• 'Ask Dr. Nandi' earns $1.5 million film incentive

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Film Office says it has awarded a $1.5 million film incentive to the "Ask Dr. Nandi" talk show. The hour-long program focuses on medical and lifestyle issues and is filmed, produced and edited in the state. Dr. Partha Nandi is a gastroenterologist who practices in suburban Detroit. "Ask Dr. Nandi" features patients and practitioners discussing diseases or other health problems and developing solutions for patients and their families. It's currently shooting in Farmington Hills and airs on Doctor Television Channel and the Diya TV network. According to the film office, 14 projects have been awarded $58 million in incentives during fiscal year 2014. ___ Onlin

  • 'South Park' catalog finds a new home on Hulu

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Hulu is now the exclusive streaming home for the full run of Comedy Central's bad-boy animated series, "South Park" — all 244-and-counting episodes. New episodes will continue to also appear on Comedy Central's website as well as the website of South Park Studios. The announcement was made Saturday at the summer TV critics' tour, where the "South Park" creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, made an unbilled appearance. They didn't stay long. "Tomorrow we have to start another new episode," said Stone. The pair, who introduced "South Park" to an unsuspecting Comedy Central audience in 1997, have since built an empire that includes films, a video game and their record-breaking B

  • Members of extended Jackson family in reality show

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Members of Michael Jackson's extended family are stepping out of what they call "the Jackson bubble" for a reality show. The six-episode show, debuting Nov. 18 on Reelz, focuses on Alejandra Jackson, the ex-wife of Michael's brother Jermaine, and her five children. After Michael's death five years ago, they left the Jackson family home in suburban Encino, a move that a clip from the show suggests wasn't their idea. "We didn't want it to happen that way," Alejandra's daughter Genevieve said Saturday at the summer TV critics' tour. Son Donte Jackson added, "Some of the politics came into play." At the same time, Genevieve said the family lived under constraints at the Encino house.

  • LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian jump into reality TV

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Tabloid targets LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are jumping into the fray with their own reality show, although the couple plans to keep Cibrian's two children out of it. Cibrian's two sons — ages 11 and seven — with ex-wife Brandi Glanville don't appear in "LeAnn & Eddie," an eight-episode series debuting Thursday on VH1. Glanville appears on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Rimes, Cibrian and Glanville have had a history of rocky exchanges in recent years. "We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed," Rimes told the summer TV critics' meeting. "You can't really do a show without talking about that." Cibrian said the show isn't an opportunity to fire back at the

  • TV's 'Cake Boss' helped from fogged-in boat in NYC

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A summer sunset boat trip turned out to be no cake walk for reality TV's "Cake Boss," who's thanking police and firefighters for getting his boat and passengers to safety after they were enveloped in fog in New York Harbor. Buddy Valastro was bringing the boat back Friday evening to Jersey City, New Jersey, after a dinner excursion with friends and family, when a clear day suddenly changed. "All of a sudden — boom! — we were in a really deep fog where you couldn't see anything," even 5 feet ahead, he recalled by phone Saturday. About 12 people were aboard, including about eight children, said Valastro, who stars in TLC's "Cake Boss" and "Next Great Baker." His Carlo's Bakery has four locations in N

  • Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said Saturday. Morgan will continue his recovery at home with an "aggressive outpatient program," spokesman Lewis Kay said. The former "30 Rock" star suffered a broken leg and broken ribs when the limousine van he was riding in was hit from behind June 7 by a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike. The wreck killed 62-year-old comedian James McNair, who went by the name Jimmy Mack. Comedian Ardley Fuqua and another passenger, Jeffrey Millea, were injured.

  • Lone Ranger actor's outfit sells for $195,000

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WACO, Texas (AP) — The outfit Lone Ranger actor Clayton Moore wore when making appearances as the character after retiring from television has sold for $195,000 at a Texas auction. Waco-based A & S Auction Co. said the outfit was sold Saturday. Moore, who died in 1999, played the masked lawman on the ABC television series "The Lone Ranger" from 1949 to 1957. The auction house says that after retiring from television, Moore made appearances in character at events including fairs. His outfit included a powder-blue shirt and pants, red kerchief, Stetson hat, boots, gun belt and Colt pistols. The outfit spent more than a decade in the collection of a late Texas businessman whose family offered it at auction.

  • 'X-Files' auteur Chris Carter back with new series

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Chris Carter is back. Largely absent from the scene since "The X-Files" series and films he masterminded years ago, Carter is returning with a sci-fi thriller, "The After." Arriving on the Amazon Prime website in early 2015, "The After" follows a group of strangers thrown together by a mysterious calamity that strikes Los Angeles and brings it to a panic-ridden halt. During a panel discussion Saturday at the summer TV critics' tour, Carter said he resists the label of "post-apocalyptic" for what has befallen the city: "We are doing a show where something is happening, and we're playing it in real time.

  • Correction: People-Drake story

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story July 11 about rapper Drake hosting the ESPY Awards, The Associated Press erroneously quoted him saying "take" when talking about Skylar Diggins. Drake actually said, "I don't know if she'll be able to make it." A corrected version of the story is below: Drake readies ESPYS skit devoted to WNBA's Diggins Drake facing potential of 'extremely awkward' meeting with WNBA star Skylar Diggins at ESPYs By BETH HARRIS Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — As host of the upcoming ESPY Awards, rapper Drake will be entertaining a room full of sports stars. One of them could be the rapper's online infatuation, WNBA player Skylar Diggins.

  • Liev Schreiber balances fatherhood, 'Ray Donovan'

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Nothing is more important than family. That's what the stoic Hollywood fixer played by Liev Schreiber tells his wife in the second season premiere of "Ray Donovan." While it's unclear whether his character believes his own words, Schreiber says that principle has shaped his career in recent years. The actor has made it a priority to spend time with his two sons with longtime partner Naomi Watts — 6-year-old Sasha and 5-year-old Samuel. He set aside plans to direct again after 2005's "Everything Is Illuminated." He let others guide him into roles in theatre and on screen. "It's amazing how insignificant everything else becomes," Schreiber said of his fatherhood. "It sounds romantic.

  • Jeffrey Tambor as a man who is facing a big change

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Having marked his 70th birthday earlier this week, Jeffrey Tambor is celebrating what he calls his most "transformative" role. The veteran actor plays a man who, late in life, acts on his long-suppressed need to be a woman. The new transgender drama-comedy, "Transparent," premieres in late September with all 10 episodes of its first season on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Tambor, well-known from comedies "Arrested Development" and "The Larry Sanders Show," here has the dramatic challenge of portraying a man at a life-changing moment as he breaks the news to his adult children.

  • China's popular TV journalist taken by prosecutors

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    BEIJING (AP) — A top business journalist at China's state broadcaster was taken away by prosecutors, abruptly absent from his nightly newscast he was anchoring, China's financial news magazine Caixin reported Saturday. The sudden removal of celebrity journalist Rui Chenggang came less than two months after his boss was detained on suspicion of taking bribes during an ongoing investigation into high-level corruption at China's biggest state-run network. Quoting an unnamed insider, Caixin.com said on its website that prosecutors took Rui away directly from the workplace without notifying the news program. Caixin said Rui had been scheduled to appear on the nightly newscast Friday, and his absence was conspicuous, as a second

  • 'Better Call Saul' supporting cast announced

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Michael McKean is joining series star Bob Odenkirk in AMC's "Better Call Saul," the much-awaited prequel to "Breaking Bad," with Jonathan Banks, another star from that wildly popular drama, also set for the new venture. Best-known from the film "This Is Spinal Tap," McKean will play the brother of Saul Goodman, the character originated in "Breaking Bad" by Odenkirk. Banks will continue in his role as "fixer" Mike Erhmantraut. Other cast members announced Friday at the summer TV critics' tour include Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. "Better Call Saul" takes place in 2002, about five years before the starting point of "Breaking Bad.

  • Correction: TV Critics Watch-Matador story

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — In a story July 10 about the new TV series "Matador," The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alex Kurtzman is a creator of "Matador." He is an executive producer. A corrected version of the story is below: Robert Rodriguez unveils 'Matador' spy thriller Robert Rodriguez unveils 'Matador' spy thriller on his El Rey network, renews it for year 2 By FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The premiere of the new spy thriller "Matador" has a shocking moment early in the hour. It involves a human head and a sharp object. And it perfectly reflects the rawboned sensibility of Robert Rodriguez, whose network, El Rey, begins airing "Matador" Tuesd

  • Back to reality for Nicole Richie in new TV show

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Nicole Richie is going back to reality. The former star of "The Simple Life" with her childhood bestie Paris Hilton headlines her own show "Candidly Nicole" debuting July 17 on VH1. The eight 30-minute episodes are based on Richie's AOL online web series of the same name. Richie created the show and is an executive producer, calling the shots in a way she never did during the five-year run of "The Simple Life" early in the last decade or as a mentor on "Fashion Star." "This is the most in control and empowered I have ever felt in my entire career," Richie told the summer TV critics' meeting on Friday. "Doing a web series for me, was the best way to do this show. Doing it on the web was a v

  • A series explores virginity and when to lose it

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The media glorify sex, especially when targeting young people. MTV's new docu-series "Virgin Territory" focuses on a range of 20-something virgins as they grapple with deciding when, if not as soon as possible, would be the right time to alter their status. The series premieres Wednesday at 11 p.m. EDT. "I am a virgin," one of the show's subjects, 22-year-old Dominique Sullivan, told reporters Friday at the summer TV critics' tour. "In the media you don't see that many virgins at all. We don't get much sunshine. We get a lot of flak. We can still have fun — but we can also save ourselves.

  • Ana Ortiz is proud of her TV show, 'Devious Maids'

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ana Ortiz was skeptical. Yes, the project came from two classy Hollywood acts: "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry and, serving as a producer, "Housewives" star Eva Longoria. And, yes, the show would be a lavishly filmed English-language production for an American TV studio starring five Hispanic women. Ortiz said her initial reaction to the first script was: "Maids? It's got to be maids?" So Ortiz, who had appeared on ABC's "Ugly Betty" (2006-2010), understood when some of the harshest initial criticism of "Devious Maids" came from the Latino community. "The Latino community was the first out of the gate being really hard on us," the New York-born Ortiz, who is of Puerto Rican and Iris

  • Morrison named AP's head of US video production

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has named Vaughn Morrison as its new head of US video production. Morrison, who will be based in Washington, will focus on domestic video output for Associated Press Television News, AP Video-US and online. Morrison spent a decade at CNN in Atlanta as a network supervising producer and also as a supervising broadcast producer for CNN & Time. He then joined Fox Cable Networks as news director for Fox Sports Net South before becoming vice president of programming and production for TV Guide on Demand. There, he built and managed the first multiplatform broadband, mobile and video on demand network made up entirely of original production.

  • Pivot teams with Stanley Tucci for new TV series

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Pivot is getting into scripted drama with a new TV series starring former Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci (TOO'-chee). The nearly year-old network focuses on viewers 18 to 34. It plans to launch "Fortitude" in January with 12 one-hour episodes. Tucci plays a detective who arrives in a small Arctic town called Fortitude to search for a killer alongside the local sheriff played by Richard Dormer, who's known for "Game of Thrones." The series was filmed in Iceland and Britain. The show marks Tucci's first extended television role since he did a 10-episode arc on "ER" six years ago. He was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar in 2009 for "The Lovely Bones." The network announced the show F

  • Lone Ranger actor's outfit up for auction in Texas

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    WACO, Texas (AP) — The outfit Lone Ranger actor Clayton Moore wore when making appearances as the character after retiring from television is going up for auction in Texas. Waco-based A & S Auction Co. will offer the items Saturday. The auction house's owner thinks the outfit could sell for at least $75,000. Moore, who died in 1999, played the masked lawman on the ABC television series "The Lone Ranger" from 1949 to 1957. The auction house says that after retiring from television, Moore made appearances in character at events including fairs. His outfit included a powder-blue shirt and pants, red kerchief, Stetson hat, boots, a gun belt and Colt pistols.