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Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Networks change programming in wake of Hurricane Sandy, morning shows skipping Halloween


Jimmy Kimmel’s shows will go on as planned. (© Lucy Nicholson / Reuters - REUTERS)
TV networks continued to stagger back to “normal” in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, albeit in a subdued manner.

Tuesday morning, “Today” show Supreme Co-Host Matt Lauer announced that the show’s annual Halloween festivities, in which the “Today” gang dresses in ridiculous costumes, had been scrubbed.

“Good Morning America” which has been taking “Today” in the ratings and seemed intent on out-Halloweening “Today” this year with a “Ghoul Morning America” Halloween “super party,” also bailed in the name of good taste.

Meanwhile, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel — who, instead of taping his show from Hollywood like God intended, had come to Brooklyn for a week of episodes from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, only to have to pull the plug on Monday’s show — tweeted Tuesday morning that “unless something weird happens, tonight’s show in #Brooklyn is ON like fleece on Gov Christie.”

And NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” which aired Monday without an audience “just to be safe,” as Fallon tweeted, was opening its doors to fans Tuesday, a show rep confirmed.

Fallon will, as scheduled, be joined by Andy Cohen, musical guest Trey Anastasio, and “Celebrity Apprentice” star Donald Trump who will probably talk about his decision to tinker with the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline he gave President Obama to cough up his college and passport records.

“Because of the hurricane, I am extending my 5 million dollar offer for President Obama’s favorite charity until 12 PM on Thursday,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, Comedy Central was sticking with plans to pull faux newscasts “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” for a second night, while CBS had reported David Letterman would be audience-less for both Monday and Tuesday’s shows.

Also deciding to play it somber on Halloween, “Live with Kelly and Michael” announced late Tuesday that, instead of the traditional buffoonery, Wednesday's show would be all about interviewing “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, who has been covering the Sandy devastation.

Halloween has been moved to Monday, “Live” announced.  

By  |  06:35 PM ET, 10/30/2012

 
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