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May 17, 2019

“THE BIG BANG THEORY” - SO WHAT HAPPENED?

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Let’s face it _ if you were really concerned about what happened in last night’s final episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” you would have simply tuned in to see. But for those curious about how the finale tied all the loose ends up, here’s a short summary. The show’s friends take a final trip to celebrate Sheldon and Amy’s winning the Nobel Prize in physics. Also, Penny is pregnant _ and that balky elevator has finally been fixed after being on the fritz for much of the 12 seasons “Big Bang” has been on the air.

“BIG BANG THEORY” - BY THE NUMBERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ When it first started in 2007, “The Big Bang Theory” didn’t have much of an impact on the TV landscape _ and there were doubts whether it would last as long as it did. But in the end, the CBS sitcom closes its run as TV’s top-rated comedy _ and set a couple of records in the process. Before it ended, “Big Bang” set a new mark for most episodes for a multi-camera series with 279. That pushes it past “Cheers,” which aired for 11 seasons and 275 episodes during its run on NBC.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN - MEDIA

NEW YORK (AP) — They weren’t allowed in through the front door. And members of the news media are being denied a back-door approach to learn what happened in a hearing last month in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case. An appeals court in New York denied a media request for a transcript of the closed-door hearing. The appeals division ruled that the trial judge was right to seal the record _ because some of the matters discussed were “likely to be prejudicial and inflammatory.” Weinstein is charged with assaulting two women in New York City. He has pleaded not guilty and denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

“HAMILTON” TO END CHICAGO RUN

CHICAGO (AP) — It’s going away _ but producers say it will be back. The musical “Hamilton” is ending its run in Chicago _ even as its producer says “you can bet” it will return to the Windy City. It isn’t just sentiment. Jeffrey Seller says more people have seen “Hamilton” in Chicago than in any other city, including New York. Still the show will close in Chicago on Jan. 5 of next year. During its 171-week Chicago run, the show had 1,341 performances before more than 2.6 million people.

JOHN CUSACK VISITS WASHINGTON, GETS TO HEAR MULLER REPORT READINGS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The release of the Mueller Report has launched a high-stakes game of political theater. But yesterday, a real live actor was part of the action on Capitol Hill. John Cusack was spotted camping out as more than two dozen lawmakers shuttled into a room to read the report _ and relay its findings to the public. Cusack is a friend of House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler _ and visited his legislative buddy while in Washington D.C. for a screening. Cusack says he feels if the House finds evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump, it should move to impeach him, even if _ as expected _ the effort is doomed to die in the Republican-controlled Senate.

NORMAN LEAR TRIBUTE WILL INCLUDE JAMIE FOXX, WOODY HARRELSON, WANDA SYKES

NEW YORK (AP) — If you saw him walking down the street, chances are you wouldn’t think Woody Harrelson was the late Carroll O’Connor. But in a special that airs next week, Harrelson will channel Archie Bunker, the character played by O’Connor in “All in the Family.” It’s part of a 90-minute special celebrating writer, director and producer Norman Lear. The special will feature the recreating of one original episode from “All in the Family” and another from “The Jeffersons.” Portraying George and Louise in the special will be Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes.

PRINCE HARRY SETTLES PRIVACY SUIT AGAINST NEWS AGENCY

LONDON (AP) — The Splash News and Picture Agency in Britain has agreed to play nice when it comes to respecting the privacy for Prince Harry. The agency is promising never to again use helicopters to hover near Harry’s home to take photos. In a case yesterday, Harry accepted substantial damages in the case _ as well as an apology from the news agency. Harry has complained that using a helicopter to get shots to him and his wife Meghan Markle made them feel uncomfortable. And he says they no longer feel secure living at the property.

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CW SCHEDULE RELEASED

NEW YORK (AP) — “Jane the Virgin” won’t be able to produce a hit sequel. CW has announced that it won’t be bringing back “Jane the Novela,” a spinoff from the just-concluded show. The spinoff failed to capture the imagination for those seeking a similar hit _ so CW says it won’t return to the fall lineup. Meanwhile, the network is showing off some of its female power muscle. Upcoming series on CW will focus on teen detective Nancy Drew, Batwoman _ and “Katy Keene,” featuring a character from the CW’s “Riverdale” series, which is based on the Archie comic book series.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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