• ‘General Hospital’ Targets Mid-July Production Restart
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    ‘General Hospital’ Targets Mid-July Production Restart

    “General Hospital” is eyeing a return to production in mid-July, an individual with knowledge of the series told TheWrap.The ABC soap would become the second U.S. television production after “The Bold and the Beautiful” to attempt to restart physical production since the shutdown in March. The target date is considered a rolling one as new information about the coronavirus pandemic is coming every day.Like all soaps not titled “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital” has been airing reruns for the last few weeks as the stockpile of pre-taped episodes ran dry at the end of May.Also Read: How Daytime Soap Operas Are Holding Up in Pandemic Viewership - Even With Repeats“The Bold and the Beautiful” had only been back in production for a matter of hours last week before having to close the TV City set down again. Bell-Phillip Television, the production company behind “The Bold and the Beautiful,” says the sudden production shutdown was the fault of the testing lab, which “produced several false positives” in onsite COVID-19 testing.They’ve since switched labs and have no legitimate positive cases of the coronavirus, a spokeswoman for Bell-Phillip Television told TheWrap. “The Bold and the Beautiful” was scheduled to start back up Thursday.As part of that show’s new safety protocols, the cast and crew are all tested for coronavirus on a daily basis. The show has also hired a COVID-19 director who is on set at all times to make sure proper protocols are followed as set forth by L.A. County, the City of Los Angeles, and each of the Hollywood guilds. It is not clear what kind of health and safety measures “General Hospital” will implement.Read original story ‘General Hospital’ Targets Mid-July Production Restart At TheWrap

  • ABC to Air ‘Disney Family Singalong: Volume II’ Special for Mother’s Day
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    ABC to Air ‘Disney Family Singalong: Volume II’ Special for Mother’s Day

    Following the ratings magic performed by its first-ever “Disney Family Singalong” last month, ABC will air “The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II” on Mother’s Day.Ryan Seacrest will return as host for the event, which will air from 7-8 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, just ahead of a new “American Idol.” The special will be available on Disney+ at a later date.The second “Disney Family Singalong” will feature “all-new star-studded performances” — including John Legend, Katy Perry, Tituss Burgess, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Eichner, Donald Glover, Idina Menzel, Miguel and Shakira — “inventive at-home choreography and even more Disney magic,” per ABC. “The animated Mickey also returns to guide the on-screen lyrics, allowing audiences, families, roommates and loved ones to follow along in perfect harmony with their favorite celebrities as they sing beloved Disney melodies.”Christina Aguilera, Josh Gad, Derek Hough and Julianne Hough will all be making return appearances.Also Read: Ratings: 'Disney Family Singalong' Grants ABC's Wish With More Than 10 Million ViewersOn April 16, “The Disney Family Singalong” drew an impressive 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.3 million total viewers. The special included Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Darren Criss, Derek Hough, Josh Groban, the “High School Musical” cast and more celebs performing Disney classics remotely from their homes.The followup event on Mother’s Day will be used to raise awareness about Feeding America’s “vast network and resources for people in the country who are finding themselves in unfamiliar circumstances and facing hunger for the first time due to COVID-19.”“‘The Disney Family Singalong’ was a beautiful event that united millions of households across the country, filling our hearts with joy and song, and also providing much-needed nourishment to fill the bellies of our neighbors facing hunger,” Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, said in a statement. “An incredible collaborator for nearly a decade, The Walt Disney Company has provided grant funding for network food banks, developed public service announcements, and mobilized the public to help provide the equivalent of almost 100 million meals to children and families. We cannot thank Disney enough for their enduring support.”Also Read: 'Disney Family Singalong': Watch Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Darren Criss and More Celebs Perform (Videos)The special is produced by Done+Dusted. Executive producers include Done+Dusted’s Hamish Hamilton, Katy Mullan and Raj Kapoor.“The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II” will air Sunday, May 10 at 7/6c on ABC.Read original story ABC to Air ‘Disney Family Singalong: Volume II’ Special for Mother’s Day At TheWrap

  • ABC Sets ‘Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert’ Special With ‘Never-Before-Seen’ Footage
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    ABC Sets ‘Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert’ Special With ‘Never-Before-Seen’ Footage

    ABC has set a “Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert,” new Taylor Swift concert special comprised of previously taped footage, to air later this month after the season finale of “American Idol.”Per the network, “Filmed last September at L’Olympia Theater in Paris, France, Swift performs songs from her award-winning album ‘Lover’ to an intimate crowd of fans from 37 countries, traveling to the City of Love for this once-in-a-lifetime concert. The musical event gives fans unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes moments with the artist and marks her only concert performance this year, after her Lover Fest tour was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”“While we are all home, Taylor Swift and her family of fans will be able to have a moment together and experience a never-before-seen, intimate performance, and we are so thrilled to be able to offer this to our own family of viewers on ABC,” added Eric Avram, vice president, Talent and Booking, ABC Entertainment.Also Read: Ryan Seacrest Kept the Original 'American Idol' Desk For Years - Now He's Finally Using It (Video)“Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert” will air Sunday, May 17 at 10/9c on ABC, immediately following the season finale of “American Idol.” The special will be made available the following day on demand, on Hulu and Disney+.Watch the promo for Swift’s new concert special above.Read original story ABC Sets ‘Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert’ Special With ‘Never-Before-Seen’ Footage At TheWrap

  • Sam Lloyd, Actor on ‘Scrubs,’ Dies at 56
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    Sam Lloyd, Actor on ‘Scrubs,’ Dies at 56

    Sam Lloyd, best known for his role as downtrodden lawyer Ted Buckland on “Scrubs,” has died. He was 56.Lloyd was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year, which was revealed in a GoFuneMe campaign that was launched by “Scrubs” producer Tom Hobert and his wife.Lloyd’s agent confirmed the news of his death.Also Read: Matty Simmons, Producer of 'Animal House' and 'Vacation' Who Co-Founded National Lampoon, Dies at 93Lloyd appeared in 95 episodes during the longrunning medical comedy’s run on NBC and ABC. He reprised the role briefly in Lawrence’s other series, “Cougar Town.”A veteran character actor Lloyd has more than 60 credits to his name across a 30-year career. He made appearances in TV shows including “Desperate Housewives,” “Happy Together,” “Shameless,” “Modern Family,” “Spin City” and “Seinfeld.” In films, Lloyd can be seen in “Galaxy Quest” and “Flubber.” Lloyd was also a musician, even playing his guitar during an episode of “Scrubs.”“Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence paid tribute to Lloyd on Friday, writing on Twitter: “Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many.”Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many. pic.twitter.com/JRzlLKhqHB— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) May 1, 2020“Scrubs” star Zach Braff paid respects as well, tweeting, “Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy.”Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy. pic.twitter.com/wwyvGNbveG— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) May 1, 2020And fellow “Scrubs” actor Robert Maschio also paid tribute to his late co-star, writing, “Simpler times, happier days, the kindest man I ever met. Easy going Sam, Rest In Peace.  RIPSamLloyd”Simpler times, happier days, the kindest man I ever met. Easy going Sam, Rest In Peace. RIPSamLloyd pic.twitter.com/zuXyXi19sI— Robert Maschio (@robertmaschio) May 1, 2020Read original story Sam Lloyd, Actor on ‘Scrubs,’ Dies at 56 At TheWrap

  • Whoopi Goldberg to Bernie Sanders: ‘Can You Explain Why You’re Still in the Race?’
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    Whoopi Goldberg to Bernie Sanders: ‘Can You Explain Why You’re Still in the Race?’

    On Wednesday afternoon’s episode of “The View,” host Whoopi Goldberg pressed presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on why he remains in the race against former vice president Joe Biden.“I’m told that you intend to stay in this race because you believe there is a path to victory. I want to know what that path is because this feels a little bit like it did when you didn’t come out when Hillary Clinton was clearly the person folks were going for. So, can you explain why you’re still in the race and what this path is that you see?” the ABC host asked while broadcasting live from her own home, which she began doing in mid-March as the coronavirus spread through the country.Also Read: Sanders Wants to Delay April 7 Wisconsin Primary, Calls Situation 'Dangerous' (Video)Sanders, also calling into the show from his home, told Goldberg that when Clinton became the Democratic nominee in 2016, he “worked as hard as (he) could” to get her elected and Goldberg demurred, saying that while that was true, she felt it took him a “very long time to hop in.”When Sanders said he didn’t “accept that characterization,” she interrupted to ask, again, why he is staying in the race.“People have a right, last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote and they have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America, especially in this very very difficult moment,” he countered. “We are assessing our campaign, as a matter of fact, where we want to go forward, but people in a democracy do have a right to vote and right now, in this unprecedented moment in American history, I think we need to have a very serious discussion about how they go forward.”In another interview conducted from his home Wednesday, the senator expanded on his position that Wisconsin’s April 7 primary should be delayed and voting should be done by mail-in ballots to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.Read original story Whoopi Goldberg to Bernie Sanders: ‘Can You Explain Why You’re Still in the Race?’ At TheWrap

  • Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus
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    Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus

    President Donald Trump lashed out at the media late Sunday night, criticizing news outlets — including Fox News — for near-constant coronavirus coverage and what he sees as criticism of his handling of the pandemic.“I watch and listen to the Fake News, CNN, MSDNC, ABC, NBC, CBS, some of FOX (desperately & foolishly pleading to be politically correct), the @nytimes, & the @washingtonpost, and all I see is hatred of me at any cost. Don’t they understand that they are destroying themselves?” he wrote at around 11:30 p.m., after a day full of tweets and retweets.Trump has been particularly critical of the media during the coronavirus outbreak. During a press conference Thursday, he attacked the New York Times and Washington Post, saying, “I know the truth and people out there in the world, they really don’t know the truth. They don’t know what it is.”Also Read: Fox News Media Headquarters in NY Hit With 4 Cases of CoronavirusMeanwhile, the outlets themselves have been ramping up measures to protect employees and outlining the seriousness of the threat facing the country in programming and articles.NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Craig Melvin have been hosting “Today” from their homes. At Fox News, where a fourth employee was confirmed to have tested positive for the virus on Saturday, hosts have implemented social distancing on all shows, sitting at least six feet apart from one another.The president has criticized Fox News for what he sees as attempts by the network to be “politically correct” repeatedly in recent months.Read original story Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Here’s Why It Makes Sense That ABC Chose Clare Crawley, Oldest Bachelorette in History
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    Here’s Why It Makes Sense That ABC Chose Clare Crawley, Oldest Bachelorette in History

    At the age of 38, Clare Crawley is about to be ABC’s oldest Bachelorette in history when she takes her place in May as the leading lady of Season 16.It makes sense that ABC is skewing older this season, given the emotional turmoil on current Bachelor Peter Weber’s season that many fans have attributed to the young age of his contestants. Historically, “The Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” generally cast women in their twenties and early thirties. Last season’s star, Hannah Brown of Season 15, was a whopping 14 years younger than Crawley, having been 24 at the time her season was filmed. The oldest “Bachelorette” before Crawley was Rachel Lindsay, who was 32 during her time starring on Season 13.Also Read: 'The Bachelor': Chris Harrison Explains Reason for 'Awkward' Fantasy Suite Living Situation Between Final Three WomenHowever, those age guidelines have not historically applied to the men of the franchise, with past Bachelors having been as old as 40 — such was the case for Byron Velvick on Season 6. Brad Womack was 38 during his second stint as the Bachelor on Season 15, and Nick Viall was 35 when he starred as the Bachelor on Season 21.And, of course, it’s worth mentioning that ABC just added another “Bachelor” spinoff to its growing repertoire — this time, for senior citizens over the age of 65.The current season of “The Bachelor,” which stars 28-year-old Weber, has faced much criticism over how young the contestants are, with only a single person out of the whopping 30 women chosen to compete for Pilot Pete’s love topping the age of 30. Natasha Parker, who was 31 at the time of filming compared to Weber’s 28 years, made it to the top 6 before being sent home.Crawley is no stranger to the “Bachelor” franchise, having first come in as runner-up on Juan Pablo’s controversial tenure as the 18th Bachelor in 2014. She later went on to appear in the first two seasons of “Bachelor in Paradise,” and eventually got engaged to Frenchman Benoît Beauséjour-Savard on “Bachelor: Winter Games,” though the pair later split before tying the knot.Also Read: 'The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart': Watch the First Guitar-Smashing, Tear-Filled Promo (Video)The unprecedented choice to cast Crawley, an older woman in “Bachelorette” years, got mixed responses from fans on Twitter Monday, with some protesting that the Sacramento native and professional hairstylist is too old for the dating series and other defending ABC’s bold choice.“Thank you, [executive producer Mike Fleiss], for listening to [Bachelor] nation!! No more 23 year olds with zero real life experience! @Clare_Crawley better have some great guys who are in their 30s!” wrote one Twitter user.It’s a sentiment that has been echoed by “Bachelor” fans this season, with many complaining that Weber’s final three contestants– Hannah Ann, 23, Madison P., 23 and Victoria F., 26–might be too young to make a lifetime commitment like marriage. Weber’s season has also been filled with excessive drama and angst, which some also attribute to the age of the contestants.Also Read: ABC Spins Off 'The Bachelor' Again - This Time for Senior CitizensRobert Mills, head of alternative programming at ABC, addressed the ages of this season’s contestants in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that foreshadows Monday’s new “Bachelorette” decision.“I think it’s that we need to look at things going forward. You see a lot of people talking about the age of contestants, I think that’s something we’d probably look at and say, ‘Does it need to be aged up? Are these girls ready?'” Mills said. “This is a show about hopefully finding a life mate, and that has happened on this show. I think just making sure everybody’s ready, and you can’t ignore the fact that, not even for the right reasons anymore, but are you there to be an influencer? Are you there for Peter? Looking at all that. They all, I think, are very sincere; I think the girls are actually great, but you look at everything and take that into account moving forward as we think about who the next Bachelorette is going to be.”Here’s wishing the best to Crawley on her search for love.Read original story Here’s Why It Makes Sense That ABC Chose Clare Crawley, Oldest Bachelorette in History At TheWrap

  • ‘The Masked Singer’ Beats NBC’s ‘Chicago’ Crossover in Demo Ratings – But Not in Viewers
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    ‘The Masked Singer’ Beats NBC’s ‘Chicago’ Crossover in Demo Ratings – But Not in Viewers

    “The Masked Singer” was crowned No. 1 in TV ratings among the key demo Wednesday night, but couldn’t best NBC’s “Chicago” crossover in total primetime viewers, according to Nielsen.While the audience for Fox’s singing competition slipped double digits from the numbers put up by its week-ago episode, “Chicago Fire” saw its most-watched episode in a year.Find out who was under the Mouse mask on last night’s episode here.Fox was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/7 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “The Masked Singer” scored a 1.7/9 and 6.7 million viewers. “Lego Masters” at 9 p.m. earned a 1.0/5 and 3.1 million viewers.Also Read: Why Former Viacom CFO's Huge Univision Deal Makes Sense: Just Look at TV RatingsNBC was second in ratings with a 1.2/6 and first in viewers with 8.4 million. At 8 p.m., “Chicago Med” posted a 1.2/6 and 8.5 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “Chicago Fire” kicked off its crossover with “Chicago PD” with an episode that pulled in a 1.2/6 and 8.6 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” ended that crossover at 10 p.m. with a 1.2/7 and 8.2 million viewers.CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/4 and second in viewers with 5.2 million. At 8 p.m., “Survivor” landed a 1.4/7 and 7.1 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “SEAL Team” had a 0.6/3 and 4.4 million viewers. Another episode at 10 p.m. got a 0.5/3 and 4 million viewers.ABC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.5/3. ABC was fourth in viewers with 2.6 million. Univision was fifth with 1.6 million.Also Read: CBS Dominates in Early Ratings With Dem Debate Topping 13 Million ViewersFor ABC, “The Goldbergs” at 8 p.m. opened primetime with a 0.8/4 and 3.8 million viewers. Following two repeats, “Single Parents” at 9:30 p.m. received a 0.5/3 and 2.3 million viewers. At 10 p.m., a special “Shark Tank” closed the night with a 0.5/3 and 1.5 million viewers.Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 994,000.The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 649,000. At 8 p.m., “Riverdale” had a 0.2/1 and 699,000 viewers. At 9 p.m., “Nancy Drew” settled for a 0.1/1 and 599,000 viewers.Read original story ‘The Masked Singer’ Beats NBC’s ‘Chicago’ Crossover in Demo Ratings – But Not in Viewers At TheWrap

  • Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union Address Tumbles in Broadcast TV Ratings
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    Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union Address Tumbles in Broadcast TV Ratings

    Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was all anybody could talk about on Tuesday, but “Ellen’s Game of Games” showed up for NBC too.This third SOTU from the 45th president of the United States of America is currently down 26% in Big-4 broadcast viewers from his second. According to early Nielsen returns, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox drew a combined 16 million viewers for the 2020 address. That tally is preliminary, however, and should be considered subject to (upward) adjustment.The comparable initial tally last year was 21.6 million across those four networks.Also Read: Mike Pence Says Pelosi Hit a 'New Low' When She Tore Up Trump's State of the Union SpeechNBC and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. NBC was second in total viewers with an average of 4.4 million, according to preliminary numbers, Fox was fourth with 3.2 million.For NBC, “Ellen’s Game of Games” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.0/5 and 5 million viewers. From 9 to 10, the Trump address pulled in a 0.9/4 and and 4.4 million viewers. The conclusion of his speech mixed with the channel’s analysis and the democrat response in the 10 p.m. hour averaged a 1.0/5 and 3.8 million viewers.For Fox, “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” at 8 got a 0.8/4 and 3.1 million viewers. At 9, the State of the Union received a 0.9/4 and 3.2 million viewers.Also Read: Ratings: Heavy Super Bowl LIV Promotion Powers '9-1-1: Lone Star,' 'Prodigal Son' to 30% GrowthCBS and ABC tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.5/3. CBS was first in total viewers with 4.8 million, ABC was third with 3.5 million.For CBS, following a rerun, the SOTU at 9 put up a 0.5/3 and 4.6 million viewers. The conclusion of Trump’s speech, the CBS analysis, and the democrat response in the 10 p.m. hour averaged a 0.5/3 and 3.9 million viewers.For ABC, following repeats, the Trump address had a 0.5/2 and 3.5 million viewers. The SOTU stuff from 10-11 received a 0.6/3 and 3.4 million viewers.Also Read: Fran Drescher Says Trump Demanded a Line Be Changed About His Net Worth When He Guest-Starred on 'The Nanny' (Video)Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million. The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.3/2. The CW was sixth in total viewers with 1.04 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.02 million.For The CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.3 million viewers. At 9, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” got a 0.2/1 and 788,000 viewers.Read original story Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union Address Tumbles in Broadcast TV Ratings At TheWrap

  • Shannen Doherty Says Her Breast Cancer Has Returned: ‘I’m Stage 4’ (Video)
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    Shannen Doherty Says Her Breast Cancer Has Returned: ‘I’m Stage 4’ (Video)

    Shannen Doherty revealed Tuesday on “Good Morning America” that her breast cancer has returned. It is “stage four,” she told Amy Robach.Doherty was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015. The disease returned one year ago.The “Beverly Hills, 90210” star said she is telling the world now amid a court battle with her insurance company, State Farm. Her cancer will be mentioned in legal documents, she said, which are a matter of public record.“It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that — I’m stage four,” Doherty told “GMA.”Also Read: Shannen Doherty 'Definitely Wasn't Going to Do' the 'Beverly Hills, 90210' Revival - Until Luke Perry's DeathDoherty had planned to keep her diagnosis a private matter but that option is now out the window now, she said.“I’d rather people hear it from me,” Doherty said. “I don’t want it to be twisted. I don’t want it to be a court document. I want it to be real and authentic.”“I want to control the narrative,” she continued. “I want people to know from me, I just didn’t want them to know yet.”The first time Doherty battled breast cancer, she chronicled her fight on social media. This time she only told a few people, including just one “BH90210” castmate, Brian Austin Green.Also Read: 'Riverdale' Showrunner on Fred's 'Heroic Death,' Honoring Luke Perry With Shannen Doherty CameoWatch Doherty’s “GMA” interview via the video above.Doherty sued State Farm after her home was damaged in the 2018 Woolsey Fire. The “Charmed” actress says she had to pay out of pocket for losses she believes should be covered by her insurance policy.State Farm says it has paid nearly $1 million to Doherty to clean and repair her home and personal property, and for temporary housing and furniture rental.“We empathize with Ms. Doherty’s health issues and wish her a full recovery,” State Farm said in a statement to ABC News. “We strongly believe we have upheld our commitment to our customer and have paid what we owe on this claim. We are prepared to defend our position in court.”Read original story Shannen Doherty Says Her Breast Cancer Has Returned: ‘I’m Stage 4’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • ABC News Suspends Correspondent Who Mistakenly Reported All of Kobe Bryant’s Children Died in Crash
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    ABC News Suspends Correspondent Who Mistakenly Reported All of Kobe Bryant’s Children Died in Crash

    ABC News has suspended its chief national correspondent, Matt Gutman, after he mistakenly reported on live television that all of late basketball star Kobe Bryant’s children had died in Sunday’s helicopter crash.Gutman corrected the report on a later broadcast to clarify that the only members of the Bryant family who died in the crash were Kobe and his daughter, Gianna. Seven others also perished in the crash.Gutman’s original remarks were made before the official identities of the victims had been confirmed. He has since apologized for the error.Also Read: Washington Post Reinstates Reporter, Now Says Her Kobe Bryant Tweet Didn't Violate Rules“Today I inaccurately reported it was believed that four of Kobe Bryant’s children were on board that flight. That is incorrect. I apologize to Kobe’s family, friends and our viewers,” Gutman tweeted Sunday.A rep for ABC News confirmed the suspension to TheWrap.“Reporting the facts accurately is the cornerstone of our journalism,” the rep said. “As he acknowledged on Sunday, Matt Gutman’s initial reporting was not accurate and failed to meet our editorial standards.”Also Read: Kobe Bryant, 3 Others Identified by Coroner in Deadly Helicopter CrashABC News also provided another statement from Gutman.“We are in the business of holding people accountable. And I hold myself accountable for a terrible mistake, which I deeply regret. I want to personally apologize to the Bryant family for this wrenching loss and any additional anguish my report caused,” he said.Today I inaccurately reported it was believed that four of Kobe Bryant’s children were on board that flight. That is incorrect. I apologize to Kobe’s family, friends and our viewers. pic.twitter.com/yYwuB9vpZl— Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) January 27, 2020Read original story ABC News Suspends Correspondent Who Mistakenly Reported All of Kobe Bryant’s Children Died in Crash At TheWrap

  • Meghan McCain: ‘I Was Laughing My Ass Off’ at NYT Presidential Endorsement
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    Meghan McCain: ‘I Was Laughing My Ass Off’ at NYT Presidential Endorsement

    Meghan McCain says she reacted to the New York Times editorial board’s dual endorsement of senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar by “laughing my ass off.”“First of all, you’re endorsing two women with two completely ideologically different views on their platforms,” “The View” co-host said on the show Tuesday, before adding that everyone will have to “choose one” of the two very different candidates.“This is not how this works,” continued McCain, who worked on her father’s John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Also, on the final point of this, you chose both of the women. Just say, ‘I want a woman. I don’t really care about politics. I don’t care about anything else.’ Just double down on identity politics.”Also Read: New York Times Endorses Both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for 2020 Democratic PrimaryShe called the two-way endorsement a “huge act of cowardice” and noted she didn’t expect much else from a “garbage publication.” That caused co-host Joy Behar to chime in, arguing she didn’t agree the Times is a “garbage publication.”“It is now,” McCain said, but Behar cautioned against condemning the whole newspaper for “one incident.”The Times’ editorial board put all pre-endorsement presidential candidate interviews on the record for the first time ahead of the big double endorsement. Last week, deputy editorial page editor Kathleen Kingsbury announced the intention to make it the “most transparent” endorsement in the editorial board’s history.‘NY TIMES’ ENDORSES WARREN, KLOBUCHAR: After ‘The New York Times’ editorial board broke tradition by endorsing two presidential candidates, the co-hosts question if they made the right decision. https://t.co/1091s9WYqN pic.twitter.com/kzHKtIjkRE\- The View (@TheView) January 21, 2020Read original story Meghan McCain: ‘I Was Laughing My Ass Off’ at NYT Presidential Endorsement At TheWrap

  • 50 Cent Says He Advised Eminem to Not Respond to Nick Cannon: ‘You Can’t Argue With a Fool’
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    50 Cent Says He Advised Eminem to Not Respond to Nick Cannon: ‘You Can’t Argue With a Fool’

    Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson advised Eminem to not go back at Nick Cannon’s recent diss records, which are generally considered to be underwhelming efforts by the “Masked Singer” host to bury a man considered to be the greatest battle rapper of all time.“I told him don’t even say nothing to him,” Jackson told TheWrap Wednesday at ABC’s Television Critics Association press tour day. “The record is terrible.”Cannon and some friends have actually dropped two diss tracks attacking Eminem: first “The Invitation” and then “Pray for Him.” Neither song has been particularly well-received by the internet.Also Read: Nick Cannon Drops Another Eminem Diss Song, 'Pray For Him,' and the Internet Isn't Budging (Video)For his part, all Eminem has contributed to this war of words (you know, besides those old songs about Cannon’s ex-wife Mariah Carey, that verse on Fat Joe’s “Lord Above,” etc.) is a few tweets.Jackson, who stars on and executive produces upcoming ABC drama “For Life,” helped to keep it that way.“You can’t argue with a fool,” Jackson explained the reasoning behind his advice to Marshall Mathers, who helped launch 50 Cent’s rap career into the stratosphere with 2003 album “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” (Shady-Aftermath-Interscope Records). “When you understand that a person is not registering even when they’re losing, then the argument goes forever. So you should just stop.”Also Read: WWE Stars Jimmy and Jey Uso, Naomi, and All of The New Day to Guest on 'Wild 'N Out' Season 14 (Exclusive)Wise words from a man who previously dedicated so much time to lyrically and physically sparring with Ja Rule — you know, the gravelly-voiced rapper who was at least partially responsible for that whole Fyre Festival disaster. It was never a fair fight, but we suppose that one had to theoretically be a closer contest than Cannon vs. Marshall Mathers.“For Life,” created by Hank Steinberg, is based on the real-life story of Isaac Wright, Jr., a prisoner who becomes a lawyer and fights to overturn his life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. “For Life” also stars Timothy Busfield and Indira Varma.The series debuts Tuesday, Feb. 11 on ABC at 10/9c. Read original story 50 Cent Says He Advised Eminem to Not Respond to Nick Cannon: ‘You Can’t Argue With a Fool’ At TheWrap

  • ABC to Bring Back ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ for Brief Primetime Run, Jimmy Kimmel to Host
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    ABC to Bring Back ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ for Brief Primetime Run, Jimmy Kimmel to Host

    ABC is bringing back “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” for a special primetime run of episodes hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, featuring only celebrity guests, in honor of the game show’s 20th anniversary.ABC head Karey Burke announced the news Wednesday at the Television Critics’ Associations Winter Press Tour.The updated version of the game show will feature a few changes, including a new rule that celebrities playing the game can invite any guest to help them answer questions and win money for a charity of their choosing. ABC is also introducing a live, interactive app that allows viewers to compete from home for the same amount of money celebrities play for in the show. A lineup of celebrity players will be announced at a later date.Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Saves Christmas With Step-by-Step Directions for a DIY Baby Yoda (Video)“Millionaire” premieres April 8. The original series premiered in 2000 and ran until May 2019.“Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes,” said Kimmel, host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on ABC.Original executive producer Michael Davies is returning to run the series. “My professional career has been inextricably linked with Jimmy’s since the days of ‘Win Ben Stein’s Money,’ and he was one of the first-ever celebrity contestants on ‘Millionaire’ in its original run,” Davies said. “I can’t wait to work with him on this dynamic new version of the show that changed my life and the fortunes of so many who benefitted from and simply loved the game.”“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” will be executive produced by Davies, Kimmel and Mike Richards, former executive producer of “The Price Is Right” who will soon take over “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” later this year. “Millionaire” is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Embassy Row, Kimmelot and Valleycrest Productions Ltd.Read original story ABC to Bring Back ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ for Brief Primetime Run, Jimmy Kimmel to Host At TheWrap

  • Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Premiere Plummets in Ratings From Last Season
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    Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Premiere Plummets in Ratings From Last Season

    The Season 8 — and Thursday — premiere for Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” halved the demo rating the sitcom opened to last time.To be fair to Fox, the previous season premiere marked the comedy’s highly anticipated comeback after ABC’s cancellation. It was also scheduled for the fall, not winter, which is generally the higher-rated portion of the traditional television season. But the Season 7 opener aired on a Friday, which is generally lower-rated than Thursday nights.Finally, last night’s season premiere was one hour long, the (semi-)comparable one in September 2018 was just 30 minutes.So it all depends on how you look at it.Also Read: Golden Globes 2020: Can the Awards Show Buck Ratings Trends Again?Anyway, Fox won primetime in the key demo but finished second in terms of total viewers. And “Last Man Standing” still provided a decent lead-in for new series “Deputy,” which did just fine.Fox was first in ratings with a 0.8 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Last Man Standing” at 8 premiered to a 0.9/5 and 5.2 million viewers. Those are down from September 2018’s 1.8 rating and 8.1 million total viewers. At 9, the debut of the new series “Deputy” had a 0.7/4 and 4.6 million viewers.ABC was second in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 5 million. “What Is Jeopardy!” at 8 received a 0.9/5 and 7.8 million viewers. “The Great American Holiday Baking Show” from 9 to 11 closed out primetime, averaging a 0.6/3 and 3.5 million viewers.Univision was third in ratings with a 0.5/3 and fifth in viewers with 1.5 million. CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and third in viewers with 3.4 million, airing all reruns.Also Read: Ratings: New Year's Day 'Flirty Dancing' on Fox Falls Flat on Its FaceNBC and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.3. NBC had a 2 share, Telemundo had a 1. NBC was fourth in total viewers with 1.9 million, Telemundo was sixth with 840,000.For NBC, between reruns, “The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order” in the 9 o’clock hour got a 0.3/1 and 1.7 million viewers.The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 553,000, airing repeats.Read original story Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Premiere Plummets in Ratings From Last Season At TheWrap

  • ABC Midseason Schedule Plots ‘American Idol’ Return, Conclusion of ‘How to Get Away With Murder’
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    ABC Midseason Schedule Plots ‘American Idol’ Return, Conclusion of ‘How to Get Away With Murder’

    ABC has released its schedule for midseason premiere dates, including the series premiere of a new drama, a return date for the final season of “How to Get Away With Murder,” and a date for the next “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” crossover event.“For Life,” a new serialized legal and family drama series from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, premieres Feb. 11. Inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., it follows prisoner Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock), who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.The next “Grey’s” and “Station 19” crossover event takes place on Jan. 23. Then, a new season of “American Idol” premieres on Feb. 16, and “How to Get Away With Murder” resumes its final season on April 2. “The Rookie” will resume with its spring season on Feb. 23.Also Read: James Holzhauer Will Finally Face Ken Jennings in ABC's 'Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time'Previously announced dates include “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” starting Jan. 7, “The Bachelor” season premiere on Jan. 6, and “The Oscars” on Feb. 9. Premiere dates for “The Baker and the Beauty” and “United We Fall” have yet to be announced.Here is the full midseason premiere schedule:SUNDAY, JAN. 5 7:00-8:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”MONDAY, JAN. 6 8:00-11:00 p.m. “The Bachelor” (SEASON PREMIERE)TUESDAY, JAN. 7 8:00-9:00 p.m. “JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time” 9:00-9:30 p.m. “mixed-ish” 9:30-10:00 p.m. “black-ish” 10:00-11:00 p.m. “Emergence”Also Read: 'The Bachelor' Star Peter Weber Injures Face in 'Freak Accident' - But ABC Production ContinuesWEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 9:00-9:31 p.m. “Modern Family” 9:31-10:00 pm. “Single Parents” 10:00-11:00 p.m. “Stumptown”MONDAY, JAN. 13 10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor”WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Goldbergs” 8:30-9:00 p.m. “Schooled”FRIDAY, JAN. 17 8:00-8:30 p.m. “American Housewife” 8:30-9:00 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat”TUESDAY, JAN. 21 8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Conners” 8:30-9:00 p.m. “Bless this Mess”THURSDAY, JAN. 23 “STATION 19” AND “GREY’S ANATOMY” TWO-HOUR CROSSOVER EVENT 8:00-9:00 p.m. “Station 19” (NEW TIME) 9:00-10:01 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (NEW TIME) 10:01-11:00 p.m. “A Million Little Things” (NEW TIME)Also Read: 'Bachelorette' JoJo Fletcher's 'Cash Pad' Ratings Are Anything But Money for CNBCSUNDAY, FEB. 9 8:00-11:00 p.m. “The Oscars”TUESDAY, FEB. 11 10:00-11:00 p.m. “For Life” (SERIES PREMIERE)SUNDAY, FEB. 16 8:00-10:00 p.m. “American Idol” (SEASON PREMIERE)SUNDAY, FEB. 23 10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Rookie”THURSDAY, APRIL 2 10:00-11:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder”Read original story ABC Midseason Schedule Plots ‘American Idol’ Return, Conclusion of ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ At TheWrap

  • Donald Trump Jr Appearance Propels ‘The View’ to Largest Audience in More Than 6 Months
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    Donald Trump Jr Appearance Propels ‘The View’ to Largest Audience in More Than 6 Months

    Donald Trump Jr.’s recent appearance on “The View” is still providing fireworks. Thursday’s episode led the ABC daytime talk show to its most-watched week in more than six months.“The View” averaged 2.689 million total viewers last week, according to Nielsen. That was 6% better than the prior week and a new season-high.Trump Jr.’s episode itself was the show’s most-watched in more than six months, with 3.021 million viewers. In addition to Trump Jr. as a special attraction, “The View” also celebrated its 5,000th episode that day.Also Read: Donald Trump Jr. vs 'The View': 5 Most Heated Moments in Daytime ShowdownThe most recent episode of “The View” to reach a larger TV audience than Trump Jr.’s came on April 26, 2019, which was Joe Biden’s first appearance since he announced intentions to run for president in 2020. (Yes, against Donald Trump Sr.)That same week was the last to draw more eyeballs than this one.Last week, “The View” averaged 380,000 women 25-54, which is its key demographic. Among women 18-49, “The View” brought in 275,000 viewers.Also Read: That Time Joy Behar Wore 'Darker' Makeup to Dress as a 'Beautiful African Woman' in the '70s (Video)Season-to-date, “The View” ranks fourth out of 21 syndicated daytime talk shows and news programs. Its 2.590 million viewer average is behind only “Dr. Phil” (3.452 million), “Live With Kelly and Ryan” (2.722 million) and “Ellen” (2.668 million).All numbers in this story come from Nielsen’s Live + Same Day ratings metric.Read original story Donald Trump Jr Appearance Propels ‘The View’ to Largest Audience in More Than 6 Months At TheWrap

  • Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Viewership Rises With Sean Spicer’s Elimination
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    Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Viewership Rises With Sean Spicer’s Elimination

    ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” grew its overall audience last night with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s elimination, but Fox finished first in the key adults 18-49 demographic.Fox was first in ratings with a 1.1 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “9-1-1” earned a 1.3/5 and 6.5 million. “Prodigal Son” at 9 received a 0.8/3 and 3.4 million.ABC and NBC tied for second in ratings, both with a 1.0/4. ABC was first in total viewers with 6.8 million, NBC was second with 6.3 million.Also Read: Sean Spicer Eliminated From 'Dancing With the Stars'For ABC, “DWTS” from 8 to 10 averaged 1.0/5 and 7.2 million viewers. “The Good Doctor” at 10 got a 0.8/4 and 6 million viewers. Tuesday marked the first day of ABC’s plan to no longer report Live + Same Day TV ratings.For NBC, “The Voice” from 8-10 landed a 1.2/5 and 7.5 million viewers. At 10, “Bluff City Law” managed a 0.5/2 and 3.7 million viewers.CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.6 and in viewers with 4.3 million, airing all reruns.Also Read: ABC Follows Fox (4 Years Later) in Swearing Off 'Live + Same Day' TV RatingsTelemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 739,000. “All American” at 8 had a 0.2/1 and 760,000 viewers. At 9, “Black Lightning” got a 0.2/1 and 718,000 viewers.Read original story Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Viewership Rises With Sean Spicer’s Elimination At TheWrap

  • John Stamos and Graham Phillips to Star in ABC’s ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’
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    John Stamos and Graham Phillips to Star in ABC’s ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’

    Here's the latest details on the upcoming TV event!

  • Ryan Seacrest Officially Returns as 'American Idol' Host
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    Ryan Seacrest Officially Returns as 'American Idol' Host

    The 44-year-old presenter will emcee the show's third season on ABC.

  • New Muppets series for Disney+ has been scrapped
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    New Muppets series for Disney+ has been scrapped

    A planned new Muppets series for Disney's new streaming platform Disney+ has been axed, according to reports.

  • 'Dancing With the Stars' Fans React to New Season Without Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev
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    'Dancing With the Stars' Fans React to New Season Without Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev

    Longtime fans of the dance competition show immediately took to Twitter to express their concerns following the new cast reveal.

  • 'Fresh Off the Boat' First Look: 'Kim's Convenience' Star Simu Liu Drops by 100th Episode (Exclusive)
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    'Fresh Off the Boat' First Look: 'Kim's Convenience' Star Simu Liu Drops by 100th Episode (Exclusive)

    ET exclusively debuts a sneak peek from the landmark April 5 episode.

  • 'Grey's Anatomy' Casts Josh Radnor as Meredith's New Love Interest
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    'Grey's Anatomy' Casts Josh Radnor as Meredith's New Love Interest

    The 'How I Met Your Mother' star will first appear in Thursday's episode.

  • 'Bachelor' Alum Becca Tilley Says Colton Underwood Was '1000 Percent' Chosen Because He's a Virgin (Exclusive)
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    'Bachelor' Alum Becca Tilley Says Colton Underwood Was '1000 Percent' Chosen Because He's a Virgin (Exclusive)

    'I would know,' explained Tilley, whose own virginity was a focus on her seasons of 'The Bachelor.'