Usually ABC is the favorite newscast for New York City's Metropolitan Opera, since the network is a neighbor to Lincoln Center. Earlier this month, for example, tenor Placido Domingo was ABC's Person of the Week (subscription required) as he rehearsed for its new production, The First Emperor. Now the Met switches to CBS, to publicize its outreach efforts to make opera less stuffy. Vacationing anchor Katie Couric pre-filed a report about Jumbotron broadcasts in Times Square, videostreams online, simulcasts in movie theaters and slashed ticket prices--weeknight orchestra ducats are now $20, down from $100. "What is next? La Boheme by George Lucas?" Couric asked. "We do not have that planned."
NBC's newscast was pre-empted yesterday so substitute anchor Lester Holt had to play catch up in order to pay tribute to James Brown. He quoted Brown's colleague Little Richard: "No James Brown--no disco, no hip-hop, no rap, and the type of rhythm-&-blues soul, you wouldn've had that…to me he had electric legs. He was an explosion on stage."
You must be logged in to this website to leave a comment. Please click here to log in so you can participate in the discussion.