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May 22, 2019

TV RATINGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it came to hype, much of the focus the past several days has been about “Game of Thrones.” But when it comes to numbers, the HBO drama series didn’t have as much clout as a sitcom on broadcast TV. Nielsen reports that last week’s back-to-back series finale for “The Big Bang Theory” outdrew Game of Thrones. The CBS show had 18.5 million live viewers for its series finale, easily the most-watched show in the land. The “Game of Thrones” finale was a distant second with 13.61 million live viewers. At the same time, “Thrones” had 18.4 total viewers when you combine Sunday’s live viewership with the number of people who watched same-night reruns and streaming services.

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“GAME OF THRONES” - NEXT

NEW YORK (AP) — The man whose writing set the stage for the “Game of Thrones” TV series says there’s more to come. George R.R. Martin says it’s “been a wild ride” seeing the HBO series based on his books complete its eight- season run. He says the series finale “was an ending, but it was also a beginning.” Martin is working on two more installments of the Thrones books. He says he knows the first one, “The Winds of Winter,” is late but “it will be done” _ he just isn’t saying when.

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MAN INDICTED IN NIPSEY HUSSLE SLAYING

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted a 29-year-old man in the fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles. Eric Ronald Holder Jr. was indicted on one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and assault with a firearm _ charges based on the two other people he shot along with Hussle in March. He also faces a single count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He could get life if convicted. Holder had already been charged with the same crimes. His being indicted now means that prosecutors can skip an evidentiary hearing _ and proceed directly to trial.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT - INVESTIGATION

CHICAGO (AP) — There’s another attempt afoot to have a special prosecutor look into the dropping of criminal charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. The former judge who has been calling for an outside probe has filed more motions to move the matter before a different judge. Last week, the judge who heard Sheila O’Brien’s argument rejected the idea that Cook County judges needed outside help. O’Brien has also asked for internal documents related to the Smollett case and how it was investigated.

CHRIS SOULES - NO SENTENCING

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — We still don’t know much time “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules will do for his role in a fatal wreck he was involved in two years ago. A judge has again postponed sentencing in the case. The judge has decided not to consider victim impact statements from the family of the farmer who died when Soules rammed into the back of his tractor in 2017. That’s because Soules wasn’t specifically charged with causing the farmer’s death _ just with leaving the scene before police arrived. Because of that, the farmer’s family can’t be considered “victims,” in the traditional sense. There’s no immediate word on when Soules will be sentenced.

“ARTHUR” CONTROVERSY - ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Not everyone is figuratively throwing rice over the same-sex wedding depicted in the children’s TV show “Arthur.” Alabama Public Television has chosen not to air the May 13 episode of the PBS show which shows Arthur attending the wedding of his male teacher and his partner. APT ran a rerun instead. The station pulled another controversial episode of “Arthur” in 2005 _ in which a character was depicted as having two mothers.

NEW COKE - “STRANGER THINGS”

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is trying to dredge up memories of a product it has been trying to live down for the past three decades. The company is reviving New Coke. And if you think that’s a strange thing, you’re right. That’s because the failed beverage is being revived in partnership with “Stranger Things.” The Netflix drama’s third season will take place in the summer of 1985, when Coca-Cola made one of the biggest product gaffes ever by tinkering with its formula for Coke. The new version went flat with soda drinkers and was dropped within three months. As part of the revival, workers had to dig up the New Coke recipe from company vaults _ and churn out the logo and different color for the cans from more than 30 years ago.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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