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Quick Takes: Country music's new hit

April 09, 2013

Roll over, Hank Williams, and tell Patsy Cline the news: Nashville has a new top music awards show.

Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards show on CBS drew 15.4 million viewers, according to early data from Nielsen (final ratings won't be published until Tuesday).

It was the first time since at least 1987 that the ACMs beat the same season's airing of its rival, the Country Music Assn. awards telecast on ABC. Last November, the CMAs crooned for 13.7 million viewers.

This was also the largest audience for the academy show in 15 years.

—Scott Collins

Getty-acquired work on hold

A valuable 15th century Flemish manuscript acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum late last year has been placed under an export embargo by British authorities, who hope to keep the object in the United Kingdom.

Britain's cultural minister, Ed Vaizey, has put a temporary export bar on the manuscript, known as "Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies," thereby preventing the object from leaving Britain while authorities attempt to raise the money needed to keep it there.

In a statement sent to The Times, Getty Director Timothy Potts said, "This is normal procedure when purchasing works of art in the United Kingdom. The Getty understands and respects the export process in the U.K. We look forward to a positive outcome and the opportunity to add this exceptional illuminated manuscript to our collection so that we can share it with visitors to the Getty Museum."

—David Ng

LuPone part of Broad season

For its 2013-14 season, the Broad Stage in Santa Monica will present appearances by actress Patti LuPone, opera singer Bryn Terfel, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Los Angeles dance group BodyTraffic.

Members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela will also perform in a concert during the coming season, which the Broad announced Monday.

Leaders at the Broad also announced a new initiative designed to bolster the company's jazz offerings. A new Jazz Council, which will curate performances and events, will consist of Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Ruth Price, Jeff Gauthier, Joon Lee, Daniel Seeff, Luciana Souza and Ben Wendel.

The Broad's jazz offerings will include Arturo Sandoval, Bettye LaVette and Kurt Elling.

—David Ng

A swift end for 'The Point'

We'll get to the point quickly: CNN's new prime-time talk show is gone after a week.

CNN described "(Get to) The Point" as a one-week experiment. It featured Donny Deutsch and panelists chewing over the day's news.

But Nielsen said the show averaged 268,000

viewers last week, or less than the 446,000 the network reached in March with a rerun of Anderson Cooper's newscast.

—Associated Press

Stirring send-off for Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert was celebrated Monday as a film critic, newspaperman, social-justice soldier, husband, father, grandfather and champion of artists and imagination, but the great cross-section of mourners at his Holy Name Cathedral funeral in Chicago spoke to a quality that perhaps reigned above all others:

Roger Ebert: Someone who loved and united people.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke to this quality in his eulogy, saying that the Chicago Sun-Times film critic and essayist had learned the large lesson: "Life is too short not to be shared with others …. The art that Roger most enjoyed was living."

Looking out upon the hundreds of people who had just given her a standing ovation as she approached the pulpit, Chaz Ebert, Roger's widow, said: "He would have loved this. He would have loved the majesty of it. He would have loved everything about it. He would have loved [that] we're all here for him."

Ebert died last Thursday after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

—Chicago Tribune


Book to screen: Three-time Oscar nominee Todd Field is set to direct and co-write the big-screen adaptation of Jess Walter's bestselling book "Beautiful Ruins." Beginning in Italy in 1962, the story picks up with a few characters connected to the ill-fated production of "Cleopatra" before jumping forward to present-day Hollywood.

Renewed: Three weeks after its premiere, A&E has ordered a second season of "Bates Motel," its contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece, "Psycho."

The verdict: Judy Sheindlin has signed a new deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue her top-rated "Judge Judy" show through 2017. The show, now in its 17th season, averages more than 9 million viewers daily and is the top-rated daytime program.

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