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

    Updated: 10 min ago

    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.

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

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    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: 7 hr ago

    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.

  • Bruce and Kris Jenner finalize divorce

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records show Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalized their divorce, but they won't be officially single until March. A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday signed off on the couple's divorce judgment that ends the pair's 23-year marriage. The Jenners filed divorce petitions in September, citing irreconcilable differences. California law requires couples to wait six months to become officially divorced. Bruce Jenner won a gold medal in the men's decathlon in the 1976 Olympics, although he is best known to a younger generation as Kim Kardashian's stepfather. He and ex-wife Kris frequently appeared on the reality series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" along with their children.

  • Craig Ferguson to end 10 years as host of 'Late Late Show'

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's not such a great day, America — not for fans of Craig Ferguson. Ferguson, television's kinetic Scottish cutup, on Friday brings to a close his decade-long run as host of CBS' "The Late Late Show." Airing Friday at 12:35 a.m. EST, he concludes a grand stretch of silliness and smarts that, while never posing much of a ratings threat to talk-show rivals, struck a chord with a loyal following (and earned him a coveted Peabody Award for his 2009 interview with — of all people — Archbishop Desmond Tutu). Smarts with silliness. Last April, Ferguson told viewers he was stepping down. "CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are consciously uncoupling," he said, puckishly echoing the words of es

  • Byron Pitts replacing Dan Abrams as ABC 'Nightline' anchor

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News says Byron Pitts is taking over for Dan Abrams as a co-anchor of "Nightline." Pitts, the network's chief national correspondent, will replace Abrams after Thursday's edition of the late-night news program. He joins Dan Harris and Juju Chang on the anchor team. ABC News president James Goldston on Thursday called Pitts "a truly passionate storyteller and deep thinker about the critical issues of our time." Abrams will remain chief legal analyst for ABC News, as well as continuing to run his company, Abrams Media. "Nightline" airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. Eastern.

  • Piper Perabo is a world traveler thanks to 'Covert Affairs'

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — On TV's "Covert Affairs," Piper Perabo plays a field agent with the CIA. And in real life, she's traveling around the globe with the show, thanks to location shoots. The series, which airs its fifth season finale on USA at 10 p.m. EST Thursday, has taken Perabo to Medellin, Colombia, Rome, Vienna, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Paris, Istanbul and Buenos Aires. In a recent interview, the Golden Globe-nominated actress said it was a conscious decision by the show's cast and crew to use a tight budget to allow for filming in foreign locations. "We had a real serious conversation about how do we create a model to film in almost an indie hand-held style that is mobile and small enough that we can take it foreign a

  • Van Zandt fretted directing Springsteen in 'Lilyhammer'

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's always a bit uncomfortable having to tell your boss what to do. So imagine how Steven Van Zandt felt when he directed his longtime friend and E Street Band mate Bruce Springsteen when The Boss made his acting debut — appearing in the third season finale of the Netflix dramedy "Lilyhammer." (Springsteen also briefly appeared in the 2000 film "High Fidelity," but as himself rather than in an acting role). He says he was honored that Springsteen agreed to appear in the episode, which began airing on Nov. 21 and marked Van Zandt's directorial debut, but there was "a little bit of anxiety involved.

  • The D'oh of Homer: Professors employ TV's Simpsons

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years. But that hasn't stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the country are using satirical references from "The Simpsons" to grab students' attention and convey lessons in literature and all manner of popular culture. "If the references are important enough to be lampooned by 'The Simpsons,' these works must be important cultural milestones," says Hofstra University adjunct English professor Richard Pioreck, who has been incorporating the denizens of Springfield into his courses for about a decade. He currently teaches a course about the Broadway theater and how "The Simpsons" have embraced various musi

  • Central Texas TV meteorologist shot, gunman sought

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    EDDY, Texas (AP) — Authorities are searching for a gunman who shot a Central Texas television meteorologist during an altercation in the station parking lot. The Department of Public Safety says the attack happened around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday outside KCEN-TV in Eddy, 75 miles north of Austin. The suspect ran away. Investigators are seeking a motive for the gunfire. A message left for management of KCEN, the NBC affiliate in the Waco area, wasn't immediately returned Wednesday. KCEN, on its website, identified the victim as morning meteorologist Patrick Crawford. Trooper D.L. Wilson says the victim was in his personal vehicle when the suspect approached, the two argued and the employee was shot. Crawford was

  • Dish adds Netflix app to some of its set-top boxes

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dish is making it easier to watch video from an online rival, Netflix. The satellite TV company said Wednesday that it is adding the Netflix app to its latest set-top boxes, its second-generation Hopper devices released in February 2013. Dish wouldn't say how many customers have that box. Customers with older boxes would need a replacement to use the feature. Dish customers also must subscribe to Netflix's $9-a-month service on their own. TiVo also makes a device that combines regular TV channels with online video services, but Netflix said Dish is the first U.S. pay TV provider to add the app to its own set-top box. Netflix has similar deals with cable companies overseas.

  • Richard C. Hottelet, last of original 'Murrow's Boys,' dies

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97. CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said that Hottelet died early Wednesday morning at his home in Wilton. Hottelet was a foreign correspondent for the United Press in Berlin at the start of World War II — and even spent several months in a Nazi prison — before joining CBS in London in 1944. He reported from many battlefronts, and went on to become CBS' correspondent for the United Nations, an assignment he began in 1960. He resigned in 1985 to join the U.S. Mission to the U.N.

  • Country singer Boyd crowned 'The Voice' champion

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd, the country rocker from Blake Shelton's team, was named the winner of "The Voice" Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off. The father from Nashville, Tennessee, was up against three finalists from Adam Levine's team: Runner-up Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison, who took third place and Damien Lawson, who nabbed fourth. This is the fourth win for country star Shelton. "We went into this thing with the odds stacked against us," Shelton said Tuesday during a post-finale news conference.

  • Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a house with a bright red door on Martha's Vineyard off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, died Friday at Martha's Vineyard Hospital, where he had been for about three weeks after a fall at home in Edgartown, his wife, Norma, said. He suffered from several ailments, including a recurrence of prostate cancer, she said. He passed peacefully with family members at his bedside, she said.

  • Cosby won't be charged over molestation claim

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met with Los Angeles police detectives for 90 minutes. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office rejected filing a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 because the statute of limitations had passed. Days before Huth spoke to police, she accused Cosby in a civil lawsuit of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old.

  • CBS dominated prime time Top 20 ratings last week

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Football handed NBC the week's most-watched broadcast, but CBS was the most-watched network overall in prime time. The NFL faceoff between Dallas and Philadelphia brought more than 24 million viewers to NBC. But CBS could claim 13 of the week's Top 20 programs, according to the Nielsen ratings company. These included the holiday classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (ranked 11th place) and the annual "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (18th place). On ABC, Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People of 2014" telecast drew about 7.8 million viewers, down by more than a million from last year's edition, which at the time was billed as her final installment of the specials that have aired since 1993. Fo

  • Los Angeles prosecutor declines to charge Bill Cosby in decades-old molestation claim

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutor declines to charge Bill Cosby in decades-old molestation claim.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Dec. 8-14

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 8-14. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Dallas at Philadelphia, NBC, 24.25 million. 2. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 17.51 million. 3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.49 million. 4. "The OT," Fox, 12.75 million. 5. "Football Night in America, Part 3," NBC, 12.39 million. 6. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.38million. 7. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.19 million. 8. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.09 million. 9. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.84 million. 10. "Mom," CBS, 10.75 million. 11. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," CBS, 10.64 million. 12. "NCIS," CBS, 10.30 million.

  • Conan O'Brien takes you out in new primetime TBS special

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new prime-time special on TBS takes Conan O'Brien out of the studio, into wacky and at times uncomfortable situations — and that's just how he likes it. In "Conan To Go" which airs at 10 p.m. EST Thursday, O'Brien will be featured in some of his most popular, on-location "Conan" segments — including going to the American Girl store and sharing a Lyft ride with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube for a drive around LA. "There's nothing written about them. It's just me going into situations and reacting honestly. I think that improv air comes through," said O'Brien in a recent interview. They're also longer than most TV segments, some lasting approximately 10 minutes, which O'Brien says provides "room for awkw

  • Bill Cosby's youngest daughter defends her embattled dad

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Camille Cosby released a statement in defense of her embattled husband, one of the comedian's four daughters is defending her father. Evin Cosby, 38, says Bill Cosby "is the FATHER you thought you knew" in a statement, obtained Tuesday by "Access Hollywood." She also defended her father on Facebook where she wrote "Men and Women need to stand up and say something. There are plenty of them that have experienced being accused of a major crime that they NEVER committed." In recent weeks, a different picture of Cosby has emerged as at least 15 women accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them. He has never been charged in connection with the accusations. His lawyers have denied many of the a