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    Baseball's All-Star game is fading as a midsummer television attraction, but the adjunct Home Run Derby is becoming popular in its own right. The Nielsen company says a little more than 8 million people watched Tuesday's All-Star game on Fox, enough to be the second-most popular thing on television after 'America's Got Talent' last week. The derby where sluggers flex their muscles a day before the game was televised on ESPN and reached 5.4 million viewers. New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso won the Home Run Derby. The American League took the All-Star game. The four major broadcast networks all struggled to find viewers during a quiet July week. CBS was in the unusual position of fourth place, although summer ratings don't mean much to the networks. NBC won the week in prime time, averaging 3.6 million viewers. ABC had 3.2 million, Fox had 3.1 million, CBS had 3 million, ION Television had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million and the CW had 660,000. Fox News Channel was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.28 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.54 million, ESPN had 1.47 million, HGTV had 1.27 million and TLC had 1.15 million. ABC's 'World News Tonight' topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8 million viewers, NBC's Nightly News' had 6.9 million and the 'CBS Evening News' had 5.2 million. For the week of July 8-14, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: 'America's Got Talent,' NBC, 9.81 million; MLB All-Star Game, Fox, 8.15 million; '60 Minutes,' CBS, 6.35 million; 'The Bachelorette,' ABC, 6.05 million; 'Bring the Funny,' NBC, 5.97 million; 'Home Run Derby,' ESPN, 5.41 million; 'The $100,000 Pyramid,' ABC, 5.044 million; 'Celebrity Family Feud,' ABC, 5.041 million; 'American Ninja Warrior,' NBC, 4.5 million; 'Big Brother' (Sunday), CBS, 4.2 million. ___ ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. ___ Online: http://www.nielsen.com
  • The Latest on the charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local): 2:25 p.m. A federal judge has ordered R&B singer R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex crime charges. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed down the ruling Tuesday after Kelly was arrested last week and charged in Chicago and New York with sex crimes including having sex with minors and trying to cover it up. Kelly, wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackled at the ankles, did not speak except to say 'yes sir' when the judge asked if he understood the charges. His attorney, Steve Greenberg, submitted a not guilty plea. Prosecutors argued that Kelly would be an extreme risk if released, especially to minors, and that he might flee. ___ 11:30 p.m. Monday R&B singer R. Kelly is expected to appear in a Chicago federal courtroom on charges that he recruited girls and women to have illegal sex with him and then covered up the crimes by paying and threatening the victims and witnesses. Federal judges were supposed to meet Monday in Chicago to figure out how to proceed in the case that involves separate indictments out of Chicago and New York but that will be discussed Tuesday before Kelly is arraigned. After that, a judge is expected to rule on whether Kelly can be released on bond in the Chicago indictment before facing the New York charges. Prosecutors want Kelly to remain in federal custody, where he's been since his arrest Thursday, because they say he's dangerous and a flight risk.
  • Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country's apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66. The Grammy-nominated and British-born singer sometimes called the 'White Zulu' died peacefully at home in Johannesburg with his family there, according to Clegg's manager, Roddy Quin. 'He fought it to the last second,' Quin told the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Clegg's multi-racial bands during South Africa's white minority rule attracted an international following. He crafted hits inspired by Zulu and township harmonies, as well as folk music and other influences. South Africa's government said in a statement that 'his music had the ability to unite people across the races .... Clegg has made an indelible mark in the music industry and the hearts of the people.' One of his best-known songs was 'Asimbonanga,' which means 'We've never seen him' in Zulu. It refers to South Africans during apartheid when images of the then-imprisoned Mandela were banned. Mandela was released in 1990 after 27 years in prison and became South Africa's first black president in all-race elections four years later. Political opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said Clegg 'wrote our SA story when our country was at its worst and at its best.' The Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir said it was 'devastated' by Clegg's death and called him a 'music icon and a true South African.' Fellow musicians posted similar tributes on social media. Clegg learned about Zulu music and dancing as a teenager when he hung out with a Zulu cleaner and street musician called Charlie Mzila. He later explored his idea of 'crossover' music with the multi-racial bands Juluka and Savuka at a time of bitter conflict in South Africa over the country's white minority rule. Clegg recorded songs he was arrested for and 'never gave in to the pressure of the apartheid rules,' his manager said. The apartheid-era censorship also restricted where he could perform, yet Clegg 'impacted millions of people around the world,' Quin said. 'He played a major role in South Africa getting people to learn about other people's cultures and bringing people together.' The musician performed as late as 2017, high-kicking and stomping during a tour called 'The Final Journey' while his cancer was in remission. At a concert in Johannesburg that year, Clegg said that 'all of these entries into traditional culture gave me a way of understanding myself, helping me to shape a kind of African identity for myself, and freed me up to examine another way of looking at the world.' In December, Clegg told South African news channel eNCA the 'toughest part of my journey will be the next two years' and called himself an 'outlier' in an interview that mused about mortality. The performer was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and the grueling treatment included two six-month sessions of chemotherapy and an operation. 'I don't have a duodenum and half my stomach. I don't have a bile duct. I don't have a gall bladder and half my pancreas. It's all been reconfigured,' he told reporters in 2017. In that interview, Clegg recalled how he performed 'Asimbonanga' while on tour in Germany in 1997 and experienced a 'huge shock' when Mandela, beaming and dancing, unexpectedly came out on stage behind him. 'It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world. And at peace with myself,' Mandela said to the audience. He asked Clegg to resume his performance and urged the audience to get up and dance. At the end of the song, Mandela and Clegg, holding hands, walked off stage. 'That was the pinnacle moment for me,' Clegg recalled. 'It was just a complete and amazing gift from the universe.' ___ Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_Africa
  • The political equivalent to NBA first pick Zion Williamson is unclear, but CNN this week brings the showmanship of sports draft lotteries to the presidential campaign by televising its drawing to set the lineup for the second Democratic debate. CNN will unveil stage positions Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT for the 20-candidate debate, scheduled for July 30 and 31. For CNN, which has been touting the draw onscreen, it's an attempt to create an event out of virtually nothing that also promotes its debate coverage. But the program has also received criticism for making the nomination process seem like a game show. The large number of candidates created the need for a lottery. Democratic officials, candidates and the networks are wary so early in the campaign about creating a two-tiered debate that has one with 'major' candidates and one with those who are less popular. CNN has released few details about how it will be handled on Thursday, and did not make an executive available to talk. The network will reveal the 20 candidates participating on Wednesday. NBC had a similar drawing before its first debate last month, but it was held without cameras in a conference room at the network's New York headquarters. There were two large boxes, one with the names of candidates with less than 2 percent in the polls, the other with candidates who had more support. NBC's standards chief Marian Porges selected one name from each box to put on one of two easels representing the two debate nights. Campaign representatives attended, and mostly quietly texted the news to colleagues elsewhere. It all took less than 10 minutes, according to someone who was in the room who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The CNN event seems reminiscent of sports leagues like the NBA that televise lotteries and the player drafts themselves. They're popular with hopeful fans, and ABC this year was the first broadcast network to televise the NFL draft in prime-time. CNN chief Jeff Zucker is both a sports fan and creative programmer whose roots include running NBC's entertainment division during the era of Donald Trump's 'Apprentice' and the 'Today' show before that. 'It doesn't reek of presidential stature to me,' said Mark Lukasiewicz, a former NBC News executive now dean of Hofstra University's communication school. Lukasiewicz said he understood the instinct to build an audience and anticipation for the debate, probably the last in this cycle with such a large group of candidates. But, he said, 'it's another step in the game-ification of the primary process, and I'm not sure that's a good thing.' Lynne Adrine, director of Syracuse University's Washington-based graduate program in broadcast and digital journalism, said television already has too much non-substantive campaign coverage.
  • Steve Cannon, a writer, visual artist, gallery owner and patron of multiculturalism, has died. Cannon's sister, Evelyn Cannon, says he died July 7 of apparent septic shock at Veterans Hospital in New York City. He was 84. A native of New Orleans, Cannon moved to New York in the early 1960s and was eventually dubbed 'the emperor of the Lower East Side' by his friend and sometime collaborator, Ishmael Reed. Cannon and Reed helped found a multicultural publishing house and Reed was among those involved with Cannon's 'A Gathering of Tribes,' a literary publication, art gallery and arts organization. Cannon's books included 'Groove, Bang and Jive Around,' a 1969 publication that Reed called a 'pre-rap novel.' He also mentored younger writers, among them Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty.
  • Beyoncé's 'Homecoming' film has scored six Emmy nominations, while documentaries on Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and the disastrous Fyre Festival also picked up nominations. With Netflix's 'Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé,' the pop star personally earned four of the six nominations Tuesday, including bids for producing, writing, co-directing and musical direction. In the outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) category, 'Homecoming' will compete with 'Springsteen on Broadway.' 'Homecoming' also earned nominations for costumes and production design. HBO's 'Leaving Neverland,' a documentary where two men accused Jackson of molesting them as boys that sparked new scrutiny of years-old claims that the King of Pop preyed on children, earned five nominations, including outstanding documentary or nonfiction special (Jackson's estate denied the allegations and Jackson long maintained his innocence when he was alive). Lifetime's 'Surviving R. Kelly,' which looks at the R&B singer's history and allegations that he has sexually abused women and girls, picked up a single nomination for outstanding informational series or special. Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, was hit with new criminal charges on the federal and state level following the airing of the docuseries. Netflix's 'FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened' followed the highly publicized and famously failed music bash in the Bahamas and received four nominations. Another documentary on the doomed festival called 'Fyre Fraud,' which aired on Hulu, is nominated for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program, where Showtime's 'Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men' also earned a nomination. 'Aretha! A Grammy Celebration For The Queen of Soul,' which aired on CBS and featured Patti LaBelle, John Legend and others honoring the late legend, picked up two nominations. Sara Bareilles — who has been nominated for multiple Grammys and Tonys and earned up her first Emmy nomination last year — shares a nomination this year for outstanding original music and lyrics with Josh Groban for their work on the 72nd annual Tony Awards. Mega-producer T Bone Burnett, who produced Bareilles' latest album, scored a nomination for his musical score of HBO's 'True Detective.' Beyoncé, who has 23 Grammys, earned Emmy nominations in the past for her 'Lemonade' visual project, her Super Bowl halftime show performance and her 'On the Run' tour with Jay-Z. Her nominations this year include outstanding directing for a variety special, outstanding writing for a variety special and outstanding music direction. In the outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) category, she is nominated as an executive producer of 'Homecoming.
  • Partial list of nominees for the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. For the complete list, visit Emmys.com : Comedy Series: 'Barry'; 'Fleabag'; 'The Good Place'; 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'; 'Russian Doll'; 'Schitt's Creek'; 'Veep.' Drama Series: 'Better Call Saul'; 'Bodyguard'; 'Game of Thrones'; 'Killing Eve'; 'Ozark'; 'Pose'; 'Succession'; 'This is Us.' Actor, Drama Series: Jason Bateman, 'Ozark'; Sterling K. Brown, 'This is Us'; Kit Harington, 'Game of Thrones'; Bob Odenkirk, 'Better Call Saul'; Billy Porter, 'Pose'; Milo Ventimiglia, 'This is Us.' Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Jonathan Banks, 'Better Call Saul'; Giancarlo Esposito, 'Better Call Saul'; Alfie Allen, 'Game of Thrones'; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, 'Game of Thrones'; Peter Dinklage, 'Game of Thrones'; Michael Kelly, 'House of Cards'; Chris Sullivan, 'This is Us.' Actress, Drama Series: Emilia Clarke, 'Game of Thrones'; Robin Wright, 'House of Cards'; Jodie Comer, 'Killing Eve'; Sandra Oh, 'Killing Eve'; Laura Linney, 'Ozark'; Viola Davis, 'How To Get Away With Murder'; Mandy Moore, 'This Is Us.' Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Gwendoline Christie, 'Game of Thrones'; Julia Garner, 'Ozark'; Lena Headey, 'Game of Thrones'; Fiona Shaw, 'Killing Eve'; Sophie Turner, 'Game of Thrones'; Maisie Williams 'Game of Thrones.' Actress, Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Veep'; Natasha Lyonne, 'Russian Doll'; Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 'Fleabag;' Christina Applegate, 'Dead to Me;' Catherine O'Hara, 'Schitt's Creek.' Actor, Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, 'black-ish'; Don Cheadle, 'Black Monday'; Ted Danson, 'The Good Place'; Michael Douglas, 'The Kominsky Method'; Bill Hader, 'Barry'; Eugene Levy, 'Schitt's Creek.' Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Anthony Carrigan, 'Barry'; Stephen Root, 'Barry'; Henry Winkler, 'Barry'; Alan Arkin, 'The Kominsky Method'; Tony Shalhoub, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'; Tony Hale, 'Veep.' Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Sarah Goldberg, 'Barry'; Sian Clifford, 'Fleabag'; Olivia Colman, 'Fleabag'; Betty Gilpin, 'GLOW'; Alex Borstein, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'; Marin Hinkle, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'; Kate McKinnon, 'Saturday Night Live'; Anna Chlumsky, 'Veep.' Limited Series: 'Chernobyl'; 'Escape at Dannemora'; 'Fosse/Verdon'; 'When They See Us'; 'Sharp Objects.' Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Mahershala Ali, 'True Detective'; Benicio Del Toro, 'Escape at Dannemora'; Jared Harris, 'Chernobyl'; Jharrel Jerome, 'When They See Us'; Sam Rockwell, 'Fosse/Verdon.' Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Stellan Skarsgard, 'Chernobyl'; Paul Dano, 'Escape at Dannemora'; Ben Whishaw, 'A Very English Scandal'; Asante Blackk, 'When They See Us'; John Leguizamo, 'When They See Us'; Michael K. Williams, 'When They See Us.' Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Amy Adams, 'Sharp Objects'; Patricia Arquette, 'Escape at Dannemora'; Aunjanue Ellis, 'When They See Us'; Joey King, 'The Act'; Niecy Nash, 'When They See Us'; Michelle Williams, 'Fosse/Verdon.' Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Patricia Arquette, 'The Act'; Marsha Stephanie Blake, 'When They See Us'; Patricia Clarkson 'Sharp Objects'; Vera Farmiga, 'When They See Us'; Margaret Qualley, 'Fosse/Verdon'; Emily Watson, 'Chernobyl.' Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Luke Kirby 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'; Rufus Sewell, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'; Adam Sandler, 'Saturday Night Live'; John Mulaney, 'Saturday Night Live'; Matt Damon, 'Saturday Night Live'; Robert De Niro, 'Saturday Night Live'; Peter MacNicol, 'Veep.' Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Fiona Shaw, 'Fleabag'; Kristin Scott Thomas, 'Fleabag'; Maya Rudolph, 'The Good Place'; Jane Lynch, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'; Emma Thompson, 'Saturday Night Live'; Sandra Oh, 'Saturday Night Live.' Guest Actor, Drama Series: Michael Angarano, 'This Is Us'; Ron Cephas Jones, 'This Is Us'; Michael McKean, 'Better Call Saul'; Kumail Nanjiani 'The Twilight Zone'; Glynn Turman, 'How to Get Away With Murder'; Bradley Whitford, 'The Handmaid's Tale.' Guest Actress, Drama Series: Laverne Cox, 'Orange Is the New Black'; Cherry Jones, 'The Handmaid's Tale'; Jessica Lange, 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse'; Phylicia Rashad, 'This Is Us'; Cicely Tyson, 'How to Get Away With Murder'; Carice van Houten, 'Game of Thrones.' Television Movie: 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'; 'Brexit'; 'Deadwood'; 'King Lear'; 'My Dinner with Herve.' Variety Talk Series: 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'; 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee'; 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'; 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'; 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'; 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.' Variety Sketch Series: 'At Home with Amy Sedaris'; 'Documentary Now!'; 'Drunk History'; 'I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman'; 'Saturday Night Live'' 'Who Is America?' Structured Reality Program: 'Antiques Roadshow'; 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'; 'Queer Eye'; 'Shark Tank'; 'Tidying Up with Marie Kondo'; 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Unstructured Reality Program: 'Born This Way'; 'Deadliest Catch'; 'Life Below Zero'; 'RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked'; 'Somebody Feed Phil'; 'United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.' Reality-Competition Program: 'The Amazing Race'; 'American Ninja Warrior'; 'RuPaul's Drag Race'; 'Top Chef'; 'The Voice'; 'Nailed It.
  • The Latest on the Emmy nominations (all times local): 12:44 p.m. Actor Jharrel Jerome of 'When They See Us' says he cried so much when he learned of his Emmy nomination that you would have thought he had lost a family member. Jerome told The Associated Press that it 'was just pure joy and pure happiness and pride' that drove him to tears Tuesday when he learned he was nominated for best actor in a limited series or movie. His was one of 16 nominations for the Netflix show about the false accusations against the so-called Central Park Five. The 21-year-old Jerome says he was in a restaurant with friends from high school when he learned he was nominated, which led to broken glasses and stunned customers amid the wild celebration. ___ 10:50 a.m. Star of Hulu's 'The Act' Joey King sobbed when she learned of her first Emmy nomination. She says it's the greatest moment of her life. King told The Associated Press that 'my whole body is shaking, I'm so excited' after hearing her name among the nominees Tuesday for best actress in a limited series or movie. King played Gypsy Blanchard, a woman whose abusive mother keeps her permanently sick and childlike on the show based on a true story. The actress says she's in South Africa and shooting the film 'The Kissing Booth 2' and was sitting in a transport vehicle watching the Emmys livestream on an old computer. King said she had a phone call with co-star Patricia Arquette, who played her mother in 'The Act' but was nominated in the same category for 'Escape At Dannemora.' ___ 9:44 a.m. HBO has reclaimed its throne as king of Emmy nominations. The cable network received a whopping 137 nominations Tuesday morning, riding the dragon wings of 'Game of Thrones,' which received a record 32. The nominations include best actress in a drama for Emilia Clarke and best actor in a drama for Kit Harington. HBO's 'Chernobyl' and 'Barry' also brought in big numbers of nominations. Netflix ended HBO's 17-year reign last year to win the most nominations but was bumped to second this year with 117. NBC was a distant third with 58 nods, a figure that led all broadcast networks. CBS had 43 and ABC 26. Amazon's Prime Video was second to Netflix among streamers with 47 nominations. ___ 9:26 a.m. Beyoncé's 'Homecoming' film has scored six Emmy nominations, while documentaries on Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and the disastrous Fyre Festival also picked up nods. With Netflix's 'Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé,' the pop star earned four of the six nominations Tuesday, including bids for producing, writing, co-directing and musical direction. 'Homecoming' will compete with 'Springsteen on Broadway' in the outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) category. 'Homecoming' also earned nominations for costumes and production design. HBO's 'Leaving Neverland' and Netflix's 'FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened' will compete for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special. Lifetime's 'Surviving R. Kelly' is up for outstanding informational series or special. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban share a nomination for their work on the Tony Awards. T Bone Burnett scored a nomination for his musical score of HBO's 'True Detective.' ___ 9: 16 a.m. The 2019 Emmy nominations for best television movie have been announced.  The nominees include: 'Bandersnatch (Black Mirror),' ''Brexit,' ''Deadwood: The Movie,' ''King Lear,' and 'My Dinner with Herve.' ___ 9 a.m. The Emmy nominees for best actors in a comedy series have been announced. The nominees for best actress in a comedy series include: Rachel Brosnahan, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Veep'; Natasha Lyonne, 'Russian Doll'; Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 'Fleabag;' Christina Applegate, 'Dead to Me;' and Catherine O'Hara, 'Schitt's Creek.' The nominees for best actor in a comedy series include: Anthony Anderson, 'black-ish' Don Cheadle, 'Black Monday'; Ted Danson, 'The Good Place'; Michael Douglas, 'The Kominsky Method'; Bill Hader, 'Barry'; and Eugene Levy, 'Schitt's Creek.' ___ 8:58 a.m. The 2019 Emmy nominations for best limited series have been announced. The nominees for best limited series include: 'Chernobyl'; 'Escape at Dannemora'; 'Fosse/Verdon'; 'When They See Us' and 'Sharp Objects.' ___ This story has been corrected to show the year as 2019. ___ 8:49 a.m. The Emmy nominations for lead actor and actress in a drama series have been announced. The nominees for best actor in a drama series are: Jason Bateman, 'Ozark'; Bob Odenkirk, 'Better Call Saul'; Kit Harington, 'Game of Thrones'; Sterling K. Brown, 'This Is Us'; Billy Porter, 'Pose' and Milo Ventimiglia, 'This Is Us.'   The nominees for best actress in a drama series are: Emilia Clarke, 'Game of Thrones'; Robin Wright, 'House of Cards'; Jodie Comer, 'Killing Eve'; Sandra Oh, 'Killing Eve'; Laura Linney, 'Ozark'; Viola Davis, 'How To Get Away With Murder' and Mandy Moore, 'This Is Us.'  ___ 8:45 a.m. The Emmy nominations for the top television drama and comedy series have been announced. The nominees for best drama series are: 'Game of Thrones,' ''Better Call Saul,' ''Bodyguard,' ''Killing Eve,' ''Ozark,' ''Pose,' ''This Is Us' and 'Succession.'  The nominees for best comedy series are: 'Barry,' ''The Good Place,' ''Fleabag,' ''The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' ''Russian Doll,' ''Schitt's Creek' and 'Veep.'  ___ 8:41 a.m. The Emmy nominations for lead actors in a limited series or movie have been announced The nominees for best actress in a limited series or movie include: Amy Adams, 'Sharp Objects'; Patricia Arquette, 'Escape at Dannemora'; Aunjanue Ellis, 'When They See Us'; Joey King, 'The Act'; Niecy Nash, 'When They See Us' and Michelle Williams, 'Fosse/Verdon.' The nominees for best actor in a limited series or movie include: Mahershala Ali, 'True Detective'; Benicio Del Toro, 'Escape at Dannemora'; Jared Harris, 'Chernobyl'; Jharrel Jerome, 'When They See Us' and Sam Rockwell, 'Fosse/Verdon.' ___ 8:22 a.m. Everything is in place and the 2019 Emmy nominations are about to begin. Actors D'Arcy Carden of 'The Good Place' and Ken Jeong of 'Dr. Ken' will announce the nominees Tuesday starting at 8:30 a.m. PDT. Both presenters are potential nominees. A pair of nearly 20-foot-tall Emmys are adorning the stage at the TV academy in Los Angeles where the nominees will be announced. This year's multiple nominees could include long-running shows that finished their final seasons such as 'Game of Thrones,' ''Veep' and 'The Big Bang Theory.' ___ 12:01 a.m. 'Game of Thrones' is seeking to claim the Emmy Awards version of the Iron Throne one last time. When the Emmy nominations are released Thursday, the HBO fantasy saga could be in the running for television's top honor for its eighth and final season. It's earned three previous top drama series awards and is the defending champ. Top contenders will be announced at the Television Academy in Los Angeles beginning at 8:30 a.m. Pacific. 'Veep,' which holds a trio of best comedy series Emmys, is after its final trophies after wrapping its seven-season run. 'The Big Bang Theory,' which ended this year after 12 seasons, is among its possible competitors. The 71st Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 on Fox, with the host yet to be announced.
  • Beyonce's new album inspired by 'The Lion King' features collaborations with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter. Beyonce announced Tuesday that 'The Lion King: The Gift,' which will be released Friday, also includes songs with Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack and Jessie Reyez. In the new version of 'The Lion King,' in theaters Friday, Beyonce voices the character of Nala and Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is Simba. Beyonce curated and executive produced 'The Lion King: The Gift,' which also features collaborations with Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and 070 Shake. Jay-Z appears on the song 'Mood 4 Eva.' Blue Ivy is featured on 'Brown Skin Girl.' Beyonce's song 'Spirit,' released last week, is featured in the film and appears on both the official 'Lion King' soundtrack as well as 'The Lion King: The Gift.
  • A Jewish association says some private donors to Poland's renowned Jewish history museum have suspended funding out of concerns about the government's failure to renew the term of its director. A special commission in May approved Dariusz Stola for another five-year term, but Culture Minister Piotr Glinski hasn't yet officially reappointed him. Glinski said recently he was still weighing the decision, because Stola had allegedly refused to make the museum available for a conference that was to be dedicated to the late twin of ruling conservative party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN said in a statement Tuesday that a request for a conference dedicated to late President Lech Kaczynski was made four years ago and was met with openness and a suggestion that political scientists be invited as co-organizers. The matter ended there, the museum said. The government also criticized the tone of an exhibit last year that mentioned Poland's anti-Semitic campaign in March 1968. The campaign by the communist leaders blamed Poland's difficulties on its Jewish community, driving thousands of Jews abroad. Opened in 2013, the museum presents the 1,000-year history of Polish Jews and of the Holocaust. It is also a conference and debate center that promotes tolerance and fights prejudice. It has been visited by 3.4 million people. It is jointly managed and funded by a Jewish association, the city of Warsaw and the Culture Ministry. All three bodies were represented in the commission that approved Stola for another term. Piotr Wislicki, head of the co-funding Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, told The Associated Press the museum is running smoothly under acting director Zygmunt Stepinski, who was Stola's deputy, but many donors, including in the U.S. and Israel, have suspended hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions out of concern for its future. 'We are in a situation of a total suspension, which has led to anxiety among donors, some of whom have decided to suspend their donations, not cancel them, who say 'we will wait and see how the situation develops,'' Wislicki said. 'We can feel this anxiety growing.' He said the museum is seen internationally as an ambassador in the 'very delicate' Polish-Jewish dialogue and said a lack of a 'captain' does not help that role. The association and the donors have contributed some 22 million zlotys ($5.8 million) so far. Officials say 40% of the funds used to build the museum came from private donations.