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MTV Video Music Awards to take place Aug. 30

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June 29 (UPI) — The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will take place in New York in August.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing Monday that the awards show will be held Aug. 30 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

New York will enter Phase III of reopening on July 6. Cuomo’s team said the VMAs “will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience” due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

MTV told Billboard in May that it was exploring the possibility of holding the awards show live.

“We’re exploring with government officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders on how to safely hold the 2020 VMAs at Barclays Center on August 30,” an MTV rep said at the time.

“The health of everyone involved remains our number one priority. Additionally, we are working on several contingency plans to bring music’s biggest night to audiences everywhere,” the rep added.

The BET Awards took place during a virtual ceremony Sunday. Beyoncé urged people to vote and take action on racial injustice issues while accepting the Humanitarian Award.

Other 2020 awards shows have been canceled or postponed due to the health crisis. The Latin Grammy Awards are still scheduled to take place in November.



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Fox orders Season 2 of ‘The Moodys’ with Denis Leary

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Denis Leary is returning for a second season of the Fox comedy, The Moodys. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

Denis Leary is returning for a second season of the Fox comedy, “The Moodys.” File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

July 11 (UPI) — Fox said it has ordered a second season of its dysfunctional family comedy, The Moodys, starring Denis Leary.

Season 1 featured six episodes and focused on a Chicago couple as they celebrated Christmas with their three adult children. It aired last December.

The cast includes Elizabeth Perkins, Francois Arnaud, Chelsea Frei and Jay Baruchel.

“With The Moodys, we set out to brand the holidays in the only way Fox can — bold and unconventional. What we ended up with was a special show — and a family — everyone at the network fell in love with,” Michael Thorn, president of entertainment at Fox Entertainment, said in a statement Friday.

“Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg and Tad Quill perfectly captured the hysterics of Christmas, with sharp banter and real moments of family togetherness brought to life by Denis Leary, Elizabeth Perkins and the rest of the incredible cast.”



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Watch: GFriend teases ‘Apple’ video

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July 9 (UPI) — South Korean girl group GFriend is giving a glimpse of its new music video.

The K-pop stars shared a preview of their video for the song “Apple” on Thursday.

The teaser opens with a shot of Eunha lying on a bed of flowers. Eunha and the other members of GFriend are also shown posing in a dimly lit room with cathedral windows.

“Apple” is the title track from GFriend’s forthcoming EP, Song of the Sirens. The group will release the mini album and the full “Apple” music video July 13.

GFriend previously shared a highlight medley and teaser photos for Song of the Sirens. The EP also features the songs “Time of the Snow,” “Mirror Room,” “Tarot Cards,” “Crème Brûlée” and “North Stairs.”

GFriend released an official schedule for Song of the Sirens in June.

GFriend also consists of Sowon, Yerin, Yuju, SinB and Umji. The group most recently released the mini album Labyrinth in February.



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Tiger Woods docuseries coming to HBO in December

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July 9 (UPI) — A new docuseries about professional golfer Tiger Woods is coming to HBO in December.

The network announced in a press release Thursday that Tiger, a two-part series about Woods, will premiere Dec. 13. Part two will air Dec. 20.

Tiger is produced by HBO Sports and Jigsaw Productions. The series follows “the rise, fall, and epic comeback” of Woods, 44, who won his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters Tournament.

The series is directed by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) and Matthew Hamachek (Amanda Knox). Alex Gibney will executive produce with Sam Pollard, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict.

Tiger is based on Keteyian and Benedict’s book Tiger Woods. The series features never-before-seen footage and new interviews, including with Woods’ former caddy, Steve Williams, golf legend Nick Faldo, Woods’ ex-partner Dina Parr, and Rachel Uchitel, one of Woods’ alleged former mistresses.

“Few global icons are more visible and less understand than Tiger Woods,” HBO Sports EVP Peter Nelson said. “His prodigy came with painstaking sacrifice; his perfected athleticism immobilized him in agony before the age of 40; his self-made fame enabled a self-destructive world of secrecy; and his redemptive reemergence posed as many questions as it answered — not only about one of the greatest sportsmen ever to live, but also the greater American society that engulfed him.”

Heineman and Hamachek said their goal with the docuseries was “to dive deeper and create an unflinching and intimate portrait of a man, who like all of us, is imperfect and inherently human.”

Tiger will air on HBO and stream on HBO Max.

Woods will compete at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, next week, his first PGA Tour tournament since the season was suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He will also appear in a virtual version of the British Open, titled The Open for the Ages, that will air July 16 to 19. The special imagines a battle between Woods and Jack Nicklaus in their prime.



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