Dateline: Week Of March 1, 2002 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Palestinian gunmen open fire on motorists waiting at an Israeli military roadblock in the West Bank and a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded orthodox neighborhood in the heart of Jerusalem, killing a total of 19 Israelis.
Afghanistan – U.S. bombers hammer Al Queda positions in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan for a second day.
Doctors in Saudi Arabia have perfected the first human uterus transplant, which produced two menstrual periods before it failed and had to be removed.
A federal appeals court overturns the convictions of three New York City police officers in the 1997 beating and brutalization of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant.
Enron Update – March 1, 2002
A federal judge says there was evidence J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. had extended a “disguised loan” to Enron Corp. which could prevent Morgan from collecting on nearly billion in surety bonds.
Business News – Disney Store Update – March 1, 2002
The Disney Store no more - Disney says it will turn its retail chain into two stores. Disney Play stores will target 3 to 10-year-olds and the other outlets will be called Disney Kids at Home – aimed at parents and will stock bed and bath products, apparel and home furnishings.
Sports – March 1, 2002
Leaving Fox Sorts - John Madden is going into the Monday Night Football booth on ABC-TV. He’ll be teamed solely with Al Michaels. Booted are Dennis Miller, after being with the broadcasts for two years: Don Fouts and Eric Dickerson. The deal is worth $20 million to Madden. No wonder they chucked the other three.
Entertainment news – March 1, 2002
Shirley Jones files for divorce from comedian Marty Ingels to whom she’s been married for 25 years.
According to People Magazine, Madonna will make her London stage debut in “Up for Grabs.”
Monica Lewinsky, the world’s most famous intern, will be answering questions in an HBO documentary. Look for “Monica in Black and White” on Sunday.
Music news – March 1, 2002
Single Sales Are Down:
Single sales totaled 31 million – down a whopping 41% since 2000. Record companies say singles aren’t made for many of the most popular songs because they are unprofitable. There’s the belief by record companies that singles also hurt album sales. CD singles, which usually have two or three songs, generally retail for $4 to $5. Many retailers routinely discount them by 50% or more. In some cases singles are made before the album, then pulled when the CD becomes available. One trend is the maxi-single which contain five or six sings, often remixes of the same song. They sell for $7 to $8.
Paul McCartney and his band will begin to tour. The “Driving USA Tour” kicks off April 1 in Oakland.
Television news – March 1, 2002
“Watching Ellie,” the new NBC sitcom starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a 28% drop in ratings from its debut a week ago.
“The Osbournes” with Ozzy and family debut on MTV this week. MTV is calling it the first “reality” sitcom.
HBO debuts “Six Feet Under” and gets an estimated 6.2 million viewers.
ABC and Drew Carey are at odds. Seems that censors at the network want to halt production of an episode that pokes fun at heightened airport security.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 1, 2002
CSI – 28.74
Friends – 27.52
ER – 24.90
Survivor: Marquesas – 13.19
Everybody Loves Raymond – 22.48
Leap of faith – 20.76
Grammy Awards – 18.96
Will & Grace – 18/17
Law & Order – 17.90
Frasier – 17.78
Becker – 17.46
JAG – 17.12
60 Minutes – 18.86
Watching Ellie – 16.71
The West Wing – 16.36
Law & Order SVU – 15.83
Just Shoot Me – 15.42
Judging Amy – 14.61
Sunday night television listings/TV Guide – March 1, 2002
CBS – 60 Minutes, The Education of Max Bickford, Movie
NBC – Travel Café, Dateline NBC, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ellie, Leap of Faith
ABC – Movie, Alias, The Practice
WB – No Boundaries, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Off Centre, For Your Love
Fox – King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, X-Files
UPN – Enterprise, Tracker
PBS – The Legendary Liberace, the Show Live at Royal Albert Hall
Dateline: NBC Musician and actor Chris Isaak is featured.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent – A loan shark kidnaps an embezzling executive’s family.
Alias – Vaughn asks Sydney to use her friendship to gain access to Sloan’s home.
X-Files – Evil chases Scully and her child.
Top Movies – March 1, 2002
We Were Soldiers
40 days and 40 Nights
Return to Never Land
Queen of the Damned
Big Fat Liar
A Beautiful Mind
The Lord of the Rings.