Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Gossip: ‘KUWTK’ Ratings Drop To Historic Low; Pharrell’s Life Story To Become Musical

Kris Jenner’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians reality show had another ratings crash this week, with hundreds of thousands of viewers tuning out of the E! series.

Once a huge traffic draw, the latest episode of the Sunday night series hit a new low in the ratings, leading to speculation that the family’s time on TV could be coming to an end.

According to Nielsen, only 1.41 million viewers tuned in to the show. That was a significant drop from the previous episode, where Kardashian tearfully said she was afraid she was going to be raped and murdered by the armed men who tied her up and stole her jewelry during her Paris heist in October 2016.

The first two episodes of Season 13 had 1.48 million and 1.58 million, respectively.

Pharrell Williams’ Life Story Is Becoming a Musical

The project, called Atlantis, is a musical that is being described as a Romeo-and-Juliet-style story inspired by Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach.

Producer Gil Netter and Williams took the pitch out to the studios a few weeks ago, engendering simmering interest as studios watched Lionsgate enjoy massive success with La La Land and coveted their own musical number. Fox finally nabbed it last week.

Michael Mayer, known for his Broadway work on Spring Awakening, for which he won a Tony Award, and American Idiot, is attached to direct. Martin Hynes, who is currently writing Toy Story 4, is attached to write Atlantis.

Williams and Mimi Valdes will produce via their I Am Other banner and Gil Netter is producing for Netter Productions.

Williams was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He’s had a notable career as a singer-songwriter and music producer, and has won 10 Grammy Awards. He produced soul, hop-hop and R&B music with Chad Hugo under the name The Neptunes for many of the industry’s top recording artists, and performed as the lead vocalist in the band N*E*R*D. He also released the solo albums In My Mind (2006) and Girl (2014).

Lately, however, the WME-repped Williams has been making in-roads into movies, and was a producer on Fox’s acclaimed hit Hidden Figures, which was nominated for three Oscars including best picture. He also wrote songs for the film that starred Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae. Williams produced Roxanne Roxanne, which recently debuted at Sundance, and has written music for a slew of films over the years, including the hit “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 for which he received an Oscar nomination. He’s repped by WME.

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