April 8, 2022 • Schneps Media
BIG APPLE BUZZ
BY FLO ANTHONY
You heard it here first! Two weeks ago,
Big Apple Buzz reported there were
rumors around the Talk Show industry
that The Drew Barrymore Show might
be converting into a half-hour format.
On April 1, Steve Lo Cascio, president of
CBS Media Ventures, announced the show
has been renewed through the 2022-2023
season — with a major format change. Next
season, each installment of the show will be
split into two half-hour episodes that can air
back-to-back or separately.
“We love the idea of creating a seamless
flow of exquisite storytelling from the final
hour of ‘CBS Mornings’ to a new half-hour
of local news on our CBS Stations as we lead
into the distinctive approach to the topics of
the day and breath of fresh air that Drew Barrymore
provides,” Wendy McMahon, president
and co-head of CBS News Stations, said
in a statement………
Fifteen Percent Pledge
Iman, Nicole Ari Parker, Rosario Dawson
and Aurora James were among the bevy
of beauties that attended the inaugural Benefit
Gala for Fifteen Percent Pledge on April
2 at the New York Public Library.
The evening was a celebration of the organization’s
progress since its founding in June 2020
in order to boost Black fashion brands by holding
retailers accountable as they commit 15% of
their shelf space to Black-owned labels.
The group’s founder, James, told Footwear
News, “We’ve spent so much emotional capital
over the past two years having these tough
conversations every single day, and partnering
with major corporations and also working
to hold them accountable that it’s nice to
come together and celebrate the accomplishments
and experience a sense of joy.”…………
Birthday toast from
Benson to Stabler
Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay
and Ryan Buggle were spotted hanging out
on the set of “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit” in Manhattan on April 1.
On April 3, Hargitay posted a tribute to
Meloni’s 61st birthday on Instagram, in honor
Top left: Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay of the “Law & Order” franchise.
Above: Julia Fox said she’s not joining “The Real Housewives.”
Left: Aurora Jones helped celebrate and support the New York Public Library.
of the actor who portrays Detective Elliot
Stabler on “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”
His actual birthday was April 2.
“Happy 61 @Chris_Meloni. You’re aging
like a fine wine. Cheers,” Hargitay captioned
a photo of the two of them. She added the
“Uncut Gems” actress Julia Fox has had
no conversations with producers of “The Real
Housewives of New York” despite rumors that
Kanye West‘s ex-girlfriend may be joining the
Bravo show, production sources told TMZ.
Housewives franchise creator Andy Cohen
recently announced that the show is being
rebooted and recast after 13 seasons. Cohen
also reportedly said there will be an additional
series — tentatively called “RHONY: Throwback”
which will feature some of the former
New York housewives. Fox is a native of the Big
Apple and is close friends with Leah McSweeney,
who is currently on the reality series………
A few Bravo Housewives, including Melissa
Gorga, Margaret Josephs, Dorinda Medley
and Jackie Goldschneider, attended the BILT
Rewards X Wells Fargo launch party at Summit
One Vanderbilt on March 28. Harlem’s A$AP
Rocky performed at the event.
During the party, which was a promotional
event for a Wells Fargo credit card, Mayor Eric
Adams took to the microphone to urge people
who left New York City during the pandemic to
return to the Big Apple.
Bloomberg reported that the Wells Fargo
credit card, which offers reward points when it
is used to pay rent, is an attempt to move people
away from paying rent with checks…….
“And Just Like That” actress Cynthia Nixon
and her family were spotted in the audience
of “Take Me Out” at the Hayes Theatre
on April 3.
Written by Richard Greenberg and directed
by Scott Ellis, Big Apple Buzz gives
Take Me Out a five star rating and feels it is
the the hottest play on Broadway. Boasting
a star-studded cast which includes former
“Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams as
Darren Lemming, the star center fielder for
the Empires, who comes out of the closet,
causing clubhouse and off the field prejudices
and and hostile reactions. A must see!……..
Daytime tweaks at CBS, a ‘Law & Order’
birthday salute, Fox on ‘Housewives’?