A Georgia man who posted a video of himself on the Internet holding a sign that said “Elton John” must die” has been arrested for making terroristic threats. Neal Horsley, 65, was arrested in Carrollton, about 50 miles west of Atlanta, said Atlanta Police Sgt. In the video posted Feb. 28 on YouTube, Horsley held the sign in front of a building where he said John has a condo. John’s publicist, Fran Curtis, confirmed that John has an Atlanta apartment but declined further comment.
Thursday – You don’t see much of Jerry Seinfeld on his own new NBC show, “The Marriage Ref,” which he lets someone else host. But the 55-year-old comedian co-hosted “Live” with Kelly Rippa. Guest was Donald Trump.
CBS announces that it will provide 3-D coverage of the NCAA Final Four to 100 movie theaters nationwide in a move to bring this new form of sports broadcast to the masses.
Leno Ratings – The Nielsen Co. says Jay Leno averaged 5.6 million viewers last week, his first back at NBC’s “The Tonight Show” following hisill-fated prime time show. Letterman had 3.7 million at CBS. Leno took advantage of curiosity over his return and a strong lineup of guests, including Olympic stars and Sarah Palin. It was a half-million more than he averaged his last season at “Tonight.” But the second week finds the late-night contenders at a close race – with Leno averaging 4.3 million viewers and Letterman at 4 million.
Government Reaches Further Into Your Pocket – Vertex, a company that calculates sales tax for Internet sellers, reports that the average general sales tax rate nationwide reached 8.629% at the end of 2009, the highest since the company started tracking data in 1982. That was up a nickel on a taxable $100 purchase from a year earlier and up nearly 40 cents for the decade.
Television news this week in 1986 –
HBO will show “Comic Relief,” a March 29 benefit for America’s poor and homeless. The show will originate from the Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood and will be hosted by Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal. Among the comedians and actors scheduled to participate – Peewee Herman, Michael J. Fox. Buddy Hackett, Joe Piscopo, Carl and Rob Reinder, Martin Mull, David Steinberg. Jerry Lewis, Sandra Bernhard, Howie Mandel, Gilda Radner and Weird Al Yankovic.
The Movie Channel announces its new “VCR Theater” – aimed at those who can videotape movies while they’re asleep. But, do the studios like the taping of their movies? The home entertainment software business is a $12-billion-a-year business. An 800 number will be on display for the three-hour event.
More cable – Dabney Coleman is back – The Arts & Entertainment Network just picked up all 27 episodes of “Buffalo Bill” – the NBC series that ran in 1984.
Don’t miss the Easter Seal Telethon (Sat – March 8) – hosted by Pat Boone and Donna Mills.