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Dateline: Week Of September 8, 2002 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

President Bush meets with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chreten and telephones leaders of the United Nations, the European Union, Turkey and Egypt – seeking allies for a new U.S. initiative against Iraq.

Al Qaeda releases video footage claiming responsibility for the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, saying the U.s. capitol was also a target and hinted at future strikes against nuclear facilities.

The Bush administration raises the terror alert level to “code orange,” – a high risk of terrorist attack.

First anniversary - President Bush appears at the three sites where hijacked planes crashed last September 11. “What happened to our nation on a September day set in motion the first great struggle of a new centrury,” said the President at a ceremony at the Pentagon.

U.S. and Pakistani officials have captured Ramzi Binaishibh, a suspected organizer of the Sept. 11 attacks.

President Bush challenges the United Nations to join the U.S. in a drive to oust President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. He said America would be alone if necessary.

President Bush says he wants a “quick resolution” to the confrontation with Iraq as Colin Powell launches a diplomatic offensive to win international support with a showdown with Saddam Hussein.

U.S unemployment is 5.7% - down from 5.9% in July.


Sports News – September 8, 2002

Forest Hills - U.S. Open as Serena Williams defeats her older sister – and two-time defending champion – Venus Williams. It’s her third consecutive Grand Slam title – matching Steffi Graf’s run in 1996.


Technology News – September 8, 2002

Bill Gates goes to Hollywood to talk about his company’s new software platform – Windows 9, saying it can stream TV quality video over the Internet, link with digital rights management or DRM software – which regulates and tracks how consumers watch and store movies. 


Entertainment news – September 8, 2002

Ryan Seacrest Update

Not only is he host of Fox’s new “American Idol” – Ryan Seacrest does the following:

Hosts an afternoon radio show on LA’s “Star 98.7” with Lisa Fox.

Weekend correspondent/anchor for the weekend edition of “Extra!”

Host of the game show “Ultimate Revenge” on the guy channel – TNN.

Hosts the syndicated weekend 90-minute show – “Live From The Lounge With Ryan Seacrest.”

Warner Brothers will make selected new releases and older titles available for downloading on a temporary basis.


Music news – September 8, 2002

 The family of Notorious B.I.G. has released documents, saying they contend – and place the rapper in a New York recording studio on the evening that Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas. It was reported that Notorious met with members of a Los Angeles gang in Las Vegas the night that rival Shakur was shot.


Television news – September 8, 2002

Fox says it will not renew Howard Stern’s “Son of a Beach. In its third year, the show’s ratings have not improved much since its beginning. 

The Sopranos return for another round of fresh episodes – on HBO.

Fox-TV scores its first-ever weekly ratings victory without the benefit of sports or special programming with its assured hit – “American Idol.”

There are plenty of 9/11 anniversary programs being aired this week. Here are some:

PBS – “Nova – Why the Towers Fell.”

MTV – “Pop Culture Post 9/11.”

ABC – “Report From Ground Zero.”

ESPN – “Outside the Lines: 9/11  One Year later.

PBS – “America Rebuilds.”

HBO – “In Memoriam: New York City.”


Top TV Shows/Ratings – September 8, 2002
American Idol on Wednesday – 22.77

American Idol on Tuesday – 18.69

CSI at 10p – 14.3

 Everybody Loves Raymond – 14.28

CSI at 9pm – 14.17

CSI Monday at 10p – 13.44

Fox NFL Sunday Bonus – 13.00

Becker – 12.71

Law & Order – 12.16

Law & Order: SVU – 1.16

60 Minutes – 10.94

Friends – 10.68

Law & Order on Sunday – 10.58

60 Minutes – 10.94

The Simpsons – 10.32

Yes, Dear – 10.01


Thursday night television listings/TV Guide – September 8, 2002

CBS – Big Brother 3, CSI, Late Show, Late Late Show

NBC – Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, ER, Tonight, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Movie-Liar Liar, Primetime Thursday, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

UPN – WWE SmackDown!

Fox – Movie-Lost and Found

WB – Family Affair, Jamie Kennedy Experience, Off Centre

PBS –Wide Angle, Charlie Rose

VH-1 – Behind the Music, Booty Call, One-Hit Wonders


Family Affair (Debut) – 1960’s comedy with an update. Stars Gary Cole.

Late Show – Linda Thomason

Tonight Show – Claire Danes, Jamie Kennedy and Coldplay.


Top Movies – September 8, 2002


My Big Fat Greek Wedding

City by the Sea



Spy Kids 2

Austin powers in Goldmember


Blue Crush

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