at the White House last year.

Larry King talks with host Jamie LaFiego while appearing as a guest on "Up Late" on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. (AP Photo/The Herald-Dispatch, Mark Webb)
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New digital TV network to feature Larry King show

A new online programming venture bankrolled by the world’s richest man will launch with the return of a veteran television personality — Larry King.

Mr. King will start up a new daily talk show later this year for Ora.TV, according to the Associated Press. The new service, backed by Mexican communications billionaire Carlos Slim, will provide programming for tablets, cellphones, computers and Internet-connected TVs.

Mr. King hosted a nightly interview program on CNN for 25 years. He retired in 2010.

Ora.TV is being run by Jon Housman, most recently president of digital journalism for News Corp.

No date has been set for when Ora.TV will become available. The company said it has other programs besides Mr. King’s in development, but wouldn’t discuss them on Monday.

'Fashion Star' clothes to be in stores the next day

The stakes are high. The judges are brutal. The challenges are difficult. And the contestants are determined to be the next Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren. Sound familiar?

NBC’s “Fashion Star,” a reality TV show that debuts at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, is similar to Lifetime Television’s “Project Runway” except that the wannabe designers won’t have to wait until they make it big to get their creations into stores. Some of the fashions will be on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and H&M the day after each prerecorded episode airs. The winner will get a total of $6 million in orders for their designs from all three retailers.

“This is not just a competition where you win and you don’t know what to do next,” said Nicole Christie, spokeswoman for H&M’s North American division and one of three judges on the one-hour show. “Every week we’re creating brands.”

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