Top 5 Entertainment News Stories of the Week
1. Millions tuned in to ESPN on April 19 to watch the first two episodes of “The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ journey to win a sixth NBA title. The premiere episodes rank as the two most-viewed original content broadcasts on ESPN Networks since 2004, averaging 5.3 million viewers. “The Last Dance” also ranks as the most-watched telecast among adults since Covid-19 caused the sports world to come to a halt.
2. New Los Angeles residents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted in West Hollywood donating to Project Angel Food, a non-profit that prepares and delivers meals to feed people impacted by serious illnesses. “We loved having them,” said Project Angel Food executive director Richard Ayoub. “They are the most down-to-earth people.”
3. Despite Tiger King’s massive success, the wild documentary is no longer Netflix’s current top viewed program — the title has been stolen by “Money Heist,” a Spanish crime drama that traces two long-prepared heists on the Royal Mint of Spain and on the Bank of Spain. “Money Heist” drew in 65 million viewers, while “Tiger King” attracted 64 million during the same period of time.
4. Lionsgate announced on Tuesday that it will be adapting Suzanne Collins’ highly anticipated prequel to the “Hunger Games” book series, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” into a part of the “Hunger Games” film franchise. Although the picture’s casting has not been announced, the studio will be bringing in the same creative team that translated the first few novels to the big screen: Francis Lawrence will direct, Michael Arndt will write the screenplay, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson will produce, and Collins will executive produce and write the film’s treatment.
5. HBO Max, the subscription video-on-demand streaming service from WarnerMedia Entertainment, will launch on May 27, 2020. Built around WarnerMedia’s HBO premium TV service, it will include all of its programming, as well as additional original programming and library content from all corners of WarnerMedia and other third-party content providers.