LOUGHLIN, 10 OTHER PARENTS CHARGED ANEW IN COLLEGE SCANDAL
BOSTON (AP) – Actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin), her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and nine other parents face new charges in the college admissions scandal.
Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that the parents were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery.
The charge accuses the parents of attempting to bribe officials at an organization that receives federal funding.
They are accused of paying bribes to get their children admitted to the University of Southern California. They already face charges of money laundering, fraud and conspiracy.
Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to previous charges and have not yet commented on the new charge.
‘BREAKING BAD’ BEER SELLS OUT WITHIN 3 HOURS IN ALBUQUERQUE
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A beer named after the AMC-TV hit series “Breaking Bad” and brewed by an actor from the show sold out after its debut.
KOB-TV reports “Breaking Bad” fans lined up at three Albuquerque Costcos, but the brew was gone within three hours.
Dean Norris, who played a DEA agent in the series, started to brew German lager, Schraderbrau, following the premiere of Netflix’s “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” earlier this month.
Norris says he will launch the beer nationwide soon.
“Breaking Bad” follows an Albuquerque high school chemistry teacher turned meth lord, Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston. The series ran from 2008 to 2013.
CELEBRITIES TO GET DRAG MAKEOVERS IN RUPAUL’S NEW VH1 SERIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – RuPaul is giving a dozen celebrities the chance to get drag makeovers for charity and bragging rights.
VH1 said Tuesday that “RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race” will air as a limited series next year.
Each of the four episodes will feature a trio of stars competing for best drag transformation.
They’ll be helped by past contestants from the Emmy-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and his all-star series, including winners Monet X Change, Bob the Drag Queen and Trixie Mattel.
In a statement, RuPaul says doing drag doesn’t change who you are, it reveals it.
The celebrity contestants, whose prize money will be donated to a charity they pick, have yet to be announced.
‘JEFFERSONS,’ ‘DIFF’RENT STROKES’ PRODUCER AL BURTON DIES
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) – Veteran television producer Al Burton has died.
Family friend Damon Schwartz says Burton died Tuesday at his home in San Mateo, California. He was 91. The cause was not disclosed.
Burton’s six-decade career included the groundbreaking comedies “The Jeffersons” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”
He produced those shows during his 1972 to 1983 tenure with Tandem Productions, co-founded by Norman Lear, where he also helped produce “One Day at a Time” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”
Burton later started his own production company with a focus on TV series aimed at younger viewers, including “Charles in Charge” and “The New Lassie.”
He also joined with Ben Stein, the actor-writer who was a longtime friend, to produce “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” which won four Daytime Emmy Awards and launched the TV career of Jimmy Kimmel.
FOOTBALL, CHICAGO DRAMAS LEAD NBC TO RATINGS VICTORY
NEW YORK (AP) – It was a good week on television for Dick Wolf, one of the medium’s most prolific creators.
Each one of his trio of Chicago-set dramas on NBC finished among the Nielsen company’s top 20 shows last week. Nielsen says “Chicago Med,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Fire” all reached more than 8 million viewers.
That’s particularly impressive given that Nielsen’s list is increasingly dominated by live or competition-related programs shows like “The Voice” and “The Masked Singer.”
Since Sunday night football was the most-watched program of the week, NBC beat all its rivals in the ratings. Fox, with a Thursday night football game between Kansas City and Denver, finished second.
“NCIS” on CBS remains the top scripted program.
Nielsen’s says CNN’s coverage of the latest Democratic presidential debate was seen by 8.6 million viewers.
NIELSEN’S TOP PROGRAMS FOR OCT. 14-20
NEW YORK (AP) – Here are the top ten prime-time programs by viewership compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 14-20, by ranking and viewership.
1. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Dallas, NBC, 21.45 million.
2. “NFL Pregame Show,” NBC, 16.28 million.
3. NFL Football: Kansas City at Denver, Fox, 14.02 million.
4. NFL Football: Detroit at Green Bay, ESPN, 14 million.
5. “NFL Postgame Show,” Fox, 11.97 million.
6. “NCIS,” CBS, 10.88 million.
7. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 10.36 million.
8. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 8.94 million.
9. “FBI,” CBS, 8.76 million.
10. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 8.63 million.