“COPS” YANKED FROM THE AIR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – These days, police departments in the U.S. have come under scrutiny because of reports of brutality and racial profiling. And, so the Paramount Network has decided it’s the end of the line for the TV show “COPS.” The network says the reality show is off the air – and there are no plans to bring it back. Paramount put the show on hold last month, as anti-police protests intensified over the death of George Floyd. Now the decision is permanent.
MOVIE THEATERS PREPARE TO REOPEN
UNDATED (AP) – Ready to go to the movies again? Ready or not, the nation’s theaters are ready for you to return. The largest chain in this country, AMC, plans to reopen next month. But while it and other chains will be back in business, it won’t be business as usual. There won’t be many movies to see, since Hollywood scrapped its summer lineup because of the coronavirus pandemic. And to maintain social distancing, theaters that will be open will limit seating to between 25% and 50% of capacity.
4 CAST MEMBERS FROM “VANDERPUMP RULES” OUSTED
NEW YORK (AP) – Race-related posts and actions have cost four cast members of the reality TV show “Vanderpump Rules” their jobs. Bravo says four stars who were on the show this season won’t return next year. Last week, Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute (DOH’-tee) told a podcast they accused a black former cast member on the show with a crime she didn’t commit. And Bravo says it canned Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni over tweets that contained racial slurs.
NEW YORK (AP) – CNN has come off the ratings winner when it comes to news channels. Nielsen reports that since news of the death of George Floyd broke, CNN’s prime-time audience has risen 238% over last year. Other news channels are also seeing spikes over the same time period. Fox News Channel is up 61% and MSNBC is up 40%.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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