The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is assuring movie fans around the world that the 74th Annual Academy Awards will go on as scheduled next March regardless of anxiety caused by terrorist attacks.
But the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences remains uncertain about the future of the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
On Monday, the movie academy signed a deal to hold the Oscars telecast on March 24 at the new Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
The Academy's Frank Pierson told Daily Variety that the details -- perhaps even "the nature of the ceremonies" -- might be changed, but the Oscars show will go on.
"The world will see an American tradition continue, and will take notice," he said.
Meanwhile, the TV academy is still deciding whether to go through with plans to honor the outstanding TV shows from last year, and if so, where to do it.
The Sept. 16 ceremonies were called off following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. The Oct. 8 ceremonies were canceled on a few hours' notice, following the announcement that the United States and Britain had launched air strikes against military and terrorist targets in Afghanistan.
Academy and TV network executives are said to be intent on holding some sort of ceremony. There have been various reports that they are considering presenting the Emmys at a military base in California, among other possibilities.
Sherry Stringfield returns to the cast of "ER" this week, playing Dr. Susan Lewis -- the character she originated in the show's first season, 1994.
Stringfield left the show in 1996, saying she needed to have a life away from acting. In the meantime, she has taught drama at her alma mater, Purchase College in New York.
Now she's ready to go back to work in the Hollywood pressure cooker.
"I really want to work now," she told the New York Daily News. "It just made sense for me to go back to 'ER.' I know people there. It's such a great show and a great character."
Why is she coming back?
"I changed my mind," she told the newspaper, laughing.
"I'm like, 'Wait a minute, you can't leave,'" she said. "I'm going to get them to stay, but I understand."
(The above two thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)
'WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?'
In order to bolster sagging ratings, ABC has added celebrity contestants to its "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" program, hosted by Regis Philbin. Now the news provider country.com says that some of the best performers from that genre of music will be taping episodes this week.
Among them is Martina McBride. The outlet says she may have a "million-dollar" voice, but can she measure up when the questions start? She's guaranteed to win at least $32,000, all of which will go to charity.
The air date for the episode will be announced later.
McBride, by the way, is just one of more than two dozen top country performers who will take part in CMT's "Country Freedom Concert," now set for this Sunday. Earlier in the day, performers from other fields of music will entertain at RFK Stadium in Washington. Both concerts will benefit Sept. 11 relief funds.
(Thanks to UPI Feature Reporter Dennis Daily)