Dateline: Week Of March 15, 2003 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Bush and the leaders of Britain and Spain say they would give the United Nations until the end of today to authorize the use of military force against Iraq or they would go to war without U.N. approval.
President Bush puts the nation and the world on a war footing, issuing an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein to step down within 48 hours or face sure destruction “at a time of our choosing.”
War talks breakdown as Saddem Hussein rejects (with contempt) President Bush’s ultimatum to relinquish power and flee Iraq.
U.S. attacks Iraq – Air raid sirens blared and yellow-and-white tracers could be seen across the city of Baghdad.
U.S. And British troops sweep into southern Iraq in an invasion aimed at Baghdad, where a new wave of missiles and bombs struck a presidential compound housing several government departments of Saddam Hussein.
The United States launches an intense assault against Iraq, raining hundreds of bombs and cruise missiles on the capital and other places deemed crucial to President Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Technology News – March 15, 2003
Computer manufacturer Gateway Inc says it will eliminate 1,900 jobs and close 80 retail stores by the end of this month. The company lost $309 million last year on sales of $4.2 billion.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – March 15, 2003
Hollywood news – Angelina Jolie’s gown, the one she is supposed to wear to the Academy Awards is stolen from the car of British designer Scott Henshall. The $4700 gown was among seven dresses, jewelry and accessories worth a total of $62,400 clipped from the back of the designer’s convertible in London. Joline stars in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.”
Pregnant Catherine Zeta-Jones agrees to perform in the upcoming Academy Awards, joining Queen Latifah in singing “Chicago’s” nominated song “I Move On.”
Television news – March 15, 2003
Fox announces that it has signed Monica Lewinsky, former Clinton White House intern to be the host of “Mr. Personality,” a staged unscripted prime-time series. The show premieres April 21.
Nickelodeon unveils “All Grown Up,” a spin-off from “Rugrats” that lets us know what they are like as adolescents. It should start soon.
“The Sopranos” will continue. James Gandolfini, who had sued HBO to get out of his contract in a dispute over his salary, has agreed to drop his lawsuit and go back to work.
War coverage – Peter Arnett and NBC jump on the competition in the opening salvos of the U.S. led attack. NBC was the first with a report that something was happening in Baghdad, with ABC just minutes behind.
HDTV update – ESPN will launch ESPN HD on March 30 – the first channel dedicated to the new technology. Like CBS sports, ESPN has been producing certain sports broadcasts in HD. Less than 5% of U.S. homes have digital sets necessary to display HDTV.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 15, 2003
CSI – 28.60
American Idol (Tues) – 22.01
Survivor: Amazon – 21.05
Friends – 21.00
ER – 20.91
Everybody Loves Raymond – 19.47
CSI: Miami – 18.95
Fear Factor – 18.30
American Idol - (Wed.) - 18.30
Law and Order – 15.99
Still Standing – 15.86
Scrubs – 15.64
Without a Trace – 15.38
Law and Order (Wed late) – 14.97
King of Queens – 14.04
60 Minutes – 13.68
Yes, dear – 13.47
48 Hours Investigates – 13.19
The Simpsons – 12.96
Law and Order: Criminal Intent – 12.63
Good Morning Miami – 12.57
Law and Order (Wed/early) – 12.46
My Big Fat Greek Life – 12.39
60 Minutes II – 12.3
JAG – 12.13
Meet My Folks (Mon.) – 11.97
That 70’s Show – 11.66
Star Search (Wed.) – 11.60
Dateline; NBC (Fri.) – 11.52
Top syndicated TV shows – week of March 15, 2003
Wheel of Fortune
Everybody Loves Raymond
Will & Grace
Live With Regis and Kelly
That 70’s Show
King of the Hill
Wednesday Night Television listings/TV Guide – week of March 15, 2003
CBS – Survivor: The Amazon, Star Search, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Late Show
NBC – Dateline NBC, West Wing, Law & Order, The Tonight Show
ABC – My Wife and Kids, George Lopez, The Bachelor: Where Are They Now, All American Girl, Nightline
Fox – American Idol, Bernie Mack, Cedric the Entertainer Presents
UPN – Enterprise, The Twilight Zone
WB – Dawson’s Creek, Angel
American Idol – It’s down to 10 finalists.
Angel – Alyson Hannigan makes a crossover appearance in her role as Willow.
CSI: Crime scene Investigation – Grissom investigates a hit-and-run accident.
Law and Order – The death of an Asian woman is thought to be politically motivated in “The Wheel.”
Late Show – Barbara Walters and actor Eddie Griffin guest.
Tonight Show – Oprah Winfrey and Scott Foley guest
Thursday Night television listings/TV Guide – week of March 15, 2003
CBS – College Basketball, The Late Show
NBC – Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, Good Morning, Miami, ER, Tonight Show
ABC – Profiles From The Front Line, Are You Hot?, Primetime Thursday, Nightline
Fox – Married by American, the Pulse,
UPN – WWE Smackdown!
WB – Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Family Affair, Jamie Kennedy Experience, On the Spot (premier)
Debut-On The Spot – Stars Jeff B. Davis whose mail clerk character zooms up the corporate ladder.
ER – “Chaos Theory” – finds the emergency room still under quarantine as officials look for a deadly illness.
Tonight Show – Renee Zellweiger, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow guest
Top DVD’s – March 15, 2003
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost dreams
Sweet Home Alabama
One Hour Photo (Widescreen)
City By The Sea (Widescreen)
Music news – March 15, 2003
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, who told a London audience last week that she was “ashamed” of President Bush,” now says she’s sorry for her comment:
“As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect.”
Matchbox Twenty postpones a European tour because of the war in Iraq. The tour was to have begun in Germany. MTV.com also reports that Lisa Marie Presley has called off a two-week promotional swing through Europe for the same reason.
Radio News – March 15, 2003
Sirius is coming on strong with a new advertising campaign. One print ad reads: “Commercials-OFF… music shouldn’t be brought to you by a double espresso in a can…”
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – March 15, 2003
Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Somewhere I Belong – Linkin Park
Like A Stone – Audioslave
No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age
When I’m Gone – 3 Doors Down
Times Like These – Foo Fighters
Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
Swing, Swing – All-American Rejects
Clocks – Coldplay
Fine Again – Seether
Always – Saliva
Top CD/albums – March 15, 2003
Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent
Come Away With me – Norah Jones
Chocolate Factory – R. Kelly
Home – Dixie Chicks
Philadelphia Freeway – Freeway
Cocky – Kid Rock
Grammy Nominees 2003 – Various artists
Let Go – Avril Lavigne
Room For Squares – John Mayer
This is Me…Then- Jennifer Lopez
Under Construction – Missy Elliott
Daredevil: The Album – Soundtrack
A Rush of Blood The Head – Coldplay
The Eminem Show – Eminem
Chicago – Soundtrack
Cradle 2 The Grave – Soundtrack
200 KM/H In The Wrong Lane – T.A.T.U.
Nellyville – Nelly
Livin’ Legend – G.G.
Dutty Rock – Sean Paul
Top Country Hit Music – March 15, 2003
Travelin’ Soldier – Dixie Chicks
Man to Man - Gary Allan
Brokenheartsville – Joe Nichols
That’d Be Alright – Alan Jackson
19 Somethin’ – Mark Wills
The Baby – Blake Shelton
Big star – Kenny Chesney
You Can’t Hide Beautiful – Aaron Lines
I Just Wanna Be Mad – terri Clark
She’s My Kind of Rain – Tim McGraw
Top Pop Hits – March 15, 2003
I’m With You – Avil Lavigne
Landslide – Dixie Chicks
You Body Is A Wonderland – John Mayer
The Game Of Love – Santana Featuring Michelle Branch
Picture – Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow
Big Yellow Taxi – Counting Crows with Vanessa Carlton
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Underneath It All – No Doubt with Lady Sew
Unwell – Matchbox Twenty
Don’t dream It’s Over – Sixpense None The Richer
When I’m Gone – 3 Doors Down
Drift Away – Uncle Kracker with Dobie Gray
In A Little While – Uncle Kracker
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
Top Rap Music – March 15, 2003
Ignition – R. Kelly
In Da Club – 50 cent
How You Gonna Act Like that – Tyrese
Exuse Me Miss – Jay-Z
Miss You – Aallyah
The Jump Off – Lil Kim with Mr. Cheeks
Gossip Folks – Miss “Misdemeanor” Elliott with Ludacris
All I Have – Jennifer Lopez with LL Cool J
Wanksta – 50 Cent
Top Movies – March 15, 2003
Bringing Down The House
Agent Cody Banks
Tears of the Sun
How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days
Cradle 2 The Grave.