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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 15, 2001


Emmys will be Oct. 7

Emmys will be Oct. 7

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences and CBS on Friday rescheduled the prime-time Emmy awards for Oct. 7 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

CBS will broadcast the event, originally scheduled for Sunday but postponed after Tuesday's terror attacks.

"We had planned a comedy show. Obviously, the tone will be significantly reshaped and retooled," academy president Jim Chabin told Entertainment Tonight.

News coverage to ease

After four days with round-the-clock coverage of the attacks, TV networks planned to resume entertainment programming -- and commercials -- today.

CBS' first prime-time entertainment show since Tuesday will be Touched By an Angel at 8 tonight.

NBC, which had planned to return to entertainment Friday night, continued with news. It scheduled the movie Growing Up Brady for 9 tonight. ABC will have the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy Hope Floats.

Fox will air a two-hour America's Most Wanted focusing on the attacks at 8 tonight.

Next week's planned premiere of the fall season on the major networks has been pushed back a week.

The WB had planned to go ahead with debuts Friday night but did not. Fox appeared to be moving ahead with plans to kick off its new season Tuesday with the debut of Undeclared and a delayed Love Cruise, tvguide.com reported.

'Big Brother' on schedule

CBS announced that the Big Brother 2 finale will be broadcast as scheduled Thursday. The show broke its no-outside-news rule and decided to tell the three remaining contestants -- Monica, Will and Nicole -- of the attacks.

The reason: A cousin of Monica Bailey was working on the 90th floor of the World Trade Center's South Tower. She has not been heard from since the attacks.

Producers of versions of the reality show in Belgium, Denmark and South Africa have decided to stick to their rule forbidding participants from learning about anything outside the house.

In the Netherlands, where the show originated, producers made an exception for the 18 contestants in the house and told them.

More TV notes

HBO has pulled all print and on-air advertising for its World War II epic Band of Brothers, Variety reported. The network thought the war images were inappropriate in light of the attacks. HBO will continue airing the 10-part series as scheduled 9 p.m. Sundays. . . . The BBC said it regrets any offense caused by a Thursday special on the attacks aired in Britain, bbc.com reported. More than 2,000 viewers called to complain about the program, during which audience members expressed strong anti-American sentiments. Former U.S. Ambassador to Britain Philip Lader was on the verge of tears when he was shouted down during the live broadcast.

MOVIE UPDATE

Due to damage caused by Tropical Storm Gabrielle, Ruskin Drive-In is temporarily closed for repairs. Disregard timeclocks printed in today's Home and Garden, and Sunday's Floridian.

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