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'Sesame Street' to air hurricane special Friday

Poor Big Bird can’t catch a break. In October, presidential candidate Mitt Romney threatened to effectively fire the Muppet by defunding PBS. Later that month, Mr. Snuffleupagus’s BFF had to contend with costume retailers selling unlicensed “Sexy Big Bird” outfits. And on Friday, the yellow guy will face his biggest challenge yet: A devastating hurricane that rips through Sesame Street, destroying Big Bird’s nest and leaving his entire neighborhood in chaos.

Strictly speaking, this isn’t the first time Big Bird has faced a superstorm. The disaster-themed Sesame Street episode that will play later this week is actually a condensed, edited version of a five-part Sesame series that first aired in 2001. “[It] played out over five days and told the story of everybody on the street getting ready for a hurricane, and then ultimately recovering from a hurricane,” Sesame Street supervising producer Nadine Zylstra explained to EW over the phone today. Originally, the hurricane series wasn’t inspired by any specific event — “It was designed to stand alone as a piece,” says Zylstra.

In 2005, Sesame Street re-aired the series in its entirety weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. And last week, the show’s producers decided to trot it out once more in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, albeit with a few twists. READ FULL STORY

'Fox and Friends' accuses NBC of using hurricane benefit concert to boost Obama

Is NBC’s upcoming Hurricane Sandy telethon truly a benefit for victims of the superstorm — or is it actually a stealth benefit for Barack Obama?

The latter — according to Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy and guest host Eric Bolling — is a distinct possibility. During today’s episode, both questioned why NBC’s affiliates are airing the benefit tonight rather than waiting for New York City to “get its feet under itself”; Bolling called NBC’s timing “more than suspect.” Later, he elaborated: “This just seems like a rush job because the election is gonna be [in] three days.”

Both Bolling and Doocy also pointed out that three of the benefit’s headliners — Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel — are vocal Obama supporters. “Where are the conservative performers?” wondered Doocy. (Maybe Meat Loaf will make an appearance?)

The bottom line, in Doocy’s words — “Is it a hurricane benefit or a concert for Obama?” See the clip here:


Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Joel to headline NBC's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

Tomorrow, NBC Universal’s TV networks — including NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, E!, Style Network, and G4, among others — will air a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The special will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will feature performances by artists with connections to the disaster or NBC, including New Jersey natives Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, native New Yorker Billy Joel, New York City resident Sting, and Christina Aguilera, a coach on NBC’s The Voice.

Today‘s Matt Lauer, who revealed plans for the commercial-free concert on the air this morning, will host. NBC talent Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon will appear as well. Proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, which is providing food, shelter, and other assistance to those affected by the hurricane.

“Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” will also stream live on Watch Lauer announce the concert in the video below.


Hurricane Sandy damages '666 Park' sets

While some New York-area television shows resumed filming today after Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast Monday, it could be a harder road to recovery for ABC’s 666 Park Avenue.

The show’s set, which is located at Cine Magic Riverfront Studios in Brooklyn, overlooking the New York City skyline, suffered severe damages after water flooded the building Monday night.

“I went to check them out on the night of the storm at 10 p.m. and they were under 6 feet of water — the entire complex,” says Peter Kapsalis, owner of Cine Magic Riverfront Studios. “It wasn’t in very good shape.”

The water, which has since receded, did varied damage to sets, he adds, but some could possibly be salvaged. “The Daylight Studio, which carried some of the smaller sets and was a little closer to the water [was] completely demolished,” Kapsalis says. “The main sets stayed in place even with the water rushing in [but] everything is extensively damaged.” READ FULL STORY

Hurricane Sandy: NBA game postponed due to transit issues

Sorry, Knicks and Nets fans.

The pair’s face-off, which was set to open be the first regular-season NBA game at the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, has been cancelled, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced, citing ongoing transit issues in New York City following Hurricane Sandy.

Thursday’s matchup would have been the season opener for both teams and was set to air on TNT.

The Nets’ first game will now be Saturday against the Toronto Raptors.

See Jimmy Kimmel administer a lie detector test to kids; plus the opening for his Brooklyn shows -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Hurricane Sandy may have prevented Jimmy Kimmel Live! from staging its first show from the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, but tonight Kimmel will bring some comic relief to his birthplace and beyond. His week of shows in the storied NYC borough kicks off at midnight with guest Howard Stern. (Jimmy’s late-night idol, David Letterman, graces the show on Wednesday.) READ FULL STORY

Sandy shuts down Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert

Mitt Romney can breathe a little easier tonight. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will not tape Monday evening.

The Frankenstorm has claimed both shows, the latest New York City-based TV productions to shutter today. The Comedy Central faux-newscasts have been in full-blast election mode in recent weeks. But with the media obsessed with Hurricane Sandy, it’s not like there’s a ton of on-air election coverage gaffes to mock right now anyway.

Comedy Central is taking a “wait and see” approach before deciding on whether to resume taping of both shows on Tuesday, or later in the week. Repeats will air instead. Here’s several other TV productions being shut down.

Jimmy Fallon to broadcast new show tonight, despite Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hasn’t bested every late night Jimmy.

Earlier today, Jimmy Kimmel Live announced that it was canceling tonight’s show, which was to be taped at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on account of the storm that’s raging across the East Coast. But Kimmel’s rival Jimmy Fallon still plans to tape tonight’s Late Night no matter what — even if he has to do it without his customary live audience.

“Midtown NYC is empty, but we are still doing a live show!” Fallon tweeted this morning, attaching a photo of a barren Manhattan avenue. He followed that message with a promise to give every member of tonight’s audience a free pint of Ben & Jerry’s before revealing that he’d have no live spectators after all: “We sent our audience home just to be safe,” he explained via Twitter this afternoon. “But we are doing our show tonight anyway. Should be fun.”

SNL‘s Seth Meyers, Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi, and the band Imagine Dragons will all appear on Late Night tonight.

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Weather Channel's Jim Cantore preps for 24-hour shift with Hurricane Sandy: Q&A


Jim Cantore is one consolation New Yorkers have as they hunker down for Hurricane Sandy and keep the Weather Channel on 24/7. Cantore took a few minutes between segments from Battery Park City this afternoon to phone EW.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you doing?

JIM CANTORE: I’m doing good, all things considered. I’m just kinda waitin’ for the fourth quarter here, which oughta be sometime this evening.

I’m guessing you get first dibs on location. Why did you want New York City?

You think about the number of people that could be impacted by a record-setting storm surge, that pretty much was a no-brainer in terms of where I’m gonna go. I mean, yes, it’s not gonna be the usual Cantore beating that I would take on the beaches, but none the less, there’s just too many people potentially in harm’s way here in a concentrated area. It’s the heartbeat of the world. Who doesn’t want to cover a hurricane or a big storm like this in New York?  READ FULL STORY

'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' cancels tonight's show from Brooklyn due to Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy makes it way to the New York City area, Jimmy Kimmel Live! has decided to cancel tonight’s show from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. “Due to stupid Hurricane Sandy and in the interest of the safety of our studio audience, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will not broadcast tonight,” the show said in a statement. “We are hopeful to be back on the air tomorrow night with Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.”

Kimmel is hosting his ABC late night talk show all week from Brooklyn, where he was born.

Hurricane Sandy: Tone of Weather Channel meteorologists turns ominous

The Weather Channel had its third straight day of a round-the-clock vigil for the approaching superstorm, and the tone of its meteorologists turned more ominous Sunday with evidence building that their forecasts would come true.

The network is planning to live-stream its television coverage online so people in the eastern United States who lose power can keep up with the news on their mobile devices. The storm is expected to affect some 50 million people.

“We want you to know we are not hyping this storm, okay?” on-air meteorologist Vivian Brown said. “We don’t do that at The Weather Channel because we want you to be alert and aware.”

Other television networks mixed news of Hurricane Sandy with stories like the presidential campaign. In New York, the local CBS outlet ran a split screen with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivering a storm briefing Sunday afternoon and the New York Jets’ game against the Miami Dolphins. READ FULL STORY


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