PEOPLE: President to appear on 'The View'

President to appear on 'The View'

NEW YORK -- ABC's ''The View'' has welcomed many notable guests, but none more prominent than President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to visit for Thursday's edition.

In making the announcement on Monday, executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie said this marks the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited a daytime talk show.

They said the majority of the hour will be devoted to Obama's appearance, which will touch on topics including jobs, the economy, the Gulf oil spill and family life inside the White House. It is scheduled to tape on Wednesday.

'Law & Order' creator to write two novels

NEW YORK -- The original ''Law & Order'' is off the air, but show creator Dick Wolf has more stories to tell: He plans to write novels.

Wolf will write two thrillers, the first of which centers on a terrorist attack in New York. Neither book is yet titled and no release dates have been set. An imprint of HarperCollins, William Morrow, made the announcement Monday.

''Law & Order'' ended its run last season after 20 years, a longevity record it shares with the TV western ''Gunsmoke.''

Wolf is the creator and executive producer of ''Law & Order: Los Angeles.'' It debuts this fall as the newest member of the NBC crime drama family.

Pacino headed for Broadway

NEW YORK -- Al Pacino and ''The Merchant of Venice'' will soon be on the move.

The Public Theater announced Monday that following an eight-week run at Central Park's Delacorte Theater, Pacino will relocate to Broadway as Shylock in the Shakespeare comedy this fall.

Opening Oct. 19 at the Broadhurst Theatre, the production will run through Jan. 9.