• Rocker Chrissie Hynde: Assault by bikers is 'the way it was'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary rocker Chrissie Hynde was with the band. And not just as the sultry-voiced singer with the Pretenders, which won popularity decades ago with hits such as "Brass in Pocket" and "Ohio." Early in her life, Hynde fell in with a band of outlaw bikers. She wound up being beaten, robbed and raped, she says in an interview to air on this week's "Sunday Morning" on CBS. Hynde, 63, is philosophical about the assault. "If you hung out with those guys, that's what happened. That's the way it was," she says. Hynde says she didn't fear for her life, though she should have. "We were just trying to score pot and see bands," she explains. "And if motorcycles were part of it, then even better."

  • NBC golf analyst Rolfing battling cancer

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Television golf analyst Mark Rolfing has been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer and will not be part of the Golf Channel or NBC broadcast team for the rest of the year. Rolfing had surgery three weeks ago to remove a malignant growth from his left cheek area. He said Thursday he is starting a second phase of treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for this rare form of cancer. NBC and Golf Channel televise the last three FedEx Cup playoff events and the Presidents Cup. Rolfing says his doctors are confident the cancer will be cured after the second phase of treatment. He lives at Kapalua on Maui and says he intends to rejoin the broadcast team at the Hyundai Tournament of Champion

  • With Emmys change, 'OITNB' creator not a fan of genres

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The creator of "Orange Is the New Black" says though the Emmys switched the hit show from the comedy category to drama, she's not a fan of people boxing the series into a single genre. "The whole label thing is frustrating — just people's needs to define us. OK, you know, whatever you want to call us, fine," Jenji Kohan said in an interview Wednesday. "Are we a comedy? Are we a drama? ... Are we doing good work or not? Do you like us or not? As you can hear, I have issues with the whole, you know, beauty contest thing. It's fraught." The show, in its third season on Netflix, is nominated for outstanding drama series at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, which airs on Fox at 8 p.m. EDT on Sept. 20, though last

  • 6 times drugs were mentioned during the MTV VMAs

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were peppered with commercials warning young adults about the dangers of drugs — but during the show itself, drug references were almost as predominant as the music. Here's a look at six times drugs were mentioned during the live show, hosted by its main pusher, Miley Cyrus. — Taking a page from Ellen DeGeneres' book and using a selfie stick to take a massive photo of herself and others, Cyrus told the audience, "Everyone say, 'Marijuana!'" — In a skit, Cyrus grubs on pot brownies backstage with marijuana maven Snoop Dogg.

  • MTV Video Music Awards criticized for glorifying marijuana

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — An organization that ran anti-cigarette smoking ads during the Video Music Awards has complained to MTV's parent company about the program's multiple references to marijuana and said it sent the wrong message to young viewers. Show host Miley Cyrus was responsible for most of them. She even came backstage with a lit joint after the show and passed it around to photographers. "It is entirely understandable for viewers to be confused, after hearing so much about marijuana during the VMA broadcast, to see a powerful advertisement about the dangers of tobacco," said Eric Asche, chief marketing officer of the Truth Initiative, which sponsored two anti-cigarette ads. Asche said his group was "extremely disap

  • What your chop or steak really needs is an easy, warm salad

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    This recipe is a template for topping sauteed steaks or chops of most any kind with a wilted salad, a splendid dish for a late summer dinner. Mostly, I'm taking my cues here from the Italians. In Florence, they like to pep up their grilled steaks with a drizzle of olive and a spritz of lemon, which cuts through the meat's fattiness. Then there's veal Milanese, a breaded chop with a salad on top. But the latter dish doesn't marry the salad dressing to the chops, as I do here, and my chop isn't breaded. Also, Caesar dressing is rooted in Mexico, not Italy. All of which is to say I guess my inspirations were pretty diverse.

  • ABC Family gets top marks for gay, lesbian inclusiveness

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The television network that gets the most praise from an advocacy group that monitors content featuring gays, lesbians and transgender people has "family" in its name and targets an audience of teenage girls and young women. GLAAD said in a report issued Thursday that 74 percent of the programming hours on ABC Family included at least one LGBT character — the highest percentage any network has recorded since the group began issuing content reports in 2007. GLAAD studied the networks for a one-year period that ended May 31. "We feel it is our responsibility to our viewers to reflect the world that they live in and it's a diverse world," said Karey Burke, executive vice president of programming at the Disney

  • Dana Delany talks about new series & her love of France


    NEW YORK (AP) — In her new Amazon original series, "Hand of God," Dana Delany is the exasperated wife of a man — played by Ron Perlman — who seems to be having a breakdown as their son lies in a coma. Delany says she couldn't be happier working with Perlman, star of "Sons of Anarchy" for six seasons. "We just both like to act. There's no drama around the drama," she said in a recent interview. "We just like doing what we do and that's it. "Sometimes I would come back to my trailer and there would be like chocolate bars sitting on my little station and he would like leave me little gifts like that because he knew I liked chocolate. So sweet." The 10-episode season of "Hand of God" will be available to Amazon

  • Redskins GM's wife apologizes for tweet about reporter

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The wife of Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has apologized for "disparaging" and "unfounded" comments on her Twitter account about an ESPN reporter. The Redskins issued a statement on behalf of Jessica McCloughan on Wednesday night in which she acknowledged making the remarks, which said the reporter exchanged sexual favors for information. Jessica McCloughan's statement begins: "I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account. The comment was unfounded and inappropriate, and I have the utmost respect for both the reporter and ESPN." That apology never mentioned Dianna Russini by name.

  • Stephen Colbert one-ups Jeb Bush raffle with 1 of his own

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Score one for Stephen Colbert. Jeb Bush, a scheduled guest on Colbert's first night hosting CBS' "The Late Show" on Tuesday, recently sent a letter to potential supporters raffling off a "VIP ticket" to the taping in exchange for a $3 donation to his presidential campaign — a move a CBS entertainment spokesman said wasn't a coordinated tie-in with the show. So Colbert took things into his own hands: In a video posted Wednesday, he praised the contest as "a great idea." "But here's the thing," he said. "No one from Jeb's campaign asked me if this was OK with me to raise money off my first show.

  • Dean Jones, boyish Disney star, dies at 84

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney's favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug," has died of Parkinson's disease. He was 84. He died Monday in Los Angeles, Jones' publicist Richard Hoffman said Wednesday. Jones' long association with The Walt Disney Co. began after he received an unexpected call from Walt Disney himself, who praised his work on the TV show "Ensign O'Toole," noting it had "some good closing sequences." Jones, himself a former Navy man, played the title role in the 1962 sitcom.

  • Colbert, Abrams to join forces for film festival fundraiser

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR') and J.J. Abrams will soon be joining forces for a celebrity nerd-off that will benefit a New Jersey film festival. The Nov. 21 event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark was announced Wednesday by organizers of the Montclair Film Festival, which town resident Colbert has supported for years. They say the duo will discuss their works and creative influences. Colbert recently ended a long stint as host of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central and is scheduled to start next week as the new host of the "Late Show" on CBS. Abrams is a noted writer, director and producer of television series and films and is one of the creative forces behind the upcoming Star Wars mo

  • 3 new comics added to 'Daily Show'

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anticipating its relaunch with Trevor Noah as host later this month, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" has added three new comics to its rotating cast of correspondents. Ronny Chieng, who has spent the bulk of his comic career in Australia; Desi Lydic, who appeared in MTV's "Awkward"; and Roy Wood Jr., a stand-up comic who participated in NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and Comedy Central's "Laugh Riots" competition, are the new staff members. Holdovers from the Jon Stewart era include Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, Jessica Williams, Lewis Black, John Hodgman, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi and Kristen Schaal. Noah begins as host of the weeknight show on Sept. 28.

  • NBC to celebrate NASCAR's history at Darlington Raceway

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The return of the Southern 500 to Labor Day weekend will be marked by a throwback celebration at Darlington Raceway that will include everything from the retro paint schemes on the track to the actual broadcast booth. The Southern 500 last ran on the holiday weekend in 2003. NBC has agreed to be part of the throwback theme, with its on-air talent scheduled to wear 1970's-style clothing. The on-screen graphics and music will also be a nod to that era. The booth will also briefly step back in time, as the regular crew of Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will be temporarily replaced in-race by Hall of Famers Ken Squier, Ned Jarrett and Dale Jarrett.

  • California man recounts tackling gunman on Paris-bound train

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of three Americans who foiled an attack on a Paris-bound train said he and his friends did whatever they could to disarm the gunman. Anthony Sadler said in an interview set to air Wednesday on "NBC Nightly News" that he didn't think about what could have gone wrong until days later. He said the gunman tried to fire at his friend, but the gun didn't go off. Sadler, 23, a senior at Sacramento State University, along with Oregon National Guard specialist Alek Skarlatos and U.S. Airman Spencer Stone earned worldwide acclaim when they tackled the gunman carrying a handgun and assault weapon while the Americans were on vacation in August. Authorities identified the gunman as 26-year-old Ayoub El-Kha

  • ACC faces many variables on TV channel to rival SEC, Big Ten

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The Atlantic Coast Conference is still figuring out whether it will start a dedicated cable channel of its own. Details have been scarce about the behind-the-scenes process the league and broadcast partner ESPN are navigating in an effort to determine whether it makes financial sense to start an ACC-specific channel like the ones some other conferences have. League Commissioner John Swofford has even joked about the situation, "I know you're very tired of hearing me talk and not say much on that subject." The possibility excites ACC coaches and athletic directors who say they want the league's ultimate decision — whatever it is — to be a prudent one.

  • Clooney, Bush and Biden among Stephen Colbert's first guests

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly nine months after exiting Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert returns Tuesday as host of CBS' "The Late Show," airing nightly at 11:35 p.m. EDT. Here is his first week's guest list: Tuesday: George Clooney and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Wednesday: Scarlett Johansson and SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, with Kendrick Lamar performing and being interviewed. Thursday: Vice President Joe Biden and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, with musical guest Toby Keith. Friday: Amy Schumer and author Stephen King, with Troubled Waters performing and being interviewed.

  • Unmasked, Stephen Colbert debuts Tuesday hosting 'Late Show'

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is about to turn a corner in his career: onto Broadway at 54th Street. Having split from cheeky Comedy Central a few blocks away, he will now hold court at old-guard CBS. He will inherit the theater, time slot and series title (though with an added "The") owned for 22 years by David Letterman.

  • France hero in ABC's new 'Dancing' cast

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC moved quickly to land one of the three men who foiled a terror attack on a Paris-bound train last month for the 21st season cast of "Dancing With the Stars." The network announced Wednesday that Alek Skarlatos, who overpowered a gun-toting man last month with his friends Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, will be in the dancing competition that starts again on Sept. 14 (8 p.m. EDT). Chef Paula Deen, actor Gary Busey and Bindi Irwin, actress-daughter of the late wildlife TV star Steve Irwin, are among the other cast members.

  • Actor tries to rescue neighbor in Manhattan high-rise fire

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Dylan Baker tried to rescue an elderly neighbor before escaping a high-rise apartment fire in Manhattan. It happened on the 33rd floor of a building on West 43rd Street just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Baker, who has a recurring TV role in "The Good Wife," told NBC New York (http://bit.ly/1UlFF6V ) he had just returned home when an alarm went off and he saw smoke coming from his neighbor's apartment. He says he pounded on her door and called her name before opening the door and seeing flames everywhere. He says he shut the door and called 911 before hurrying his family out of the building. Firefighters quickly put out the fire. The woman was hospitalized in critical condition.