BARON COHEN ASKS JUDGE TO DISMISS MOORE LAWSUIT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is asking a federal judge to dismiss Roy Moore’s defamation lawsuit over a 2018 television segment of “Who is America?”
Lawyers for Baron Cohen, Showtime Networks and CBS wrote last week in a court filing that Moore signed an agreement waiving all legal claims before appearing on the segment. They also said the segment was satire and is protected under the First Amendment.
Moore thought he was receiving an award for supporting Israel. Instead, Baron Cohen lampooned him as a possible pedophile after sexual misconduct allegations arose during the 2017 U.S. Senate race. Moore denied the allegations.
Moore argued the waiver was fraudulently obtained because it did not disclose he was dealing with the comic.
Moore is running for Senate again in 2020.
“JEOPARDY!” STILL FILMING AS ALEX TREBEK RESUMES CHEMOTHERAPY
NEW YORK (AP) – The producers of “Jeopardy!” say there have been no changes to this season’s taping and production schedule as host Alex Trebek resumes chemotherapy.
Sony Pictures Television says Trebek taped the Tournament of Champions show yesterday and will resume so today, as planned.
Those episodes, with last season’s star James Holzhauer among the 15 contestants, will air Nov. 4-15.
So far, 40 episodes have been taped out of the 230 planned. “Jeopardy!” typically has a compressed shooting schedule.
Trebek told ABC’s “Good Morning America” yesterday he had some optimism as he deals with advanced pancreatic cancer, but he has resumed chemotherapy after his “numbers shot up.”
FOOTBALL CARRIES TELEVISION NETWORKS UNTIL START OF SEASON
NEW YORK (AP) – The new television season hasn’t begun yet, but the football season has, and it’s carrying the networks in the interim.
The Nielsen company says four NFL games finished among its top 12 prime time shows last week, led by the Sunday night matchup between Philadelphia and Atlanta.
ABC reached nearly 13 million viewers when it devoted its entire prime time schedule to the third Democratic presidential debate last Thursday.
NBC won the network ratings race for the week with football and “America’s Got Talent.”
WEINSTEIN ATTORNEY: HE’S A SINNER, BUT NOT ‘A RAPIST’
NEW YORK (AP) – An attorney for Harvey Weinstein says her client is not without sin – but he’s also not “a rapist.”
Donna Rotunno, speaking on “CBS This Morning,” said yesterday that she feels the evidence will exonerate the movie mogul of any criminal wrongdoing.
Weinstein is scheduled to go to trial in January on charges alleging he raped an unidentified woman in his Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.
He denies all accusations of non-consensual sex.
VETERAN TELEVISION NEWSMAN SANDER VANOCUR DIES AT 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sander Vanocur (van-OH’-kur), who for decades covered the biggest moments in U.S. politics for NBC and ABC news, has died.
Chris Vanocur tells The Associated Press his father died Monday night in Santa Barbara, California. He was 91.
As national political correspondent at NBC in the 1960s, Vanocur covered conventions, elections and assassinations during some of the most momentous years in American history.
He was a questioner at the first debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960 and went on to cover Kennedy’s administration from the White House.
He also reported on Vietnam and civil rights, including a lengthy one-on-one interview with Martin Luther King, Jr.
Vanocur also interviewed Robert F. Kennedy two days before he was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968.