• Variety: Inside ABC's Botched Plan to Fire Rosie Perez From 'The View'

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    ABC has put the brakes on a plan to fire Rosie Perez from “The View,” after Variety broke the news of the decision on Jan. 14, the Variety story created pandemonium backstage at the “The View.” At the time, the network wasn’t ready to announce the co-host’s departure. According to a source familiar with ABC execs’ thinking, fear of “an Ann Curry situation” — a reference to NBC’s botched firing of the “Today” anchor in 2012 — led executives to reverse course and keep Perez on the network’s 11 a.m. talk show for now.

  • New York police official testifies about bin Laden interview

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A top New York Police Department official who once worked as a television news correspondent took the witness stand Monday at the trial of an alleged al-Qaida lieutenant accused of helping spread Osama bin Laden's death threat against Americans before the terror network attacked U.S. embassies in Africa. John Miller, who heads the NYPD's counterterrorism and intelligence bureaus, recalled meeting Khaled al-Fawwaz at the Saudi Arabian defendant's home in London in 1998 after requesting an interview with bin Laden. He said al-Fawwaz asked him about what angle the ABC News story would take and pressed him on logistics out of worry over bin Laden's security.

  • A murder at the edge of the world takes 'Fortitude' to crack

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A sick child. Buried treasure. A bit of wiggle room in honoring wedding vows. An all-important tourist project suddenly imperiled. Plus polar bears that outnumber humans, which means everyone (kids included) totes a rifle just in case. That's about the size of it in tiny Fortitude, population 713. Oh, there's also the weather. Fortitude is poised near the Arctic Circle north of Canada, on an island in the harsh embrace of ice, snow, frigid waters and glaciers that help make it (as the locals like to say) "the one place on Earth where we are guaranteed a quiet life.

  • 'Full House' Cast Reunites, Performs the Theme Song

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    "Full House" first aired in 1987, but now the cast is back together! Lori Loughlin, also known as Aunt Becky, shared pics from the birthday party of the show’s creator, Jeff Franklin, on Saturday night, ETOnline.com reports. In one of the pics, Loughlin is seen smiling with her former co-stars Candace Cameron Bure (D.J.) and Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) and captioned the photo, "It's looking like a Full House kinda night."

  • Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have dropped their cable or satellite packages or never had either. Based on a few days of viewing, Sling TV comes across as a good stopgap for those who don't already pay for cable or satellite — but it's not compelling enough for most people to cut the cord. And that's the point: Dish wants to win over the pay-TV holdouts without cutting into its existing customer base. On Tuesday, Sling TV will start opening the service to those who had requested invites. A full launch is expected in about two wee

  • WATCH: Blake Shelton mercilessly mocks every bit of 'The Bachelor'

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Blake Shelton played the Farm Hunk in an "SNL" sketch this weekend, USA TODAY reports. And he perfect skewered every aspect of "The Bachelor," including: -It's Blatant Lack of Diversity “There are so many beautiful girls here but tonight I have to send three of them home. Probably the two black girls, plus one of the curly-haired ones.” -The Annoying, Oversharing Contestant “Waaah. My daddy’s dead. He died 10 years ago and I’m really messed up about it!”

  • Legislator wants to remove cap on TV production incentives


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico legislator wants the state to remove the annual cap on incentives for television productions. KRQE-TV (http://goo.gl/YKHw5O ) reports that Democratic Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe is preparing a bill and plans to introduce it in the coming week. New Mexico in 2013 increased its tax refunds for television productions to 30 percent from 25 percent, and Egolf says it's time to do more to help the state diversify its economy. His proposal would remove television productions from the current $50 million annual limit on tax credits provided to all film and television projects. Democratic Sen. Arthur Smith of Deming voices skepticism.

  • Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami


    MIAMI (AP) — Despite being a relative pageant newcomer, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries. At Sunday's pageant in Miami, Vega, a 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla, Colombia, said she would wear the crown with "pride and excitement" as she heard the news that fans in Colombia had taken to the streets to celebrate. Although she was far from home, Vega said she still felt the support from local Latinos. Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump, who owns the pageant, said many predicted Vega would take the crown a few weeks ago when contestants first arrived i

  • NFL, YouTube partner to post official clips to video site

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Searching for Super Bowl highlights next week after the big game? They'll be available, legally, straight from the source. The NFL has protected its video as fiercely as any league, pushing most users to its website or to its broadcast partners. On Monday, the league and YouTube announced a partnership between two of the most powerful brands in the marketplace, creating an official NFL channel on the video website. Clips will also be directly viewable through simple Google searches. Content posted daily to the portal by the league will include game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps and clips featuring news, analysis, fantasy football advice and other original programming from NFL Network and NFL.com.

  • AP Explains: What makes the Super Bowl such a big deal

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Super Bowl, at its most basic level, is a game that determines the NFL championship. It has become so much more since the first game was played in 1967. Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial holiday in the United States, a day when families and friends to gather to watch the game, the over-the-top commercials and big-name musical acts at halftime. The game and the two weeks of hype, parties and the annual Media Day leading up it have turned the Super Bowl into a spectacle along the lines of the Olympics or World Cup, a royal wedding or papal celebration, the Oscars or Grammys.

  • 'Birdman' wins Producers Guild's top trophy

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Birdman" received a welcome lift on its flight to the Oscars after winning the Producers Guild of America's highest film award Saturday night at a ceremony in Los Angeles. The win delivers needed momentum to Alejandro Inarritu's showbiz romp following its upset loss to "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in the Golden Globes' comedy category earlier this month. It's now neck and neck in the Oscar race with Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which won in the Globes drama category. Many of the PGA's 6,700 members are also Oscar voters and for the past seven years, the guild's choices for its top trophy went on to win the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards.

  • TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88. He died Saturday of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said. Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity. The host of "The Joe Franklin Show" started in TV in 1950. By the early 1990s, he often said, he had chatted with more than 300,000 guests, including Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minn

  • Following news of split, Dempsey avoids attention at Daytona

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Actor and racing enthusiast Patrick Dempsey is trying to keep a low profile at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. A day after he and his wife announced they are divorcing after 15 years of marriage, Dempsey skipped an autograph session for fans — an event he usually takes part in — and was noticeably absent on the starting grid before the twice-around-the-clock endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. Dempsey is part of a four-man driver lineup in the No. 58 Porsche 911 fielded by Wright Motorsports. The 49-year-old "Grey's Anatomy" star spoke Friday before news broke that he and wife Jillian Fink mutually agreed to end their marriage.

  • '7th Heaven' actor Stephen Collins' divorce finalized

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran television actor Stephen Collins and his wife of nearly 30 years have finalized their divorce, an acrimonious breakup that revealed the former "7th Heaven" star had inappropriate contact with underage girls decades ago. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael J. Convey on Friday approved a divorce judgment that ended Collins' marriage to Faye Grant, who first disclosed molestation allegations against her estranged husband in court filings. Collins acknowledged he acted inappropriately with three underage girls in incidents that occurred between 1973 and 1994. The revelation cost Collins several roles after audio of a 2012 therapy session in which he discussed the incidents was posted by celebrity

  • Pittsburgh mayor, official spar over 'Undercover Boss' fund

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The county controller said Friday she's withholding money from a Pittsburgh tourism agency until it details contributions linked to the mayor's appearance on "Undercover Boss," a move the mayor is calling a "cheap political stunt." Mayor Bill Peduto appeared on the CBS show last month and pledged $155,000 to help four needy city workers. Peduto has stressed that tax revenue wouldn't be used and that corporate and institutional donors — including VisitPittsburgh — had pledged to pay for it. But Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said VisitPittsburgh gets most of its $11 million budget from county tax money.

  • Children's TV activist Peggy Charren dies at 86

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children's Television who waged a decades-long fight to improve the quality of children's programming, has died. She was 86. Charren, who had vascular dementia, died Thursday at a nursing home in Dedham, according to Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel in Providence, Rhode Island. Charren founded Action for Children's Television in 1968 because she was so frustrated by the poor quality of programming — which she called "wall-to-wall monster cartoons" — available to her daughters. The group's first meeting involved just a few friends in her Newton living room.

  • Hostage video: was it really done outside?

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The video of two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group seems, like past IS videos, taken in an arid, desert setting. But suspicions are emerging that the message was not prepared outdoors at all. An expert in these videos said it was more likely completed in an indoor studio with a false backdrop made to appear that it was done outdoors. Kenji Goto, a journalist, and Haruna Yukawa, who runs a security company, are seen kneeling in orange jumpsuits with a masked man holding a knife between them. The hostage-holders are threatening to kill the men if the Japanese government does not pay a $200 million ransom.

  • Comedian Christopher Titus brings 'Angry Pursuit of Happiness' to Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Comedian Christopher Titus, best known for his autobiographical TV show “Titus,” is performing stand-up from his most recent special along with new material on his tour.

  • Former WWE announcer Jim Ross hits the road for 1-man show

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jim Ross was simply a wrestling announcer. He was Good Ol' JR and the voice of the WWE for more than 20 years, calling every dastardly deed of bad guys and heroes overcoming odds to win at WrestleMania. Little did he know, Ross' emphatic calls from ringside would morph into the soundtrack of pop culture highlights for a generation. His most famous one was his "Do you believe in miracles?" for scores of wrestling fans who have watched the replay for years: Ross called the action when The Undertaker tossed Mick Foley of a 16-foot-high steel cage straight through the announcer's table. "Good God, almighty! Good God, almighty! They killed him!" Ross exclaimed from that 1998 bout.

  • Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo to judge Fox's dance contest

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paula Abdul is getting back into the judging business on Fox. The former "American Idol" judge will join the "So You Think You Can Dance" panel when the talent show returns this summer. Jason Derulo also is coming aboard as a judge, the network said Thursday. The singer-songwriter's hits include "Talk Dirty" and "Wiggle." Returning judge Nigel Lythgoe, who's also the show's executive producer, said the 12th season will include a twist: Stage dancers will compete against street dancers. Cat Deeley will be back as host, Fox said. Auditions for the new season begin Saturday in New York.