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Lori Loughlin Sentenced to Two Months In Prison In College Admissions Scandal

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Finally on Friday, former Edge of Night, When Calls the Heart, and Full House star, Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison for he part in the now notorious college admissions scandal that previously sent former Desperate Housewives star, Felicity Huffman to prison, too.

Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, only received a five-month sentence.  To the terms of her sentence, via the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Loughlin also will serve two years of supervised release during which she must perform 100 hours of community service and pay a fine of $150,000,.  She was sentenced just hours after Giannulli, who along with five months in prison,  received a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.  Both must surrender to the US Bureau of Prisons before 2 p.m. on November 19th

Of all the parents involved in the admissions scandal, these two were the most high-profile, originally trying to dodge the charges.  The duo admitted to paying scam mastermind Rick Singer $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.

An emotional Loughlin said in the sentencing: “While I wish I could go back and do things differently, I can only take responsibility and move forward. I am truly, profoundly and deeply sorry. I’m ready to face the consequences and make amends.”

During the hearings Friday, US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton addressed each  – telling Loughlin that while he believed her statement was sincere, she has had a “fairy-tale” life.  Gorton added, “Yet you stand before me a convicted felon, and for what? For the inexplicable desire to grab more … to  have whatever prestige and instant gratification that comes from being able to show off the admission of your daughters to a preferred university.” Gorton told Giannulli that he “certainly did know better,” adding, “You were not stealing bread to feed your family.  You have no excuse for your crime. And that makes it all the more  blameworthy.”

So, what did you think of the sentence handed-down to Loughlin and Giannulli for their crimes? Comment below.
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She got a slap on the wrist. There are so many families out there who have bright intelligent children who would give their eye teeth to go to college but they can’t afford it. Her girls were only going for the social life aspect of it. The courts should have chosen two kids (a boy and a girl to be fair) and made her pay the full tuition for both. A couple of months in jail is like giving Charles Anson house arrest at Trump Towers I hope she gets what she deserves while she is there. I have no pity for her

She was wrongly Sentenced to Two Months In Prison, and
a low-security prison in-kind to a college dorm.
Any person not of wealth and fame would get a year
in an actual prison..
People with money and CO’s of mega-companies rarely do a day of time.
Money is the door to many freedoms not offered to normal citizens.

Mike Karr-where are you?……she might had been an ok replacement for Hope on days but doubt she would do another soap!!!

Just two months in prison?!?!? TOTAL MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE!!!!! And that judge is an EVEN BIGGER IDIOT!!!!! Truly lame.

Lori is a terrific actress, don’t worry Auntie Becky will be back acting sooner that later. She would be a great recast as Hope Brady, Williams on Days and everyone deserves a second chance. Love you. Lori.♥️

Nobody can really be HOPE Brady…just like no one can be BO Brady…just would not be right..

I thought Robert Kelker-Kelly was a fantastic recast of Bo, actually. I suspect KA.’s fan base would never accept anybody else as Hope, however.

Honestly, putting her in jail at all is stupid. We the taxpayers will be paying for her room and board now. Jail should be for violent crimes — people who would be a danger to society if they were free. Or for people who can’t be punished financially for their crimes. But Loughlin and her husband definitely have the financial means to be punished in ways that actually benefit society. How about fining them each $2 million? And demanding 5 years of community service? Or as I’ve seen suggested elsewhere, making them fund scholarships for kids who couldn’t afford a good college — but deserved to be there? All that might be more of a lesson to the couple, and actually do more good then her sitting in some minimum security facility for a few weeks.

Should have gotten more.

They got off light. I feel no pity for them or anyone else who has done what they did.

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‘Tracker’ Starring Justin Hartley Premieres After Most-Watched Super Bowl With 18.4 Million Viewers

Justin Hartley’s (ex-Adam, Y&R, ex-Kevin, This Is Us) new CBS drama, Tracker debuted immediately after Super Bowl LVIII this past Sunday delivering a huge audience averaging 18.4 million viewers.

That comes on the heels of the most-watched Super Bowl telecast of all-time where the overtime game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers amassed a lead-in average viewership of 123.4 million people.

Tracker retained 15% of the audience from Super Bowl LVII but that still gave the series the largest post-Super Bowl numbers for a series since 2021. That series in 2021 was The Equalizer.

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Of note: The Tracker audience numbers refers only to CBS viewership and will soon see an increase when data becomes available from streamers Paramount+, CBS.com, and the CBS app.  In addition, Tracker’s performance outshined last year’s post-Super Bowl effect in the ratings. In 2023, Season 2 of  Next Level Chef  retained 13.6% of the audience of the big game, and 15.7 million viewers after 115.1 million watched the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Interestingly, given the length of Sunday night’s Super Bowl and it going into overtime, it pushed Tracker’s scheduled premiere back even later until 11:14 pm EST. That marked the latest Super Bowl game lead-out in its history.

In case you missed the premiere of Tracker, and its first episode entitled “Klamath Falls”, the series stars Hartley as Colter Shaw, a lone-wolf survivalist who roams the country as a reward seeker, using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family.

So, what do you think of how ‘Tracker’ performed in its first episode averaging 18.4 million viewers? Will Justin Hartley’s new series be able to retain a large part of this audience moving forward week-to-week? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Don Murray Passes Away at 94, Michele Lee Pays Tribute “I Will Always Love Him”

He played Sid Fairgate on CBS primetime’s beloved soap opera, Knots Landing (1979-1981) and was an Oscar nominee for his performance in Bus Stop, and now comes word that actor Don Murray has died at the age of 94.

Murray’s son, Christopher broke the news to the New York Times. However, he did not give any further details into his father’s death.

Michele Lee who played Karen Fairgate on Knots Landing posted a touching tribute to her former leading man, expressing: “Don Murray, One of the nicest people I have EVER met. When Don was working on the set, everything stopped. People stood by the camera to watch him. Don was often applauded when the director yelled “Cut.” Everybody, I mean EVERYBODY called him Mr. Murray. That’s how much respect we all had for him. I will always love him. #knotslanding #knots #goodnightsid #donmurray #restinpeace”

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On ‘Knots’, Murray’s Sid was killed-off in a car crash in its third season. A mechanic working for the mob took out the brakes in Sid’s car. While Sid and an FBI agent were driving, the car went out of control and fell from a cliff. After having to undergo live-saving surgery, Sid didn’t survive passing away in the early stages of the operation. (You can watch the heartbreaking ending to Sid’s life and Michele Lee’s bravura performance below).

In addition to Knots Landing, Murray had an illustrious film career having been Oscar-nominated for his debut role as Beauregard “Beau” Decker, the lovestruck cowboy in Bus Stop. He also appeared in Fred Zinnemann’s A Hatful of Rain 1957, where he played a morphine-addicted war veteran, and starred as a closeted gay senator in Otto Preminger’s Advise & Consent in 1962. Later in his career in 1986, he played Kathleen Turner’s father in the film Peggy Sue Got Married.

Share your remembrances and condolences on the death of Don Murray via the comment section below. Under the video of Sid’s death on Knots, you can also check out the Michael Fairman Channel interview with Michele Lee, Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark where they discuss working with Don Murray during the conversation.

 

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Daytime Emmy Category Changes Announced: Outstanding Younger Performer Eliminated; Daytime Program Hosts Revised

The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will look a bit different with the elimination of some categories and a redefinition of others as announced on Thursday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

The changes include the elimination of what has become the controversial Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama series category, where the age range was so vast that it had younger children competing with older teens or young adults.

That means that General Hospital’s Eden McCoy (Josslyn) will become, for all intent and purposes, the final winner of this category as she took the honors for her work at the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards handed out in December of 2023.

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This category had under gone a myriad of changes and age eligibility rules over recent years. Younger performers were first honored at the Emmys in 1985. With the removal of this category, younger performers are now eligible to submit for Supporting Actor or Actress or Lead Actor or Actress category. The flipside of the change is that there is one less category for Daytime Drama performers to be named in.

Other changes as announced by NATAS include merging ‘Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Series’ and ‘Outstanding Writing for Daytime Non-Fiction Special’ into ‘Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program.’

Additionally, the Daytime Program Host category has been split into two categories – Daytime Personality–Daily, and Daytime Personality–Non-Daily. The complete list of changes is below.

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In a statement, Adam Sharp, President of NATAS expressed: “Programming is always changing, and NATAS continues to adapt its competition rules to reflect these shifts in the television landscape. We’re looking forward to gathering again at the 51st Daytime Emmys to celebrate all the nominees and the entertaining and enlightening programs they create.”

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For a further breakdown of the category changes, see below:

Daytime Program Host Eligibility

Hosts, Co-Hosts, and Correspondents from Entertainment News and Legal/Courtroom Programs (e.g. the judges and bailiffs) are now eligible within the Daytime Personality – Daily or Daytime Personality – Non-Daily category depending on airing/streaming schedule. They also remain eligible in their respective Program categories but cannot win two Emmy statuettes for the same function, e.g. if a Program wins Outstanding Program and the Hosts win Outstanding Daytime Personality, the statuette defaults to the Host entry. Hosts from the same Program will be included in a single entry with all Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors and Correspondents on the same submission and the reel must contain footage that highlights all entrants.

Daytime Personality – Daily

Honoring Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors, and Correspondents on Daytime-eligible content that airs or streams daily AND/OR has more than 52 episodes per calendar year. Eligible genres are: Entertainment News, Legal/Courtroom, Travel/Adventure/Nature, Instructional/How-To, Lifestyle, Arts and Popular Culture, Educational and Informational, and Short Form.

Note: This does not affect Talk Series Hosts and Culinary Hosts who remain eligible only in their respective categories.

Daytime Personality – Non-Daily

Honoring Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors, Correspondents, and Narrators on Daytime-eligible content that airs or streams weekly or all at once AND/OR has fewer than 52 episodes per calendar year (regardless of how many were filmed or produced). Eligible genres are: Entertainment News, Legal/Courtroom, Travel/Adventure/Nature, Instructional/How-To, Lifestyle, Arts and Popular Culture, Educational and Informational, Daytime Special, and Short Form.

Note: This does not affect Talk Series Hosts and Culinary Hosts who remain eligible only in their respective categories.

NATAS also announced that the entry deadline for submissions for the competition will be February 22nd, with a late entry by March 7th. Judging will be from March 21-April 11, 2024 with the official nominations to be revealed the week of April 15th.

No word yet on the date of the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, but one would presume it will be back to sometime in June as it has been in previous years. Last years Daytime Emmys got pushed to December of 2023 due to the writers and performers strikes.

So, what do you think of the elimination of the Outstanding Younger Performer category? As well, as other category changes for this year’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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