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Jul 7, 2015
1:04 am
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Bombshell: In Just Released Court Documents Bill Cosby Admits He Gave Quaaludes to Women for Sex (AP, CNN)

“Some old documents — newly unsealed — could be comedian Bill Cosby’s undoing amid numerous claims from women that he drugged and raped them years ago,” reports an Associated Press story in the Detroit Free Press.

The article continues: “Cosby admitted in 2005 that he got quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and ‘other people,’ according to documents obtained Monday by the Associated Press.”

The report adds: “That woman and a second woman testified in the same case that they knowingly took quaaludes from him, the documents say.”

Notes the AP in a separate story: “The sexual assault allegations that resurfaced against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005 after a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home. Testimony in that case was unsealed Monday after court action by The Associated Press.”

The AP noted that for its story on Monday, “Cosby’s lawyers in the Philadelphia case did not immediately return phone calls.”

Writes CNN, “The documents include Cosby’s recollection of an incident in Las Vegas in the 1970s.

“She meets me backstage. I give her quaaludes. We then have sex,” he said.

While the woman’s name was redacted, the details of the encounter closely mirror those provided by one of Cosby’s accusers, Therese Serignese.

The CNN story later notes, “Serignese [who said she was 19 years old at the time of the incident] did not make public accusations in the immediate aftermath of the 1976 incident. She explained her decision in a November 2014 article she wrote in the New York Daily News: ‘Cosby was everywhere. Everyone thought he was a great family man. I knew he wasn’t. I just couldn’t prove it with anything but my word. There was no video camera or DNA evidence. No one else had accused him publicly yet,’ Serignese wrote.

“She added: ‘He didn’t drink or take the pills. They could test him, and he’d be clean.’”

The newly released court documents have convinced at least one celebrity who has been outspokenly supporting Cosby to change her mind.

Singer, actress and model Jill Scott sent several tweets after the release of the court documents. One of them said: “About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations.”

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 6, 2015
1:51 pm
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The Numbers Are In for the Most-Watched Soccer Match in U.S. History — and They’re Mighty Impressive (TVWeek)

Nielsen has crunched the numbers on the FIFA Women’s World Cup final, in which Team USA blew out Japan 5-2, and the game is officially the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history.

The match, carried by Fox, averaged 25.4 million total viewers, peaking with 30.9 million between 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. ET, Fox Sports announced.

The match, in which the U.S. women’s team won its first World Cup title since 1999, delivered a 12.9 household rating.

Among the highlights noted by Fox:

  • The 2015 USA-Japan final is the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, obliterating the previous mark of 18,220,000 set by USA-Portugal during last year’s World Cup group stage match (6/22/15) by +39%.
  • USA-Japan also shatters prior mark for a women’s soccer match, the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) by +41%.
  • The match beat the audience for the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final, which also featured USA vs. Japan, by +89% (13.5 million).
  • Last night’s match average audience exceeded every game of the NBA Finals, the 2014-15 broadcast season average of every show in primetime, including Sunday Night Football, and the primetime average of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
  • Last night’s match delivered the most-watched telecast since the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game on CBS (28.3 million, 4/6/15).
  • 43.2 million viewers watched all or part of last night’s final.
  • The audience began at 18.2 million viewers at 7 p.m. ET and peaked at a tournament-high 30.1 million from 8:30-8:45 p.m. ET.
  • FOX Sports GO set a new record with 232,000 unique streamers. This was the largest authenticated streaming audience in FOX Sports GO history, besting the previous mark set by the USA-Germany semifinal (166,000 unique streamers). Women’s World Cup matches now comprise FOX Sports GO’s top 5 most-viewed events ever.
  • Top markets for USA vs. Japan: Kansas City (20.6), followed by St. Louis (20.5), San Diego (19.5), Denver (19.4), Austin (19.1), Seattle (18.3), Washington D.C. and West Palm Beach (18.2), San Francisco and Las Vegas (17.7). The rating in Kansas City is the highest for any individual market in this tournament. The previous high was set by Kansas City and St. Louis (9.3) for USA-Germany in the Semifinal.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 summary:

  • The 2015 tournament averaged 1.824 million viewers per each of the tournament’s 52 matches across all networks (FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2), +21% over 1,511,000 averaged on ESPN and ESPN2 for the 32 matches played in 2011.
  • Top markets for all seven USA matches: St. Louis (8.0), followed by Kansas City (7.5), Washington D.C. (7.3), Austin (6.6), San Diego (6.4), Richmond (6.2), Denver and Baltimore (6.1), Norfolk and West Palm Beach (6.0).
  • Top markets for all 52 matches: St. Louis (1.94), Washington D.C. (1.85), Richmond (1.72), Kansas City (1.65), Sacramento (1.64), Baltimore (1.60), Orlando (1.56), Los Angeles (1.54), San Diego (1.51) and Las Vegas (1.50).

Note: All comparisons are based on single-net English language viewership.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 6, 2015
1:39 pm
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How Good Is TV These Days … and How Bad Are the Movies? Dustin Hoffman Offers His Opinion (The Independent)

Seven-time Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman sounded off about how bad the movies are — and how good TV is these days — in an interview with the U.K. publication The Independent.

The actor, who won Academy Awards for “Kramer vs. Kramer” in 1980 and “Rain Man” in 1989, indicated that movies and television have gone in opposite directions.

“I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been and I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been — in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst,” Hoffman told the publication.

Hoffman appeared to blame financial pressures for the demise of film quality. The report notes that most movies are now made in about 20 days.

The Independent adds: “Part of the reason is that digital technology enables filmmakers to shoot more scenes in a day than they used to, but mostly it’s to do with the downsizing of budgets as more and more films get made. The films that have been squeezed the most by this development have been the quality dramas, a genre that has a habit of calling on Hoffman’s inimitable services.”

Adds Hoffman: “It’s hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days. We did ‘The Graduate’ and that film still sustains. It had a wonderful script that they spent three years on, and an exceptional director with an exceptional cast and crew, but it was a small movie, four walls and actors, and yet it was 100 days of shooting.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 6, 2015
1:27 pm
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Controversial Mexican TV News Anchor Dies (Reuters)

An influential journalist who was a fixture on Mexican TV as an anchor for almost 30 years on the country’s most-watched evening news program has died. Reuters reports that Jacobo Zabludovsky died Thursday morning after suffering a stroke. He was 87.

Zabludovsky was the target of critics who called him an unofficial mouthpiece for the Mexican government, the report notes.

“Zabludovsky was from 1971 to 1998 host of ’24 Hours,’ a nightly news show on the dominant Televisa TV network, which had a cozy relationship with the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI,” Reuters reports. “Ruling Mexico continuously from 1929 to 2000, the PRI became synonymous with vote-rigging, corruption and authoritarianism, but its many detractors said it could rely on Zabludovsky to deliver the government line, glossing over inconvenient truths.”

After he left Televisa in 2000, Zabludovsky continued doing interviews with politicians, writing a newspaper column and sending news bulletins on his Twitter account.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 6, 2015
1:11 pm
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Obama’s Daughter Reportedly Lands Internship on TV Series (Us)

Malia Obama, the 17-year-old daughter of President Barack Obama, is working as an intern this summer on the HBO comedy series “Girls,” Us Weekly reports.

The gig reportedly followed a visit to the White House by “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham.

Us quotes a source close to the production saying: “She’s a fan, and she mentioned that to Lena when she came to the White House. I’m not sure how long she’ll be interning for. It’s a bit of a trial thing for her. They’ve known each other and discussed for a while. Lena and her get along great.”

Malia is quickly becoming a veteran of the TV business. The Us article notes that she worked last summer as a production assistant on the CBS drama series “Extant.”

The report notes: “Malia is set to graduate from private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., next year, and will be attending college the following fall. She was recently spotted checking out New York University, and has also toured Columbia University (her father’s alma mater), along with Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 6, 2015
10:27 am
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Ex-‘Top Gear’ Hosts in Talks for New Series (Variety)

With the global hit “Top Gear” rebooting in the wake of the firing of Jeremy Clarkson, Clarkson and his former co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May are working on a new car show that would compete with “Top Gear.”

Variety reports that Netflix and ITV are the front-runners to land the new show, with Hulu also in the running.

The BBC is readying to relaunch “Top Gear” with its new host, Chris Evans. Clarkson was fired earlier this year after a physical altercation with one of the show’s producers, after Clarkson had been a part of the show on and off since 1988.

After Clarkson’s ouster, Hammond and May opted not to remain with the series.

“Netflix is said to have made a sizable offer — said to be for multiple seasons — to land the show,” Variety reports. “The SVOD giant is in the midst of an expansion push in the U.K. and Europe. The international profile of ‘Top Gear’ combined with the strong U.K. interest in the trio’s comeback effort makes it a no-brainer for Netflix. Netflix currently carries past seasons of ‘Top Gear’ going back to 2011.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 6, 2015
9:59 am
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Long-Running Series Sinks to an Unhappy Milestone (Soap Opera Network)

A TV show that has been on the air since the early 1960s is racking up some unwanted milestones these days. The show is the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” with Soap Opera Network reporting that the veteran daytime drama sank to its lowest number ever in women 18-49.

In Nielsen data for the week of June 22-26, 2015, “General Hospital” delivered 436,000 viewers in the demo to record the low mark. The number was down 18,000 from the previous week, when “GH” hit what was then its all-time low.

“General Hospital” has been airing since 1963.

Here’s a glance at the numbers for the soap operas for the week of June 22-26, 2015:

Total Viewers

  1. The Young & the Restless — 4,884,000
  2. The Bold and the Beautiful — 3,742,000
  3. General Hospital — 2,660,000
  4. Days of Our Lives — 2,353,000

Women 18-49

  1. Y&R — 804,000
  2. B&B — 688,000
  3. Days — 473,000
  4. GH — 436,000

Households

  1. Y&R — 3.5/11
  2. B&B — 2.67/9
  3. GH — 2.0/6
  4. Days — 1.75/6

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 6, 2015
9:51 am
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ABC Show Extends Its Streak as Sunday’s Most-Watched Series (TVWeek)

An ABC series is on a roll in Sunday prime time. The network reported that “Celebrity Family Feud” was the day’s most-watched series, marking its third consecutive week with the achievement.

Airing from 8-9 p.m., “Feud” pulled 6.9 million total viewers, with a 1.5 average rating in adults 18-49, the network announced. The program easily topped CBS’s “Big Brother” in the hour, with the CBS show delivering 5.1 million total viewers. Both shows had stiff competition with Fox airing the Women’s World Cup Final.

Leading out from “Feud,” ABC’s “BattleBots” had 4.3 million total viewers and a 1.2 in 18-49, ABC noted.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 6, 2015
9:44 am
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USA Victory in Women’s World Cup Delivers a Ratings Record (TVWeek)

Even with the game winding up as a rout, by soccer standards, the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which Team USA cruised to the title with a 5-2 win over Japan, set a ratings record for soccer in the U.S.

Fox announced that its coverage of the game delivered a 15.2/27 metered market rating/share from 7-9 p.m. ET, based on Nielsen data.

“It is the highest metered market rating ever for a soccer game in the U.S. on a single network, surpassing the previous mark set for the Women’s World Cup final between the USA and China in 1999 on ABC (13.3 mm rating),” the announcement notes.

The rating was up 77% over the 8.6 delivered by the 2011 USA-Japan Women’s World Cup Final on ESPN.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 6, 2015
9:09 am
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Streaming Services Take Wraps Off Ambitious Lineup of New Programming This Month (TV Media Insights)

Major streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu have a busy month in the works, with a batch of new series and new seasons making their debut on the streamers.

A roundup of July releases by TV Media Insights notes that Netflix has set July 31 as the debut date for “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” an eight-episode series that’s a prequel to the 2001 movie, with heavyweights Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks returning from the film.

Netflix is also unspooling season two of “BoJack Horseman,” due July 17.

“Also arriving on Netfllix: the fourth season of AMC’s ‘Hell on Wheels’ (July 4) and several cable reality series, all premiering on the streaming service on Tuesday, July 14: season one of A&E’s ‘Bad Ink,’ season two of Lifetime’s ‘Preachers’ Daughters’ and A&E’s ‘Storage Wars: Texas,'” the report adds.

Amazon Prime broke out season five of “Downton Abbey” July 1, and plans to run CBS’s “Under the Dome” and “Extant” starting four days after they air on the linear channel, similar to the arrangement las summer.

Amazon also has a batch of HBO programming on the way: season three of “Boardwalk Empire” (July 16), season five of “True Blood” (July 16), the first two seasons of “The Newsroom” (July 23), all of “Entourage” (July 30), and the Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” (July 30).

Hulu rolls out season three of “East Los High” July 15.

Please click on the link near the top of this story for additional shows and release dates.

Here’s a teaser for season two of “BoJack Horseman”:

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