Showdown at 30 Rock?

Maureen Faulkner

, widow of Officer

Daniel Faulkner

, will appear this morning on NBC's


show. Meanwhile, members of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, who support the man convicted of killing her husband, vow to rally outside the studio.

Faulkner is booked in the 7:30 half-hour to talk about

Murdered by Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain and Injustice

, her new book written with talk-show host and newspaper columnist

Michael Smerconish

. Sunday marks the 26th anniversary of Faulkner's slaying.



spokeswoman said the segment would include a taped spot with Abu-Jamal lawyer

Robert Bryan


Faulkner's book tour will start Saturday; see the stops at


. The big push will be Monday at a 500-person noon luncheon at the Union League, with

Gov. Rendell

, who was district attorney in 1981, due to attend. So are D.A.

Lynne Abraham

and prosecutors

Joe McGill


Hugh Burns


Faulkner and Smerconish have said that they will not make a dime from the book. At the luncheon, proceeds of $170,000-plus will be donated to Justice for Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, a nonprofit that gives scholarships to the children of murder victims. (The Faulkners, married just a year, had no kids.)

I hear that a local developer with Hollywood connections is interested in taking Maureen Faulkner's story to the big screen.

Briefly noted

John DeBella

, morning man on WMGK (102.9), won't host his longtime charity soiree known as "DeBella DeBall" this year. A rep says he was too busy with other charitable activities to plan one.

Radio host

Mike Missanelli

will sign his book

The Perfect Season

from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Chester County Book & Music Co. in West Chester.

Sheryl Crow

visited WHYY on Tuesday to tape a chat with

Terry Gross


Fresh Air

; the late-January air date has not been set. Crow also sang "Shine Over Babylon" - title track of her album due Feb. 5 - with three band members, and did "God Bless This Mess" solo. Later in the day, she was at WXPN (88.5), where she had an interview with

World Cafe


David Dye

and sang five songs.

Robin Givens

, here shooting the Lifetime TV pilot

The Verdict

, knew just what she wanted Monday when she walked into Macy's in Center City: Bobbi Brown makeup and a Bobbi Brown makeup organizer.

The Verdict

will shoot tomorrow morning at the Loews Philadelphia at 12th and Market Streets, on the street-level set of CN8's

Your Morning

. Cast and crew will set up after

Your Morning's

8 a.m. sign-off and use CN8's cameras.

Charitably speaking

Two members of the touring company of



Steven "Wacki" Serwacki


Justin Myles

- and two from


on Broadway -

Jason Mills


Fritz Hector

- stopped at Philabundance's offices Tuesday to entertain volunteers gearing up for the holiday food crush. The actors "played" on boxes, ladders, a forklift, a shopping cart, metal shelving, trash cans and empty cans.


stops at the Merriam Theater Dec. 26 to Jan. 2.

Perhaps, in an ironic twist, fans of foie gras will stage a protest of their own outside Saturday's "No Foie Gras Gala," a $25-a-head fund-raiser by Hugs for Puppies and Professionals Against Foie Gras, starting at 6 p.m. at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square. Since spring, Hugs has been picketing restaurants that serve foie gras, the dish made from force-fed ducks. The group is lobbying for a city ban on the delicacy. On Saturday's menu will be grilled shrimp and chicken nuggets - vegan versions, naturally. (Details: