Thursday July 19, 2012

NEW YORK -- Baseball's All-Star Game hit a home run with viewers last week.

The Nielsen Co. says the midsummer faceoff between the National and American leagues was the week's most-watched prime-time telecast. Nearly 11 million viewers tuned in for Fox's coverage, according to Nielsen.

Otherwise, the week's biggest shows were reality and newsmagazine originals along with scripted reruns.

The season premiere of CBS' "Big Brother" reality show placed ninth for the week.

CBS dominated the top 20, helping that network to an overall prime-time victory with an average of nearly 5.5 million viewers. Fox was ratings runner-up, with ABC and NBC following behind.

NBC's "Nightly News" retained its audience leadership among the evening newscasts, ahead of ABC's "World News" and the "CBS Evening News."

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LOS ANGELES -- "Weeds" is part of a rare group of cable TV shows: The Showtime series starring Mary-Louise Parker celebrated the taping of its 100th episode this week.

Showtime's entertainment president, David Nevins, told the "Weeds" cast and crew that only a few cable series have reached 100 episodes. Among them is "Monk."

Parker and her co-stars, including Kevin Nealon, marked the event with cake and champagne while shooting on location in Los Angeles. The actress was casually dressed in the blouse and cutoffs that she wore for a scene taped earlier.


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Parker plays a pot-dealing suburban mom in "Weeds," which will end its eight-year run in September.

Parker and the show's creator, Jenji Kohan, grew emotional as they celebrated the series' milestone. Two more episodes remain to be taped.

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PHOENIX -- Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's shocked by comedian George Lopez's profanity-laced tirade against him.

Lopez made the comments about the top cop of Maricopa County during the debut of his solo stand-up special, "George: It's Not Me, It's You," which aired Saturday on HBO.

Arpaio says he had been watching the show but changed the channel before Lopez directed curse words at him. The sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration says he was shocked that the comments weren't part of a joke.

Ina Treciokas, a publicist for Lopez, says the comedian would have no further comment.

The sheriff is the target of several lawsuits, including one going to trial today that accuses his department of racially profiling Latinos.

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NEW YORK -- ABC's "Good Morning America" will host Kevin Richardson's reunion performance with The Backstreet Boys.

The quartet will appear on the morning show's summer concert series on Aug. 31 in Central Park.

Richardson announced he was leaving the group in 2006, but has appeared in the lineup occasionally since. The remaining Backstreet Boys -- Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean -- announced Richardson would be rejoining them permanently during a performance in London last April.

A statement says all five are in a London studio with producer Martin Terefe working on a new album that will be released next spring to coincide with the group's 20th anniversary.

Carter says the group "couldn't be happier to have our brother back with us."