• HBO chief says 'Game of Thrones' could wrap after 8 seasons

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Here's a roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs: ___ GAME OVER? "Game of Thrones" fans, brace yourselves: The fantasy saga's end is perhaps just a few years away. HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said that the drama series' producers are leaning toward three more seasons after the just-concluded season five. "I'm always hoping they're going to change their minds, but I think that's what we're looking at right now," Lombardo told a Television Critics Association meeting.

  • Louganis contemplates his, fellow Olympian Jenner's journeys

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Greg Louganis said he was unaware of fellow Olympian Bruce Jenner's gender identity struggle when their paths crossed at the Summer 1976 Games and in later years. The diving great, among the first prominent athletes to come out as gay, said Thursday he has yet to speak with the now-Caitlyn Jenner but can appreciate what she's going through. "We all have our journeys. Whether you're gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, we all have our own journeys," Louganis, 55, told reporters during a Q&A session on the HBO documentary "Greg Louganis: Back on Board," debuting Tuesday.

  • Dwayne Johnson says of Hulk Hogan: 'We've all talked trash'

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Dwayne Johnson says he was disappointed when he heard about a tape of Hulk Hogan using racial slurs. Johnson, also a former pro wrestler, told a TV critics' meeting Thursday that the remarks didn't match his personal history with Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea. "I've known Terry for a lot of years, and my dad helped train him in Florida in the '70s when he was breaking into the business. I come from a very long line of lineage of professional wrestlers. I had not known the man to be racist," said Johnson, who was at the meeting to talk about his HBO series, "Ballers." He acknowledged: "We've all talked trash, you know, especially in private. He said what he said, and he's paying th

  • HBO Programming Chief optimistic about David Chase series

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — It's been six years since HBO first announced that "Sopranos" creator David Chase has a new project in the works, and according to the network's programming chief, it's still happening. "He's writing. I have seen pages," Michael Lombardo told TV critics at the annual summer press tour. The story was first presented in 2009 as a miniseries called "A Ribbon of Dreams," dramatizing the timeline of the Hollywood film industry. "I think he has something really unbelievable, but he had to figure out is it a limited series, an open-ended series. He showed us two hours' worth of material, and I trust I'll see (more) by the end of the year. And I'm sure we'll go from there.

  • Struggling MSNBC cancels 3 daytime shows with liberal slant

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    NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC said Thursday that it is canceling three of its afternoon programs, part of a network-wide shift to a straight news focus during the daytime hours. Hour-long programs hosted by Ed Schultz at 5 p.m. Eastern and Alex Wagner at 4 p.m. were both axed, as was "The Cycle," a roundtable that aired at 3 p.m. with hosts Ari Melber, Toure, Abby Huntsman and Krystal Ball. Schultz had the longest history at MSNBC. He was once a prime-time personality at the network and was relegated to weekends, then was brought back for a daily show. He'll be leaving the network, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said. Wagner will stay on at MSNBC as a political reporter, and Melber was named the network's chief legal correspond

  • HBO chief: 'Game of Thrones' could wrap after 3 more seasons

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Game of Thrones" fans, brace yourselves: The fantasy saga's end is perhaps just a few years away. HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said Thursday that the drama series' producers are leaning toward three more seasons after the just-concluded season five. "I'm always hoping they're going to change their minds, but I think that's what we're looking at right now," Lombardo told a Television Critics Association meeting. Asked about the possibility of a prequel series, Lombardo said he believed there's "enormous story material" to be mined for such a project. But the focus now of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is season six of "Game of Thrones," he said, which is in production n

  • HBO open to more 'True Detective' despite Season 2 criticism

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — HBO would like a third season of "True Detective," despite criticism over Season 2 starring Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. Its programming head, Michael Lombardo, told TV critics gathered Thursday that he's a huge fan of the series. "I think Nic (Pizzolatto) is one of the best writers working in television and motion pictures today. He takes a big swing and all I can tell you is, I think the show end is as satisfying as any show I've seen," Lombardo said. "We're getting 12 million viewers an episode. I'm enormously proud of it. We want to do another season," he said.

  • Demi Lovato's 'Dusk Till Dawn' character was written for her

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Robert Rodriguez had been waiting for a chance to work with Demi Lovato since she auditioned for his 2003 movie "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over." The El Rey Network creator and executive producer of its TV series "From Dusk Till Dawn" told reporters Thursday the show was a nice fit, so a character was written specifically for the 22-year-old. Aside from her personal connection to the series, which is her relationship with cast member Wilmer Valderrama, Rodriguez said, "I've always been a big fan of hers and she's on tour a lot, so when she'd come to set to visit I threw out that we'd love to put her in somewhere." And he wanted to make sure it was an episode he directed because "she has a great p

  • 'Law & Order' director arrested on child porn charges in NY

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A television director with credits on "Law & Order" has been arrested in suburban New York on child pornography charges. Westchester County authorities say 51-year-old Jason "Jace" Alexander was charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing an obscene performance by a child. Prosecutors tell the Journal News (http://lohud.us/1M0qJpU ) that digital files showing minors engaged in sex acts were found on computers at the director's Dobbs Ferry home. Alexander was arraigned Wednesday and released on $10,000 bail. Information on his lawyer was not immediately available. Alexander is due back in court Nov. 19. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

  • 'Exorcism: Live!' to air on TV in October

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Destination America is upping its scare factor for Halloween by scheduling what it describes as a live exorcism to air Oct. 30. "Exorcism: Live!" was announced Thursday at a news conference in Beverly Hills, California. The event will be held at the St. Louis-area house where teen Roland Doe underwent the ritual in 1949. It became the inspiration for 1973's "The Exorcist" movie. The paranormal investigators featured on Destination America's series "GHOST ASYLUM" will appear on the show with psychic medium Chip Coffey. Cameras will roll as they explore the home to find whatever is believed to have haunted it for years. ___ Online: http://www.destinationamerica.

  • Hulk Hogan's privacy lawsuit against Gawker set for 2016

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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Thursday set a trial date of March 2016 for a lawsuit brought by Hulk Hogan — the biggest name on pro wrestling marquees in the '80s and '90s and later a reality TV star — against the news website Gawker over a sex tape. The 61-year-old, whose real name is Terry Bollea, appeared in court wearing all black, including a bandanna and sunglasses — a far cry from his usually flashy gear in the ring and on TV. Judge Pamela Campbell quickly set the trial date. She said she had to schedule it so far in the future because her docket is clogged with mortgage foreclosures.

  • HBO to air two-part U2 tour special

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    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO and U2 are collaborating on a double-barreled special about the veteran Irish rock band's current world tour. The network said it will air a documentary in November about how the "iNNOCENCE and eXPERIENCE" show was put together and how the band overcame obstacles, including singer Bono's serious bicycle accident, to perform. U2 is currently on a run of shows in New York. A week later, on Nov. 14, HBO will air the band's concert in Paris, France, recorded on the day that it is being shown. Davis Guggenheim, maker of "An Inconvenient Truth" and also a documentary about U2's "Achtung Baby" album, will produce and direct the film about the tour.

  • Mariah Carey to make directorial debut on Hallmark Channel

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Mariah Carey is making her directorial debut on the Hallmark Channel. Carey will direct and co-star in "Mariah Carey's Christmas Project," the network announced Wednesday. Production will begin in the fall. The scripted film is slated to air in December as part of its annual "Countdown to Christmas" programming. The announcement comes at a busy time for the singer. Next week, she'll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She recently launched a residency in Las Vegas where she performs her No. 1 hits, including "Vision of Love," ''Hero" and "We Belong Together." ___ Online: http://www.mariahcarey.

  • Walters to revisit big news stories including Lennon murder

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Barbara Walters is taking a walk down memory lane with a TV series revisiting big news stories she covered in her career. The Investigation Discovery channel said Thursday that "Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals" will debut Nov. 2. The hour-long episodes focus on events ranging from political misbehavior to crime, and will include previous interviews conducted by Walters along with new material, the channel told a TV critics meeting. The TV newswoman will look back at televangelist Jim Bakker's sex scandal, the murder of celebrity diet doctor Herman Tarnower, the Menendez family killings and a switched-at-birth mystery.

  • Jon Stewart signing off 'Daily Show' fake newscast for real

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    NEW YORK (AP) — After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News. Who could blame him for wanting to depart "The Daily Show" on this high note? Besides, maybe it had gotten too easy. By June, when Donald Trump jumped into the presidential race, a giddy Stewart framed this jest-alluring candidacy as Trump's going-away gift to him, "putting me in some sort of comedy hospice where all I'm getting is straight morphine." Or maybe it had gotten too hard.

  • A few stellar 'Daily Show' alums (besides Jon Stewart)

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    NEW YORK (AP) — You want a great career in comedy? Start by landing a job as a correspondent on "The Daily Show"! Under Jon Stewart's 16-year-long run as host, it became one of TV's best launching pads. Here are a few shining examples: — Stephen Colbert (1997-2005). Arriving two years before Stewart became host, Colbert scored in his emerging persona as a right-wing blowhard correspondent. He left "The Daily Show" to launch his own companion show, which he hosted for a decade. Then, in late 2014, he exited Comedy Central for CBS, where in September he will step into the "Late Show" slot long occupied by David Letterman. — Steve Carell (1999-2005).

  • 10 of Jon Stewart's highlights from 'The Daily Show'

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    NEW YORK (AP) — When he leaves Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Aug. 6 after hosting nearly 2,600 episodes, Jon Stewart will have logged too many great moments to count. But here are 10 Stewart highlights — both on and off the show — worth remembering: ___ HAIL TO THE CHIEF (December 2000) Reporting on George W. Bush's remarks as he clinched the presidency, Stewart replayed Bush declaring, "I was not elected to serve one party," to which he retorted, "You were not ELECTED." Then back to Bush saying, "I ask for you to pray for this great nation." To which Stewart added somberly, "We're waaaaay ahead of you." ___ GRIEF-STRICKEN (September 2001) On his first show following the Sept.

  • Soft-shell crabs have a narrow window of delicious. Seize it

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    The first time I tasted soft-shell crabs I was as a little girl attending the 1964 New York World's Fair. Looking back, I don't know where I found the courage. Not only wasn't I a fan of seafood or shellfish, but this weird new item looked like a giant spider. Let's say, then, that I closed my eyes before I took a bite. Wow! Crispy and sweet, that soft-shell crab was one of the best things I'd ever eaten. I have loved them ever since and make a point of preparing them every year when they come into season between late spring and early fall. Soft-shell crabs are blue crabs from the East Coast that have shed their hard shells on their way to growing a new shell that's even harder. Losing that first hard shell takes several days

  • Cardinals, Fox Sports Midwest announce new long-term deal

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals will stay on Fox Sports Midwest through 2032, thanks to an agreement announced Thursday. The 15-year deal begins in 2018 and runs through the 2032 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Cardinals are a lynchpin of Fox Sports Midwest, which broadcasts games to parts of 10 states. Cardinals games are the highest-rated prime-time programming in St. Louis during the baseball season, and the local ratings ranked first among all Major League Baseball teams in 2014. This season, only the Kansas City Royals have higher local ratings. "The St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues are really critical to our St. Louis operation," Fox Sports Midwest Senior Vice Presiden

  • Jon Stewart: Meeting with Obama wasn't a secret

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart says his "secret" White House meetings with President Barack Obama weren't so secret, and not that big a deal. During his penultimate week as "The Daily Show" host, Stewart reacted to a Politico story headlined "Jon Stewart's Secret White House Visits." The article said Stewart had met with the president in 2011 and again last year. "That sounds so much more awesome than what happened," Stewart said on his show Wednesday night. After joking about meeting with Obama "and Elvis, who's still alive," Stewart noted that he entered the White House through its public entrance and that both meetings were listed in the White House visitor logs, available for anyone to see.