• Got an idea for a TV sitcom? Contest might be for you

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A television comedy veteran who lives in Minnesota is giving aspiring writers a chance to break into the business. Bo Kaprall is sponsoring the 2015 National Sitcom Writing Contest. The competition features two categories — scripts for an original pilot and scripts for existing shows. There is a $250 cash prize for the best script in each category, plus a $500 award for best overall script. Winning scripts will be shared with Hollywood executives for possible development. Kaprall, who lives in Wayzata, has written for "Saturday Night Live," ''Laverne & Shirley" and "Welcome Back, Kotter." He also is creator and executive producer of "Outlaw Country," a new TV series that debuted on WGN Ameri

  • Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump's comments while others have ignored them. Marco Rubio, a Florida senator who is Hispanic, denounced them as "not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive," after declining for two weeks to address the matter directly. Another Hispanic in the race, Ted Cruz, said Trump is "terrific," ''brash" and "speaks the truth." It's an uncomfortable moment for Republicans, who want more votes from the surging Latino population.

  • Police identify motel intruder shot by ex-CNN reporter

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man fatally shot by a former CNN reporter at an Albuquerque motel had fled parole in Tennessee, police said. Tomorio Walton had absconded from parole out of Memphis, and it wasn't clear how long he had been in New Mexico, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier (tih-SHAY) said late Thursday. Chuck de Caro and his wife, Lynne Russell, were in their room when Walton, 27, allegedly tried to rob them, authorities said. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Russell said her husband was shot three times and was recovering at a hospital. "He's in a lot of pain," she said. "He took three shots, including a couple to the abdomen. But magically, his organs were not

  • In Women's World Cup viewership, new generation is older one

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet. Today's adults were young, impressionable fans when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey to celebrate the winning penalty kick at the 1999 Women's World Cup, and even earlier when the buzz of soccer landed in the United States for the 1994 men's tournament. Now those grown-ups are tuning in to this Women's World Cup — with their kids alongside. Viewership is up big for this summer's tournament, with a major assist coming simply from geography. With the event in Canada, the most important games air in prime time in the U.S. on Fox's networks during the first North American Women's

  • HGTV relies on relationships for good TV


    NEW YORK (AP) — HGTV is working the buddy system. The home-and-garden network has upped the number of shows with co-hosts who are related or married to five, adding "America's Most Desperate Kitchens," hosted by cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, to its lineup of shows hosted by spouses, siblings and other assorted relatives. Keeping it all in the family is deliberate: "The natural conversation and exchanges between them as experts with a pre-existing relationship engages audiences," said HGTV general manager Allison Page. The lifestyle network's top show "Brother vs Brother," starring brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott fixing houses for resale, averaged 2.

  • Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard said in a statement Thursday that the cable and satellite channel acquired the rights because of a belief that the pageant and the women who compete in it "are an integral part of American tradition." "As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere," Hubbard said.

  • Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for his migrant remarks

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was "hurtful and unfair" in his comments about Mexican migrants. But Paulina Vega of Colombia says she isn't giving up her crown. Vega has been under pressure at home and from abroad to renounce her title over Trump accusing Mexico of sending rapists and drug traffickers into the U.S. In her first public comments, Vega said Thursday that she wanted to join in the chorus of rebukes to Trump. However, she said she didn't plan to resign her crown because the Miss Universe organization does meaningful social work in communities around the world.

  • TV news crews robbed of cameras during live broadcasts

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://tinyurl.com/nr7oxnp) that the robbery and assault occurred at about 6 a.m. Thursday along the city's waterfront. Several camera crews were broadcasting live reports for local morning shows about a killing that occurred nearby Wednesday night. The cameraman was examined on the scene and wasn't hospitalized. The robber drove away in a black BMW with two cameras and two tripods from stations KTVU and KNTV. Two other camera crews on the scene weren't robbed.

  • Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on 'Sesame Street,' retiring

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Sesame Street" is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring. Manzano, 65, broke the news earlier this week at the American Library Association Annual Conference. She said she wouldn't be part of PBS' new "Sesame Street" season. A beloved resident of Sesame Street since she was a teenager, the character Maria owned the neighborhood repair shop with husband Luis (played by Emilio Delgado, who remains on the show). Manzano also served as a writer for the show, sharing in 15 Emmy awards as a member of the writing team. She has also written children's books.

  • In Tech: Lifetime video service, Sprint's new price plans

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Fans of Lifetime's melodramatic movies can now see them for $4 a month — without subscribing to cable. Lifetime's online video service is the latest move by an entertainment company to bypass the traditional cable bundle, which easily tops $70 a month. For example, HBO has made its shows and movies available online for $15 a month to people who don't pay for cable, while Showtime has an $11-a-month service debuting this month. CBS and Nickelodeon also have Internet offerings that don't require a cable subscription. Subscribers to Lifetime's service won't get the regular cable channel, which has ads and is available on many cable and satellite lineups.

  • Outraged over peas in guac? Wait until you try Brocamole!

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Thank goodness for Twitter-powered outrage. How else would we know just how horribly offensive the combination of peas and avocados is? The apparently misguided pairing was exposed for all its perversity Wednesday, when The New York Times urged the world to add peas — peas, I tell you! — to guacamole. Take a moment with that. I know. I hear you. A culinary outrage. Not since Paula Deen lost her Food Network throne has Twitter knotted itself into such a kerfuffle over food. Well, maybe when Gwyneth Paltrow tried to live on a food stamp budget. And maybe when McDonald's monopolized the french fry game at the 2012 Olympics. ... OK, so Twitter outrage isn't a great barometer. But kerfuff the netizens certainly did.

  • 'Shark Week' returns for 28th year with first Cuban visit

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sharks are serious business this summer, with "Sharknado"-style flippancy a barely heard echo following grisly attacks on beachgoers off the Florida, California and North and South Carolina coasts. Seriousness also marks the tone of Discovery Channel's Shark Week which, after veering off course with programs that lopsidedly favored thrills over information, aims to bring the balance back to hard science as the annual event begins Sunday. It remains to be seen whether the lineup will satisfy critics of 2014's Shark Week who condemned, among other things, programs awash in what they labeled "pseudoscience." If skeptics remain unswayed, it won't be for Discovery's lack of effort, as Howard Swartz expla

  • 'Humans' star William Hurt says AI sentience is 'inevitable'

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — For William Hurt it isn't a question of whether someone will invent a robot with feelings, it's a matter of when. "I think I may be pretty good at saying if this and this is true then this and this are true," says Hurt. "So from the moment I took a look at it, it was all absolutely inevitable." The Oscar-winning actor says he's been "riveted" by the idea of artificial intelligence since his early teens. He surmises that's partly why he landed roles about the subject in the 2001 film "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" and in the new sci-fi drama "Humans," which airs Sundays on AMC at 9 p.m. EDT. "If when you walk in the room and the topic lights you up, they see that and they hire you sometimes," Hurt said

  • Rid the gluten from your pizza with this easy chickpea crust

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    If there's a more basic and universally loved dish than pizza, I can't name it. Bread, cheese and tomatoes... Perfect! Unless, that is, you're one of those poor souls who is sensitive to gluten. Happily, here's a pizza that swaps out the traditional Italian wheat-based crust for a chickpea "flour" crust that's popular in many parts of the world. And it's just in time for the start of tomato season. Chickpea flour is nothing more complicated than ground-up dried chickpeas. A widely-used ingredient in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines, it is known variously as besan, gram flour, garbanzo bean flour and cici bean flour. The direct inspiration for this pizza was the popular Provencal street food called socca.

  • 'Rectify' returns for Season 3 of a murder's aftermath

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Abigail Spencer remembers being about to shoot a scene for last season's "Rectify." It was set in a hospital room as Daniel, played by series star Aden Young, came out of the coma from his brutal beat-down. At bedside was his devoted sister Amantha, played by Spencer. Cameras were ready to roll. "Then Aden whispers to me, 'I don't know what I'm about to do.' And I was like, 'Me neither!'" Spencer bursts into laughter. "It's this magical thing: There's only so much technical process you can bring. Then comes a moment of release." On this show, the word "release" is somewhat loaded. Peabody Award-winning "Rectify" (which begins its third season July 9 at 10 p.m.

  • Reelz channel to air Miss USA after NBC drops pageant

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reelz channel to air Miss USA after NBC drops pageant.

  • Colbert interviews Eminem on Michigan public-access TV show

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Stephen Colbert has temporarily taken over a public-access TV show in southeastern Michigan in an episode that featured rapper Eminem. Colbert hosted the latest episode of "Only in Monroe," which airs in the community of about 21,000 people. He talked with Detroit native Eminem in a lengthy segment, calling him by his given name, Marshall Mathers. Colbert also chatted with the show's regular hosts, challenging one to a nail-painting race. The Detroit Free Press reports the 41-minute episode was filmed Tuesday. It premiered at midnight Wednesday on local TV and was later posted on YouTube. Program director Lance Sottile tells the newspaper they were "really happy" Colbert could fill in for th

  • Macy's dumps Trump; New York City reviewing contracts

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants. Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, the nation's only Latina governor and a rising star in the Republican party, added her voice Wednesday to criticism of the GOP presidential hopeful, denouncing his comments as "horrible." Trump's presidential campaign announcement contained his assertion that some Mexican immigrants to the United States bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists.

  • Son of 'Barney' co-creator gets 15 years for shooting

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The son of a co-creator of the "Barney and Friends" TV show has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting his Malibu neighbor. City News Service says 29-year-old Patrick Leach was sentenced Wednesday for the 2013 attack. Prosecutors say he wounded his neighbor in the chest during an argument after accusing the man of trespassing. Leach's mother is Sheryl Leach, co-creator of the PBS show featuring Barney the purple dinosaur. Leach had pleaded no contest in May to assault with a semiautomatic firearm and shooting from a motor vehicle, causing great bodily injury.

  • WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring. The Stamford-based company, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Monday, argues the wrestlers' claims are fraudulent and should be barred because of a three-year statute of limitations on such claims in Connecticut. The company, which already is facing several lawsuits across the nation, is also asking that all such litigation be moved to federal court in Connecticut. WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt said the company is being targeted by a lawyer who is improperly shopping lawsuits t