News & Articles for Wednesday 3/26

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News & Articles for Wednesday 3/26
Wed, 03-26-2003 - 12:13pm
Entertainment News..........

JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME...: Connie Chung — whose career just hasn't been the same since she urged Kathleen Gingrich to whisper sweet somethings into her ear during a 1995 interview — is out of work again. On Tuesday, CNN abruptly axed her prime-time show Connie Chung Tonight. Although CNN asked her to stay on in another capacity, Maury Povich's other half declined.

BATTLE FOR VIEWERS: In the war over cable news leadership, Fox News Channel has outdrawn CNN in the ratings during the first five days of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Through Monday, Fox has averaged 4 million viewers to CNN's 3.57 million. But don't count CNN out yet: Word has it the network is considering sending Bill Hemmer into the field shirtless.

IDOL NEWS: Fox will debut its kiddie version of American Idol, titled Junior Idol, on June 3. The spinoff will air in AI's Tuesday-8 pm timeslot. In related news, Variety reports that American Idol 3 will kick off in January 2004.

D-DAY: Las Vegas was the place to be Tuesday night as newly-shorn diva Celine Dion debuted her much-hyped $30 million stage show "A New Day" at the 4,100-seat Colosseum at Caesar's Palace. During the 100-minute extravaganza, the 35-year-old singer belted out 20 tunes, including such classics as "Fever," "At Last" and "I've Got the World on a String." Under the terms of her contract, Dion is expected perform five nights a week, 40 weeks a year until 2006 — or until the locals stage an uprising against her.

BELATED THANKS: Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski issued a statement from France Tuesday saying he was "deeply touched" to be honored with the best director Oscar for his Holocaust drama The Pianist. Polanski, who fled the U.S. in 1978 after being sentenced to prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, faces arrest if he returns.

FITTING TRIBUTE: Republican Rep. Jeff Habay plans to introduce legislation that would rename the Highland Park Bridge in suburban Pittsburgh after late TV icon Fred Rogers, who died last month of stomach cancer.

LESS IS MORE: ABC is shortening its prime-time shows by 2 1/2 minutes to make room for war updates. "By asking our producers to deliver shorter episodes, we've addressed the need for news updates while also protecting the integrity of our prime-time content," an ABC rep tells Reuters. Good, because I was beginning to worry that no one was protecting the integrity of According to Jim.

PEACE PIPES: Rocker Lenny Kravitz has recorded a peace anthem with Iraqi pop star Kadim Al Sahir titled We Want Peace. The tune is available at


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Wed, 03-26-2003 - 12:16pm
Charles Grisby Article/Q&A......

American Idol Loser's Bold Prediction

Wednesday, March 26, 2003


American Idol Loser's Bold Prediction

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Apparently, nice guys do finish last. How else to explain viewers' decision to vote off American Idol's sweet-natured Charles Grigsby over rebel without a cause Corey Clark. "That's definitely a reality check," concedes the 24-year-old supermarket stockboy, who rang up TV Guide Online from his home in Ohio and gave us the scoop on meeting Angela Bassett, performing during wartime and who he thinks will go the distance on Idol. — Michael Ausiello

TV Guide Online: How ironic was it that after you got the boot last week, you had to sing a song titled, "You Can't Win."

Charles Grigsby: It was . My family was saying that, too.

TVGO: What did you do afterwards?

Grigsby: Partied.

TVGO: Vanessa spent the night of her dismissal drinking alone in her hotel room. Please tell me you didn't do the same.

Grigsby: After Vanessa got voted off, we all supported her in every way possible. And when I got voted off, everyone supported me as well. But she stayed to herself, partied with herself. Some people take situations differently. For her, she just felt like being alone. Me, on the other hand, I wanted the support, because I realized that it was going to be a while until I see them again.

TVGO: Where was the party?

Grigsby: We went to the Hard Rock Café. A of fans came too. I don't know how they found out we were going to be there. I got a chance to meet them and sign autographs...

TVGO: Did Simon, Paula or Randy show up?

Grigsby: No, none of the judges.

TVGO: Who are you going to miss most from the group?

Grigsby: I bonded with everybody. That's my family. But to be honest, the ones I grew closest to my first group of eight, which is Kimberly, Trenyce and Julia.

TVGO: Who do you think is going to win?

Grigsby: I don't know who's going to win, I'm really rooting for Trenyce and Ruben, even though I love Clay. They've been consistent throughout the whole competition. I love Clay; he's awesome. When it gets down to the top three or four, it's going to be real tough. I can already see it.

TVGO: Was it tough to focus on the competition last week with the war going on?

Grigsby: Definitely. When we all heard that we were about to go to war, we put on hold. American Idol wasn't even on our minds. We were watching on the big screen on the stage.

TVGO: What are you going to do next?

Grigsby: I have all kinds of things lined up. Since the Oscars were in town, I got a chance to talk with and meet celebrities, movie directors, record producers, people wanting me to endorse products and commercials...

TVGO: Where did you meet these folks?

Grigsby: The hotel I was staying at in , most of the celebrities were staying there too...

TVGO: Who did you meet?

Grigsby: Angela Bassett, Tarji P. Henson from the movie Baby Boy, Russell Simmons...

TVGO: Angela Bassett watches American Idol?

Grigsby: Yeah.

TVGO: What did she say to you?

Grigsby: She just gave me a big hug and said, "Baby, you were robbed. You didn't deserve to get voted off. I loved you from the beginning." She was wishing me all the best. It's funny, because everyone I've run into and networked with said I should move to L.A.

TVGO: Are you going to take their advice?

Grigsby: Definitely. If Angela Bassett says I should move out there, I'd be stupid not to.