More A-list stars sign on to TV fundraiser
TV TRIBUTE Such A-listers as Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, and Will Smith have signed on for ”America: A Tribute to Heroes,” Friday night’s unprecedented live fundraising simulcast, which ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC are underwriting. Joining Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, and Bruce Springsteen, who had previously confirmed their participation, will be Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Faith Hill, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Robin Williams, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young. Each network is also supplying two stars: Dennis Franz and Sela Ward from ABC, Amy Brenneman and Ray Romano from CBS, Calista Flockhart and Jane Kaczmarek from Fox, and Kelsey Grammer and Conan O’Brien from NBC. The show will originate from Los Angeles and New York.
UPN and the WB will join the other four broadcast networks in airing the show. Cable networks that have agreed so far to carry the event include E!, Fox Movie Channel, FX, Lifetime, MTV, National Geographic Channel, SoapNet, and Telemundo. There will also be a webcast. The show will air live and commercial-free from 9 to 11 p.m. EDT (8 to 10 CDT) and on tape delay in other time zones. The WB will push back Friday’s season premieres, already rescheduled once since the disaster, and it will ask its local carriers to push back their 10 p.m. newscasts, as will UPN and Fox. The show will raise money for families of the victims, though it’s not clear how it will go about the fundraising, since the show will not be a telethon.
HOUSE CALL Screen Actors Guild president William Daniels phoned President Bush yesterday and offered to donate the services of Hollywood stars in whatever way the White House sees fit in the wake of last week’s terror attacks. A union spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter that the White House ”warmly received” the offer, and may decide to use celebrities for public service announcements, personal appearances, or fundraisers over the next few months. Daniels didn’t name specific performers but said, ”We have people we can call on.”