CBS listens to charity call


CBS is set to air two new star-studded specials in June that are intended to benefit disadvantaged children worldwide.

"Listen Live," a two-hour special airing June 6, will feature a live artistic event that unites artists from film, music, television, literature and the visual arts. They will focus attention on the needs and rights of children affected by war, disease, exploitation, poverty and AIDS.

The one-hour special "Why Listen," airing June 7, will feature eight stars as they travel to remote locations to meet with a child in crisis and a group that is working to solve the problem in each area. The celebrities who have signed on are Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Ben Kingsley, Jessica Lange, Brooke Shields, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

The specials will raise money for Listen Charity Campaign 2008, which is expected to fund several charity projects worldwide.

"Listen Live" will be executive produced by Tony Hollingsworth; "Why Listen" will be exec produced by Susan Zirinsky.