SUPREME COURT NOMINEE – RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – A week ago today, the nation watched transfixed as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault both testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The fate of Kavanaugh’s nomination is yet to be decided. But the judge has tipped the scales in his favor when it comes to TV ratings. Nielsen reports the audience for Kavanaugh’s testimony was 35 percent larger than the number of viewers for Christine Blasey (BLAY’-see) Ford’s appearance. It’s unclear whether the discrepancy in viewership is due to politics or to habits. More people tend to watch TV as evening approaches – and that’s when Kavanaugh’s testimony came.
“ROSEANNE” MOVES ON WITHOUT ROSEANNE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – They may have taken shots at each other online. But cast members of “The Conners” say they are happy Roseanne Barr has given her old TV family the chance to succeed in their new series. Sara Gilbert, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf are in “The Conners,” the show that replaced “Roseanne” after Barr was ousted over a racist tweet. Goodman tells People magazine that he, Gilbert and Metcalf are all grateful that Barr denied herself any involvement in the new production. Goodman says that was a “big deal” to those on the new show.
THAILAND’S “THE BEACH” TO REMAIN CLOSED LONGER
BANGKOK (AP) – Thailand is giving “The Beach” a break. Officials say they will indefinitely extend the closing of a bay made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, “The Beach.” The problem: since the movie came out, the area has been overrun by tourists – and that has caused years of environmental damage. The original plan was the keep Maya Bay closed from June 1 to Sept. 30. But officials say the beach will stay closed until the ecological balance of the area is restored.
TINA TURNER – BROADWAY
NEW YORK (AP) – Her life has already been chronicled in books and in a movie. Now, Tina Turner is putting her life story on the Broadway stage. The musical based on Turner’s life will be called simply “Tina” – and producers say it’s due in New York next fall. It already made its world premiere in London. No word yet on who will play Turner in the Broadway version of the production.
JIMMY KIMMEL – COMEDY CLUB
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Jimmy Kimmel has said he always wanted to open a comedy club where he can work on material – and new comics can grow a following. That dream is about to come true. He’s teaming up with Caesars Entertainment in announcing plans for a comedy club in Las Vegas, Kimmel’s hometown. He says his venue will be different than other clubs – in that shows will go deep into the night, just like they used to in the 1960s.
KATE HUDSON DELIVERS BABY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s a girl for Kate Hudson. She has announced on Instagram that she has given birth to her first daughter – and her first child with her musician boyfriend Danny Fujikawa. The baby, Rani (RAH’-nee) Rose is named after her paternal granddad, Ron. Rani joins Hudson’s two sons, ages 14 and 7. Hudson’s post says everyone is doing well and as happy as can be.
MISCHA BARTON – “THE HILLS”
NEW YORK (AP) – Mischa Barton is heading for “The Hills.” MTV says she is in the cast of the reboot of its reality show. “The Hills: New Beginnings” will feature original cast members Audrina Patridge, Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Whitney Port and Brody Jenner. Barton used to be in “The O.C.”
FYRE FESTIVAL – SENTENCING
NEW YORK (AP) – Prosecutors have weighed in on what they feel the sentence should be for the man who set up a botched musical festival in the Bahamas. And they are calling for a heavy sentence for promoter Billy McFarland: more than 15 years in prison. In a filing filed in New York, prosecutors say McFarland was more interested in the buzz generated from promoting the Fyre Festival than he was in paying back the investors and employees who were supposed to help make the event happen. Customers shelled out as much as $100,000 for the event, which was to feature Migos and Blink-182. But the music acts bailed and the festival was canceled before it got under way.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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