• Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program. Sharing with colleagues what he called "very encouraging news," Brokaw's internal memo noted that a year ago his future was "more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge." Last February, he revealed that six months earlier he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in thebone marrow, and was undergoing treatment. He called the past year "a challenge," but added gratefully he met it in "world-class hospitals with brilliant physicians.

  • US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company. Sony Pictures Entertainment, which said it canceled the theatrical release of "The Interview" after distributors refused to show it, pledged to find a way to get the film out. "How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet," a Sony lawyer said. The comedy involves a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. Obama is promising to respond "proportionately" to an attack that law enforcement blames on North Korea. "We're not going to

  • Real-life 'Sopranos' strip club robbed of $30K

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LODI, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the northern New Jersey strip club that was used for filming of "The Sopranos" has been robbed of $30,000. Lodi police say that two men with shotguns robbed Satin Dolls early Sunday morning. The men fled after the robbery. The club stood in as Bada Bing on the HBO show. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department's detective division at 973-473-7600.

  • Oklahoma City TV station adds Grit TV, Weather Nation

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma City TV station KOKH adds Grit TV, Weather Nation.

  • Over and out: TV flops, exits and endings in 2014

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Along with its triumphs, the world of TV had its share of setbacks in 2014. Here's a sample: — "How I Met Your Mother" Concludes: This long-running CBS sitcom met few viewers' expectations for a slam-bang finish. Its big reveal — naming the titular "your mother" after nine years of teasing — yielded a finale only slightly less tangled than the ending of "Lost." And even "Lost" resisted the temptation to include a blue French horn in its wrap-up. — David Gregory Exits "Meet the Press": After months of speculation that Gregory was being ousted from the program he had hosted since 2008, NBC News announced in August he was toast. That was 18 months after the network signed him to a new contract it descr

  • 2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air. Showtime's "Homeland" roared back from last year's muddle with a season of white-knuckle suspense. CBS' "The Good Wife" killed off a main character to give the show its latest burst of life. FX's "Sons of Anarchy" ended its seven-season run with explosive closure. HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" wrapped its saga with a fascinating season that juggled three phases in the life of Atlantic City potentate Nucky Thompson. AMC's "Mad Men" teed up satisfyingly for its final round in 2015.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Yesterday

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society he founded owe Japanese whalers for lawyer fees, damage to their ships and for violating the court order to stop their dangerous protests. The Japanese whalers are demanding $2 million in addition to their attorney fees and damage and cost to their ships for warding off the protests.

  • Craig Ferguson says good night as 'Late Late Show' host

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Ferguson will spend tomorrow's future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than "The Late Late Show." Friday was his last hoorah after a decade as host of the CBS talk show. And what did we learn (as Ferguson is fond of posing at the end of each hour)? Maybe that it was Bob Newhart all those years disguised as Secretariat the Pantomime Horse? Secretariat has long been a popular member of the "Late Late Show" stable, but proper credit was never given to the people who brought him to life. That mystery was answered — well, sort of — in the finale. As Ferguson chatted with his robot sidekick, Geoff, he pondered who it might be inside the horse costume.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society he founded owe Japanese whalers for lawyer fees, damage to their ships and for violating the court order to stop their dangerous protests. The Japanese whalers are demanding $2 million in addition to their attorney fees and damage and cost to their ships for warding off the protests.

  • Actor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins declares he's not a pedophile, and insists he has molested a minor on just one occasion and engaged in sexual misconduct with only three girls in all. In an interview with Yahoo's Katie Couric released Friday, the embattled actor described himself instead as someone suffering from "exhibitionist urges," ''big boundary issues" and "poor impulse control." Those issues prompted a physical encounter with an underage girl in 1973. He was 25, she was 10. According to Collins, the girl had come to visit and stay with him and his first wife. After his wife had gone to sleep, he and the girl were watching TV together.

  • More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say. "If only half of those result in adoptions, that would be huge," director Michael Levitt said. Seventy dogs from rescues across the country were featured on the two-hour Thanksgiving night telecast — a show the producer see becoming a fixture in the future. More than 4 million people tuned in to the show, which was co-hosted by actresses Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch, and aired on donated time from the Fox Network. Besides the permanent homes offered, 250 people signed up as foster parents for homeless dogs, Levitt said.

  • More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Producers say more than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during "Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular," billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon. Executive Producer Michael Levitt says it would be huge even if only half the applications result in adoptions. Levitt also says he thinks anyone who watched the show would strongly consider a rescue next time they get a dog. Seventy dogs from rescues across the country were featured on the two-hour Thanksgiving night telecast. The producers hope the show becomes a fixture in the future. More than 4 million people tuned in to the program. It was co-hosted by actresses Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch on the Fox Network.

  • Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands. The bowls haven't disclosed their asking prices, but sports marketing experts contacted by The Associated Press estimated the annual cost for the top-tier games ranges from $25 million to more than $30 million. That's up from $16 million to $20 million previously. The substantial price increase probably prompted sponsors to reassess the value of the bowl affiliations, says Kevin Adler, chief engagement officer for sports marketing specialist Engage Marketing in Chicago.

  • 'Duck Dynasty' Star: 'I'm Trying To Figure Out' Whether Being Gay Is A Choice

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson sounded off on the media firestorm that ensued after his father, Phil, argued that being gay is a sin in a 2013 GQ interview, The Huffington Post reports. "Some of the things he said in that interview, I didn't agree with -- and I've even said so," Robertson tells Larry King in a Dec. 15 chat. "We love everybody ... In this business, there are a lot of people who are gay." As to whether or not he thought that being gay or lesbian was a choice, Robertson added, "Larry, I'm trying to figure that out right now, I really am."

  • Candy Crowley's final guest is a big one: Obama

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Candy Crowley leaves CNN on Sunday, and one guest is giving her quite the send-off, USA TODAY reports. President Obama will be talking with the veteran reporter on State of the Union, the series Crowley has anchored for four years. In the network exclusive interview, he'll be discussing the latest news on Cuba and North Korea, as well as the final two years of his presidency. After 27 years of political reporting with CNN, Crowley leaves behind a strong legacy.

  • Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is dead. Stephen Colbert is immortal? Long live Stephen Colbert! Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell. He was last seen gliding through the clouds in the backseat of Santa's sleigh beside Alex Trebek (don't ask). Before that, after offing the Grim Reaper and declaring himself immortal (don't ask), he led a glorious singalong in the studio with a room of luminaries ranging from "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, Andy Cohen and Big Bird to George Lucas, Arianna Huffington and Henry Kissinger.

  • Marathon bombing survivor in 'Yes to Dress' finale

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino's leg, but they couldn't rob her of her joy as a new bride. Friday's season finale of the TLC reality show "Say Yes to the Dress" features DiMartino struggling to keep her balance on crutches while searching for the perfect wedding gown. Doctors amputated DiMartino's left leg below the knee last month after she endured 30 surgeries trying to keep it. She's since been fitted with a prosthetic limb. DiMartino says standing long enough to try on a dress was one of the most physically exhausting things she's ever done. But she says she won't waste what she calls "a second chance at life." DiMartino married her boyfriend last spring, and she's now trai

  • Former 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' star celebrates Christmas with tweaked holiday tale

    By Matthew Price, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Comic book characters celebrate holiday with new releases.

  • AP Explains: Stephen Colbert vs. "Stephen Colbert"

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Stephen Colbert leaves Comedy Central's satirical political talk show "The Colbert Report" after nine years Thursday night. He will become host of the "Late Show" on CBS, replacing David Letterman in May. So ends the "Stephen Colbert" character he created: the outlandishly tongue-in-cheek conservative host who leapt from late-night TV to become a political and pop culture phenomenon. Many of his "Colbert Nation" fans are left trying to imagine life without his incessant lampooning of the Washington establishment and TV pundits. Here's a brief explanation of Stephen Colbert and the alter ego he is retiring: A SATIRICAL SPIN-OFF: The actor and comedian first created his Colbert character in 1997 as a correspondent for Comedy Ce

  • 'Sorority Sisters' draws criticism, loses sponsors

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — VH1 says it's sticking with "Sorority Sisters" despite criticism of the reality show's depiction of black sorority members and the growing defection of commercial sponsors. There are no plans to change the 10-episode series that "seems to be connecting with its audience," the channel said in a statement late Wednesday. About 1.3 million people watched Monday's debut episode. The show drew protests even before airing, both when it was announced last summer and when a promotional video was released online. The video showcased typical reality show fireworks, with insults and tears among its cast of sorority members who graduated from Atlanta-area colleges.