Just when you thought 7th Heaven had its fill of very special episodes, the WB family drama tackles a doozy: The current war on terror. Tonight, Ruthie (MacKenzie Rosman) discovers that her Marine pen-pal has been killed in Afghanistan a fact-based storyline that recounts the death of Staff Sgt. Dwight J. Morgan.
"I looked at a list of the men and women who had been killed in the war against terror and I randomly picked one," executive producer Brenda Hampton explains to TV Guide Online. "Then, I approached the Marine Corps first and asked if they would be willing to help us with the episode, and they agreed. They put me in touch with [his] widow, and then I interviewed her.
"I wanted to do something," she adds of the tribute. "I think everyone wants to do something."
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Jennifer Lopez will be starring in and producing an upcoming adaptation of Prosper Merimee's short story "Carmen," reports Variety. The singer/actress will appear in the updated version of the classic story of a gypsy temptress penned by Craig Pearce, the co-writer of Moulin Rouge. read more
The Man Show's Jimmy Kimmel is in talks with ABC to host a show that would replace the struggling Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, according to The Los Angeles Times. It's not decided what type of program the former Win Ben Stein's Money sidekick would be helming, but the alphabet network is attempting to draw a younger audience to their late-night timeslot. read more
CBS is developing a TV movie based on the book American Son, a biography of John F. Kennedy Jr., according to Variety. The book arrives on shelves this month, but producers are already planning to find an unknown actor to play the lead role. read more
Along with stars of current shows like ER and Friends, yesteryear's luminaries made Sunday night's three-hour NBC 75th Anniversary Special a ratings smash. The Peacock ruled the night with help from Mr. T, Bill Cosby, Barbara Eden, Michael J. Fox and other old faves. read more
Ozzy Osbourne's visit to the White House this weekend appeared to be a success, reports Reuters. The former lead singer of Black Sabbath earned wild cheers from the crowd during the 88th annual dinner of the White House Correspondents Association. The rocker nearly upstaged President George W. Bush when he stood on his chair to wave to the adoring fans. But the president showed off his sense of humor by quipping, "Ozzy... might have been a mistake." According to The Drudge Report, Vice President Dick Cheney's wife Lynne was heard to complain: "He's hardly someone we should be applauding... not a role model. I am rather embarrassed." read more
Spider-Man was certainly able to draw audiences into his web. The comic-book action hero's big-screen debut garnered a record-breaking $114 million in its opening weekend. Toppling the previous benchmark held by last fall's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which earned $90.3 million in its first three days, Spidey smashed other records by taking home the most single-day receipts and also for breaking the hundred million dollar mark the fastest. The Scorpion King held on to the No. 2 spot with a distant $9.6 million. Rounding out the top five were Changing Lanes (No. 3 with $5.6 million), Murder by Numbers (No. 4 with $3.8 million) and The Rookie and Life or Something Like It, which tied for the fifth spot read more
Actress Claire Danes has replaced newcomer Sophia Bush in the upcoming big-budget Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, according to Variety. Danes enters the project, currently four weeks into filming, as a love interest for Nick Stahl's character John Conner. Director John Mostow claims that Bush was coming off as too young in the dailies. read more
Sir Anthony Hopkins and his wife, Jenny, are divorcing after 29 years of marriage. The official split hardly comes as a surprise they have been separated for several years, with Hopkins living in the U.S. and Jenny residing in England. read more