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TV Note: 'Carey' pre-empted by Steelers

Monday, September 09, 2002

The season premiere of ABC's "The Drew Carey Show" will be pre-empted tonight at 8 for WTAE's "Steelers Primetime" before the start of "Monday Night Football" featuring the Steelers against the Patriots.

"Drew Carey" will air after midnight at 1:30 a.m. followed by the premiere of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" at approximately 2 a.m.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

Cable networks go dark

Eight cable television networks have announced plans to suspend programming Wednesday to honor the victims of last year's terrorist attacks.

At 8:46 a.m., the A&E Television Networks -- A&E, The History Channel, The Biography Channel and History International -- will fade to black. For the following hour and 43 minutes, they will show a continuous scroll of the names of attack victims.

Similarly, the Scripps Networks -- HGTV, The Food Network, The DIY Network and Fine Living -- will stop regular programming at 8:30 a.m.

For two hours, the networks will show "a series of images, words and music intended to inspire quiet reflection."


Sam won't die

Take heart, Rob Lowe. Your character's life -- if not his job -- is safe.

Lowe, who plays White House deputy communications director Sam Seaborn in NBC's drama "The West Wing," has said he's leaving later this season following a contract dispute.

"Sam Seaborn is not going to die," series creator Aaron Sorkin said. "So the door is always open."

Lowe, 38, announced he was leaving after producers declined to give him more money. The cast's biggest star when the series premiered in 1999, he's since been eclipsed by Martin Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlet, and is part of a large ensemble.

Sorkin, as well as other cast members, have said they wished Lowe didn't have to leave.

"It's a difficult situation," Sorkin said. "There's no villain in this case, and it will be regrettable if it is portrayed that way. It's a negotiation and it's a tough one."

Sorkin said he has a plan for writing Seaborn out of the series but wouldn't reveal it.

(Associated Press)

More 'Ed Sullivan'

T.J. Lubinsky, WQED executive producer of fund raising, programming and syndication, is at work editing an additional 76 episodes of "The Ed Sullivan Show" for syndication to PBS stations, including 20 episodes not seen since their network debut.

Performances by Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darrin and The Platters will be included in the new episodes, which will roll out over the next two television seasons.

Shirley Jones recorded introductions to episodes last season, but this year there will be no host, Lubinsky said, to allow more time for showcasing the original musical performances.

A Sullivan Christmas episode will be used as a PBS pledge program in December.


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