• Kris Jenner files to divorce Bruce Jenner

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kris Jenner is ending her 22-year year marriage to Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" matriarch filed for divorce on Monday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences. The pair's relationship and its troubles have been featured prominently on the reality show that focuses heavily on Kris Jenner's daughters from a previous marriage, Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian. The women and their brother Rob were born during Kris Jenner's previous marriage to Los Angeles attorney Robert Kardashian, who she divorced in 1991. Kris and Bruce Jenner have two children together, daughters Kendall and Kylie. The divorce petition seeks joint custody of 17-year-old K

  • Paula Deen documentary tells her side of downfall

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    Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you'll need to pay to hear it. The former Food Network star has been working on a documentary about herself and her downfall — triggered in 2013 by her acknowledgment that she'd used a racial slur in the past — but it will only be available to subscribers of her new website, the Paula Deen Network. Recipe content on the site will be free, but viewers will need to pay $9.99 a month to view videos. "We hope to have it out the first of the year and tell everybody the true story of what really happened," Deen said of the documentary during a recent telephone interview. "It was a painful year for me.

  • 'Modern Family' producer to speak at alma mater

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    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A little Tinseltown is returning to Ypsi-town. Sally Young, co-producer of the hit ABC comedy series "Modern Family," is scheduled to speak Tuesday at Eastern Michigan University. The visit to her alma mater includes visits to classes in the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts and an afternoon discussion in the Sponberg Theater that's open to the public. Young is expected to talk about her experiences in Hollywood and lessons learned at the Ypsilanti school. She grew up in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham and graduated from Eastern in 1972. The Emmy-winning show is set to begin its sixth season on Wednesday.

  • Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night's broadcast, KTVA's Charlo Greene identified herself as the business's owner. "Everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all my energy toward fighting for freedom and for fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she said during the late Sunday evening newscast. "And as for this job, well not that I have a choice, but f--- it, I quit." She then walked off ca

  • Shonda Rhimes lays claim to Thursday nights on ABC

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Let's just go ahead and make it official. "Thursday" should be renamed "Shonday." At least it should on ABC, which has handed its entire Thursday prime-time schedule to drama doyenne Shonda Rhimes. Starting this week at 8 p.m. EDT, it's "Grey's Anatomy," with Rhimes the showrunner for this medical melodrama's 11th season. At 9 p.m., "Scandal" begins its fourth year with Rhimes also serving as showrunner. Then, closing out Shonday at 10 p.m., "How To Get Away With Murder" premieres with Viola Davis as a rife-with-mystery criminal lawyer who apparently will do anything to spring her clients and who, as a law professor, trains her students to do the same.

  • Hulu sets '11/22/63' series based on King novel

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen King's time-travel novel about the Kennedy assassination is being adapted as a small-screen miniseries. Streaming service Hulu said Monday that the nine-hour series, titled "11/22/63" after King's book, includes the author and J.J. Abrams as executive producers. King said in a statement that if any of his works cried out for "long-form, event TV programming," then "11/22/63" is it. In King's 2011 novel, a high school teacher goes back in time to try to prevent the Nov. 22, 1963, killing of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. The release date for "11/22/63" and casting weren't announced by Hulu or producer Warner Bros. Television.

  • Judge upholds video limits in Jodi Arias trial

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    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge Monday refused to lift restrictions on video coverage of the penalty phase retrial in Jodi Arias' murder case. Citing Arias' right to a fair trial, Judge Sherry Stephens is sticking by a previous order that no footage can be broadcast until after the verdict. A media lawyer had asked Stephens to amend her ruling and allow footage to be broadcast 30 minutes after the end of each day's proceedings, arguing the current restrictions deny the public their constitutional right to witness criminal proceedings. Arias last year was convicted of murder in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on her sentence. The retrial of the penalty phas

  • Clarification: Obit-Polly Bergen story

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    NEW YORK (AP) — In an obituary Sept. 20, The Associated Press reported that actress Polly Bergen's survivors included daughter Pamela Fields. The story should have made clear that the daughter goes by P.K. instead of Pamela. Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84. Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends. A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward.

  • Craig Ferguson plays it loose with new game show

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Craig Ferguson approached his first TV game show host's job with a subversive attitude. Then came the simple matter of his wardrobe for "Celebrity Name Game." "I thought, 'I'm not going to wear a suit. I'm going to break that rule,'" Ferguson said. Wrong decision, he quickly realized, after taping the first few episodes of the syndicated daytime show debuting Monday. "When I watched the shows back, I couldn't tell who was in charge," he said. On came the business suit, fitted over the sly, irreverent style that his nighttime fans know from CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," which began airing in 2005. He wouldn't have tackled a game show without the opportunity of making it his own

  • E! says 'Fashion Police' will continue

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    The E! TV channel says that "Fashion Police" will continue without Joan Rivers. In a statement Friday, the channel said it "thought long and hard" about what Rivers would have wanted for the show. The decision was made that the late comedian would have hoped that "Fashion Police" continue, E! said. Rivers' daughter, Melissa, who is the show's executive producer, agreed and gave her "blessing," the channel said. The 81-year-old Joan Rivers died Sept. 4, a week after going into cardiac arrest during a procedure at an outpatient surgery facility in New York. "Fashion Police" will return next January, starting with Golden Globes coverage, E! said. No further details about the show, including whether Rivers would

  • Daughter calls Utah doctor a monster at sentencing

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah doctor convicted of murdering his wife in a case that became a true-crime cable TV obsession was sentenced Friday to 17 years to life in prison at a hearing in which his daughter called him a monster. The long-awaited sentence came seven years after prosecutors say Martin MacNeill knocked out his wife with drugs prescribed following cosmetic surgery and left her to die in a bathtub so he could begin a new life with his mistress. "My father's facade has now crumbled," said Alexis Somers, who asked the judge to give MacNeill the maximum penalty. "My father is a monster. He has never shown remorse for any of his crimes. He must be held accountable for his actions.

  • TV special puts Stonehenge in spotlight

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama pronounced England's Stonehenge "cool" during a side trip there earlier this month. TV viewers can check it out for themselves with Smithsonian Channel's two-hour special on the ancient stone circle. "Stonehenge Empire" focuses on the results of a five-year, high-tech effort to map the site and surroundings — including evidence of other monuments and burial mounds. Using the new data, "Stonehenge Empire" employs computer-generated imagery and dramatic reconstructions to illustrate the area's prehistoric culture. Archeologists discuss why and how Stonehenge developed, the channel said, as well as evidence that it was the center of a civilization that had mastered astron

  • Fallon to pay up, broadcast show in Chicago

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon says he'll keep his word to bring his show to Chicago, thanks to local students making good on their promise to read millions of words this summer. Fallon announced Thursday on his late-night NBC show that he would make good on his deal with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to host the show from Chicago if the city's public school students read 2.4 million books over the summer. The students did even better, according to the mayor, by reading 2.7 million books as part of his Readers Summer Learning Challenge. The handshake wager was made in June, when Emanuel appeared on Fallon's show in return for Fallon jumping into frigid Lake Michigan with the mayor in March during Chicago's Pol

  • 'Gotham' actor's Penguin inspired by DC Comics

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Lord Taylor remembers seeing the "Batman" film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson on its opening night in 1989. But the film Penguin isn't the one he's channeling in the Batman prequel "Gotham" that premieres Monday on Fox (8 p.m. EDT). Instead, he says, the comic version of Oswald Cobblepot — yes, that's The Penguin's real name — inspired his performance. "I'm definitely influenced by Danny DeVito's performance and even Burgess Meredith's performance (in the 1960s "Batman" TV series), but since we're starting with him as a younger kid, it was just (DC Comics) in particular that were incredibly valuable," Taylor says.

  • Color lines are blurred in ABC comedy 'black-ish'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Tracee Ellis Ross delivers perhaps the funniest line you'll hear on a sitcom this fall. The character she plays on ABC's comedy "black-ish" is, like Ross, an appealing mix of beauty, smarts and zaniness. She is totally plausible as a savvy mother of four and the loving wife of an up-and-coming ad exec (co-star Anthony Anderson), not to mention a busy anesthesiologist. In this upscale African-American family, Dr. Rainbow Johnson also happens to be biracial. This occasionally spurs Andre, her hubby, who's forever fretting about the family's black cred, to question whether she is certifiably "black.

  • Wig designer's suit against Nicki Minaj dismissed

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta has tossed out a lawsuit filed against rapper Nicki Minaj by her former wig designer. In a lawsuit in February, Terrence Davidson accused Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj," and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his designs. Lawyers for Minaj filed a motion in May to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Davidson failed to state a valid claim. U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy on Tuesday did just that. He agreed that Davidson did not state viable claims against Minaj and Pink Personality. A lawyer for Davidson did not immediately respond to an email seek

  • Jeter going out his way, to sound of Sinatra

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter is going out his way. On the first day of the final regular-season homestand for the New York Yankees' captain, Gatorade began running a 90-second advertisement showing Jeter walking around the Bronx neighborhood outside Yankee Stadium. Shot in black and white, the ad is accompanied by Frank Sinatra's recording of "My Way." Before the Yankees played Toronto on Thursday night, Jeter said he picked the music. "I've always liked the song. I thought it was fitting," he said. "I'm happy we were able to use it." The ad was created by TBWA(backslash)Chiat(backslash)Day. Jeter said it took about 30 minutes to record him interacting with surprised fans. "It's sort of a way to thank them

  • New 'NCIS' spinoff sets up shop in New Orleans

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The newest members of the successful "NCIS" TV franchise understand the importance of their family roots. But the stars and producers of "NCIS: New Orleans" also are betting that the crime drama's setting, one of America's most distinctive cities, will exert its own magic with viewers. The series debuts at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday on CBS, drafting on TV's top-rated drama "NCIS" that airs at 8 p.m. "It's really about the DNA of the city and the whole Gulf Coast," said executive producer Jeffrey Lieber.

  • Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on 'SNL'

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A familiar face — former cast member Darrell Hammond — is taking over for a familiar voice at "Saturday Night Live." Hammond, who acted on the long-running comedy show from 1995 to 2009, is replacing announcer Don Pardo. He spent three hours in the announcing booth practicing on Thursday for the Sept. 27 season opener. For all but one year of the NBC show's 40-year history, it was Pardo's voice that would announce the host, musical guest and cast members every week, and the veteran broadcaster continued the job even after he retired to Arizona. Pardo died at age 96 on Aug. 18. Pardo's role, and his link to the show's storied history, is so important at Rockefeller Plaza that Hammond is walking a de

  • MTV to air documentary about transgender youths

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people. The special, "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." After the documentary, Logo and MTV's web site will air a forum where Cox and the documentary's cast members answer questions from viewers about their lives. MTV personality SuChin Pak will help lead the "Trans Forum" discussion. MTV said Thursday that the people profiled in the documentary range in age from 12 to 24.