News Nuggets: ‘The Walking Dead’ shatters cable records with fifth season premiere

The fifth season premiere of “The Walking Dead” on Sunday shatters all cable records with 17.3 million viewers. The episode “No Sanctuary” featured “lots of red meat and explosions galore” and even defeated NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” among the key demographic of adults 18-49. The record broken was also set by the same AMC drama when it premiered last season with 16.1 million viewers. This season stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Michael Cudlitz, and Melissa McBride. Deadline

The newly-released list of Most Influential Teens of 2014 is highlighted by Grammy winner Lorde, “Mad Men” co-star Kiernan Shipka, and pop star Austin Mahone. Other entertainers in the feature include Chloe Grace Moretz (“The Equalizer”), Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family“), Jaden Smith (“The Karate Kid”), and reality stars Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. Time

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Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Pharrell Williams and Beyonce are just behind with six nods. Those two artists are up for Album of the Year against John Legend, Drake, Janelle Monae, and the late Michael Jackson. The ceremony will be hosted by Wendy Williams in Law Vegas on November 7. The Wrap

Oscar winner Alex Gibney debuts his latest documentary “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” October 27 on HBO. He was given exclusive access to the Brown estate and archives for his film about the “hardest working man in show business.” The program focuses on the life of James Brown through 1974, including iconic performances and civil rights action. It does not feature any of his troubles from the 1980s with drugs or the police. Thompson on Hollywood

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Jon Stewart is returning for his regular charity event “Night of Too Many Stars.” Airing every other year, this will be the sixth edition of the fundraiser that builds awareness about autism. The next edition set for March 8 will be in New York on Comedy Central. Past performers have included Steve Carell, George Clooney, Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Katy Perry, and Chris Rock among many others. Variety

International Emmy Award nominations are announced with several British productions taking key slots. Best Actor nominees are Stephen Dillane (“The Tunnel”), Claude Legault (“19-2”), Pablo Rago (“Television por la Justicia”), and Xiubo Wu (“The Orphan of Zhao”). Best Actress contenders are Tuba Buyukustun (“20 Minutes”), Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch“), Romina Gaetani (“Television por la Justicia”), and Bianca Krijgsman (“The New World”). IEmmys

Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz is proclaimed the 2014 “Sexiest Woman Alive.” She follows recent ladies such as Scarlett Johansson (2013), Mila Kunis (2012), and Rihanna (2011). A full interview and photo gallery says she is “impossibly beautiful” and that “when she walks into a room, men start walking into furniture.” Esquire

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