• Cable TV hunting show hosts pleads guilty in poaching case

    Updated: 32 min ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The host of a cable TV hunting show has pleaded guilty as part of an investigation into poaching on a remote national preserve in Alaska. The terms of a plea deal signed by Clark W. Dixon on Monday call for an 18-month prison sentence, a $75,000 fine and forfeiture of trophies and weapons that the U.S. attorney's office says were used in the illegal taking of game. The charges involve activities between 2008 and 2013 at Noatak National Preserve. Sentencing was set for February. Dixon is from Mississippi. The U.S. Attorney's office, in a release, said four others charged in the case have pleaded guilty. Dixon is the only one facing a prison sentence.

  • Rosie O'Donnell relishes criminal role on Fox's 'Empire'

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rosie O'Donnell was delighted when "Empire" creator Lee Daniels invited her to guest star on the Fox drama, then got a case of nerves. "I'd watched the performances, and I'm stunned every week because I can't believe the level of acting and the amount of (dialogue) and stories" in each episode, O'Donnell said. Worried about "not being on my game," she worked with an acting coach before taping. "I prepared for this like I've never prepared for anything in my career, because I didn't want to disappoint and I understood the pace at which they work," she said. In the episode airing 9 p.m. EST Wednesday, O'Donnell plays Pepper O'Leary, a tough criminal who shared a cell for years with Cookie Lyon,

  • Court: Sherri Shepherd can't get out of surrogacy contract

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Television personality and actress Sherri Shepherd has been found legally responsible for a child born to a surrogate she and her ex-husband hired before they divorced, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled this week in upholding the surrogacy contract. Shepherd had fought to have the contract voided. The ruling means she must continue paying $4,100 a month in child support, according to a lawyer for ex-husband Lamar Sally, who is raising the 1-year-old boy in Los Angeles. "She doesn't want to be part of his life. It's all good," Sally told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I'm going to be parent enough for the both of us." Shepherd had roles in several sitcoms and movies and co-hosted ABC's "The View

  • France has big night at International Emmys, with 3 wins

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    NEW YORK (AP) — France had a big night Monday at the International Emmys with a leading three awards, led by the hit crime thriller "Engrenages" ("Spiral") which won for best drama series. But the normally festive ceremony was tempered by reflections on the recent Paris attacks by Islamic militants. "Engrenages" Executive Producer Anne Landois noted that the production team works closely with police to offer a realistic look at the French judicial system. She thanked the police for their response to the attacks and their efforts "to preserve our values.

  • Marlins fire TV analyst Tommy Hutton after 19 seasons

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    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have fired Tommy Hutton, their TV analyst for 19 years. The team said Tuesday it decided to go in a different direction and didn't elaborate on its decision. Hutton has spent 51 years in professional baseball. He played in the majors from 1966 to 1981. The Marlins plan to retain their other announcers — Rich Waltz, Dave Van Horne and Glenn Geffner.

  • There's a holiday gift to make every TV fan happy

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pity TV fans back in the day, eager to buy really cool merchandise tie-ins to their favorite series but victims of bad timing. There weren't 1950s "Team Desi" or "Team Lucy" T-shirts proclaiming viewer devotion to husband or wife on "I Love Lucy." ''The Fugitive" board game of the 1960s pales next to a video game. The 1970s "Flying Nun" vinyl lunch bag was admittedly cute but lacking designer flair. Now, in this oft-proclaimed golden age of television, the goods are as impressive as the shows themselves, and just as legion. Some industry insiders, in fact, are fretting that there's too darn much TV being made and warn that a bubble looms.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Nov. 16-22

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    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 16-22. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Cincinnati at Arizona, NBC, 18.01 million. 2. "NCIS," CBS, 16.59 million. 3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.19 million. 4. "Sunday Night NFL Pregame Show," NBC, 13.69 million. 5. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 13.22 million. 6. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.01 million. 7. "The OT," Fox, 12.73 million. 8. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.35 million. 9. NFL Football: Houston at Cincinnati, ESPN, 12.19 million. 10. "Empire," Fox, 11:34 million. 11. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.21 million. 12. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million. 1

  • When it's comedy time, 'The Big Bang Theory' rules

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    NEW YORK (AP) — No one is coming close to challenging "The Big Bang Theory" when Americans turn on prime-time television in search of a few laughs. The Nielsen company's ratings last week illustrate the CBS comedy's dominance. Nielsen said 15.2 million people watched "The Big Bang Theory" on Thursday, far above the second most-popular sitcom, ABC's "Modern Family," which had 8.4 million viewers. The Chuck Lorre-created comedy about socially challenged brainiacs is headed toward some memorable episodes, with Jim Parsons' character, Sheldon Cooper, about to consummate his romance with Amy, played by Mayim Bialik. "The Big Bang Theory" is also the most popular sitcom among viewers ages 18- to 49-years-old, although the g

  • John Stamos pleads no contest to driving under the influence

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    John Stamos has pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence of a drug that was filed after his arrest earlier this year in Beverly Hills, California, and he has been sentenced to three years of probation. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Jane Godfrey ordered Stamos to attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a counseling session. Blair Berk, an attorney for the "Full House" star, entered the plea Tuesday on Stamos' behalf. The 52-year-old actor was briefly hospitalized in June after Beverly Hills police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police have not identified the substance they suspect Stamos had taken, and it was not addressed in court.

  • HLN network boss out after 2 years

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Albie Hecht has quit as chief executive of the HLN network, leaving the CNN offshoot in search of a new boss. Hecht, a former executive at Spike and Nickelodeon, joined the former Headline News two years ago to guide the network in the direction of being a social media hub. That hasn't really worked, and CNN U.S. President Jeff Zucker said in a memo to staff Tuesday that he wants more of the non-fiction programming being created for CNN to appear on HLN during daytime and overnight hours. "In light of that, Albie Hecht has decided it makes sense for him to move on," Zucker wrote. Veteran CNN executive Ken Jautz will be the interim chief at HLN.

  • Streaming channels, the gifts that keeps on giving

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Looking for a holiday present that's a perfect fit, procrastinator-friendly and a constant reminder of your generosity? Consider a gift subscription to one of the abundance of streaming choices that range from mainstream to niche. Some, such as this year's new HBO Now or CBS All Access, may be welcomed by a cord-cutter whose New Year's resolution is to abandon traditional TV delivery. Others are alternatives to what's on cable or satellite. Compatibility may be an issue in some cases. Although most major subscription-based offerings can be watched on any platform or device, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iPhones or iPads, there are some exceptions — and surprises.

  • 'Millionaire Matchmaker' contestant denies assault charges

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A businessman who appeared as a contestant on the Bravo TV reality dating show "Millionaire Matchmaker" has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting three women in Southern California. The criminal complaint against Michael Leslie Bernback alleges he administered a controlled substance to one of the women and tied and bound another woman during an alleged attack. The 63-year-old Sherman Oaks resident was arrested earlier this year and posted $2.1 million bail. He entered not guilty pleas on Monday. The charges include forcible rape, rape by use of drugs, and rape of an unconscious person. City News Service reports Bernback was ordered back to court Dec. 17.

  • The Grinch, Mariah Carey join the holiday TV festivities

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's that most wonderful time of the TV year when we are visited again by the welcome ghosts of classic holiday programs past — hello again, Frosty the Snowman and even mean old Grinch! But there are newcomers as well, with Mariah Carey, Bill Murray and an "Empire" variety special among them. Isn't it greedy to ask Santa for anything more? Among the program highlights (all times EST; check local listings for encore airings): ANIMATION: — "Frosty the Snowman," 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, CBS. The adventures of the snowman (voiced by Jackie Vernon) with the magical top hat and jolly soul, which first aired in 1969, as narrated by Jimmy Durante. — "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," 8 p.m

  • Add to a loved one's video library with a gift of a DVD set

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, DVDs are slightly old-school in this age of streaming media. But a boxed set of a great TV show has elegance that goes beyond the episodes it has compiled. And it's a welcome backup when your cable or Internet goes on the fritz. Here are some DVD suggestions, listed decade by decade from TV's infancy. (And before you blanch at the suggested retail price, keep in mind these packages are generally available for much, much less.) — 1950s: "I Love Lucy (The Complete Series)" (Paramount Home Video; $79.99). Better than a flask of Vitameatavegamin, this 33-disk collection rounds up all the antics of Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel on TV's first great situation comedy. "Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show (T

  • 'Teen Mom's' ex-husband arrested in Brunswick County

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) — The ex-husband of Jenelle Evans, star of MTV's "Teen Mom 2," has been jailed in Brunswick County. Multiple media outlets report that 29-year-old Courtland Keith Rogers was arrested Friday. He is charged with failure to appear on a misdemeanor, possession of heroin and two counts of probation violation. He's also been charged with being a habitual felon. Evans, who now resides in Myrtle Beach, is originally from Oak Island and has appeared on six seasons of the MTV reality show. She and Rogers had a short-lived marriage that ended in June 2014. It isn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

  • France enjoys big night at International Emmys

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — France is having a big night at the International Emmys with a leading three awards, led by the hit crime thriller "Engrenages" ("Spiral") which won for best drama series. The highlight of Monday night's awards ceremony at the Hilton New York came when "Downton Abbey" creator and writer Julian Fellowes was presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award by the British period show's star Elizabeth McGovern and executive producer Gareth Neame. The show's final season is now airing in Britain. The best actor award went to Maarten Heijmans of the Netherlands for "Ramses," while Norway's Anneke von der Lippe won the best actress Emmy for "Eyewitness.

  • Del Rio's concerns go beyond non-challenge for Raiders

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland coach Jack Del Rio defended his decision not to challenge a play that might have helped sustain a drive by the Raiders' sputtering offense in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions. Of more concern to Del Rio is a three-game losing streak that has dropped his team to 4-6 and taken much of the shine off what began as a promising season. From a defense that has become prone to allowing small gains to turn into backbreaking plays, to an offense that has scored just three touchdowns in its past 20 drives, the Raiders have looked more like a team than has missed the playoffs for 12 consecutive seasons than the team that got off to such a quick start this season. "You are wha

  • Former 'Donkey Kong' record holder's cartoon lawsuit tossed


    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A judge has ruled against a video gamer known for holding the world record in Donkey Kong who claimed that a cartoon character portraying him as a bearded, floating head stole his likeness. New Jersey Federal District Judge Anne Thompson threw out Billy Mitchell's lawsuit against the Cartoon Network on Friday, ruling that the "Regular Show" exaggerated his traits to make the character "cartoonishly evil" and that the show is protected by the First Amendment. The lawsuit stems from a character named Garrett Bobby Ferguson on the "Regular Show." Cartoon Network said the floating, bearded head that cheats to win an arcade game is a transformative depiction of Mitchell.

  • Fox's Elisabeth Hasselbeck quitting morning show


    NEW YORK (AP) — Elisabeth Hasselbeck said Monday that she's leaving as one of the three co-hosts on the "Fox & Friends" morning show to spend more time with her three children. Hasselbeck was the conservative voice on "The View" before joining Fox News Channel in September 2013. Her co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, have been on the morning chat show since it launched in 1998. It is the top-rated morning news show on cable. She said in a statement Monday that she wants to start the day with her children first. She and her husband, former pro football quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, have two boys and a girl between ages 6 and 10.

  • LA Clippers dance squad to get reality series


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers' dance squad is getting its own reality series. E! Entertainment said Monday the series that is scheduled to debut early next year will show what it's like to be a member of the squad on and off the court. Eight one-hour episodes of "L.A. Clippers Dance Squad" are scheduled to air on the cable network. The show will take viewers through summer auditions to choose the squad and the dancers' emotions and ambitions. Among the producers of the series is Cash Warren, husband of actress Jessica Alba and whose father Mike Warren starred at UCLA under basketball coach John Wooden. The show is produced by Mandalay Sports Media, whose co-founder is Peter Guber, a part-owner of the Los