Television: Aid for Sandy victims
NEW YORK -- MTV, home of the "Jersey Shore" reality show, plans to air a fundraising special to help rebuild New Jersey’s devastated shoreline.
The one-hour program will air Nov. 15 from MTV’s Times Square studio in New York City. It will feature the cast of "Jersey Shore" along with other guests.
The network said the program will solicit contributions for the rebuilding of Seaside Heights, the heart of the Jersey shore and the principal setting for the "Jersey Shore" series.
For this effort, MTV will be partnering with Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit organization that provides design and construction services to communities in need.
NEW YORK -- ABC says its national "Day of Giving" raised nearly $17 million for Superstorm Sandy relief.
Throughout its programming Monday, the network urged viewers to contribute to the American Red Cross to help victims of the storm, which affected several Northeastern states, but hit New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area particularly hard.
Appeals were aired all day on ABC programming, on Disney’s syndicated shows and across other Disney-owned networks.
Major contributors include ABC personalities Barbara Walters, George Stephanopoulos and Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner and star of ABC’s "Shark Tank." The Samsung Corp. also made a major gift.
In addition, the Walt Disney Co. made a $1 million contribution to local charities.
NBC held a telethon Friday for storm victims that raised nearly $23 million.
LOS ANGELES -- Sherlock Holmes is going to the Super Bowl.
CBS has announced that its freshman drama series about the famous detective is getting the post-Super Bowl broadcast slot in February.
"Elementary," set in modern New York City, stars Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as his sidekick, Dr. Joan Watson.
The series, which airs Thursdays, will get a special airing at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, following CBS Sports’ coverage of the Super Bowl in New Orleans, the network said.
LOS ANGELES -- Jack McBrayer can see the end of "30 Rock" just up ahead.
The Emmy-nominated actor best known as Kenneth the Page from the Emmy-winning show says the mood is getting sad on set as the final days of filming near.
"Toward the end it’s going to start getting emotional," he said, "and I’m going to start stealing stuff right and left."
Among the items he hopes to acquire? His blue NBC page uniform: "It’s pretty much just formed to my own skin like body paint at this point."
A star of the weekend’s top film "Wreck-It Ralph," McBrayer said he’s eager to see what roles the future might hold.
"I know how good I got it right now, so on the one hand, I’m like if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it," he said. "But then you do always wonder, like, what if I would be the best serial killer in the world or something? So I’m open for anything. Like I said, old boy just wants to work."
LOS ANGELES -- Older CBS shows like "Medium" and "Numb3rs" are coming to the $8-per-month online video service Hulu Plus.
ABC, NBC and Fox, whose parent companies own Hulu, offer recently aired episodes, such as free next-day access for NBC’s "Saturday Night Live." The CW, which is partly owned by CBS Corp., makes recent shows available for free on Hulu as well.
By contrast, the new CBS deal covers only shows that are no longer on the air.