NEW YORK — Lady Gaga and Celine Dion have been added to the list of performers singing in honor of Frank Sinatra next month.
Zac Brown and Harry Connick Jr. will also perform at “Sinatra 100 — An All-Star GRAMMY Concert” on Dec. 2 in Las Vegas, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday.
Sinatra, who died in 1998 at 82, would have turned 100 on Dec. 12.
Previously announced performers include Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adam Levine and Usher. More performers will be announced at a later date.
The taped event at the Wynn Las Vegas Encore Theatre will air as a two-hour CBS special on Dec. 6. The Recording Academy will announce nominees for the 2016 Grammy Awards on Dec. 7.
Terminally ill Texas man who saw new ‘Star Wars’ film dies
SPRING, Texas — A terminally ill “Star Wars” fan who requested an advance screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has died less than a week after watching the movie.
Daniel Fleetwood, who had cancer, had a private screening at his home in Spring, Texas, Nov. 5.
His wife, Ashley, posted on Facebook that he died in his sleep early Tuesday and “is now one with God and with the force.”
Diagnosed with spindle cell carcinoma and told he had just months to live, the 31-year-old Fleetwood lobbied online to be allowed to see an early version of the movie, due out Dec. 18. He saw an unfinished version, thanks to the film’s producers and director, J.J. Abrams.
Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors say a celebration of Fleetwood’s life is scheduled Nov. 21 in Nacogdoches.
CBS continues its dominance in scripted programming
NEW YORK — For all of the changes in how and when people consume television content, CBS’s dominance in showing more scripted material that people watch each week remains consistent.
Of the 30 most popular dramas and comedies shown on TV last week, 18 were CBS programs, the Nielsen company said. They include “NCIS,” still the most-watched drama on TV, and the comedy “The Big Bang Theory” and incorporate much of the network’s prime-time schedule.
NBC was second with six scripted shows and ABC had four. Fox had only one (“Empire”) and AMC’s “The Walking Dead” held the flag for cable networks.
Things are more evenly divided if you restrict the top 30 shows to viewers aged 18-to-49, the demographic most prized by advertisers, but CBS still leads. CBS had 10 of the top 30 shows among this group. ABC was next with seven, NBC had six, Fox had five and AMC and the CW both had one.
ABC (“Dancing With the Stars”), NBC (“The Voice”) and CBS (“Survivor”) each have strong non-scripted franchises. Fox’s relative weakness in this category, with the exception of “Master Chef,” explains why it lags so far behind its rivals at this point.
CBS averaged 10.3 million viewers in prime time last week. NBC was second with 8.3 million, ABC had 7 million, Fox had 3.5 million, Univision had 2.2 million, the CW had 1.6 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million and ION Television had 1.1 million.
ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.97 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 1.77 million, Hallmark had 1.69 million, USA had 1.56 million and AMC had 1.55 million.
NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9 million viewers. ABC’s “World News Tonight” was second with 8.8 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.6 million viewers.
For the week of Nov. 2-8, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Philadelphia at Dallas, NBC, 23.05 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 17.98 million; “NFL Pregame Show, NBC, 16.89 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 15.76 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.81 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 14:11 million; “Country Music Association Awards,” ABC, 13.62 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 13.1 million; “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 12.44 million; NFL Football: Indiana at Carolina, ESPN, 12.4 million.
Catholic church leaders prep US dioceses for ‘Spotlight’
BOSTON — High-ranking leaders of the Catholic church have sent talking points to U.S. dioceses in advance of the wide release of “Spotlight,” a movie detailing the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation into the church’s cover-up of clergy abuse.
The Boston Globe reports the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops formulated the guidance, complete with statistics, in September in anticipation of the film’s Nov. 20 nationwide release.
A spokesman for the group, Don Clemmer, says church officials wanted to prepare clergy members for speaking with victims who might be experiencing pain coinciding with the movie’s release, and to show that the church has changed.
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, of Albany, New York, says he hopes the film “will be a vehicle to communicate the truth and advance the dialogue regarding the protection of children.”