Dateline: Week Of March 22, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News –
A U.S. fighter jet crashed in Libya after an apparent equipment malfunction but both crewmembers were able to eject and were back in American hands with only minor injuries, U.S. officials said Tuesday (March22) The F-15E Strike Eagle jet was conducting a mission Monday night against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses when it crashed at 2130 GMT (5:30 p.m. EDT), said Lt. Cmdr. Karin Burzynski, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Africa Command.
Fidel Castro's surprise announcement that he stepped down as head of the Communist Party five years ago — despite widespread belief he remained in charge — marks the bizarre end of an era for a nation, and a man, whose fates have been intertwined for more than half a century. The 84-year-old revolutionary icon made the revelation Tuesday — with word of the resignation thrown in as an aside halfway through an opinion piece that otherwise focused on President Barack Obama.
President Barack Obama is leaving Central America earlier than scheduled, cutting short a tour dominated by the U.S.-led military action in Libya. The president eliminated a visit to Mayan ruins from his itinerary Wednesday, permitting him to leave a few hours earlier. Aides have taken pains to portray Obama as fully engaged in the deployment of missiles and warplanes in North Africa even as he devoted his public time to bridge-building with Latin American leaders.
Germany stands alone among the world's leading industrialized nations in its determination to abandon nuclear energy for good because of the technology's inherent risks. Europe's biggest economy is betting billions on expanding the use of renewable energy to meet its power demands instead. The transition was supposed to happen slowly over the next 25 years, but now it is being accelerated in the wake of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.
Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a new wave of rockets that landed deep inside Israel Thursday, defying Israeli retaliatory attacks and threats. As the violence threatened to escalate the day after a deadly Jerusalem bombing, Israel got a boost from the visiting U.S. defense chief, who said no country could tolerate the "repugnant" attacks on its soil.
A prominent Syrian rights activist says protesters in the coastal town of Latakia have set fire to offices of the ruling Baath party. Ammar Qurabi, who heads the National Organization for Human Rights, says dozens of people staged an anti-government protest in the town Saturday. He said four people were killed when armed forces fired on protesters Friday. Qurabi, who moved to Egypt after Syria's unrest began a week ago, is in close touch with activists in Latakia and other Syrian cities. His account could not immediately be independently confirmed.
U.S. naval barges loaded with freshwater sped toward Japan's overheated nuclear plant on Saturday to help workers struggling to stem a worrying rise in radioactivity and remove dangerously contaminated water from the facility. Workers at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have been using seawater in a frantic bid to stabilize reactors overheating since a tsunami knocked out the complex's crucial cooling system March 11, but fears are mounting about the corrosive nature of the salt in the water.
More News - March 22, 2011 -
With 50,000 troops stationed in Japan, the U.S. military responded quickly to the tsunami that devastated the northeast coast. Just one year after tensions over the U.S. bases forced out a Japanese prime minister, the relief mission is showing a new and welcome face of U.S. troops the Japanese have hosted — sometimes grudgingly — for decades. Roughly 20,000 U.S. troops have been mobilized in "Operation Tomodachi," or "Friend." It is the biggest bilateral humanitarian mission the U.S. has conducted in Japan, its most important ally in Asia, and it is ramping up fast.
Mounting problems, including badly miscalculated radiation figures and inadequate storage tanks for huge amounts of contaminated water, stymied emergency workers Sunday as they struggled to nudge Japan's stricken nuclear complex back from the edge of disaster. Workers are attempting to remove the radioactive water from the tsunami-ravaged nuclear compound and restart the regular cooling systems for the dangerously hot fuel.
Just down the hill from where New York's leaders are wrestling with a $10 billion deficit, a tiny variety store in downtown Albany was abuzz Saturday with talk of a financial windfall. The winning ticket for Friday night's $319 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot was sold at Coulson's News Center, just blocks from the New York Capitol building, a lottery official announced. The phone rang non-stop Saturday morning, and a steady stream of customers passed through the newsstand and magazine shop to get coffee, the daily paper and, of course, lottery tickets, as word spread that the store sold the fifth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
President Barack Obama is striving to explain why the U.S. is at war again — on a third front — as he resolutely defends the military campaign in Libya. His message in a speech to the nation Monday night(March28): U.S. involvement this time is shrinking and isn't a precedent for further action as violence flows across the Middle East.
Pirates in two skiffs fired rocket-propelled grenades and guns at an oil tanker off East Africa before boarding the vessel and hijacking it, naval officials said Monday. The United Arab Emirates-flagged Zirku was traveling from Sudan to Singapore when it was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Monday, the EU Naval Force said. The ship has a crew of 29. There was no information on their status. Previous oil tankers hijacked by pirates were carrying oil valued in the range of $150 million. There was no immediate information released on how many barrels of oil the tanker was carrying
Japan's prime minister insisted Tuesday that the country was on "maximum alert" to bring its nuclear crisis under control, but the spread of radiation raised concerns about the ability of experts to stabilize the crippled reactor complex. Prime Minister Naoto Kan told parliament that Japan was grappling with its worst problems since World War II. "This quake, tsunami and the nuclear accident are the biggest crises for Japan" in decades, said the wan but resolute Kan, dressed in one of the blue work jackets that have become ubiquitous among bureaucrats since the tsunami. He said the crises remained unpredictable, but added: "We will continue to handle it in a state of maximum alert."
Syria's Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad's 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian and closed-off nations in the Middle East. Assad, whose family has controlled Syria for four decades, is trying to calm the growing dissent with a string of concessions. He is expected to address the nation in the next 24 hours to lift emergency laws in place since 1963 and moving to annul other harsh restrictions on civil liberties and political freedoms.
Libyan rebels fled in headlong retreat from the superior arms and tactics of Muammar Gaddafi's troops on Wednesday(March30), exposing the insurgents' weakness without Western air strikes to tip the scales in their favor. It had taken more than five days of allied bombardment to destroy government tanks and artillery in the strategic town of Ajdabiyah before rebels rushed in and chased Gaddafi's troops 300 km (200 miles) west in a two-day dash along the coast.
Bill Gates schemed to take shares in Microsoft Corp. from his co-founder during the early days of the software company following his partner's treatment for cancer, according to a new memoir by the billionaire co-founder, Paul Allen. The allegation is part of a critical portrait in the book of Mr. Gates, with whom Mr. Allen formed a friendship in grade school that evolved into one of the iconic partnerships of American business. The book, "Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-founder of Microsoft," is scheduled to go on sale on April 17. A draft of the memoir was viewed by The Wall Street Journal. An excerpt of the book appeared on Vanity Fair's website early Wednesday. The book gives a revisionist take on some details of Microsoft's history and the relationship between Mr. Gates and his former partner, the two of whom have long been viewed as cordial if not close friends. The book has created a rift between Messrs. Gates and Allen, say people who know both men. In the book's acknowledgments section, Mr. Allen thanks Mr. Gates along with 17 other people for "general and logistical assistance."
Technology News March 22, 2011 -
Google expects to continue its acquisition spree this year, according to comments by one of its corporate development execs. At a panel discussion at the Global Technology Symposium in Silicon Valley today, Google M&A representative Neeraj Arora said that the company expects to increase its acquisition pace from the 40 it made last year.
Research In Motion says its tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook, will start selling in the U.S. and Canada on April 19 for $499 to $699. RIM said Tuesday that customers can start pre-ordering the gadgets — its answer to Apple Inc.'s popular iPad devices — through Best Buy. The PlayBook has a 7-inch screen, smaller than the iPad. It runs BlackBerry software and can connect to a phone, acting as a bigger screen for it. Research In Motion Ltd. calls it the first "professional-grade tablet."
Google has updated its Latitude app for the iPhone, adding checkins and bringing the app up to date with the Android version, which received that same feature in February 2011. In addition to seeing where your Latitude buddies currently are on a map and sharing your location with them, you can now use the iPhone Latitude app [iTunes link] to check into places. The app requires iOS 4 and above to work; iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch and iPad are supported. Latitude will also automatically check you out when you leave if you set it to continuously update your location, but that feature doesn't work with the iPod Touch.
Long lines were reported in Berlin, London, Sydney and other cities as the iPad 2, the newest version of Apple's popular touchscreen tablet, went on sale Friday afternoon in 25 countries. By midafternoon on Friday, hundreds of people were lined up in bright sunshine outside Apple's London flagship store on Regent's Street. Those at the front of the line had been waiting for more than 33 hours by the time they got their hands on the device. Some spent the night in sleeping bags on the street.
Google's announcement that it's adding a “+1 button” to incorporate user recommendations into its search results raised a lot of questions not addressed in the company's official announcement. The +1 button, Google's answer to Facebook's Like button, will appear soon beside links in Google search results. By clicking the button, users will be able to recommend links to their list of Gmail contacts.
Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week. In order to be identified by the software, people would have to check a box agreeing to give Google permission to access their pictures and profile information, said Hartmut Neven, the Google engineering director for image-recognition development.
Profiles might include a name, phone number and e-mail address.
Storing Your Music On Other Computers – hmmm…. Cloud Music. Amazon wants to go cloud with music…
What's better about cloud music? It's convenient. Today, most digital music options, like Apple's iTunes system, force users to store their music on their own hard drives. Some audiophiles amass music collections that take up tens or hundreds of gigabytes of storage space, which slows their computers down. If that drive crashes, the music is gone. Plus, that music is stuck in one place. You can sync iTunes music, to keep that example going, with Apple's portable devices. But you have to connect your iPhone or iPod to the computer in order to do so. You can't access that music easily from other computers; and it's difficult to store it on multiple devices. In a consumer-centric world, music lovers could put all of their music files in the cloud and then access them from anywhere. Here's Amazon’s Bill Car: "Our customers have told us they don't want to download music to their work computers or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices. Now, whether at work, home, or on the go, customers can buy music from Amazon MP3, store it in the cloud and play it anywhere."
A website that sold Beatles songs online for 25 cents apiece before they became legally available has agreed to pay record companies nearly $1 million to settle a federal lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton Tucker signed off on the settlement between BlueBeat.com and music companies EMI Group PLC, Capitol Records and Virgin Records America on Friday. The judge ruled in December that the site violated the music labels' copyrights and presented unfair competition
Sports News March 22, 2011 -
The teenage girl at the center of the sex-crimes case against football great Lawrence Taylor made a surprise appearance at his sentencing Tuesday, eager to declare that he should be behind bars. She was denied the chance to speak in court, and Taylor was sentenced to six years' probation, as agreed when he pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute. The former New York Giants linebacker must register as a sex offender, but a hearing on exactly how that will affect him was postponed to April 12.
An NBA spokesman confirms that the league is investigating Jay-Z's presence in Kentucky's locker room after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth. The rapper visited the players after their victory over North Carolina on Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J, home of the Nets. Jay-Z is a part-owner of the team and attended the Nets' 120-116 loss at New York on Wednesday. NBA rules prohibit team personnel from having contact with players who are not yet draft eligible, and spokesman Tim Frank told the Associated Press the league is looking into it.
Radio News March 22, 2011 -
Passing - Stephen Labunski, who held many top positions in broadcasting, died March 21 of natural causes in New York. He was 86. Labunski worked as an executive for the Todd Storz organization and later became the general manager of WMCA, New York's first Top 40 radio station, beginning in 1958. There, he helped begin the "Good Guys" radio format of having distinct radio personalities and was a major influence in the early days of pop radio. While at WMCA, he organized groups of radio actors to perform shows at veterans hospitals. He later became president of NBC Radio and was executive director of the Intl. Radio and Television Society. He was also a founder of the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
Howard Stern, who seems to be in a perpetual fight with his bosses, is at it again. The production company for the radio personality is suing Sirius XM, claiming the satellite radio company has refused to pay stock awards it owes to him based on subscriber targets in Stern’s contract. The lawsuit also says Sirius owes money to Stern’s agent under a consulting agreement.“World-renowned radio personality Howard Stem (“Stem”) put Sirius on the map,” the lawsuit says. “But, with the exception of a stock award that Sirius paid for the initial year of Stem’s contract, Sirius has refused to pay One Twelve [the production company for Stern's show] the additional performance-based stock awards to which One Twelve is entitled.”
Radio host Mike Catherwood is the first celebrity voted off the new season of "Dancing with the Stars."
Entertainment News - March 22, 2011 –
Passing – Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen life was often upstaged by her stormy personal life, died Wednesday at age 79. She died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, publicist Sally Morrison said. "All her children were with her," Morrison said. Taylor had extraordinary grace, fame and wealth, and won three Oscars, including a special one for her humanitarian work. But she was tortured by ill health, failed romances and personal tragedy.
Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor was given a small private funeral service attended by family and close friends in the Los Angeles area on Thursday, a day after she died of congestive heart failure. The Oscar-winning actress, 79, was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, outside Los Angeles -- the same place where her close friend, singer Michael Jackson, was buried in 2009.
Lindsay Lohan's father was arrested by the L.A. Sheriff's Department after he allegedly got into an altercation with his girlfriend. The incident occurred Monday night at Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards in West Hollywood. Michael Lohan, who has appeared in court to support his daughter as she faces felony theft charges, is to appear on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." The Sheriff's Department did not immediately release details. Sgt. John Ratto was quoted by the Associated Press, City News Service and People magazine as saying that Lohan allegedly held his girlfriend against her will and prevented her from calling authorities. She suffered minor injuries.
Actress Lindsay Lohan has opted for a full-scale trial on a jewelry theft charge rather than accepting a deal from prosecutors to plead guilty, which would have put her behind bars for several months.Lohan's lawyer told Los Angeles prosecutors on Wednesday that there would be no court hearing on Friday in the case, prosecutors said, meaning the actress's not guilty plea will stand and that she had turned down the plea bargain offer.
Lindsay Lohan is dropping her famous last name, the actress' mom Dina Lohan confirmed."Lindsay is dropping the Lohan and just going by Lindsay," Dina, 48, explained, adding, "Plus, me and [younger daughter] Ali will be officially changing our last names back to my maiden name, Sullivan."
Last year Bret Michaels nearly died of a brain hemorrhage, and now the singer is claiming the life-threatening condition resulted from an injury during his 2009 performance at the Tony Awards. On Friday, Michaels, 48, filed a law-suit in L.A. County Superior Court against Tony Award Productions, CBS, and others for unspecified damages. In the complaint the Rock of Love star says producers did not instruct him how to properly exit the stage and he was "smacked" in the head by a piece of the set.
Marries – Reese Witherspoon and Jim Tothearly Saturday evening at her 6-acre ranch in Ojai, Calif..
Passing – Actor Farley Granger (85).
With his years as governor behind him, Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon return to his acting career with a new animated TV series. The planned action-comedy cartoon is called "The Governator," according to A Squared Entertainment, a partner in the venture. It will focus on a superhero living a double life as an ordinary family man. Schwarzenegger will provide the voice of the title character.
Britney Spears is being sued for more than $10 million by a licensing firm that helped the pop singer launch a fragrance line marketed by Elizabeth Arden Inc. According to the complaint, Brand Sense brokered Spears' deal with Elizabeth Arden in 2004, and stood to receive a 35 percent commission on any resulting Spears-branded fragrances. The cosmetics manufacturer duly rolled out a line of Spears-related products under such brand names as "Radiance," "Midnight Fantasy" and "Curious."
Music news – Rapper and actor Ja Rule admitted Tuesday that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income, pleading guilty to tax evasion in federal court in New Jersey. The platinum-selling rapper earned the money between 2004 and 2006 while he lived in Saddle River, an upscale community in northern New Jersey. As part of a plea agreement, the government dismissed two counts against him for unpaid taxes on income earned in 2007 and 2008. Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, is expected to be sentenced on the tax evasion charges in June. He faces up to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines on each count..
In Pittsburgh - Elton John Pays Tribute To His Friend, Elizabeth Taylor. The singer is also active in AIDS awareness and said during Wednesday night's concert that it was "a sad day because today I lost a friend and you lost a hero." In Live Nation video, John says Taylor "stood up when no one was prepared to stand up and be counted against AIDS." John played "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" after saying, "God bless you, Elizabeth. God knows how we're going to replace you. This is for you and your beautiful memory and for all of the people you helped and saved."
Rapper Snoop Dogg is promoting a new, fruit-flavored alcoholic drink that has triggered calls for its ban even before it goes on sale next month. The drink, called Blast by Colt 45, is manufactured by Pabst Brewing Company and scheduled for release on April 5. A promotional video features Snoop Dogg posing with scantily clad young women at a photo shoot.
Gwyneth Paltrow performed at the Country Music Awards, Rihanna is poised to do the same at the Academy of Country Music Awards next month and Lady Gaga has decided to take her pop anthem, "Born This Way," and throw a little country in it.
In a sexy leather bodysuit, Britney Spears thrilled more than a thousand fans with a surprise mini-concert at the Rain Nightclub in the Palms Las Vegas Friday night. With back-up dancers clad in army fatigues, Spears, 29, debuted songs from her upcoming Femme Fatale album including "Hold it Against Me," "Till the World Ends," and "Big Fat Bass." It was the first live show for the mother of two since her 2009 Circus Tour.
As Britney Spears prepares to launch her seventh studio album "Femme Fatale" on Tuesday, the pop star faces keen competition from Lady Gaga, Katie Perry and Rihanna, who reign atop Billboard's Hot 100 singles ranking. Her younger rivals' dominance this week may be coincidental -- indeed, Spears also topped the ranking recently with "Hold It Against Me." -- but the chart is a reminder of how crowded the pop diva market has become since Spears rose to fame as a teenager. There is little doubt her fans will ensure brisk sales -- Spears has sold nearly 70 million albums, according to label Jive Record -- and her music is making headlines again instead of personal meltdowns, a custody battle and rehab stints. Spears kicked off a string of promotions for the album on Friday with a performance at a Las Vegas nightclub. On Sunday in San Francisco she will record a sold-out mini-concert to be aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" TV show on Tuesday.
Beyonce will no longer be managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, her publicist said Monday. The Grammy-winning singer and her father have parted ways "on a business level." "I am grateful for everything he has taught me," Beyonce said in the statement. "I grew up watching both he and my mother manage and own their own businesses. They were hardworking entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps.
Rapper Rick Ross was arrested and booked with possession of marijuana in Louisiana after being caught with one gram of the drug in a hotel room, police said on Monday(March 28) Ross, 35, whose real name is William Roberts but adopted a stage name inspired by former Los Angeles drug dealer Ricky Ross, was caught with marijuana on Friday at the Hilton Hotel in Shreveport, Louisiana, police spokesman Bill Goodin said.
On Monday night's episode of BET's '106 & Park,' hosts Rocsi and Terrence J. remembered the late radio and TV personality DJ Megatron, who was shot to death early Sunday morning near his Staten Island home. (March 27)
Taylor Swift ends her European tour performing in front of thousands of fans in London after receiving a plaque for reaching the 20 million mark in worldwide album sales. (March 30)
Television News - March 22, 2011 -
Auditions for Simon Cowell’'s new singing competition, The X Factor, kick off March 27 in Los Angeles, paving the way for the Fox series' fall 2011 premiere. While continuing the search for his co-hosts and third judge (to join him and Island Def Jam music producer Antonio Reid), the charmer spoke to TV Guide Magazine from across the pond.
Best American Idol This Week – According To Many - After 30 million votes, the results for American Idol's Motown week are in. The results were indeed shocking, leading to perhaps the wildest 10 minutes of reality TV in a long time. The opening number certainly had its share of surprises. The group number, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," was sung almost entirely live (at least to my ears) and was pretty good, except for a bum high note from Jacob Lusk at the end. The surprises keep rolling as, after the number ends, Stevie Wonder appears on stage for a rousing rendition of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours." And to top it all off, Stevie then launches into a chorus of "Happy Birthday" for judge Steven Tyler, as the Top 11 present Steven with a portrait and a giant cake. Nice.
The final episode of Oprah Winfrey Show is set to air May. The talk maven announced she would end the long-running syndicated talk show after 25 years. Though Oprah has been in repeats recently, Winfrey tweeted Thursday that she was "hard at work planning the final shows." Winfrey currently runs OWN network, which launched on Jan. 1.
When Rosie O'Donnell makes her return to daytime television this fall, her surroundings will look somewhat familiar. For her new talk show on The Oprah Winfrey Network(OWN), O'Donnell will take up residence in the same Harpo Studios location where Winfrey broadcast her own show for the last 25 years.
Top Movies March 22 - 2011 -
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (1st week $23.7 million)
Sucker Punch (1st week $19 million)
The Lincoln Lawyer
Battle: Los Angeles
Red Riding Hood
The Adjustment Bureau
Mars Needs Moms
Most Popular Music Albums March 22, 2011 -
Endgame – Rise Against
Lasers – Lupe Fiasco
Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
Glee: The Music - Season Two
Goodbye Lullaby – Avil Lavigne
Never Say Never: The Remixes – Justin Bieber
Heritage – Celtic Thunder
Late Nights & Early Mornings – Marsha Ambrosius
Give The Drummer Some – Travis Barker
Pink Friday Nicki Minaj
Greatest Hits… So far!! – P!nk
Loud – Rihanna
My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
Stronger – Sara Evans
Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
Nothing Like This – Rascal Flats
Recovery – Eminem
My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Callapse Into Now – R.E.M.
Until The Whole World Hears – Casting Crowns
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
The Love Of God – Kenny Rogers
Speak Now – Taylor Swift
The Beginning – The Black Eyed Peas
Going Out In Style – Dropkick Murphys
TV listings/TV Guide - March 22, 2011
Hip Friday Night TV (TV Squad)
CBS: 'NCAA Basketball'
The Hub: 'Family Game Night'
Cartoon Network: 'Ben 10: Ultimate Alien'
After the jump, the rest of the schedule and the late-night talk shows.
ABC: 'Shark Tank'
NBC: 'Who Do You Think You Are'
FOX: 'Kitchen Nightmares'
PBS: 'Washington Week'
Syfy: 'WWE Friday Night Smackdown!'
Cartoon Network: 'Generator Rex'
PBS: 'The McLaughlin Group'
NBC: 'Dateline' (two episodes)
BBC America: 'Law & Order: UK'
TLC: 'Say Yes to the Dress'
Teen Nick: 'Degrassi'
National Geographic: 'Beast Hunter'
HBO: 'The Ricky Gervais Show'
Teen Nick: 'Gigantic'
E!: 'The Soup'
TLC: 'DC Cupcakes'
Discovery: 'American Loggers'
IFC: 'Onion News Network'
Current: 'Bar Karma'
HBO: 'Real Time with Bill Maher'
E!: 'Fashion Police'
Comedy Central: 'Comedy Central Presents'
TruTV: 'Forensic Files'
Late-Night Talk Shows
PBS: 'Charlie Rose': Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and Catherine Deneuve
E!: 'Chelsea Lately': Brittany Snow and Jim Norton
ABC: 'Nightline': TBA
CBS: 'The Late Show With David Letterman': Donald Trump, Vanessa Hudgens, and Oh Land (repeat)
NBC: 'The Tonight Show': Jennifer Hudson and William H. Macy
ABC: 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Liv Tyler, Charlie Sheen, Mark Cuban, and Brett Deneen (repeat)
PBS: 'Tavis Smiley': T.C. Boyle and Anne Heche
CBS: 'The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson': Topher Grace and Catherine Deneuve (repeat)
NBC: 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon': Billy Crudup, Martha Plimpton, Reggie Fils-Aime, and Cut Copy
NBC: 'Last Call With Carson Daly': LL Cool J, David Fricke, DJ Z Trip, Stacey Wilhelm, and Mona the Knux