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I first learned of him owing to Bette Midler’s recording of “Hello in There.” But I soon grew to have an affection for the voice of Prine himself. I can’t say I listened to it often over the years, but, as with Tom Waits, when I did listen I felt something.

Quibi Launch: Good, Bad, Meh

THR tells us: ‘Quibi is either launching at exactly the wrong time or exactly the right time.
The entire model of the shortform programming streamer founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman was built around providing viewers with “quick bites” — the name, pronounced “Qui-Bee,” therefore really ought to be “Qui-Bye” — of drama, comedy, unscripted content and news that could be watched on your phone during pauses in ordinary life: mid-commute, waiting for a meeting to start, etc. With much of the population in quarantine, “ordinary life” is wishful thinking. However, shut-in audiences are hungry for content, and Quibi surely has that in abundance.’

“Call Me” Cast To Return For Sequel

Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer and more from the cast of “Call Me by Your Name” are returning for the sequel, director Luca Guadagnino said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Not much is known about the new movie, but the novel on which “Call Me by Your Name” is based also has a sequel, titled “Find Me,” featuring the same characters. It takes place 10 years after the original story. I didn’t care much for the sequel — less tender than the original — but I look forward to the new movie.

Your Weekend: Stay Safe

That’s my sole recommendation for the weekend: Stay safe. And drink plenty of liquids.

Scoop: “Plaza Suite” To Re-Open B’way

I’m hear to break it to you that whenever that hoped-for day arrives — the theaters reopening in NYC — the first new production to play before the public will be the John Benjamin Hickey-directed version of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite.” Starring NYC good citizens Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker. This is terrific news. The play’s run, originally scheduled for now, is sold out. I’m betting it will extend.

Chris Meloni Getting Own Series

NBC announced that Chris Meloni, who played Stabler on “Law and Order: SVU” all those years, will be getting his own spin-off series. What’s next, NBC? Betty White getting her own “Golden Girls” spin-off? And how about Rachel from “Friends”?

Trevor: Why Tiger King Is Like Trump