MIKE TYSON PLANS HIS OWN TV SERIES, CHALLENGING HULU
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mike Tyson vs. Mike Tyson? It would be a dream matchup in the boxing ring. But in this case, it’s shaping up as a battle for TV viewers. The programming clash began when Hulu announced it was making a miniseries about the ex-heavyweight boxing champion. But they didn’t consult with Tyson – and that irked the fighter. So, he’s throwing a haymaker of his own. He’s now producing his own series on his life. What’s more, he has gotten Jamie Foxx to play him – and signed Fox and filmmaker Martin Scorsese to produce it. It’s unclear when either project will air – or where.
RUSH LIMBAUGH’S “REPLACEMENT”
NEW YORK (AP) – Rush Limbaugh died last month. But his voice on the radio lives on. Premiere Networks, which had been airing the conservative talk show host’s broadcasts, says it will take a unique approach to filling his slots. They will be handled by guest hosts – who will play old Limbaugh comments. That’s the same thing the network did when Limbaugh was getting his cancer treatments – and since his death.
CORONER REVEALS CAUSE OF DEATH OF BOBBY BROWN JR’S DEATH
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities in Los Angeles say Bobby Brown’s son died from drug and alcohol abuse. The younger Brown was found dead in his Los Angeles home last Nov. 18. He was 28. At the time, authorities said no foul play was involved but no cause of death was announced. That report is now out – and says Brown died from the combined effects of alcohol, cocaine and the opioid fentanyl. The report says Brown Jr. had a history of drug abuse.
FOX METEROLOGIST BECOMES HARSH CRITIC OF NY GOV. ANDREW CUOMO
NEW YORK (AP) – The meteorologist for “Fox & Friends” is churning up a political storm – over her criticism of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Janice Dean says Cuomo is a liar and a criminal who not only should resign from office – but “needs to go to jail.” Dean’s in-laws both died last year – and she faults Cuomo’s decision to encourage COVID-19 patients to be put in nursing homes. Dean’s advocacy has raised ethical questions. One media ethics professor says it’s unusual for someone to use their on-air profile to take part in advocacy. But Dean says her bosses at Fox have been fully supportive of her.