- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 4, 2003

‘War’ report

The war with Iraq allowed journalists to work side by side with the nation’s soldiers as part of an embedding program. A new PBS documentary brings us up to date on the evolving relationship between the press and America’s fighting forces.

“Reporting America at War” will air in two installments.

The first half bows at 9 tonight on WETA-TV (Channel 26), with the concluding episode airing Nov. 12 at the same time.

Spanning from the beaches of Normandy to the Vietnam jungles and beyond, the documentary taps top journalists, including Walter Cronkite, David Halberstam, Andy Rooney and Morley Safer, for insights into combat reporting.

Country’s finest

Country crooner Vince Gill resumes his annual duties tonight as the host of CBS’ 37th annual Country Music Association Awards.

Mr. Gill also will perform during the live telecast, featuring a star-studded tribute to the late Johnny Cash, at 8 p.m. from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

Hosting for the 12th consecutive year, the superstar entertainer will perform “Young Man’s Town,” a critique of the current music industry.

Other performers include Alan Jackson (with Jimmy Buffet), Toby Keith, George Strait, Shania Twain, Patty Loveless, and Dolly Parton with Norah Jones.

Tim McGraw, who is nominated for entertainer, male vocalist and album of the year, will perform “Red Rag Top” from his latest album, “Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors.”

Darryl Worley, a nominee for CMA’s Horizon Award — as well as for single and song of the year for “Have You Forgotten?,” his bittersweet ode to the survivors of September 11 — will perform the stirring tune on tonight’s program.

Role rejection

New York Post

Elizabeth Smart wanted to play herself in the CBS movie about her nine-month ordeal of kidnapping and sexual assault when she was 15. TV Guide, in this week’s issue, reports that when she was rejected for the title role in “The Elizabeth Smart Story,” the teenager asked her parents, “Why don’t they want me?”

Ed and Lois Smart, who authorized the movie, airing Sunday on CBS, have been everywhere lately promoting their new book — from Katie Couric on “Dateline” to the cover of People magazine.

But even they have to agree that having their daughter in the movie would have been a bad idea.

Blaine on King

Illusionist David Blaine grants Larry King an exclusive interview tonight on CNN following his 44-day starvation stint next to the River Thames in London last month.

Mr. Blaine lived in a Plexiglas box for more than a month as part of his latest performance artwork.

The interview, to air on “Larry King Live” at 9 p.m., will explore the stunt as well as the reactions from both British and American citizens.

British citizens constantly taunted Mr. Blaine during his 44-day ordeal, which stripped 60 pounds from his already lanky frame.

The magician routinely tackles bizarre public stunts, including last year’s “Vertigo”-inspired event when he stood atop an 80-foot pole in Manhattan for 35 hours.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.


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