KATE MCKINNON’S ‘JOE EXOTIC’ SERIES ORDERED BY NBCUNIVERSAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The saga of Joe Exotic is getting another Hollywood chapter, with Kate McKinnon starring as his rival in a NBCUniversal limited series. The “Saturday Night Live” star will play Carole Baskin, who sought to shut down Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s for-profit breeding of big cats. The conflict became a pop culture sensation with Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King.” The limited series will be based on the Wondery podcast “Joe Exotic,” also the working title for the series. Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, is serving a 22-year federal prison term for killing five tigers and plotting to have Baskin killed.
IN BIG WEEK, ABC’S DAVID MUIR EMERGES AS STAR OF THE SUMMER
NEW YORK (AP) – In this pandemic shorn of much sports and entertainment, ABC ‘World News Tonight’ anchor David Muir has emerged as a star of the summer. His nightly newscast averaged 8.2 million viewers each night, a larger audience than any prime-time program on broadcast or cable television. In addition, Muir and Robin Roberts interviewed the Democratic presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Sunday, reaching 5.1 million viewers. The Nielsen company says, otherwise, Democratic convention coverage on cable networks MSNBC and CNN dominated the Nielsen ratings last week. With Democrats in the spotlight, MSNBC scored a rare win in the weekly ratings over Fox News Channel.
“BRING IT ON” SHOULD HAVE BEEN “CHEER FEVER”
UNDATED (AP) – The movie “Bring It On” marks its 20th anniversary this week, and its director says it was supposed to be called “Cheer Fever.” Director Peyton Reed says the studio wanted the name change because they thought “Cheer Fever” made it sound like a cheerleading movie, which might narrow the audience. Reed says he thought, “Well, it IS a cheerleading movie.” There is one problem with the title “Bring It On”: that’s not what Gabrielle Union says in the final. She says, “Bring it.” Reed says he had to wrap his “overly logical head” around the fact that she didn’t actually say, “Bring it on.”
NIELSEN TOP TEN SHOWS
NEW YORK (AP) – For the week of Aug. 17-23, here are the top ten most popular prime-time programs, according to Nielsen:
1. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.23 million.
2. “Biden’s Acceptance Speech,” MSNBC, 6.24 million viewers.
3. “Democratic Convention” (Wednesday), MSNBC, 6.2 million.
4. “Democratic Convention” (Wednesday, 10 p.m.), CNN, 5.84 million.
5. “Democratic Convention” (Thursday), MSNBC, 5.69 million.
6. “Democratic Convention” (Thursday, 10 p.m.), CNN, 5.58 million.
7. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 5.579 million.
8. “Yellowstone,” Paramount, 5.16 million.
9. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 5.14 million.
10. “Biden and Harris Interview,” ABC, 5.11 million.