'Snowfall' cast, crew honor late co-producer, co-creator John Singleton


LOS ANGELES — "Snowfall" co-executive producer and co-creator John Singleton was in the hearts and minds of cast members who gathered Monday on the red carpet for the premiere of the third season of the FX crime drama.

Singleton, 51, died in late April following a stroke while the new season was still in production. Actress Angela Lewis said Singleton was a constant presence on the set, helping pick the cast and crew, and offering advice. She called him "the heart of the show."

Star Damson Idris, who portrays drug dealer Franklin Saint, said Singleton left the series in great shape and in good hands. "The crew is fully diverse," Idris said. "He hand-picked everyone and he empowered people. He left people so many codes and he left us with the confidence to go on."

The drama, set in the 1980s, revolves around the first crack epidemic in Los Angeles.

"Snowfall" was Singleton's "baby," said actor Isaiah John. "He always said that this story has never been told. And he wanted to be the one to tell that story."

Actor Carter Hudson, who portrays an undercover CIA operative, observed there is little time to mourn while shooting a TV series.

"You don't have a choice but to keep going," he explained. "I guess I hope that he's proud of the way we finished it. I hope he's proud of what we can do going forward," Hudson said.

The actors view themselves as survivors who are left to carry on.

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"Let's just be real: He's missed already," said actor Amin Joseph. "John would have come out here already, like, 'Come on, y'all! Come on! Let's go. Let's go!'"

The third season of "Snowfall" debuted Wednesday.

US victiry scores with viewers

The United States' 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday's FIFA Women's World Cup final averaged nearly 15.6 million U.S. viewers on English- and Spanish-language television.

It was the most-viewed match this season, but a decrease from the 2015 final.

The match averaged 14.27 million viewers on Fox, according to the network and Nielsen, and peaked at 19.6 million. It was a 22 percent increase over last year's FIFA World Cup men's final between France and Croatia, which averaged 11.44 million.

The audience was down 43.8 percent from the 2015 final between the U.S. and Japan, which averaged 25.4 million viewers. That match though was played in Canada and started at 7 p.m., compared to Sunday's in France, which kicked off at 11 a.m.

The match averaged 589,000 viewers online — 289,000 on Fox apps and 300,000 on NBC and Telemundo apps — which makes it the most-streamed Women's World Cup match ever.

                                                                       — The Associated Press


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