ANNOUNCED: NBC’s signature newsmagazine, “Dateline,” plans an hourlong look at the evolution of Michael Jackson’s ever-changing nose on Feb. 17, network entertainment president Jeff Zucker announced. Defending the subject matter, Zucker said the program’s thrice-weekly format allows it to delve into celebrity news. And, contrasting what gets attention on TV, he said: “It’s interesting that Tom Brokaw just did a fantastic hour on Iraq that I don’t think got any coverage … and that’s a real shame.”
ORDERED: Singer Bobby Brown, 33, was sentenced to eight days in jail Friday after pleading guilty to a 1996 drunken driving charge in Georgia’s DeKalb County, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. State Court Judge Wayne M. Purdom also ordered Brown to perform 240 hours of community service, attend “risk reduction” and substance abuse counseling and pay a $2,000 fine plus about $800 in court costs. Brown, who is married to Whitney Houston, was ordered not to drive for one year and will remain on probation for two years.
DIAGNOSED: Pop singer Anastacia, 29, has breast cancer and is scheduled for surgery to remove a lump, reports the BBC. The star, whose hits include “I’m Outta Love,” also suffers from the bowel condition Crohn’s disease and underwent an operation for the illness when she was 13. Of the new problem, which was diagnosed this weekend, she said: “I appreciate all who are concerned, but please don’t worry. Either way I have no intention of letting this news get me down. I’m a fighter by nature and nothing will ever change that.”
CANCELED: Organizers have called off a Feb. 2 HIV/AIDS benefit concert on South Africa’s Robben Island that was to have starred U2’s Bono, Macy Gray and Shaggy, and that Nelson Mandela was due to host. Reuters reports that those behind the charity claim that they had not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement with the benefit show’s proposed producers.
RATED: CBS’s coverage of Sunday’s AFC championship game outranked the Golden Globes on NBC, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. The game averaged more than 38 million viewers, while the show from Hollywood attracted only 20 million, making it the lowest-rated Golden Globes ceremony since 1997. Last year’s Globes drew about 23 million viewers.
MOURNED: Broadway icon Al Hirschfeld, 99, who drew showbiz caricatures for nearly 80 years, died in his sleep in his Manhattan townhouse Sunday. His work was seen everywhere; The New York Times usually carried a Hirschfeld sketch — with his trademark Nina (his daughter’s name) disguised in the lines of his drawings — to mark the opening of nearly every show. His clever rendering of George Bernard Shaw’s pulling the strings of puppets Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews still adorns the cover of the classic 1956 cast album (and subsequent CD re-releases) of “My Fair Lady.” Broadway lights will forever be dimmer.