EMMY RATINGS DOWN AGAIN
NEW YORK (AP) – The Emmys were delivered to the winners on Sunday. But the show itself failed to deliver when it came to ratings. The Nielsen company reports 6.1 million people watched the socially-distanced awards show on Sunday night. That is down from the 6.9 million who watched last year. And the lower viewership seems to be a trend, not just a blip. This marks the third straight year of record low Emmys viewership. Last year marked the first time that viewership for the Emmys slipped under 10 million people. It’s a further sign that awards shows which used to be signature events – are no longer considered must-see-TV these days.
ELLEN DEGENERES OPENS NEW SEASON WITH DEFENSE OF OLD WAYS
NEW YORK (AP) – Ellen DeGeneres says she had a “super-terrific” summer. And whether people who watch her show found that funny or too sarcastic – only time will tell. DeGeneres returned to her talk show yesterday, hoping to defuse months of talk that she presides over a toxic workplace. Those who support her likely saw her comments as a sincere effort to apologize and move on. But critics will likely see her attitude during her opening monologue as too flip for the occasion. Over the summer, three producers were fired amid claims that staffers were bullied, sexually harassed and in some cases, subject to racially insensitive remarks.
HOLLYWOOD UNIONS REACH DEAL ON PANDEMIC RULES
LOS ANGELES – It looks like TV and movie production is bouncing back in Hollywood. The unions representing those who put together movies and TV shows have reached a deal with the major studios on how to ramp up production in the coronavirus age. The coalition of unions’ deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers comes after months of planning and negotiations. Among the details of the settlement are mandatory and comprehensive use of personal protective gear, regular testing of cast and crew members – and a coronavirus supervisor to oversee things.
ANOTHER PARENT PLEADS GUILTY IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM
UNDATED (AP) – There’s been another guilty plea in the college admissions bribery scheme that has “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin facing prison time. California businessman Mark Hauser became the 29th parent to cop a plea in the scheme to get well-heeled – if not well-educated – rich kids into popular schools. Hauser is said to be the person who steered Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli to the man who ran the bribery effort. Loughlin has been ordered to do two months in prison for her part in the scheme. She is to begin serving her sentence in November. Her husband goes in the same day – but he will do five months.