• TLC cancels its 'Honey Boo Boo' series

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family. The network had already completed filming of another season of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and was set to begin airing it at the end of this year. TLC wouldn't publicly cite a reason for the cancellation, but it said in a statement that "supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the childrens' ongoing comfort and well-being." The cancellation came after published reports that June Shannon was dating a man with a criminal past.

  • NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages. Unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows brought a class action suit last July in Manhattan federal court claiming NBCUniversal violated the law by classifying them as non-employee interns and paid them nothing or less than minimum wage, when they were actually doing employee work. NBCUniversal said in court documents that even though it's settling the suit, it denies the allegations and doesn't admit any wrongdoing. The average amount that class-action members of the suit will receive is $505 before taxes, although the main plaintiffs will receive more. The number of class

  • New 'Drumline' casts a new beat to original

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Cannon remembers when youngsters often approached him, telling him that the 2002 film "Drumline" influenced them to attend a historically black college and university. Cannon believes the sequel could have the same impact. "People told me back then they went to an HBCU because of that movie," said Cannon, who starred in the original film as Devon Miles, a teenage drummer who went from a New York high school to the fictitious Atlanta A&T with the hopes of claiming drum section leader. "That film made being in a marching band cool. I think this new one could have the same effect." "Drumline: A New Beat," which airs at 9 p.m. EDT Monday on VH1, continues to tell the story of marching band members at A

  • P.D. James' riff on Jane Austen comes to TV

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actors generally are eager for work and a challenge, but Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin admit they were skittish about taking on the lead characters of "Pride and Prejudice." This despite the fact Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are out of their element in "Death Comes to Pemberley," an adaptation of P.D. James' 2011 mystery novel of the same name that plunges the now-married pair into murder most foul. The two-part drama airs on consecutive Sundays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, on PBS. The eminent James, 94, was largely applauded for her riff on Jane Austen's much-loved classic. Rhys and Martin, however, saw themselves as interlopers unfit for their famed characters. "We laughed a lot in that we felt we

  • AMC enters joint venture to operate BBC America

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — AMC Networks Inc. said Thursday it will pay $200 million to acquire a stake in BBC America. The entertainment company known for shows such as "The Walking Dead" and "Mad Men" will have a 49.9 percent equity stake in the cable channel that is home of shows such as "Doctor Who" and "Orphan Black." BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corp., will retain 50.1 percent ownership. The BBC said in a statement the partnership will help it reach new audiences in the U.S., strengthen BBC America, while creating opportunities for the U.K.'s "creative community." New York-based AMC will have operational control of BBC America and manage it as a stand-alone channel, adding to its portfolio t

  • Diane Sawyer's mother dies at 94 in Louisville

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jean Sawyer Hayes, the 94-year-old mother of ABC journalist Diane Sawyer, has died. Pearson's Funeral Home confirmed the death but said obituary information wasn't available yet. She died Wednesday after a long illness. The Courier-Journal said Hayes was a Monticello, Kentucky, native and a longtime elementary school teacher. Sawyer told the newspaper Thursday that her mother was optimistic, spunky and energetic, traits that were useful in working with young children. Hayes and Sawyer were spotted out together when Sawyer visited Louisville for private trips or assignments. A weekend visitation was planned before private services.

  • James Corden to take over 'Late Late Show' March 9

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS has set March 9 for the debut of James Corden as host of "The Late Late Show." Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson, who after a decade in the host chair exits on Dec. 18. The show will continue to originate from Los Angeles. Corden, a 36-year-old British star, won a Tony Award in 2012 for his role in the play "One Man, Two Guvnors" and appeared in the recent film "Begin Again" with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. He hosts a sports-oriented game show in Britain, and also acts in and writes the BBC series "The Wrong Mans." His arrival is part of CBS's late-night overhaul, which also next year will see David Letterman depart the "Late Show" (which airs an hour earlier), to be replaced by Stephen Colb

  • Burns' series gives PBS a ratings milestone

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Burns' series "The Roosevelts" earned PBS its biggest audience in two decades, making it the documentary maker's third most popular film after "The Civil War" and "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery." PBS said the seven, two-hour episodes that aired last month had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers. The most popular was the first night, on Sept. 14, which had 11.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen company. "It was power, it was sex, it was death, it was betrayal," PBS chief programming executive Beth Hoppe said on Thursday. "But it was also World War I and World War II and the president of the United States and his wife. It was this epic tale but it was told in a very in

  • Tax trial for 'The Situation' set for December

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge on Thursday set a trial date in early December in the federal tax case against "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother. Sorrentino and brother Marc appeared in U.S. District Court for a brief hearing. As they had done at their initial court appearance a month ago, their attorneys entered not guilty pleas on their behalf. A trial date was set for Dec. 2. Neither Sorrentino commented during the hearing or outside the courthouse afterward. The arraignment was originally scheduled for Oct. 6 but was postponed because Mike Sorrentino was filming another reality show in Los Angeles. His attorney wrote in a letter to the court that Sorrentino and his fiancee were schedu

  • Q&A: Mick Jagger, the film producer, heads to work

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has been busy producing projects, from this year's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" to a not-yet-titled HBO series directed by Martin Scorsese. Jagger is also behind the HBO documentary "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," which debuts Monday (9 p.m. EDT). The rock icon said he was asked to produce the documentary before the film. "I was really interested, but I was kind of a bit documentary-ed out at that point," the 71-year-old said with a laugh, explaining that he was asked to produce "Mr. Dynamite" around the time he finished working on the 2012 Stones' d

  • Next Women's World Cup a big chance for US soccer

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" can rev up again next summer. And this time, they won't conflict with the workday. A year after the World Cup transformed millions of Americans into red-white-and-blue-wearing soccer fanatics, another chance to cheer for a national team will arrive. The Women's World Cup kicks off in Canada in June — and if the favored U.S. advances far, expect some more massive TV audiences. "Any time you get to wrap yourself in the flag and root with other Americans, it doesn't really matter if you know what offsides is," Fox Sports President Eric Shanks said. The biggest games will air in prime time in the U.S., unlike this year's men's tournament.

  • Iggy Azalea, 'Gone Girl' up for Logo TV awards

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Iggy Azalea, actor Bryan Cranston and the film "Gone Girl" are nominees for Logo TV's 2014 New Now Next Awards. The network announced Thursday that singer Sam Smith, the ABC series "How to Get Away With Murder" and the play "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" are also up for awards. The show will tape Dec. 2 in Miami, and air Dec. 7 on Logo and Dec. 12 on MTV. The New Now Next Awards honor musicians, TV shows, films and Broadway productions that have had breakthroughs in the past year. Gwen Stefani is nominated for best new television personality for her role on NBC's "The Voice." Michael Cera will compete with Cranston for best new Broadway lead actor. Fan voting begins Thursday. ___

  • Tony Gonzalez enjoys talking football, too

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Tony Gonzalez is having as much fun talking football as he did playing it. Now an analyst for CBS Sports, the 14-time Pro Bowl tight end will get an up-close view of Thursday night's showdown between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers featuring the NFL's top two tight ends. Julius Thomas has nine touchdown catches for Denver (5-1) and Antonio Gates has seven TD grabs for San Diego (5-2). Gonzalez, who was recruited by Broncos tight end coach Clancy Barone to give some career advice to Thomas last offseason, said he has no regrets about retiring last year after 17 NFL seasons and no rings. "No, I don't miss the game at all," Gonzalez told The Associated Press.

  • Judge nixes Teresa Giudice's halfway house bid

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge won't recommend that prison officials allow "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice to serve most of her prison sentence in a halfway house. A lawyer for Giudice had filed a letter with a judge in Newark this week, asking for a recommendation that she serve 12 months in a halfway house. Prosecutors opposed the request, and U.S. District Judge Esther Salas announced Wednesday that she would not make the recommendation. The judge said Giudice should have made the request to serve time at a halfway house — the maximum that could be served at such facilities — at her Oct. 2 sentencing. But even then, the judge said, she likely would have denied it.

  • NBC promoting Weir, Lipinski to top skating team

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's top pairs figure skating couple is in place: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. After attracting attention for their rapport and fashion sense in an understudy role at the Sochi Olympics, Lipinski and Weir were promoted by NBC on Wednesday to its top figure skating broadcast team. With figure skating the marquee sport during the Winter Games, the promotion will make the former Olympians two of TV's most visible personalities in 2018 in South Korea. They'll team with play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon, starting their new role Sunday during NBC's telecast of the Skate America competition. "Give us one minute or an hour, we are going to be up," Weir said. "That is all we can be is up.

  • World Series rating for opener drops to low

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A World Series opener involving the San Francisco Giants set a record low TV rating for the second time in three seasons. San Francisco's 7-1 win over Kansas City drew a 7.3 rating and 12.2 million viewers Tuesday night on Fox, according to fast national ratings by Nielsen Media Research. That broke the previous low of a 7.6 rating and 12.2 million for the Giants' 8-3 victory over Detroit in 2012. San Francisco's 11.7 win over Texas in the 2010 opener got an 8.9 rating. The rating for this year's opener began with a 6.9 from 8:05-8:30 p.m. EDT and peaked at 8.5 in the half hour starting at 9 p.m. With the Giants scoring three runs in the first inning and leading 5-0 by the fourth, the rating en

  • Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' dolls

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week. The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines. Toys R Us, which is based in Wayne, New Jersey, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the dolls are being removed immediately from its website and shelves. "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical," Toys R Us said in a statement.

  • Teresa Giudice asks to serve term in halfway house

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice (JOO'-dys) is petitioning to serve most of her federal prison sentence in a halfway house. A lawyer for Giudice filed a letter with a judge in Newark this week, asking for a recommendation that she serve 12 months in a halfway house. Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy. Her husband, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, was sentenced to 41 months. The government opposes Teresa Giudice's request. Prosecutors wrote in a filing Tuesday that the judge recommended prison time at the Oct. 2 sentencing hearing.

  • 'Fascinating' change of plans: Walters will return

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe Barbara Walters had her fingers crossed when she said last year's "10 Most Fascinating People" telecast would be her last. In any case, ABC announced Tuesday that Walters will be back with yet another edition of the annual roundup. Among those fascinating people she will interview for the special: Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler and Scarlett Johansson. "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014" will air as a two-hour special on December 14, ABC says. Walters explained the turnabout by saying, "There are just too many fascinating people out there." The annual specials began airing in 1993.

  • CBS retained its Nielsen ratings crown last week

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Football scored half of the Top 10 slots in last week's Nielsen ratings. NBC took first place with its Sunday night faceoff between San Francisco and Denver, and the pregame took second place. CBS' Thursday game ranked fifth as the New York Jets took on the New England Patriots. Fox's Sunday "The OT" post-game show ranked seventh place. And Notre Dame met Florida State on ABC's Saturday night telecast, ranking ninth. Overall, CBS won the weekly Nielsen prime-time clash for a fourth straight week and claimed the top three freshmen shows: "NCIS: New Orleans" (ranked fourth), "Madam Secretary" (13th) and "Scorpion" (14th), according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday.