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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Inch Down In Households, Tick Up In Demo With Season Finale Hosted By Paul Rudd

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Inch Down In Households, Tick Up In Demo With Season Finale Hosted By Paul Rudd
Saturday Night Live closed out its 44th season with a finale hosted by Paul Rudd with musical guest DJ Khaled. The show, which featured appearances by Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro, averaged a 4.0 rating Live+Same Day household rating in the metered markets, and a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people meters.

That was down a bit in the metered-market households and up a notch among 18-49 in the local people meters.from last week’s episode with host Emma Thompson and musical guest Jonas Brothers, which tied a demo low.

The finale, which also featured Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Meek Mill, J Balvin, Jeremih, Lil Baby, John Legend and Sza, was down from SNL‘s 2018 season closer with host Tina Fey and musical guest Nicki Minaj.

Last Night’s Saturday Night Live ranks as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market
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Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

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Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
After a nearly four-hour show (including voting time), Duncan Laurence snagged the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with the song ‘’Arcade,” written and composed by Duncan Laurence, Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy.

Laurence won a total of 492 points from the expert juries and televoters in a contest that was touch and go from the beginning, with North Macedonia a surprise frontrunner until the collective votes were tallied. Italy finished in second place with 465 votes and Russia came in third with 369 votes. It was the fifth win for the Netherlands in Eurovision history. The last time the Netherlands won was in 1975, marking a 44-year stretch between wins.

“In the past few years many well known artists represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest. I’m not well-known, but that’s also a good thing; The Netherlands has a lot of young and talented musicians,” the 24 year-old singer-songwriter said when he was first selected to represent his country in Eurovision. “My participation proves that nothing is impossible. You can suddenly get the opportunity to represent your country on an international stage. I’m very proud to represent my country… I will give it my all.”

Following his win, Laurence told the crowd gathered at Tel Aviv Expo, “This is to dreaming big, this is to music first, always, thank you!”

The mood during the show was festive throughout, with attendees including such music industry insiders as S-Curve records president Steve Greenberg and Doron Medalie, co-writer of “Toy,” the song recorded by 2018 Eurovision winner Netta Narzilai. Medalie was standing on his feet and dancing the entire stretch of the show, most notably during the performance of Spain’s contestant, Miki Nunez, who sang the poppy Catalan track “La Venda.” While the Expo started emptying out around the three-hour mark at around 1 a.m. Tel Aviv time, those remaining continued to wave flags of the respective delegations.

With Madonna’s guest performance meting out “a message of peace,” others in the music industry echoed the Queen of Pop’s commitment to playing in Israel, a country endlessly a target of boycotts and media attention focused on politics and the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Ari Ingel, director of Creative Community for Peace (Ccfp), an entertainment industry non-profit organization dedicated to promoting music and the arts as a bridge to peace and artistic freedom, spoke of how “a shared love of music and the arts has the ability to bring us together when so many people are trying to sow division.”

Ccfp brought 15 delegates to Israel for Eurovision week. The mission of the trip is not only to counter the rampant anti-Israel Boycott Divest Sanctions (Bds) movement but to encourage the uncensored exchange of creative ideas within the musical and artistic space.

“Banding together as an artistic community in the region is more essential than ever,” said Ingel of the Eurovision show.

Jeremy Hulsh, founder and managing director of Oleh! Records, Israel’s music export and development office, was “rooting for Israel,” but saw a lot of “great talent” in all the Eurovision contestants. He did however note the particular importance of fostering musical talent in Israel.

“In Israel, there’s an astonishing amount of talent in the pop music realm,” said Hulsh. “Having Eurovision in Tel Aviv provides a plum opportunity to showcase this talent–not only in the actual Eurovision show but also in the Eurovision village and in clubs and bars all around the city this week. Israel is home to a vibrant, robust, creative community of artists, and it’s time the world knows this.”
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‘Game of Thrones’ Petition for Season 8 Do-Over Secures 1 Million Signatures

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‘Game of Thrones’ Petition for Season 8 Do-Over Secures 1 Million Signatures
The final season of “Game of Thrones” might be bringing in a record number of viewers, but now more than a million of them are calling for a do-over of the last episodes.

As of Saturday, more than a million people have signed a Change.org petition for the hit HBO series to remake its final season, calling series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on.”

Dylan D., the petition author, explained Saturday that he started the movement out of disappointment and frustration, and that he’s not expecting HBO to react to the massive call for change.

A rep for HBO did not respond to a request for comment.

“I love this story, and I, like most of you,
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‘SNL’: Pete Davidson and Paul Rudd Rap About ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Their Favorite Show

‘SNL’: Pete Davidson and Paul Rudd Rap About ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Their Favorite Show
You may like “Grace and Frankie,” but you probably don’t love it as much as Pete Davidson and Paul Rudd. That became clear on last night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” which featured a “Game of Thrones” rap that quickly turned into a tribute to the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

“Can’t believe it’s coming to an end. It’s like my favoritest show ever. HBO, here we go: Jon Snow, dragons, lotsa wolves, armor clothes, silver swords that extendo, prostitute houses, lotsa wine, and a big-ass wall — never miss an episode!” Davidson began, and yet he seemed to lack a certain enthusiasm. Kenan Thompson then interjected to point out that Davidson has never shared his affection for the show before. “I don’t really like to talk about my personal life,” Davidson replied to laughs from the audience. “I don’t like that kind of attention.
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SNL Has Officially Run Out of Ideas For Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump

SNL Has Officially Run Out of Ideas For Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump
You’d think a bombastic reality-show-host president who never stops creating controversy would be a bottomless gold mine for Saturday Night Live — so why do SNL‘s Donald Trump sketches feel so tired and toothless?

Last night’s season finale featured yet another cold open starring Alec Baldwin’s President Trump, this time with him singing Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” along with wife Melania, VP Mike Pence and eventually Robert De Niro’s Robert Mueller. Baldwin’s appearances as Trump have been disappointing for a while now — the actor himself seems bored with the role that won
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‘SNL’: Leslie ‘Dracarys’ Jones Goes Off on Alabama’s Anti-Abortion Law

‘SNL’: Leslie ‘Dracarys’ Jones Goes Off on Alabama’s Anti-Abortion Law
Following the news of Alabama’s aggressive anti-abortion law, which does not make exceptions for cases of rape and incest, Leslie Jones has a declaration: “We are all handmaids. My name actually is OfJost.”

The outspoken “Saturday Night Live” cast member made that announcement on “Weekend Update,” where she was flanked by Colin Jost while wearing the signature outfit from Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She then removed the red robe to reveal a t-shirt with the word “Mine” and an arrow pointing down.

“The next thing you know, I’m at Starbucks and they won’t take my credit card because I’m a woman instead of the regular reason, which is I don’t have no money on me,” she said.

The bill, which was passed with unanimous support from its 25 white male members, was preceded by similar measures in Ohio and Georgia and has proven hugely controversial.
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Richard Madden Thinks the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Deserves a Medal

Richard Madden Thinks the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Deserves a Medal
Hear ye, hear ye: The King in the North has some thoughts on his former “Game of Thrones” castmates. Namely, that they’re all great performers who deserve medals for sticking with their characters for so long. It is known.

“It was such a hard thing to finish because from first pilot to my death was five years,” Madden told Variety of his experience. “And I think, five years to spend with any one character — ’cause you just kinda put them on the shelf for six months and then you take them back again.”

Madden, who played Robb Stark on the HBO drama for its first three seasons, won a Golden Globe for his performance in the Netflix miniseries “Bodyguard” earlier this year and co-stars in “Rocketman,” which just premiered to favorable reviews at Cannes — success that he attributes, at least in part, to his time on “Thrones.”

“I had the best time,
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Quotes of the Week: Arrow, Big Bang, Hawaii Five-0, Kids Are Alright and More

Quotes of the Week: Arrow, Big Bang, Hawaii Five-0, Kids Are Alright and More
If you need a break from reading those Game of Thrones series finale theories (and there are many!), we’ve got a distraction in the form of Quotes of the Week.

As we head into the slightly-less-overwhelming summer TV months, your favorite shows have once again delivered top-notch dialogue, including — but not limited to — a heartbreaking goodbye for Arrow‘s Oliver and Felicity, brutal honesty for Killing Eve‘s title character, even more brutal honesty for Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jackson and some artful dodging by NCIS‘ Bishop.

Also featured in this week’s roundup: double doses of Young Sheldon,
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‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.

Polygram Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s film and television division, along with Capitol Music Group, Motown Records and Fulwell 73 announced today that “Hitville: The Making of Motown” has been acquired by Showtime for release in North America with plans for a fall premiere, and Altitude for theatrical release in the UK and Ireland. The feature-length documentary chronicles the enormous success and enduring cultural impact of Motown Records, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this September. Endeavor Content brokered both deals and represents the project worldwide.

Directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, “Hitville: The Making of Motown” focuses on
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SNL's Game of Thrones Rap Tribute Turns into a Grace and Frankie Fan Flex

Saturday Night Live's Season 44 finale featured none other than Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd, as host, but things got off to an, um, interesting start when the week's cold open brought back all the major political players -- including guest stars Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Robert De Niro as

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What’s Next for ‘Game of Thrones” Cast Members

What’s Next for ‘Game of Thrones” Cast Members
Eight years and eight seasons later, the “Game of Thrones” cast finally has some downtime to relax or move onto other projects. Some stars, like Kit Harington, who told Variety that he doesn’t plan on taking another role as physically demanding as Jon Snow, certainly deserve a break, but others have wasted no time getting back on screen. Here are a few of the upcoming projects you can catch your favorite Westeros characters in next.

Sophie Turner

Just a few short weeks after the “Thrones” finale, superhero fans can see Turner reprise her role as Jean Grey in “Dark Phoenix
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‘Fleabag’: Season 2’s Top 10 Breaks From Reality, Ranked (Column)

‘Fleabag’: Season 2’s Top 10 Breaks From Reality, Ranked (Column)
The searing first season of “Fleabag” felt like a complete story in and of itself. As adapted from Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show, the series expanded on the world of a woman wild with lust and grief with such expert ease that by the time it ended, even Waller-Bridge herself was sure that it was the last we’d see of her. Instead, she dug deeper and found something new to say about Fleabag, her acute self-loathing, and the startling way she could grow up beyond eating avocado toast and hoping for the best.

The resulting second season, which dropped May 17 on Amazon,
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Richard Madden Says the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Deserves a Medal

Richard Madden Says the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Deserves a Medal
Richard Madden is thankful for his time on “Game of Thrones,” but is also happy to have been able to move on when he did.

The “Bodyguard” star sat down with “Sharper Objects'” Amy Adams for Variety’s Actors on Actors, where he expressed some incredulity at the idea of spending so long with just one character.

“It was such a hard thing to finish because from first pilot to my death was five years,” Madden explained. “And I think, five years to spend with any one character — cause you just kinda put them on the shelf for six months
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Submissions Now Welcome for Third ‘Meet the Press’ Film Festival

Submissions Now Welcome for Third ‘Meet the Press’ Film Festival
Chuck Todd’s quest to bring “Meet the Press” to the movies continues.

The third annual Meet the Press Film Festival, held in collaboration with the American Film Institute, will take place on October 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C., and remains a haven for issue-focused documentary shorts. Todd believes the event serves a critical mission: making NBC News’ long-running Sunday program more relevant to a rising generation of video streamers.

“When I took over ‘Meet the Press,’ one thing was crystal clear to me It can’t just be a Sunday show any more,” says Todd in an interview, particularly
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Paul Rudd Hosts SNL Finale: Watch Video of the Best & Worst Sketches

Paul Rudd Hosts SNL Finale: Watch Video of the Best & Worst Sketches
It was this weekend’s second most anticipated finale!

Saturday Night Live closed out its 44th season with fourth-time host Paul Rudd and a near equal ratio of good-to-bad sketches, ranging from a Grace and Frankie rap (which you can watch here) to an Oval Office sing-along.

The Artist Formerly Known as Mike Hannigan (or Bobby Newport, depending on your NBC comedy preference) has always brought his A-game to Studio 8H, and last night was no exception. With that being said, this episode belonged to Leslie Jones. The Weekend Update frequenter discussed the war on women’s reproductive rights, then
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All the Funniest Game of Thrones Season 8 Memes and Tweets

Game of Thrones isn't just a crazy show about dragons and zombies, at this point it's become a cultural phenomenon, and it feels like half the world is invested in these storylines at this point.

Every Sunday, millions crowded around their screens (desperately trying to adjust the brightness just

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Paul Rudd Closes Out Uneven Season With Unspecial Finale

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Paul Rudd Closes Out Uneven Season With Unspecial Finale
Paul Rudd’s fourth time hosting “Saturday Night Live” also coincides with the 44th season finale of the long-running late-night sketch comedy show. That’s not even a fun fact: It’s just a fact. Nothing special at all… which, unfortunately, kind of describes this season finale. It’s not Paul Rudd’s fault though, because Paul Rudd is a man who can make a spectacle out of something mundane (for celebrities) like going on “Conan.”

Host: Paul Rudd

Perhaps more than any other celebrity, Paul Rudd has major Best Man Energy, which makes this the most perfect opening monologue one could ever have on “SNL.” Sure, this is a guy who can play a dirtbag and a weirdo among the best of them — which he does here, at least in the case of the latter — but the Rudd charm is that of a man who will give you a proper best man speech.
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Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
After a nearly four-hour show (including voting time), Duncan Laurence snagged the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with the song ‘’Arcade,” written and composed by Duncan Laurence, Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy.

Laurence won a total of 492 points from the expert juries and televoters in a contest that was touch and go from the beginning, with North Macedonia a surprise frontrunner until the collective votes were tallied. Italy finished in second place with 465 votes and Russia came in third with 369 votes. It was the fifth win for the Netherlands in Eurovision history. The last time the Netherlands won was
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DJ Khaled’s Got Clout, Recruits Giants of Hip-Hop and R&B for ‘SNL’ Performance (Watch)

DJ Khaled’s Got Clout, Recruits Giants of Hip-Hop and R&B for ‘SNL’ Performance (Watch)
DJ Khaled proved his clout by recruiting nearly a dozen giants of hip-hop and R&B for his two-song performance on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live.”

The rapper-producer-dj released his latest album, “Father of Asahd,” on May 17. It features many of the rappers who joined him on stage for a succession of medleys, including Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Meek Mill, J Balvin, Jeremih and Lil Baby as well as John Legend and Sza.

An image of the late Nipsey Hussle, who died on March 31, was projected behind the performers during a medley of “Just Us,” “Weather the Storm
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SNL Video: Pete Davidson Raps About His Love of Game of Thrones — No, Wait, Make That Grace and Frankie

SNL Video: Pete Davidson Raps About His Love of Game of Thrones — No, Wait, Make That Grace and Frankie
Pete Davidson’s favorite TV show has a pair of queens… but no dragons.

In this digital short from Saturday Night Live‘s season finale, Davidson starts out rapping about his love of HBO’s Game of Thrones, spitting a rhyme about “dragons,” “wolves” and a “big-ass wall.” But when castmate Kenan Thompson joins him to share his own GoT fandom — he even brings along Grey Worm himself, Jacob Anderson! — they quickly deduce that Pete hasn’t actually ever seen Game of Thrones. So Pete decides to do “an epic rap song” about his actual favorite show instead: Netflix’s senior-ladies sitcom Grace and Frankie.
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