Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 14, 2012
November 14, 2012
Filling a need:
Target is joining the chorus of retailers who want you to shop on Thanksgiving.
Doors will open its doors at 9 pm, up from last year's midnight opening. Tasteless? Not according to a Target VP, who describes the 9 pm opening as "a perfect balance." And it will come a full hour after Wal-Mart starts wooing shoppers with its $9.44 crock pots.
The wave of early shopping options will also include Sears (8 pm) and Kohl's, Gap, Macy's and Best Buy (midnight).
Will dragging employees away from the dinner table pay off for these companies? According to one survey, the average shopper is expected to spend $749 this holiday season --up from $740 last year. May not sound like much to you, but tens of thousands of shoppers later, that adds up for retailers. (Maiman)
SOFIA VERGARA is fearless when it comes to fashion. Photographers from the UK's Daily Mail spotted the "Modern Family" hottie showing off a sassy pair of red, lacy, leopard-print Christian Louboutin heels, but almost took a spill on the sky-high stilettos. Luckily, her fiance NICK LOEB was standing by to break her fall and save the $2,395 shoes! (Lee)
EMILY MAYNARD is becoming a bit of a regular on the racing circuit. Us Weekly reports that the "Bachelorette," who has a daughter by the late NASCAR driver RICKY HENDRICK, has been seeing NASCAR truck racer JASON WHITE.
Hot trend for the cold months: Sweater leggings. The "It" look for winter features Aztec, chevron and other popular patterns that you usually see on sweaters, but in convenient leggings form. Shopping website SheFinds.com says they're very comfortable and look great when worn with tall boots. (Bartha)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
LIZA MINNELLI will play herself in an episode of the NBC series, "Smash." She'll do an original song by Broadway tunesmiths MARC SHAIMAN and SCOTT WITTMAN with cast member CHRISTIAN BORLE. The episode is called "The Surprise Party," and it will air in the spring. (Marino)
Deadline.com reports actor-comedian BRANDON T. JACKSON will star in CBS-TV's "Beverly Hills Cop" series.
EDDIE MURPHY is one of the executive producers on the project, which already has been given the green-light for a pilot, so look for it as soon as this winter.
As we've mentioned earlier, Eddie will also reprise his role as Axel Foley on the show, now the chief of police in Detroit. But the show will be about his son, Aaron, who's a cop struggling to make it in Beverly Hills.
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