STORMING OF U.S. CAPITOL MAKES FOR COMPELLING TV IMAGES
NEW YORK (AP) – They were the kind of TV images you might see from a country in turmoil – but in this case, the country in turmoil was the United States of America. TV viewers ended up being riveted to their flat screens by images from Washington as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. They broke windows, fought with police, posed for photos on statues in the rotunda – and waved Confederate flags. The protest stalled the certification of the presidential election which will put Joe Biden in power. As the debate to approve Electoral College vote counts was interrupted by the mayhem, lawmakers were ushered to safety – delaying the certification process into the wee hours of the morning.
GEORGIA ELECTION RESULTS ECLIPSED BY CAPITOL PROTEST
NEW YORK (AP) – If things had gone as they’d normally do, yesterday’s big news would have been what happened in Georgia. That’s where the Democratic party seized control of the U.S. Senate – with a pair of closely-watched runoff victories. Like the presidential election two months ago, the Senate vote produced a long night of vote-counting – and late lead changes that ended in a Democratic triumph early yesterday morning. Helping to keep viewers informed were reporters like John King on CNN and Steve Kornacki – who made extensive use of their number-crunching skills.
NEW YEAR’S EVE RATINGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Times Square was mostly empty for New Year’s Eve. And most people crowded around their TV sets to watch 2020 turn into 2021. The ratings for ABC’s New Year’s Eve special hosted by Ryan Seacrest drew 18.4 million viewers in the key period before and after midnight struck. That’s a 5% increase over last year. CNN got its highest-rated New Year’s Eve special ever, drawing 3.4 million viewers. It was hosted by Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.
ROSARIO DAWSON ON “THE GO BIG SHOW”
NEW YORK (AP) – Rosario Dawson says what made “The Go Big Show” work – was that no one could go home. The actor says the cast and crew of the show were sequestered in a bubble – like the NBA did for their playoffs. She says doing that kept everyone healthy and safe. The show features people doing outrageous stunts and has Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Nettles and wrestler Cody Rhodes as judges. The show makes its debut on TBS tonight.