MORNING TV NEWS SHOWS AND CORONAVIRUS
NEW YORK (AP) – For decades, network morning news shows have been inviting themselves into our homes with their folksy studios and engaging hosts. Now, because of the coronavirus, the tables have turned somewhat. The co-hosts of the shows are, in effect, inviting the viewing public into their own homes. And so far, the results have been mixed. Instead of cozying up in their well-lit studio “living rooms,” morning show anchors are now seen in separate video boxes from their homes, where living rooms, offices and even kitchens are serving as backdrops for their appearances.
CBS THIS MORNING – PILLOW TALK
NEW YORK (AP) – Ever visit someone’s home and see something out of place – and wonder why the host doesn’t do something about it? That’s what happened with one viewer of “CBS This Morning.” The show, like the other network morning shows – has had anchors hosting from home. And when the camera was on Gayle King’s family room, a viewer spotted that a pillow on a chair in the background was crooked. That person was so irked, word eventually got back to King – and she addressed the pillow issue on air. She said she and her other stay-at-home anchors are doing the best they can under the circumstances.
CELEBRITY CHEF HELPING FEED PEOPLE AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Celebrity chef Jose Andres has often come to the aid when disaster strikes, pitching in after hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires. And he’s doing it again in the wake of the new coronavirus. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, his World Central Kitchen has served more than 750,000 meals in places like Los Angeles, Miami, Little Rock, Arkansas and Fairfax, Virginia – in addition to the Big Apple. Andres says he feels he “in debt to America” for giving him a home. And he says, serving others is the best he can do to repay that debt.
TV PRODUCER THOMAS L. MILLER DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The man who brought us TV favorites like “Full House” and “Perfect Strangers” has died. Thomas L. Miller produced a series of TV comedies during his career. A family rep says Miller died Sunday of complications from heart disease. He was 79. During his career, he helped develop classic shows like “The Odd Couple” and “Love, American Style.” He and business partner Edward K. Milkis also produced films, including “Silver Streak” and “Foul Play.”
KOBE BRYANT – BOOK SALES
UNDATED (AP) – Kobe Bryant is back atop the best-seller lists these days. The current spurt for the late basketball icon comes days after he was selected to the Hall of Fame. The new book from Bryant’s Granity Studios, “The Wizenard Series: Season One” will be No. 1 on The New York Times’ middle-grade hardcover list that comes out April 19. It already hit No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list for children’s books. Bryant and daughter Gianna were among nine who died in a helicopter crash in late January
LINDA TRIPP, KEY FIGURE IN CLINTON IMPEACHMENT, DIES
WASHINGTON (AP) – A key figure in the impeachment case against former President Bill Clinton – Linda Tripp – has died. It was she who secretly taped conversations with Monica Lewinsky in which the White House intern told of her affair with Clinton. Tripp died yesterday at age 70. Her attorney confirms her death – but offers no details on the cause. During the peak of the impeachment saga, actor John Goodman portrayed her several times on “Saturday Night Live.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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