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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Inch Down In Households, Tick Up In Demo With Season Finale Hosted By Paul Rudd

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Inch Down In Households, Tick Up In Demo With Season Finale Hosted By Paul Rudd
Saturday Night Live closed out its 44th season with a finale hosted by Paul Rudd with musical guest DJ Khaled. The show, which featured appearances by Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro, averaged a 4.0 rating Live+Same Day household rating in the metered markets, and a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people meters.

That was down a bit in the metered-market households and up a notch among 18-49 in the local people meters.from last week’s episode with host Emma Thompson and musical guest Jonas Brothers, which tied a demo low.

The finale, which also featured Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Meek Mill, J Balvin, Jeremih, Lil Baby, John Legend and Sza, was down from SNL‘s 2018 season closer with host Tina Fey and musical guest Nicki Minaj.

Last Night’s Saturday Night Live ranks as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market
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Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

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Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
After a nearly four-hour show (including voting time), Duncan Laurence snagged the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with the song ‘’Arcade,” written and composed by Duncan Laurence, Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy.

Laurence won a total of 492 points from the expert juries and televoters in a contest that was touch and go from the beginning, with North Macedonia a surprise frontrunner until the collective votes were tallied. Italy finished in second place with 465 votes and Russia came in third with 369 votes. It was the fifth win for the Netherlands in Eurovision history. The last time the Netherlands won was in 1975, marking a 44-year stretch between wins.

“In the past few years many well known artists represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest. I’m not well-known, but that’s also a good thing; The Netherlands has a lot of young and talented musicians,” the 24 year-old singer-songwriter said when he was first selected to represent his country in Eurovision. “My participation proves that nothing is impossible. You can suddenly get the opportunity to represent your country on an international stage. I’m very proud to represent my country… I will give it my all.”

Following his win, Laurence told the crowd gathered at Tel Aviv Expo, “This is to dreaming big, this is to music first, always, thank you!”

The mood during the show was festive throughout, with attendees including such music industry insiders as S-Curve records president Steve Greenberg and Doron Medalie, co-writer of “Toy,” the song recorded by 2018 Eurovision winner Netta Narzilai. Medalie was standing on his feet and dancing the entire stretch of the show, most notably during the performance of Spain’s contestant, Miki Nunez, who sang the poppy Catalan track “La Venda.” While the Expo started emptying out around the three-hour mark at around 1 a.m. Tel Aviv time, those remaining continued to wave flags of the respective delegations.

With Madonna’s guest performance meting out “a message of peace,” others in the music industry echoed the Queen of Pop’s commitment to playing in Israel, a country endlessly a target of boycotts and media attention focused on politics and the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Ari Ingel, director of Creative Community for Peace (Ccfp), an entertainment industry non-profit organization dedicated to promoting music and the arts as a bridge to peace and artistic freedom, spoke of how “a shared love of music and the arts has the ability to bring us together when so many people are trying to sow division.”

Ccfp brought 15 delegates to Israel for Eurovision week. The mission of the trip is not only to counter the rampant anti-Israel Boycott Divest Sanctions (Bds) movement but to encourage the uncensored exchange of creative ideas within the musical and artistic space.

“Banding together as an artistic community in the region is more essential than ever,” said Ingel of the Eurovision show.

Jeremy Hulsh, founder and managing director of Oleh! Records, Israel’s music export and development office, was “rooting for Israel,” but saw a lot of “great talent” in all the Eurovision contestants. He did however note the particular importance of fostering musical talent in Israel.

“In Israel, there’s an astonishing amount of talent in the pop music realm,” said Hulsh. “Having Eurovision in Tel Aviv provides a plum opportunity to showcase this talent–not only in the actual Eurovision show but also in the Eurovision village and in clubs and bars all around the city this week. Israel is home to a vibrant, robust, creative community of artists, and it’s time the world knows this.”
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‘Game of Thrones’ Petition for Season 8 Do-Over Secures 1 Million Signatures

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‘Game of Thrones’ Petition for Season 8 Do-Over Secures 1 Million Signatures
The final season of “Game of Thrones” might be bringing in a record number of viewers, but now more than a million of them are calling for a do-over of the last episodes.

As of Saturday, more than a million people have signed a Change.org petition for the hit HBO series to remake its final season, calling series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on.”

Dylan D., the petition author, explained Saturday that he started the movement out of disappointment and frustration, and that he’s not expecting HBO to react to the massive call for change.

A rep for HBO did not respond to a request for comment.

“I love this story, and I, like most of you,
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Wait, Why Did Drogon Let Jon Snow Go Free on the Game of Thrones Finale?

The Game of Thrones finale put the most pressing question -- who won the Iron Throne? -- to rest, but, perhaps as expected, the finale ended up raising many more questions and creating some nonsensical plot holes. (How, for example, did Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen have time and means to get a

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: A Fitting and Unlikely Finale Makes for a Season-Redeeming Ending

‘Game of Thrones’ Review: A Fitting and Unlikely Finale Makes for a Season-Redeeming Ending
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” finale: Season 8, Episode 6, “The Iron Throne.”]

Game of Thrones” was often about believing in the impossible. Accepting that heroes could return from the dead, that fire-breathing beasts could patrol the sky, that the fairy tale rhythms of old could be used for less-storybook ends. With its final stroke, “Game of Thrones” added something to that list. It delivered an ending that fit.

Its final episode, “The Iron Throne,” saw a conclusion that didn’t so much serve as a corrective for the narrative shortcomings of its preceding installments as much as it reframed the last few dozen hours spent in Westeros. A punctuation of sorts to one of TV’s most massive installments, it cut through the myriad expectations and offered up an impressive closing chapter, balancing a litany of character sendoffs with a parting thematic statement on the nature of power.

The dread that pervaded the
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Why the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Couldn’t Have Satisfied Everyone

Why the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Couldn’t Have Satisfied Everyone
The “Game of Thrones” finale may have achieved a strange feat: Aiming for fan service while being constrained, by its very nature, to the reality that it would end up pleasing only very few.

The episode was larded with character touches designed for devotees — from a title, at long last, for fan favorite Bronn, to the consolation prize of Sansa, whose arc throughout the series has been perhaps the most profound, getting to rule over her ancestral home of Winterfell. And yet it was tied to an ending that, coming as it did from an unfinished series of novels whose
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Game of Thrones Finale: But Honestly, Bran Actually Will Be the Best Ruler

Out of all the possible ways Game of Thrones could have ended, we never quite expected Brandon Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) -- yes, Bran -- to sit on the Iron Throne when all was said and done. Nevertheless, after Jon (Kit Harington) killed Daenerys' (Emilia Clarke) to keep the

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‘Game of Thrones’: Celebrity Fans Have Mixed Reaction to Series Finale

‘Game of Thrones’: Celebrity Fans Have Mixed Reaction to Series Finale
Spoiler Alert: Do not keep reading if you have not seen the series finale of “Game of Thrones,” titled “The Iron Throne.”

Whether you loved it or hated it, the series finale of “Game of Thrones” was one for the history books.

After the final episode aired Sunday night, fans across the globe took to social media to share their thoughts about the grand finale of the mega-hit fantasy series. Celebrities like “Game of Thrones” alum Pedro Pascal, Stephen King, and more weighed in with their thoughts on the final installment of “Game of Thrones.”

This episode is already proving
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Barry Season 2 Finale: Bill Hader Breaks Down Barry's Journey Into Darkness

Barry Season 2 started with its acting class characters working through a "truth exercise" to get in touch with who they really are, which evolved into them trying to become who they want to be, and ended with them reverting to type: Sally (Sarah Goldberg) can't be honest if the truth shows her

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The NCIS: La Finale's Jag Reunion Was Probably Not What You Were Expecting

The following contains spoilers from the NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 finale and, in a way, the former CBS series Jag.

CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles ended Season 10 by lobbing some missiles at Israel and Saudi Arabia — though shortly before that, it dropped some bombs on Jag‘s faithful fans.

In the course of investigating their latest, season-ending crisis — Chechen spies embedded in the U.S. military by Russia now were taking orders from a desperate Isis — Callen and Sam met Harmon “Harm” Rabb, a Jag turned Xo of the USS Allegiance. Aboard the ship, Callen and Sam discovered that their
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Barry Season 2 Finale Recap: Comedy Minus Time Equals Tragedy

Barry Season 2 Finale Recap: Comedy Minus Time Equals Tragedy
Barry‘s two worlds collided in Sunday’s Season 2 finale — quite violently, actually — but where did he stand when the smoke cleared?

We pick up where we left off, with Barry sprinting through the woods to reach Fuches, who’s pointing a gun at an unsuspecting Gene. But Fuches stops when he hears police sirens and runs off, and when Barry arrives, he finds Gene weeping inconsolably and shuts the car trunk containing Moss’ body. At the police station, the cops let Barry go… and tell him they think Gene killed Moss, so they’re keeping him in custody. An
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American Idol Finale Recap: Did the Right Singer Win Season 17?

American Idol Finale Recap: Did the Right Singer Win Season 17?
American Idol wrapped its 17th season on Sunday, delivering a three-hour extravaganza filled with live music, familiar faces and, as always, crippling disappointment.

In addition to the three remaining contestants — Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg — a number of eliminated singers also returned to perform in the finale. Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon joined forces with Katy Perry, while Laci Kaye Booth shared the stage with Luke Bryan. Dimitrius Graham also came back to sing with Adam Lambert, while Alyssa Raghu performed with Kane Brown, and Uché got his dance on with Kool & the Gang.

We even got a triple-decker of
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Game of Thrones Finale: Kit Harington Weighs In on [Spoiler] Backlash, Insists Fans Are 'Culpable'

Game of Thrones Finale: Kit Harington Weighs In on [Spoiler] Backlash, Insists Fans Are 'Culpable'
Game of Thrones star Kit Harington knew the controversy surrounding Daenerys’ dark turn in the HBO drama’s final season was going to be polarizing. And he has a message for those fans incensed by the character’s decidedly abrupt descent into madness.

“I think it’s going to divide,” Harington conceded about fan reaction to Daenerys in an interview with EW.com that posted immediately following Sunday’s series finale (read full recap here). “But if you track her story all the way back, she does some terrible things. She crucifies people. She burns people alive. This has been building.
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‘Game of Thrones’: 8 Shocking Moments From the Finale

‘Game of Thrones’: 8 Shocking Moments From the Finale
Spoiler Alert: Do not keep reading if you have not seen the finale of “Game of Thrones.”

Well, that’s it.

After the “Game of Thrones” finale, many of us will likely emulate Jon Snow and just retire North of the Wall.

It was billed as one of the biggest events in TV history, and showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss certainly kept plenty of surprises for the series finale.

Read on for some of the most shocking moments from the final episode of “Game of Thrones.”

Tyrion Finds His Family

Many thought Jaime and Cersei couldn’t have
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Game of Thrones: [Spoiler] Is the New Leader of Westeros — Yes, Really

Game of Thrones: [Spoiler] Is the New Leader of Westeros — Yes, Really
On Sunday, Game of Thrones really gave the bird — the Three-Eyed Raven, to be precise — to everyone who’d backed Jon Snow, Daenerys or any other number of plausible candidates for the Iron Throne.

The HBO series’ final episode included a big shocker: The new ruler of Westeros was Bran Stark, Ned and Catelyn’s crippled youngest child who had come to believe he was the latest incarnation of an all-knowing greenseer.

How did the most coveted seat in the realm go to someone who seemed highly uninterested in most of what happens on the mortal plane? Well, here’s
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Game of Thrones Series Finale Recap: Who Won Westeros? And Who Died?

Game of Thrones Series Finale Recap: Who Won Westeros? And Who Died?
In fairness, Daenerys, you were warned: In the Game of Thrones, you win, or you die. And Drogon’s not exactly taking you on a victory lap right now.

Yes, the Mother of Bad Decisions And Also Dragons goes to her grave in the series finale, done in by Jon’s quick blade and her own ballooning megalomania. But her successor as ruler of Westeros isn’t her lover/nephew… or his sister… or his other sister… or one of the cleverest men in the land… or even his bookish best friend with a kind heart and a slow sword hand.
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The Westworld Season 3 Trailer Doesn't Even Look Like the Same Damn Show

HBO used the minutes before the Game of Thrones series finale to run a few trailers for upcoming projects in order to remind people that HBO airs other shows than Game of Thrones, practically begging you to not cancel your subscription just yet.

The trailer for His Dark Materials looked interesting

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Charmed Finale: Who Didn't Survive? And What's Changing in Season 2?

Charmed Finale: Who Didn't Survive? And What's Changing in Season 2?
Macy learned an important lesson on Sunday’s season finale of Charmed: Just because you can remake the world as you see fit, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should.

For example, reviving Galvin might have seemed like a good idea in the moment, but undoing his sacrifice caused all of the people he saved to die suddenly. “I was at peace with dying,” he said. “I wanted to save those people.” (Ok, Buffy!) But rather than realizing the error of her ways, Macy basically acted like that gif of the dog in the burning house, insisting that everything was fine.
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‘Westworld’ Season 3 First Trailer: Aaron Paul Takes Control in Radically New Footage — Watch

‘Westworld’ Season 3 First Trailer: Aaron Paul Takes Control in Radically New Footage — Watch
In case you thought “Game of Thrones” was the only big-budget epic HBO had to offer, the first trailer for “Westworld” Season 3 is here to remind you otherwise. Dropping as the “GoT” finale premiered, the first footage of Season 3 puts new cast member Aaron Paul front and center — and everyone else is missing.

Everyone, that is, except for Evan Rachel Wood. In pain and angry, Dolores emerges from the darkness at the very end of the first spot (below). Before that, Paul’s unnamed new character is seen scouring an advanced, futuristic city (not unlike the one Dolores was seen visiting during Season 2 flashbacks). Sitting on a beam above the urban jungle with a robot, one thing is clear: We’re far from the Old West now.

Keep an eye out for new cast members Lena Waithe, Scott Mescudi, and Marshawn Lynch during the trailer, as well. They appear to
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Game of Thrones: Rip, [Spoiler]

Game of Thrones: Rip, [Spoiler]
Rest In Peace, Daenerys Stormborn Of House Targaryen, Heir To The Iron Throne, Queen Of The Andals And The First Men, Protector Of The Seven Kingdoms, Mother Of Dragons, Khaleesi Of The Great Grass Sea, The Unburnt, Breaker Of Chains

First Episode | Season 1, Episode 1, “Winter Is Coming”

Final Episode | Season 8, Episode 6, “The Iron Throne”

High Points | Surviving Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre, which also brought about the birth of her dragons; buying the Unsullied and then freeing them (and having Drogon barbecue the highly annoying Kraznys); freeing the slaves of Yunkai; liberating the slaves of Meereen; bedding Daario Naharis; riding
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