ALEC BALDWIN SUES MAN WHO ACCUSED HIM OF PARKING SPOT RAGE
NEW YORK (AP) – Alec Baldwin has filed a defamation lawsuit against the man who says Baldwin hit him in the face during an argument over a New York City parking space.
Baldwin says in his lawsuit that contractor Wojciech Cieszkowski’s (WOY’-chek suh-SKOW’-skeez) claim that he was violently assaulted by the actor is “objectively false.”
Police arrested Baldwin after the Nov. 2, 2018 scuffle over a parking spot near Baldwin’s apartment building. The actor pleaded guilty to harassment in January and agreed to take an anger-management class.
Cieszkowski sued Baldwin last March claiming that Baldwin’s assault was “physically painful and psychologically traumatic.” Baldwin says in his own lawsuit filed Friday that Cieszkowski’s “supposed” injuries required nothing more than Tylenol.
Douglas Lieb, a lawyer for Cieszkowski, called Baldwin’s lawsuit “a desperate tactic designed to silence Mr. Cieszkowski.”
ACCLAIMED NOVELIST ERNEST GAINES DIES AT 86
NEW ROADS, Louisiana (AP) – Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation town germinated the stories of black struggles that grew into universal stories of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86.
The Louisiana governor’s office on Tuesday released word of his death.
“A Lesson Before Dying,” published in 1993, was an acclaimed classic. Gaines that year was awarded a “genius grant” by the MacArthur Foundation, receiving $335,000 to spend over the five years.
Both “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” (1971) and “A Gathering of Old Men” (1984) became honored television movies.
“SESAME STREET” MARKS 50th ANNIVERSARY
NEW YORK (AP) – Fifty years ago this week, “Sesame Street” went on the air, and even then, it had a celebrity guest.
Carol Burnett came on and said one line: “Wow, Wanda the Witch is weird.”
That episode was sponsored by the letters W, S and E, and the number 2 and 3.
Characters Abby Cadabby, Elmo and Big Bird say among their favorite visitors to “Sesame Street” are Janelle Monae, Dave Grohl, Sia and Whoopi Goldberg.
Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria, says one of her favorites was Stevie Wonder, because everyone was getting into his music that day.
STRONG ENDING HELPS WORLD SERIES AVOID RECORD LOW VIEWERSHIP
NEW YORK (AP) – Maybe it doesn’t mean much for the Houston Astros, but the Washington Nationals’ comeback in the World Series helped baseball avoid a dubious record.
Through five games, the matchup was on pace to be the least-watched World Series ever. But the deciding game drew more than 23 million viewers. The Nielsen company says that enabled this year’s Series to slip past the 2012 Giants-Tigers contest, which remains the lowest ever.
The seventh game reached nearly 7 million more viewers than any other game of this year’s Series.
Fox won the week in prime time, averaging 9.8 million viewers.
Showtime did not immediately have ratings for the series finale of “The Affair” on Sunday but said the episode had the best-ever numbers of the five-year series in streaming and on-demand platforms.
NIELSENS TOP TEN LIST
NEW YORK (AP) – Here are the top ten prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 28-Nov. 3.
1. World Series Game 7: Washington at Houston, Fox, 23.22 million.
2. NFL Football: New England at Baltimore, NBC, 22.03 million.
3. World Series Game 6: Washington at Houston, Fox, 16.55 million.
4. “NFL Pregame Show,” NBC, 15.7 million.
5. NFL Football: San Francisco at Atlanta, Fox, 14.28 million.
6. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 12.19 million.
7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.04 million.
8. NFL Football: Miami at Pittsburgh, ESPN, 10.42 million.
9. “NFL Pregame Show,” Fox, 8.5 million.
10. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 8.19 million.
“STAND UP FOR HEROES” RAISES $5.7 MILLION
NEW YORK (AP) – Sheryl Crow and Bruce Springsteen hit the stage together to help raise over $5.7 million at this year’s Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families.
The two musicians were joined at the Monday night event at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden by Ronny Chieng, Hasan Minhaj, John Oliver and Jon Stewart. Crow and Springsteen made a duet of “Redemption Day.”
Stand Up for Heroes was first held in 2007 and is produced by the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Woodruff was nearly killed during a 2006 attack in Iraq while embedded with U.S. troops for ABC News.