• Fox News hires King's niece as commentator

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel says it has hired Alveda King, a niece of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., as a commentator for the network. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach at Priests for Life, is an anti-abortion activist who has clashed politically with some of her uncle's former associates. She spoke at a 2010 rally in Washington organized by conservative commentator Glenn Beck. She has said she has been a Democrat and Republican, but now considers herself a Christian. "Her passion and mission for social change will be a valuable contribution to our network," said Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News, on Friday.

  • Hans Zimmer on scoring TV boxing show; playing with Pharrell

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer is known for powerful scores for such films as "Inception," ''Gladiator" and "The Dark Night." Now he's hoping to knock people out with music for the small screen. Zimmer, who had a childhood fascination for Muhammad Ali, has supplied the music for the upcoming television series Premier Boxing Champions. The show's executive producer Michael Marto plans to broadcast 30-40 fights per year on a variety of networks, including NBC, CBS and Spike. The first fight premieres Saturday live on NBC. Marto believes a memorable soundtrack "elevates the brand," and was glad Zimmer was willing to come on board for the project.

  • For boxing's 'other guys,' a prime-time opportunity

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Boxing is about to put on its richest fight ever. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao can attract hundreds of millions of dollars, but the superlatives of their planned May bout don't reflect the state of a sport that has drifted toward a pay-per-view business model. "It certainly wasn't a big mistake to the promoters and people that made a lot of money off of it and still do, so in that regard they came out fine. The top fighters came out fine. But nobody knew who any of the other guys were," Al Michaels said on a conference call this week. "It was very difficult for a guy to be an up-and-coming guy and to get some notice. I think to that degree, on balance, it was not good for the sport.

  • Greek ultra-right lawmaker cleared over TV talk show slap

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from a Nazi-inspired Greek party was acquitted Friday of a charge stemming from an attack on two female left-wing colleagues during a live TV talk show. An Athens court found that Ilias Kassidiaris did not cause the women grievous bodily harm, as he had been charged. TV footage of the 2012 incident showed Kassidiaris repeatedly slapping one woman and throwing a glass of water at another before running away. The attack followed an exchange of verbal abuse. The defendant is one of several Golden Dawn lawmakers held in pre-trial custody on separate charges for allegedly running a criminal organization. Judges ruled Friday that the attack was not as severe as described in the charges

  • Fox's Kelly, author Sandberg agree: Do laundry, guys

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg agree: Chore play can work at home. Sandberg, who wrote the working women's manifesto, was talking with Kelly on Fox News Thursday night about how women can push for more equality at home and agreed that there's something sexy about a man doing laundry. "That's fantastic," Kelly said. "I mean, who wouldn't push for more equality if they know they're going to have a happier wife, healthier children and more action?" Agreed Sandberg: "We're selling it wrong.

  • CBS' Plante returns to Selma 50 years later

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years after covering the civil rights marches in Selma for CBS News, senior White House correspondent Bill Plante is returning to Alabama for this weekend's commemorations still working for the same news organization. As one mark of how things have changed in five decades, Plante will be interviewing a black man who is president of the United States on Saturday. President Barack Obama will also be in Alabama to mark the occasion. Plante was a 27-year-old reporter in 1965 who bore witness to police tear-gassing and beating demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Later, he interviewed the Rev. Martin Luther King as he crossed the bridge in a separate march to the state capital in Montgomery.

  • Curtis Stone gets behind the camera, back into the kitchen

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Success came early and strong for Curtis Stone. By his 20s, the Australian was cooking in London's top restaurants. By 30, he'd made the jump to television. But after nearly a decade on shows including Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice," some in the culinary world started questioning whether he'd spent too much time in front of the camera and not enough firing up a stove. Now 39, Stone seems to have defied his skeptics. Last year, he opened Maude, a 25-seat Beverly Hills restaurant (named after his grandmother) that selects one seasonal ingredient per month to infuse into a nine-course meal. In a city filled with big-name restaurants, it's been a hit: Reservations f

  • NBC brings back former news president

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has changed the leadership of its troubled news division by bringing back the executive who led the network out of a dark period two decades ago. The hiring of Andy Lack as chairman of NBC News and MSNBC was announced Friday in a memo to staff from NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke. Lack, who was NBC News president from 1993 to 2001, subsequently ran Sony Music Entertainment, worked at Bloomberg Media and most recently has been head of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a federal agency. Among Lack's first duties will be deciding the future of Brian Williams, who is serving an unpaid six-month suspension for misrepresenting his role covering the Iraq War in 2003 and is the subject of an ongoing internal in

  • Announcer Craig Sager returns from leukemia to NBA sideline

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Craig Sager returned to his familiar spot on the NBA sideline Thursday after being treated for leukemia. The sideline reporter worked the Chicago Bulls' victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder for TNT, 11 months after he was diagnosed with leukemia. "I'm 60 yards shorter off the tee, but I feel good," Sager told The Associated Press upon his arrival at the United Center. Best known for his outlandish outfits, Sager wore a red, black and gray plaid jacket and matching Nike shoes that sparkled in the dark for the occasion. "Bulls colors," he explained. The 63-year-old Sager hadn't worked a game since April 10 in Dallas when he felt ill and sought treatment from Mavericks team physician Dr. Tare

  • Comedy Central's Bee moves to TBS


    NEW YORK (AP) — The exodus continues at "The Daily Show," with TBS announcing Thursday that it is giving longtime correspondent Samantha Bee her own topical comedy show. TBS had only recently announced it was picking up a scripted comedy series created by Bee and her husband Jason Jones, also from "The Daily Show." TBS said the unnamed show would allow Bee to "apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues." She will be host and executive producer. No start date was given. Bee's departure crosses one more name off the list of potential successors to Jon Stewart, who is leaving as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" later this year. Other alumni members of the show, John Oliver and Lar

  • Miles O'Brien's life lesson cost his left arm


    NEW YORK (AP) — For television science correspondent Miles O'Brien, seeing on film the aftermath of the fluke injury that resulted in the amputation of his left arm above the elbow proved more difficult than he had anticipated. He had an early look at the documentary, "Miles O'Brien: A Life Lost and Found," narrated by his friend, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. It premieres on CNN next Tuesday at 9 p.m. "I was a little bit taken aback by how much it affected me emotionally," O'Brien said. "We all want to talk about this linear, analogue thing — here's when you grieve, here's when you do therapy, here's where you get back to work. But that's not how we all live." O'Brien, 55, used to be CNN's top science correspondent until the n

  • Jaime Camil shines as telenovela star on 'Jane the Virgin'


    NEW YORK (AP) — Last pilot season, Jaime Camil had options — two offers for dramas at ABC and Netflix. Then came a script for The CW's "Jane The Virgin," airing Mondays at 9 p.m. EDT, about a young woman who has vowed to remain chaste until marriage but is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine checkup. "I was mesmerized. I devoured the script in like 20, 25 minutes," recalled Camil, in a recent interview. The only problem? "In the first episode I believe my character speaks five words," he laughed. That part was for Rogelio de la Vega, a telenovela star who learns he has an adult daughter who is suddenly a pregnant virgin.

  • Comedy Central's 'Too Many Stars' means plenty of laughs


    NEW YORK (AP) — You're a bit late to bid on the chance to join John Oliver in robbing a wine store. You're also too late to bid on taking a bow onstage with the cast of the Broadway hit "It's Only a Play" while Louis C.K. presents you with flowers in front of the bemused theater patrons. Never mind. You can catch such fundraising hijinks and lots more during Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" telethon (airing Sunday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT), which gathers Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, Steve Buscemi, Gilbert Gottfried, Chris Rock and others to raise money for autism educational programs. Of course, you can also pledge your own contribution online or by phone.

  • Actor known for role as dim-witted boss on 'Seinfeld' dies


    CINCINNATI (AP) — Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza's boss on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64. Harry Gilligan, owner of Gilligan Funeral Homes, confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that von Bargen died Sunday in the Cincinnati area. He says he couldn't provide the cause. WLWT-TV first reported the death. Von Bargen was probably best known for his roles as the dim-witted Mr. Kruger on "Seinfeld" and as Commandant Edwin Spangler on "Malcolm in the Middle." His film credits include "The Silence of the Lambs," ''O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "Lord of Illusions." The actor made headlines in 2012 when he called 911 after shooting himself in the temple. He told police he was supposed to have some toes

  • Learn to love a long, slow braise to make tough meat awesome


    How do you transform a tough, less expensive cut of meat into something tender and delicious? You braise it! Braising is a wonderful and basic cooking technique that uses a slow, wet heat in a covered pot. It's great for cuts such as chuck, flank, brisket, rump and round. In fact, cooked properly, these cuts can be more delicious than more tender cuts. I'm using short ribs in this recipe, but the method can be used to wonderful effect on any other tough cut of meat. Short ribs can be butchered three ways: English, flanken or boneless. In English style, the ribs are cut parallel to the bone, with one bone per cut. In flanken style — which originated with the Jews of Eastern Europe — the ribs are cut across the bone.

  • India says it will act against BBC for airing banned film


    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's home minister said Thursday that the government would act against the British Broadcasting Corporation after it ignored a court order and aired a documentary about a fatal gang rape in which one of the attackers blames the victim. "India's Daughter" by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin was to have been shown on Sunday, International Women's Day, in India as well as in Britain, Denmark, Sweden and several other countries. Police and the government got a court order that halted the screening, but the BBC aired the documentary in the United Kingdom late Wednesday. Indian viewers cannot see it on the BBC's website, but it could be seen on YouTube.

  • Aretha Franklin welcomes 'Idol' to her hometown of Detroit

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin not only is the "Queen of Soul." She's also the queen of "American Idol." The music legend welcomed the long-running TV singing competition to her hometown of Detroit Wednesday. The three musically accomplished judges — Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. — and host Ryan Seacrest were on hand at The Fillmore Detroit, as were the contestants. But the star of the show was Franklin. She served as a mentor to the contestants and performed on The Fillmore's stage. Her performance earned a standing ovation and a hug from Seacrest, who said "Idol" planned to honor the music "born on these very streets." Beforehand, Lopez said she, much like the contestants, hoped t

  • ESPN returns to NHL after awarded 2016 World Cup TV rights

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Professional pucks will be back on ESPN. The cable TV giant regained a foothold with the NHL on Wednesday when it was awarded the U.S. rights to broadcast the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The NHL and NHL Players' Association, who are overseeing the eight-team international tournament, jointly announced the decision. ESPN was selected ahead of NBC Sports Group, which is in the midst of a 10-year contract to broadcast NHL regular-season and playoff games through 2020-21. "I tell you we are thrilled to be back with the NHL in the United States," ESPN president John Skipper said during a conference call. "I tell you the place is electric with excitement about getting back into hockey." ESPN was the NHL's U.S.

  • CBS hires Rick Neuheisel away from Pac-12 Network

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS has hired former UCLA coach and Pac-12 Network analyst Rick Neuheisel to be a studio analyst on its Saturday college football pregame show. The network announced Tuesday that Neuheisel, who had been working as an analyst for the Pac-12 Network, will appear on "College Football Today," which airs Saturday afternoons before the network's weekly Southeastern Conference game. He will also be a regular member of the weekly show "Inside College Football" on CBS Sports Network. Neuheisel coached at Colorado, Washington and UCLA before joining the Pac-12 Network in 2012. His quick wit and keen insight, with seemingly no fear of being critical, helped make him the network's most popular personality.

  • Canadians 'Spocking" the image of ex-PM on $5 bill

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up five-dollar Canadian banknotes that show former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy's famous "Star Trek" character. For years, Canadians have been wielding pens to draw Spock's pointy Vulcan ears, sharp eyebrows and signature bowl haircut on the fiver's image of Laurier, Canada's first Francophone prime minister. The likeness is remarkable. Canada's central bank said this week it's not illegal to deface or even mutilate banknotes, although there are laws that prohibit reproducing a current bill electronically.