SCREENWRITER FOR “BRIAN’S SONG,” “ROOTS” AND “PURPLE RAIN” DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – He helped create the dialogue for some landmark TV shows – and for the Prince movie, “Purple Rain.” William Blinn was the screenwriter of those major projects and more. His daughter says he had died, passing away from natural causes at 83. Blinn won an Emmy for “Roots,” the landmark 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley’s book about his Black ancestors’ journey from slavery to freedom. Blinn won an Emmy and Peabody for the 1971 TV movie “Brian’s Song.” It was an account of the interracial friendship between Chicago Bears players Gayle Sayers and Brian Piccolo. Sayers died last month.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN TRIBUTES CONTINUE WITH ART EXHIBIT IN HOMETOWN
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – There’s another tribute to Chadwick Boseman. It’s an outdoor exhibit by artists in the actor’s hometown of Anderson, North Carolina. About 20 pieces featuring Boseman’s image are in the project, which is being sponsored by the city. Boseman died in August of cancer at age 43. The star of “Black Panther” – who also portrayed Jackie Robinson in “42” – never publicly acknowledged having the disease.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER HAS HEART SURGERY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Arnold Schwarzenegger describes himself as feeling “fantastic” after heart surgery. The 73-year-old star of the “Terminator” movies and former California governor tells social media he had a new aortic valve placed in his heart last week. The actor had another heart operation in 2018 to replace a pulmonary valve – which had been originally installed in 1997.
“60 MINUTES” AIRS TRUNCATED TRUMP INTERVIEW
NEW YORK (AP) – We should get a clue within the next day or two whether President Trump was able to steal any of the thunder from “60 Minutes.” Last week, Trump put out clips of the interview to show his followers how poorly he felt CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl treated him. CBS aired Trump’s sit-down with Trump last night, despite Trump’s complaining – and his sneak preview. The program also had interviews with Vice President Mike Pence – and both Democratic challengers, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
SECOND TRUMP-BIDEN DEBATE DRAWS SMALLER TV AUDIENCE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden was more orderly than the first. But it wasn’t as well watched. Nielsen reports the Thursday clash drew 10 million viewers fewer than the first. The first debate was seen by 73.1 million .. while an estimated 63 million watched last week’s battle, which aired on 15 networks.