Kelly Ripa to Guest-Star as Husband Mark Consuelos’s ‘Alleged Mistress’ on ‘Riverdale’

“Riverdale” is becoming an even bigger family affair, with Kelly Ripa set to join husband Mark Consuelos on the CW drama.

The daytime talk show host is set to guest-star on an upcoming episode of the series, playing Mrs. Mulray. Described as “confident and tough,” the character is the “alleged mistress” of Hiram Lodge (Consuelos).

According to the official character description, “she’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Also Read: ‘Sabrina’ Surprise: Yes, THAT Dead ‘Riverdale’ Character Showed Up in Greendale

“23 years of auditioning for a role I was born to play,” Ripa wrote in an Instagram post announcing her casting.

Consuelos and Ripa’s son Michael Consuelos is also set to join his father on “Riverdale,” playing a younger version of Hiram in the show’s “Breakfast Club”-themed flashback episode on Tuesday night.

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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’: Here’s the Working Idea for Possible ‘Riverdale’ Crossover – or Movie

‘Riverdale’: Watch the River Vixens Serenade Archie and His Fellow Inmates to ‘Jailhouse Rock’ (Video)

“Riverdale” is becoming an even bigger family affair, with Kelly Ripa set to join husband Mark Consuelos on the CW drama.

The daytime talk show host is set to guest-star on an upcoming episode of the series, playing Mrs. Mulray. Described as “confident and tough,” the character is the “alleged mistress” of Hiram Lodge (Consuelos).

According to the official character description, “she’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

“23 years of auditioning for a role I was born to play,” Ripa wrote in an Instagram post announcing her casting.

Consuelos and Ripa’s son Michael Consuelos is also set to join his father on “Riverdale,” playing a younger version of Hiram in the show’s “Breakfast Club”-themed flashback episode on Tuesday night.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Sabrina' Surprise: Yes, THAT Dead 'Riverdale' Character Showed Up in Greendale

'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina': Here's the Working Idea for Possible 'Riverdale' Crossover – or Movie

'Riverdale': Watch the River Vixens Serenade Archie and His Fellow Inmates to 'Jailhouse Rock' (Video)

Michael Ian Black to Write ABC Comedy Inspired by Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest

ABC has given a put pilot commitment to the comedy “Work Wife,” inspired by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

Written by Michael Ian Black, the ensemble multi-cam will explore the dynamics surrounding “work spouses” who have very few boundaries with each other and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else.

Ripa and Seacrest, who currently co-host the daytime talk show “Live With Kelly & Ryan,” will serve as executive producers on the ABC Studios project alongside Nina Wass and Andrea Shay of Ryan Seacrest Productions, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini of Ripa’s Milojo Productions.

Also Read: Kelly Ripa Offers Ryan Seacrest Public Show of Support: ‘You Are Happiness Wrapped in Chocolate’

Black most recently served as a writer and star on Comedy Central’s “Another Period,” as well as recurring on the Netflix dramedy “Insatiable” and CBS All-Access’s “The Good Fight.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

‘Riverdale’ Casts Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa’s Son as Young Hiram for Season 3 Flashback

Freeform to Develop ‘How the Other Half Hamptons’ From Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

Kelly Ripa Offers Ryan Seacrest Public Show of Support: ‘You Are Happiness Wrapped in Chocolate’

ABC has given a put pilot commitment to the comedy “Work Wife,” inspired by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

Written by Michael Ian Black, the ensemble multi-cam will explore the dynamics surrounding “work spouses” who have very few boundaries with each other and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else.

Ripa and Seacrest, who currently co-host the daytime talk show “Live With Kelly & Ryan,” will serve as executive producers on the ABC Studios project alongside Nina Wass and Andrea Shay of Ryan Seacrest Productions, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini of Ripa’s Milojo Productions.

Black most recently served as a writer and star on Comedy Central’s “Another Period,” as well as recurring on the Netflix dramedy “Insatiable” and CBS All-Access’s “The Good Fight.”

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Kelly Ripa Offers Ryan Seacrest Public Show of Support: 'You Are Happiness Wrapped in Chocolate'

Comedy Series Inspired by Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest Gets Put Pilot Order at ABC

ABC is developing a comedy series inspired by the real life friendship of Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. The multi-camera series is titled “Work Wife” and has received a put pilot commitment at the network. It is described as an ensemble com…

ABC is developing a comedy series inspired by the real life friendship of Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. The multi-camera series is titled “Work Wife” and has received a put pilot commitment at the network. It is described as an ensemble comedy that explores the dynamics surrounding people’s “work spouses,” who have very few boundaries […]

ABC Nabs Comedy ‘Work Wife’ Inspired By Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest As Put Pilot

ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Work Wife, a half-hour multi-camera comedy inspired by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s real-life friendship, from writer Michael Ian Black, Seacrest’s Ryan Seacrest Productions, Ripa and Mark Consuelos…

ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Work Wife, a half-hour multi-camera comedy inspired by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s real-life friendship, from writer Michael Ian Black, Seacrest’s Ryan Seacrest Productions, Ripa and Mark Consuelos' NY-based Milojo Productions and ABC Studios, where both Ryan Seacrest Prods and Milojo Prods are based. Written by Black, Work Wife is an ensemble half-hour multi-camera comedy that explores the dynamics surrounding our "work…

Kelly Ripa to Guest Star on ‘American Housewife’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Kelly Ripa is set to make a guest appearance in ABC’s “American Housewife,” Variety has learned exclusively. Ripa will take on the voice-over role of Whitney, a divorcée who is also Katie’s (Katy Mixon) new boss at the event coo…

Kelly Ripa is set to make a guest appearance in ABC’s “American Housewife,” Variety has learned exclusively. Ripa will take on the voice-over role of Whitney, a divorcée who is also Katie’s (Katy Mixon) new boss at the event coordination company, Parties By Whitney. Although Whitney and Katie have yet to meet, Whitney still demands nothing but […]

3 Ways Studios and Networks Can Engage Young Audiences in a Good Way (Guest Blog)

The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” received significant and serious backlash for arguably glamorizing teen suicide. The show responded by adding content warnings and suicide hotline information. Helpful, sure, but imagine if Netflix had also created a way for young people to connect with the brand and the show — and perhaps, even, the characters in it — in a more meaningful way. To provide greater context for the content and foster important dialogue with and among the viewers about the sensitive issues.

Content today has reached a new level of influence, especially in the world of young people. Content has the power to start a deeper conversation with a real push-and-pull dialogue, and with this power comes the opportunity and responsibility to move beyond mere entertainment. Today, like never before, there is an opportunity for entertainment brands to entertain and engage. An engaged audience is a loyal audience. And a loyal audience becomes ambassadors for the programming.

Here are three ways entertainment brands can actually create meaningful relationships with  young people.

Also Read: ’13 Reasons Why’ Showrunner Defends Sexual Assault Scene: ‘It Was Worth Telling’

1. Give Young People Control.

We all remember how record labels and music publishers wasted years fighting the concept of digital downloads and streaming, rather than immediately getting to work building platforms to deliver content the way consumers were demanding.

In recent years, entertainment companies seemed to have learned from those missteps and in many ways have put viewers’ wants at the top of their distribution strategy. From binge-watching to on-demand downloads on their phone, the leaders of the industry aren’t fighting this change, they’re fighting for the user.

Freeform gets it. Embracing the young cord-cutters, Freeform makes all its shows available on the Freeform network, on its app or on Hulu. The network has evolved from being a mere channel to being a creator and supplier of young-adult content pushed out through a variety of direct-to-consumer channels. And in doing this, Freeform is showing these young viewers that it values them enough to meet them where they are.

Also Read: Freeform to Develop ‘How the Other Half Hamptons’ From Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

2. Foster Connections.

By fostering connections with your audience, you start to become more than just a media property — you become a trusted brand consumers can turn to, which, in the end, builds a whole new level of brand loyalty. And the key to connecting is dialogue.

Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s new multimedia brand for women, is a great example of creating a dialogue with its base. From open essay submissions on selected topics to conversation starters about important issues, Hello Sunshine invites its audience to be an integral part of its mission: to change the narrative for women.

Also Read: Amazon Orders Limited Series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ From Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine

3. Create Community.

In the case of entertainment companies, creating a community means, in part, building programming that is inclusive. Not just in casting, but in actual storytelling. This is particularly important for Gen Z — the most diverse generation of Americans ever (46 percent identify as a race/​ethnicity other than white).

Diversity in media 1.0 was about casting underrepresented people so they can finally see themselves reflected back. And YES! that’s important. But 2.0 needs to be deeper. It needs to be about showcasing, celebrating, and sharing different stories about what it means to be black, Muslim, bisexual –maybe all these things combined, even –so we can finally, truly  see one another and experience their stories, everyone’s stories.

Which also has the added benefit of expanding your potential audience — just look at the opening weekend box office for “Crazy Rich Asians”!

Also Read: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel in Development With Jon M Chu Planning to Return

It’s a new era with a connected young generation that expects something different — from government, from brands, and, yes, from entertainment. Young people are expecting, demanding even, that entertainment companies move beyond simple entertainment alone.  And the companies that are smart will take this opportunity to drive deeper relationships  with their audiences and forge a new kind of brand loyalty.

Melody Herzfeld, Marjory Stoneman Douglas school drama teacher, said this at her Tonys acceptance speech this year: “We all want the same thing, To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be respected.” It’s a net positive in every respect, for society, for culture — and for the bottom line.

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Reese Witherspoon to Host New Interview Show ‘Shine on With Reese’ for AT&T

The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” received significant and serious backlash for arguably glamorizing teen suicide. The show responded by adding content warnings and suicide hotline information. Helpful, sure, but imagine if Netflix had also created a way for young people to connect with the brand and the show — and perhaps, even, the characters in it — in a more meaningful way. To provide greater context for the content and foster important dialogue with and among the viewers about the sensitive issues.

Content today has reached a new level of influence, especially in the world of young people. Content has the power to start a deeper conversation with a real push-and-pull dialogue, and with this power comes the opportunity and responsibility to move beyond mere entertainment. Today, like never before, there is an opportunity for entertainment brands to entertain and engage. An engaged audience is a loyal audience. And a loyal audience becomes ambassadors for the programming.

Here are three ways entertainment brands can actually create meaningful relationships with  young people.

1. Give Young People Control.

We all remember how record labels and music publishers wasted years fighting the concept of digital downloads and streaming, rather than immediately getting to work building platforms to deliver content the way consumers were demanding.

In recent years, entertainment companies seemed to have learned from those missteps and in many ways have put viewers’ wants at the top of their distribution strategy. From binge-watching to on-demand downloads on their phone, the leaders of the industry aren’t fighting this change, they’re fighting for the user.

Freeform gets it. Embracing the young cord-cutters, Freeform makes all its shows available on the Freeform network, on its app or on Hulu. The network has evolved from being a mere channel to being a creator and supplier of young-adult content pushed out through a variety of direct-to-consumer channels. And in doing this, Freeform is showing these young viewers that it values them enough to meet them where they are.

2. Foster Connections.

By fostering connections with your audience, you start to become more than just a media property — you become a trusted brand consumers can turn to, which, in the end, builds a whole new level of brand loyalty. And the key to connecting is dialogue.

Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s new multimedia brand for women, is a great example of creating a dialogue with its base. From open essay submissions on selected topics to conversation starters about important issues, Hello Sunshine invites its audience to be an integral part of its mission: to change the narrative for women.

3. Create Community.

In the case of entertainment companies, creating a community means, in part, building programming that is inclusive. Not just in casting, but in actual storytelling. This is particularly important for Gen Z — the most diverse generation of Americans ever (46 percent identify as a race/​ethnicity other than white).

Diversity in media 1.0 was about casting underrepresented people so they can finally see themselves reflected back. And YES! that’s important. But 2.0 needs to be deeper. It needs to be about showcasing, celebrating, and sharing different stories about what it means to be black, Muslim, bisexual –maybe all these things combined, even –so we can finally, truly  see one another and experience their stories, everyone’s stories.

Which also has the added benefit of expanding your potential audience — just look at the opening weekend box office for “Crazy Rich Asians”!

It’s a new era with a connected young generation that expects something different — from government, from brands, and, yes, from entertainment. Young people are expecting, demanding even, that entertainment companies move beyond simple entertainment alone.  And the companies that are smart will take this opportunity to drive deeper relationships  with their audiences and forge a new kind of brand loyalty.

Melody Herzfeld, Marjory Stoneman Douglas school drama teacher, said this at her Tonys acceptance speech this year: “We all want the same thing, To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be respected.” It’s a net positive in every respect, for society, for culture — and for the bottom line.

Related stories from TheWrap:

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‘Riverdale’ Casts Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa’s Son as Young Hiram for Season 3 Flashback

Well, if you weren’t excited to see the “Riverdale” crew play younger versions of their parents on an upcoming flashback episode — which is also a dark homage to “The Breakfast Club” — maybe you’ll get a little more hyped up knowing The CW show has brought in a ringer. Like, a dead ringer.

Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa’s son, Michael, has been cast as the teen counterpart to his real-life father’s on-screen persona, Hiram Lodge, in the Season 3 episode, “The Midnight Club,” an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap. And if you are wondering if the resemblance between the Counsuelos boys is strong enough to warrant the familial casting, well just look at the photo above.

Like father, like son, right?

Also Read: ‘Riverdale’ Flashback Episode Is an Homage to ‘The Breakfast Club’ – ‘But Much Darker’

“Throughout the years, we’ve talked a little bit about backstory and we’ve been revealing backstory slowly,” creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said during the Television Critics Association press tour Monday, while explaining how the idea to throwback the clock came about. “And periodically I will get a call phone call from Madchen [Amick who plays Betty Cooper’s (Lili Reinhart) mother, Alice], who’ll say, ‘Ok, I’m playing a scene and I know nothing of the context.’ So we talk about that stuff.”

“We are doing a big flashback episode, I think I can say that is episode four,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “And it’s an episode called ‘The Midnight Club.’ Which is a — our take on sort of ‘The Breakfast Club.’ Obviously the ‘Riverdale’-much-darker version of that. And we’re gonna do, Cami [Camila Mendes] will be playing a young Hermione (Marisol Nichols), Cole [Sprouse] will be playing a young FP (Skeet Ulrich), KJ [Apa] will be dying his hair brown and playing a Young Fred Andrews (Luke Perry). And we’re going to learn about a really, really dark secret in Riverdale that the parents have been keeping since they were in high school.”

Amick said Reinhart is “ready to go full ‘Twin Peaks’” as a tribute to her on-screen mother and has been “studying” her role as Shelly Johnson on the cult David Lynch classic in preparation for playing a younger version of Alice.

Also Read: ‘Riverdale’ EP Tells Us How the Arrival of Gladys and Jellybean Will Disrupt Jughead and FP Jones

TV Insider first reported the casting news.

The cast already revealed a little bit about the flashback episode at San Diego Comic-Con last month, and more on Season 3, which you can read about here.

“Riverdale” Season 3 premieres on The CW on Oct.10 at 8/7c. 

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Well, if you weren’t excited to see the “Riverdale” crew play younger versions of their parents on an upcoming flashback episode — which is also a dark homage to “The Breakfast Club” — maybe you’ll get a little more hyped up knowing The CW show has brought in a ringer. Like, a dead ringer.

Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa’s son, Michael, has been cast as the teen counterpart to his real-life father’s on-screen persona, Hiram Lodge, in the Season 3 episode, “The Midnight Club,” an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap. And if you are wondering if the resemblance between the Counsuelos boys is strong enough to warrant the familial casting, well just look at the photo above.

Like father, like son, right?

“Throughout the years, we’ve talked a little bit about backstory and we’ve been revealing backstory slowly,” creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said during the Television Critics Association press tour Monday, while explaining how the idea to throwback the clock came about. “And periodically I will get a call phone call from Madchen [Amick who plays Betty Cooper’s (Lili Reinhart) mother, Alice], who’ll say, ‘Ok, I’m playing a scene and I know nothing of the context.’ So we talk about that stuff.”

“We are doing a big flashback episode, I think I can say that is episode four,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “And it’s an episode called ‘The Midnight Club.’ Which is a — our take on sort of ‘The Breakfast Club.’ Obviously the ‘Riverdale’-much-darker version of that. And we’re gonna do, Cami [Camila Mendes] will be playing a young Hermione (Marisol Nichols), Cole [Sprouse] will be playing a young FP (Skeet Ulrich), KJ [Apa] will be dying his hair brown and playing a Young Fred Andrews (Luke Perry). And we’re going to learn about a really, really dark secret in Riverdale that the parents have been keeping since they were in high school.”

Amick said Reinhart is “ready to go full ‘Twin Peaks'” as a tribute to her on-screen mother and has been “studying” her role as Shelly Johnson on the cult David Lynch classic in preparation for playing a younger version of Alice.

TV Insider first reported the casting news.

The cast already revealed a little bit about the flashback episode at San Diego Comic-Con last month, and more on Season 3, which you can read about here.

“Riverdale” Season 3 premieres on The CW on Oct.10 at 8/7c. 

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'Riverdale' EP Tells Us How the Arrival of Gladys and Jellybean Will Disrupt Jughead and FP Jones

'Riverdale': We Have Not Seen the Last of the Black Hood

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Don't Expect a 'Riverdale' Crossover With 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' on The CW

Party Report: Nicole Kidman, Joe Manganiello, Luke Perry and the Best of Comic-Con 2018 (Photos)

Nicole Kidman, Joe Manganiello, and the “90210” guys were amongst the head-turners on the Comic-Con party scene. Let’s go inside the parties….

9021-Bros: Luke Perry and Ian Ziering were hanging tight at Entertainment Weekly’s Saturday night marquee bash at the Hard Rock.  Here, they pose with Erin Ludwig.

Also Read: The Winners and Losers of Comic-Con 2018, From ‘Aquaman’ to ‘Titans’ to Donald Trump

A peek inside EW, at the appropriately named “Float”

 

Kelly Ripa is married to Mark Consuelos, while Marisol Nichols (right) just plays his wife on TV. Ripa and Nichols anointed themselves as the “WAGS” (wives and girlfriends) on social media.

This party became certified cool with the arrival of Seth MacFarlane, one of the industry’s top bon vivants and party hosts.

Also Read: Watch Best Comic-Con Trailers, From ‘Shazam’ to ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ (Videos)

Sundance in January and Comic-Con in July: Pros like Rachel Bloom lean in to one of the most fashionably casual industry weekends of the year.

Nicole Kidman is a rarity in San Diego. Here, she posed with her “Aquaman” castmates at Rotten Tomatoes’ activation.

RZA, the creative “chef” driving the Wu-Tang Clan, was on scene promoting “Cut Throat City.” It’s a heist film he directed set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Here at the WIRED cafe, he slap boxed with Shameik Moore as Kat Graham looked on. Is this how they got pumped up for their main stage presentation in Hall H.?

 

Joe Manganiello (here with Omar Miller at WIRED) was in town promoting his new clothing line. It’s “Dungeons and Dragons” themed. Free advice: Dress the “Stranger Things” kids for the Emmys.

 

Marc Evan Jackson, D’Arcy Carden, Kristen Bell took a seat at NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ activation.

Also Read: Jamie Lee Curtis Embraces Fan Who Says Her ‘Halloween’ Character Saved His Life (Video)

Lydia Hearst, married to Chris Hardwick, did not shy away from the SDCC spotlight, hitting multiple events over the weekend. Here, she poses with Anastasia Baranova at a Pizza Hut branded photo studio.  The pizza chain popped around town feeding fans waiting in lines for hours with on-the-spot free grub.

Also Read: Comic-Con Kicks Off With No Mention of Chris Hardwick or #MeToo

Over at Craft & Commerce, FX welcomed creatives and executives from their range of prestige programming. Here,  “Legion” costars Navid Negahban, Amber Midthunder and Bill Irwin escape from the crowds.

Karen Needham, IMDb Founder and CEO Col Needham and Leonard Maltin went to sea at IMDb’s Boat Party on Friday night.

It is report card time: Check out the Winners and Losers of Comic-Con 2018, by clicking over here:

Also Read: The Winners and Losers of Comic-Con 2018, From ‘Aquaman’ to ‘Titans’ to Donald Trump

Nicole Kidman, Joe Manganiello, and the “90210” guys were amongst the head-turners on the Comic-Con party scene. Let’s go inside the parties….

9021-Bros: Luke Perry and Ian Ziering were hanging tight at Entertainment Weekly’s Saturday night marquee bash at the Hard Rock.  Here, they pose with Erin Ludwig.

A peek inside EW, at the appropriately named “Float”

 

Kelly Ripa is married to Mark Consuelos, while Marisol Nichols (right) just plays his wife on TV. Ripa and Nichols anointed themselves as the “WAGS” (wives and girlfriends) on social media.

This party became certified cool with the arrival of Seth MacFarlane, one of the industry’s top bon vivants and party hosts.

Sundance in January and Comic-Con in July: Pros like Rachel Bloom lean in to one of the most fashionably casual industry weekends of the year.

Nicole Kidman is a rarity in San Diego. Here, she posed with her “Aquaman” castmates at Rotten Tomatoes’ activation.

RZA, the creative “chef” driving the Wu-Tang Clan, was on scene promoting “Cut Throat City.” It’s a heist film he directed set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Here at the WIRED cafe, he slap boxed with Shameik Moore as Kat Graham looked on. Is this how they got pumped up for their main stage presentation in Hall H.?

 

Joe Manganiello (here with Omar Miller at WIRED) was in town promoting his new clothing line. It’s “Dungeons and Dragons” themed. Free advice: Dress the “Stranger Things” kids for the Emmys.

 

Marc Evan Jackson, D’Arcy Carden, Kristen Bell took a seat at NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ activation.

Lydia Hearst, married to Chris Hardwick, did not shy away from the SDCC spotlight, hitting multiple events over the weekend. Here, she poses with Anastasia Baranova at a Pizza Hut branded photo studio.  The pizza chain popped around town feeding fans waiting in lines for hours with on-the-spot free grub.

Over at Craft & Commerce, FX welcomed creatives and executives from their range of prestige programming. Here,  “Legion” costars Navid Negahban, Amber Midthunder and Bill Irwin escape from the crowds.

Karen Needham, IMDb Founder and CEO Col Needham and Leonard Maltin went to sea at IMDb’s Boat Party on Friday night.

It is report card time: Check out the Winners and Losers of Comic-Con 2018, by clicking over here:

Freeform to Develop ‘How the Other Half Hamptons’ From Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

Freeform is developing Jasmin Rosemberg’s book “How the Other Half Hamptons” into an hour-long series, the network said on Tuesday.

Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini will executive produce with their Milojo Productions, along with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment.

Also Read: ‘The Bold Type’ Star Meghann Fahy On Sutton’s Tough Decision In Tuesday’s Episode

The story follows good-girl Rachel, the wild Jamie, and serial monogamist Allison, who finds herself suddenly single. The three women join the Hamptons sharehouse, a house of forty twenty-something strangers in a ten-bedroom house in the Hamptons for 16 weekends to juggle parties, hookups, and other unexpected twists.

“How the Other Half Hamptons” joins Freeform’s slate that includes the upcoming “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff “The Perfectionists,” “The Bold Type,” Marvel series “Cloak & Dagger,” and others. The network recently canceled “Famous in Love” after two seasons.

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Freeform is developing Jasmin Rosemberg’s book “How the Other Half Hamptons” into an hour-long series, the network said on Tuesday.

Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini will executive produce with their Milojo Productions, along with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment.

The story follows good-girl Rachel, the wild Jamie, and serial monogamist Allison, who finds herself suddenly single. The three women join the Hamptons sharehouse, a house of forty twenty-something strangers in a ten-bedroom house in the Hamptons for 16 weekends to juggle parties, hookups, and other unexpected twists.

“How the Other Half Hamptons” joins Freeform’s slate that includes the upcoming “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff “The Perfectionists,” “The Bold Type,” Marvel series “Cloak & Dagger,” and others. The network recently canceled “Famous in Love” after two seasons.

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Ava DuVernay to Receive GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award (Exclusive)

Ava DuVernay will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, TheWrap has learned exclusively.
The Excellence in Media Award is presented to media professionals who have made a difference in promotin…

Ava DuVernay will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

The Excellence in Media Award is presented to media professionals who have made a difference in promoting equality for the LGBTQ community. Previous honorees include Robert de Niro, Kelly Ripa, Debra Messing, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

DuVernay is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker who is helping to move the needle towards inclusion in the industry. She has supported careers of LGBTQ talent behind as well as in front of the camera, including on her own drama “Queen Sugar.” She is also the inspiration for the “DuVernay test,” which requires “African Americans and other minorities [to] have fully realized lives rather than serve as scenery in white stories.”

“We’re black. We’re brown. We are native. We are Asian. We are Muslim. We are queer. We are many things that deserve safe spaces and protection,” DuVernay said at a Women in Hollywood event last fall, supporting LGBTQ equality and acceptance. She also supported GLAAD’s Spirit Day by going purple on social media to speak out against bullying.

Also at the awards show, as previously announced, Alexis Bledel will present Samira Wiley with the Vito Russo Award for her LGBTQ advocacy. Vito Russo was a founder of GLAAD and is also a celebrated ACT UP activist.

Special guests at the awards ceremony will include Halsey, Laverne Cox, Lea Michele, Tituss Burgess, Nyle DiMarco, Wrabel, Blair Imani, and Asia Kate Dillon.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair and inclusive representation of LGBTQ people and issues, and they also fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate the acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

The GLAAD Media Awards will be held on May 5, 2018.

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Kelly Ripa offered co-host Ryan Seacrest some support ahead of the Oscars on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” Thursday.

Ripa told Seacrest that he is a “privilege to work with,” but didn’t explicitly mention the harassment accusations that he’s facing.

“I just want you to know that you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you. And I am speaking on behalf of all us here,” she said. “I know what an easy, professional, great person you are and I feel very, very lucky to work with you each and every day. We all do.”

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“You are happiness,” Seacrest said back to her.

“You are happiness,” Ripa echoed. “You are happiness wrapped in chocolate, so there.”

After E! News’ investigation into the harassment accusations found “insufficient evidence,” Seacrest was back in the news this week when Suzie Hardy revealed previously unknown details of the allaged harassment on Monday.

Also Read: E! Still Stands by Ryan Seacrest, Investigation Included Man Who Says He Witnessed Misconduct

E! has stood by the results of its investigation, and Seacrest has continued to deny the claims. Hardy said on Tuesday that the idea Seacrest was absolved of wrongdoing was a “false narrative.

Watch the clip below.

Kelly Ripa tells accused Ryan Seacrest on their TV show: “I adore you” https://t.co/bkvAcytH3D pic.twitter.com/xtMhQOpBUD

— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 1, 2018

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Kelly Ripa offered co-host Ryan Seacrest some support ahead of the Oscars on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” Thursday.

Ripa told Seacrest that he is a “privilege to work with,” but didn’t explicitly mention the harassment accusations that he’s facing.

“I just want you to know that you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you. And I am speaking on behalf of all us here,” she said. “I know what an easy, professional, great person you are and I feel very, very lucky to work with you each and every day. We all do.”

“You are happiness,” Seacrest said back to her.

“You are happiness,” Ripa echoed. “You are happiness wrapped in chocolate, so there.”

After E! News’ investigation into the harassment accusations found “insufficient evidence,” Seacrest was back in the news this week when Suzie Hardy revealed previously unknown details of the allaged harassment on Monday.

E! has stood by the results of its investigation, and Seacrest has continued to deny the claims. Hardy said on Tuesday that the idea Seacrest was absolved of wrongdoing was a “false narrative.

Watch the clip below.

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E! Still Stands by Ryan Seacrest, Investigation Included Man Who Says He Witnessed Misconduct

E! is still standing by Ryan Seacrest even after a man who worked with the star came forward on Wednesday’s “Today” show and said he saw the “American Idol” host sexually harass former stylist Suzie Hardy on several occasions.

Multiple people with knowledge of the investigation have confirmed to TheWrap that the unnamed man participated in the network’s independent investigation of Seacrest, which the company reported on Feb. 1 “found insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest and therefore could not be substantiated.”

The “Live With Kelly & Ryan” co-host is scheduled to host E!’s Oscars red carpet show on Sunday as scheduled.

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Seacrest’s lawyer Andy Baum doesn’t believe the unnamed colleague’s words should give Hardy’s accusations any additional life.

“There is absolutely nothing new here,” Baum told TheWrap. “The alleged witness who spoke with the ‘Today’ show participated in the third-party investigation; he was interviewed and his claims were fully evaluated, as were the claims of everyone else in involved in this matter. At its conclusion, the investigation cleared Ryan’s name. The bottom line remains that this entire matter was created by someone who wanted to be paid $15 million and Mr. Seacrest’s decision to fight back against what was essentially an extortion attempt.”

The man and his lawyers have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Attorneys for both Seacrest and Hardy say they have not seen the full report from the NBCUniversal’s investigation, which was conducted by a third party. “NBC refused to make the results of the investigation available to us, notwithstanding our demands,” Hardy’s lawyer, Harold King, told TheWrap.

On Wednesday’s “Today,” the man told NBC News reporter Kate Snow that he witnessed Ryan Seacrest sexually harassing Hardy. “She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch,” he told Snow. “I saw that more than once.”

Snow also reported that a source close to Seacrest dismissed the former co-worker as “a friend of Hardy’s and a disgruntled former E! employee,” adding that other witnesses had disputed Hardy’s accounts.

After specifics from Hardy’s accusations came out in the media on Monday, the NBCU cable network issued a statement defending its “extremely comprehensive and thorough” investigation: “Over the course of a two month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she provided. The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years experience and is highly regarded professionally. Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.”

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Variety reported Monday that Hardy accused Seacrest of subjecting her “to years of unwanted sexual aggression” while she was his stylist from 2006-2013, including “grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later.”

At the time, Baum said that it was “upsetting” the publication chose to run Hardy’s story, saying that Hardy threatened to make the “false claims” if she did not receive $15 million. Hardy’s attorney told Variety that “neither he nor Hardy has asked Seacrest, E!, or the cable channel’s corporate parents for any money.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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E! is still standing by Ryan Seacrest even after a man who worked with the star came forward on Wednesday’s “Today” show and said he saw the “American Idol” host sexually harass former stylist Suzie Hardy on several occasions.

Multiple people with knowledge of the investigation have confirmed to TheWrap that the unnamed man participated in the network’s independent investigation of Seacrest, which the company reported on Feb. 1 “found insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest and therefore could not be substantiated.”

The “Live With Kelly & Ryan” co-host is scheduled to host E!’s Oscars red carpet show on Sunday as scheduled.

Seacrest’s lawyer Andy Baum doesn’t believe the unnamed colleague’s words should give Hardy’s accusations any additional life.

“There is absolutely nothing new here,” Baum told TheWrap. “The alleged witness who spoke with the ‘Today’ show participated in the third-party investigation; he was interviewed and his claims were fully evaluated, as were the claims of everyone else in involved in this matter. At its conclusion, the investigation cleared Ryan’s name. The bottom line remains that this entire matter was created by someone who wanted to be paid $15 million and Mr. Seacrest’s decision to fight back against what was essentially an extortion attempt.”

The man and his lawyers have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Attorneys for both Seacrest and Hardy say they have not seen the full report from the NBCUniversal’s investigation, which was conducted by a third party. “NBC refused to make the results of the investigation available to us, notwithstanding our demands,” Hardy’s lawyer, Harold King, told TheWrap.

On Wednesday’s “Today,” the man told NBC News reporter Kate Snow that he witnessed Ryan Seacrest sexually harassing Hardy. “She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch,” he told Snow. “I saw that more than once.”

Snow also reported that a source close to Seacrest dismissed the former co-worker as “a friend of Hardy’s and a disgruntled former E! employee,” adding that other witnesses had disputed Hardy’s accounts.

After specifics from Hardy’s accusations came out in the media on Monday, the NBCU cable network issued a statement defending its “extremely comprehensive and thorough” investigation: “Over the course of a two month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she provided. The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years experience and is highly regarded professionally. Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.”

Variety reported Monday that Hardy accused Seacrest of subjecting her “to years of unwanted sexual aggression” while she was his stylist from 2006-2013, including “grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later.”

At the time, Baum said that it was “upsetting” the publication chose to run Hardy’s story, saying that Hardy threatened to make the “false claims” if she did not receive $15 million. Hardy’s attorney told Variety that “neither he nor Hardy has asked Seacrest, E!, or the cable channel’s corporate parents for any money.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Here’s Why Kelly Ripa’s Bit About Ryan Seacrest’s Shoes Is Extremely Ill-Timed (Video)

… Awkward

Kelly Ripa Jokes About Ryan Seacrest’s ‘Shoes’ Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusation pic.twitter.com/KupOW6TBJT

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 28, 2018

Kelly Ripa engaged in some unfortunate banter on Wednesday with her “Live With Kelly and Ryan” co-host Ryan Seacrest. In the show’s opening minutes, Ripa went in for an extended bit about helping Ryan with his shoes.

“Sweetie, do you want me to put your shoes back on for you?” she said, at one point leaning in a bit toward the floor. “I’m a mom, I can do that.”

“Do it in the break,” said Seacrest. “You don’t mind do you.”

Then there was more banter about Seacrest not being able to put on his shoes .

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The moment would have normally passed without a second thought, but for the fact that Seacrest is now battling accusations of sexual misconduct from former E! stylist Suzie Hardy — some of which a witness said happened when Hardy was assisting Seacrest with his shoes.

NBC News’ Kate Snow reported on the “Today” show on Wednesday that a friend of Hardy’s told her that he witnessed Seacrest sexually harassing the stylist in real time.

“She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch,” the man told Snow, according to the reporter. “I saw that more than once.”

Seacrest has consistently denied any accusation of wrongdoing and has declared himself to be a fan of the broader MeToo movement. Sources close to the star told Snow that the source corroborating Hardy’s account was “a friend of Hardy’s and a disgruntled former E! employee.”

Seacrest did not address new details from Hardy’s accusations of misconduct that emerged this week on his show on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Kelly Ripa engaged in some unfortunate banter on Wednesday with her “Live With Kelly and Ryan” co-host Ryan Seacrest. In the show’s opening minutes, Ripa went in for an extended bit about helping Ryan with his shoes.

“Sweetie, do you want me to put your shoes back on for you?” she said, at one point leaning in a bit toward the floor. “I’m a mom, I can do that.”

“Do it in the break,” said Seacrest. “You don’t mind do you.”

Then there was more banter about Seacrest not being able to put on his shoes .

The moment would have normally passed without a second thought, but for the fact that Seacrest is now battling accusations of sexual misconduct from former E! stylist Suzie Hardy — some of which a witness said happened when Hardy was assisting Seacrest with his shoes.

NBC News’ Kate Snow reported on the “Today” show on Wednesday that a friend of Hardy’s told her that he witnessed Seacrest sexually harassing the stylist in real time.

“She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch,” the man told Snow, according to the reporter. “I saw that more than once.”

Seacrest has consistently denied any accusation of wrongdoing and has declared himself to be a fan of the broader MeToo movement. Sources close to the star told Snow that the source corroborating Hardy’s account was “a friend of Hardy’s and a disgruntled former E! employee.”

Seacrest did not address new details from Hardy’s accusations of misconduct that emerged this week on his show on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Ryan Seacrest Silent on Harassment Accusation on Tuesday’s ‘Live With Kelly and Ryan’

It was business as usual on the set of Tuesday’s “Live With Kelly and Ryan” — with no mention of the sexual misconduct accusations against co-host Ryan Seacrest.

On Monday, Variety reported that former E! stylist Suzie Hardy accused Seacrest of subjecting her “to years of unwanted sexual aggression” while she worked for him from 2006-2013, including “grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later.”

Seacrest’s lawyer said that it was “upsetting” that Variety chose to run Hardy’s story, saying that Hardy threatened to make the “false claims” if she did not receive $15 million. Hardy’s attorney told Variety that “neither he nor Hardy has asked Seacrest, E!, or the cable channel’s corporate parents for any money.”

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During the usual bantering session between Kelly Ripa and Seacrest that opens the syndicated show, the co-hosts made no mention of the accusations or the new details that had emerged.

Reps for “Live” had no comment and Seacrest’s rep did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Seacrest, who hosts a series of radio shows as well as ABC’s upcoming reboot of “American Idol,” announced on Nov. 17 that E! was investigating an allegation of misconduct against him by “someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News.”

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On Feb. 1, E! released a statement saying that the independent investigation into Hardy’s claims found “insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest.”

“E!’s investigation was extremely comprehensive and thorough,” an E! Spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap Monday. “Over the course of a two-month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant. The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years experience and is highly regarded professionally. Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.”

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It was business as usual on the set of Tuesday’s “Live With Kelly and Ryan” — with no mention of the sexual misconduct accusations against co-host Ryan Seacrest.

On Monday, Variety reported that former E! stylist Suzie Hardy accused Seacrest of subjecting her “to years of unwanted sexual aggression” while she worked for him from 2006-2013, including “grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later.”

Seacrest’s lawyer said that it was “upsetting” that Variety chose to run Hardy’s story, saying that Hardy threatened to make the “false claims” if she did not receive $15 million. Hardy’s attorney told Variety that “neither he nor Hardy has asked Seacrest, E!, or the cable channel’s corporate parents for any money.”

During the usual bantering session between Kelly Ripa and Seacrest that opens the syndicated show, the co-hosts made no mention of the accusations or the new details that had emerged.

Reps for “Live” had no comment and Seacrest’s rep did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Seacrest, who hosts a series of radio shows as well as ABC’s upcoming reboot of “American Idol,” announced on Nov. 17 that E! was investigating an allegation of misconduct against him by “someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News.”

On Feb. 1, E! released a statement saying that the independent investigation into Hardy’s claims found “insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest.”

“E!’s investigation was extremely comprehensive and thorough,” an E! Spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap Monday. “Over the course of a two-month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant. The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years experience and is highly regarded professionally. Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.”

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Kelly Ripa on Florida School Shooting: ‘I Had to Talk My Kids Off a Ledge’ (Video)

Kelly Ripa on the recent Florida school shooting:

“And people are gonna say, ‘Oh, you’re a talk show host, shut up.’ In this moment, I am a mom of three kids that go to school and I had to talk my kids off a ledge this morning because they were afraid to go to school.” pic.twitter.com/dpVpYMU0Ef

— Michael Blackmon (@blackmon) February 15, 2018

“Live with Kelly and Ryan” host Kelly Ripa gave a moving speech on how gun violence and school shootings affect kids Thursday morning, saying that her own three children were afraid to go to school the day after a shooting at a school in Florida left at least 17 people dead.
“The news coming out of Florida yesterday is devastating,” Ripa said to co-host Ryan Seacrest while visibly upset. “I don’t know how many times it has to happen for a school shooting, a mass shooting, of this caliber before somebody does something, before people really get into it.”
“And people are gonna say, ‘Oh, you’re a talk show host, shut up.’ In this moment, I am a mom of three kids that go to school and I had to talk my kids off a ledge this morning because they were afraid to go to school,” she continued.
“What do you say to your kids?” Seacrest asked.
“I said to my kids, follow the instructions of the school, you have these drills in place. Unfortunately, my kids have grown up having these drills in place — they don’t just have fire drills anymore, they have active shooter drills which is so tragic to me,” she said. “It’s such a tragic thing.”
“And the fact that our country has such unparalleled mass shooter violence is staggering to me. Somebody needs to have a conversation that is larger than in this moment,” she continued. “And again, I just say it as a concerned citizen and human being that something needs to change. There needs to be a bigger, better dialogue because we are failing in this area.”
“And offering thoughts and prayers are not enough anymore,” she said. “And I can’t imagine the horror of the parents of that school.”
Ripa added that it gets difficult to reassure kids when shootings happen so often.
“You don’t want to mislead your kids and say this is never going to happen, you hope and pray it doesn’t happen, but when they are inundated with these images every day, day after day, all the time, you start to feel like a liar, and I don’t like feeling that way.”
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“Live with Kelly and Ryan” host Kelly Ripa gave a moving speech on how gun violence and school shootings affect kids Thursday morning, saying that her own three children were afraid to go to school the day after a shooting at a school in Florida left at least 17 people dead.
“The news coming out of Florida yesterday is devastating,” Ripa said to co-host Ryan Seacrest while visibly upset. “I don’t know how many times it has to happen for a school shooting, a mass shooting, of this caliber before somebody does something, before people really get into it.”
“And people are gonna say, ‘Oh, you’re a talk show host, shut up.’ In this moment, I am a mom of three kids that go to school and I had to talk my kids off a ledge this morning because they were afraid to go to school,” she continued.
“What do you say to your kids?” Seacrest asked.
“I said to my kids, follow the instructions of the school, you have these drills in place. Unfortunately, my kids have grown up having these drills in place — they don’t just have fire drills anymore, they have active shooter drills which is so tragic to me,” she said. “It’s such a tragic thing.”
“And the fact that our country has such unparalleled mass shooter violence is staggering to me. Somebody needs to have a conversation that is larger than in this moment,” she continued. “And again, I just say it as a concerned citizen and human being that something needs to change. There needs to be a bigger, better dialogue because we are failing in this area.”
“And offering thoughts and prayers are not enough anymore,” she said. “And I can’t imagine the horror of the parents of that school.”
Ripa added that it gets difficult to reassure kids when shootings happen so often.
“You don’t want to mislead your kids and say this is never going to happen, you hope and pray it doesn’t happen, but when they are inundated with these images every day, day after day, all the time, you start to feel like a liar, and I don’t like feeling that way.”
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Jimmy Kimmel Slammed for Diabetes Punchline: ‘It Is an Illness Not a Joke’

On Wednesday Jimmy Kimmel publicly thanked fellow television star Kelly Ripa for some cookies sent by the daytime host — but in the process included a bizarre remark about diabetes.

“Thank you for the cookies @KellyRipa,” he said, adding, “You are sweeter than diabetes #KimmelinBrooklyn”

Thank you for the cookies @KellyRipa – you are sweeter than diabetes #KimmelinBrooklyn pic.twitter.com/fywxdqvMI3

– Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) October 17, 2017

I guess the joke was that the sweetness of her gift and the cookies would be worth the diabetes caused by the sugar intake, or something like that — needless it to say, it wasn’t his A material.

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The remark drew instant backlash on Twitter — especially given Kimmel’s recent evolution into America’s foremost late-night healthcare advocate.

The dumbass jokes about diabetes are almost worse than having the disease. Please find another punchline.

Or shut the fuck up. https://t.co/N4kUJdiiNH

– Caira Conner (@CairaConner) October 19, 2017

Yikes. Diabetes has GOT to stop being a punchline for jokes. Enough already. Disappointed, @jimmykimmel ???? https://t.co/kCO6mxcWGE

– Beyond Type 1 (@BeyondType1) October 19, 2017

Diabetes isn’t a joke Jimmy https://t.co/IICmZpOizr

– Kenny (@Ok_HippieChick) October 19, 2017

@jimmykimmel My son has type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease. Eating cookies did NOT cause his T1D. This isn’t a funny joke! pic.twitter.com/OL7YLezccN

– Deborah Healy (@DeborahHealy_) October 19, 2017

@jimmykimmel I don’t find jokes about diabetes funny. #Totallyuncalledfor

– Jackie wood (@jackie4wood) October 18, 2017

Explain exactly what is “sweet” about multiple injections every day? Constant finger pricking to check sugars? It is an illness not a joke

– BoppityBoo (@BibbiBoppityBoo) October 17, 2017

A representative for ABC Television did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. Kimmel, however, seemed a pinch annoyed at the kerfuffle, pinning this evergreen tweet from Jan. 3 to the top of his feed.

twitter idea for 2017: find real things to be mad about.

– Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) January 3, 2017

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On Wednesday Jimmy Kimmel publicly thanked fellow television star Kelly Ripa for some cookies sent by the daytime host — but in the process included a bizarre remark about diabetes.

“Thank you for the cookies @KellyRipa,” he said, adding, “You are sweeter than diabetes #KimmelinBrooklyn”

I guess the joke was that the sweetness of her gift and the cookies would be worth the diabetes caused by the sugar intake, or something like that — needless it to say, it wasn’t his A material.

The remark drew instant backlash on Twitter — especially given Kimmel’s recent evolution into America’s foremost late-night healthcare advocate.

A representative for ABC Television did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. Kimmel, however, seemed a pinch annoyed at the kerfuffle, pinning this evergreen tweet from Jan. 3 to the top of his feed.

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‘Live With Kelly & Ryan’ Creams ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Premiere Week by 43 Percent

Maybe next week, Megyn Kelly. (But probably not.)

“Live with Kelly & Ryan” crushed the former Fox News Channel host’s start on NBC’s “Today” show, besting “Megyn Kelly Today’s” premiere week by a big 43 percent among women 25-54, which is the key demographic for both programs. Those Nielsen numbers count the ratings currency company’s 56 metered markets.

Looking at overall households, the margin of victory was 21 percent in the Disney-ABC syndicated show’s favor. The two shows compete head-to-head in most of those aforementioned metered cities, including all of the 10 largest U.S. markets.

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In Week 1, (Megyn) Kelly’s 9 a.m. hour averaged a 0.7 rating among women 25-54. “Live” had a 1.0.

Meanwhile, in households, “Megyn Kelly Today” averaged a 1.9 rating/7 share versus Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s 2.3/8.

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“Live with Kelly & Ryan” crushed the former Fox News Channel host’s start on NBC’s “Today” show, besting “Megyn Kelly Today’s” premiere week by a big 43 percent among women 25-54, which is the key demographic for both programs. Those Nielsen numbers count the ratings currency company’s 56 metered markets.

Looking at overall households, the margin of victory was 21 percent in the Disney-ABC syndicated show’s favor. The two shows compete head-to-head in most of those aforementioned metered cities, including all of the 10 largest U.S. markets.

In Week 1, (Megyn) Kelly’s 9 a.m. hour averaged a 0.7 rating among women 25-54. “Live” had a 1.0.

Meanwhile, in households, “Megyn Kelly Today” averaged a 1.9 rating/7 share versus Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s 2.3/8.

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Megyn Kelly’s 4 Biggest Challenges With New ‘Today’ Show 3rd Hour

Nearly 10 months after NBC lured Megyn Kelly from Fox News with great fanfare — and a reported $15 million-plus paycheck — the veteran primetime cable host is set to launch her new morning show this Monday, taking over the 9 a.m. hour of “Today.”

Though the first two hours of “Today” is a demo ratings-dominating cash cow — ABC’s “Good Morning America” claims more total viewers — the third hour faces more, and more-varied, competition. It also has a bit of an identity issue — even Hour 4 is well known for the off-script and oft-buzzed antics of hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.

Hour 3 is kind of just there. And now Megyn Kelly is, too. Below are some of the challenges facing Fox News’ formerly biggest star.

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1. Redefining “Today” brand

Unlike the first two hours of “Today,” Kelly’s show will have a different studio, a studio audience and its own logo — though that last one will incorporate “Today’s” sunrise art.

“We are formally embedded in the family,” Jackie Levin, the producer of the new show, told TheWrap. “You will absolutely know that we are all the ‘Today’ show. Our hour will have its own personality, you know, like Hoda and Kathie Lee.”

“It’s nothing we want to fight,” she continued. “This is a legacy brand.”

So what will Kelly’s take consist of? It will still be topical, of course, with news and interviews, as well as taped packages. There will be celebrities and slice-of-life stories highlighting “real” people.

Kelly has personally qualified her “Today” hour as a hybrid of a typical morning show and talk show. First- and second -week guests include the casts of NBC’s “Will & Grace” and “This Is Us,” Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, the women of “SNL,” Morgan Freeman and Russell Brand.

2. Redefining Megyn

Most viewers know Kelly from her seven years at Fox News as a sometimes combative interviewer — or from the notorious 2015 GOP presidential primary debate where she challenged then-candidate Donald Trump on his attitudes toward women.

But that sort of tough-as-nails approach is a rarity on morning TV — when the audience skews both younger and more female than her “The Kelly File” at 9 p.m. on Fox News.

Kelly and Levin have insisted that the new show will focus on the host’s lighter side. “She’s is very, very funny. Very fast on her feet,” Levin said. “Tells a good story, has a good hearty laugh and is not afraid to poke fun of herself. She’s a very… balanced person in that respect.”

Also Read: 9 Summer TV Winners and Losers: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to Megyn Kelly

3. The morning time slot

Unlike the fits two hours of “Today,” NBC doesn’t exactly dominate in Kelly’s new morning time slot. For the full 2016-17 season, the show’s 9-10 a.m. hour pulled in nearly 2.67 million viewers on average — behind the Kelly Ripa-led “Live” (2.96 million), “Ellen” (2.91 million) and industry leader “Dr. Phil” (4.53 million total viewers).

Still, “Ellen” and “Dr. Phil” are not typically direct time slot competitors in most markets.

The story hasn’t been much better when isolating the top four TV markets in the U.S. — where the existing “Today” at 9 a.m. trailed Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s “Live” throughout the same hour by as much as 2-to-1 last week.

So yeah, Kelly inherits a time slot where the network has a little catching up to do.

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4. Her Sunday night newsmagazine

Another potential worry for the network: Kelly didn’t exactly shake up the primetime ratings leaderboard this summer when her “Sunday Night” newsmagazine show launched in June.

“Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” averaged 3.69 million total viewers — 3.33 million if you remove the premiere episode with her headline-grabbing interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin — well behind CBS’ summertime reruns of “60 Minutes.”

While Kelly’s primetime ratings weren’t exactly “This Is Us” figures, she still bested the 3.16 million total viewers that “Dateline NBC” averaged in summer 2015. (We’ll set aside 2016’s 3.77 million because of the boost from the Rio Olympics.)

“It’s always a tough hour to be in,” Levin said of Kelly’s Sunday night time slot. “I’m not concerned. Honestly, I am not concerned.”

And Kelly scored some individual highlights, including that Putin interview and her polarizing profile of InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (though that sure didn’t go over well with everyone).

“I feel that if you watched [‘Sunday Night’], you would see really good, smart journalism,” Levin said. “I thought it was a fantastic show.”

“Megyn Kelly Today” debuts Monday at 9 a.m. on NBC.

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Nearly 10 months after NBC lured Megyn Kelly from Fox News with great fanfare — and a reported $15 million-plus paycheck — the veteran primetime cable host is set to launch her new morning show this Monday, taking over the 9 a.m. hour of “Today.”

Though the first two hours of “Today” is a demo ratings-dominating cash cow — ABC’s “Good Morning America” claims more total viewers — the third hour faces more, and more-varied, competition. It also has a bit of an identity issue — even Hour 4 is well known for the off-script and oft-buzzed antics of hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.

Hour 3 is kind of just there. And now Megyn Kelly is, too. Below are some of the challenges facing Fox News’ formerly biggest star.

1. Redefining “Today” brand

Unlike the first two hours of “Today,” Kelly’s show will have a different studio, a studio audience and its own logo — though that last one will incorporate “Today’s” sunrise art.

“We are formally embedded in the family,” Jackie Levin, the producer of the new show, told TheWrap. “You will absolutely know that we are all the ‘Today’ show. Our hour will have its own personality, you know, like Hoda and Kathie Lee.”

“It’s nothing we want to fight,” she continued. “This is a legacy brand.”

So what will Kelly’s take consist of? It will still be topical, of course, with news and interviews, as well as taped packages. There will be celebrities and slice-of-life stories highlighting “real” people.

Kelly has personally qualified her “Today” hour as a hybrid of a typical morning show and talk show. First- and second -week guests include the casts of NBC’s “Will & Grace” and “This Is Us,” Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, the women of “SNL,” Morgan Freeman and Russell Brand.

2. Redefining Megyn

Most viewers know Kelly from her seven years at Fox News as a sometimes combative interviewer — or from the notorious 2015 GOP presidential primary debate where she challenged then-candidate Donald Trump on his attitudes toward women.

But that sort of tough-as-nails approach is a rarity on morning TV — when the audience skews both younger and more female than her “The Kelly File” at 9 p.m. on Fox News.

Kelly and Levin have insisted that the new show will focus on the host’s lighter side. “She’s is very, very funny. Very fast on her feet,” Levin said. “Tells a good story, has a good hearty laugh and is not afraid to poke fun of herself. She’s a very… balanced person in that respect.”

3. The morning time slot

Unlike the fits two hours of “Today,” NBC doesn’t exactly dominate in Kelly’s new morning time slot. For the full 2016-17 season, the show’s 9-10 a.m. hour pulled in nearly 2.67 million viewers on average — behind the Kelly Ripa-led “Live” (2.96 million), “Ellen” (2.91 million) and industry leader “Dr. Phil” (4.53 million total viewers).

Still, “Ellen” and “Dr. Phil” are not typically direct time slot competitors in most markets.

The story hasn’t been much better when isolating the top four TV markets in the U.S. — where the existing “Today” at 9 a.m. trailed Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s “Live” throughout the same hour by as much as 2-to-1 last week.

So yeah, Kelly inherits a time slot where the network has a little catching up to do.

4. Her Sunday night newsmagazine

Another potential worry for the network: Kelly didn’t exactly shake up the primetime ratings leaderboard this summer when her “Sunday Night” newsmagazine show launched in June.

“Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” averaged 3.69 million total viewers — 3.33 million if you remove the premiere episode with her headline-grabbing interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin — well behind CBS’ summertime reruns of “60 Minutes.”

While Kelly’s primetime ratings weren’t exactly “This Is Us” figures, she still bested the 3.16 million total viewers that “Dateline NBC” averaged in summer 2015. (We’ll set aside 2016’s 3.77 million because of the boost from the Rio Olympics.)

“It’s always a tough hour to be in,” Levin said of Kelly’s Sunday night time slot. “I’m not concerned. Honestly, I am not concerned.”

And Kelly scored some individual highlights, including that Putin interview and her polarizing profile of InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (though that sure didn’t go over well with everyone).

“I feel that if you watched [‘Sunday Night’], you would see really good, smart journalism,” Levin said. “I thought it was a fantastic show.”

“Megyn Kelly Today” debuts Monday at 9 a.m. on NBC.

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9 Summer TV Winners and Losers: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to Megyn Kelly

A wise woman once said, “Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs.”

But that was just a movie character named Gloria Clemente, who was played masterfully by Rosie Perez in 1992’s “White Men Can’t Jump.” Aside from those massive “Jeopardy!” winnings (“What is a Quahog?”), what does she know anyway? Plus, we’re talking about TV here, where when you win, you win. And when you lose, well, just ask ABC.

TheWrap digged through the data (and relied heavy on circumstantial observation) to come up with Summer 2017’s nine small-screen winners and losers. Check out our list and reasons below.

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Winner: The Actual Winner
Our first winner is an easy one, as NBC was the No. 1 broadcast network for another summer in Nielsen’s TV ratings — its seventh in a row for the key 18-49 demo, and third among total viewers.

Along the way, NBC launched a new legit hit in “World of Dance,” which proved a terrific partner for summer crown jewel “America’s Got Talent.” Expect those two to dominate together for years to come.

“Weekend Update: Summer Edition” was no slouch performer either and “American Ninja Warrior” stayed doing its thing.

But don’t worry for NBC when the leaves change color: “This Is Us” will be back, and “Sunday Night Football” is set to again be the biggest show of the season. Plus, the Peacock’s got a killer combination coming up in 2018: Super Bowl LII and a little TV show called the Winter Olympics. Good luck, everyone else.

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Loser: Every Rose Has Its Thorn(s)
There was very little love surrounding the “Bachelor” franchise this summer.

First up, Rachel Lindsay’s “Bachelorette” finale slipped double digits in ratings from the prior year’s version. Then there was the ugly “Bachelor in Paradise” sex scandal, when Corinne Olympios called herself a “victim” after a sexual encounter with DeMario Jackson. A tone-deaf promo ahead of the show’s return didn’t help fans forget the controversy and hop back on board.

Finally, the ABC franchise finished the summer with an unpopular choice for its next “Bachelor.” Peter Kraus was RIGHT THERE, you guys.

Also Read: 43 Summer TV Premieres Ranked by Total Viewers (Photos)

Winner: Cup a Joe
And Joe and Mika thought a May engagement would be the highlight of their year…

Perhaps no one on television has directly benefitted more from the President Trump era than MSNBC’s morning show, “Morning Joe.” Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have become NBCU’s new “Must-See TV,” generally spending their weekday mornings shredding the hapless White House administration from 6 a.m. (or 5, if you’re into “First Look”) to 9.

These months, it’s the rare day one wakes up, checks the Twitter trends and doesn’t see “Morning Joe” among the Top 10. So yeah, good summer guys.

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Loser: Keep Your Pants on, Fox
This has been a summer to forget for Fox’s cable networks, and it would have been even worse if Bill O’Reilly had made it to the warmer months.

In June, Fox Sports National Networks president Jamie Horowitz exited amid claims of misconduct, which he denied. A month later, Fox News’ Eric Bolling was benched for reportedly sending unsolicited, lewd text messages to female colleagues. Bolling would be fired weeks later.

Additionally, Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne was suspended from July 6 through Sept. 8 as the company investigated sexual harassment allegations into yet another on-air personality. Considering he returned, it stands to reason that Payne was cleared behind-close-doors of the former guest’s behind-closed-doors accusations.

Also Read: Why NBC Will Win Its 7th Straight Summer in TV Ratings

Winner AND Loser: HBO’s “Crown” Jewel
“Game of Thrones” is pretty popular, in case you hadn’t heard.

The HBO juggernaut’s second-to-last season, which signed off last month, was rewarded with widespread praise and numerous series highs in ratings. No dragons were circling here.

Alas, things didn’t entirely go off without a hitch, as hackers informed the network in July that they had breached its system. When HBO declined to heed the $6 million-plus ransom demand, the thieves leaked details and scripts for then-unaired “Thrones” episodes, along with other company information.

But given the massive viewership despite the leaks for the show based on George R.R. Martin’s books, HBO appears to have made the right call in its refusal to kowtow.

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Loser: The Worldwide Leader in Bad PR
ESPN continued to see its power diminish this summer, as the network shed hundreds of thousands of subscribers as it continues to be hit hard by cord-cutting. Parent company Disney announced an ESPN-branded streaming service to stem the bleeding, but that won’t launch until next year.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the cable giant was accused of mishandling a tweet by “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill, turning it into a national story that even prompted the White House to call for her firing.

Adding to the hits: ESPN radio host Ryen Russillo was suspended and forced to pay $250 after wandering into the wrong Wyoming hotel room while drunk, and the network pulled announcer Robert Lee off of a University of Virginia telecast following the protests in Charlottesville. Because, you know, same name as Robert E. Lee.

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Winner: “Seacrest, In!” (Everything)
It was a good time to be Ryan Seacrest, as if there’s ever a bad time to be the wildly prolific multi-hyphenate.

In addition to scoring solid ratings on “Live” after landing the coveted co-hosting gig opposite Kelly Ripa, he finalized his deal in July to return as the face of “American Idol,” picking up a substantial payday for ABC’s reboot ahead of its likely 2018 launch.

The always-busy Seacrest also continues to launch new properties in the polarizing Kardashian empire (yes, he has an EP credit on this summer’s E! unscripted series “Life of Kylie”), and he still hosts his morning radio show, thanks in part to ABC building him his own radio studio to cut down on his commute.

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Loser: Not Quite “60 Minutes”
Maybe Megyn Kelly’s fans all spent the summer camping and away from TV access?

The Fox News alum launched “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” in June, and despite a hot start thanks to star guest Russian President Vladimir Putin, her primetime talker’s ratings were unimpressive, as the show often had trouble topping reruns of CBS’ venerable “60 Minutes.”

Given that she takes over for the third hour of “Today” in the fall, NBC brass are presumably holding their breath that Kelly is just taking a little time to find her audience.

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Winner: It’s Showtime!
Floyd Mayweather’s final bout might not have been his most impressive, but it was certainly a big win for the premium cable network behind it.

Showtime’s telecast of the highly anticipated match between the undefeated boxer and UFC standout Conor McGregor is expected to have broken pay-per-view records, with final numbers still to come. Plus, despite concern from fans that the seemingly uneven matchup would be a snooze-fest, the fight actually didn’t suck.

It wasn’t just fisticuffs that gave Showtime a boost. “Twin Peaks” was back in all its head-scratching glory, with the return to Washington bringing solid ratings and plenty of watercooler buzz.

Also Read: 15 New Fall TV Shows You’ll Want to Catch, From ‘Inhumans’ to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ (Photos)

Did we miss anyone of consequence? What’d we get wrong? Let us know in the comments section.

Matt Pressberg contributed to this post.

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A wise woman once said, “Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs.”

But that was just a movie character named Gloria Clemente, who was played masterfully by Rosie Perez in 1992’s “White Men Can’t Jump.” Aside from those massive “Jeopardy!” winnings (“What is a Quahog?”), what does she know anyway? Plus, we’re talking about TV here, where when you win, you win. And when you lose, well, just ask ABC.

TheWrap digged through the data (and relied heavy on circumstantial observation) to come up with Summer 2017’s nine small-screen winners and losers. Check out our list and reasons below.

Winner: The Actual Winner
Our first winner is an easy one, as NBC was the No. 1 broadcast network for another summer in Nielsen’s TV ratings — its seventh in a row for the key 18-49 demo, and third among total viewers.

Along the way, NBC launched a new legit hit in “World of Dance,” which proved a terrific partner for summer crown jewel “America’s Got Talent.” Expect those two to dominate together for years to come.

“Weekend Update: Summer Edition” was no slouch performer either and “American Ninja Warrior” stayed doing its thing.

But don’t worry for NBC when the leaves change color: “This Is Us” will be back, and “Sunday Night Football” is set to again be the biggest show of the season. Plus, the Peacock’s got a killer combination coming up in 2018: Super Bowl LII and a little TV show called the Winter Olympics. Good luck, everyone else.

Loser: Every Rose Has Its Thorn(s)
There was very little love surrounding the “Bachelor” franchise this summer.

First up, Rachel Lindsay’s “Bachelorette” finale slipped double digits in ratings from the prior year’s version. Then there was the ugly “Bachelor in Paradise” sex scandal, when Corinne Olympios called herself a “victim” after a sexual encounter with DeMario Jackson. A tone-deaf promo ahead of the show’s return didn’t help fans forget the controversy and hop back on board.

Finally, the ABC franchise finished the summer with an unpopular choice for its next “Bachelor.” Peter Kraus was RIGHT THERE, you guys.

Winner: Cup a Joe
And Joe and Mika thought a May engagement would be the highlight of their year…

Perhaps no one on television has directly benefitted more from the President Trump era than MSNBC’s morning show, “Morning Joe.” Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have become NBCU’s new “Must-See TV,” generally spending their weekday mornings shredding the hapless White House administration from 6 a.m. (or 5, if you’re into “First Look”) to 9.

These months, it’s the rare day one wakes up, checks the Twitter trends and doesn’t see “Morning Joe” among the Top 10. So yeah, good summer guys.

Loser: Keep Your Pants on, Fox
This has been a summer to forget for Fox’s cable networks, and it would have been even worse if Bill O’Reilly had made it to the warmer months.

In June, Fox Sports National Networks president Jamie Horowitz exited amid claims of misconduct, which he denied. A month later, Fox News’ Eric Bolling was benched for reportedly sending unsolicited, lewd text messages to female colleagues. Bolling would be fired weeks later.

Additionally, Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne was suspended from July 6 through Sept. 8 as the company investigated sexual harassment allegations into yet another on-air personality. Considering he returned, it stands to reason that Payne was cleared behind-close-doors of the former guest’s behind-closed-doors accusations.

Winner AND Loser: HBO’s “Crown” Jewel
“Game of Thrones” is pretty popular, in case you hadn’t heard.

The HBO juggernaut’s second-to-last season, which signed off last month, was rewarded with widespread praise and numerous series highs in ratings. No dragons were circling here.

Alas, things didn’t entirely go off without a hitch, as hackers informed the network in July that they had breached its system. When HBO declined to heed the $6 million-plus ransom demand, the thieves leaked details and scripts for then-unaired “Thrones” episodes, along with other company information.

But given the massive viewership despite the leaks for the show based on George R.R. Martin’s books, HBO appears to have made the right call in its refusal to kowtow.

Loser: The Worldwide Leader in Bad PR
ESPN continued to see its power diminish this summer, as the network shed hundreds of thousands of subscribers as it continues to be hit hard by cord-cutting. Parent company Disney announced an ESPN-branded streaming service to stem the bleeding, but that won’t launch until next year.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the cable giant was accused of mishandling a tweet by “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill, turning it into a national story that even prompted the White House to call for her firing.

Adding to the hits: ESPN radio host Ryen Russillo was suspended and forced to pay $250 after wandering into the wrong Wyoming hotel room while drunk, and the network pulled announcer Robert Lee off of a University of Virginia telecast following the protests in Charlottesville. Because, you know, same name as Robert E. Lee.

Winner: “Seacrest, In!” (Everything)
It was a good time to be Ryan Seacrest, as if there’s ever a bad time to be the wildly prolific multi-hyphenate.

In addition to scoring solid ratings on “Live” after landing the coveted co-hosting gig opposite Kelly Ripa, he finalized his deal in July to return as the face of “American Idol,” picking up a substantial payday for ABC’s reboot ahead of its likely 2018 launch.

The always-busy Seacrest also continues to launch new properties in the polarizing Kardashian empire (yes, he has an EP credit on this summer’s E! unscripted series “Life of Kylie”), and he still hosts his morning radio show, thanks in part to ABC building him his own radio studio to cut down on his commute.

Loser: Not Quite “60 Minutes”
Maybe Megyn Kelly’s fans all spent the summer camping and away from TV access?

The Fox News alum launched “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” in June, and despite a hot start thanks to star guest Russian President Vladimir Putin, her primetime talker’s ratings were unimpressive, as the show often had trouble topping reruns of CBS’ venerable “60 Minutes.”

Given that she takes over for the third hour of “Today” in the fall, NBC brass are presumably holding their breath that Kelly is just taking a little time to find her audience.

Winner: It’s Showtime!
Floyd Mayweather’s final bout might not have been his most impressive, but it was certainly a big win for the premium cable network behind it.

Showtime’s telecast of the highly anticipated match between the undefeated boxer and UFC standout Conor McGregor is expected to have broken pay-per-view records, with final numbers still to come. Plus, despite concern from fans that the seemingly uneven matchup would be a snooze-fest, the fight actually didn’t suck.

It wasn’t just fisticuffs that gave Showtime a boost. “Twin Peaks” was back in all its head-scratching glory, with the return to Washington bringing solid ratings and plenty of watercooler buzz.

Did we miss anyone of consequence? What’d we get wrong? Let us know in the comments section.

Matt Pressberg contributed to this post.

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‘Live With Kelly and Ryan’ Season Premiere Scores Best Demo Rating Since Relaunch

Ryan Seacrest seems to suit Kelly Ripa just fine.

The new-ish duo’s “Live With Kelly and Ryan” season premiere just tied this version of the syndicated talker’s highest rating (a 1.1) ever among women 25-54. That group is daytime television’s key demographic for advertisers.

“Live With Kelly and Ryan” technically launched in May.

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Additionally, Tuesday’s “Live” kicked off the 2017-18 season with a 2.4 in Nielsen’s household rating, which is a three-month high in those 56 metered markets, and was good enough to beat the season premiere of “Ellen” (a 2.3).

“Live with Kelly and Ryan” is distributed in national syndication by Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution. The show is produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman, Ripa and Seacrest.

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Ryan Seacrest seems to suit Kelly Ripa just fine.

The new-ish duo’s “Live With Kelly and Ryan” season premiere just tied this version of the syndicated talker’s highest rating (a 1.1) ever among women 25-54. That group is daytime television’s key demographic for advertisers.

“Live With Kelly and Ryan” technically launched in May.

Additionally, Tuesday’s “Live” kicked off the 2017-18 season with a 2.4 in Nielsen’s household rating, which is a three-month high in those 56 metered markets, and was good enough to beat the season premiere of “Ellen” (a 2.3).

“Live with Kelly and Ryan” is distributed in national syndication by Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution. The show is produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman, Ripa and Seacrest.

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