EMMY AWARDS VIEWERSHIP PLUNGES TO 6.9 MILLION PEOPLE
NEW YORK (AP) – Emmy Award viewership plunged to 6.9 million people, a drop of 32% from last year.
The Nielsen company says it’s the first time ever that viewership for television’s biggest awards show has slipped below 10 million viewers.
The show, telecast Sunday night on Fox, had no host and competed with a popular NFL game on NBC.
The ratings illustrate a growing disconnect between the TV-viewing public and television academy voters. While a popular series like HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won best drama, the less-seen Amazon series “Fleabag” earned best comedy.
Last year’s Emmys, with 10.2 million viewers, had been the previous least-watched edition of the Emmys.
SID HAIG, WHO ACTED IN ‘HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES,” DIES AT 80
NEW YORK (AP) – Sid Haig, the bearded character actor best known as Captain Spaulding in the “House of 1000 Corpses” trilogy, has died.
Haig representative Kathleen Schultz tells The Associated Press that he died Saturday after a recent fall in his home. He was 80.
“House of 1000 Corpses” director Rob Zombie posted a picture on Instagram of Haig in full character. “Hooray for Captain Spaulding. Gone but not forgotten,” Zombie wrote on Monday. Haig had appeared recently as Spaulding in Zombie’s “3 from Hell.”
The actor’s other credits ranged from George Lucas’ “THX 1138” to the Quentin Tarantino movies “Jackie Brown” and “Kill Bill, Vol. 2.” He also appeared in the 1970s blaxploitation classic “Foxy Brown.’
The Fresno, California, native played drums for the 1950s group the T-Birds before working in film.
DETROIT YOUTH CHOIR GETS $1 MILLION GIFT AFTER BIG TV FINISH
DETROIT (AP) – Businesses and foundations are giving $1 million to reward the Detroit Youth Choir for its second-place finish on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
The money will create an endowment. As the money grows, it will be used to provide youth programs, including vocal training and life skills. The endowment will be managed by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
Wendy Lewis Jackson of the Kresge (KRES’-gee) Foundation says the choir “brought our entire region together to support Detroit’s kids.” The endowment was announced Friday during an outdoor homecoming for the choir in downtown Detroit.
Choir members range in age from 8 to 18. The choir is part of the Detroit Youth Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company.