LIAM NEESON’S FILM PREMIERE CANCELED
NEW YORK (AP) — The premiere of Liam Neeson’s newest film has been abruptly canceled amid fallout from the actor’s comments about decades-old thoughts he had about killing a black person. Organizers of the New York premiere of “Cold Pursuit” informed reporters of the cancellation Tuesday afternoon, a couple hours before it was supposed to start. The cancellation comes hours after Neeson appeared on “Good Morning America” to address his comments, telling interviewer Robin Roberts that he is not a racist. He was quoted in an interview by the Independent on Monday describing his violent thoughts about killing a black person nearly 40 years ago after learning that someone close to him had been raped. The actor told Roberts discussion talk about these things is needed because bigotry and racism exist.
ABC’S ‘MODERN FAMILY’ TO END NEXT YEAR AFTER 11 SEASONS
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — ABC’s “Modern Family,” the five-time Emmy Award winner for best comedy, will end its run next year after 11 seasons. ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke announced the end of the series about the boisterous extended family on Tuesday. It will finish three seasons short of the longest-running sitcom ever, “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.” The series produced by Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan was an immediate hit after its debut in September 2009. It began a five-year streak of winning the Emmy for best comedy a year later. Actors Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet each won two Emmys. It’s currently seen by nearly 5 million viewers a week.
OFTEN OVERLOOKED, EVENING NEWS SHOWS HAVE LOYAL FANS
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The evening news may be one of television’s most overlooked institutions, but the programs are still looked at. Between them, the newscasts anchored by David Muir, Lester Holt and Jeff Glor were seen by an average of 26.9 million viewers each weeknight last week. If they were seen in prime time, which begins at 8 p.m., both ABC’s “World News Tonight” and NBC’s “Nightly News” would qualify as top 10 shows last week. Their audiences are older, which makes them far from trendy, but loyal. And the cold, dark evenings of mid-winter tend to be their most-watched time of the year. Muir’s broadcast usually leads in the ratings, as it did last week. Otherwise, the Super Bowl dominated television’s week. While the game is annually the most popular program of the year, it is showing erosion. The game’s television audience of 98.2 million viewers is 16 million fewer than four years ago.
MODEL-ACTRESS DAYANARA TORRES SAYS SHE HAS SKIN CANCER
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Dayanara Torres says she has skin cancer and is awaiting news on the treatment to follow after having undergone two surgeries. The former Miss Universe said in an Instagram post Monday that doctors have “already removed a big area from the back of my knee & also they have removed 2 lymph nodes at the top of my leg where it had already spread.” Torres, who has two children with ex-husband Marc Anthony, opened the clip by saying that mothers have a tendency to care for everyone around them and forget about themselves. She said she was diagnosed with melanoma for “a big spot/mole I never paid attention to” and that her fiancé, Marvel Studios’ co-president Louis D’Esposito, was the one who made her the doctor’s appointment after “begging” her to go have it checked. “After a biopsy & a second surgery last Tuesday the results unfortunately are positive,” she said.