• ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

    Updated: 24 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack. Smith's commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2's "First Take" last Friday about the NFL's two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. The remarks attracted widespread attention, including a stinging rebuke online from a fellow ESPN personality. Smith issued an on-air apology Monday, saying it was the most egregious mistake of his career. A day later, ESPN took action.

  • Howard to call Premier League games during season

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Tim Howard's next super-human feat: doubling as an English Premier League goalkeeper and TV announcer. The U.S. star will work up to 10 games for NBC Sports Group during the upcoming season on days his club, Everton, isn't playing. Howard did seven matches for NBCSN last season, and the network announced Tuesday that it had formalized the relationship by signing him to a multiyear deal. At age 35, Howard is still one of the top goalies in the Premier League, and he showed why at this summer's World Cup in Brazil. His 16 saves in the Americans' 2-1 loss in extra time to Belgium in the second round made him a social media sensation back home.

  • Nielsen's top prime-time programs for July 21-27

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 21-27. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.43 million. 2. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 10.32 million. 3. "NCIS," CBS, 8.7 million. 4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.66 million. 5. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.13 million. 6. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 7.09 million. 7. "Under the Dome," CBS, 6.74 million. 8. "Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 6.63 million. 9. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 6.56 million. 10. "Extant," CBS, 6.483 million. 11. "Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 6.482 million. 12. "Unforgettable," CBS, 6.45 million. 13. "Big Brother" (Sunday), C

  • CBS shifts schedule to boost ratings for 'Extant'

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Extant" is getting a kick-start from CBS to try to improve its ratings less than a month into its run. Starting Wednesday, CBS is moving the drama starring Halle Berry back one hour, to 10 p.m. EDT, on the schedule, following "Criminal Minds." The hope is that the long-running procedural will provide a more compatible lead-in than "Big Brother. The Nielsen Co. said "Extant" had just less than 6.5 million viewers last Wednesday. While a top 10 show, TV's most popular network was hoping for more from the highest-profile new drama of the summer. NBC's two episodes of "America's Got Talent" led in the ratings last week.

  • TV series moving some production to New Mexico

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new television series starring Anne Hecht and Jason Isaacs is moving some of its production from Israel to New Mexico. New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis says that the USA Network series called "Dig" filmed its pilot in Jerusalem but is moving in light of the recent unrest in Israel and Gaza. The film office says the show will film interior scenes in Albuquerque while it looks for new international locations for shooting exteriors. "Dig" stars Isaacs as Peter Connelly, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in-the-making.

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal glows as 'The Honorable Woman'

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Honorable Woman" is a meditative thriller that investigates a woman's inner life and a global hot spot. Poised between dream-state and tough reality, it exposes timeless truths while remaining as current as the next Israeli-Palestinian clash. An eight-hour miniseries premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT on SundanceTV, "The Honorable Woman" is a virtuoso effort by Hugo Blick, who wrote and directed it. And in the lead role of Baroness Nessa Stein, an Anglo-Israeli businesswoman who wants to span a raging divide with communication cables laid between Israel and the West Bank, Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers the most nuanced yet full-bodied performance you could hope to see.

  • Jay Leno returns to NBC -- for now

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno will return to NBC this week to mentor comedians on “Last Comic Standing," according to Yahoo TV. As the five final comics face off Thursday, Leno will provide counsel on the ins and out of stand-up. Host J.B. Smoove introduces Leno to the comics by telling them they're about to meet “one of the funniest comedians in the world.”

  • Social media follow mysterious 'Woman in Black'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A quiet woman wearing a flowing, black dress and mysteriously strolling along busy highways in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest has the curious wondering who she is and spurred a social media site to document her trek, according to Reuters. She has been dubbed the "Woman in Black," by TV stations, police and followers on the Web, including those on a Facebook page where she has been tracked on a nearly 500-mile journey with a black bag and walking stick in hand that has taken her from Ranger, Georgia, to Athens, Ohio, since July 18. "If you meet this woman, please, offer her a drink, a meal, whatever it may be you feel she needs. Be hospitable. Be kind," said a post on the Facebook page, which has 19,000 followers.

  • 'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line. Gold & Silver Pawn Shop co-owner Rick Harrison has drawn up plans for a Pawn Star Plaza shopping center that could boast six restaurants and about 16 small shops. The company's general contractor has submitted the proposal to the city planning department, and a review is expected in September, according to pawn shop general manager Theo Spyer. "We have always tried to improve our customer experience while waiting in line," Spyer said, pointing to misters, benches and a hot dog stand at the premises. "Now we inten

  • ‘Bachelorette’ Finale: Andi Chooses...

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    After an emotional two-hour finale of “The Bachelorette” Monday night on ABC, Andi Dorfman chose Josh Murray, accepting his marriage proposal and leaving fellow suitor Nick Viall stunned and heartbroken. Dorfman, a former district attorney, cried when she visited Viall to tell him he wasn’t her choice. Viall said he never saw the disappointment coming, telling her he woke up that morning confident about them. Later she had happier news for Murray, who, during the final rose ceremony, told her he wanted to give her the world.

  • Kiefer Sutherland Responds to Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Negative Comments

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Kiefer Sutherland's rep tells ABC News that the negative comments from former "24" co-star Freddie Prinze, Jr. about working together came as something of a surprise. "Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr. more than 5 years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie's grievances," his rep told ABC News. The rep added, "Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best."

  • News 9: End of An Era: KWTV To Take Down Historic Broadcast Tower

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Many people may not know, or if they did, have since forgotten, but the broadcast tower at KWTV News 9 once held a pretty impressive world record. The tower stands at more than 1,572 feet tall, making it at one time the world's tallest manmade structure, resulting in the call letters KWTV, standing for “world's tallest video,” and now that tower is coming ...

  • Take off your clothes to make it in TV

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn't beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind and didn't need to use his imagination. The "Dating Naked" series is the latest example of reality television's newest trend: Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable. Leading the way is Discovery's "Naked and Afraid," on which a man and woman who don't know each other fend for themselves in the wilderness for three weeks without a stitch between them. That program's success since its June 2013 premiere begat VH1's "Dating Naked" and TLC's real estate show "Buying Naked," with more in the planning stages.

  • The Situation agrees to anger management classes

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — The Situation will be getting lessons in anger management. Former "Jersey Shore" star Michael Sorrentino, better known as The Situation, has agreed to take the classes as part of a deal to resolve simple assault charges he faced following a July 15 fight with his brother at their family's tanning salon in Middletown Township. A municipal court judge Monday accepted the deal. If Sorrentino successfully completes the counseling program, the charge against him could be downgraded. Sorrentino's family — including his brother — attended the hearing. The family-owned Boca Tanning Club is the setting for a new reality show about them.

  • Why Working with Kiefer Sutherland Made Freddie Prinze Jr. Want to Quit Acting

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Freddie Prinze Jr. was a can't-miss movie star in the late 1990's with hits like "She's All That" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer," according to Yahoo News. The 38-year-old father of two grew into different roles on TV and film until he co-starred in "24" alongside Kiefer Sutherland in 2010 -- a role that almost led him to quit acting, Prinze told ABC News. "I did '24,' it was terrible. I hated every moment of it," Prinze said. "Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face, I think everyone that's worked with him has said that."

  • 'Sharknado' sequel has bite and lots of laughs

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Don't worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I'll be ready. You might as well batten down the hatches, too. "Sharknado 2: The Second One" (which, if you hadn't guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer's campy classic) premieres Wednesday (9 p.m. EDT). The original "Sharknado" depicted a weather aberration on the Southern California coast that caused bloodthirsty sharks to rain on hapless Angelenos. But hunky beach-bar owner Fin Shepard (get it: fin shepherd?!) saved the day with a makeshift shark explosion. Now he's back.

  • 'Crazy Eyes' actress Uzo Aduba is crazy about fans

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Orange Is the New Black" actress Uzo Aduba is flooded with marriage proposals these days. "People on the street, people on Twitter ask, 'Can I be your prison wife?' I'm like you know, 'Name the day and the time,'" Aduba joked. Aduba plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix Inc. original series about a women's prison. She's nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series along with her "Orange" co-stars Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne. Fan reaction also includes questions about her character's unique hairstyle and her most memorable quotes. "'Chocolate and vanilla swirl,' always. Throwing pie, dandelions, that they're not crazy, they're unique," she said.

  • Kevin Bacon brings his 'Six Degrees' to Comic-Con

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kevin Bacon's "Six Degrees" world got even bigger Sunday at Comic-Con. During a Sunday panel for his Fox show "The Following," a fan brought up the pop culture game known as "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," whose premise is anyone in Hollywood can be linked to the actor. She wondered if by talking to him she could then be a part of his universe. Bacon said that technically you need to be in a movie with him to be connected in the "Six Degrees" world. The actor then stood up and took a video of the crowd in the San Diego Convention Center's 6,500-seat Hall H. He also got laughs when a young girl told him she loved him in the 2011 movie "Crazy Stupid Love.

  • 'Sons of Anarchy' book announced at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Sons of Anarchy" is revving up for its final season but the outlaw motorcycle club will live on in books. Series creator Kurt Sutter revealed the cover art to "Sons of Anarchy: Bratva" (Titan Books Ltd.) Sunday at Comic-Con. The first of a series about the "Sons" world, "Bratva" is set in the show's fourth season. It follows Jax (Charlie Hunnam), Opie (Ryan Hurst) and Chibs, played by Tommy Flanagan. Sutter also revisited the topic of a possible prequel to the series. He said serious "talks are ongoing." "I don't know if it will be a full-on series or a mini-series," he said. One thing he's sure of is "there'll be no spinoffs" because he believes those only work for procedurals.

  • Pratt stars at track in role as honorary Hoosier

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Pratt has caught passes from Andrew Luck, sampled the spicy shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo's and driven the pace car at the Brickyard 400. He plays an Indiana resident on TV, and he's fit right in as an honorary Hoosier at a trifecta of must-see landmarks in Indianapolis. "You can tell, I've been treated really well when I've come here," Pratt said. Pratt was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday to drive the pace car and promote his newest movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy." The 35-year-old star of the TV show "Parks and Recreation" watched part of the race from Tony Stewart's pit box. He's still a race novice, though he did say he had heard of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Jeff Gord