KACEY MUSGRAVES PERFORMED NAKED ON “SNL”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Just what was Kacey Musgraves wearing when she performed on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend? Turns out, only her boots. Musgraves’ publicist confirms to Variety magazine Musgraves was naked during her performance of “Justified” on “SNL” and that “precautions were taken.” Musgraves performed with her hair, her guitar and her crossed legs covering her private parts. Her publicist says Musgraves was shielded from the audience with a sheet as she set up. Musgraves wore jeans and a flannel shirt for her second performance, “Camera Roll.”
DAVE GROHL WRITES HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dave Grohl has no idea how to write a rock biography, yet he just put out his own yesterday. Grohl says he has not read many rock biographies himself, so he just did it the way he thinks it should be done. The result is his book “The Storyteller.” Grohl says he knows how to tell a story, and he knows that a good song conveys emotion that is universal. He says he felt it was more important to tell his life story in an emotional way than just talking about what he ate or which microphone he used.
NEW KIDS, SALT-N-PEPA WILL TOUR WITH EN VOGUE & RICK ASTLEY
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – New Kids On The Block know what to expect from Salt-N-Pepa on their upcoming Mixtape Tour together because they’ve seen it before: Pepa definitely will have something to say. Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids says after a concert, Pepa usually will hold a meeting first thing in the hallway while she cools down. Wahlberg says Pepa lets everyone know what went right, what went wrong, and what they need to fix. He says as long as it’s fixed by the next day, they’re good. En Vogue and Rick Astley will be part of the tour as well, which begins May 10 in Cincinnati.
ANTHRAX’S FRANK BELLO WILL RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
NEW YORK (AP) – Bassist Frank Bello of Anthrax has a lot more stories than just what he’s done with the band. Bello will tell his life story in the book “Fathers, Brothers and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment and Anthrax,” out on Nov. 2. Bello will discuss his father abandoning Bello’s mother and siblings and how his mother did her best to raise the family herself. Bello will delve into the 1996 murder of his brother, Anthony, and how the suspected killer was set free after an intimidated witness withdrew his testimony. Bello also reflects on being a father himself.
ED SHEERAN WILL MENTOR ON “THE VOICE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ed Sheeran will be the Mega Mentor on “The Voice” this season. He will help the contestants as they prepare for the knockout rounds on Oct. 25. Previous Mega Mentors have been Taylor Swift and Snoop Dogg.
JORJA FOX HOPES ‘CSI: VEGAS’ WILL SPARK SCIENCE APPRECIATION
NEW YORK (AP) – Jorja Fox reprises her role of Sara Sidle in the latest “CSI” iteration, “CSI: Vegas.” The 10-episode limited series, following forensic investigators in Las Vegas, reunites Fox with William Petersen, who played her love interest in the original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Original cast member Wallace Langham returns as David Hodges. New cast members include Matt Lauria, Paula Newsome and Mel Rodriguez. Fox hopes that “CSI: Vegas” will remind people “of the truth and the power of science.” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” aired its series finale in 2015 after 15 seasons. The CBS series also produced spin-offs including “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY” and “CSI: Cyber.”
BRADY’S RETURN LEADS NBC TO STRONG SUNDAY FOOTBALL RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – Tom Brady wins in the television ratings, too. The Tampa Bay quarterback’s return to his old haunts in New England led NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” to its best ratings in years. The Nielsen company said the game was watched by 26.7 million people on NBC, the biggest “Sunday Night Football” crowd since 2015. When you add in people who streamed the game, viewership reached 28 million, the best since 2012. Despite the competition, it was a strong week for the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” which led with a report from a Facebook whistleblower who revealed her identity for the first time.
NIELSENS RATINGS FOR PAST WEEK
NEW YORK (AP) – Here are the top ten prime-time television programs for Sept. 27-Oct. 3, according to the Nielsen company:
1. NFL Football: Tampa Bay at New England, NBC, 26.75 million.
2. “NFL Pregame” (Sunday), NBC, 20.32 million.
3. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 14.64 million.
4. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Dallas, ESPN, 12.9 million.
5. “NFL Postgame” (Sunday), Fox, 11.98 million.
6. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.32 million.
7. “Football Night in America, Part 2,” NBC, 9.12 million.
8. “NCIS,” CBS, 8.06 million.
9. NFL Football: Jacksonville at Cincinnati, NFL Network, 8 million.
10. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 7.44 million.
OSCARS ENLIST WILL PACKER TO PRODUCE 94TH CEREMONY
UNDATED (AP) – “Girls Trip” producer Will Packer will produce next year’s Oscars. It’s the first time Packer has been selected for the gig and the third time in as many years that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC have enlisted new teams to produce the show. Film academy President David Rubin announced the selection on Tuesday. The Oscars have in recent years experienced declining ratings. Its pandemic broadcast earlier this year was less than half of its previous low. But after the detour to Union Station, the proceedings are returning to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood where the 94th Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on March 27.