Golden Globes reels in highest viewership in a decade
January 14, 2014 10:50 AM

NEW YORK — The Nielsen ratings company said the Golden Globes awards ceremony hit a 10-year high in viewership.

According to national figures released Monday, the NBC telecast, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-hosting for a second year, was seen Sunday by 20.9 million viewers. That’s an audience growth of 1.2 million viewers (or 6 percent) over last year’s show.

NBC said the telecast is currently the season’s most-watched awards program, topping the CMA Awards, Emmy Awards, American Music Awards and People’s Choice Awards. Fey and Poehler are set to return to the Globes in 2015.

For the fifth year, the Globes were televised live to all time zones.

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PASADENA, Calif. — The producers of “American Idol” said Monday that the show’s new season will include changes to freshen it, including expanded song choices for contestants.

After tending toward a fair amount of golden oldies, the show’s song list will add more current tunes that the young contestants can relate to, executive producer Per Blankens said. Former judge Randy Jackson’s new role will include leading a workshop that helps contestants deal with vocal and other challenges, executive producer Trish Kinane said.

The talent contest also will introduce a “rush week” that precedes the Hollywood week auditions.

But Kinane told the Television Critics Association that the series is still essentially “American Idol.”

Fox’s program enters its 13th season Wednesday with declining ratings and competition in the talent genre from NBC’s “The Voice.”

It’s the first season for the judging panel of Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez.

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PASADENA, Calif. — Fox’s entertainment chairman says a remake of the British police drama “Broadchurch” for U.S. viewers will be faithful to the original, to a point.

Network executive Kevin Reilly said Monday that the Fox series, titled “Gracepoint,” will be 10 episodes instead of the eight for “Broadchurch.” It also will feature a different lead actress and a twist in the ending.

“Gracepoint” goes into production within a few weeks. It will star the British show’s male lead, David Tennant, as a troubled police detective. But Olivia Colman, who played a dowdy small-town detective and family woman, won’t be opposite him again. Instead, Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” was cast in the Fox remake that Reilly says will feature U.S. actors, aside from Tennant.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A teenager on A&E TV’s “Duck Dynasty” says the reality show is leading students to pray before lunch at schools across the country.

Sadie Robertson, 16, told an audience in Montgomery on Sunday that young people are forming “Duck Dynasty clubs” to pray before lunch at school. She said it’s an awesome thing for a TV show to be able to bring prayer into schools.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported that Robertson made the comments during a fundraiser for Prattville Christian Academy.

She said her family has decided not to talk about the controversy resulting from comments about gay people made by her grandfather, Phil Robertson.

She said the family, of West Monroe, La., is glad to be back together because Phil Robertson is the leader and they couldn’t do anything without him.

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