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Dateline: Week Of June 15, 2003 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

 Bishop Thomas O’Brien of Phoenix is arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident, just two weeks after admitting to a cover-up in the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked his diocese. 

A series of U.S. raids across Iraq target anti-American forces, marking the beginning of major military operations there.

U.S. forces capture Saddam Hussein’s most trusted aid – Gen. Abid Hamid Mahmud Tikriti, described as “the Condoleezza Rice of the Baath Party.”

Faced with a growing backlog in Iraq’s criminal courts – a new central court is announced to speed the handling of the caseload.

A charter boat carrying 19 for recreational fishing capsizes in heavy surf off of northern Oregon. At least 9 are dead and two are missing.


Fashion Trend – June 15, 2003

Clothes trend – Teen boys long pants sales are in the dumper. Many are opting for the sagging shorts look, cargo pants or older jeans. Shorts are up by some 20%.  


Sports News – June 15, 2003

Defending champs Lieyton Hewitt and Serna Williams are seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon.


Technology News – June 15, 2003

 Blow to Real Networks? AOL and Microsoft have entered into an agreement that allows the Internet provider to use Microsoft’s Windows Meida 9 and digital-rights management and technologies. AOL also has an alliance with Real Networks, but the long-term future of that relationship could be in question.


Entertainment  News – June 15, 2003

MTV Update

Trends – More than ever, MTV is featuring star power – but necessarily from the music world. The channel says it stems from the channel’s audience and its insatiable appetite for celebrities, despite saturation from other media and channels such as E! The latest trend is “at home with” featuring the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and family. This week, the channel debuts Snoop Dogg’s comedy-variety series “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle” and Magic Johnson’s street basketball  show – “Who’s Got Game?” Also, MTV debuts its first late-night talk show with comedian Tom Green and look for another season of Sean P Diddy Combs’ “Making the Band.”

 Big launch party for Kind World’s new fall talk show “Living it Up! With Ali & Jack.” He’s ABC journalist Jack Ford and she’s actress-comedian Ali Wentworth, who’s married to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

Another TV trend – Some cable channels are serving-up surveillance/behind the curtain type shows – working lives of paparazzi photogs. E!’s “Celebrity Uncensored” is one.  Look for these offerings this summer:

“The Hollywood Hunt Club” on AMC.

“Red Hot Red Carpet” – VH1

“On the Record” - HBO

For the first time – DVD’s pass VHS tapes in rentals. An estimated 28.2 million digital videodiscs were rented for the week ending June 15, outpacing 27.3 million VHS rentals.


Television news – June 15, 2003

Fox pulls the plug on production of “Cedric The Entertainer” but remaining shows are on the new Fox fall schedule.

MTV Networks plan to relaunch TNN as a men’s channel called “Spike TV.” But there’s a problem – director Spike Lee has launched an injunction for the name change. He won the first round, but the network says it will quickly try to overturn the court order. TNN was once known as “The Nashville Network” but as soon as Viacom bought the channel, the shelved the format and renamed it “The National Network” but it had no personality. Spike Lee claims the public links the name “Spike” with him.   

A spin-off of the WB’s “Gillmore Girls” is shelved. The series was to have revolved around character Jess Mariano and his reunion with his estranged dad. 

The Sopranos will go into a sixth season. Creator David Chase has agreed to go beyond the planned 5th season and the cast will remain.

 “The Orlando Jones Show” debuts on FX late night. He’s been part of Mad TV and comedy films “Double Take,” “Say it Isn’t So” and other projects. He began as a writer-producer on “A Different World.”

For the first time – an “American Idol” runner-up is becoming the bigger star. Clay Aiken hits the best-selling charts with “This Is the Night” – selling almost 400,000 copies in its first week in stores. Champ Ruben Studdard meanwhile is a distant second with his “Flying Without Wings.” 

Top TV Shows/Ratings – June 15, 2003

CSI – 14.58

Everybody Loves Raymond – 13.99

CSI: Miami – 12.82

Law & Order – 12.39

Still Standing – 12.03

NBA Finals Game 6 – 11.57

Without a Trace – 11.37

Dateline NBC (Mon.) – 11.20

48 Hours Investigates – 10.77

Law & Order: SVU – 10.49

Friends – 10.39

Law & Order #2 – 1027

Yes, Dear – 9.84

 Last Comic Standing – 9.72 (Jay Mohr)

60 Minutes Ii – 9.70

King of Queens – 9.67

NBA Finals Game 4 – 9.66

Law & Order: Criminal Intent – 9.59

Will & Grace – 9.51

60 Minutes – 9.45

NBA Finals Game 5 – 9.31

According to Jim – 9.11

For The Love or Money - 8.91

American Juniors – 8.73

Frasier – 8.56

Crime and Punishment – 8.56

Scrubs – 8.47


Thursday night television listings/TV Guide – week of June 15, 2003

CBS – The Amazing Race 4, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without A Trace, Late Show

NBC – Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, Frasier, ER, Tonight Show

ABC – Movie-28 Days, PrimeTime Live, Nightline

Fox – Stupid Behavior Caught On Tape, 30 Seconds To Fame, The Pulse

WB – Movie - Dumb and Dumber

Sci-Fi – Hell Swam, Event Horizon, Crossing Over with John Edward

FX – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Grumpy Old Men, Secrets of Street

Magicians, Orlando Jones

PBS – Frontline

Discovery – Superhero Science


Will & Grace – Will believes Barry is taking his place in the eyes of Jack’s life.   

 Without a Trace – A woman vanishes shortly after taking her marriage bows.

Late Show w/ David Letterman – Sarah Jessica Parker and the Dead perform.

Tonight Show – Drew Barrymore, Mark Valley, Justin Timberlake join Jay Leno. 


Top Pop Hit Music – June 15, 2003

21 Questions – 50 Cent/Nate Dogg

I Know What You Want – Busty Rhymes

Get Busy – Sean Paul

Can’t Let You Go – Fabolous/Mike Shorey

Bring Me To Life – Evanescence

Ignition – R. Kelly

Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake

Crazy In Love – Beyonce/Jay-Z

When I’m Gone – 3 Doors Down

Not Letting Go – Wayne Wonder

Unwell – Matchbox Twenty

In Da Club – 50 Cent

So Gone – Monica

Picture – Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow

Drift Away – Uncle Kracker/Dobie Gray

Rock Wit U (Awww Baby) – Ashanti

Snake – R. Kelly/Big Tigger


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – June 15, 2003

Like A Stone – Audioslave

Headstrong - Trapt

Send the Pain Below – Chevelle

Seven Nation Army – White Stripes

Somewhere I Belong – Linkin Park

Price to Play - Staind

Stupid Girl – Cold

Times Like These – Foo Fighters

Minerva – Deftones

Bring Me To Life – Evanescence


Top Jazz – June 15, 2003

One Quiet Night – Pat Metheny

Live in Paris – Diana Krall

But Beautiful: Standards Vol. 1 – Boz Scaggs


Top Country Hit Music – June 15, 2003

Beer For My Horses – Toby Keith/Willie Nelson

My Front Porch Looking In – Lonestar

I Believe – Diamond Rio

Love You Out Loud – Rascal Flats

What A Beautiful Day – Chris Cagle

Three Wooden Crosses – Randy Travis

Almost Home – Craig Morgan

Speed – Montgomery Gentry

Raining on Sunday – Keith Urban

Red Dirt Road – Brooks & Dunn


Top Music Albums – June 15, 2003

Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent

How The West Was Won – Led Zeppelin

The Lizzie McGuire Movie – Soundtrack

Some Sway With Me – Norah Jones

Thankful – Kelly Clarkson

Fallon – Evanescence

The Very Best of Cher – Cher

2 Fast 2 Furious – Soundtrack

14 Shades of Grey – Staind

Deftones – Deftones

Body Kiss – Isley Brothers/Ronald Isley

Matrix Reloaded – Soundtrack

Meteors – Linkin Park

Chocolate Factory – R. Kelly

On and On – Jack Johnson

American Idol Season 2


Top Hip-Hop Music – June 15, 2003

Magic Stick – Lil’ Kim/50 Cent

21 Questions – 50 Cent

So Gone – Monica

Can’t Let You Go – Fabolous/Mike Shorey/Lil’ Me

Crazy in Love – Beyonce/Jay-Z

Put That Woman First – Jaheim

Snake – R. Kelly/Big Tigger

Say Yes – Floetry

4 Ever – Lil Me/Fabolous

Never Scared – Bone Crusher/Killer Mike & T.I.

Get Busy – Sean Paul

Rock Wit U (Awww Baby) – Ashanti

Pump It Up – Joe Budden

I Wish I Wasn’t – Heather Headley


DVD Rentals – June 15, 2003

Antwone Fisher

Catch Me If You Can

Analyze That

Two Weeks Notice

Star Trek: Nemesis



Top Movies – June 15, 2003

Finding Nemo

 Fast 2 Furious

Bruce Almighty

Rugrats Go Wild

Hollywood Homicide

Dumb and Dumberer

The Italian Job

The Matrix Reloaded

Daddy Day Care

X2: X-Men United

Wrong Turn

Bend It Like Beckham

The In-Laws

Mambo Italiano

Down With Love

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