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Nielsen Notes
Syndication Ratings: Magazines Move Up With Pandemic Coverage
By Paige Albiniak, Broadcasting & Cable - Mar. 24, 2020

Warner Bros.’ Extra went all out with breaking coronavirus news every day in the week ended March 15 and was rewarded with the biggest weekly increase among the magazines, jumping 22% to a 1.1 live plus same day household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Although Extra was the only syndicated strip of any type to hit a new season high, the rest of the magazines also turned in strong performances as viewers often gravitated to day-and-date news shows for the latest updates on the outbreak.

CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight rose 11% to a 3.0, matching its season high and leading the magazines for the ninth time in ten weeks, including one tie. CTD’s Inside Edition edged ahead 4% to a 2.9. NBCUniversal’s Access Hollywood shot up 15% to an eight-week high 1.5, which equaled its best rating of the season. Warner Bros.’ TMZ tacked on 9% to a 1.2.

CTD’s DailyMailTV managed to hold its ground at a 0.8, despite being preempted in several top-20 markets for breaking virus news. Trifecta’s Celebrity Page printed a 0.2 for the 37th consecutive week.

CTD’s Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune inched up 2% to a 6.5 and 6.2, respectively, to take first and second among the games. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud downticked 2% to a 6.0.

Entertainment Studios’ Funny You Should Ask responded with an unchanged 0.5 for a sixth straight week. Among the rookie game shows, Fox’s 25 Words or Less lost 9% to a 1.0. Sony Pictures Television’s off-GSN America Says stayed at a 0.7.

Also in first-run, Disney’s internet video show RightThisMinute maintained a 0.8 for the seventh consecutive week.

In daytime, a number of shows were blown out by President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on March 13 as well as various virus task-force briefings throughout the week. The week also marked the beginning of daylight savings time, which tends to pull people away from their TV sets and push ratings down. With coronavirus quarantines settling in across the country and people staying in their houses, those ratings are likely to increase in the coming weeks.

CTD’s season-to-date household ratings leader Judge Judy was penalized 8% to a 5.9 but remained the leading court show for the 1,225th week in a row.

CTD’s Hot Bench aired encore episodes on two days and fell back 5% to a 1.9.

Warner Bros.’ People's Court recovered 8% to a 1.4. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis and Fox’s Divorce Court remained at a 0.8 and 0.6, respectively. Debmar-Mercury’s Caught in Providence pulled back 20% to a 0.4.

Among the season’s court show newcomers, NBCU’s Judge Jerry was in repeats on all five days but stood pat at a 0.8.

MGM/Orion’s Personal Injury Court broke even at a 0.5, while Trifecta’s Protection Court settled for a 0.3 for the 26th straight week.

CTD’s Dr. Phil aired reruns on two of the five days and backtracked 13% to a 2.1, but that was still good enough to finish first or tied for first among talkers for the 180th time in the last 184 weeks. Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, Dr. Phil tied for first with Disney’s Live with Kelly and Ryan and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres with all three at a 0.8.
Back in households, Live was a close second with a steady 2.0.

Ellen eased 5% to a 1.8. Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams weakened 8% to a 1.2. NBCU’s Maury, CTD’s Rachael Ray, NBCU’s Steve Wilkos, CTD’s Dr. Oz, Warner Bros.’ The Real and CTD’s The Doctors all were flat at a 1.1, 1.0, 0.9, 0.9, 0.6 and 0.5, respectively. NBCU’s syndicated version of the out-of-production Jerry Springer spiked 33% to a 0.4.

Among the freshman talkers, NBCU’s Kelly Clarkson hung tough at a 1.3 despite preemptions, landing behind only Phil, Live and Ellen in sole possession of fourth place among the 14 talkers in households.

Disney’s Tamron Hall climbed 11% to a 1.0 even though it lost its primary run multiple times due to news coverage.

SPT’s Mel Robbins, which will exit the airwaves next season, rebounded 25% to a 0.5.

NBCU’s off-net Dateline darted ahead 9% to a 1.2. NBCU’s off-net scripted procedural Chicago PD stayed put at a 0.9. SPT’s off-A&E Live PD Police Patrol eroded 11% to a new season-low 0.8.

Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory faded 3% but still led the off-net sitcoms at a 3.1. Disney’s Last Man Standing spurted 5% to a 2.1. Twentieth’s Modern Family strengthened 7% to a 1.6. Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men moved up 8% to a 1.4. Disney’s Family Guy stayed at a 1.2, tying SPT’s The Goldbergs, which grew 9% to a 1.2. SPT’s Seinfeld was stable at a 1.0 for a sixth straight week, tying Disney’s Black-ish and Warner Bros.’ Mom, which both motored ahead 11% to a 1.0. Warner Bros.’ 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly both were on par with the prior week’s 0.9.

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TV/Critic's Notes (Streaming)
'Tiger King': Joe Exotic's journey from big cats to the Big House after murder for hire
By Erin Jensen, USA Today - Mar. 24, 2020

Spoiler alert! This story contains details from the Netflix docuseries "Tiger King," now streaming.

Amid social distancing and isolation, Netflix's new docuseries "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" rules.

The seven-episode true-crime series (now streaming) explores the life of Joe Exotic (born Joseph Schreibvogel), a man with an affinity for big cats, blonde mullets, guns and explosives.

"Tiger King" examines Joe's life at Oklahoma's Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (referred to as the G.W. Zoo) and his hatred for Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Tampa, Florida. Joe deemed Baskin a threat to his livelihood through her advocacy of the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which aims to abolish ownership of big cats as pets and the practice of cub petting.

Although Joe enjoyed his "very emotional connection" with the big cats, he also basked in the showmanship of the gig, which included a web series. "Does it feel good to stand on my stage with 500-pound tigers and (have) everybody envy you? Absolutely," he says in "Tiger King."

Joe's delusional sense of authority is readily apparent. "This is my own little town," he said of the zoo. "I'm the mayor, the prosecutor, the cop and the executioner."

"Tiger King" roars with its many shocking moments. Here are a few highlights.

Accusations about Joe's husbands
At one point, Joe had two husbands: John Finlay and Travis Maldonado. The three were joined in a union in 2014. Some acquaintances interviewed in the docuseries believe neither of Joe's grooms were actually gay; Joe admits he "fell in love with straight guys." So why would they marry Joe? According to some in the series: gifts and drugs.

"I don't know how much love was involved, but I'm sure it was the cars that he bought John Finlay, the guns he bought John Finlay, the four-wheelers he bought John Finlay," former zoo manager John Reinke says. "If they wanted it, they got it. All they had to do was ask. I think that's how (Joe) kept 'em close to him."

Joe and Finlay admit to using crystal meth, while another says a steady supply of marijuana kept Maldonado around.
"Joe kept (Travis) pumped full of weed to keep him from waking up and realizing this isn't a life to live," says Jeff Lowe, whom Joe gave "ownership" of the zoo in an effort to ward off Baskin's lawsuits.

But Maldonado became dissatisfied with his life at the park, according to Joe's gubernatorial campaign manager Joshua Dial, who says Maldonado complained of being a prisoner at the park prevented from seeking a job. Dial saw Maldonado shoot himself in the head in 2017. According to The Associated Press, the authorities ruled the death of the 23-year-old an accident.

The disappearance of Baskin's first husband
Baskin was married to Don Lewis, a man who went missing in 1997.

The couple, who met in 1981 when Baskin was 20 and Lewis was 42, opened Wild Life on Easy Street, which offered guests a close-up experience with exotic animals. Joe says she "bred and sold" cats, though Baskin says she wasn't on board with the breeding her husband did at the time.

Lewis' family paints Baskin in an unflattering right. His ex-wife Gladys Lewis Cross remembers "the last day that I saw Don, he told me that he was done, that he was divorcing her, that she was one of the worst people he'd ever met in his life, and (that) she was very dangerous."

Lewis' daughter, Lynda Sanchez, adds that Lewis was afraid of Baskin. He sought a restraining order against her in June 1997, claiming she'd threatened to kill him. Lewis disappeared two months later. Baskin claims she thought he was on his way to Costa Rica, and says she suspects he might have had Alzheimer's disease and been confused about his whereabouts.

But others, including Joe Exotic, believe Baskin fed Lewis to her big cats. The case inspired Joe's song "Here Kitty Kitty." Baskin denies this claim and speaks out about what she feels are untruths in a post on Big Cat Rescue's website, where she discredits some interviewed for the docuseries and denies threatening Lewis.

"When he disappeared, I did everything I could to assist the police," she writes. "I encouraged them to check out the rumors from Costa Rica, and separately I hired a private investigator."

An attempted contract killing?
Joe's malice for Baskin turned to an actual punishable offense when he allegedly hired someone to kill her. He allegedly paid zoo handyman Allen Glover $3,000 to kill Baskin. Glover denies he planned to go through with the plan, while Joe claims the money was a donation so he could leave the zoo.

Joe was arrested in 2018 and found guilty of 19 counts, included attempted murder for hire, killing five tigers and the selling of lion and tiger cubs. In January 2020, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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Technology Notes
YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month
By Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg.com - Mar. 24, 2020

YouTube will reduce the quality of videos around the world starting Tuesday, an effort by the world’s most popular video site to ease internet traffic during the coronavirus outbreak.

Over the coming days, viewers will at first see YouTube videos in standard definition, the company said. Users will still be able to watch in high definition if they want, but will have to choose to do so.

YouTube, part of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, is extending a policy it already instituted in Europe, where regulators have asked major streaming services, including Netflix Inc. and Amazon Prime Video, to reduce their bandwidth usage.

Use of streaming services has surged in recent weeks as hundreds of millions of people stay home to contain the spread of the virus. While YouTube viewing has historically spiked in the evening when people are off work, consumption is now more steady across the day, the company said.

Streaming video requires more internet bandwidth than music, messaging or maps because of the size of the files transmitted. Google was the largest consumer of traffic volume on the internet last year, just ahead of Netflix, according to a study by Sandvine, a network analysis firm. Recently, YouTube traffic has surged even more, Sandvine reported last week.

YouTube already limits the quality of video based on the strength of a user’s internet connection. YouTube doesn’t believe the world will run out of internet bandwidth any time soon, but is taking a preemptive measure given growing concerns at the government level.

“We continue to work closely with governments and network operators around the globe to do our part to minimize stress on the system during this unprecedented situation,” Google said in a statement.

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TV/Nielsen Notes (Cable)
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Fans Gather Virtually For Highest-Rated Episode In Two Years
By Dino-Ray Ramos, Deadline.com - Mar. 24, 2020

For many RuPaul’s Drag Race fans, watching episodes are a very eventized and communal activity. Before social distancing, fans sashayed their way to bars and each other’s houses to watch queens compete, throw shade and death drop their way to snatch the crown of America’s next drag superstar. Drag Race fans aren’t letting being in quarantine get in their way of watching the show with their friends. Last week, they held virtual watch parties to make the episode the highest-rated episode in two years.

The Emmy award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race posted a season-high in ratings with a 0.6 in the demo, making it the highest Live+SD ratings for the franchise since the season 10 finale when Aquaria took the crown. The 12th season of the series hosted by the iconic RuPaul Charles also delivered the #1 cable program with the adults 18-34 demographic in its timeslot.

On top of all that, Friday night’s episode was the #1 most social TV series of the night excluding sports and news. In addition, the Drag Race behind-the-scenes show Untucked earned a season-high rating of 0.46 in the demo.

Fans of the reality competition would easily consider the show Sunday football for the LGBTQ+ community as they documented their watch parties on social media. [CLICK LINK BELOW TO SEE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS]

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Technology Notes
Personal voice assistants struggle with black voices, new study shows
By Monica Chin, TheVerge.com - Mar. 24, 2020

Speech recognition systems have more trouble understanding black users’ voices than those of white users, according to a new Stanford study.

The researchers used voice recognition tools from Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft to transcribe interviews with 42 white people and 73 black people, all of which took place in the US. The tools misidentified words about 19 percent of the time during the interviews with white people and 35 percent of the time during the interviews with black people. The system found 2 percent of audio snippets from white people to be unreadable, compared to 20 percent of those from black people. The errors were particularly large for black men, with an error rate of 41 percent compared to 30 percent for black women.

Previous research has shown that facial recognition technology shows similar bias. An MIT study found that an Amazon facial recognition service made no mistakes when identifying the gender of men with light skin, but performed worse when identifying an individual’s gender if they were female or had darker skin. Another paper identified similar racial and gender biases in facial recognition software from Microsoft, IBM, and Chinese firm Megvii.

In the Stanford study, Microsoft’s system achieved the best result, while Apple’s performed the worst. It’s important to note that these aren’t necessarily the tools used to build Cortana and Siri, though they may be governed by similar company practices and philosophies.

“Fairness is one of our core AI principles, and we’re committed to making progress in this area,” said a Google spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “We’ve been working on the challenge of accurately recognizing variations of speech for several years, and will continue to do so.”

“IBM continues to develop, improve, and advance our natural language and speech processing capabilities to bring increasing levels of functionality to business users via IBM Watson,” said an IBM spokesperson. The other companies mentioned in the paper did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Stanford paper posits that the racial gap is likely the product of bias in the datasets that train the system. Recognition algorithms learn by analyzing large amounts of data; a bot trained mostly with audio clips from white people may have difficulty transcribing a more diverse set of user voices.

The researchers urge makers of speech recognition systems to collect better data on African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and other varieties of English, including regional accents. They suggest these errors will make it harder for black Americans to benefit from voice assistants like Siri and Alexa. The disparity could also harm these groups when speech recognition is used in professional settings, such as job interviews and courtroom transcriptions.

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TV Sports/Business Notes
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer buys the Forum for $400 million in cash
By Jabari Young, CNBC.com - Mar. 24, 2020

The Forum in Inglewood has a new owner, and his name is Steve Ballmer.

The former Microsoft CEO, through his company CAPSS LLC, has reached an agreement to purchase the entertainment complex from Madison Square Garden Company for $400 million in cash, the company said in a statement.

With the purchase, Ballmer also clears himself from legal battles with MSG, the company led by fellow National Basketball Association team owner James Dolan. The tension with MSG threatened to prevent Ballmer, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers, from constructing a new arena near the Inglewood venue.

“This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future,” Baller said in a statement. “We are committed to our investment in the City of Inglewood, which will be good for the community, the Clippers, and our fans.”

Ballmer plans to build a privately financed, 18,000-seat arena which is expected to open in 2024. According to the Washington Post, the new complex could total $1 billion.

Ballmer’s new arena would also relocate the Clippers from the Staples Center, where they’ve played since 1999. The downtown Los Angeles arena is also home to the Lakers and National Hockey League’s Kings.

“When I bought the team, I thought it was great we didn’t need to build an arena,” Ballmer the Los Angeles Times in July 2019. “But as we looked forward we were at some disadvantages in Staples Center.”

According to NBA.com, the Clippers area is projected to generate ”$100 million in new tax revenue that will be used to improve local parks, libraries, and police and fire services.

Additionally, the team is committed to a $100 million community benefits package, which will include investments in after-school programs, services for seniors, libraries and housing.”

The Forum was the previous home to the Lakers, where the club played from 1967-1999. The Lakers won five of the clubs’ 16 NBA championships in the 1980s while playing at the Forum before moving to the Staples Center in 1999. MSG purchased The Forum for $23.5 million in 2012.

Ballmer, 64, purchased the Clippers in 2014 for a then record $2 billion. He’s currently ranked 19th on Forbes’ world billionaires list with an estimated worth of $41.2 billion.

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TV/Critic's Notes
Late Night Goes Home
By Eric Gould, TVWorthWatching.com's 'The Cold Light Readers' - Mar. 24, 2020

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Maybe the true test of a comic’s skill is to just let them do it without an audience or a laugh track.

While a few late night hosts are passing that test, the nation is still dangerously behind on the most important kind, the one for Covid-19.

With thousands more either testing negative or getting diagnoses confirmed so they can take appropriate measures, that’s a slight bit of comforting news.

The other comfort is that alternative comedy venues abound, such as Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon all doing versions of their late night shows from home.

On the upside, we’re learning that Meyers, Noah, Colbert and Kimmel are the real deal.

Meyers, host of Late Night with Seth Meyers doing his trademark “A Closer Look” segment from what looks to be the bedroom hallway of his apartment in Manhattan -- with the accompanying graphic slides, asides, and impressions – is as easygoing, funny, and as brilliant as ever, never missing a beat. Or an audience.

Ranting about Trump’s tweeting about his treatment in the media, he wonders how the President has the time to watch all the news shows when he (Meyers), with young children at home, only has time to watch the look of disappointment on his wife’s face when he can’t make oatmeal:

Likewise with Noah, retitling his shortened show (also being uploaded to YouTube) as The Daily Social Distancing Show. He relies on some better lighting and editing here, giving it a more polished feel, but he has assembled the usual first-rate jokes from his writing staff, delivers (again, without a laugh track) sitting at his dining table.

Daily Show fans will not be disappointed with his impromptu guests via Skype or when he observes that a million people might be infected in New York state, the same number of riders on one subway car:

Colbert wins the creative stage design category, doing his version of The Late Show (Social Distancing Edtion) monologue from various parts of his house, such as from the bath tub (in a suit) on March 17:

Jimmy Kimmel took his Jimmy Kimmel Live show literally on the road on March 19, interviewing standup comic Bill Burr (literally standing up on the sidewalk) safely from the distance of the front seat of his car:

On the flip, as on broadcast during regular times, and while delivering his usual middle-tier corny fare, Jimmy Fallon is doing a more gonzo version of his Tonight Show. He has his young daughters banging out toy instruments for a nonsense theme, has hand-lettered graphic cards, and the show is shot hand-held on a phone by his wife.

He’s also doing interviews over Skype, (including Noah, recently). if you can get through his monologue, which is generally not possible when he is in studio.

Going without a net like this maybe shows the real underpinnings and depth of a show. If you’ve got the goods like Meyers and Noah, it’s plain to see. With Fallon, maybe not so much:

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TV Notes
On The Air
WEDNESDAY MAR. 25, 2020 Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid

ABC:
8PM - The Goldbergs
8:30PM - Schooled
9PM - Modern Family
9:31PM - American Housewife
10PM - Steumptown (Season Finale)
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline
12:05AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Eric Andre; Tim Robbins; Phantogram performs)
(R)

CBS:
8PM - Survivor
9:01PM - SEAL Team
10PM - S.W.A.T.
* * *
11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg; Patton Oswalt)
(R)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Jessica Biel; Natasha Lyonne; comic Chris Garcia)
(R)

NBC:
8PM - Chicago Med
9PM - Chicago Fire
10PM - Chicago PD
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (At Home Edition: Singer Niall Horan; best of Fallon)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson; Bashir Salahuddin; Diallo Riddle; author CJ Hauser; Terri Lyne Carrington sits in with the 8G Band)
(R)
1:38AM - A Little Late With Lilly Singh (Taran Killam)
(R)

FOX:
8PM - The Masked Singer
9PM - LEGO Masters

THE CW:
8PM - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
(R)
9PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Guest comic Jeff Davis; singer-songwriter Tinashe)
(R)
9:30PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Guest comic Gary Anthony Williams; Olympian Adam Rippon)
(R)

PBS:
8PM - Confronting Coronavirus: A PBS Newshour Special
(R)
9PM - NOVA: Transplanting Hope
(R)
10PM - Earth's Sacred Wonders: House of the Divine (Premiere)

UNIVISION:
8PM - La Rosa de Guadalupe
9PM - Amor Eterno
10PM - Sin Miedo A La Verdad

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Exatlón Estados Unidos (120 min.)
9PM - La Doña
10PM - Operación Pacífico

TNT:
8PM - All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite (120 min., LIVE)

USA:
8PM - WWE NXT (120 min., LIVE)

BET:
9PM - Tyler Perry's Sistas
10PM - Twenties
10:30PM - Boomerang

FREEFORM:
9PM - Motherland: Fort Salem

CMT:
10PM - CMT Crossroads: Halsey & Kelsea Ballerini

FXX:
10PM - Dave (34 min.)

IFC:
10PM - Brockmire
10:31PM - Year of the Rabbit (Finale, 33 min.)

SYFY:
10PM - The Magicians

TRUTV:
10PM - It's Personal With Amy Hoggart

COMEDY CENTRAL:
10:30PM - Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens
* * * *
11PM - The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: The Daily Social Distancing Show - March 25, 2020 (26 min.)

TBS:
10:30PM - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
* * * *
11PM - Conan (Kristen Schaal; comics the Sklar Brothers)
(R)

E!:
11PM - The Funny Dance Show


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TV/Nielsen Notes (Analysis)
How Big Is the Stay-At-Home TV Spike? Significant, for Now
By Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter - Mar. 25, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping millions of people at home, TV use has spiked, with figures from Nielsen showing rises across all demographics. Kids and teenagers, home from school, are posting the largest percentage gains. Nightly usage levels, which typically tail off on Fridays and Saturdays, have been steadier on those days in recent weeks.

Traditional TV viewing, as measured by Nielsen's households and persons using its television metric, was up 4 percent across all dayparts the week of March 9, with bigger increases during daytime hours given the larger share of the population staying home. The biggest gains came from young viewers who were at home rather than school: Kids ages 2 to 11 increased their TV use by 14 percent, and 12- to 17-year-olds watched 18 percent more.

Usage among adults, meanwhile, was up 5 percent overall. During the week of March 16, usage increased even more, says Peter Katsingris, senior vp audience insights at Nielsen: "We saw a 14 percent increase in Live TV usage from the prior week, a 35 percent increase in game console usage and a 28 percent increase in connected device usage among all U.S. consumers. This seems to indicate consumers are tuning to the TV, engaging with streaming platforms, ad-supported and not, and trying to pass the time inside as best they can."

In primetime, the gains have lifted all types of shows, from ABC's Modern Family to CBS' Survivor to AMC's The Walking Dead. Viewing levels night-to-night have also been more consistent in recent days than they usually are. NBC's Chicago Fire and Chicago Med reached their biggest audiences in more than a year on March 18, with 9 million and 9.2 million viewers, respectively. The March 19 episode of Station 19 on ABC had its biggest audience ever with 7.5 million same day viewers.

News programming has skyrocketed: ABC's World News Tonight (12.55 million nightly viewers) and NBC's Nightly News (12.01 million) were the top two shows across all of television from March 16 to March 22, hitting viewer figures not seen since the early 2000s. CBS' Evening News also grew substantially, to 7.6 million viewers; the three network newscasts were collectively up 42 percent over the same week in 2019.

Cable news has seen similar growth. CNN's total-day audience the week of March 16 to March 22 was double that of the same week last year. Fox News increased by 77 percent, and MSNBC was up 38 percent year-over-year — and had its most watched week ever, averaging 1.64 million viewers.

Streaming data is notoriously hard to come by, but Nielsen's figures say use of internet-connected devices — the Rokus and Apple TVs of the world — jumped 10 percent in the week of March 9. Part of that is people watching linear TV through a connected device, but it's also likely reflective of a rise for Netflix, Hulu and other streaming platforms.

HBO reports that from March 14 to March 23, use of its HBO Now platform rose 40 percent over its previous four-week average. That jump is driven by the debut of Westworld, but the WarnerMedia outlet also notes that past shows like Euphoria (which doubled), Game of Thrones, His Dark Materials and Chernobyl rose by 50 percent or more.

Whether the trend sustains over time as networks and streamers run low on inventory remains to be seen. For now, though, the gains are pretty much across the board. "With the abundance of choices available to them, consumers are turning to what works," says Katsingris. "It seems they aren't engaging with one platform, but really with all the platforms."

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TV/Legal Notes
Lori Loughlin Wants College Bribery Scheme Case Tossed Out Over “Government Misconduct”; 50 Years In Prison For ‘Full House’ Star If Guilty
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Mar. 25, 2020

Just under a year after the feds snagged dozens of well-heeled parents in the college admissions scandal, Lori Loughlin and her husband were given a start date to the trial that could see the couple behind bars for decades if found guilty.

Despite an 11th hour attempt by their lawyers to have any trial date postponed because of newly acquired evidence, the former Fuller House star and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli will directly face justice starting on October 5, a federal judge in Boston ruled today.

In what is the first of two trials for the indicted parents, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton told the assembled lawyers that the matter “will be completed well before Thanksgiving.” Jury selection is scheduled to begin on September 28.

Having repeatedly proclaimed their innocence in the sprawling nationwide scheme to get the children of the wealthy and well-connected fast tracked into top schools under false pretenses, Loughlin and Giannulli were not present this morning in Judge Gorton’s downtown B-town courtroom. The status conference hearing comes slightly over a month after the not guilty-pleading L.A.-based couple were charged in a fourth superseding indictment by the office of the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts.

At this point, Loughlin and Giannulli are facing a maximum of 50 years each and millions of dollars in fines if found guilty.

However, with the same trial date today being set for other parents who also tried to get their kids into USC, this morning’s hearing revolved considerably around potentially explosive claims by the one-time Hallmark Channel staple and Giannulli’s Latham & Watkins attorneys that prosecutors suppressed evidence that could be “exonerating.” Yesterday, head defense lawyer Sean Berkowitz filed paperwork asserting that long sought notes finally turned over by the feds prove the couple believed that the $500,000 they handed over to ex-call center manager William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation were “legitimate donations” for university programs.

“This is precisely the kind of exculpatory – and indeed, exonerating – information defendants have been seeking,” said the defense’s February 26 filing in federal court in New England. Referring to the notes from now cooperating prosecuting witness Singer himself as “devastating to the government’s case,” the filing twists the knife in the feds’ side by adding that the newly available documents reveal “that the Government has been improperly withholding core exculpatory information, employing a ‘win at all costs’ effort rather than following their obligation to do justice.”

With the feds professing that the notes of supposed FBI strong arming of Singer were kept out of evidence because they were actually to his lawyers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen today dismissed the implications of the documents. “It was a quid pro quo,” he told Judge Gorton and the court, noting that Loughlin and Giannulli couldn’t have not known what the payment was for, especially being that their daughters were not the athletes they were claiming to be.

Judge Gorton on Thursday in court said that the defense’s claims of what is essentially “prosecutorial misconduct” weren’t enough to delay setting a trial start date for Loughlin and Giannulli, but did warrant further discussion. Gorton instructed the joint defense lawyers for the couple to file a motion by March 14 seeking to either toss or sanction the U.S. Attorney’s office. The feds have until March 27 to respond. A status hearing will be held on July 28.

Representatives for U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling and his team told Deadline that they had no comment at this time on the issue.

Having formally plead not guilty in mid-April after turning down a government deal, Loughlin and Giannulli are accused in the wealthy suspects probe of paying “bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to the 200-page indictment made public on March 12 last year.

Currently out on $1 million-dollar bail bond, the actor and her fashion designer spouse were hit with an additional money laundering charge last spring and a bribery charge in November.
Both of Loughlin and Giannulli’s daughters have since left USC in the glare of the scandal. No surprise, Loughlin was not included in the final season of Netflix’s Fuller House and quickly axed from Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart when the indictments started coming down last spring.

Today’s hearing in Boston comes six months after American Crime star and Oscar nominee Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in a federal prison for her role in the college admissions bribery case.

Once looking at 20 years incarceration for having “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter,” according to the lengthy March 6 indictment Huffman took a deal. Serving 11 days behind bars last fall in California, the Desperate Housewives actor was also was given a year’s probation, 250 hours of community service and told to pay a fine of $30,000.

Earlier this week, Hot Pockets heiress Michelle Janavs was handed a five-month sentence in the ongoing investigation.

That’s the harshest sentence so far to come out of Operation Varsity Blues.

Janavs paid out $100,000 to Singer to have fake and inflated test scores for two of her daughters. Also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and serve two years’ probation in her sentencing on February 25, Janavs was found guilty of paying $200,000 to get one of her daughters into USC as a beach volleyball recruit, a game the offspring didn’t actually play.

Whether or not the timing of Tuesday’s sentence was intended as a warning to Loughlin and Giannulli, the couple have to be aware just how serious the feds are.

UPDATE, 7:29 PM: Just like they said they would, lawyers for Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli today officially sought to have the harsh college bribery scheme case against their clients dismissed.

“The extraordinary government misconduct presented in this case threatens grave harm to defendants and the integrity of this proceeding,” the Full House star’s Latham & Watkins attorneys proclaimed amidst accusations that the feds pressured scam charity boss William Singer to implicate the duo and their not quite above board efforts to get their daughters into top tier schools. “That misconduct cannot be ignored,” the defense team added in their filing in federal court on Wednesday.

Loughlin and Giannulli are set to go to trial in early October and could end up spending up to 50 years behind bars if found guilty.

The couple have long since declared they are not guilty and they had no idea that the $500,000 they gave Singer’s phony Key Worldwide Foundation were for anything more than “legitimate donations” for university programs. In fact, Loughlin and Giannulli have been attacking the scathing indictment by the office of the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts almost since they were first charged on March 12, 2019 in Operation Varsity Blues.

Upon receiving boxes of long sought further evidence from the feds earlier this year, Loughlin and Giannulli’s team railed against the government and their case in a February 27 hearing in Boston.

Prosecutors did not respond to today’s filings by the defense, but U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton gave the U.S. Attorney’ office until March 27 to present their side of the damning evidence of seemingly ‘prosecutorial misconduct.”

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TV Sports/Technology Notes (Gaming)
Fox will broadcast NASCAR’s substitute sim racing ‘season’ on television
By Sean O'Kane, TheVerge.com - Mar. 25, 2020

Fox and its sibling channel, FS1, are going to broadcast a “season” of virtual races that pit current, past, and the rising stars of NASCAR against each other on the sim racing platform iRacing. The races will air on Sundays at 1PM ET, pretty much the same time slot that NASCAR ran its real-world races before the novel coronavirus pandemic hit. They’ll also be available to watch in the Fox Sports app.

Fox didn’t go into detail about how many races will be held, likely because it’s still unclear how long the real-world season will be suspended. And drivers aren’t racking up points towards the real-world NASCAR championship or taking home big paychecks. It’s just for fun, for now.

This is all happening because the world’s biggest motorsports series are on pause during the pandemic, and so pro drivers have taken to competing in sim racing games like iRacing, rFactor 2, and F1 2019. At the same time, various esports teams, sim racing broadcasters, and real-world crew members helped spin up a handful of special races last week with big NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar stars that drew hundreds of thousands of viewers who suddenly had no real-world racing to watch.

That successful patchwork effort has already inspired more official events. This past weekend, Formula One hosted its first “Virtual Grand Prix,” which featured current driver Lando Norris, former driver Nico Hülkenberg, and a roster of YouTubers and pro sim racers, some of whom compete in F1’s own esports series.

NASCAR went even further. On Sunday, the top stock car series hosted its first virtual “Pro Invitational” race, a 100-lap affair held in iRacing that featured retired stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bobby Labonte; multiple championship-winning drivers like Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson; and rising talents like William Byron and Christopher Bell. The race was even announced by Fox’s standard broadcast crew of Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy, and Larry McReynolds.

The race was a huge success, all things considered. It brought in more than 900,000 viewers, according to Fox — far off the mark of the millions who watch NASCAR’s most popular events, but not that much lower than the viewership of some of the least popular races.

One reason it was possible for the motorsports world to quickly flip this switch to sim racing is that there’s been a thriving community competing on these platforms for years. Sim racing has grown so prevalent that many pro drivers are already deeply familiar with the likes of iRacing. Most have sim racing rigs — a seat, steering wheel, pedals, and giant, often wraparound monitors — set up in their homes, or at the very least, at their team’s headquarters.

What’s more, these games (iRacing especially) offer such true-to-life detail that sim racing has become a crucial piece of the puzzle of finding success in a top-tier racing series. They offer drivers the chance to practice virtually as much as they want without needing to go through the costly, if not impossible process of booking time to test at a real-world track.

The downside of this new NASCAR Pro Invitational Series is that, since it’s been scooped up by Fox, it won’t be live-streamed on YouTube or Twitch. One of the reasons those first few post-pandemic sim races drew so much attention last week was because they were freely available, and because some of the drivers themselves hosted their own streams as well. There were no broadcast networks to tangle with over TV rights.

NASCAR had already started streaming its own “eNASCAR” iRacing esports series on YouTube, which signaled a major step forward in bringing sim racing into the mainstream. Broadcasting the new virtual season shows NASCAR and Fox are willing to make even bigger bets during what is a very uncertain time for everyone. Here’s hoping they don’t stop pushing that envelope.

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William Dufris, voice of Bob the Builder, dies at 62
By Rosy Cordero, EW.com - Mar. 25, 2020

William Dufris, the voice behind multiple characters on Bob the Builder in the United States and Canada, has died from cancer. He was 62.

Dufris' death was confirmed via social media on Tuesday by audio movie maker Pocket Universe Productions, a company he co-founded alongside Lance Roger Axt.

"We are heartbroken to announce that the co-founder of @pocket plot and the director of 'EC Comics Presents... The Vault of Horror,' William Dufris, has died from cancer," the Twitter message reads. "There is a hole in a lot of people’s hearts right now. We will have more to say later. Bless you, Bill."

While Dufris is best known for voicing the title character and four others on Bob the Builder for nine seasons, he helped bring to life many other beloved animated figures throughout his career including the role of Peter Parker in Dirk Maggis' audio drama The Amazing Spider-Man.

Dufris was born in Maine but his career as a voice actor took off after moving to London where he lived for 13 years. Who worked with top Hollywood talent during this time on BBC Radio including Kathleen Turner, Helena Bonham-Carter, Stockard Channing, and Sharon Gless.

In total, Dufris was the voice behind thousands of audio programs throughout his career.

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TV/Health Notes
Comcast Opens On-Demand, SVOD Titles During COVID-19 Outbreak
By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News - Mar. 25, 2020

Comcast said it has made on-demand and subscription video on demand titles from a number of networks available to its Xfinity X1 and Flex customers for free during the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the company, Showtime, Epix, CuriosityStream, History Vault, Grokker Yoga Fitness & Wellbeing, The Reading Corner and DOGTV will all be available for a limited time.
“This is an unprecedented time and we want to be there for our customers to help make the time they’re spending at home easier with free previews from our network, studio and streaming partners,” said Rebecca Heap, senior VP of video and entertainment, in a press release.

Xfinity customers with X1 and Flex can say “Free” into their Xfinity Voice remote to explore the range of subscription programs currently available as part of the free on demand event spanning kids educational content, fitness and TV & movies, including:

• Showtime – all X1 customers can enjoy 30-days of all the series and movies the network has to offer including Billions, Homeland and Shameless. Xfinity Flex customers will be able to watch select originals such as City On A Hill and Kidding.

• Epix – 30 days free of the full Epix catalog of thousands of movies, along with acclaimed original series including Godfather of Harlem, Pennyworth, War of the Worlds and the highly-anticipated Belgravia, premiering April 12.

• CuriosityStream – 60 days free of the top 300 award-winning documentaries and series on science, history, wildlife, adventure, travel and more.

• DOGTV – the whole family is covered with 30 days free of programs for dogs, as well as dog-related programs for all dog lovers.

• Grokker Yoga Fitness & Wellbeing – 30 days free of expert-led video classes in fitness, yoga, meditation and healthy cooking.

• History Vault – 30 days free of a deep offering of classic series, documentaries and specials.

• Kids Room – 30 days free of a wide selection of popular series including Bob the Builder, Polly Pocket, and Strawberry Shortcake.

• The Great Courses Signature Collection – 30 days free of educational video lectures from the world’s greatest professors on subjects from photography to psychology, guitar to genetics, or mindful health to a vast exploration of history.

• The Reading Corner – 30 days free of reading videos on themes such as spring, holiday, school and nature. For children up to 10 years old. Stories include Donuts: The Hole Story, This is a Book Full of Monsters, and Beauty and the Beast.

Xfinity said it plans to open up more preview content from dozens of new networks, studios and streaming partners on a rolling basis over the coming weeks.

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McDonald’s pulls all-day breakfast menu to 'simplify operations' amid coronavirus pandemic
By Cydney Henderson, USA Today - Mar. 25, 2020

McDonald’s is temporarily pulling its coveted all-day breakfast menu to streamline operations as the coronavirus pandemic continues to strain day-to-day affairs.

"We are working with our franchisees and local restaurants to focus on serving our most popular choices and will begin temporarily removing some items from the menu over the next few weeks,” Bill Garrett, the senior vice president of McDonald’s U.S. operations, said in a statement obtained by USA TODAY Wednesday.

The fast-food company made the menu alteration to "simplify operations in our kitchens and for our crew, and ensure the best possible experience for our customers."

But, don't fret: The change is only temporary.

Shortly after the announcement, McDonald’s U.S. President Joe Erlinger tweeted, "All day breakfast’s response to this news: 'I’ll be back.'"

Garrett added: "We will regularly evaluate the situation and look to move back to our regular menu as soon as possible."

McDonald’s rolled out its all-day breakfast menu, including its popular Egg McMuffins, sausage biscuits and hashbrowns, in October 2015.

The fast-food chain's limited menu follows the closure of all seating and play areas in its company-owned U.S. restaurants last week, mirroring changes seen by restaurants, schools and businesses forced to shutter to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

"To align with increasing regulations throughout the country…McDonald’s USA company-owned restaurants will close seating areas, including the use of self-service beverage bars and kiosks," the company said in a statement on March 16.

McDonald's is still serving customers "through take-out, Mobile Order & Pay, Drive Thru or McDelivery at the majority of our restaurants," Garrett added.

Contributing: Charisse Jones

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
Chicago P.D./FBI Crossover: Tracy Spiridakos Brings Upton to CBS Drama
By Vlada Gelman, TVLine.com - Mar. 26, 2020

Hailey Upton’s temporary FBI gig will take her all the way to CBS: Tracy Spiridakos will appear as her Chicago P.D. character during FBI‘s March 31 episode, Wolf Entertainment announced on Twitter. The news was accompanied by a photo of the actress alongside FBI star Zeeko Zaki, who plays Special Agent Omar Adom “OA” Zidan.

As previously reported, FBI‘s March 31 installment will serve as a makeshift Season 2 finale due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced more than 100 shows to suspend production.

The inter-network crossover was set up during this Wednesday’s P.D., when Voight temporarily reassigned Upton from the Intelligence unit to the New York bureau of the FBI after becoming concerned that the detective was crossing too many ethical lines.

“Tracy’s character is a fan favorite, and I’m extraordinarily happy to be shining an even greater light on her and gaining new fans along the way before she returns to Chicago P.D.,” executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement.

Last summer, it was reported that Wolf was plotting a crossover between FBI or its spinoff FBI: Most Wanted and either NBC’s Law & Order: SVU or the #OneChicago franchise. He later hinted at an “interesting” crossover at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this January.

Once again, Upton visits FBI next Tuesday, March 31 at 9/8c on CBS.

https://tvline.com/2020/03/26/chicag...-hailey-upton/
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Stuart Gordon, Cult Classic Horror Director, Dies at 72
By Jenelle Reilly, EW.com - Mar. 25, 2020

Stuart Gordon, best known as the filmmaker behind such cult classics as “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond,” has died of multiple organ failure, his family confirmed to Variety Tuesday night. He was 72.

Although best known for his seminal work in independent horror, Gordon had a varied career that included founding the Organic Theater Company with his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon. The Organic premiered such prominent works as David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” and “Bleacher Bums,” which starred Dennis Franz and Joe Mantegna. He was a co-creator of the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” franchise, for which he shared a story credit, and produced the film’s sequel and directed an episode of the TV spin-off. In 2005, he directed a film adaptation of Mamet’s “Edmond,” starring William H. Macy. Other films include “Fortress,” “Castle Freak” and “King of the Ants.”

In recent years, Gordon was active in L.A. theater, finding success directing the solo show “Nevermore…An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” starring his “Re-Animator” star Jeffrey Combs. He also directed and co-wrote the book for “Re-Animator: The Musical,” which won several awards and was praised by a Variety critic, who wrote, “not since ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ has a screamfest tuner so deftly balanced seriousness and camp.”

Gordon also won a Stage Raw Award for directing “Taste,” a two-person drama that premiered in 2014, based on a true story where one man agrees to be eaten by another.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon; daughters Suzanna, Jillian and Margaret Gordon; four grandchildren; and his brother, David George Gordon.

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Nielsen Overnight (Broadcast)
Primetime Ratings: NBC Wins With Strong ‘This Is Us’ Finale
By Michael Malone, Broadcasting & Cable - Mar. 26, 2020

NBC put up the highest score in Tuesday prime ratings, with the This Is Us finale setting a high number. NBC got a 1.3 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 6 share. That topped CBS’s 1.1/5.

Ellen’s Game of Games ticked up 8% to 1.4 and the This Is Us finale shot up 21% to 1.7. The premiere of Council of Dads got a 0.7.

On CBS it was NCIS up 30% for a 1.3 and FBI grew 38% to 1.1, then FBI: Most Wanted increased 25% to 1.0.

Fox got a 0.8/3 and ABC a 0.7/3.

Fox had The Resident at 0.8 and Empire at 0.7, both flat.

On ABC it was The Conners down 8% to 1.1 and Bless This Mess at a flat 0.7. Mixed-ish and Black-ish both got a 0.6, Mixed-ish down a tenth and Black-ish flat. For Life got a level 0.6.

Univision rated a 0.5/3 and Telemundo a 0.4/2. Univision had the Ringo finale at 0.7 and Amor Eterno at 0.6, both up a tenth. Sin Miedo a la Verdad did a level 0.4.

On Telemundo it was Exatlon Estados Unidos at 0.5, La Dona at 0.4 and Operacion Pacifico at 0.3. The first two were flat and Operacion lost a tenth.

The CW had a 0.1/1 with repeats.

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TV/Health Notes (Broadcast)
NBC pulls ‘New Amsterdam’ episode about NYC ‘flu epidemic’
By Michael Starr, New York Post - Mar. 25, 2020

NBC has pulled its April 7 episode of hospital drama “New Amsterdam,” about a flu epidemic in New York City, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that’s strafing the city.

“Being sensitive to the current climate, the producers, network and studio have decided that the episode will not air on NBC on April 7 as previously scheduled,” the network said in a statement, adding that the episode “was written some time ago … Another episode of ‘New Amsterdam’ will air on April 14 at 9 p.m. as the season finale.”

Insiders say that everyone involved in the decision “felt it was the right thing to do.”

“New Amsterdam,” which was recently renewed for another three seasons, is filmed in New York City and is set in a socially progressive, forward-thinking Manhattan hospital. Ryan Eggold stars as the hospital’s medical director, Dr. Max Goodwin, who’s been battling cancer since the 2018 series premiere. The Tuesday night drama airs 9 p.m. on NBC.

Series creator David Schulner says the episode will air “sooner rather than later.”

“It’s an extremely haunting episode,” he says. “Possibly one of our best. David Foster, who wrote the episode in December, had the idea of New Amsterdam dealing with a flu pandemic simmering since Season 1 and Nick Gomez directed the hell out of it.

“There are many moments, some beautiful, some terrifying.”

Schulner says the decision to pull the episode was made Monday night. “We spent the next 24 hours figuring out what it would mean for the show in the long term,” he says. “It was a difficult decision for everyone, at every level … made even more difficult because the episode was so impactful.

“On the one hand, the purpose of art is to reflect back our own experiences in ways that help us better understand ourselves,” he says. “To watch our heroes do battle with other or themselves so that we may learn from their struggle, which is our struggle.

“On the other hand, real people are dying,” he says. “Bodies are piling up in churches in Italy. Mortuaries in Spain are overflowing with bodies. Do we need more images of this?
“These are the questions we’ve all been wrestling with.”

Repeats of “New Amsterdam” will air the next two weeks, followed by the April 14 season finale.

“New Amsterdam” has donated supplies of masks, gloves, gowns and other items to the New York state Department of Health “to be utilized on the basis of highest need” in connection with COVID-19 relief efforts in New York.

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Technology/Critic's Notes (VR Gaming)
I Finished Half-Life: Alyx in 12 Hours and Can't Stop Thinking About It
By Matthew Gault, TIME.com

While exploring a worn-down warehouse, I look through a window and see a room full of zombies. Headcrabs — disgusting parasites that turn their hosts into monsters — twitch atop the heads of three former humans. No problem. I’ll just open the door, toss in a grenade, and mop up any survivors. I remove the pin and grab the handle. But it won’t turn. The door is locked, leaving me with a live grenade and nowhere to toss it.

Later, I’m on my hands and knees, trying to dislodge a jar from behind a shelf. Inside is a bug that will heal my wounds, letting me survive to another day. The predicament is my own fault: in my haste to grab the jar off the shelf, I knocked it off instead of picking it up. After some doing, I’m just able to, palm out, roll the jar along the wall and free it.

Then, while making my way through a dark distillery, I spot some ammunition in an upside-down crate. I lift the box to grab the ammo, and a bottle of wine I didn’t notice rolls off the shelf. I gasp, hold my breath, and grab the bottle just before it shatters on the ground. I’m not alone here, and I can’t, under any circumstances, let the other occupant know where I am, lest I meet an untimely end. Trembling, I put the bottle back on the shelf, grab the ammunition, and start breathing again.

These are three moments from Half-Life: Alyx, the latest effort from developer and publisher Valve, now available for PC. It’s a virtual reality horror experience with tight combat and a frightening world that begs to be explored. Set after the events of Half-Life, but before Half-Life 2, Alyx follows protagonist Alyx Vance as she attempts to rescue her father and uncover the secret of the villainous Combine’s newest weapon.

The Half-Life franchise, which launched in 1998, put Valve on the map. But it’s been dormant for more than a decade. Alyx is Valve’s first Half-Life game since 2007, when Half-Life 2: Episode Two famously ended on a cliffhanger. Fans of the series have long waited, and are still waiting, for Half-Life 3. Anticipation long ago turned to bitterness, then resignation and, finally, a joke.

Valve knows fans want more Half-Life. Alyx may scratch that itch, but it’s a different beast. “It’s not Half-Life 3,” admits Valve level designer Corey Peters. “It’s a different game than people are expecting, but it’s a Half-Life game that’s continuing the story in a new way.”

That, it turns out, is totally fine. VR gave Peters and the rest of the Alyx team a chance to try something new with the beloved franchise, and the result is a deeply enjoyable, gripping, strange experience. “The Half-Life universe seems to work really well in the VR space,” says Peters. And it’s evidence there are still plenty of stories to tell in the Half-Life universe.

While Half-Life 2 was about moving quickly, shooting enemies and solving some physics puzzles, Alyx is a slower, more methodological, scarier game. It smartly leans on Half-Life’s horror elements, shifting from run-and-gun action to more careful play in the style of a Resident Evil or Alien: Isolation. The medium likely made that necessary: twitchy first-person shooters typically don’t work well in VR, but a game like this is right at home.

“Because of the physical nature of [virtual reality], everything just takes time,” Peters says. “Everything from reloading the gun to positioning yourself to get line of sight. You have to physically duck down to take cover and peek your head around the corner.”

The last third of the game in particular is so compelling that I had trouble putting it down during the final hours. While so many VR experiences are little more than tech demos, Alyx is a full experience. I beat it in 12 hours, but I’m a VR enthusiast with real-life firearms training. Other players will likely take longer. And I’m already planning on coming back soon.

The only bummer is that many Half-Life fans may be left out. Alyx is built for virtual reality, meaning only those with a nice computer and a VR headset can play. The cheapest headsets that will run the game are the Oculus Guest and Oculus Rift S, which start at $399. Alyx was made for Valve’s own Index headset, which ranges from $499 to $999, depending on accessories.

Still, Alyx could restore many a fan’s faith in Valve’s gamemaking abilities. Its last effort, a digital trading card game called Artifact, failed. That led to an understandable belief that Valve’s focus on its Steam digital games market — an estimated $4 billion business — has distracted it from making truly great games. Alyx should put that logic to bed. Indeed, it’s possible that Steam gave Valve the financial cushion it needed to take such a risk — it’s the kind of weird game you can make when you don’t have to worry as much about failing.

Alyx is certainly still a risk for Valve. But in my eyes, it’s proof that the company can still make an amazing video game. I didn’t know I wanted that, but I did. I think Valve needed to prove it to itself, too. For years, fans have been asking if the company still had the magic touch. Could it make another video game that would linger in the mind long after the player had put it down?

Well, a day after finishing it, I can’t stop thinking about Alyx.

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On The Air
THURSDAY MAR. 26, 2020 Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid

ABC:
8PM - Station 19
9PM - Grey's Anatomy
9PM - A Million Little Things
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline
12:05AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (David Spade; Eiza González; Grace VanderWaal performs)
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CBS:
8PM - Young Sheldon
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8:31PM - Young Sheldon
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9:01PM - Mom
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9:30PM - The Neighborhood
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10PM - Bull
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* * * *
11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen ("The Brady Bunch"))
(R)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Joel Edgerton; singer Harry Connick Jr.; Noah Cyrus performs)
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NBC:
8PM - Superstore
8:30PM - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9PM - Indebted
8:30PM - Indebted
10PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
* * * *
11:34M - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (At Home Edition: Alec Baldwin; 5 Seconds of Summer perform; best of Fallon)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (Jennifer Lopez; Michael Sheen; Mika performs; Terri Lyne Carrington sits in with the 8G Band)
(R)
1:38AM - A Little Late With Lilly Singh (Author Deepak Chopra)
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FOX:
8PM - Last Man Standing
8:30PM - Outmatched (Season Finale)
9PM - Deputy (Season Finale)

THE CW:
8PM - Katy Keene
9PM - Legacies

PBS:
8PM - Confronting Coronavirus: A PBS Newshour Special
9PM - The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - Get Action (1858-1901, 120 min.)
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UNIVISION:
8PM - La Rosa de Guadalupe
9PM - Amor Eterno
10PM - Sin Miedo A La Verdad

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Exatlón Estados Unidos (120 min.)
9PM - La Doña
10PM - Operación Pacífico

CNN:
8PM - Coronavirus: Facts and Fears - A CNN Global Town Hall (120 min., LIVE)

E!:
8PM - Keeping Up With the Kardashians (Season Premiere, 90 min.)
9:30PM - Keeping Up With the Kardashians
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10:30PM - Nightly Pop

LIFETIME:
8PM - Married at First Sight (123 min.)

LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK:
8PM - Movie - Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story (2020)

MTV:
8PM - Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
9:02PM - The Busch Family Brewed
9:32PM - The Busch Family Brewed

FREEFORM:
9PM - The Bold Type

HBO:
9PM - Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections (Documentary Premiere, 2020, 95 min.)

PARAMOUNT:
9PM - Wife Swap

SCIENCE CHANNEL:
9PM - Mysteries of the Abandoned: The World's Strangest Disaster Zones (Season Premiere, 120 min.)

WETV:
9PM - Growing Up Hip Hop
10PM - Waka & Tammy

TruTV:
9:30PM - Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes
10PM - Tacoma FD (Season Premiere)
10:30PM - Tacoma FD: Talkoma (Series Premiere)

BRAVO:
10PM - Top Chef

FX:
10PM - Better Things (39 min.)

FXX:
10PM - Cake (34 min.)

USA:
10PM - The Sinner: Part VIII (Season Finale, 62 min.)

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: The Daily Social Distancing Show - March 26, 2020 (26 min.)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Nick Offerman)
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TV Notes (Streaming)
Messiah Cancelled at Netflix
By Dave Nemetz, TVLine.com - Mar. 27, 2020

Messiah‘s prayers were not answered: Netflix has cancelled the religion-themed thriller after just one season, according to our sister site Variety.

The news was first reported by series co-star Wil Traval, who announced on Instagram: “It’s a very sad day today. I have just received news from Netflix that there will be no Season 2 of Messiah. I wanted to say to all the fans thank you for your support and love. I wish things were different.”

The current coronavirus outbreak played a role in the cancellation, according to Variety: Netflix didn’t feel confident renewing a show that required shooting in so many international locales in the midst of a global pandemic.

Messiah starred Michelle Monaghan (True Detective, The Path) as Eva Geller, a CIA officer investigating a mysterious “miracle man” who’s developed a cult-like following across the globe. As the prophet draws huge crowds of faithful disciples, he says he’s simply doing “God’s work”… but is he actually just scamming people with fake miracles? The cast also included Traval, Mehdi Dehbi, John Ortiz and Tomer Sisley.

The series joins fellow one-and-dones AJ and the Queen, Spinning Out and Soundtrack on the list of recent Netflix cancellations.

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Amazon Prime Video to support up to six user profiles on one account
By Dalvin Brown, USA Today - Mar. 25, 2020

As families stay home due to coronavirus fears, Amazon is rolling out a feature that lets up to six people track their viewing history on one Prime Video account.

The e-commerce giant's video streaming service is enabling user profiles in select countries, Amazon in a statement. The latest Prime Video feature is similar to how people on Netflix can choose between specific profiles under the same login.

There will be a primary account holder and up to five secondary profiles including an option to restrict content for kids.

The move would mean that parents don't have to worry about children seeing their viewer history. And movie recommendations for account payers could be more accurate if content meant for people under 12 is filtered out.

The tool would be a useful addition to the app at a time when more people are looking for ways to stay entertained at home in the wake of coronavirus, which has killed more than 800 people in the U.S.

Amazon is also making some of the kids' shows free during the pandemic, Engadget reports.

User profiles are set to roll out in phases and currently, the capability is enabled in parts of Asia and Africa. Users in active countries can access the accounts on Android, iOS and at Primevideo.com.

User profiles are nothing new, but Amazon Prime Video has always been centered around one main account. Netflix already lets up to five users create profiles under one account.

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The CW Shifts ‘In the Dark’ & ‘Stargirl’ Premiere Dates, Summons ‘Whose Line’ In COVID 19-Related Scheduling Changes As ‘Supernatural’ & ‘Legacies’ Bow Out
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Mar. 26, 2020

The CW has become the first network to make primetime scheduling changes in response to the seasons of most of its series getting cut short by the coronavirus-imposed mass production shutdowns.

As confirmed by Supernatural executive producer Andrew Dabb on Monday, this week’s Episode 13 of the show’s final season was the last “for awhile.” Starting next Monday, March 30, the CW will air Whose Line Is It Anyway original episodes (at 8 PM) and repeats (at 8:30 PM) in Supernatural‘s time slot.

Tonight, March 26, will be the final original episode this spring for sophomore Legacies, its 16th for the season. For various reasons, that is the number of episodes The Vampire Diaries offshoot had wrapped filming before the shutdown. To fill the scheduling hole Legacy‘s departure will leave, the CW is bringing in earlier than previously planned Season 2 of In the Dark.

It will launch on Thursday, April 16 at 9 PM, following an original episode of Katy Keene. (In the Dark was originally slated to return May 28, airing in the Thursday 9 PM time period.)

Additionally, the CW is moving up the network premiere of DC’s Stargirl by week, to Tuesday, May 19 at 8 PM. (Stargirl was supposed to preview on May 12 at 9 PM, behind an original episode of The Flash, before taking over The Flash’s Tuesday 8 PM slot on May 26.) It will now succeed The Flash, which will have wrapped its abbreviated season by May 12.

To stagger The Flash‘s remaining original episodes, the CW already moved in to replace an original episode with a repeat. It is a strategy the network is expected to use for its other series whose production was impacted by the shutdown, like Supergirl, Batwoman, Nancy Drew and Charmed.

For all series except for Supernatural, the current plan is for all filmed episodes to be delivered and aired this spring, with post-production expected to be completed.

Supernatural, which shoots in Vancouver, had filmed through Episode 18 when production was suspended but the show for many years has been using a Vancouver postproduction/VFX company that has shut down during the pandemic. “Our visual effects and sound departments have closed because of the outbreak. So, right now, the episodes can’t be finished,” Dabb said, assuring fans that the remaining episodes will be produced. “It’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a matter of ‘when’,” he wrote.

The early exit this season allows the CW to have a meaningful final chapter of Supernatural consisting of 7 episodes, which is normal-size cable/streaming season. That is easier to schedule, market and consume than 2 leftover episodes.

Here are the new CW spring premiere dates:

THURSDAY, APRIL 16
8:00-9:00pm KATY KEENE (Original Episode)
9:00-10:00pm IN THE DARK (Season Premiere)

TUESDAY, MAY 19
8:00-9:00pm DC’S STARGIRL (The CW Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Original Episode)


In season two of In the Dark, Murphy (Perry Mattfeld) is a messy twenty-something who struggles on a daily basis to balance her random hook ups, her hangovers, and her drug front. She’s also blind. Murphy lives with her supportive best friend, Jess (Brooke Markham), and along with their anal-retentive boss (and sometimes friend), Felix (Morgan Krantz), they run Guiding Hope, a school for guide dogs. But solving the murder of her best friend, Tyson, lands Murphy deep in the world of Chicago’s underground heroin trade when she is forced to turn Guiding Hope into a front for drug kingpin Nia Bailey (guest star Nicki Micheaux). In addition to steering clear of Dean (Rich Sommer), Murphy and Guiding Hope encounter a new problem when the increase in revenue piques the interest of an IRS Agent (Theodore Bhat). With the help of Darnell (Keston John), Murphy tries to wrestle herself and everyone she cares about from Nia’s grasp, but ultimately plunges them into far deeper trouble than they bargained for.

In the Dark is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Red Hour Films, with executive producers Corinne Kingsbury, Ben Stiller, Jackie Cohn, Nicholas Weinstock, Michael Showalter and Emily Fox (Pilot only).

The new DC Universe drama series DC’s Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (series star Brec Bassinger) as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. This new drama reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in an unpredictable series. The series focuses on the character that started creator Geoff Johns’ career as a comic book writer when he created her in 1999, lovingly inspired by his late sister who was killed in a 1996 plane crash.

Geoff Johns executive produces DC’s Stargirl with Melissa Carter, who serves as co-showrunner, as well as Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Greg Beeman. Based on the characters from DC created by Geoff Johns, DC’s Stargirl is produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. DC’s Stargirl stars Bassinger, Luke Wilson, Amy Smart, Trae Romano, Cameron Gellman, Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Meg DeLacy, Neil Jackson, Jake Austin Walker, Christopher James Baker and Hunter Sansone.

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TV Review (Streaming)
'Be Our Chef' (Disney+)
By Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter - Mar. 26, 2020

Disney+'s family cooking competition Be Our Chef is either dystopia or balm, depending on your current anxiety levels. A zany half-hour where neat little nuclear families zip around a set kitchen professing their love to the House of Mouse almost feels like a Simpsons (or Bébé's Kids)-style parody of zombified Disney Magic™. Almost. Even for us Disney true believers, the 10-part series may challenge our patience for pat corporate synergy, but given the global uncertainty of the moment, Be Our Chef is the low-stakes, low-impact entertainment I personally need right now.

Unlike a lot of other television shows I'm typically glued to, this one has no impending apocalypse in need of evading, no crumbling world in need of saving. No murder, disaster or sabotage looming. Just a couple of real-life families cooking some cute treats for the chance to win a big grand prize.

A cruise vacation, unfortunately.

Angela Kinsey, best known for playing sour-faced martinet Angela on The Office, summons her best Kristen Chenoweth-flavored perk for her role as host, guiding two competing families through minorly demanding cooking challenges that emphasize family togetherness over culinary acumen. As a hardcore devotee to reality cooking shows — the more raucous, the better — I am accustomed to watching participants injure themselves, backstab each other, suffer humiliation, cry about their traumas and, most importantly, confront their own creativity to devise prize-winning dishes. Here, the skill levels fall somewhere between the breathtaking innovations of Top Chef and the guffaw-inducing monstrosities of Nailed It. Even on a kids 'n' family-oriented reality show, I would have been less offended to witness some backbiting between contestants than I was to see a family make heavy use of bread they didn't even bake. Disney, you're better than that.

Be Our Chef is a charmingly peppy, brainless half-hour. I mean that with loving intent. When I told my husband, a fellow cooking competition fanboi, that each episode barely lasts longer than 23 minutes, he exclaimed, "Peeerfect," without an ounce of irony. Be Our Chef is an ideal dinner show, a relaxing stretch of time where you can step away from the gruesome news and delight in a 4-year-old girl festooned in a princess ballgown stirring a bowl to help her parents win a luxury vacation. Keeping the challenges brisk — only one per episode, with a short food-related game acting as intermezzo mid-episode — maintains the show's bubbly spirit without bogging us down with a whole lot of kiddie cooking show filler, like splooging the judges with the ingredient-of-the-week.

The conceit is airtight: Present a pair of wholesome and divergent families of four, fly them to Disney World, introduce them to a Disney character (a park castmember) and then task them with devising a dish that represents that particular story brand. This could be as simple as coming up with some elevated comfort food inspired by Cinderella or as thorny as inventing a healthy dessert themed around Big Hero Six. (The results vary from janky-looking tomato soup bread bowl carriages to gorgeous Baymax silhouette ice cream sandwiches flavored with matcha, avocado and chocolate.)

Five families in total compete per season in a round-robin leaderboard competition where each has the chance to redeem themselves after a loss. Without steady eliminations, the most inhumane thing we see onscreen is a wily family using an advantage tool to put their competitors in a three-minute "time-out" when they were supposed to be taking their candied bacon out of the oven. The results? Some flawlessly crispy pork belly strips. "“Sometimes you have to do things that are not nice," says a 9-year-old girl before her scheme comes back to nip her in the tush.

With domestic arts and boredom booming during this widespread quarantine, I could imagine a show like Be Our Chef sparking a little ingenuity in parents who need to keep their foodie kids occupied for an indefinite period time. (Luckily, the meal ideas here seem kid-led, though refined by wiser parents.) While the show is a little loud and bright at times, relying on trepidatious synth-heavy background music that could have easily been replaced with a plinky Disneyfied score, it's still a welcome reprieve from weightier programming. (The worst we're subjected to here are inept dads and tiny grease fires.) In the words of Eddie Cantor, "The dumber they come, the better I like 'em!"

'Be Our Chef'
Premieres: Friday (Disney+)
The Bottom Line: A watchable reprieve from doom and gloom.


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TV Review (Streaming)
Ozark Season 3: It's Like Watching a Tightrope Walker in a Windstorm
By Amanda Bell, TVGuide.com - Mar. 27, 2020

Ozark's third season is explosive, literally, from the bitter beginning, as a cartel war erupts between the Navarros and the Lagunas in Mexico in spectacularly gory form. Though much of the action throughout the drama's newest season still takes place in the misty wilderness of its eponymous locale, what's happening south of the border has ugly consequences for Marty (Jason Bateman), Wendy (Laura Linney), and all of their friends (and foes) as their latest scheme gets into gear with that violent conflict backdropping everything they do.

Season 3 picks up six months after the events of Season 2, with the Byrdes' casino boat business now glittering up the waterway, thanks in no small part to Ruth's (Julia Garner) reliability as the mouth and tiny muscle of the entire enterprise. As plans tend to go, though, Marty's idea to pre-stuff the cash boxes with dirty money to continue his laundering venture apace is thwarted almost immediately, as an intrepid agent named Maya Miller (Jessica Frances Dukes) steps into the FBI's open investigation of the Byrdes, determined to make Marty either an asset or an example. Not only is she wise to his game, but she's also in-tune with his personal vulnerabilities and already knows the answer to a question he will later be asked under harrowing circumstances: What does he even want to come of all this?

From there, the pressures mount on multiple fronts for Marty: Wendy has a newfound sense of ambition and wants to go all-in with Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer) and Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) to create a semi-legitimate operation to cover their assets, and she's willing to double-cross Marty to do it, too; her brother Ben (Tom Pelphrey), a walking, talking powder keg of a person, also shows up and decides to stick around beyond his welcome, causing all manner of fun-to-watch mayhem around town; the arrogant First Son of the Kansas City mafia, Frank Cosgrove Jr. (Joseph Sikora), develops a vicious vendetta against Ruth and the Byrdes by extension; and, of course, Navarro still expects results, no matter how many of his men are out getting blown up by his rivals.

This season boasts the same plain-town atmosphere of its central locale, and the Byrdes' demeanors remain as bizarrely stoic as ever, yet there's a prevailing sense of dread overshadowing every episode. All of the pieces in motion seem to be spiraling toward an inevitably bleak ending for everyone involved, and they seem to know it. From start to finish, the sensation of watching Season 3 is like seeing a tightrope walker work in a windstorm. There's no way any of this will come to a close without catastrophe, and yet, you're still rooting for the guy to find a way across, despite all the deceit, death, and personal destruction piling up in the way.

The newcomers also serve to ratchet up the tension significantly. Ben is just charming enough to make his penchant for chaos endearing, until it's dangerous, and while Helen was already stone cold, she moves into town and reveals some personal motivations that make her ruthlessness even more consequential. Maya has as compassionate a disposition as one could expect from the feds, but she is also uniquely qualified to undermine everything Marty wants to get away with. And while the usual suspects like Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery) and Frank Cosgrove (John Bedford Lloyd) are left to awkwardly wander a bit throughout this season, they are replaced by an even bigger baddie in Navarro, whose fate becomes so inextricably tied to the Byrdes that his desperation in the turf war seems to spell doom for Marty and Wendy right alongside him.

However, the Byrdes are absolutely their own worst enemies inSeason 3. Marty and Wendy's entire house of cards was built upon a foundation of lies and lawlessness, but they seem even more eager to betray one another at any given point throughout this season, no matter how small the reason. Whether it's selfishness, greed, or a sense of righteousness that informs their decision is something they could be sifting through in therapy, if they didn't undermine that process as well, and they are not presenting a united front in the face of anyone, allies or nemeses alike, which makes every move they make precarious and unnerving to behold.

Overall, Ozark Season 3 is still the show you know — there are moments of quietude, gnawing personal conflicts, and, of course, that bluish scenery of this forest-rich landscape — but it's still by far the most stressful and emotionally ravaging stretch of the show yet thanks to its new characters, the increased duplicity afoot in the Byrde house, and, of course, the no-holds-barred drug war going on all the while which eventually makes its way to the Ozarks, too.

Ozark Season 3 premieres Friday, March 27 on Netflix.
TV Guide rating: 3/5


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What We’re Watching Under Quarantine
In our self-isolation, video has replaced social life, and television is grappling with a new reality.
By Doreen St. Félix, New Yorker

On the evening of March 6th, I went out to eat with friends in Brooklyn. The restaurant was a no-nonsense family-run spot. There was a flat-screen television mounted on the wall, considerately out of the sight lines of most diners. As we got up to leave after finishing, a flash of red colonized my peripheral vision. I turned to get a better look. David Muir was hosting a special edition of “20/20.” Analysts were seated around a curved desk, typing on tablets. ABC had transformed the show’s studio into a sloping, L.E.D.-striped panoptic lair for the election—which was, just days after Super Tuesday, the story of the year. Walls doubled as screens, but the images were of empty town squares in Italy, and the Grand Princess cruise ship, still stranded somewhere in the Pacific, miles from the Port of Oakland. On the floor of the studio was what looked like an illuminated election map that had been repurposed to highlight the states with confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which were shaded blood red. Outside the restaurant, we discussed the aesthetics of breaking news, the almost-camp spectacle apparently required for the circulation of information in dire times.

The entire country is now red. The pandemic has jammed the churn of social life, pausing human interaction in medias res. Theatres, concert venues, and cinemas have closed. Restaurants in New York are open only for takeout and delivery. What else is there to do but watch TV? Friends ask for recommendations. (“High Maintenance” if you’re missing your neighbors; “The Leftovers” if you’re a masochist.) I quite liked “Devs,” a brutally elegant work of science fiction, set in a jaundiced San Francisco in the near future, and would have reviewed it, had the world not changed..

It has been a long time since “television” conjured the box around which families once gathered to watch “The Ed Sullivan Show” or to first glimpse the surface of the moon; in this century, it encompasses whatever can be streamed via a Roku, a PlayStation, or an iPhone. But this crisis has already created a culture. As we self-isolate, the Internet has become host to an ambient, crowdsourced documentary of the time, and video is the anxious medium of social life. On Instagram, a friend has shared communiqués from a young doctor telling New Yorkers what to do if they experience shortness of breath. The illustrator Wendy MacNaughton begins her daily drawing classes on Instagram Live by stretching to Madness’s “Our House”; John Legend streamed a live concert from his living room with his wife, Chrissy Teigen, perched on the piano. The migration of social activities to the Internet predates our current emergency by decades, but live streaming, which once seemed to presage the dissolution of human intimacy, now looks like its preservation.

I’ve also watched many hours of actual TV. Days before the general public seemed to understand how social distancing could help “flatten the curve,” shows made a display of responsible citizenship. The sudden absence of live in-studio audiences was pleasingly absurd. “Welcome to ‘The View’!” Whoopi Goldberg shouted, eight times, to no one, during a live taping. Subbing for Jimmy Kimmel, Pete Buttigieg was a shy but game entertainer-politician, delivering an opening monologue to his husband, Chasten, and a handful of “Kimmel” team members. He roasted the Trumps, implored vigilance in the face of the pandemic, and interviewed Patrick Stewart, sharing a photo of himself as a child in a Starfleet uniform. But, as the week went on, resilience seemed to waver. Joy Behar, who is seventy-seven, announced that she would stop coming to tapings of “The View.”

I am not the first person to find that the most innocuous aspects of TV watching now induce a reflexive unease. On “American Idol,” the hosts’ displays of consolation toward eliminated contestants, conveyed through the rubbing of the singers’ shoulders, made me nervous. Earlier this month, watching “The Bachelor,” I had been annoyed by Peter’s disrespect of Hannah Ann; two weeks ago, I couldn’t stand the incessant stroking of faces. Commercials advertising fast food are orgiastic displays of careless skin contact. In the U.K., KFC’s “finger-lickin’ good” ads have been pulled.

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On Sunday, after the Diocese of Brooklyn announced the suspension of Mass, I watched a service streamed from the St. James Cathedral Basilica, on the New Evangelization Television channel. At any other time, the empty pews would have offered further proof of the institution’s decline. Later that day, driving up Flatbush Avenue for last-minute provisions, I watched a woman run across the street to a storefront black church, where members of the congregation were dancing and sweating in close quarters. In the evening, the Democratic Presidential debate felt like a consummation of the inevitable. The podiums were six feet apart; Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders greeted each other with an elbow bump. After Sanders challenged Biden on his health-care policy, Biden said that he didn’t want to get into a “back-and-forth, in terms of our politics,” and exploited a hunger for stirring rhetoric. “We are at war with a virus,” he said.

On March 12th, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” announced that it would stop production altogether. Four days later, when New York State banned gatherings of more than fifty people, Colbert surprised viewers with a monologue recorded in his bathtub. Immersed in bubbles, fully suited, he provided his signature mix of acid critique and avuncular reassurance. The segment—which was followed by a rerun—looked like it was filmed with an iPhone. “Hey, everybody! Hi!” Colbert said. “Welcome to my bathroom.”

These days, theatrics make public figures seem untrustworthy; the real heroes have no need for laurels. At press conferences, governors and mayors have mostly abandoned speechifying in favor of flat statements. Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, in a brown leather jacket and a white baseball cap, is a steadying figure. But even President Trump has dialled down the bombast. Sweating and breathing heavily as he pronounced from the Oval Office that America would beat the coronavirus, he appeared to represent the ailing global gerontocracy. “I will always put the well-being of America first,” he said earlier this month. Last week, he seemed to have ceded the role of steward to Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci has appeared on Sunday talk shows and CNN panels, and is now a comforting presence at Trump pressers, standing to the side, taking questions from reporters after Trump and Mike Pence rattle off their false promises. The President claimed that the pandemic was under “tremendous control”; on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci straightforwardly contradicted him. “People sometimes think that you’re overreacting,” Fauci said. “I like it when people are thinking I’m overreacting, because that means we’re doing it just right.”

A small, seventy-nine-year-old public servant who barely clears the lectern, Fauci has a distaste for drama, and emanates authority. The President, who initially told the public that the coronavirus would go away, “like a miracle,” seemed, last Tuesday, temporarily cowed by Fauci’s presence. The next day, Trump told the reporter Yamiche Alcindor that it was correct to call the coronavirus “kung flu” and the “Chinese virus.” The racism is tactical, a diversion from the Administration’s failures. More embarrassingly, it is also a way of shifting attention from Fauci, who, Trump was forced to concede, had become “a major television star.”

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Bill Geddie Exits 'Tamron Hall' as Executive Producer
By Paige Albiniak, Broadcasting & Cable - Mar. 26, 2020

Bill Geddie has exited Disney’s The Tamron Hall Show as executive producer, a source close to the show confirmed Thursday.

Co-Executive Producer Talia-Parkinson-Jones also departed the show. Candi Carter, who has been co-executive producing The View for the past five years, has taken over showrunning duties. Hilary Estey-McLoughlin remains senior executive producer at The View while Brian Teta remains executive producer.

Prior to executive producing Tamron Hall, Geddie was the co-creator, with Barbara Walters, and longtime executive producer of The View.

Tamron Hall has been on production hiatus since March 16 due to coronavirus. In the meantime, former Today and MSNBC anchor Hall has been going live on Instagram. The show has been renewed for a second season and is cleared on ABC owned stations in large markets such as New York and Los Angeles.

The New York Post’s Page Six first reported Geddie’s exit. According to the Post, Hall and Geddie did not see eye to eye on how the show should be produced.

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Mark Blum, ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ Star, Dies From Coronavirus Complications
By Dave McNary, Variety.com - Mar. 26, 2020

Actor Mark Blum, who appeared in “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Crocodile Dundee” and the TV series “You,” has died due to complications from coronavirus. He was 69.

The Playwrights Horizons theater group and SAG-AFTRA executive vice president Rebecca Damon confirmed the news on Thursday.

Blum, a New Jersey native who started acting during the 1970s, won an Obie Award for his performance in the Playwrights Horizons production of Albert Innaurato’s “Gus and Al” during the 1988-89 season. He’s also appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers,” Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” and Richard Greenberg’s “The Assembled Parties.”

Blum played the husband of Rosanna Arquette’s character, Roberta Glass, in 1985’s “Desperately Seeking Susan” and Paul Hogan’s rival in 1986’s “Crocodile Dundee.” His other feature credits include “Lovesick,” “Just Between Friends,” “Blind Date” and “The Presidio.”

Blum has a recurring role on the first season of the Lifetime series “You.” His other TV credits include “Sweet Surrender,” “Capital News,” “Frasier,” “NYPD Blue,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Coin Heist.”

“This is a painful loss to our SAG-AFTRA family,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “Mark Blum understood that all performers working in this industry share the same employers and that our strength depends on our unity. He was a visionary. Mark will be deeply missed, and our hearts go out to his wife, Janet Zarish, his friends and all of his loved ones.”

Blum ls survived by his wife and fellow actor Zarish, whose credits include “Law & Order,” “Seinfeld” and “Blue Bloods.”

“With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week. Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you,” Playwrights Horizons said in a tweet.

Blum served on the Screen Actors Guild and SAG-AFTRA national boards between 2007 and 2013.

“On a personal note — I always appreciated Mark’s clear perception of complex situations,” Damon tweeted. “He always spoke the truth and did a great service in informing members of our community about the ins and outs of the union whenever he had the opportunity. Mark was smart, funny, and a true actor’s actor. He will be deeply missed.”

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AT&T Giving Pay TV Subscribers Free Access to Starz, Epix, HBO and Cinemax
By Jon Lafayette, Multichannel News - Mar. 27, 2020

AT&T said it is giving subscribers to its pay-TV services free access to premium channels including Starz, Epix and its own HBO and Cinemax for a limited time.

The company is also launching a new ad campaign that uses the hashtag #ConnectedTogether to show how with people practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, AT&T’s people and technology are helping to bring people together.

The company, one of the nation’s largest advertisers, said it is replacing its current advertising with spots that deliver its message about the importance of connectivity during times of fear and division.

The first of the new spots show families getting together via video chat and workers connecting cables and working in control rooms.

AT&T said that effective Thursday it will begin offering free premium channel content to DirecTV, U-Verse, AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now subscribers. The offer starts Thursday with Starz (only to DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers). On April 2, subscribers will get Epix through April 16. On April 16 through April 20, they’ll get HBO and Cinemax.

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Lost's Evangeline Lilly Issues 'Heartfelt' Apology for 'Arrogant' and 'Insensitive' Coronavirus Comments
By Michael Ausiello, TVLine.com - Mar. 26, 2020

Lost vet Evangeline Lilly, who came under fire for brushing off coronavirus quarantine protocol, has issued an apology on social media.

“I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19,” the actress wrote to her followers. “Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message.”

You can read Lilly’s complete statement below: [CLICK LINK AT BOTTOM]

In the controversial March 16 post that sparked the backlash, Lilly wrote: “Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing. #businessasusual .” When a follower questioned her cavalier comments, Lilly shot back: “Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices.”

Among those taking issues with Lilly’s anti-isolation stance was her former Lost co-star Maggie Grace, who wrote in the comments section of the aforementioned post that she found her comments “concerning,” adding, “There’s no need to panic, but at the same time this is about all of us — the vulnerable, the immunocompromised, older folks. Sure, it’s a free country, but how about choosing to exercise some of that wonderful freedom to have some compassion, trust the extensive science here and not overwhelm [the] health system. No doctor should have to choose which patients get life saving care and which patients get sent home to die — the sort of triage that is happening in Italy right now.”

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