‘E!: Live From The Red Carpet’ Piles On Bigger Ratings For Oscars

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E! Live from the Red Carpet: Oscars 2019 drew 1.82 million viewers Sunday and 631,000 in the key adults 18-49 demographic, both numbers growing from last year’s pre-Oscar special. The annual Academy Awards pre-show ran from 5-7:30 PM ET/2-4:30 PM…

How to Stream the 2019 Oscars Red Carpet Live Online

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This is it. The Oscars. The end of Hollywood’s awards season. The Super Bowl of movies. And also the last major red carpet event for months. If you’re a fan of celebrity fashion, it’s not gonna get any better than this for a while. So…

‘American Housewife’ and ‘American Idol’ to Air Crossover Episode in March

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ABC’s “American Housewife” and “American Idol” are airing a crossover episode in March, the network announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

The “American Housewife” episode, which is semi-confusingly titled “American Idol,” is set for Tuesday, March 19 at 8/7c. It will include guest spots from “Idol” judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie and host Ryan Seacrest.

“American Housewife’s” “American Idol” follows Taylor’s (Meg Donnelly) dream of becoming a musical superstar, per ABC. Parents Katie (Katy Mixon) and Greg (Diedrich Bader) are skeptical when Taylor announces she will use her college fund to travel to Los Angeles, audition for “American Idol,” wow the judges and become an overnight sensation — but Taylor’s passion is undeniable.

The episode was written by Jordan Roter and directed by John Putch. It won’t be the lone musical episode of this third season of “Housewife.”

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“A Mom’s Parade” will only ramp up the musicality. May 21’s season finale (also a Tuesday at 8/7c) will include four original songs by composer Justin Paul (“The Greatest Showman,” “Dear Evan Hansen”) and Glenn Slater (“Tangled,” “School of Rock-The Musical”), as well as choreography from Ashley Wallen (“La La Land,” The Greatest Showman”).

In this one, frustrated by the lack of appreciation for all she does, Katie decides to go “full-Westport” and leaves the family to fend for themselves, according to the Disney-owned broadcast network. Katie’s plan quickly backfires when the kids seem to be doing just fine, leaving Greg to suffer the brunt of her absence.

Guest star Peyton Meyer returns as Trip for the Season 3 finale.

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“A Mom’s Parade” was written by Rick Weiner & Kenny Schwartz (Story) and Kat Likkel & John Hoberg (Teleplay), and directed by Paul Murphy.

In addition to those singled out in the above loglines, “American Housewife”also stars Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver Otto, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat Otto, Carly Hughes as Angela, and Ali Wong as Doris.

“American Housewife” is written by Sarah Dunn and produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Dunn, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz are executive producers.

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How to Watch the 2019 Golden Globes Red Carpet Arrivals Live Online

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And here we are once again. It’s a new year, and that means that Hollywood’s awards season is once again in full swing with the Golden Globes really kicking things off in earnest on Jan. 6.
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How to Stream Univision’s ‘Countdown Feliz 2019’ New Year’s Celebration Featuring Pitbull Live Online

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Univision will be ringing in the new year with “Countdown Feliz 2019,” a coast to coast event that will feature a concert by international superstar Pitbull, who will be performing live from his hometown of Miami.

The party will kick off at 9 p.m. EST and will hop around the country for other musical performances in New York, Disneyland Resort in California, and the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

Aside from Pitbull, musical guests will also include Mau y Ricky, Lali Espósito, Paulina Rubio, Joss Favela, Lupita Infante, Mariachi Divas, DJ Chino, Chyno Miranda, Anuel AA, Banda Los Recoditos, Calibre 50, Luis Coronel, Karol G, Christian Nodal and Sebastian Yatra.

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“Countdown Feliz 2019” will, of course, be broadcast on Univision via traditional television providers, as well as Univision’s streaming service, Univision NOW, which is available online and via smart devices. A seven-day free trial is available for new subscribers.

In addition, Univision will be streaming “Countdown Feliz 2019” on Facebook.

There are a ton of options for watching New Year’s 2019 festivities around the country tonight. These include ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” Fox’s “New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey,” “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” on CNN, and Fox News’ “All-American New Year.” And let’s not forget, of course, the standard Times Square ball drop stream, which you can stream for free.

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How to Watch ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’

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Another new year is nearly upon us, and that means ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and the largest New Year’s Eve party on the planet.

Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy will host the Times Square portion of the festivities in New York beginning at 8 p.m. EST, and the party will continue until 1 a.m. But this “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” won’t just stay in New York — this year’s edition will also feature parties in Los Angeles, hosted by Ciara, as well as festivities in New Orleans, which will be hosted by Lucy Hale.

All the locations will feature star-studded music performances, headlined by Christina Aguilera on the Time’s Square stage. Post Malone and New Kids on the Block will also perform in New York. New Orleans, meanwhile, will feature performances by Florida Georgia Line and Maren Morris.

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In Los Angeles, Ciara will double her hosting duties with a performance along with a slate that includes Camila Cabello, the Chainsmokers, Ciara, Foster the People, Halsey, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Weezer, Macklemore and Skylar Grey.

All of this can be viewed either via a television service, streaming on ABC.com or via the ABC app on smart devices and streaming boxes of all sorts. If you’re in a market in which streaming television service Sling TV carries ABC, you can also sign up for a free 7-day trial and watch that way.

The broadcast won’t be continuous from 8 to 1, though — it will break at 11 p.m. for local news before returning at 11:30 to get ready for the turn of the calendar.

If you’re not in the mood for Ryan Seacrest, you’ll have many other New Year’s celebrations to watch, including “Feliz 2019!” on Univision, which will feature roughly 20 different hosts in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas. There’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” on CNN, and Fox News’ “All-American New Year.” And let’s not forget, of course, the standard Times Square ball drop stream, which will include performances Bebe Rexha, Lovelytheband and dance crew the Lab, which you can stream for free.

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

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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.

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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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Janice Dickinson’s ‘Shahs of Sunset’ Lawsuit Dismissed by Judge

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Janice Dickinson has come up empty in her bid to sue Ryan Seacrest Enterprises and NBC Universal over her appearance on the Bravo reality show “Shahs of Sunset.”

There is a silver lining for Dickinson, as federal judge George H. Wu said in court papers on Wednesday that she can file an amended complaint by Oct. 24.

Dickinson filed her suit in March, saying that she was tricked into appearing on the show and falsely painted as a villain on the episode.

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Dickinson said in her suit that she regularly appeared as a runway model for designer Erik Rosette during Los Angeles Fashion Week for free, to promote Rosette’s charitable efforts.

According to the complaint, Rosette knew that she wouldn’t appear pro bono if the designer was “planning to exploit Dickinson’s celebrity without her consent by, for example, facilitating a reality television show’s exploitation of Dickinson’s celebrity.”

However, the suit said, in the fall of 2016 Dickinson again agreed to model, and Rosette arranged for Dickinson’s appearance, without her knowledge or consent, on an episode of “Shahs of Sunset.”

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Moreover, the suit alleged, the defendants conspired “to script an episode of ‘Shahs’ to include a false controversy” that “would make it appear that Dickinson had intentionally ‘stolen’ or essentially bullied her way into wearing an outfit which had been purported previously selected for or by [‘Shahs’ star] Golnesa Gharachedaghi,” prompting Gharachedaghi to “intentionally, maliciously and falsely disparage Plaintiff on camera (but without Plaintiff’s knowledge during photography).”

Dickinson added that she learned of the situation after the show aired last year, and when she confronted the defendants about it, she was sent a forged release that she purportedly signed.

However, in a tentative ruling earlier this week that has since been made final, the judge dismissed Dickinson’s claims without prejudice, allowing he amend her complaint.

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“The Court would find that the inclusion of Plaintiff’s likeness, image, and name in the Episode, even if included without her consent, bore artistic relevance above zero. From the Court’s review of the Episode, part of the Episode focused on the Los Angeles Fashion Show, and a significant sub-plot of the Episode included the narrative that Plaintiff stole the romper earmarked for Gharachedaghi,” the tentative ruling read. “Because of Plaintiff’s role in that narrative, false or not, the use of Plaintiff’s name and likeness are artistically relevant to the Episode.”

The tentative ruling further found that Dickinson’s First Amended Complaint did “not adequately allege that the use of Plaintiff’s name, image, and likeness ‘would confuse [consumers] into thinking that [Plaintiff] is somehow behind [the Episode] or that [Plaintiff] sponsors [Defendants’] product . . . there [is no] explicit indication, overt claim, or explicit misstatement that caused such consumer confusion.’”

Reps for Dickinson, NBC Universal and Ryan Seacrest Enterprises did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the decision.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Will Les Moonves Hang On? Here’s Who Did and Didn’t Keep Their Jobs After #MeToo Accusations (Chart)

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Friday marks three weeks since six women accused CBS CEO Leslie Moonves of sexual misconduct in a New Yorker story. But unlike many of the men accused since the start of the #MeToo movement last year, Moonves has held on to his job so far.

What happens next for Moonves depends on a CBS investigation being conducted by two outside law firms. But as our list below shows, losing his job is neither a certainty nor an impossibility. The #MeToo movement that began with the October 2017 accusations against Harvey Weinstein has toppled some of the most powerful men in America, from Charlie Rose to Sen. Al Franken. Others have held on despite serious accusations against them.

Here is a list of a few of the most high-profile men who have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 10 months, followed by more detail about each case.

Lost All Jobs

Louis C.K.

Five women accused comedian Louis C.K. of exposing himself and masturbating in front of them more than a decade ago.

“These stories are true,” C.K. said in response. “The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”

HBO, Netflix, and FX severed their ties With C.K. The release of his then-upcoming film, “I Love You, Daddy,” was canceled. In January, TBS announced it would not go forward with C.K.’s animated comedy “The Cops.”

Al Franken

Former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was accused by eight women of unwanted kissing and groping. Franken issued several statements apologizing in some instances and saying that he did not recall specific details surrounding other accusations. He resigned from the U.S. Senate on Jan. 2.

 

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Matt Lauer

Several women accused “Today” co-host Matt Lauer of sexual misconduct. They included three women who said he made sexual advances, a woman who said she had a consensual sexual relationship with Matt Lauer, which she described as an “abuse of power” and another woman who said she passed out as Lauer assaulted her.

Soon after the first accusations came to light, Lauer issued a statement expressing “sorrow” and “regret.” In April, Lauer issued another statement saying: “Any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.”

Lauer was fired from NBC in November. 

Brett Ratner

Six women accused director Brett Ranter of sexual misconduct, including harassment, groping and forced oral sex in a Nov. 1, 2017 Los Angeles Times story. Four more women accused him off sexual misconduct in a subsequent L.A. Times story, which said two women accused Ratner of working with Russell Simmons to harass or assault them. Variety reported last November that Beverly Hills police had investigated Ratner and music exec Russell Simmons in 2001 after a woman filed a report alleging that she was a victim of sexual battery. The district attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges due to “insufficient evidence.”

Ratner denied the accusations. He later sued one woman, accusing her of libeling him by accusing him of rape.

Ratner was dropped by Warner Bros., Playboy announced it was putting his Hugh Hefner biopic on hold and liquor giant Diageo discontinued Ratner’s Hilhaven Lodge whiskey.

Charlie Rose

Thirty-five women accused longtime journalist Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, including obscene phone calls, groping and exposing himself. Rose has apologized for any “inappropriate behavior” but denied the accuracy of the allegations. On Nov. 21, CBS News, PBS and Bloomberg cut ties with Rose.

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Russell Simmons

More than a dozen women have accused music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct, including rape. Simmons has denied the accusations. In November, Simmons stepped down from his companies. Soon after, HBO announced that it was removing his name from “all Def Comedy” shows. In January, Oprah Winfrey said she was deleting Simmons from her new self-help book.

Kevin Spacey

More than 30 men accused Kevin Spacey of sexual of sexual misconduct, including actor Anthony Rapp, who said Spacey made a sexual advance on him when he was 14.

Spacey said he did not “remember the encounter,” and came out as gay. A representative later said Spacey was taking “the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”

In November, Netflix fired Spacey from his hit series “House of Cards.” The streaming service also scrapped his Gore Vidal biopic. Spacey was also cut from Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” and replaced with Christopher Plummer. In February, Spacey’s foundation in the U.K. shut down

Spacey’s film “Billionaire Boys Club,” which was shot before the accusations came to light, had a digital and VOD rollout on July 17.

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James Toback

Nearly 400 women have accused director James Toback of sexual misconduct, including actresses Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams and Julianne Moore. Toback denied the allegations. He was dropped by his agent and has not released any work since the Los Angeles Times first reported on the accusations in October. 

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein has been accused by more than more than 80 women of sexual misconduct. In May, he was indicted on charges of rape in the first and third degrees as well as criminal sexual act in the first degree. In July, Weinstein he was indicted on an additional count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and two counts of predatory sexual assault.

Weinstein has denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex.”

After the first accusations against him were reported by The New York Times, he was fired by the board of The Weinstein Company. Apple axed TWC’s series about Elvis Presley; Amazon canceled an in-development series from David O. Russell that was set to star Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. Weinstein was later ejected from Motion Picture Academy and other major industry guilds.

Steve Wynn

Dozens of women accused casino mogul Steve Wynn of sexual misconduct. The accusations included sexual harassment, exposing himself and one woman who accused him of rape, which prompted a $7.5 million settlement payment from Wynn. Wynn has denied any wrongdoing.

Wynn resigned from his post as finance chairman for the Republican National Committee and as chairman and chief executive of his company, Wynn Resorts.

Lost Some Jobs

Morgan Freeman

Eight women came forward to CNN to accuse actor Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment, including the co-writer of the article, who described a pattern of inappropriate comments and unwanted touching. Freeman apologized, but denied accusations of sexual misconduct.

Visa, which featured Freeman’s voice in its commercials, pulled his ads. In May, TransLink announced it was dropping the idea of using Freeman’s voice for some announcements. He was later replaced with Seth Rogen. 

Morgan continues to appear in films, including Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” slated for release in November.

Chris Hardwick

On June 14, Chris Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, actress Chloe Dykstra, said she suffered sexual and emotional abuse from an unnamed ex-boyfriend in a Medium post. Hardwick denied the allegations. He was suspended from AMC, NBC, and the website Nerdist pending an investigation. During his suspension, AMC announced Hardwick would “step aside” from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego in July. 

On July 25, AMC announced Hardwick was cleared to return to work. NBC and Nerdist also reinstated Hardwick.

Garrison Keillor

On Nov. 29, Garrison Keillor, the creator and former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” was fired by Minnesota Public Radio following sexual misconduct accusations. Keillor later said he had been fired for putting his hand “on a woman’s bare back.” But an investigation by MPR News, published in January, said Keillor had engaged in “years-long pattern of behavior that left several women who worked for Keillor feeling mistreated, sexualized or belittled.”

Keillor denied the accusations.

MPR announced in November it was firing Keillor and would no longer distribute his show “The Writer’s Almanac.” The company also said it was rebranding his former show, “A Prairie Home Companion” under a new name, “Live From Here.” In January, the University of Minnesota removed a plaque bearing his name from its Scholars Walk. In April, Keillor wrote that he was “ready to start up both shows again.” Keillor continues to writes a column for the Union Leader newspaper in New Hampshire.

R. Kelly

Parents of three women said that Kelly was keeping them from their daughters, according to BuzzFeed, which used the word “cult” in quotation marks to describe their living conditions. Another woman later told BuzzFeed that Kelly had sexually abused her. Kelly, who was found not guilty on child pornography charges in 2008, has denied all of the most recent accusations.

A #MuteRKelly hashtag led to the cancellation of several of his concerts. After banning Kelly from its official playlists in May under its “Hate Content and Hateful Conduct policy,” Spotify began streaming his music again in June, following intense backlash from users. Apple Music and Pandora also pulled Kelly’s music from their editorial playlists but his music is still available on all these platforms.

Kelly, who has been touring with singer Charlie Wilson, also dismissed the accusations last month in a song entitled “I Admit.” According to Spin, he is scheduled to perform at the Hulu Theatre at New York City’s Madison Square Garden next month.

John Lasseter

The Hollywood Reporter said “multiple” Pixar insiders accused John Lasseter, then the most powerful man in animation, of unwanted touching, kissing, and comments about people’s physical attributes. Lasseter apologized for what he called “missteps.” 

After a six-month leave of absence, Lasseter announced he was leaving Disney at the end of 2018.

Jeremy Piven

Eight women have accused actor Jeremy Piven of sexual misconduct, including assault. 

Piven denied the accusations, saying he had passed a lie detector test. “As evidenced by the lie detector test I took and passed, I have never forced myself on anyone, nor have I ever exposed myself or restrained anyone against their will,” he told BuzzFeed.

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” killed a pre-recorded Piven interview. CBS announced it was pulling the plug on Piven’s show, “Wisdom of the Crowd,” citing poor ratings. In July, Piven told Fox 11’s “Good Day L.A.” he was trying his hand at comedy.

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Tavis Smiley

In December, talk show host Tavis Smiley was suspended by PBS following a sexual misconduct investigation which concluded that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates and created an abusive and threatening environment.

Smiley admitted to past relationships but denied any misconduct. But Public Radio International ended its relationship with Smiley, as did Mills Entertainment, which had been producing his theatrical retelling of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; the production was suspended.

In January, Smiley announced a new show, “The Upside with Tavis Smiley,” on The Word Network. He later went on a five-city tour discussing relationships between men and women in the workplace. He is also working on an upcoming book, “Leading by Listening.”

In February, Smiley filed a lawsuit accusing PBS of acting in “a racially hostile manner” over the years. PBS countersued. 

Jeffrey Tambor

Three women accused actor Jeffrey Tambor of sexual misconduct. Tabor apologized for “mean” and “difficult” behavior, but denied the accusations.

In February, Tambor was fired from his hit Amazon show “Transparent.” That same month, he was removed from a promotional poster for the movie, “The Death of Stalin.” But Tambor remained in the film itself. In June, he was replaced as voice talent in Paramount’s upcoming animated offering “Wonder Park.”

In May, Tambor returned to Netflix’s “Arrested Development” for its fifth season.

Kept All Jobs

John Bailey

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it received three claims of sexual harassment against its president, John Bailey. No details about the nature of the claims has been released.

Bailey denied the accusations. “That did not happen,” he wrote in a memo to staff obtained by TheWrap.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced in March that an internal investigation had cleared Bailey.

David Copperfield

In January, model Brittney Lewis accused magician David Copperfield of drugging and raping her in 1988, when she was 17.

Copperfield did not address the rape accusations directly. Instead, he tweeted support for the #MeToo movement and asked people not to “rush to judgment.” He continues to perform his magic show at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand.

James Franco

Five women accused James Franco of subjecting them to sexually exploitative or inappropriate behavior. 

Franco’s attorney denied Paley’s allegations, calling them “not accurate.”

The actor returns next month for the second season of HBO’s ’70s-set series “The Deuce.”

Nev Schulman

In May, a woman who appeared in his MTV series “Catfish” accused the show’s host, Nev Schulman, of pressuring her into having sex with him. Schulman called the accusations “false.”

After initially halting production on his show “Catfish,”  MTV announced it would resume production after an investigation found the claims “not credible and without merit.”

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest was accused of sexual misconduct by his former stylist, Suzie Hardy, who said that the abuse included “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 denied the accusations. 

In February, E! announced an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Seacrest found “insufficient evidence to support the claims.” He continued to host a wide range of shows on radio and TV, including ABC’s “American Idol” and the daily talk show “Live With Kelly & Ryan.”

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(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read on if you haven’t watched Monday’s finale of “American Idol”)

Maddie Poppe was crowned winner of the 16th season of “American Idol” on Monday night, becoming the first winner of the singing competition at its new home on ABC.

Heading into the finale, it was down to the top three contestants, Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Poppe.

The 19-year-old from Iowa sang Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” for her last performance on Sunday night, which earned heavy praise from judge Katy Perry.

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The episode padded out its two-hour run time with a number of musical performances, including by judges Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan — accompanied by a number of this season’s finalists — as well as guests Bebe Rexha, Darius Rucker, Gary Clark Jr., Nick Jonas, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams.

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On Sunday, the top three unveiled their “winners singles” on the “Idol” stage, performing for the first time the songs that would be re-released as their debut to a general audience: Barrett’s gospel-inspired “River Deep,” Poppe’s country-pop “Going Going Gone” and Hutchinson’s “Johnny Cash Heart,” only one of which will now receive an official re-release through Disney’s Hollywood Records.

Monday’s finale marked the conclusion of the first season of “American Idol” to air on ABC, which revived the singing competition less than three years after it was first canceled by Fox.

The show has since struggled to recapture some of the popularity it enjoyed at the peak of its original run, but ABC has already picked up another season of “Idol” with all three judges and host Ryan Seacrest signed on to return.

The top seven finalists — Cade Foehner, Catie Turner, Jurnee and Michael J. Woodard along with Hutchinson, Barrett and Poppe — will embark on a national tour beginning July 11. Season 8 champ Kris Allen and the winners of ABC’s “Boy Band” competition will also tag along.

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