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Friday April 17 update: The Rolling Stones were added Friday to the all-star One World: Together At Home eight-hour television and streaming special starting 8 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday April 15 update: Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and a dozen other stars have been added to the eight-hour One World: Together At Home coronavirus relief event starting 8 p.m. Saturday April 18 on multiple networks and streaming services.

And more big names will appear on a six-hour pre-show livestream, Billboard says.

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Update 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 12: Late night TV hosts Seth Meyers and Conan O'Brien aired tributes Monday night to Rick Ludwin, their former NBC mentor who died Sunday, Nov. 10, in Los Angeles.

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The Williams Hall TV studio where former NBC executive Rick Ludwin got his start will be named in his honor in a ceremony Tuesday, March 19, on the Oxford campus.

It's a fitting tribute to Ludwin, a 1970 Miami graduate who has returned to the Williams Hall studio for 36 years at his own expense to talk to students about TV trends and answer their questions.

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Why do Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien do fewer President Trump jokes than Stephen Colbert or Seth Meyers? Why aren't some late-night TV hosts very political?

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"How Late Night TV Made Fun Of Washington D.C. This Year"... That's the topic for former NBC executive Rick Ludwin's annual talk to Miami University students on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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You’ll never watch Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” the same way after reading this column.

I always learn a lot about TV when former NBC late-night programming executive Rick Ludwin returns to speak to students at Miami University, his alma mater.

On Thursday night, he revealed NBC's camera tricks on Fallon’s top-rated “Tonight Show” to overcome limitations of cramped Studio 6B in New York’s Rockefeller Center – and a few other observations about Stephen Colbert and the changes in TV’s late-night landscape.

WLWT-TV in second place for news at 11 p.m.? WCPO-TV tied with longtime news leader WKRC-TV at 6 p.m.? Will these May household rating trends continue in July sweeps starting today?

Sure, the four week July Nielsen ratings (today through July 29) are the least important of the sweeps months. But TV managers and advertisers will be watching closely to see if our viewing habits continue the shift revealed in May.