- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

As promised, Jimmy Kimmel moved forward with plans to tape his Tuesday show in Brooklyn.

ABC’s late-night host had planned to do the entire week from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, but Hurricane Sandy prompted “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to nix Monday’s episode.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a representative for the Brooklyn-born comedian said Tuesday morning that plans were moving forward for an original broadcast, with Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan and musical guest Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings all confirmed to attend.

The show announced plans to prepare for Sandy on Sunday night, saying it was working with backup power generators and flying in additional crew members. The city later suspended outdoor filming permits — and while Mr. Kimmel’s show went dark, fellow late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman taped without audiences.

Mr. Fallon’s show announced Tuesday morning that his show would resume filming with an audience. Donald Trump, Andy Cohen and musical guest Trey Anastasio all were confirmed to attend.

Guests scheduled for the rest of Mr. Kimmel’s week on the East Coast include Chris Rock, David Letterman, and Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert — both of whom nixed their Monday shows.

Cooper’s daytime talk show canceled after two seasons

Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show will be wrapping after two seasons.

Warner Bros. said Monday that the marketplace made it increasingly difficult for “Anderson Live” to “break through” to viewers despite format changes, The Associated Press reports.

The show switched to live broadcasts in its second year but struggled to match the ratings performance of daytime front-runners, including “Ellen” and “Live With Kelly and Michael.”

Newcomers, including Katie Couric, also made the talk show arena more competitive.

In a statement, Mr. Cooper said he was grateful to Warner’s Telepictures syndication arm for the opportunity and was proud of his staff’s work.

Mr. Cooper, who remains host of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” will continue with “Anderson Live” through the summer, Warner said.

World Series ratings hit all-time low

The San Francisco Giants’ sweep of the Detroit Tigers set a record low for the World Series’ television ratings.

The four games on Fox averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share, Nielsen Media Research said Monday, according to The Associated Press. The previous low was an 8.4 for the 2008 Phillies-Rays and 2010 Giants-Rangers series, which each went five games.

Last year’s Cardinals-Rangers World Series went the full seven games and built momentum to average a 10.0 rating and 16 share.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with TVs tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage watching among all homes with TVs in use at the time.

San Francisco’s 2-0 win in Game 3 on Saturday night earned a 6.1/11, down from a 6.6/12 for St. Louis’ 16-7 win over Texas in the third game last year and matching the lowest for any World Series game. Philadelphia’s 5-4 win in Game 3 in 2008 also had a 6.1 rating on a night a rain delay pushed the start after 10 p.m. on the East Coast and the game didn’t end until 1:47 a.m.

The Giants’ 4-3, 10-inning victory in the finale Sunday night drew an 8.9/14, up slightly from the 9.2/14 for the Rangers’ 4-0 win over the Cardinals in 2011.

Fox said it projects to win Saturday and Sunday nights among viewers 18 to 49.

“The World Series has been a top-10 prime-time hit for over 40 years and even with a four-game sweep, this series was no exception,” said Michael Mulvihill, Fox Sports Media Group’s senior vice president of programming and research. “It’s important for us to remain focused on the Series relative to today’s competitive environment rather than bygone years.”

Fox televised the World Series in 1996 and 1998 and has had exclusive rights since 2000. It has an eight-year deal with Major League Baseball through 2021 that includes Series rights and costs an average of about $500 million annually.

Major League Baseball said there were 1,202,706 comments on social media for the Series finale, surpassing Game 6 last year for MLB’s high. That included 171,024 comments within five minutes after the final out, topping the 97,000 for David Freese’s winning home run in the sixth game last year, according to data from Bluefin Labs. The 10,671,781 social media comments for the postseason marked a 131 percent increase from last year.

Levine ready to protect ‘Voice’ judge Aguilera

For Adam Levine, being a coach on “The Voice” entails more than just mentoring musicians and standing on chairs. It’s a battle round that never ends when it comes to defending NBC’s singing competition and the reputation of his fellow coaches.

When confronted with criticism at a New York press event Friday, the Maroon 5 singer didn’t hesitate to defend his fellow coach Christina Aguilera against her worst body image critics, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“People shouldn’t say those kind of things because it’s like, come on guys, grow up,” he told reporters. “The one thing about the culture right now — celebrity culture particularly — that is so ugly is [that] people feel like they can just say nasty things about other people. … She gets a lot of it. … Of course I have her back, of course I defend her.

“Everyone’s so obsessed with trying to end bullying and ‘It Gets Better’ and this whole thing. Meanwhile, on one hand they’re saying that, and then doing things like that — that’s bullying,” he added.

The singer, who can be seen on NBC’s third season of “The Voice,” added that he felt “it’s none of anybody’s business what anybody does, unless they want to get into it and come out and talk about.”

Contrary to what’s been aired in previous seasons, Mr. Levine asserted that his relationship with Miss Aguilera is nothing but friendly, complete with the banter that fills familial bonds.

“The fights that everyone thought we were having were fictional — we never hated each other, we never were having some sort of secret battles that everyone thought we were having,” he said. “They were silly bickering things that brother and sister would do, it’s not nearly what everybody thought. We were always just messing around, it was never serious. We’re all good, Christina and I.”

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