• Cote de Pablo returns to CBS in 'The Dovekeepers' miniseries

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cote de Pablo was vacationing in Greece when she received the script for "The Dovekeepers," a miniseries based on Alice Hoffman's best-selling novel. "By page 24 I was sobbing," she recalled in a recent interview. "I just thought it was so beautiful, you know? I was in Greece and I was overlooking the ocean. Everything about the environment around me was set up in a way that would make me want to put down the script. It was the perfect setup to go, 'Oh, great. A script. I won't read it' (but) I couldn't put it down." Hoffman's novel, of the same name as the miniseries which airs on CBS Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT, is a biblical story set in around 70 A.D.

  • Turner says Saturday regional finals highest-rated in decade

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Turner Sports says its NCAA basketball coverage received the highest rating for Saturday regional finals in 10 years. Kentucky's 68-66 victory over Notre Dame got an 8.4 fast national rating and 16 share from Nielsen Media Research, which the network said Sunday was the top overnight for a college basketball game on cable television. It drew 14.7 million viewers on TBS, the most for a program in the network's history Wisconsin's 85-78 victory over Arizona received a 5.2/11 and 8.8 million viewers, and the combined average of 6.8/13 was the highest for Saturday regional finals since a 7.8/16 for two overtime games in 2005, Louisville vs. West Virginia and Illinois vs. Arizona. Turner says the tournament

  • DreamWorks' 'Home' bests 'Get Hard' at box office with $54M

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Business was brisk at the weekend box-office, where the DreamWorks animated alien adventure "Home" beat out the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy "Get Hard" with a resounding debut of $54 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. While the two films had been expected to vie for the top spot at North American theaters, "Home" came in well above expectations, handing DreamWorks Animation a much-needed hit. Though a distant second, "Get Hard" also opened strongly with an estimated $34.6 million, rewarding the Warner Bros. pairing of two of the most bankable stars in comedy. Last week's top film, the young-adult sequel "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," slid to third with $22.1 million.

  • NBC News' boss faces challenge fixing MSNBC

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — As he returns to run the NBC News Group, Andy Lack faces one of the same puzzles he tried to solve a decade and a half ago: how to make MSNBC work. While he was gone, MSNBC changed from traditional news to a political network with a liberal lens. Now that it is mired in a ratings slump, Lack's mandate as chairman will be figuring out if MSNBC needs a complete overhaul or a sharpening of its mission. The current picture is seriously ugly. Through early March, Chris Hayes' viewership at 8 p.m. on weekdays was down 23 percent from last year, Rachel Maddow was off 24 percent and Lawrence O'Donnell down 26 percent. Among the 25-to-54-year-old demographic that is the basis for advertising sales, the prime-time lin

  • Police investigate threat to BBC boss over Clarkson firing

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — British police are investigating a death threat made to the head of the BBC after the broadcaster fired "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson over an assault on a colleague. The Mail on Sunday newspaper ran photos of security guards outside the home of director-general Tony Hall. The Metropolitan Police said detectives were "investigating an allegation of threats to kill" made in an email. No one has been arrested. The force did not name Hall but offered the statement when asked about him. The BBC said it wouldn't comment on security matters, but carried the story in its news bulletins. The broadcaster announced Wednesday that it wouldn't renew Clarkson's contract for "Top Gear," one of the network

  • Jolie delivers empowerment message at Kids' Choice Awards

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids' Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie's message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck. Jolie, who has sought to inspire women with public candor about her own health, said that "different is good" as she accepted the favorite villain award Saturday for her movie role as the title character in "Maleficent." When she was young, Jolie said, "I was told I was different. And I felt out of place: too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in." "When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud," she said, then added with a wink, "cause a little trouble. It's good for you.

  • Hot Rod Hundley, former NBA player and Jazz announcer, dies

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Hot Rod Hundley, the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years, died Friday. He was 80. The Jazz said Hundley died at his home in the Phoenix area. Hundley broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974-2009. He joined the franchise before its first season in New Orleans in 1974-75 and moved with the team to Salt Lake City in 1979-80. "Hot Rod was the voice of the Utah Jazz for 35 years and his voice was synonymous with Jazz radio," Jazz owner Gail Miller said in a statement. "The expressions he used throughout the game broadcasts are legendary. He had the unique ability to make the game come to life so that you felt as though you could see what was happening on the floor whe

  • Taraji P. Henson apologizes for racial profiling allegation

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Taraji P. Henson has apologized to police in the Southern California city of Glendale for accusing an officer of racially profiling her son. Henson posted a statement on Instagram Friday afternoon, hours after the Glendale Police Department released video of a traffic stop of the actress' son that showed the officer respectfully dealing with the 20-year-old. "A mother's job is not easy and neither is a police officer's," Henson wrote on the social networking site. "Sometimes as humans we overreact without gathering all the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize. "Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son," Henson wrote.

  • End of 'Mad Men,' but show's relics find new life at museum

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Don Draper is making his exit with "Mad Men" this year, but his image as a 1960s advertising man will live on at the Smithsonian Institution. Jon Hamm, who plays Draper on the AMC drama about a New York ad agency, joined cast members and show creator Matthew Weiner at the National Museum of American History on Friday to donate costumes, props, sketches and a script from the show. The collection includes Draper's trademark gray suit and fedora. "Mad Men's" final season begins April 5. ___ STAR OF THE SHOW - AND THE MUSUEM A crush of cameras surrounded Hamm at the museum as he smiled and posed with his suit from the show — the trademark of the "Mad Men" costumes. But he took no questions.

  • MSG announces plan to split into 2 companies this year

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Square Garden will separate its sports and entertainment business, which owns the New York Knicks and Rangers and sports and concert venues, from its media business, which runs the MSG Network. The company expects to complete a tax-free spinoff later in 2015. Madison Square Garden Co. announced in October that it would consider a breakup, and it said Friday that the split will let both businesses create more value for shareholders. Shares of Madison Square Garden rose $3.52, or 4.4 percent, to $84.25 in after-hours trading. The sports and entertainment business owns the NBA's Knicks, the Rangers of the National Hockey League, and the WNBA's New York Liberty.

  • Lesnar marks WWE loyalty with main event at WrestleMania

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Brock Lesnar will keep his heavyweight championship defenses on the WWE Network. Up next for the wrestler known as "The Beast Incarnate," a date in the main event of WrestleMania 31. His UFC career isn't just on hold — it's over. Lesnar decided this week to spurn an MMA return where he ruled for years as the heavyweight champion of both the cage and pay-per-view buy rates. He signed a multi-year extension with WWE. "I've been a barbarian my whole life," he told the AP. "I'm just a smarter barbarian now. Evolution, you know?" Lesnar's decision was a boon for Vince McMahon's WWE in the days leading into Sunday's card at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

  • Coyotes broadcaster charged with assault in casino fight

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An Arizona Coyotes broadcaster has been charged with becoming belligerent at a Buffalo casino and biting the hand of an officer trying to subdue the former NHL defensemen. The charges against radio analyst Nick Boynton include assault and resisting arrest. Police say the 36-year-old Boynton became abusive toward patrons and security personnel at the Buffalo Creek Casino at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday. Later that day, the Coyotes said they placed Boynton on leave. Officials say Boynton was arraigned in Buffalo City Court Friday and later released after posting $10,000 bail. He's due back in court Wednesday. A phone message left with his lawyer, Keith Schulefand (SHOO'-leh-fand), wasn't returned.

  • Game show is lottery, Monopoly combo; Billy Gardell hosts

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It sounds like a Swiss Army knife version of a TV game show: a combination of a venerable board game, state lotteries, Las Vegas and seasoned comedian Billy Gardell as host. The result is "Monopoly Millionaires' Club," a syndicated series that its creators say draws on the board game's "iconography" — Get Out of Jail and Pass Go cards and such — while morphing it into something new and telegenic. "Watching people play Monopoly for an hour probably wouldn't be that exciting," said executive producer Kevin Belinkoff.

  • Put me in: Craig T. Nelson returning as Coach Fox in sequel

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Craig T. Nelson is getting back in the coaching game for NBC. The network said that it has ordered 13 episodes of a sequel to the 1989-97 ABC sitcom "Coach" that starred Nelson as Hayden Fox, head coach of a college football team. In the new series, nearly 20 years have passed and Fox has retired from coaching, NBC said Thursday. That's until he's called in to serve as assistant coach to his grown son, the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania. Barry Kemp, who created the previous series, will write and serve as executive producer. Details on other casting for the sequel or an air date weren't announced. Nelson hasn't been away from TV. He co-starred in "Parenthood," which jus

  • Coyotes broadcaster charged with assault in casino incident

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes radio analyst Nick Boynton has been hit with several charges, including assault and resisting arrest, after authorities say he became belligerent at the casino in Buffalo and bit the hand of an officer trying to subdue the former NHL defensemen. The Buffalo Police Department says the 36-year-old native of Ontario, Canada, became abusive toward patrons and security personnel at the Buffalo Creek Casino around 1:45 a.m. Thursday. Later Thursday, the Coyotes announced that the team had placed Boynton a leave of absence. Officials say Boynton remained in police custody at a Buffalo hospital Thursday night pending his arraignment Friday morning in Buffalo City Court. It couldn't be dete

  • Russian military TV station offers job to Jeremy Clarkson

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — A television station owned by the Russian defense ministry is offering a job to former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson. The BBC announced Wednesday that it wouldn't renew Clarkson's contract after a fracas with a producer, ending his connection to the immensely popular program. The Zvezda TV channel published a letter to Clarkson on its website late Thursday, inviting him to visit Moscow in April and discuss launching a car show in Russia. Zvezda also quoted a Clarkson representative, saying that the offer has been forwarded to his client and that he is considering it. The Guinness Book of World Records has described "Top Gear" as the world's most widely watched factual program.

  • Obama talks drug war with 'The Wire' creator David Simon

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk of overhauling the criminal justice system is serious business — but before diving into the subject, President Barack Obama had something else he wanted to say. Obama told David Simon, creator of the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire," that he was a huge fan of the program about life in drug-plagued Baltimore. Obama and Simon sat down this week at the White House for a 12-minute discussion about the need to reduce the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders and steps to make cities safer. A video of their conversation was played at Thursday's Bipartisan Criminal Justice Summit in Washington. Obama said "The Wire" wasn't just one of the greatest TV shows ever. He called it one of the greatest "

  • 'Downton Abbey' to end after its upcoming 6th season

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year. Producers of the popular British period drama on Thursday confirmed it will end after its sixth season, scheduled to air in the United States in early 2016. The series, which airs earlier in the U.K., will have its finale on Christmas Day 2015. "Our feeling is that it's good to quit while you're ahead," executive producer Gareth Neame said. "We feel the show is in incredibly strong shape, the scripts that we're working on for the upcoming season are fantastic and the show is so popular globally. But the danger with this sort of thing is to let it go on forever.

  • With 'Downton Abbey's coming demise, here are 5 past deaths

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — While announcing on Thursday that next season's "Downton Abbey" will be its last, executive producer Gareth Neame declined to say who among the Crawley clan and staff will survive until the series' final fade-out. But just as with real life, there are no guarantees, which the first five "Downton" seasons vividly displays. Here are five of our favorite (or should we say mourned?) casualties: — Kemal Pamuk (played by Theo James). A dashing Turkish diplomat visiting Downton Abbey in Season 1, he seduces winsome Lady Mary, then rudely dies in her bed, which leads to a comic yet successful effort to avert scandal and secure Mary's reputation. — Lady Sybil (played by Jessica Brown Findlay).

  • Vice to start daily newscast on HBO

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO and Vice Media announced an expansion of their partnership on Thursday, including the launch of a daily Vice newscast on the pay cable outlet. Vice already airs a weekly news show on HBO, a more personal-style look at the world's hot spots than traditional news outlets. That Friday night program, which currently airs 14 times a year, will expand to 35 episodes a year over the course of the new four-year agreement. HBO and Vice offered few details about the daily newscast, other than to say that it will draw on 30 global bureaus and "feature the original on-the-ground reporting viewers expect from Vice." It will begin sometime this fall and be shown on the main HBO network, but Vice spokesman Jake Goldman