Golden Globes Audience Grew by 1.5 Million Over Last year

The Nielsen company says Sunday’s Golden Globes show enjoyed a bump in its audience over last year’s.

The awards broadcast, aired on NBC with Jimmy Fallon hosting, was seen by 20 million viewers. That’s a boost of 1.5 million over the 18.5 million viewers who watched in January 2016. It represents an 8 percent surge year-to-year.

Last year’s show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, dropped 800,000 viewers from 2015, although that Globes telecast faced tough competition from the final 15 minutes of an NFL game on Fox.

The 2014 telecast, co-hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, drew 20.9 million viewers to score as the most-watched Globes-fest in a decade. (AP)

U2 to Play Full ‘Joshua Tree’ Album on Tour

U2 will play the entirety of its classic 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree,” at each stop during a summer stadium tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release.

Powered by singles “With or Without You,” ”Where The Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” ”The Joshua Tree” became the band’s first chart-topping album in the U.S. and has sold 25 million copies worldwide.

The North American leg of the tour kicks off May 12 in Vancouver and wraps up on July 1 in Cleveland, before heading to Europe. The tour includes a June stop at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee.

Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic will alternate opening for U2 on the North American leg.  (AP)

Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Yes to be Inducted Into Rock Hall

The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees that also include folkie Joan Baez and 1970s favorites Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra.

The rock hall also said Tuesday it would give a special award to Nile Rodgers, whose disco-era band Chic failed again to make the cut after its 11th time nominated.

The hall’s 32nd annual induction ceremony takes place on April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will show highlights at a later date, with SiriusXM doing a radio broadcast.

Shakur, Baez, Pearl Jam and ELO were all elected in their first year as nominees. (AP)

‘Manchester by the Sea’ Dominates Screen Actors Guild Noms

Kenneth Lonergan’s New England-set drama “Manchester by the Sea” has emerged with the most nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, including best ensemble cast, best actor for Casey Affleck and best supporting performances for Michelle Williams and Lucas Hedges.

Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age tale ‘Moonlight’ and Denzel Washington’s “Fences” followed with three each, while Golden Globes darling “La La Land” earned only two, missing out on the ensemble award.

Sophia Bush and Common announced the nominees on Wednesday morning in West Hollywood, California.

In the past, SAG nominees have served as helpful predictors of who will land nominations in the four Oscar acting categories.

The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 29 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP)

 

Beyonce, Adele Nominated for Top 3 Grammy Awards

Beyonce and Adele are competing in the top three categories at the Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Adele’s “25” are nominated for album of the year, along with Drake’s “Views,” Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” and Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.”

For song of the year, Beyonce’s “Formation” and Adele’s “Hello” will battle Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” and Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” co-written with Ed Sheeran.

Beyonce, Adele and Lukas Graham’s tunes are also nominated for record of the year, competing with Rihanna and Drake’s “Work” and twenty one pilots’ “Stressed Out.”

Best new artist nominees are Chance the Rapper, Maren Morris, the Chainsmokers, Anderson Paak and Kelsea Ballerini.

The Grammys air live on Feb. 12, 2017. (AP)

Jimmy Kimmel to Host Academy Awards Next February

The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th Academy Awards.

Kimmel will be hosting the show for the first time, the Academy of Motion Pictures said Monday. In September, he hosted the Emmy Awards for the second time.

The selection of Kimmel gives ABC, home of the Oscars telecast, the choice the network had sought. The academy waited much later than usual to name a host for the Feb. 26 ceremony.

This year’s show is being produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. (AP)

‘The Simpsons’ Renewed for Another 2 Seasons

A cartoon family of world-class underachievers is set to burst an enduring TV record.

The Fox network has ordered the 29th and 30th seasons of “The Simpsons,” carrying it through the 2018-19 season. This takes the animated series to 669 episodes, breaking the previous record for a scripted series set four decades ago with the Western “Gunsmoke,” which produced 635.

Family patriarch Homer Simpson was quoted as commenting: “Take that, ‘Gunsmoke’! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!”

The tale of mythical Springfield and the Simpson clan premiered in 1990 and recently aired its 600th episode.

It stars Dan Castellaneta as Homer and Julie Kavner as Marge, as well as Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer. It airs Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time. (AP)