Mar 24, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The real reality show
Peter Arnett, correspondent for National Geographic Explorer and NBC, and Richard Engel, a freelancer on assignment for ABC, were the only American reporters left in Baghdad late last week. They have a front-row seat on the news story that will dominate the world’s television screens throughout this week as a U.S.-led coalition moves relentlessly toward its goal of bringing an end to the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
While news organizations will be on duty around the clock, all regularly scheduled programming has been pulled or is subject to disruption. There will also be coverage of protests from around the United States and around the globe.
Call him `Joe Firestone’
Amid its war coverage, ABC hopes to get a much-needed ratings boost this Wednesday when The Bachelor-the network’s highest-rated show among adults 18 to 49 this season-returns with all-new contestants. The lucky bachelor this time, Andrew Firestone, has been described as the real Joe Millionaire. He is the great-grandson of tire entrepreneur Harvey Firestone and son of Brooks Firestone, founder of the Firestone Vineyard.
Trek to Pasadena
William Shatner will receive Creation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 Grand Slam: The Sci-Fi Summit Convention, next weekend in Pasadena, Calif. The award is given to those who have impacted popular entertainment. Mr. Shatner will be joined at the three-day event by much of the original Star Trek cast as well as dozens of others from Star Wars, Buffy and other genre shows, including Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher and Alan Ruck.