John Oliver Finds Jay Leno’s Call for Late-Night TV ‘Civility’ a Tad Hypocritical (Video)

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John Oliver torched Jay Leno Sunday after the ex-“Tonight Show” host called for a return to “civility” on late-night talk shows. There was just one problem there: Leno had a never-ending string of Monica Lewinsky jokes back in the ’90s, and some of them definitely crossed into the “slut-shaming” category.

“Those jokes have not dated well in any sense of the word,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said on his show last night.

Like the time when Leno revealed a new “Dr. Seus” book, “The Slut in the Hat.” Yeah, the replacement for The Cat was Lewinsky. That’s gross, Jay.

Oliver countered that with his own Dr. Seuss spoof, “Oh, the Places You Can Go F–k Yourself, Jay Leno.” The weekly HBO show then rolled an excellent new interview between Oliver and Lewinsky.

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Earlier in the cable talk-show’s main segment, Oliver slammed Fox News Channel anchor host Tucker Carlson for the way he shrugged off blowback to resurfaced crude comments he made years ago on a shock-jock radio show.

“One day you’re having dinner with your family imaging everything is fine, the next your phone is exploding with calls from reporters,” Carlson had addressed the backlash on his own show last week.

“First of all, no one having dinner with Tucker Carlson has ever imagined everything was fine,” Oliver said. “Most people’s answer to the question, ‘If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead’ is ‘Tucker Carlson, dead.’”

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If you’re thinking at this point that Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin got off scot-free last night, you’d be wrong.

Watch the video above.

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Nat Geo Wraps Neil DeGrasse Tyson Investigation, Is ‘Moving Forward’ With ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos’

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Nat Geo’s investigation into sexual misconduct accusations against Neil DeGrasse Tyson is “complete,” the cable channel said Friday, and it is “moving forward with both ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos.’”

Talk show “StarTalk” will return next month with its remaining 13 episodes. We do not yet have an air date for Season 2 of shared Fox and Nat Geo series “Cosmos.”

“The investigation is complete, and we are moving forward with both ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos,’” National Geographic Channel said in a statement. “‘StarTalk’ will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for ‘Cosmos.’ There will be no further comment.”

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Season 2 of “Cosmos” was originally supposed to premiere on March 3. That was scrubbed from the schedule when it became clear that the investigation would not wrap in time.

The investigation began last November, after the website Patheos published accusations by three different women: a former classmate who said Tyson sexually assaulted her in 1984 when they were both grad students; a Bucknell University professor who said Tyson sexually harassed her in 2009; and Tyson’s former assistant, who said he harassed her in 2018. In December, an anonymous woman told Buzzfeed that Tyson harassed her in 2010.

In a statement posted to his Facebook account on Dec. 1, Tyson denied the accusation of sexual assault, and said that his behavior in 2009 and 2018 had been misinterpreted, though he apologized for any misunderstanding. Tyson also said that he welcomed the investigation. He has not commented on the fourth accusation.

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Ratings: Fox Ties for First With iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Return to Broadcast

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ABC and Fox tied for first place in the key 18-49 ratings demo Thursday, when CBS aired repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon.” Fox’s primetime consisted entirely of the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which returned to broadcast for the first time since 2015.

CBS finished first in total-viewer averages in last night’s primetime.

In March 2015, the iHeartRadio Music Awards — then on NBC — posted a 1.7 demo rating and 5.3 million viewers. This one didn’t come close to those Nielsen numbers. The annual awards show ran on Turner’s cable channels between then and now.

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ABC and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. ABC was second in total viewers with an average of 5.1 million, according to preliminary numbers, Fox was fourth with 3 million.

For ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 put up a 1.4/7 and 6.7 million viewers. At 9, “Station 19” had a 0.8/4 and 5.2 million viewers. “For the People” at 10 got a 0.6/3 and 3.4 million viewers.

The only telecast on Fox’s primetime was the iHeart Awards, averaging the above-mentioned numbers.

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CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/4 and first in viewers with 5.4 million. Between repeats, “Fam” at 8:30 received a 1.0/5 and 6.1 million viewers. Another “Fam” at 9:30 had a 0.8/3 and 4.8 million viewers. Another rerun followed.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and third in viewers with 3.3 million. “Superstore” at 8 got a 1.0/5 and 3.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “A.P. Bio” received a 0.6/3 and 2.4 million viewers. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 9 had a 0.7/3 and 2.3 million viewers. “Will & Grace” at 9:30 closed out the comedy block with a 0.6/3 and 2.7 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” finished off primetime to a 0.8/4 and 4.3 million viewers.

Univision, The CW and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.4 million, CW was sixth with 1.3 million, and Telemundo was seventh with 1.1 million.

For CW, “Supernatural” at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.6 million viewers. At 9, “Legacies” got a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers.

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Jimmy Fallon Debuts His Really, Really Excitable Beto O’Rourke Impression (Video)

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Jimmy Fallon debuted his Beto O’Rourke impression on Thursday’s “Tonight Show,” when he probably had to pound Red Bulls to keep his energy up that high. Chill with the hands, dude.

In announcing his 2020 Democratic candidacy for president of the United States of America, Fallon’s Beto described himself as being “sort of like if a compassionate head-nod turned into a person,” and “if your friend’s hot dad had the energy of a golden retriever.”

The whole time his hands were going crazy. God bless “Beto’s” wife, who pretty much hung on to her hubby’s arm for dear life throughout the entire sketch.

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Watch the video above.

For comparison’s sake, here is what Fallon was spoofing:

I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you’re in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n

— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019

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Even President Trump, whom O’Rourke hopes to face and defeat in 2020, noticed the hands thing.

When asked what he thought of Beto’s (real) announcement, Trump replied, “Well, I think he’s got a lot of hand movement — I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?”

“I watched him a little while this morning… and I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it,” he continued. “Study it. I’m sure you’ll agree.”

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Watch Trump’s reply below.



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Milo Ventimiglia Blows It by Quoting Lady Gaga During James Corden’s Bruno Mars Soap Opera (Video)

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Damn: Bruno Mars lyrics are DRAMATIC y’all. On Thursday, James Corden and his late-night guests Kate Beckinsale and Milo Ventimiglia turned the “Uptown Funk” singer’s songs into a soap opera.

On the latest episode of “The Bold & The Lyrical,” Beckinsale is caught in a love triangle between the “Late Late Show” host and the “This Is Us” star. Corden may not have Ventimiglia’s looks, but the “Into the Woods” alum gets — or at least delivers — the best lines in the sketch.

Like, his interpretation of: “Today/ I swear/I’m not doing anything,” is a goodie.

As is this one: “So what?/We get drunk/So what?/We smoke weed.”

Plus, the coup de gras: “That’s ice cold/Michelle Pfeiffer/that white gold.”

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Meanwhile, Ventimiglia nearly ruins the whole thing by “accidentally” bringing in Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” lyrics. It’s OK dude, that song has been stuck in all of ours heads since her steamy duet with “A Star Is Born” director Bradley Cooper at the Oscars.

Watch the Corden skit via the video above.

As one might expect, the NBC actor — not the CBS host — gets the girl. Insert your own Pete Davidson joke or meme here if you’d like.

Along with the “W,” Milo gets a plug from us: Ventimiglia’s “This Is Us” airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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Ratings Tank for First ‘Empire’ Since Jussie Smollett Arrest

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“Empire” returned from winter hiatus on Wednesday, airing its first original episode since star Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with filing a false police report. It didn’t receive a warm welcome from viewers.

Last night’s 8 p.m. episode settled for a 1.3 demo rating/6 share among adults 18-49, and 4.412 million total viewers — those Nielsen numbers are way down from last year’s comparable hour, and are even down double digits versus the hip-hop soap opera’s fall finale.

The previous original “Empire” episode on Dec. 5 had a 1.5 rating and 5.043 million total viewers. Last year’s midseason return put up a 2.0 rating and tallied 6.217 million viewers.

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We’ll save you the math: All of that data means that Wednesday’s hour was down 13 percent in both the demo and for the overall audience versus the fall finale, and down a heaping 35 percent in the demo and 29 percent in viewers from last year’s midseason premiere episode.

As a matter of fact, last night’s “Empire” drew the second-smallest audience and second-worst demo rating ever for “Empire.” The only episode to draw fewer “live” eyeballs (4.229 million) and a lower demo rating (a 1.2) aired on Halloween 2018, which makes sense, as people were celebrating the holiday and not in front of their TVs.

That said, Fox and its regular abbreviated (compared with CBS, ABC and NBC) primetime schedule still finished first in key-demo averages, but it just barely edged ABC — with a different of 17,000 viewers — for third in terms of total viewers. NBC aired all reruns last night and still landed a bigger audience than both of those nets.

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Fox was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 4.05 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following “Empire,” “Star” at 9 had a 1.1/5 and 3.7 million viewers.

Shortly after this set of Nielsen data came out, Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct. Read all about that here.

CBS and ABC tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.9/4. CBS was first in total viewers with 5 million, ABC was fourth with 4.03 million.

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For CBS, “Survivor” at 8 got a 1.5/7 and 7.6 million viewers. From 9 to 11, the season finale of “The World’s Best” managed a 0.6/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

For ABC, “The Goldbergs” at 8 had a 1.1/5 and 4.8 million viewers. At 8:30, “Schooled” got a 1.0/4 and 3.9 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 received a 1.2/5 and 4.6 million viewers. “Single Parents” at 9:30 closed the comedy block with a 0.8/4 and 3.4 million viewers. “Whiskey Cavalier” finished off primetime to a 0.6/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and second in viewers with 4.2 million, running all repeats.

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Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.2 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 833,000. “Riverdale” at 8 had a 0.3/2 and 1 million viewers. At 9, “All American” got a 0.2/1 and 629,000 viewers.

Find last Wednesday’s ratings here.

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Matt LeBlanc Liked the ‘Friends’ Monkey Way More Than David Schwimmer Did (Video)

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“Man With a Plan” star Matt LeBlanc is a man of the people — and of the monkeys. The “Friends” alum told Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday that he liked that classic NBC sitcom’s marsupial, Marcel, way more than David Schwimmer did.

“I liked the monkey,” LeBlanc said. “I like animals. The monkey was really cool.”

“Schwimmer, not so much,” he added.

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“It’s just because he’s the one who had to work with it the most. He was like, ‘Again with the monkey?’” LeBlanc explained of co-star Schwimmer’s feelings towards Marcel. “But I got along great with the monkey.”

LeBlanc told Kimmel that while the monkey in the show was a boy monkey named Marcel, in real life it was a girl monkey named Katie. The guy who recently left BBC’s “Top Gear” then shared the story of the one time Marcel/Katie escaped while on set. The white-headed capuchin climbed “60 feet” to the ceiling, and “just disappears into the blackness of the stage,” per LeBlanc’s retelling.

The actor being Joey Tribbiani said it took “half an hour” and a bunch of mealworms to coax her back down. Yes, capuchin monkeys eat that sort of gross stuff.

Watch him tell the stories via the video above.

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Earlier in LeBlanc’s visit to the ABC late-night show, he and Kimmel joked about Hollywood’s big story of the day — the college admissions cheating scandal.

Watch their brief exchange on that top at the very end of the below video — the laugh is worth sticking around for.



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Angry Jay Leno Interrupts Jimmy Fallon’s Monologue to Get a Few Things Off His Chest (Video)

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Jay Leno is mad as hell, and he’s not taking it anymore. The former host of “The Tonight Show” hijacked Jimmy Fallon’s monologue on Wednesday to get a few things off his chest.

Here was Leno’s angry opener: “There is this annoying trend in advertising — especially on cable — where they want you to get to know the non-celebrity spokesman for whatever the product is. There’s one running on CNN right now. It says, ‘Bob is 68 years old, Bob has hemorrhoids. Learn more about Bob’s story on hemorrhoids.com.’ I don’t want to know Bob’s story, OK?”

“How empty is my life that I have time to go to this website?” he continued. “Hey, if I want to see hemorrhoids, I can stand in the bathroom with a hand mirror, OK?”

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The ranting comic then tied his hemorrhoids material into a medical marijuana joke. The uncharacteristically pissed-off car collector then gave it to Apple, Amazon, and our city of angels, Los Angeles.

Watch the video above.

Before “Tonight” even taped, Leno was already making Wednesday headlines. Appearing on the third hour of yesterday’s “Today” show, Leno lamented the “one-sided” approach he believes present-day late-night hosts take with political material.

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“When people see you as one-sided, it just makes it tough,” Leno said. “I did it when Clinton was horny and Bush was dumb. It was a little easier. Now it’s all very serious. I’d just like to see a little civility come back to it.”

President Trump applauded Leno on Twitter for those remarks.

“Actually, the one-sided hatred on these shows is incredible and for me, unwatchable,” Trump tweeted. “But remember, WE are number one – President!”

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Layoffs Strike CMT as Part of Reorg: Heads of Marketing and Nashville Office Both Let Go

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Layoffs struck CMT on Wednesday as part of a company reorg, TheWrap has learned. Anthony Barton, the head of CMT marketing, and Suzanne Norman, the head of its Nashville office, are among those out.

A number of employees — we’re told in the double digits — had their positions eliminated today, with the majority of the job cuts coming in the former Country Music Television’s marketing department. Other departments hit include music, scheduling, communications and events, as the groups move toward full integration into Viacom’s music group, which also houses MTV, VH1 and Logo.

A “significant” number of employees in those departments will remain, a network insider told us. The restructuring is for growth potential and is not unlike what MTV went through a few years ago.

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Chris McCarthy, the president of MTV, VH1, Logo and CMT, sent the below memo to his staff today:

Hi everyone,
We have made great progress over the last couple of years to fully harness the creative power of our collective group.
By integrating our departments across brands, removing silos and developing best-in-class creative teams, we are building a stronger group together.
Today, we are taking the next step – as we finalize the integration of CMT with a new, simplified structure.  Moving forward, the CMT marketing, music, scheduling, communications and event production teams will be fully integrated within our group, under our existing unified leadership team. Several CMT leads will be taking on expanded roles working across all of our brands, particularly in partnership marketing and event production.
Unfortunately, however, this new structure does mean some hard changes. A number of our CMT marketing colleagues will be leaving including Anthony Barton, the head of CMT marketing, and Suzanne Norman, the head of our Nashville office.
Suzanne and Anthony are passionate champions for the CMT brand and we are very grateful for their many years of dedication. Without them, and many of our CMT colleagues, it would not be as strong as it is today. Please join me in thanking them and wishing everyone continued success.
The heart and soul of CMT is our music programming, tentpoles and deep connection to Nashville – which will be at the center of CMT’s growth plan forward. Through increased programming and events, we will further amplify Nashville and its thriving country music scene. More to come on this shortly.
Thank you for your continued support as we transform our group and the company for the future.
Best,
Chris

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The Nashville office will remain the center for CMT as the channel doubles down on branding around the Tennessee city. The Viacom-owned cable channel is going hard on country music, and fans of that strategy can expect more content — including tentpole series — to be announced in the coming weeks.

Last week, Paramount Network (which is also owned by Viacom, as is VH1) announced that it was taking the “Wife Swap” revival off of CMT’s plate — err, slate.

Keith Cox, president of development of Paramount Network and (Viacom’s) TV Land, who developed “Wife Swap” for CMT, pushed to keep it with him at Paramount Network after CMT moved out of their network group, an insider said. The series will debut on the Paramount Network Thursday, April 4. Get more info — and a trailer — here.

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Ratings: ‘The Bachelor’ Season Finale Grows From Last Year, Beats ‘This Is Us’

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Colton Underwood found love last night on the season finale of “The Bachelor,” and ABC found a Tuesday ratings win in the key demo.

Thanks to “NCIS,” CBS easily won primetime in total viewers.

From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Part 2 of the “Bachelor” finale posted a 2.3 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 8.062 million viewers. Last year’s comparable conclusion aired over three hours on Monday, March 5, 2018, averaging a 2.2 demo rating and 7.938 million total viewers. That elongated episode marked season-finale lows for the series, though a few “Bachelorette” season finales have done worse.

Find out where Colton and Cassie left off here, and see how Monday’s Part 1 fared in ratings here.

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ABC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6.35 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following “The Bachelor,” a preview premiere of “Videos After Dark” at 10 had a 0.8/4 and 2.9 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.3/6 and third in viewers with 6.32 million. “Ellen’s Game of Games” at 8 got a 1.2/5 and 5.3 million viewers. “This Is Us” at 9 put up a 1.8/7 and 7.5 million viewers. “New Amsterdam” at 10 received a 1.0/5 and 6.1 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.9/4, but first in viewers with 9.3 million. “NCIS” at 8 landed a 1.1/5 and 11.9 million viewers. “F.B.I.” at 9 had a 1.0/4 and 9 million viewers. At 10, “NCIS: New Orleans” got a 0.7/3 and 7.1 million viewers.

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Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 2.7 million. Those were the results of the two-hour “MasterChef Jr.” premiere.

Univision, The CW and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.4 million; CW was sixth with 1.2 million; Telemundo was seventh with 1.1 million.

For The CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.5/2 and 1.6 million viewers. At 9, “Roswell, New Mexico” got a 0.2/1 and 938,000 viewers.

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‘The Simpsons’ Boss Al Jean Believes Michael Jackson Used Cameo ‘to Groom Boys’

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Al Jean says he “strongly” believes Michael Jackson used his classic — and now pulled — cameo in Season 3 of “The Simpsons” to “groom boys.”

The “Simpsons” showrunner spoke in detail to The Daily Beast about Jackson’s “Stark Raving Dad” guest role, telling the publication at South by Southwest (SXSW), “It wasn’t just a comedy to [Jackson], it was something that was used as a tool.”

Below are the relevant excerpts from the wide-ranging interview, which readers can find in full here.

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Daily Beast: The very first episode of Season 3, “Stark Raving Dad,” featuring the voice of Michael Jackson made some news recently when it was revealed that you decided to remove the episode after watching the Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland.” That must have been a difficult decision for you, seeing as you wrote it and it was your first episode at the reins.
Al Jean: Yes. It wasn’t something that makes me happy. It’s something I agree with completely. What saddens me is, if you watch that documentary–which I did, and several of us here did–and you watch that episode, honestly, it looks like the episode was used by Michael Jackson for something other than what we’d intended it. It wasn’t just a comedy to him, it was something that was used as a tool. And I strongly believe that. That, to me, is my belief, and it’s why I think removing it is appropriate. I lose a little bit of money financially, it’s not something that’s great personally to lose one of the most successful things I ever did, but I totally think it’s the right move. I don’t believe in going through and making judgments on every guest star and saying “this one was bad, that one was bad,” but the episode itself has a false purpose, and that’s what I object to about it now.

DB: And the false purpose was what?
AJ: I think it was part of what he used to groom boys. I really don’t know, and I should be very careful because this is not something I know personally, but as far as what I think, that’s what I think. And that makes me very, very sad.

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Last week, fellow “Simpsons” executive producer James L. Brooks said the episode featuring Jackson will be permanently shelved.

“It feels clearly the only choice to make,” Brooks told the The Wall Street Journal.

Brooks told the Journal that though he went into “Leaving Neverland” wanting to believe that Jackson was innocent, he came away convinced that “the documentary gave evidence of monstrous behavior.”

The four-hour documentary details the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who say Michael Jackson sexually assaulted them over several years beginning when they were young boys.

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The Jackson estate called the documentary “the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death.” The estate is suing HBO for $100 million, accusing the network of violating a non-disparagement clause included in an agreement to air Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour live back in 1992.

Brooks told The Wall Street Journal that the reason the episode wasn’t shelved sooner is because Jackson was acquitted in his 2005 sexual abuse trial, but that the documentary convinced him. He said also that the “The Simpsons” production team was “of one mind on this.”

The third season episode, “Stark Raving Dad,” features Jackson as the voice of a man in a mental institution who believes he is Michael Jackson. For contractual reasons, Jackson wasn’t credited when the episode originally aired, but his participation was confirmed several years later.

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Hugh Jackman to Star as Harold Hill in ‘The Music Man’ Broadway Revival

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Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway to star in the 2020 revival of “The Music Man,” producer Scott Rudin said on Wednesday. Jackman will play the beloved and coveted role of Professor Harold Hill in the latest version of the Meredith Wilson classic.

This “Music Man” will be directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography from Warren Carlyle. Performances are slated to begin on Sept. 9, 2020, with the official open set for Oct. 22, 2020. We’re not sure yet which theater the new “Music Man” will inhabit, but it’ll be a Shubert.

Jackman, who has played Wolverine in the “X-Men” films and starred in the 2012 big screen adaptation of “Les Miserables,” won a Tony Award for 2003 play “The Boy From Oz.” He was also the centerpiece of 2017 musical movie “The Greatest Showman,” portraying P.T. Barnum.

Additional casting, including the role of “Marian,” will be announced later, producers said.

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“The first musical I was ever a part of was the phenomenal ‘The Music Man,’” Jackman said on Wednesday. “The year was 1983, and I was at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. I was one of the traveling salesmen, and I think I can actually (almost) remember that unforgettable opening number! That was probably the moment when the magic of theater was born in me.”

“The idea of bringing ‘The Music Man’ back to Broadway has been lurking in the back of my brain for a long time, maybe even for 35 years, and when Scott Rudin called me with that very idea, I was floored,” he continued. “To finally be doing this is a huge thrill.”

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“There is just no way to accurately describe the level of excitement I feel about the opportunity to present Hugh in what I think is the best role ever written for an actor in all of Broadway musical theater,” Rudin said. “Although I have spent a lot of time and energy wishing there was a way to stop the passage of time, this is the one moment when I wish it would just move faster. I can’t wait for us to begin working on this together in earnest.”

“The Music Man” debuted on Broadway on Dec. 19, 1957. It went on to win five Tony Awards, including the prize for Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances.

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Tucker Carlson’s Ratings Dip in 1st Show Since Resurfaced Comments About Rape, Women

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Tucker Carlson’s show slipped a bit in demo ratings on Monday, which was the Fox News host’s first episode since Media Matters unearthed old audio of Carlson making crude remarks about women and statutory rape during radio interviews.

Last night’s program drew 2.895 million viewers, with 495,000 of those coming from the key adults 25-54 demographic. Those numbers topped all of Tucker’s cable news competition, but they’re down from his quarter-to-date averages.

Versus last Monday (2.862 million) and the same night last year (2.791 million), Carlson’s latest episode ticked up in total viewers.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson addressed the online boycotts against him during Monday’s show. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

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Carlson is the host of cable news’ No. 2 show, sitting just behind fellow Fox News program “Hannity,” which airs after his. That means Carlson owns his 8 p.m. hour among direct competition, and that claim holds true for both total viewers and among adults 25-54, which is the key demographic for companies advertising on news programming.

We can extrapolate that even further: Carlson has the most-watched show at 8 p.m. in all of cable, including the ESPNs and HGTVs of the world. Among his main demo, Carlson currently ranks below ESPN and USA Network.

For 2019 to-date, Carlson episodes are averaging 2.937 million total viewers per episode, with 525,000 of those coming from the main demo.

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Carlson has lost dozens of sponsors over a series of comments led to backlash. In December, he said that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. Carlson subsequently lost more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

The latest outcry arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters on Sunday dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c-ty.”

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said on Sunday. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

Ratings: Part 1 of Colton’s ‘Bachelor’ Season Finale Tops Monday Demo

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“The Bachelor” Colton Underwood did a lot of crying Monday night, but ABC isn’t weeping this morning.

Part 1 of the hit dating competition’s latest season finale was steady with last year’s comparable episode in the key demo’s ratings, and the hours even ticked up a bit in overall audience size. Plus, “The Bachelor” was the highest-rated show on TV last night, beating even “The Voice” blind auditions in the main demographic.

The NBC singing competition was primetime’s most-watched show, however.

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ABC was first in ratings with a 1.9 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Bachelor” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. posted a 2.2/10 and 8 million viewers. The “Good Doctor” season finale at 10 put up a 1.4/6 and 7.8 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.6/7 and first in viewers with 8.7 million. “The Voice” from 8 to 10 put up a 2.0/9 and 10.4 million viewers. “The Enemy Within” at 10 had a 1.0/4 and 5.2 million viewers.

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CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. CBS was third in total viewers with 5.4 million, Fox was fourth with 3.1 million.

For CBS, “The Neighborhood” at 8 got a 1.0/5 and 6.5 million viewers. At 8:30, “Man With a Plan” had a 0.7/3 and 5.3 million viewers. “Magnum P.I.” at 9 received a 0.7/3 and 5.9 million viewers. A rerun followed.

“The Passage” season finale was the only show airing on Fox’s primetime schedule, averaging the network’s above Nielsen numbers over the course of two hours.

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Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 1.8 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 913,000. “Arrow” at 8 had a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers. At 9, “Black Lightning” got a 0.2/1 and 750,000 viewers.

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Disney’s Acquisition of Fox Expected to Close Next Week

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We finally have a date for Disney’s official takeover of most of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets: The media landscape’s latest megadeal should officially close next Wednesday.

“The acquisition is expected to become effective at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time on March 20, 2019,” Disney said Tuesday a media release.

The head’s-up to reporters was actually part of an announcement stating that Disney expects “No further extension of exchange offers and consent solicitations” tied to the acquisition. The real news was buried in the middle of the fifth paragraph.

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Earlier this month, Disney chief Bob Iger said the agreement would be consummated “soon.” The companies had been shooting to get all regulatory approvals cleared in the first quarter of 2019, but technically had until the end of Q2.

The Hollywood-shaking deal was first announced back in December 2017. At the time, the Walt Disney Company’s takeover of much of 21st Century Fox was a bargain at $52.4 billion in stock. Enter Comcast and cue a subsequent bidding war, and the purchase price eventually skyrocketed all the way to $71.3 billion in cash and stock. Comcast’s offer was $65 billion in cash.

For all that dough and those DIS shares, the Mouse House will take in almost everything Fox owns, with notable exceptions including news, sports and the Fox broadcast channel. Disney also does not get Fox’s studio lot, but it has a long-term lease on the property.

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David Beckham Is Way Too Polite When James Corden Pranks Him With Fake LA Galaxy Statue (Video)

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James Corden’s epic prank of David Beckham is tough to watch and impossible to not crack up at.

On Monday, the CBS “Late Late Show” host rolled video of a killer practical joke he played on his buddy Beckham, who in the footage was presented with an awful-looking fake statue meant to permanently adorn the outside of the L.A. Galaxy stadium.

In addition, the Galaxy legend had to sit through a preview of a less-than flattering faux highlight reel, and mingle with some trying fans. Oh, they were fakes too — Corden employed all actors for this all-star setup.

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Through it all — or at least, through it most — Beckham remained perfectly polite. Some American pro athletes can certainly learn a thing or two about decorum here.

Here’s the background: Beckham, a Manchester United icon, came to the states as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy. There, he became one of the most successful and celebrated Major League Soccer (MLS) players in history. As tribute, the Galaxy commissioned a full-body bronze statue in his likeness. Corden’s version was neither a tribute, nor a likeness.

Watch the video above. Yes, you may do so through very slightly spread fingers if you must.

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Tucker Carlson Continues to Deliver Massive Ratings to Fox News – Despite the Boycotts

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Despite the renewed calls to #FireTuckerCarlson over his inflammatory comments in recently resurfaced old interviews, the Fox News host remains very popular among cable news viewers.

So far in 2019, Carlson’s 8 p.m. program on the Fox News Channel is averaging 2.9 million total viewers per episode, which is 41 percent more than Chris Hayes on MSNBC and a whopping 122 percent more than CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

In the key ratings demographic, which for primetime news programming is adults ages 25-54, Carlson averages 525,000 viewers, per Nielsen. That’s 37 percent more than Cooper and 46 percent more than Hayes.

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Carlson’s audience this year is not only larger than his direct competition’s, it is larger than anything in the 8 p.m. hour on all of cable. Yes, that includes ESPN, HGTV and everything else.

The viewership continues despite an outcry over a December episode in which he said that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country — a comment that led at least two dozen sponsors to pull ads from the show.

He subsequently lost more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

The latest outcry arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters on Sunday dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c–ty.”

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Carlson addressed the audio on Sunday evening, telling critics they were welcome to come on his show and take issue with him directly. He did not apologize.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said, sidestepping the fact that some clips were as recent as 2011. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

Carlson will appear as scheduled on his show tonight, according to Fox News.

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Jussie Smollett Betrayed Osundairo Brothers, Lawyer Says: ‘They Put Their Trust in the Wrong Person’ (Video)

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Gloria Schmidt, the attorney for Abel and Ola Osundairo, the men who say Jussie Smollett paid them to stage an attack on him, told CBSN on Monday, “This entire thing started because they put their trust in the wrong person.”

“You have someone here who is a celebrity type, someone here in a position of trust, someone who works with these people, someone who is able to help their careers if he so wants to — and then he betrays them,” Schmidt said, reiterating that her clients “feel tremendously regretful” about their role. “So the impact that this has had — not only on them, but on minority populations — that weighs very heavily on them.”

Watch snippets of the interview below.

Gloria Schmidt, attorney for Osundairo brothers, told CBSN they are “tremendously regretful” for their role in the alleged hoax attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett https://t.co/vk5Slfa36v pic.twitter.com/IZLnCod1ZL

— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 11, 2019

“This entire thing started because they put their trust in the wrong person,” Osundario brothers’ attorney said on CBSN. pic.twitter.com/Z8IFah8b0r

— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 11, 2019

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On Friday, Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts by the grand jury. The “Empire” star was originally charged with one felony count for filing a false police report by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office last month, in connection to the incident that he reported on Jan. 29 where he said he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs and referenced “MAGA.”

Chicago PD Supt. Eddie Johnson said Smollett staged the attack because he was displeased with his pay on the Fox hip-hop soap opera.

Smollett surrendered himself to Chicago police on Feb. 21, hours after he was first formally charged. He was released from police custody later that afternoon, after posting bail and surrendering his passport following a bond hearing.

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CMT Orders Nashville Version of ‘Hollywood Squares’

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CMT has ordered new game show “Nashville Squares,” which is a spinoff of VH1’s “Hip Hop Squares,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Both are essentially music star-centric remakes of the old “Hollywood Squares.”

The former Country Music Television has greenlit 10 episodes of its new game show. “Nashville Squares,” which is a working title, is slated for summer.

“Nashville Squares” hails from Jesse Collins Entertainment, the same production company behind “Hip Hop Squares.” On both shows, contestants rely on celebrity help to win money playing a giant tic-tac-toe game.

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As evidenced by this order and other recent moves, CMT is really leaning into the whole Nashville, Tennessee scene. The Viacom-owned cable channel is doubling down on music, and fans of that strategy can expect more content — including tentpole series — to be announced in the coming weeks.

Last week, Paramount Network (which is also owned by Viacom, as is VH1) announced that it was taking the “Wife Swap” revival off of CMT’s plate — err, slate.

Keith Cox, president of development of Paramount Network and (Viacom’s) TV Land, who developed “Wife Swap” for CMT, pushed to keep it with him at Paramount Network after CMT moved out of their network group, an insider said. The series will debut on the Paramount Network Thursday, April 4. Get more info — and a trailer — here.

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Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Drops 24 Percent From Last Week’s Season Premiere

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“American Idol” fell 24 percent in demo ratings Sunday versus the prior week, which was its season premiere. The decline in total viewers was a few points less dramatic than that.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.1 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 p.m. had a 0.9/5 and 5.6 million viewers. “Idol” from 8 to 10 got a 1.3/6 and 7.2 million viewers. At 10, “Shark Tank” received a 0.8/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS, NBC and Fox tied for second in ratings, each with a 0.7/3. CBS was first in total viewers with 6.5 million; NBC was third with 3.1 million; Fox was fourth with 1.9 million.

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For CBS, “60 Minutes” at 7 had a 0.8/4 and 8.4 million viewers. At 8, “God Friended Me” got a 0.6/3 and 6.7 million viewers. A Grammys tribute to Aretha Franklin closed out the final two hours of primetime, averaging a 0.6/2 and 5.4 million viewers.

For NBC, following a rerun, “World of Dance” from 8 to 10 received a 0.8/4 and 3.5 million viewers. “Good Girls” at 10 managed a 0.6/3 and 2.5 million viewers.

For Fox, after reruns, “The Simpsons” at 8 had a 0.8/3 and 2.2 million viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 8:30 got a 0.8/3 and 2 million viewers. “Family Guy” at 9 received a 0.9/4 and 2.3 million viewers. Another repeat followed.

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Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 906,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 898,000. Following local programming, “Supergirl” at 8 had a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers. At 9, “Charmed” got a 0.2/1 and 765,000 viewers.

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WWE ‘Fastlane’: Watch The Shield’s Last-Ever Triple Powerbomb (Video)

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The Shield — Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose — reunited one last time Sunday at WWE pay-per-view event, “Fastlane.” Their final triple powerbomb was saved for Baron Corbin, who so, so, so deserved it.

Watch what is being billed as — and may actually be — the last Shieldbomb ever:

One final triple powerbomb from the Shield!#WWEFastlane #WWE #Fastlane #TheShield #OneLastTime #Raw #SDLive #NXT #NXTUK #205Live #Wrestlemania #WrestleMania35 #Wrestling

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— Cincy Fan Zone (@CincyFanZone) March 11, 2019

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Before Corbin got his (scripted) comeuppance, Drew McIntyre got trip-powerbombed through an announce table:

.@DMcIntyreWWE, you just got SHIELDBOMBED!#WWEFastlane @WWERomanReigns @WWERollins @TheDeanAmbrose pic.twitter.com/lPKNx2eUAd

— WWE (@WWE) March 11, 2019

Yes, the good guys won.

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Though Reigns is back in WWE action after his cancer treatment, it is an Ambrose exit that will split the Shield up this time. His WWE contract expires soon, and apparently there are no plans of coming to a new agreement.

Oddly, WWE has been very forthcoming and talkative about Ambrose’s upcoming exit. That would typically mean one of three things is happening here: 1) He’s definitely out and WWE wants to promote a final run; 2) The openness about Dean’s exit is being used by WWE management as a negotiating tactic; or 3) Ambrose will actually be sticking around and all of this deal drama is for use in a future storyline. Unfortunately for fans of The Lunatic Fringe, Option 3 is the least likely in this instance.

“Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) will not be renewing his contract with WWE when it expires in April,” a spokesman for WWE told us via a statement on Jan. 29. “We are grateful and appreciative of all that Dean has given to WWE and our fans. We wish him well and hope that one day Dean will return to WWE.”

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