BET is cancelling its 20-year-old series “Rap City,” according to the network’s Sound Off blog. The show has reportedly lost financial sponsorship this year and ratings have been sliding for some time. The show began in 1989 with host Chris Thomas (known as “The Mayor”). In 1999, the show changed its name to “Rap City: Tha Basement” and featured host Big Tigger. The show will be replaced on Nov 10 by “The Deal,” which will play “the latest and great videos that include pop-up information, facts and quirky tidbits on the artist and/or the song itself,” notes BET.
*Basketball legend Oscar Robinson is being sued for allegedly fleecing a company he controlled and sharing the money with his family. According to TMZ.com, the federal lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania by Leo Kelly, who claims he partnered up with Robinson to run a document management company – only to find that Robinson was drawing more than 90% of the company’s funds for himself and his family for things like travel and entertainment. Kelly said he was fired after complaining.
*Showtime has announced that its original series “The L Word,” will premiere its sixth and final season on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. Core cast members, including Jennifer Beals and Pam Grier, will return for the eight-episode closing run. Showtime previously announced that series creator Ilene Chaiken is writing a pilot presentation for a spinoff built around Leisha Hailey’s Alice character.
*Whoopi Goldberg joins Bruce Springsteen, Ricky Gervais and more celebs for the second annual “Stand Up for Heroes: A Benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation” at Town Hall in New York City at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Whoopi and James Niven of Sotheby’s will serve as special guest auctioneers. In honor of the United States’ injured service members, the evening promises unforgettable performances, laughter, and sincere gratitude, with proceeds going to the BWF. Tickets for this event are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com and www.nycomedyfestival.com.
*Tiger Woods’ AT&T National golf tournament will return to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. for an additional three years after members voted to bring the successful event back to the Blue Course. The new term for the PGA Tour event runs from 2012-2014 with an additional three year option for 2015-2017. Woods will return to Congressional Country Club for the 2009 AT&T National that will be held on July 1-5. The tournament has not yet announced a location for the 2010 and 2011 events while Congressional Country Club hosts the U.S. Open.
*Sean “Diddy” Combs has released another vlog – this time about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. He films the video under bedsheets to underscore how afraid he is of the Alaska governor possibly becoming the next President of the United States should John McCain win and die while in office. View clip below:
Diddy’s Latest Vlog “Sarah Palin Scares Me”