Barbara Walters is still a ratings power


Barbara Walters isn’t forgotten and isn’t gone.

Less than two months after stepping away from a regular role on television, Walters returned last week to conduct an interview with the father of a California man who shot and killed six people and injured 13 before killing himself. It was ABC’s most-watched prime-time program of the week, and in the Nielsen company’s top 10 among all networks.

Here are prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 23-29. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership:

1. “NCIS,” CBS, 8.8 million; 2. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.53 million; 3. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.02 million; 4. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 7.93 million; 5. “BET Awards,” BET, 7.5 million; 6. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 6.93 million; 7. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 6.71 million; 8. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 6.56 million; 9. “20/20,” ABC, 6.39 million; 10. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.34 million.

Oscar-nominated writer-director Mazursky dies


Paul Mazursky, the innovative and versatile director who showed the absurdity of modern life in such movies as “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “An Unmarried Woman,” has died. He was 84.

The filmmaker died of pulmonary cardiac arrest Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Nancy Willen, Mazursky’s spokeswoman.

As a talented writer, actor and producer as well as director, Mazursky racked up five Oscar nominations, mostly for writing such films as “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “Enemies, A Love Story.” He also created memorable roles for the likes of Art Carney, Jill Clayburgh and Natalie Wood. Later in life, Mazursky acted in in such TV series as “The Sopranos,” ‘’Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Once and Again.”

Memorial for Ruby Dee set for Sept. in NYC


A public memorial for actress and civil-rights activist Ruby Dee will take place Sept. 20 in New York.

The Terrie Williams Agency said Tuesday that the celebration of Dee’s life will take place at the Riverside Church in New York. Dee died June 11 at 91.

No details about the memorial were released but the venue is an apt one for Dee, who spent her life fighting against injustice while starring onstage and screen.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke against the Vietnam war there, and speakers have included Cesar Chavez, Jesse Jackson, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

Dee’s long career earned her an Emmy, a Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Art and an Oscar nomination for “American Gangster.”

Associated Press

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