Bits and Pieces - September 7, 2011
September 7, 2011
It was on this date in 1979 ESPN made its debut on cable TV. Thanks to ESPN we can watch athletes test the limits of human endurance in such physically demanding sports as poker and billiards.
Despite the family of REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS husband RUSSELL ARMSTRONG acknowledging he'd been depressed in the days and weeks before his death, they now say his death by hanging wasn't a suicide. Word is they believe he was murdered and they're in the process of hiring a private investigator. As far as this season of the show goes, critics are hammering Bravo over how they've handling the situation. The show is being re-edited to be as sensitive as possible, but RadarOnline.com says we'll see the Armstrongs' marriage counseling sessions this season.
REGIS PHILBIN has announced that November 18th will be his last day on Live with Regis and Kelly. No word on who his replacement will be, but "Survivor" host Jeff Probst and Howie Mandel have been frequent guest hosts.
- Showtime has picked up the U2 documentary From the Sky Down, marking the 20th anniversary of their Achtung Baby album. The film will have its premiere tomorrow night at the Toronto International Film Festival and will make its Showtime debut on October 29th.
- SOULJA BOY is apologizing for the anti-military lyrics of his new song "Let's Be Real." In a statement, Soulja said he was simply frustrated with the two wars that seem like they're never going to end and seeing thousands of our brave men and women get killed in battle and the effects on our economy. He also said his criticism of the soldiers was misdirected and apologized to all who were offended.
- KEITH URBAN is accepting pre-orders for his new cologne, called Phoenix, via his website. It'll set you back $35 for a 1-oz. bottle and arrives in stores next month.
- ABC: The Middle and Modern Family repeats, plus a new Primetime Nightline
- CBS: A new Big Brother, plus Criminal Minds and CSI repeats
- Fox: A new and an old Buried Treasure
- NBC: America's Got Talent is new; plus Minute To Win It and Law & Order SVU reruns
- CW: America's Next Top Model reruns
- ESPN: Baseball with the Braves at Phillies and Mariners at Angels
- ESPN2: U.S. Open Tennis
Jeff Gordon held off teammate Jimmie Johnson to win the rain-delayed NASCAR AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway yesterday. It was Gordon's 85th career victory, moving him into sole possession of third place on the all-time list ahead of Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip.
Niceville, Florida's Justin Caine was recently pulled over for a routine traffic violation. However, the stop became non-routine when the officer smelled marijuana and spotted a piece of a green leafy substance on Justin's shirt. A subsequent search turned up 28 grams of pot and led to Justin's arrest.
1996: Tupac Shakur was shot and mortally wounded in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
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