EDDIE MURPHY EXPLORES RUDY RAY MOORE IN “DOLEMITE IS MY NAME”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eddie Murphy used to argue with other comedians over whether the “Dolemite” (DOH’-luh-myte) movies of the 1970s were intentionally funny.
Murphy says the other comics thought the movies were funny because Rudy Ray Moore messed up by throwing a punch and missing by six inches, or not reshooting when a microphone could be seen. Murphy says Moore knew that was all there and was trying to make people laugh.
Murphy portrays Moore in the film “Dolemite Is My Name.” Murphy tried to get the film going years ago after meeting Moore, shortly before Moore died in 2008.
“Dolemite Is My Name” will come out in theaters Friday, then it will play on Netflix beginning Oct. 25.
ALL ELITE WRESTLING SET FOR ‘DYNAMITE’ DEBUT ON TNT
UNDATED (AP) – The new All Elite Wrestling promotion makes its TV debut with the “Dynamite” program on Wednesday night on TNT.
AEW has already signed popular WWE stars away from the company and has promised a more serious wrestling show versus an emphasis on entertainment.
The company is backed by the Khan family, who owns the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Wrestling has always been more cutthroat in business than any of the scripted action inside the ring. WWE got a jump on “Dynamite” by moving its popular NXT series off the WWE Network and onto prime time on Wednesdays on the USA Network, forcing fans who want to watch live to choose between the two companies.
This week might be memorable in pro wrestling: AEW launches its TV-14 show and WWE takes “Smackdown” to Fox to kick off a billion-dollar deal on Friday night. Throw in the head-to-head programs on Wednesday, and it could be wrestling overload for even the most diehard fan.
FOOTBALL HELPS NBC WIN FIRST WEEK OF THE FALL SEASON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The first week of the fall season had NBC feeling like must-see TV again.
The network that dominated prime time in the 1980s and 1990s won the week in total viewers for the first time in 18 years with an average evening audience of 7.5 million.
NBC won on the back of the NFL, with the matchup of the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints making “Sunday Night Football” the week’s runaway No. 1 show. The Nielsen company says the game had 24.1 million viewers.
CBS, now without ratings juggernaut “The Big Bang Theory,” finished second following 10 straight years of winning premiere week. It had an average of 6.9 million viewers.
The numbers were down from the comparable week last season for both networks.
Fox was third with 5.8 million, and ABC fourth with 4.7 million.
NIELSEN’S TOP PROGRAMS FOR SEPT. 23-29
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Here are the top ten prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 23-29. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.
1. NFL Football: Dallas at New Orleans, NBC, 24.1 million.
2. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Green Bay, Fox, 17.9 million.
3. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 16.54 million.
4. “NCIS,” CBS, 12.58 million.
5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.8 million.
6. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 12.26 million.
7. “Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” Fox, 10.12 million.
8. NFL Football: Chicago at Washington, ESPN, 10.61 million.
9. “The Voice,” NBC, 8.94 million.
10. “FBI,” CBS, 8.83 million.