JON STEWART RETURNS TO TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jon Stewart is returning to TV with a new home more than five years after bowing out as host of “The Daily Show.” The Apple TV+ streaming service says Stewart will host an hour-long current affairs series exploring topics of national interest as well as his advocacy work. Stewart has been an outspoken supporter of military veterans and 9/11 first responders. He and his wife, Tracey, are animal rights proponents. The series is expected to debut in 2021 – so if Stewart wants to weigh in on a presidential race, as he regularly did on his long-running Comedy Central show, he’ll have to wait until the 2024 contest.
CHRISSY TEIGEN DELIVERS HEARTFELT ESSAY ON MISCARRIAGE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chrissy Teigen has written a heartfelt message about the recent loss of her third child with husband John Legend. Teigen delivered a lengthy essay in a Medium post Tuesday. It’s her first public response since she and Legend announced the loss of their son, Jack, in a heart-wrenching social media post with several photos on Sept. 30. In Tuesday’s post, Teigen wrote that her doctors diagnosed her with a partial placental abruption. She announced her pregnancy in August. The 34-year-old Teigen said she received bags of blood transfusions at the hospital, but that failed to help support the fluid around her son.
WORLD SERIES SETS ANOTHER LOW FOR TELEVISION VIEWERS
ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-2 Game 3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays was the least-watched World Series game ever, beating the record set two days earlier in Game 2. Nielsen Media Research says Friday night’s game was seen by an average of 8,156,000 viewers age 2 and higher on Fox. Game 2 was seen by an average of 8,950,000 and Game 1 by an average of 9,195,000. Tampa Bay’s win Saturday night was seen by an average of 9,332,000 and the Dodgers’ on Sunday by an average of 10,059,000. Before this year, the only World Series game with fewer than 10 million viewers was Philadelphia’s rain-interrupted Game 3 win over the Rays in 2008.
REIMAGINING ‘THE CRAFT’ FOR A NEW BATCH OF ASPIRING WITCHES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The 1996 film “The Craft” starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True was a modest box office hit at the time, but became a cult classic over the years for coven-curious teen girls who watched the R-rated film at sleepovers. So it was only a matter of time before someone decided to dust off the Gen-X property and update it for a new generation. “The Craft: Legacy” contains nods to its predecessor but it’s also very much for Generation Z, with a more feminist plot and a trans character. Zoe Lister-Jones wrote and directed the film, which hits VOD Wednesday.
NXIVM SEX-CULT HEAD RANIERE GETS 120 YEARS IN PRISON
NEW YORK (AP) – Keith Raniere (rah-NEER’-ee), a self-improvement guru whose organization, NXIVM (NEHK’-see-uhm), attracted millionaires and actresses among its adherents, was sentenced Tuesday to 120 years after convictions that he turned some followers into sex slaves branded with his initials. The court proceeding in Brooklyn culminates several years of revelations about the organization, which charged people thousands of dollars for self improvement courses. Those people included Hollywood celebrities and others willing to endure humiliation and pledge obedience for Raniere’s vision of how to pursue perfection. Prosecutors said Raniere led what amounted to a criminal enterprise. Co-conspirators helped recruit and groom sexual partners for him.