IT'S OFFICIAL: CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox announcing plans for an unprecedented multi-network telethon raising money for relief and recovery from last week's terrorist attacks. America: A Tribute to Heroes will air live Friday night from 9-11 p.m. ET and feature a who's who of A-listers, including George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, the Dixie Chicks, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Calista Flockhart, Tom Hanks, Faith Hill, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, among others.

TELETHON ADD: Other broadcast and cable outlets simulcasting the event include E!, BET, Comedy Central, Court TV, Discovery, Fox Family, FX, HBO, Lifetime, MTV, PAX, PBS, Showtime, Sundance Channel, Telemundo, TLC, TNN, TNT, the WB, Univision, UPN and VH1. E! will also air an hourlong preshow at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

TIME FOR GIVING: Jim Carrey, Rosie O'Donnell and rap star Dr. Dre each donating $1 million to the relief efforts. According to a statement from Carrey's publicist, "He hopes this donation encourages other people to contribute as generously as they can."

SWEETHEARTS: Revolution Studios announcing that it will rerelease America's Sweethearts and The Animal Friday with all proceeds going to the September 11 Fund. Movie theater owners nationwide also making next Tuesday "Victims' Benefit Day at the Movies," with all ticket and concession-stand proceeds going to relief efforts.

JAY'S TURN: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno returning to the airwaves Tuesday night, as Leno (like Letterman the night before) kept things solemn and admitted that his role seemed "incredibly irrelevant" right now. The show featured Senator John McCain and a performance by '60s rock icons Crosby, Stills & Nash, who sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee."

ONE DAILY AT A TIME: Comedy Central's satirical newscast The Daily Show with Jon Stewart planning to return Thursday with its first episode since last week's attacks. "I think it's likely to be a more somber rendition of the show," a network spokesman says. "The format's still evolving. But it's being described as a 'toe in the water' to get us back on the air."

BACK TO THE REAL WORLD: Monica Bailey, the Big Brother 2 contestant whose cousin worked in the World Trade Center and is still missing after last week's terrorist attacks, evicted on Tuesday night's broadcast. The episode was taped Saturday, but Bailey's eviction was not seen by viewers until last night.

BROTHER ADD: Former Big Brother 2 houseguest Sheryl acknowledging that she's battling breast cancer. During Tuesday's televised update with former contestants, Sheryl said she discovered a lump after leaving the house, and that she'll undergo a mastectomy.

STRONGER: Britney Spears planning to give $1 from each concert ticket sold to the children of firefighters and police officers killed in the World Trade Center attack. Spears, who returns to the road this fall, also announced that she will sell merchandise and auction front-row seats in an effort to raise up to $2 million.

SPEARS ADD: Spears and boyfriend Justin Timberlake denying a report from Michael Jackson's camp that the twosome had signed on for his all-star song to benefit victims of the terrorist attacks.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: Rocker Courtney Love telling Howard Stern's radio listeners Wednesday that she invested more than $200,000 in American businesses when the stock market reopened Monday, and she urged others to do the same to help bolster the economy.

WE ARE THE WORLD, TOO: Nile Rodgers, who penned the Sister Sledge hit "We Are Family," gathering an all-star choir to rerecord the song as a benefit for family of victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. The New York Post reports that Diana Ross, Sugar Ray, Sheryl Crow, Run-DMC, the New York Knicks and members of the New York police and fire departments, among others, will record the song Saturday.

HATCHING A TRIBUTE: Senator/musician Orrin Hatch responding to last week's attacks by penning his own song, "Americans United." The Utah Republican, whose song "America Rocks" was previously used in the movie Rat Race, came up with the new song while scrawling lyrics on a yellow legal pad.

GOOD BAD NEWS: Warner Bros. close to a deal to produce Bad News, a comedy caper directed by Milos Forman and written by Doug Wright (Quills), Variety reports.

NO REPEAT: ABC News President David Westin ordering a ban on the repeated use of video showing the airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center towers. ABC anchor Peter Jennings said last week that viewers had called and emailed because they were troubled by the repetition.

AND THE SHOW GOES TO: Oscar organizers threatening to keep next year's Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium if developers of the new Kodak Theater in Hollywood don't make good on several security requirements by October, Daily Variety reports. But the Academy insists last week's attacks did not play into its decision.

KISS ME GOODBYE: Broadway's Tony-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate closing down Sunday after two years and more than 800 performances. It's the fifth show to be shuttered as a result of the terror attacks last week.

ASK JEEVES: Andrew Lloyd Weber's By Jeeves not coming to New York this fall, in the wake of last week's attacks. Last week, the Roundabout Theater Company also said it was canceling a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins.

THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS: Former folk singer Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, posting a message on his Website condemning the attacks and reminding people that the attacks have nothing to do with the Islamic faith or the beliefs of most Muslims.

RATINGS TAKE A BACKSEAT: For the first time in at least a decade, Nielsen Media Research opting not to release prime-time network and program rankings because of last week's near-continuous news coverage.

ONE POSITIVE NOTE: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher vowing to never return to the United States following last week's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. "I'm staying put. I ain't getting on a plane for a long time," he told British music site New Musical Express (

TOONING UP: DreamWorks' Shrek leading the field with 12 nominations at the 29th Annie Awards, which honor the best in animation.

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