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Nielsen’s top programs for July 29-Aug. 4

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 29-Aug. 4. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “Presidential Debate” (Wednesday), CNN, 10.77 million. 2. “Presidential Debate Analysis” (Wednesday), CNN, 9.21 million. 3. “Presidential Debate” (Tuesday), CNN, 8.69 million. 4. “Presidential Debate Intro,” (Wednesday), CNN, 8.21 million. 5. “Presidential Debate Analysis” (Tuesday), CNN, 8.11 million. 6. …

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FX’s new ‘A Christmas Carol’ has darker take, younger cast

Guy Pearce

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — FX’s new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” includes a younger Scrooge and Bob Cratchit and a darker take on the Charles Dickens classic. Ebenezer Scrooge, often portrayed on screen as elderly, is played by 51-year-old Guy Pearce. Joe Alwyn stars opposite him as family man Bob Cratchit in the miniseries debuting in December. The 28-year-old …

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Tupac and hip hop among FX’s expansion into docuseries

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Tupac Shakur and his mother Afeni are the subjects of a five-part docuseries planned by FX in the cable channel’s ongoing expansion into non-fiction shows. “Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur” is told through the eyes of those who knew the late hip hop icon and his activist mother. In that same vein, …

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Tamron Hall talks Prince at TV critics meeting

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A few months before Prince died, he asked his friend Tamron Hall where he would go if he wanted to discuss his life. At the time, the TV personality was co-host of the third hour on NBC’s “Today.” Prince said he was going to talk to Charlie Rose, who had an eponymous talk show on …

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ABC says ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ sailing past star’s tweet

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — ABC says the cast and crew of “Fresh Off the Boat” are ready to get back to work and put star Constance Wu’s anti-renewal tirade behind them. ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said Monday the show’s producers have told her everyone involved with “Fresh Off the Boat” took the actress at her word when she …

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Longtime ‘Simpsons’ composer sues, claims age discrimination

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The longtime composer of “The Simpsons” has sued over his dismissal from the long-running series, saying he was discriminated against because of his age and a perceived disability. The lawsuit filed by Alf Clausen in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday for age discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation comes nearly two years after Clausen says he …

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Tiffany Haddish gets kids to say darndest things on new show

Tiffany Haddish

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — As a comedian, Tiffany Haddish sometimes says the darndest things. Now, she’s getting kids to do it, too. Haddish is host and executive producer of ABC’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” the latest revival of Art Linkletter’s comical interactions with children. When she was the same age as some of the kids on the show, …

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ABC executive withholding judgment on the ‘The Rookie’

Afton Williamson

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said Monday she is withholding judgment on the fate of “The Rookie” pending an investigation into co-star Afton Williamson’s claim that she endured sexual misconduct and racism during the show’s production. The actress posted online Sunday that she’s quitting the ABC crime drama because of what she faced, including racist …

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Cobie Smulders draws on cancer survival for new character

Cobie Smulders

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Cobie Smulders is drawing on her experience as a cancer survivor for her role in ABC’s “Stumptown.” The 37-year-old actress has been in remission since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, when she was starring in “How I Met Your Mother.” She had multiple surgeries and chose not to reveal her struggle until 2015. …

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ABC to tackle ‘Little Mermaid’ with live production

Auli'i Cravalho

NEW YORK (AP) — Before Disney films its live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” ABC will take a crack at it with a live production starring “Moana” actress Auli’i Cravalho as Ariel. The production, to air on Nov. 5, will also star Queen Latifah as Ursula and Shaggy as Sebastian. The music will be from the original cartoon film as …

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