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  • Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is going a little bit country. The first lady's office says she'll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama "Nashville." The episode is titled "All Or Nothing With Me" and is set at Fort Campbell. Mrs. Obama and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden, are scheduled to the visit Army base in Kentucky on Wednesday to address a jobs summit and career forum for service members, veterans and their spouses. The appearance is for the third anniversary of their nationwide initiative to support military families, called Joining Forces. The first lady's appearance on "Nashville," by video, is also for Joining Forces. Mrs.

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's prime minister; Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. ___ CNN's "State of the Union" — Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont.; Lukman Faily, Iraq's ambassador to the United States; Kim Beazley, Australia's ambassador to the U.S. ___ "Fox News Sunday" — Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

  • 'GMA' promotes Lara Spencer to co-host billing

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says it has promoted Lara Spencer to co-host status on "Good Morning America." Spencer, the lifestyle anchor since returning to the show in 2011, now has billing parity with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. She was the show's national correspondent from 1999 to 2004. Then, for seven years, she was a host of "The Insider." Her promotion comes as "GMA" continues to beat NBC's "Today" show in the ratings, but after it recently lost two members of its team: Sam Champion and Josh Elliott. The other current members of the "GMA" family are Amy Robach and Ginger Zee. This week, "GMA" welcomed Michael Strahan, a co-host of the daily "Live with Kelly and Michael," as a contributor.

  • WGN America tries 'Salem' magic to expand audience

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — WGN America is calling on witchcraft to help launch the cable channel in a new direction. Starting this weekend, WGN America is adding its first original series to its schedule of Chicago sports and acquired programming such as broadcast network reruns. The groundbreaker is "Salem," set in the Massachusetts town during its 17th-century witch obsession and with an "epic romance" at its center, according to the channel. The drama, debuting at 10 p.m. EDT Sunday, features Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel and Ashley Madekwe in its cast. It will be followed in July by "Manhattan," a drama about the scientists behind the New Mexico-based Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb.

  • A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity. Thursday's third-season finale was a reminder of its tasty kookiness. Not as jaw-dropping as some (or many) episodes, it still was a display of how this show routinely shakes things up almost, though somehow not quite, beyond belief or recognition. Read no further if you're immune to FOMO and haven't yet watched the episode. ABC's "Scandal," of course, centers on Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), a Washington fixer at the highest level.

  • 'The Boondocks' back for final 'offensive' season

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The brash animated series "The Boondocks" returns to Adult Swim for its fourth and final season without Aaron McGruder, the man who spawned it, but with its brashness intact. A future episode even spoofs "Breaking Bad." The weekly episodes air Mondays at 10:30 p.m. EDT. Adapted by McGruder in 2005 from his comic strip of the same name, "The Boondocks" quickly distinguished itself for its pull-no-punches exploration of the black experience in the U.S., where living, making a living and just growing up can pose special challenges for African-Americans. With its beautiful anime style but tough subjects and rough language, the series ruffled feathers while winning acclaim, including an NAACP Image Award.

  • Mayor pitches New Orleans as home for Late Show

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Los Angeles and New York have been making their cases. Now, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pitching his city as the new home for the "Late Show" when Stephen Colbert takes over that CBS program from David Letterman next year. Landrieu on Thursday released a letter he wrote to the president of CBS, touting New Orleans as a great fit for the young-adult audience the networks covet. "New Orleans is a brand unto itself and is particularly attractive for the key demographic you are trying to reach," Landrieu said in the letter to CBS' Leslie Moonves. He also noted Louisiana's generous tax credits for movie and television production.

  • From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped'

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Consider the simple but beloved chocolate chip cookie. Now imagine that cookie encrusting a brioche roll tucked around a turkey meatball. Or turn your thoughts to a mass-produced cherry pie transformed into an eggroll with dipping sauce. Or the prospect of potato chip soup. Such is the culinary fallout from "Rewrapped," a new Food Network series that builds on the tradition of "Unwrapped," a longtime channel staple that also airs on the Cooking Channel. "Unwrapped," now in reruns, pulls the veil back on how peanut butter, snack cakes, marshmallows and other such items are commercially produced. "Rewrapped," debuting at 8 p.m.

  • Fox News to premiere 'Outnumbered' on April 28

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel says it's launching a weekday program called "Outnumbered," featuring four female panelists and one male panelist. It says the panelists on the one-hour show will tackle the news from all angles and perspectives. The show premieres April 28. "Fox Report Weekend" host Harris Faulkner and Fox Business Network's Sandra Smith will serve on a rotating group of female panelists, with the male panelist varying each day. Additional personalities include "The Five" co-hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle and Andrea Tantaros along with Fox News Channel contributors Jedediah Bila, Katie Pavlich and Kirsten Powers. "Outnumbered" will air weekdays at noon Eastern time.

  • Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on 'The View'

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jenny McCarthy had big news to share Wednesday on "The View": She's engaged to Donnie Wahlberg. McCarthy raised her hidden left hand from behind the desk, revealing an engagement ring. "It's a yellow sapphire," she said. "The View" co-host told how Wahlberg, star of CBS' "Blue Bloods" and a member of New Kids on the Block, proposed to her last weekend. She said her son, Evan, helped with the proposal. Wahlberg, 44, then came on the set of the ABC show and hugged and kissed his fiancee. "I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. He's so wonderful," McCarthy, 41, said. This will be the second marriage for both. ___ Online: http://www

  • Soccer coming to Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, CNBC, E!

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Soccer is coming to some U.S. television networks better known for reality shows, dramas or financial news. NBCUniversal said Wednesday that it will simultaneously broadcast all 10 matches from the Premier League's May 11 season finale on its different channels. Along with NBC and NBCSN, the games from England will air on Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, USA, CNBC, MSNBC, Esquire Network and E! The "Championship Sunday" telecasts will all start at 10 a.m. EDT. NBC is in the first season of a $250 million, three-year deal to broadcast the world's most popular soccer league in the United States.

  • Leonard Nimoy earns hometown honors

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston native who lived long and prospered as Spock in the "Star Trek" television show and movies is being honored by his hometown chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Leonard Nimoy is scheduled to receive the Governors' Award at the Boston/New England Emmy Awards ceremony on June 7. The honor was announced Wednesday. The now 83-year-old Nimoy began playing the half-human, half-alien, Spock on the television series in 1966. He also played Spock in six movies. He grew up in Boston's West End, where he performed on stage from the age of 8 through his teens before setting out for Hollywood.

  • TV mogul Michael King moves into boxing promotion

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael King wants to rekindle the world's passion for boxing, and the television mogul believes he can make it happen by putting on a show. Spurred by his lifelong love of the sport, the executive who brought "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to national syndicated audiences spent the past several years trying to develop amateur fighters into champions. After mixed success and a few millions spent, King is moving aggressively into professional promotion with a Hollywood flair. He is staging his first event Wednesday night at a converted airplane hangar in Santa Monica. "I've been punched, I've been kicked, and I keep getting up," he said with a laugh.

  • Nielsen's top programs for April 7-13

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 7-13. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NCAA Basketball Championship: Kentucky vs. UConn, CBS, 21.20 million. 2. "NCIS," CBS, 17.39 million. 3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 16.29 million. 4. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 14.56 million. 5. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 14.47 million. 6. NCAA Basketball Championship: Pregame, CBS, 12.02 million. 7. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.97 million. 8. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.09 million. 9. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.05 million. 10. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.99 million. 11. "The Millers," CBS, 10.07 million. 12. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 9.85 milli

  • CBS wins the week with basketball and hit series

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hoops and series hits have handed CBS another winning week, the Nielsen ratings company said. Not only did CBS win in total prime-time viewers for a sixth straight week, but it also won for a fourth consecutive week in the adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 demographics. CBS had 15 of the top 20 shows, led by the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game between UConn and Kentucky, which drew 21.2 million viewers. In second place was the network's "NCIS," with 17.4 million viewers, followed by its hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," with 16.3 million. Overall in prime time, CBS won the week handily with an average 9.95 million viewers, leaving ABC behind with 6.20 million, followed by NBC with 5.40 millio

  • Strahan's 'GMA' side job confirmed with his visit

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Strahan has made good on reports that he's joining "Good Morning America" by paying a visit to the ABC breakfast show on Tuesday. The former football star and current co-host with Kelly Ripa of "Live With Kelly and Michael" got a red-carpet welcome from the "GMA" team. Anchor Robin Roberts expressed excitement that Strahan will be there "a couple of days a week." Then the cast presented him with an alarm clock and a huge coffee cup. His brief appearance ended with promises he'll be back "next week." Strahan joins Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach, Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee on television's top-rated morning show. Unconfirmed reports of Strahan's new part-time gig sur

  • MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell injured in car accident

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC says its host Lawrence O'Donnell was injured with his brother Michael in a taxi accident Saturday while vacationing out of the country. The network didn't specify where the accident occurred. The two were transported back to the United States — Lawrence to New York and Michael to Boston. They are both under the care of doctors and are expected to make a full recovery, the network said. O'Donnell will be off the air for several weeks as he recuperates. MSNBC said Alex Wagner is scheduled to sub for him on "The Last Word" on Tuesday, with Ari Melber filling in Wednesday and Thursday. A political analyst, journalist, writer and producer, O'Donnell has hosted "The Last Word" since 2010. It airs Mon

  • Discovery to air flight off Everest peak on May 11

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Discovery Channel has set the date for its live coverage of the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest. The network plans to air "Everest Jump Live" on May 11 at 9 p.m. Eastern time, weather permitting. It will also be telecast globally. High-altitude climber Joby Ogwyn will make the attempt. Discovery will air a live two-hour broadcast showing the California native as he battles conditions on the way to the summit of the world's tallest mountain, then takes the plunge. His custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras to capture the descent of more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds exceeding 150 mph. The event will be preceded by five nights of live programs from Everest covering

  • Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox win GLAAD Media Awards

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lopez has added a couple of more trophies to her block. The pop star was honored Saturday at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community. Lopez serves as executive producer of "The Fosters," an ABC Family series that centers on a lesbian couple raising their children. "The Fosters" also won the award for outstanding drama series. Other winners at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ceremony included "Days of Our Lives" for daily drama and "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" for reality program.

  • Chuck Lorre's sitcom 'Mom' adopts serious tone

    Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pregnant teenager, the daughter of an unmarried mother and granddaughter of another, is repeating family history. Does she decide to keep her baby and do her immature best to raise it, or choose adoption for her offspring? That quandary anchors the season finale of CBS' "Mom" (9:30 p.m. EDT, Monday) a freshman sitcom that has balanced punch lines and pathos in tackling alcoholism, cancer, broken families and other weighty themes. Any one of them would have fitted what TV sitcoms once somberly heralded as "a very special episode," but they are the bread-and-butter of "Mom," starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney.