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Grammy telecast draws most viewers since 1984
The Nielsen Co. says the Grammy Awards telecast made sweet music in the ratings, delivering its largest audience since 1984.
According to the Associated Press, preliminary figures released Monday show more than 39 million viewers flocked to the CBS broadcast, making it the second most-watched Grammys in history. That exceeds last year’s Oscars broadcast, which was seen by 37.6 million viewers.
Sunday’s Grammys broadcast was notable not only for the numerous trophies dispensed to recording artists, but also for its role in serving as a memorial to Whitney Houston, a six-time winner.
The superstar singer died unexpectedly Saturday, hours before she was supposed to appear at a pre-Grammy gala. She was 48.
Gellar double-dips in roles on ‘Ringer’
One role just isn’t enough for Sarah Michelle Gellar. On her freshman CW series “Ringer,” she co-stars in two of them, as identical twins who both are in serious trouble.
But that isn’t all for Miss Gellar, who also plays a leading off-camera role as an executive producer for the series. Even so, the demands on her weigh lighter these days than during “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” where she labored for seven seasons.
“I work shorter hours on this show - everybody does - than I did on ‘Buffy,’ ” she said in an Associated Press interview. Efficiency reigns on “Ringer.” Her actors and crew members are fellow pros who help get the job done smoothly. She’s having fun.
Meanwhile, she’s keeping work in healthy balance with her private life, enjoyed with her husband of 10 years, actor Freddie Prinze Jr., and their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Charlotte, as they give their roles as parents top priority.
“When Charlotte was born, Freddie was on ‘24’ and I didn’t work for two years,” Miss Gellar said. “I had asked him, ‘When I’m ready to go back to work, will you stay home with her then?’ He was like, ‘Fine!’ ” She laughs. “He loves it. I think I’ve created a monster!”
That’s not to say her “Ringer” routine, however moderated, isn’t hectic. Interviewed one recent morning at her Manhattan hotel during a whirlwind publicity visit, she presents herself in sweat pants, a “Ringer” hoodie she grabbed from her L.A. makeup trailer “as I was walking out the door,” and sandals borrowed from the hotel spa. She explained that, in her haste to leave for New York, she neglected to pack clothes or shoes other than the ensembles chosen for her TV appearances.
On “Ringer” (which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m.), Miss Gellar plays Bridget Kelly, an ex-stripper on the run after witnessing a mob hit, as well as playing her troubled New York socialite twin sister, Siobhan Martin, whose own brewing problems compel her to fake her own death. With Siobhan’s apparent death, Bridget sees no choice but to claim her ritzy life and handsome husband in an effort to hide in plain sight from mobsters and the law.
“It’s a group effort - hair, makeup, wardrobe,” she said. “Besides, as identical twins, Bridget and Siobhan have characteristics that are inherently very similar. So you don’t have to worry - they have to be able to be confused for each other.”
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