• No romance for 'Downton Abbey' in-laws, say actors

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech of "Downton Abbey" say Cupid's arrow is not headed for their characters. While talking to a TV Critics' panel Tuesday, the actors said they find it "very funny" some fans are hoping for a romantic pairing for in-laws Lady Mary Crawley and Tom Branson. Both characters are widowed and have become confidantes in their grief. "Their friendship has really grown," said Dockery, who reminded that at one point her aristocratic TV alter ego couldn't fathom the idea of having a chauffeur marrying her sister. In season five of the British drama, premiering Jan. 5 on PBS, that bond will strengthen as they work to preserve their country estate. "They're afte

  • Spike Lee helps a film student face his past

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — When a film student decided to revisit his criminal teenage past, he found a powerful ally in filmmaker Spike Lee. Lee was among Darius Clark Monroe's professors at New York University's film school when Monroe revealed to him that he had been committed a bank robbery when he was 16 and gone to prison. Monroe wanted to examine his actions and how they affected his family and the victims. Lee didn't lend his support lightly to the project. "I think of my name very highly and I would not attach my name to any film if I did not think it was up to my high standards," Lee told a TV critics' meeting Tuesday.

  • Pat Schroeder: Clinton would face 'subdued sexism'

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Former House Democrat Pat Schroeder predicts that Hillary Clinton would face "a lot of sexism" if she decides to run for president in 2016. Schroeder served in the House from 1973 to 1997 as the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado. Now 73, she appears in "Makers: Women in Politics," a film airing this fall on PBS. She was asked about Clinton on Tuesday at a summer TV critics' meeting. "She's still going to have a lot of sexism," Schroeder said. "I can't believe there's people saying can she still be a grandmother and be a president. There are people making snide comments about her age. It's a little more subdued sexism, but it's very much there." Clinton, 66, has yet to ann

  • 'Downton Abbey' back on Jan. 4 for season 5

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Downton Abbey" will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, "Sherlock," is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday. "We will have to wait to know when it's finished and available," Kerger said of the mystery starring Benedict Cumberbatch. "Whenever it comes, we'll put it in a wonderful place." PBS is making its shows available for flexible viewing, using both digital platforms and creative scheduling on public TV stations, she said. All episodes of Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts," for instance, will be available for streaming the day after the first episode airs on Sept. 14. Don't expect the same treatment for stately manor

  • Nathan Lane: Straight actors can play gay roles

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Gay actors shouldn't have a monopoly on gay roles, award-winning stage and screen actor Nathan Lane said. Lane, who is gay and has played both straight and gay characters, was asked the question at a TV critics' meeting Tuesday. He was there to discuss PBS' presentation of the Broadway play "The Nance," in which he stars. "We just had 'The Normal Heart' (with) Mark Ruffalo, fantastic job. I think who's right for the part and most talented" should be hired, Lane said. Ruffalo, who is straight, starred as a gay man in the AIDS drama for HBO. "That way only madness lies. ... I wouldn't have played Nathan Detroit or Max Bialystock" if casting followed such rigid rules, Lane said.

  • Ken Burns turns his lens on Roosevelt dynasty

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — For 30 years, Ken Burns has found the Roosevelt family "irresistible." Various members of the political dynasty have popped up in the filmmaker's projects on America's national parks, Prohibition and the Civil War. Now, Burns shines a spotlight on the family itself in "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," a 14-hour film debuting Sept. 14 on PBS. It will run for seven consecutive nights. The series covers Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962. In between, Theodore was elected president and his niece Eleanor married her fifth cousin, Franklin, who became president. "I don't know a film that has been more satisfying to me," Burns said Tuesday at the summer TV critics' press tou

  • Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian. The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday night about an online game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," in which players walk red carpets, attend photo shoots and get dolled up like a Kardashian. An agency spokeswoman said the off-topic tweet was done by an intern. The government's tweet was removed within hours from the @EPAwater account, but not before a tweet from the account of Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the 88-year-old co-author of the Clean Water Act, poked fun by asking what

  • Jeter, Bauer give Fox a strong week in TV ratings

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox can thank Derek Jeter and Jack Bauer for a strong week in the television ratings. Last week's telecast of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was seen by 11.3 million viewers and was the week's most popular live program. The game had a bigger audience than any of the last three editions of the midsummer classic, as it turned into a tribute to Jeter, the retiring New York Yankees shortstop. Action hero Bauer, portrayed by Kiefer Sutherland, led the final episode of the "24: Live Another Day" miniseries into the Nielsen company's list of top 10 programs. An estimated 6.5 million people watched it last Monday. As a result, struggling Fox finished second in viewership among the networks and first w

  • Nielsen's top television programs for July 14-20

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    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 14-20. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. Major League Baseball All-Star Game: National vs. American, Fox, 11.34 million. 2. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 8.53 million. 3. "Extant," CBS, 7.96 million. 4. "NCIS," CBS, 7.93 million. 5. "60 Minutes,' CBS, 7.9 million. 6. "Under the Dome," CBS, 7.64 million. 7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.1 million. 8. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 6.91 million. 9. "24: Live Another Day," Fox, 6.47 million. 10. "Unforgettable," CBS, 6.39 million. 11. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.27 million. 12. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.22 million. 13. "N

  • Love and Manson guest on 'Sons of Anarchy'

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson have roles on the upcoming final season of "Sons of Anarchy." The musicians join such previous guest stars as Stephen King and David Hasselhoff as unusual casting choices in the motorcycle club drama on FX. "We try to have some things that are fun," creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter told the summer TV critics' meeting Monday. Love plays a teacher, and Sutter, a self-professed "huge" Nirvana fan, said, "I thought, who better than Courtney Love?" Malcolm-Jamal Warner of "The Cosby Show" also has a role in the seventh and concluding season that debuts Sept. 9. In last season's finale, Katey Segal's character used a fork to fatally stab the

  • 'Fargo' gets 2nd season on FX with new cast, crime

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — FX is taking another trip to "Fargo," where the cast is changing but some of the characters are not. The network announced Monday that it has renewed the series for a second season with new actors, time period and crime. Executive Producer Noah Hawley told a TV Critics' panel that season two will be set primarily in North Dakota in 1979 with a younger version of the Lou Solverson character (played by Keith Carradine in season one.) His daughter, Molly, who Allison Tolman portrayed, is just 4 years old. Hawley said he's open to changing the weather and is toying with starting the story in the winter and transitioning to spring and summer. The earliest the series will air is fall 2015.

  • Israel violence moves production of FX's 'Tyrant'

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Production of FX's series "Tyrant" recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, showrunner Howard Gordon told a TV Critics' panel Monday. "Tel Aviv was under missile fire and people were running into bomb shelters. I don't think anybody felt physically threatened, but it was not conducive to shooting," he said. "Tyrant" stars Adam Rayner as the second son of a dictator in a fictional Mideast country who returns with his family after making a life in America. FX says the show moved last week and season one's remaining two episodes will be shot in Turkey. "Tyrant" is not the only show that has reconsidered filming in Israel.

  • 'Simpsons' marathon, digital Simpsons World coming

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be followed this fall by a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. A website and app dubbed "Simpsons World" will allow on-demand access to all of the 500-plus episodes of Fox's animated comedy and enable users to search through the life histories of Mr. Burns, Bart and other lemon-hued Springfield residents. "I'm not going to overpromise, but I think this website will provide you with affordable health care," longtime "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean told a TV critics' meeting Monday. He said the accompanying app "completely blew me away." SimpsonsWorld.

  • ABC's Paula Faris gets weekend anchor job

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Faris is replacing the departing Bianna Golodryga as the news anchor on the weekend edition of "Good Morning America." ABC News said Monday that Faris will start Aug. 8. The "World News Now" anchor joined the network in 2012 from the NBC affiliate in Chicago, and was recently given exposure as ABC News' reporter at the World Cup. Golodryga is leaving ABC News to join Yahoo. Faris will be co-anchor of the weekend morning broadcast with Dan Harris. Rob Marciano will also soon be joining the weekend crew as the weather forecaster.

  • Ex-'X Factor' judge trial nixed over lying claims

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheik," had lied under oath. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on Sunday tabloid reported last year it had caught Tulisa Contostavlos acting as go-between in a deal to sell cocaine to a reporter posing as a film producer. The scoop was the work of Mazher Mahmood, a journalist famed for pulling off undercover stings while disguised as a wealthy Arab businessman. Contostavlos was charged with supplying drugs, but judge Alistair McCreath stopped her trial Monday, saying there were "strong grounds to believe" Mahmood had lied in court.

  • 'Simpsons' producer jokes about crossover show

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    BEVERY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "We're doing a crossover with Scooby-Doo to find Casey Kasem's body." — "The Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean on whether there would be a crossover with "The Simpsons" and "Futurama." He told journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that a crossover episode will air in November. A "The Simpsons" crossover with "Family Guy" will air in September.

  • Producers: 'Gracepoint' differs from U.K. version

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Gracepoint," the American version of the critically acclaimed British crime drama "Broadchurch," won't be a mirror image of the original, its producers promise. That's despite the fact that the first two episodes closely track "Broadchurch" and the show features the same star, David Tennant of "Dr. Who" fame. The Scottish-born actor is joined by a largely American cast. After mulling a different approach for the opening episodes, it became apparent that the British version was the "smartest, most compelling way to start," executive producer Carolyn Bernstein said. "We promise when the series progresses it diverges in significant ways," she said. Among them: the ending.

  • Reactions to the death of James Garner

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    "Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him." — Tom Selleck, who early in his career guest-starred on Garner's series "The Rockford Files." ___ Garner was "a hell of a driver. He truly was a 'man's man.' Jim was a friend, and when he came to Indianapolis as a spectator and pace car driver we obviously welcomed him with open arms." — Parnelli Jones, two-time Indy 500 winner. ___ "My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond." — Sally Field, who co-starred with Garner in the 1985 film "Murphy's Romance.

  • QUICKQUOTE: Octavia Spencer on new Fox TV series

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    "I got really tired of being a sex symbol." — Oscar winner Octavia Spencer joking about why she signed on to the new Fox television series "Red Band Society." Spencer was speaking Sunday to the summer TV critics' press tour. — Beth Harris — www.twitter.

  • Batman will not appear in Fox's 'Gotham' series

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Yes, the new Fox series "Gotham" will feature a young Bruce Wayne, but don't expect him to turn into the caped crusader. Creator Bruno Heller told journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that "If there is a superhero on this show, it's Gotham." "To me, heroes are more interesting than superheroes," he said, "because the difference is superheroes do the impossible, and drama is really about the physically possible. This is about people and people trying to overcome real problems versus trying to learn how to fly." "Gotham" stars Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon. Heller says he's "the moral lynchpin of the show.