AMAZON MAKES KIDS’ SHOWS AVAILABLE FREE
NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is giving parents free streaming access to more than 40 children’s shows, including “Pete the Cat” and “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and select seasons of PBS Kids shows including “Arthur” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” Interested users can access the free kids’ titles with a valid Amazon account, which is free. The shows are available to the company’s customers worldwide. Usually, the shows are behind the Prime Video paywall. Others shows now free include “Jesse and Nessy,” “Bug Diaries,” “Costume Quest” and “The Snowy Day.”
DE NIRO, DEVITO, STILLER RECORD “STAY AT HOME” PSAS
NEW YORK (AP) – The state of New York has enlisted the help of Robert De Niro, Danny Devito and Ben Stiller to urge people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Robert De Niro says in a public service announcement that self-quarantine is the safe way to protect loved ones. Danny Devito says in his PSA that young people can get the virus and give it to old people, “and the next thing you know, I’m out of there!” He suggests, “Watch a little TV, why don’t ya?” Stiller says staying at home can be an opportunity for starting new hobbies. He says he’s always been interested in chainsaw art, but he never had the time to explore it.
FALLON’S GOT LONG-DISTANCE COMPANY
NEW YORK (AP) – Moving “The Tonight Show” to his house hasn’t left host Jimmy Fallon without guests. The late-night host’s “At Home Edition” will include John Legend on Tuesday; Niall Horan, Wednesday; Alec Baldwin, Thursday, and Tina Fey on Friday. Yesterday’s guests were Trevor Noah and DJ D-Nice. NBC says the segments, with guests talking to Fallon from their homes, are part of continuing “hybrid episodes” that include highlights from past shows.
ROSIE RAISES LOTS OF CASH
NEW YORK (AP) – Rosie O’Donnell’s streaming Broadway charity show raised over $600,000 for virus victims. Sunday’s show featured Kristin Chenoweth singing “Taylor the Latte Boy,” Gavin Creel singing “You Matter to Me,” Darren Criss singing “Being Alive” and Gloria Estefan singing “There’s Always Tomorrow.” The special was streamed live on Broadway.com and their YouTube channel. The money went to The Actors Fund to help those suffering the coronavirus. Other highlights included Neil Patrick Harris performing a magic act with his children, Patti LuPone performing “A Hundred Years From Today” and Adrienne Warren live from her bathtub singing “Simply The Best.”
NETFLIX’S ‘SELF MADE’ TELLS OF FIRST FEMALE MILLIONAIRE
NEW YORK (AP) – Madam C.J. Walker may be one of America’s most successful “pull yourself up by your own bootstrap” stories, but many have never heard of her. However, that’s changing thanks to the release of a Netflix limited series starring Octavia Spencer. “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” tells the story of America’s first self-made female millionaire, who was also black. Walker, whose real name was Sarah Breedlove, created and marketed hair products for African American women at the turn of the 20th century. The series also stars Blair Underwood, Tiffany Haddish, Bill Bellamy and Carmen Ejogo.