Tony Awards Telecast Finds Home at Beacon Theatre

The next Tony Awards have found a home – a familiar one.

The Broadway League said Tuesday that the June 12 gala will be held at the 2,900-seat Beacon Theatre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where the Tonys were handed out 2011-12.

The 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall has long been the preferred home for the awards because of its size and proximity to Broadway. But Radio City will be booked with the new “Rockettes New York Spectacular.”

CBS will again televise the event.

The official eligibility cut-off date will be April 28, meaning all productions on Broadway that wish to be included must have opened by that date. Nominations will be announced May 3.

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Online: http://www.TonyAwards.com (AP)

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E! Network Canceling Parody Show ‘The Soup’

The E! Entertainment network is pulling the plug on “The Soup,” its weekly show with host Joel McHale that mocks other television series.

McHale has been host for 12 years, and the network said Wednesday that he will do the final show on Dec. 18.

The program premiered in 1991 as “Talk Soup,” specifically targeting talk shows for parody, with Greg Kinnear as host. John Henson, Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler took turns as hosts before it was relaunched as “The Soup” with McHale as host in 2004.

There was no immediate word on why E! decided to end the show. (AP)

Trump-Hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ Draws 9.3 Million Viewers

Donald Trump couldn’t beat the team of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.

Last Saturday’s Trump-hosted “Saturday Night Live” averaged 9.3 million viewers, according to final Nielsen figures released Thursday.

NBC says it’s the most-watched edition of “SNL” since December 2013, when Fallon guest-hosted, joined by musical guest Timberlake. That broadcast drew 9.4 million viewers.

Trump’s appearance had been highly anticipated and sparked controversy in the aftermath of remarks made by the GOP presidential hopeful about Mexican immigrants. The show, which also featured musical guest Sia, was roundly panned by critics. (AP)

‘E.T.’ Screenwriter Melissa Mathison Dies at 65

Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter who crafted the enchanting worlds of iconic family films including “E.T. the Extra
Terrestrial,” has died. She passed away Wednesday at age 65 after a bout with neuroendocrine cancer, her sister, Melinda Mathison Johnson, confirmed.

The LA native had a humble but high-profile start – her first credited work was in assistant roles on “The Godfather: Part II” and “Apocalypse Now,” before she broke out with her script for “The Black Stallion.” She often collaborated with producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall and worked with directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Frank Oz.

Her last credited work is on Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The BFG,” which comes out next year.

Mathison had been married to Harrison Ford for 21 years before they divorced in 2004. They have two children. (AP)