• Broadcaster Vin Scully to miss postseason after procedure

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won't be calling any games in the baseball playoffs after undergoing a medical procedure. The Los Angeles Dodgers said Thursday that Scully was resting comfortably after a recommended procedure earlier in the day. The team didn't specify what the procedure was. Doctors advised Scully to skip the playoffs in order to rest up. Scully, who turns 88 in November, said in August he expects next season will be his last in the booth. His 66 years with the Dodgers are a broadcasting record for the same big league franchise. Scully missed the team's final series of the regular season because of a cold, and he wasn't in San Francisco for a four-game trip earlier last week b

  • 'Dateline NBC' gathers Bill Cosby accusers for special

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    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News correspondent Kate Snow says that bringing 29 women who have accused Bill Cosby of assault together for a "Dateline NBC" special Friday took on an importance beyond the individual cases. Snow said that many of the women who participated sensed an opportunity to educate others about the need to talk forthrightly about sexual assault. "That was important, not just in the context of Bill Cosby but for every woman, every American," she said. The NBC broadcast was timed to coincide with Cosby's scheduled deposition Friday in the case of a woman who accused Cosby of molesting her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15.

  • With drones in tow, Anderson debuts 'Junun' documentary

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Thomas Anderson premiered his first documentary, "Junun," on Thursday at the New York Film Festival, unveiling a sonically rich portrait of Indian musicians recording an album with Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood. The film, just under an hour long, plunges into their recording sessions, along with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, during a three-week trip to Rajasthan in northwestern India. With scant interviews, and hardly any words from Greenwood, "Junun" instead captures the musicians in full thrall while recording in a 15th century hilltop fort in between occasional power outages. "Junun," which roughly translates as "madness of love," will be released on the movie subscription platform MUBI on Friday.

  • Netflix raising US price for most popular video plan by $1

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 for new customers in the U.S., Canada and some Latin America countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as "House of Cards" and other original programming. The new price of $10 per month for Netflix's standard plan — its most popular — marks the second time in 17 months that Los Gatos, California, company has boosted its U.S. rates by $1. The trend reflects the financial pressure that Netflix is facing as it competes against Amazon.com, HBO and other services for the rights to TV series and movies that will expand its audience. Netflix's 42 million existing U.S. subscribers are being insulated from the price bump.

  • Cubs win gets most viewers in wild-card game's short history

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Cubs' return to the playoffs has drawn the largest television audience in the short history of baseball's wild-card game. The Cubs' 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night in the NL wild-card game on TBS averaged 8.3 million viewers, topping the previous high of 7.6 million set a night earlier for the Astros' win over the Yankees in the AL game on ESPN. The viewership is up 48 percent from the 5.6 million for last year's NL game between the Giants and Pirates on ESPN and 60 percent from the 5.2 million for the AL game on TBS between small-market Kansas City and Oakland. It's the most for a Major League Baseball game on cable since the 2011 NL Division Series between the Cardi

  • Rupert Murdoch apologizes for 'real black President' tweet

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Rupert Murdoch, who founded the News Corp. media empire that includes Fox News Channel, apologized on Thursday for a Twitter message suggesting that President Barack Obama isn't a "real black president." Murdoch praised Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife as terrific in a tweet Wednesday, adding, "what about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?" In a separate message, he encouraged people to read a New York magazine article about disappointment among some blacks about the president. Following a backlash, Murdoch tweeted Thursday: "Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming." White House press secretary Josh Earnest said he didn't k

  • Britain takes star baker in a headscarf to its heart

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    LONDON (AP) — In sweet-toothed Britain, the hottest entertainment sensation is a televised baking contest in which amateur pastry chefs battle it out over cakes, tortes, trifles and flans. And in a country roiled by questions of immigration and identity, "The Great British Bake Off" has produced a new heroine — a headscarf-wearing Muslim woman who's a genius with sugar, eggs and flour. Nadiya Hussain was crowned winner of the contest on a program Wednesday night that was watched by 13.4 million people, a fifth of the British population.

  • 'Better Call Saul' spots now part of 'Breaking Bad' tours

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A company that gives tours around Albuquerque of sites from AMC-TV's "Breaking Bad" is now including spots from spinoff "Better Call Saul." Breaking Bad RV Tours recently announced it was including "Better Call Saul" locations on its regular three-hour, $75 tours. More than 20 sites are part of the tours showing locations from both AMC-TV shows that were filmed around Albuquerque. The company is one of many giving similar Albuquerque tours thanks to the popularity of both shows. "Better Call Saul" follows Jimmy McGill, played by Bob Odenkirk, who later changes his name to Saul Goodman and becomes an attorney for drug lords in "Breaking Bad.

  • Entertaining a gaggle of ghouls? Time to dress up popcorn

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    It's that time of year again, when gaggles of little ghosts, goblins and ghouls expect sweet treats. Whether you are hosting a graveyard's worth of spooks or need to supply the treats for a classroom party, this year consider ditching candy in favor of an easy treat you can cook up yourself. I'm talking about popcorn. It's not only tasty, filling and easy to prepare, it's versatile, too. Make it sweet and it'll win with the kids. Having an adult party? Make it savory! Start from scratch by popping the corn kernels on the stove. Those microwave bags of popcorn from the supermarket? You don't need them. Sure they're convenient, but most of them also are filled with additives, including hydrogenated fat, artificial colors and fl

  • Former Secretary of State Albright visits 'Madam Secretary'

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    NEW YORK (AP) — On any episode of "Madam Secretary," U.S. Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord must negotiate with world leaders, Beltway power brokers and, sometimes, her own family on the home front. As played by Tea Leoni, Secretary McCord is measured, whip-smart, ethical and strong. And as a woman holding what for two centuries was a man's job, she never forgets who paved her way: Madeleine Albright, the real-life first woman to serve as secretary of state. Who better, then, than the former secretary to give McCord a little sisterly advice? This summer Albright, 78, took a break from teaching duties at Georgetown University and other worldly chores to film a guest spot on "Madam Secretary," airing at 8 p.m. EDT Sun

  • Rupert Murdoch suggests Obama isn't 'real black president'

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The founder of the global News Corp. media empire, Rupert Murdoch, is suggesting that President Barack Obama isn't a "real black president." Murdoch was praising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife on Twitter Wednesday evening when he wrote: "Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?" Later, Murdoch recommended a New York magazine article asking whether Obama has done enough for the African-American community. Murdoch is the founder of Fox News Channel, and News Corp's publications include The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Atomic bomb test subject of new 'Manhattan' season


    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — After the first season of WGN America's "Manhattan," actor John Benjamin Hickey sought to learn more about the Manhattan Project. He and co-star Ashley Zukerman read about the Tularosa Basin Downwinders — descendants of a small New Mexico Hispanic village near where the U.S. Army first tested the atomic bomb on July 16, 1945. They studied the aftermath of the bomb's creation on the scientists. Next week marks the debut of the second season of WGN America's drama "Manhattan," and Hickey said viewers can expect more complicated characters wrestling with moral questions of creating a bomb that could wipe out humanity.

  • Q&A: Seinfeld finds new 'space and place' with Web series


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — What was he thinking? Jerry Seinfeld could have picked anywhere to make his hit show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." So why did the star of one of the most popular TV shows of all time make a Web series — one that features him picking up comics in classic cars and taking them out to banter over coffee — and then put it on Crackle, a network few people had ever heard of? Seinfeld explained his thinking in a phone interview with The Associated Press. The interview has been edited for brevity. Q: You could have taken this show anywhere. Why did you choose to do it as a Web series? A: Artists are always looking for new things and fresh ground and fresh air.

  • With Yankees, wild-card game draws biggest TV audience


    NEW YORK (AP) — With the Yankees playing, baseball's wild-card game has drawn its largest television audience in its short history. The Houston Astros' 3-0 win over New York in the AL wild-card game Tuesday night on ESPN averaged more than 7.6 million viewers. The network said Wednesday that's up 36 percent from the 5.6 million for last year's NL game between the Giants and Pirates on ESPN, which was the previous high. It's up 46 percent from the 5.2 million for the 2014 AL game between small-market Kansas City and Oakland on TBS. Major League Baseball added the wild-card round in 2012.

  • Led by Seinfeld show, Sony's Crackle carving online niche


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes what worked in the old days of TV can work online. A celebrity star. A funny show brought to you by a major sponsor. The ability to seep into the nation's collective cultural consciousness. That's what's happening at Crackle, Sony Pictures' online network. It's been on a roll lately, riding on the coattails of Jerry Seinfeld's hit show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." The network is on track to being profitable, according to leaked documents from last year's Sony hack. And it's investing in new shows, like the stop-motion animated comedy "SuperMansion," which is debuting this week, and Dennis Quaid-led drama, "The Art of More.

  • A guide to watching sports if you don't have cable


    NEW YORK (AP) — It's football season, and baseball playoffs are starting. Don't have cable? You can still watch. With a digital antenna, you get games for free on broadcast networks like Fox, NBC and Univision. Antennas start at $20. For cable channels, you can always go to a bar. Online subscriptions are primarily for games that don't involve local teams. Otherwise, games are shown after they are over. Subscriptions aren't cheap, but most cost less than a traditional cable package. Plenty of sites also show sports for free without legal rights to do so. And many people ask friends or relatives who have a cable subscription for a password to log in to, say, ESPN's app. To stay above board, here are options for w

  • Al Roker to headline Weather Channel's digital show


    NEW YORK (AP) — After The Weather Channel canceled his morning show, Al Roker is coming back on a much smaller screen. He's the headliner for "The Lift," a digital offering that could have intriguing implications for television programs. It will launch on Oct. 15, available on the network's free mobile app on weekdays between 6 and 11 a.m. Each day's program will include six minutes of weather news, science and nature stories, fun videos and eventually local forecasts tailored to the mobile device owner (development of the local forecast technology won't be ready for the launch). "The Lift" comes a few weeks after The Weather Channel axed the two-hour morning show, "Wake Up with Al," that Roker had hosted. "Was I sad

  • Boehner booked to visit Jimmy Fallon


    NEW YORK (AP) — Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner is joining the parade of politicians to visit late-night TV. The "Tonight" show says it has booked Boehner as a guest for its show on Thursday night. He'll be on with Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson and musical guest CeeLo Green. The newly competitive late-night scene has welcomed politicians at a dizzying clip in recent weeks. Fallon's "Tonight" show has hosted Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Former President Bill Clinton was on Stephen Colbert's show this week and Colbert also has brought on Vice President Joe Biden.

  • Jay Leno revisits 'Tonight' for monologue


    NEW YORK (AP) — For a few minutes, it felt like old times back on NBC's "Tonight" show on Tuesday night. Jay Leno was telling jokes. Host Jimmy Fallon pretended to pull a hamstring during his monologue, calling for an emergency replacement — his predecessor. Leno, who left the show last year after two decades in charge, is busy promoting a new car-focused show for CNBC. Leno got rolling right away with political one-liners. He noted that presidential candidate Marco Rubio is being called the best communicator in the Republican Party, "which is kind of like being the smartest Kardashian." If Democrat Bernie Sanders wins, Leno said, "he'll be the first socialist elected president since 2008.

  • Master P to visit Albuquerque balloon fiesta to promote show


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hip-hop mogul Master P is going to help close out the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The rapper and his family are scheduled to visit the gathering of balloons Saturday to promote his new show on REELZ, "Master P's Family Empire." The show, set to launch in November, will follow the single dad as he navigates raising his youngest children while his oldest carve out entertainment careers. Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller, says the show is about making it cool to watch good, positive, family TV. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is set to end Sunday.