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This is your brain on drugs: Sean Penn is a wreck and his new book sucks, too

Sean Penn is making the rounds to promote his book, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.”

The main character in his book calls for the assassination of the president (in reference to Trump) and dares the commander in chief to “Tweet me, b****.”

The drug-filled actor appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show Monday night and admitted to being on Ambien (a sedative and hypnotic).

Sean’s book is not receiving good reviews (shocker, right).

According to Mark Athitakis, a critic and author of “The New Midwest,” the writing is not coherent (shocker, right).

From SF Gate (read the whole review here):

If only the satire were funnier, though. If only the writing were more coherent. And if only the timing were better. In the weeks before the last presidential election, “Bob Honey” reflected the goofiness of the moment’s political theater. Now that we are living with its consequences, the story feels off point and toothless. Toward the end of the novel, a broken Bob Honey writes a letter to “Mr. Landlord,” a stand-in for Trump, grousing, “You are not simply a president in need of impeachment, you are a man in need of an intervention. We are not simply a people in need of an intervention, we are a nation in need of an assassin … Sir, I challenge you to a duel. Tweet me … I dare you.”

Pundits have seized on that “assassin” line, as if Bob were a sensible or interesting enough character to take seriously as a folk hero. (More curious is the novel’s epilogue, an Ochs-Ian poem in which Penn keens at #MeToo as “this infantilizing term of the day.” ) The Trump era may yet find its gonzo literary truth-teller who can capture our moment with more comedy and absurdity than reality itself can. It is unquestionably a tough job. Sean Penn is not up to it as a novelist, but who knows? There is always a chance for a movie.

Go for it Hollyweird! Another movie that is sure to suck.

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How original: “Murphy Brown” gets a re-boot at CBS

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As soon as I saw this headline I KNEW the reason why this was happening: President Trump.

Remember this story I did about Candice Bergen last year and her wearing a “free Melania” shirt? Like most in Hollyweird, she has a serious case of TDS.

Another show I won’t be watching.

From NY Post: Another beloved comedy series is coming back for a new installment on its original network. CBS has given a 13-episode series order to “Murphy Brown,” a revival of the 1988 sitcom with its creator Diane English and star Candice Bergen both set to return. Warner Bros. TV, which was behind the original series, is the sole studio.

Bergen will reprise her role as the famous investigative journalist and TV anchor at the FYI network, as “Murphy Brown” returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.

The multi-camera revival will come on the 30th anniversary of the original series, which aired on CBS for 10 seasons, from 1988-1998, with English leaving after Season 4. The show was known for its political satire and for reflecting current events, regularly weaving in real-life political headlines. It was famously referenced by Vice President Dan Quayle in a speech during the 1992 presidential campaign.

In 2012, English said that she was having conversations with CBS about bringing “Murphy Brown” back for a few episodes during the election year. Chatter about a “Murphy Brown” revival restarted a year ago, around the time of Donald Trump’s inauguration, with rumors about English mulling an updated version to take on the new political climate and holding informal meetings with Bergen and some of the show’s former writers to brainstorm ideas. At that time, the revival was just a notion. It was a slow process, but the project finally came together, with deals closing in early January.

Read the rest of the story here.

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NFL TV ratings drop 10 percent, networks see revenue decline

NFL blowback

Imagine my distress.

From Yahoo: NFL ratings dropped almost 10 percent in 2017 from the previous year according to Nielsen data released on Thursday, a further decline in the decreased TV viewership from 2016 that saw an 8 percent drop.

The average number of games watched by viewers throughout the season dropped from 18.8 in 2015 to 16.5 in 2017.

Several factors appear to have influenced the decreased interest from fans in watching games, with a Los Angeles Times report pointing to evidence that suggests controversy over players kneeling for the national anthem played a role early in the season.

The L.A. Times spoke with Fox Sports executive Mike Mulvihill, who shared some numbers from the network. Fox’s Sunday package saw an 8 percent decline in Weeks 2 through 10 when the anthem controversy was at its peak, spurred on by commentary from President Donald Trump.

During Weeks 11 through 17, the drop in viewership shrunk to 2 percent for the network.

Viewers upset with players kneeling and others not satisfied with the NFL’s handling of the Colin Kaepernick situation that saw the quarterback miss the entire season appear to have tuned out.

A more compelling slate of national games and better quality of play as the season wore on and the playoff picture cleared up likely played a factor in the late-season shift as well.

Mulvihill also pointed to a changing demographic that consumes its entertainment in non-traditional media, most notably YouTube, in this case. “The audience for NFL highlights on YouTube have become pretty substantial,” Mulvihill said. “Those highlights can be eight, nine or 10 minutes long, and I do worry they can be serving as a disincentive from watching the live game.”

Mulvihill is clearly concerned about a younger audience less interested in sitting down for three-plus hours to watch a single game play out. He also theorized that more people are watching the news on Sundays with the volatile political climate being a big television draw, piggybacking on the wide-held belief that the election last year played a role in the declining 2016 numbers.

Despite the declining numbers, NFL viewership is still king on broadcast TV, by a wide margin. AdAge analysis shows that NFL broadcasts accounted for 37 of the 50 most watched broadcasts in 2017. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” remained No. 1 prime-time show on TV.

But that doesn’t mean network heads aren’t concerned. With CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN each paying at least $1 billion for broadcasts rights, the stakes are high. And, according to an anonymous network executive who spoke with the L.A. Times, each of those networks “made a lot less money than they expected” in 2017.

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2018 Golden Globes award show ratings down 11 percent in demo group

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Guess the “protest” of wearing black didn’t cut it for some folks.

From Variety: The 2018 Golden Globes were down in the Nielsen ratings compared to last year.

The Golden Globes, airing on NBC, drew a 5.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 19 million viewers. That is an approximate drop of approximately 11 percent in the demo and 5 percent in total viewers compared to 2017’s final numbers (5.6, 20 million). The 2016 Golden Globes finished out with a 5.5 and 18.7 million.

In addition, in metered market households, this year’s ceremony drew a 13.4 rating, up slightly from the 13.3 from last year’s ceremony.

Earlier on NBC, the Golden Globes red carpet arrivals drew a 2.2 and 10 million viewers.

On ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.4, 6 million) hit a new season high in both measures, while the first of two new episodes of “Shark Tank” (1.3, 4.7 million) equaled that show’s season high. The second episode of “Shark Tank” drew a 1.1 and 3.8 million viewers.

Fox’s primetime lineup got a boost from an NFL overrun, meaning they will likely adjust down later today. “The Simpsons” is currently at a 3.4 and 9.1 million. “Ghosted” is at a 1.8 and 4.3 million. “Family Guy” is at a 1.6 and 3.5 million. “The Last Man on Earth” is at a 1.1 and 2.7 million.

CBS lineup was down from its last original lineup, though that was expected as that week saw an NFL boost. “60 Minutes” drew a 0.8 and 7.8 million. “Wisdom of the Crowd” is at a 0.7 and 5.8 million. “NCIS: Los Angeles” is at a 0.9 and 7.8 million. “Madam Secretary” is at a 0.6 and 6.1 million.

Fox won the night in the demo with a 4.2 but finished second in total viewers with 12.7 million. NBC was second in the demo with a 3.7 but first in total viewers with 14.5 million. ABC was third in the demo with a 1.2 but fourth in total viewers with 4.8 million. CBS was fourth in the demo with a 0.8 but third in total viewers with 6.9 million.

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CBS’s “The Good Fight” to tackle Trump impeachment

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I thought Mueller was suppose to be working on that?

From Hollywood Reporter: “Trump fatigue,” a common affliction for anyone who’s consumed popular culture or media at any point over the past two years, is becoming a problem for TV characters as well.

Christine Baranski’s character will struggle with her own political ennui in the second season of CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, per series creators Michelle and Robert King. On the bright side, the showrunners revealed that the No. 1 on their call sheet will also get a storyline about potentially impeaching the current U.S. president.

“The Democratic Committee is auditioning firms to take over impeachment hearings,” Robert King explained to reporters on Saturday morning at the TV critics press tour in Pasadena. “A lot of it is a debate about how Trump could be impeached.”

But this isn’t exactly speculative fiction. Hypothetical impeachment, fictionalized and real, largely hinges on a fruitful midterm for Democrats — so no presidential parody will actually have to face down Baranski’s Diane Lockhart during the upcoming run of the Good Wife spinoff. It will be in the conversation, though. Added King, “These are people who are really counting their chickens before they’re hatched.”

Like The Good Wife before it, The Good Fight aggressively leans into politics. The drama retooled its first episode in the wake of the 2016 presidential election and touched on the effects of Trump being in office throughout the freshman season. It is also approaching the issue from a decidedly progressive point of view, with its lead and supporting characters overwhelmingly liberal.

The Kings, speaking at a panel on politics and social issues alongside several other CBS showrunners, confirmed a few other hot-button issues that their series will be tackling in its return — including sexual harassment. The Good Fight will riff on Ronan Farrow’s struggle to get his Harvey Weinstein expose on the air at NBC News by focusing an episode on a journalist trying to expose a liberal star on their own broadcast network, a fact that doesn’t sit will with their bosses.

“We thought almost everything would have been torn apart on this issue,” Robert King copped, acknowledging that it’s been more enduring than they originally thought when they broke the story.

The Good Fight returns Mar. 8.

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NFL’s biggest audience of season can’t save sagging ratings

NFL blowback

Too bad, so sad.

Via NY Post: The NFL scored its biggest TV audience of the season in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ controversial loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night — but it wasn’t enough to reverse overall viewership declines.

The disappointing TV audience for Week 15’s eight games, including two on Saturday, left the NFL’s average TV viewership 9 percent below last season’s total for the same period, according to Nielsen. After Week 14, viewership was 8.4 percent behind last season.

Each of the NFL’s 96 national telecasts this season has averaged 15.1 million viewers, compared with 16.6 million for the 95 telecasts through Week 15 of last year. All told, viewership of all NFL telecasts this year has dropped by 130 million.

The CBS season-leading broadcast of the Pittsburgh-New England contest attracted 26.9 million viewers, an 8 percent increase over last year’s comparable game.

The only other match-up to post a gain was NFL Network’s telecast of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 30-14 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Yet its bump of 59 percent took viewership to a mere 7 million.

That’s better than the 4.4 million drawn to the Miami Dolphins’ rout of the New York Jets in the same slot a season ago, but it barely moved the needle.

“Thursday Night Football” was the week’s biggest loser, down 40 percent, despite being telecast on NBC and NFL Network — as well as streamed by Amazon.

The 10.9 million viewers drawn to the tri-cast, pitting two second-division teams, was a season low for “TNF.”

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” also posted double-digit declines.

On “SNF,” the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the Oakland Raiders drew a respectable 19.2 million viewers — but it was down 26 percent from last year.

On “MNF,” the Atlanta Falcons beat the Buccaneers in a game won by a field goal. Yet viewership was down 16 percent from 2016’s Carolina Panthers-Washington Redskins game.

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Sexgate: CBS & PBS fired Charlie Rose after 8 women accused him of sexual misconduct, incl. walking around naked

I knew it!

Years ago, when I first saw Charlie Rose on PBS, before he became CBS This Morning‘s anchor, I took an instant visceral dislike of him, not because of his political ideology (of which I knew little), but because I found his faux sincerity creepy.

Yesterday, The Washington Post reports that eight women told the newspaper that Charlie Rose had made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, and groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

The women, who ranged in age from 21 to 27 at the time of Rose’s lewd behaviors, were either employees or aspired to work for Rose at PBS’s Charlie Rose show. The incidents took place from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. Rose is 75, which means he was 69 years old in 2011.

According to the Washington Post, “rumors about Rose’s behavior have circulated for years.

Jeremy Derard reports for Deadline (via MSN), Nov. 20, 2017:

There are striking commonalities in the accounts of the women, each of whom described their interactions with Rose in multiple interviews with The Post. For all of the women, reporters interviewed friends, colleagues or family members who said the women had confided in them about aspects of the incidents. Three of the eight spoke on the record.”

Below is Rose’s statement in response to the women’s accusations:

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked. Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.

It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.

I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”

Update:

CBS News has fired Charlie Rose; PBS also parted ways with Rose shortly after the CBS decision.

Today, Nov. 21, CBS News executives sent staffers an email memo, which was obtained by Fox News. The memo says:

“A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately.

This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.

Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace — a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place….

CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last. Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions….”

~Eowyn