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ESPN Pays Top Dollar for Football, but Audience Isn’t Buying - The New York Times

With ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” viewership still falling after the presidential election, I began to think about what it meant to be the network that pays, by far, the most for its N.F.L. rights.

ESPN gets a less-impactful schedule than NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

ESPN never gets a Super Bowl and only began to carry a single annual playoff game in 2015.

ESPN lacks the flex rights of NBC, which can swap a suboptimal matchup for one that is more promising on CBS or Fox, as it did Sunday. Instead of carrying its scheduled Jets-New England game, NBC took Denver-Kansas City from CBS.

For that lesser deal ESPN pays the N.F.L. $1.9 billion annually, nearly twice what any of its network rivals shells out. Yes, the contract includes the extremely valuable video and highlights rights that sustain the network’s numerous programs and platforms, as well as the draft and other goodies. But it hardly seems like a bargain.

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Robert Vaughn, Who Starred as Napoleon Solo in ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.,’ Dies at 83 - The New York Times

Robert Vaughn, the cleft-chinned actor who reached the peak of his fame in the 1960s playing Napoleon Solo, the debonair international agent tasked with saving the world each week on the hit television series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” died on Friday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.

His manager, Matthew Sullivan, said that the cause was acute leukemia, for which Mr. Vaughn had been under treatment in Manhattan and Connecticut.

Mr. Vaughn had numerous roles in film and on television. He played an old boyfriend of Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) on an episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and a gunman in “The Magnificent Seven” (1960). He was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actor for his role as a man accused of murder in “The Young Philadelphians” (1959) and won an Emmy in 1978 for his performance as a White House chief of staff in the mini-series “Washington: Behind Closed Doors.”

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Billy Bush, Host on ‘Today,’ Is Suspended by NBC - The New York Times

Billy Bush, a host on the “Today” show who has received stinging criticism for his role in a video with Donald J. Trump, has been suspended by NBC.

The NBC executive in charge of “Today,” Noah Oppenheim, wrote in a memo to his staff members on Sunday that “we’ve all been deeply troubled by the revelations of the past 48 hours.”

“Let me be clear — there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape,” he said. “NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.”

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Saturday Night Live Takes on Donald Trump and Billy Bush's Conversation With Help From Alec Baldwin | E! News

Saturday Night Live is ready to put their spin on the controversy surrounding Donald Trump's conversation with Billy Bush.

During the opening sketch, the late-night series had some fun with the first Vice Presidential debate.

"Donald Trump loves women. He respects women. He's never said a single bad thing about women," Mike Pence (played by Beck Bennett) shared. "I dare you to show me a single shred of evidence that proves otherwise."

As it turned out, CNN's Brooke Baldwin (Cecily Strong) interrupted with a special report detailing the leaked audio of Donald's conversation with Billy.

In a matter of seconds, Donald (Alec Baldwin) appeared to share his side of the story.

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Lorne Michaels: Tina Fey suggested Alec Baldwin to play SNL's Trump

It was Tina Fey's idea to enlist her 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin to play Donald Trump on several episodes of NBC's Saturday Night Live, starting with this weekend's 42nd-season opener (11:30 p.m. ET/PT).

SNL's executive producer Lorne Michaels was talking to Fey (an alum of SNL) over the summer, and "She said, 'You know who would be a great Trump is Alec!' " he recalls. "I talked to Alec, who was finishing a movie, he was getting ready to have a baby — it couldn't have been worse timing. But, slowly, the idea grew on me. People on the show liked it, and I thought he'd be great with Kate" McKinnon, who plays Hillary Clinton.

"And I thought, well, he's Alec," who holds the record as 16-time host of the late-night institution and might offer a fresh take on the Republican presidential candidate and NBC's TheApprentice star, at least until the election.

At first, Michaels says, Baldwin was uncertain: "He said, 'I'm not sure I have a Trump,' and I said, 'Yeah, you do.' "

Darrell Hammond, who begins his third season as the show's announcer, will give up the role, but is expected to continue playing Bill Clinton.

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Obama addresses 'radical Islamic terrorism' omission - Business Insider

President Barack Obama sparred with CNN host Jake Tapper on Wednesday night in a tense exchange over Obama's refusal to use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism."

During a CNN town-hall event focusing on the US military, Gold Star mother Tina Houchins asked Obama why he wouldn't use the term.

Some critics, including Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, have argued that Obama's insistence not to use the term to refer to terrorist attacks committed in the name of groups like the Islamic State or Al Qaeda shows that he isn't well-equipped to fight terrorism.

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Donald Trump threatens to 'tell the real story' about Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

Donald Trump took his escalating feud with "Morning Joe" to a new level on Monday, threatening to "tell the real story" of the relationship between hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the Republican presidential nominee slammed the MSNBC hosts over their criticism of his brash campaign style.

Trump claimed that he would share information about the personal relationship between the two hosts — the subject of much speculation.

"Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!" Trump wrote.

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‘SNL’ Prince Tribute Ratings Strong for NBC | Variety

A special Prince tribute episode of “Saturday Night Live” delivered strong ratings for NBC last night, including the latenight program’s top overnight scores in both young adults and households in two months and its strongest household performance for an episode airing in spring since 2013.

Goodnight Sweet Prince” was Saturday’s top-rated program, according to Nielsen overnights, averaging a 4.5 household rating/11 share and a 2.1/11 in the 25 markets where adults 18-49 numbers were available. This is the top household rating for “SNL” since Feb. 6 (5.1 with Larry David as host) and the best in the demo since Feb. 13 (2.3 with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Kanye West).

For its three originals in April, hosted by Peter Dinklage, Russell Crowe and Julia Louis-Dreyfyus, “Saturday Night Live” averaged a 4.0/10 in households and a 1.9/9 in adults 18-49. That translated in the final nationals to an overall average audience of 5.43 million viewers and a a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49.

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'Game of Thrones' season 6 premiere recap: A whole new woman

Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6 episode 1, “The Red Woman.” To read our recap of last season’s finale, click here.

Nice to meet the real you, Melisandre.

Maybe it feels odd that a season premiere coming off of last season’s epic battles and assassinations (don’t worry, I’m going to talk about Jon Snow below) would end on an old, naked woman going to sleep. It’s such a quiet, reflective note on a show that often preempts the quiet for the bombastic.

But Game of Thrones has always been a show that thrived on subverting expectations and appearances and how a traditional story is supposed to go. Ned Stark was never the protagonist of this story. No one is safe in this world, not your heroes (like Robb) or your villains (like Joffrey). The undead can wage war and a shadow can kill a king. A young, powerful, confident woman can actually be an old, shriveled, sad magician who has lost her faith.

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