Only in Jersey: 2/16/12

TGI Thursday!  We’re almost there, folks.  And it’s time for another edition of Only in Jersey!

If it’s filming in Jersey, takes place in Jersey, or is about celebs from Jersey, you will find it here.

Whitney Houston: Final farewell to be broadcast online.

Whitney Houston’s private funeral, which is scheduled for Saturday at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, is expected to be a star-studded event. People reports that Whitney’s costar from “The Bodyguard,” Kevin Costner, will speak at the service, and her godmother, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder will perform. Others anticipated to attend include Whitney’s mentor Clive Davis and Oprah Winfrey, reports TMZ. Newark’s police are already preparing to keep fans and onlookers far, far away: The Star-Ledger says Newark’s finest will lock down streets within six square blocks of the church beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday (the funeral begins at noon). Fans hoping to catch glimpses of those in attendance will have a better chance by staying home, as The Associated Press confirms it will stream the service live online. And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is responding to critics who say he should not have ordered the state’s flags fly at half-staff on Saturday in memory of the singer. “I am disturbed by people who believe that because her ultimate demise — and we don’t know what is the cause of her death yet — but because of her history of substance abuse that somehow she’s forfeited the good things that she did in her life,” The Associated Press quotes Christie as saying. “I just reject that on a human level.” Whitney, he added, deserves the honor as a “daughter of New Jersey.” “What I would say to everybody is there but for the grace of God go I,” he said. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Filming of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” was suspended unexpectedly yesterday. The Hollywood Reporter says that the program, hosted by Montclair resident Stephen Colbert, abruptly informed fans who had tickets to tapings Wednesday and today that the shows had been scrapped. By the time attendees were notified, some were already lined up outside the show’s New York City studio. The network would only say that the tapings were canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances.” The cancellations are considered extremely unusual for Colbert, who has only ever suspended his show once – and that lasted all of a few seconds. The last new “Colbert Report” aired Tuesday and featured the host poking holes in the religious right’s argument against forcing religious institutions to provide contraception coverage to its employees (see clip above).

Kal Penn: His own TV show?

After a stint on “House,” starring turns in three “Harold & Kumar” films, and a political career working alongside President Barack Obama, Monmouth County native Kal Penn is turning to the sitcom. TV Line reports Kal has signed on to an ABC comedy pilot called “Prairie Dogs.” The sitcom, which is written by writers from “That ’70s Show,” follows a cubicle worker (played by Kal) who has his identity stolen. Once he discovers the identity thief has made his “fake” life much more exciting than his real one, Kal’s character consults the thief on ways to improve things. Wouldn’t a trip to White Castle be a great way to start?

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