Nielsen’s top programs for Sept. 16-22

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 16-22. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Chicago at Pittsburgh, NBC, 20.51 million. 2. “Emmy Awards,” CBS, 17.76 million. 3. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 16.04…

A simple approach works for Elton John

NEW YORK (AP) — A step back in time proved to be a forward-looking move for Elton John. Upon the suggestion of producer T Bone Burnett, the 66-year-old singer reverted to a musical format he used when starting…

‘Doctor Sleep’ was a challenge for Stephen King

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pop culture consumes authors, musicians and actors and quickly moves on. Only a few have staying power, and Stephen King is one of those rare figures. With the release this week of “Doctor Sleep,”…

Michael Jackson statue removed from Fulham

LONDON (AP) — The statue of Michael Jackson outside Premier League club Fulham has been hauled down. On the orders of new owner Shad Khan, the tribute to the late “King of Pop” was removed Wednesday from outside…

Octavia Spencer narrating audio for kids’ book

NEW YORK (AP) — Writing a children’s book isn’t enough for Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. She’s also narrating the audio edition. Spencer’s “The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit” comes out Oct. 15. It’s the first of two planned…

Spain selects movie to compete for Oscar

MADRID (AP) — Spain has selected the movie “15 Anos y un día” (15 Years and a Day) directed by Gracia Querejeta as its entry for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars. Chosen Wednesday by the…

‘Sesame Street’ actor loses palimony case in NJ

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For an actor on “Sesame Street,” the letter P is for palimony. A judge in New Jersey has ordered Roscoe Orman, who plays Gordon on the children’s TV show, to continue paying palimony to…

Detroit’s RoboCop statue to be unveiled next year

DETROIT (AP) — Creators of a Detroit statue of the fictional crime-fighting cyborg RoboCop say they plan to unveil it next summer. Venus Bronze Works in Detroit is getting ready to cast pieces of the statue and on…

AEG lawyer to follow cinematic final argument

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long running trial of Katherine Jackson vs. AEG Live LLC took a cinematic turn during closing arguments as a lawyer for Michael Jackson’s family escorted jurors on a Hollywood style tour of the…

Lawyer: Jackson died from own bad choices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long running trial of Katherine Jackson vs. AEG Live LLC took a cinematic turn during closing arguments as a lawyer for Michael Jackson’s family escorted jurors on a Hollywood style tour of the…

James Levine shines in return to Met opera

NEW YORK (AP) — It wasn’t opening night, it wasn’t a new production, it wasn’t even a gala — but it was nonetheless a momentous event in the history of the Metropolitan Opera: Conductor James Levine returned to…

Mom selling Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Wash.

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — This month marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final studio album, and fans aren’t just able to buy a new “super deluxe” box set to celebrate the occasion. They can also buy the childhood…

Dr. Drew Pinsky announces he had prostate cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Drew Pinsky says he had his prostate removed earlier this year after discovering he had cancer. The host of HLN’s “Dr. Drew on Call” wrote Tuesday on the network’s site that he returned…

California governor signs bill to deter paparazzi

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Paparazzi and others who harass the children of public figures will face tougher penalties under legislation that California’s governor signed Tuesday. The bill will boost penalties for actions that include taking photos and video…

Review: Gordon-Levitt’s porn parable ‘Don Jon’

Jon Martello’s relentless libido has a comic math to it. At the club, Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his pals rate girls on a scale of one to “a dime.” He keeps a weekly tally of both his conquests…

Bill Nye treated after ‘Dancing’ injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is also the injured guy. “Dancing With the Stars” producers say the TV personality is receiving medical attention Tuesday after he was hurt during his most recent performance. No…

‘Law & Order: SVU’ returns with cliffhanger

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” picks up on last season’s cliffhanger when it returns for its 15th year. In Wednesday’s episode airing at 9 p.m. Eastern, New York City police Detective Olivia…

Calif. governor signs bill to deter paparazzi

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Paparazzi and others who harass the children of public figures will face tougher penalties under legislation that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday. The bill from state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, will…

Toy armadillo filched in NY after Nelson concert

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A missing armadillo with a connection to Willie Nelson has sparked a search in the New York suburbs. The Capitol Theater’s general manager says a stuffed armadillo, beloved by a member of Nelson’s…

Up-and-coming Paris designers make their mark

PARIS (AP) — The first day of Paris ready-to-wear collections, which showcases the design world’s up-and-coming talents, is a day largely ignored by the top magazine editors. After attending the catwalks in New York, London and Milan many…