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