Dateline: Week Of February 15, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger directs the state attorney general to take immediate action to stop San Francisco’s parade of same-sex marriages hours after a second San Francisco Superior Court judge refused to order a halt to the unions.
John Kerry wins in Wisconsin, with John Edwards finishing a close second.
Howard Dean gives up his campaign for the presidency reducing the race for the Democratic nomination to a two-man contest – Senators John Kerry and John Edwards.
Al Hurra (The Free One) – A U.S. government-financed satellite channel aimed at Arab viewers makes its debut. The station’s first item was a news briefing that began with a guerrilla attack on an Iraqi police station west of Baghdad in which about two dozen were killed.
Passing – singer Doris Troy (67) – best known for the hit “Just One Look” in 1963.
Passing - Jan Miner (86) – known for 26 years as “Madge” in the Palmolive dishwashing soap TV commercials.
Some best-selling books – February 15, 2004
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands – Laura Schlessinger
The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind
Sports News – February 15, 2004
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins his first Daytona 500, the same track where his father was killed.
Technology News – February 15, 2004
High Tech – Yahoo drops Google’s search engine in the United States while Google announces it has added 1 billion Web pages to its searchable catalog. Yahoo used to pay Google for the right to offer Google’s service to Yahoo customers.
AOL and Earthlink sue a group of 16 individuals and companies, known as the “Alabama Spammers” for spamming. They have sent some 250 million pieces of illegal commercial e-mail.
Television news – February 15, 2004
NBC agrees to pay a record $2 million-plus for each episode of a new boxing-themed show created by reality TV maestro Mark Burnett. “The Contender” will count on Rocky star Sylvester Stallone to attract viewers.
HBO’s “Sex and the City” is ending after six seasons. Beginning in June, you’ll be able to see reruns on TBS and soon, DVD.
Bill Moyers (69) is leaving the PBS magazine series “Now” to write a book. “It isn’t because I feel old. It’s because I feel compelled to do something else now, that only I can do – which is that book.”
ABC has upped the ante as Regis Philbin returns to the new “Super Millionaire” where the top prize is $10 million. With “Super Millionaire” shooting 24 hours before air time, viewers who get the urge to join in will be able to call a toll-free number and try to qualify before the short run concludes.
ABC News’ Rick Kaplan is the new president of MSNBC. He’s expected to bring a new energy to the channel, which has changed strategies several times without much success.
Jay Leno’s new announcer is “stuttering John” Melendez from the Howard Stern radio show. He replaces Edd Hall, who’s leaving after 12 years to concentrate on doing movies.
Disney purchases Jim Henson’s Muppets for $90 million.
Top Television Shows – Week Of February 15, 2004
American Idol (Tue)
American Idol (Wed.)
Survivor – All Stars
CSI – Miami
Wihout A Trace
Everybody Loves Raymond
Law & Order
It Must Be Love
Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order SVU
Average Joe: Hawaii
That 70’s Show
King of Queens
King of Queens #1
The West Wing
Sunday Night Television listings/TV Guide – week of February 15, 2004
CBS – 60 Minutes, Cold Case, Movie-It Must Be Love
NBC – Shrek, American Dreams, Law & Order
ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Alias, The Practice
Fox – King of the Hill, Oliver Beene, The Simpsons, Bernie Mac, Malcolm in the Middle, Arrested Development
WB – Smallville, Charmed, The Surreal Life
UPN – In The Doghouse, Star Trek: Enterprise, Stargate SG-1
Showtime – Bowling For Columbine
HBO – Iron Jawed Angels
The Simpsons – Bart seeks a new best friend after Milhouse moves away with his mother.
American Dreams – Meg realizes she cannot lie to her parents any longer. Nick Lachey performs as Tom Jones.
Charmed – Phoebie frees a genie from her bottle – and Phoebe takes her place.
The Practice – Alan defends his best friend from childhood after he’s accused of murder.
Music news – February 15, 2004
“Kidz Bop 5” will arrive in stores next week. The series, the most successful children’s audio series on the Billboard charts, originally began as a direct mail offering.
Tina Turner (64), famous for power-packed musical performances in high heels and leather miniskirts will play an Indian goddess in a new Indian film. Name of the film – “The Goddess.”
Top Hip Hop Music – February 15, 2004
Twista Featuring Kanye West and Jamie Fox
Me, Myself and I – Beyonce
Yeah! – Usher
Sorry 2004 - Ruben Studdard
You Don’t Know My Name – Alicia Keys
Hotel – Cassidy Featuring R. Kelly
Splash Waterfalls – Ludacris
Read Your Mind – Avant
Salt Shaker – Ying Yang Twins
Top Country Music Hits – February 15 2004
American Soldier – Toby Keith
Remember When – Alan Jackson
Watch The Wind Blow By – Tim McGraw
I Wanna Do It All – Terri Clark
Little Moments – Brad Paisley
There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
Hot Mama – Trace Adkins
In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
Perfect – Sara Evans
I Love You This Much – Jimmy Wayne
Top Music Albums – February 15, 2004
When The Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney
A Crow Left Of Murder… - Incubus
Twista - Kamikaze
Closer – Josh Croban
Only You – Harry Connick Jr.
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - Outkast
Falen – Evanescence
The Very Best of Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow
Shock ‘n Y’all – Toby Keith
Soulful – Ruben Studdard
Jackpot – Chingy
In The Zone – Britney Spears
2004 Grammy Nominees – Various Artists
The Diary Of Alicia Keys – Alicia Keys
New 14 – Various Artists
The Long Road – Nickelback
Top Modern Rock – February 15, 2004
Megalomaniac – Incubus
Numb – Linkin
I Am The Highway – Audioslave
Figured You Out – Nickelback
I Miss You- Blinc 182
Last Train Home – Lostprophet
(I Hate) Everything About You – Three Day’s Grace
Top Jazz albums – February 15, 2004
Live in Paris – Diana Krall
This Guy’s In Love – Steve Tyrell
Only You – Harry Connick Jr.
Peter Cincotti – Peter Cincotti
A Wonderful World – Tony Bennett & D.D. Lang
North – Elvis Costello
Glamoured – Cassandra Wilson
Timeagain – David Sanborn
Top DVD’s – February 15, 2004
Alice in Wonderland
Once Upon A Time In Mexico
Friends, Sixth Season
House of the dead
Top Movies – February 15, 2004
You Got Served
Along Came Polly
The Butterfly effect
Catch That Kid
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
The Perfect Score
Something’s Gotta Give
Cheaper by the Dozen
Lost in Translation
Win A Date With Tad Hamilton
Master and Commander
The Big Bounce
Girl with A Pearl Earring.