And a happy Monday to us all.
10:31 p.m. ET: One hour to air…tonight we’ve got the indefatigable JuJu Chang in the anchor chair, talking female sexuality…and letting Ashley Judd get unplugged. [EDIT...these two pieces are unrelated]
8:56 p.m. ET: A Nightline newsroom survey– What would your Secret Service name be?
Anchor JuJu Chang: Sweet Kimchee
Director Jeff Kay: Grumpy
Senior Producer Pete Austin: Daddy
Writer Jackie Jesko: Optimus Prime
Associate Producer Dan Lieberman: Top Dog
8:22 p.m. ET: Interesting scoop in GQ Magazine today– the Secret Service code names of GOP frontrunners Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney:
“GQ can reveal the names chosen by the top two GOPers: according to multiple campaign sources, Mitt Romney elected to call himself “Javelin.” And Rick Santorum chose “Petrus.” ”Petrus,” is a biblical allusion, Latin for “Rock”—and “Peter”—as in St. Peter, the first pope. Perhaps “Javelin” is a reference to the ’60s muscle car made by American Motors Corporation, the company once run by George Romney.”
For the record: Obama’s SS name is ‘Renegade’.
5:45 p.m. ET: Oprah cancels Rosie’s new talk show on her OWN network after just five months on the air. Rosie said in a statement “I wish the show was able to attract more viewers — but it did not. So I am headed back to my home in New York — with gratitude. On we go!”
“Nightline” was there for the first behind-the-scenes look at “The Rosie Show,” when it debuted on Oct. 10, 2011:
And it seems Oprah had her hesitations with bringing Rosie on before the show even started. In an interview with “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden, Rosie said she asked Oprah if she want to “see if I was insane.”
The last episode of “The Rosie Show” will air on Friday, March 30, but you’re last chance to attend a taping will be tomorrow.
5:27 p.m. ET: The grammar police note that Starbucks misspelled the word “vegetables” in their new ad campaign to launch their first ever juice bar.
4:41 p.m. ET While @Ginger_Zee is out chasing tornadoes with Reed Timmer in Texas, Nightline Producer Mary Marsh points out a pretty cool weather phenomenon:
“Horizontal Tornado” Captured by Amateur Videographer–See more here in Scientific American
2:31 p.m. ET: “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran tweets:
1:03 p.m. ET: We’ve heard of model-slash-actress, but model-slash-drug-kingpin? Ed Hardy model Simone Farrow was arrested in Australia today after skipping bail. She’s accused of masterminding an international drug ring out of her Los Angeles apartment. Read all about it here.
12:45 p.m. ET: Unless you own Apple stock, the news that company’s will begin paying shareholders billions of dollars in dividends doesn’t necessarily directly affect the consumer. But, as ABC News contributor Joel Siegel points out, this move represents the i-giant’s first major break with the direction set by its visionary co-founder and chief executive, Steve Jobs. So that begs the question, what could they do next with their mountains of money?
8:35 a.m. ET: “This American Life” public radio show devoted their entire broadcast Sunday to retracting one of the most popular episodes in the show’s history after finding numerous falsehoods in an monologue by a prominent Apple critic, Mike Daisey.
The show made the announcement of the retraction last Friday.
During Sunday’s broadcast, executive producer Ira Glass apologized to listeners, saying Daisey lied to him and they should have pulled the story instead of taking Daisey at his word.