Mr. Rogers Headed for the Big Screen: Who Could Play Him?

It won’t be an easy sweater to fill.

“There’s only one person in this whole world like you,” Fred Rogers liked to say on his long-running children’s TV show. But now the difficult task begins of finding someone just like Mr. Rogers – or who can at least capture his essence – for an upcoming biopic.

Mr. Rogers Is Replaced At Last – By a Tiger

Fred Rogers peacefully presided over PBS’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for 33 years, until his retirement in 2000 – the beloved Fred Rogers died in 2003, at 74 – and now, finally, someone is getting ready to take his place in the neighborhhod.

NEWS BRIEFS: Jessica Lynch Honored

AWARDED: Jessica Lynch, the former Army supply clerk who was captured last March in Iraq and became a prisoner of war before being rescued in April, has received the inaugural Lewis McManus Service Award, the Associated Press reports. The award, named for the former West Virginia Speaker of the House, is given by the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA, which sponsors a leadership center and youth government program. Lynch was the subject of a CBS television movie about her ordeal, and she recently released an autobiography as well.

Two TV Giants to Retire

Two familiar faces on TV are hanging up their hats, each separately announced this weekend: CNN anchor Bernard Shaw, 60, and Fred Rogers, 71, laid-back host of the PBS children’s staple “Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood.” Shaw, the only top news anchor who is African American, informed colleagues and viewers on Friday that, come Feb. 28, he will step down from his on-air duties in order to spend more time with his family and to write books.