TOP-20 NIELSEN SHOWS LACK SCRIPTED PROGRAMS
NEW YORK (AP) – The latest Nielsen TV ratings have literally flipped the script. A look at the top 20 entries on the list finds that not a single one is a scripted show comedy or drama. It’s rare – but it makes sense in this, the coronavirus age. With Hollywood TV production shut down for six months by the pandemic, there are no fresh shows available as summer ends – and a new season around the corner. That means the current ratings list is dominated by NFL games, NBA playoff matches, competition shows like “America’s Got Talent” – and cable news programs.
HOLLYWOOD CORONAVIRUS DEAL ADDRESSES SICK DAYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – As production for movies and TV shows resumes after a 6-month stoppage because of the coronavirus, it raises the question: what happens if someone gets sick working in a studio, soundstage or on location? It’s among the scenarios addressed in the deal between producers and the unions that represent those who work on TV shows or movies. The deal calls for 10 days of paid COVID-19 sick leave per employee. The leave can be used if a worker tests positive for the coronavirus – or if someone has to be quarantined because someone else takes ill. It also calls for a worker who uses such leave to be reinstated to his or her job – as long as that job still exists.
JENNIFER ANISTON – FIREFIGHTER?
LOS ANGELES (AP) – She may not have won an Emmy for her work on the series “The Morning Show.” But Jennifer Aniston is considered best firefighter in a supportive role. It happened Sunday night when she and Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel tried a stunt to prove the cleanliness of the envelopes that contained the names of the winners. Kimmel sprayed an envelope with disinfectant, dropped the envelope into a wire wastebasket – and set it on fire. Aniston was to step in and douse the flames with a fire extinguisher – but they didn’t go out. After the flames flared again – much stronger this time – Aniston upped her extinguisher game, spraying the flames enough to smother them. Producer Reginald Hudlin says his team “loved it” because they couldn’t have scripted it better.
KEVIN HART TEAMING WITH SIRIUSXM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kevin Hart is promising that his new alliance with SiriusXM will let him produce “real, raw and authentic conversations.” The comedian has signed a multi-platform between his comedy network Laugh Out Loud and the satellite outlet. It will feature Hart hosting regular programs and live shows. He will also do radio shows, podcasts – and on-demand video.