RYAN SEACREST, LUCY HALE HOST “NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE”
NEW YORK (AP) – Ryan Seacrest says he still gets chills and butterflies when he hosts ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” and this will be his 15th year doing it. Seacrest says it’s equally exciting every time. Still, his advice to co-host Lucy Hale is “have fun” and “get to midnight on time.” Post Malone, Sam Hunt and Alanis Morissette will perform in New York, but Seacrest has his eye on the crowd when BTS takes the stage. Hale jokes that about 900,000 of the one million people in Times Square will probably be BTS fans.
LIFETIME RETURNS TO R. KELLY WITH A NEW POWERFUL SERIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Few documentary TV series can argue having a more powerful real world impact than “Surviving R. Kelly.” Although allegations of sexual abuse against minors followed Kelly for years, it was a six-part series aired by Lifetime featuring testimonials by alleged abuse survivors that sparked new attention from authorities.áA year later, Lifetime is readying the follow-up series “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning”áwith one major difference: this time, he will be behind bars when it airs. Lifetime’s head of unscripted development says the series takes a wider and deeper look at some of the issues the first one raised.
NEW BOOK: JOKES ABOUT THE PRESIDENT HAVE SURGED WITH TRUMP
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) – More jokes have been told about President Donald Trump on late-night television than any other political figure in almost 30 years. That’s according to a new book written by two university professors in Virginia that’s entitled “Late Night with Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency.” The Free Lance-Star reported Friday that the book found that 49 percent of the jokes told about Trump during his first year in office had taken aim at him. Bill Clinton had been the record holder in terms of jokes made about him. But Trump is the new champion.