• 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.

  • Walsh gives up control to get back on TV

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — To get back into television, John Walsh had to relinquish some of the control that he'd grown used to. Walsh, who chased fugitives for 26 years, first on Fox's "America's Most Wanted" and a short postscript on Lifetime, returns Sunday on CNN (9 p.m. EDT) with a new show, "The Hunt." After years where he made his own program, this time the production team behind Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" was assigned to the show by CNN chief Jeff Zucker. "The hardest thing is the letting go and the squashing of ego when you've been successful," Walsh, 68, said.

  • LeBron's foundation partners with TV show

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — As northeast Ohio waits to find out if LeBron James will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, his foundation says it is partnering with a reality TV show to spruce up some houses in his Akron hometown. The basketball star's LeBron James Family Foundation is teaming with the "Rehab Addict" TV show on the DIY and HGTV networks to make over the house and yard of a middle-school student and her family in early August. The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1j0evAN ) reports that the 10-day project will also involve improving the yards of nine other families throughout the city. Leading the project will be Nicole Curtis, the host of the series, which renovates homes in Detroit and Minneapolis.

  • 'Brain Games' leads own genre at Nat Geo Channel

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Given that David Rees has written a book on how to sharpen a pencil, he seems the perfect choice to host a new National Geographic Channel series that elevates mundane activities into the subject of deep investigation. So, for those inclined, Rees' "Going Deep" over the next two months will tell more than you ever thought you could know about digging a hole, tying a shoe, making ice cubes, shaking hands or throwing a paper airplane. The series debuts Monday (10 p.m. EDT) following a new episode of "Brain Games." It's part of what has become a new programming genre at National Geographic that explains how the world works. Think of it as Geek TV, although the network works very hard to make shows that will app

  • Bono's daughter Eve Hewson simplifies billing

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Those unusual, and sometimes wacky, names given by celebrities to their offspring don't always work in the real world. Just ask Eve Hewson, the 23-year-old daughter of U2 lead singer Bono. She simplified things during her school years instead of using her given name: Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson. "My parents knew I'd get bullied, so I just went with Eve," she said Thursday at the summer TV critics' tour. Bono's real name is Paul Hewson. The younger Hewson has followed her father into show business as a fledgling actress, not a musician. "He tried to teach me all about the musicality of a line, but that's not a good way to go about your acting," she said. "He has helped me in ot

  • Dave Grohl brings rock n' roll touch to TV tour

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl brought a rock n' roll sensibility to the usually buttoned-down atmosphere of the summer TV critics' tour. His enthusiasm for his new HBO project "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" was evident with f-bombs sprinkled throughout his description of the eight-part documentary series. Later, Grohl's cellphone rang ("Sorry, I'm new to this," he said, fumbling to fish the phone out of his jeans pocket) and then the mic clipped on his rumpled black jacket fell off in his lap on Thursday. Not quite the typical presentation from the carefully spoken and groomed TV directors, producers, writers and actors who come to the well-heeled Beverly Hilton to talk up their latest

  • Queen Latifah, Beyonce and Jay Z heading to HBO

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Beyonce and Jay Z will co-star in an HBO concert special, and Queen Latifah will play legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for the network. The music special will feature the married couple on their "On the Run Tour" performing in Paris. It will tape Sept. 12 and 13 at the Stade de France, featuring the superstars performing more than 40 songs, the network announced. It will air in September. Starring Queen Latifah, "Bessie" is written and directed by filmmaker Dee Rees ("Pariah"). Currently in production in Atlanta, it co-stars Michael K. Williams, Khandi Alexander, Charles S. Dutton, Oliver Platt and Mo'Nique. It premieres in 2015. HBO also said Mike Nichols will direct fellow

  • World Cup semis each seen by more than 12M in US

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The World Cup semifinals each were seen by an average of more than 12 million viewers in the United States on ESPN and Spanish-language Univision. ESPN said Germany's 7-1 rout over host Brazil on Tuesday averaged 6,643,000 viewers and Argentina's penalty-kicks win over the Netherlands the following day averaged 6,823,000. The games, which both kicked off at 4 p.m. EDT, are the two highest-rated World Cup semifinals on any U.S. network, ESPN said Thursday. Univision said its coverage of Brazil-Germany averaged 5,804,000 and Netherlands-Argentina 5,444,000, also its most-viewed semifinals. ESPN's telecasts have averaged 4,289,000 through 62 games, up 43 percent from 2010's 2,989,000 and 108 percent

  • Aereo presses case despite Supreme Court setback

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that suspended operations after the Supreme Court ruled against it, is refusing to disband for good. The company is now using the Supreme Court's own language to force broadcasters to treat it just like a cable TV company. In Aereo's view, that means broadcasters must license their signals to Aereo under a 1976 copyright law. But the Supreme Court actually stopped short of declaring Aereo a cable company, and previous court rulings have said Internet-based services don't qualify. Even if Aereo is considered a cable company, a 1996 communications law overrides some of the guarantees that Aereo is seeking.

  • A look at the top Emmy contenders

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at this year's Emmy contenders with the most nominations: ___ SERIES — HBO's "Game Of Thrones," 19 nominations — FX's "Fargo," 18 nominations. — FX's "American Horror Story: Coven," 17 nominations. — AMC's "Breaking Bad," 16 nominations. — HBO's "The Normal Heart," 16 nominations. — NBC's "Saturday Night Live," 14 nominations. — Netflix's "House of Cards," 13 nominations. — Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," 12 nominations. — PBS' "Downton Abbey," 12 nominations. — Netflix's Orange Is the New Black," 12 nominations. — PBS' "Sherlock: His Last Vow," 12 nominations. — HBO's "True Detective," 12 nominatio

  • Stars react to 66th Emmy Awards nominations

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Stars react to nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Thursday in Los Angeles: — "If the phone rings, I completely forget what's going on. I think someone is in trouble, someone is in jail, I'm in trouble, what could possibly be wrong? I immediately go to that place, and it's my publicist saying congratulations. I go to the dark place. — Matt LeBlanc on getting the early-morning call with news of his nomination for lead actor in a comedy series for Showtime's "Episodes." — "I was lying in bed with my son and I was thinking I shouldn't scream and wake him up but I need to scream and wake him up. So I did and he put the pillow over his head." — Minnie Driver on how she responded to her lead actress n

  • 'The Good Wife,' Leno among Emmy snubs

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Before the Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday, television academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum noted an embarrassment of riches. He said there were more Emmy-worthy series and movies produced by the industry than ever before. That's great for viewers, not so great for creators who look to the Emmys each year for validation. The stronger the material, the more memorable performances, the greater the chance that someone who expected to compete for a trophy will be snubbed. Broadcast network executives are no doubt feeling steamed on Thursday, particularly those in charge of developing dramas. The prestigious best drama category has some heavyweights, including the final season of "Breaking Bad" and PBS'

  • Emmys nominations odds, ends, facts and figures

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A glimpse at fun facts about Thursday's Emmy nominations: ___ PROUD TO BE NOMINATED: "Orange Is the New Black" co-star Laverne Cox is breaking down another barrier: She's the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy. Other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Emmy contenders this year include Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Kate McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Nathan Lane. ___ PROUD TO BE NOMINATED AND A NEW PAPA: Congratulations are pouring in for Jimmy Kimmel, and not just because "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" earned another Emmy nomination. The talk-show host announced on Twitter that he welcomed a daughter Thursday morning with wife Molly McNearny.

  • All about the DVR: How Emmy nominees watch TV

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before Emmy nominations were announced Thursday, the president of the television academy declared that "quality television is now platform-agnostic," with awards-worthy content distributed by broadcast, cable and Internet outlets. TV's top talents — the stars and producers nominated this year — say they prefer shows large and on-demand. Most rely on digital video recorders to track their favorite programs, and avoid watching on tablets and smartphones. "I have a big-screen TV," said Kate Mulgrew, nominated for her role as Red on "Orange Is the New Black." ''That's how I always prefer to watch television." "I'm a DVR person most of the time," said Anna Chlumsky, who was nominated for her supporti

  • TruTV gets funny with a new sketch-comedy series

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Are you brothers? Or twins?" a reporter asked comedians Keith and Kenny Lucas. "Both, I think," replied Keith (or was it Kenny?) in a way that made everyone laugh. The Lucas twins were gathered with five fellow funny people at the summer TV critics' tour to talk about their new sketch-comedy series, "Friends of the People." Among other ways, the show is distinguished by the network it will air on, truTV, where it premieres Oct. 28 for a 10-episode season. TruTV is broadening its focus in a new upbeat direction, adding not just comedy but, among a slate of upcoming projects, a wacky competition series, "Fake Off," which pits teams against each other to re-enact famous moments in pop

  • 'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy voters may need to steel themselves to sort through this year's top nominees: a macabre, medieval-style tale; a meth kingpin and his violent downfall; a bleak mystery about detectives tracking a ritual killer, and a heartbreaking saga of the AIDS epidemic's roots. Small-screen fare has steadily been pushed into bolder, even brilliant territory by cable and, now, online offerings, and it's enticing the TV academy to recognize programs that are more emotionally and dramatically complex — as well as sexually explicit and, for better or worse, much more violent. In this widely proclaimed golden age of television-plus, the brutal fantasy saga "Game of Thrones," based on the work of novelist George R.R.

  • ABC says O'Donnell is back on 'The View'

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rosie O'Donnell will return to ABC's "The View" this September for a most unexpected second act. ABC announced Thursday, via Twitter, that O'Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg on the nearly empty couch at the daytime chatfest. Show creator Barbara Walters retired this spring from on-air appearances, Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving after seven years and ABC didn't renew the contract of Jenny McCarthy after only one season. The roundtable has generally had five hosts, including Walters, throughout its history. This season there are four. O'Donnell, the veteran comedian whose daytime talk show was wildly popular in the 1990s, spent a combative eight months on "The View," ending in 2007.

  • Tennessee man pleads guilty in extortion case

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who appeared on "The Millionaire Matchmaker" has pleaded guilty to trying to extort $2.5 million from the operators of a nuclear weapons plant in exchange for slides he allegedly claimed would be damaging if released publicly. The U.S. attorney's office in Knoxville says 26-year-old Adam Winters of Robins, Tenn., pleaded guilty Thursday. He is to be sentenced Nov. 17. Prosecutors say Winters emailed Babcock and Wilcox, Y-12, LLC, the corporation that manages and operates the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and tried to email Vice President Joe Biden. Prosecutors said the email refers to slides of evidence from nuclear testing.

  • 'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, "Fargo," with 18 bids, and "American Horror Story: Coven," with 17. The AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin tale "Breaking Bad" got 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and a best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston. The 66th prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony will have big-screen star power to spare.

  • El Pinto to be subject of reality show

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's El Pinto Restaurant and its identical twin brother owners have reached a deal to develop a reality show. In a press release, El Pinto says the 1,000-seat New Mexican restaurant in Albuquerque's far North Valley was chosen for its unique setting, its onsite salsa manufacturing plant and its bachelor owners, John and Jim Thomas. The sprawling restaurant has a number of rooms and shaded patios that has made it a favorite for locals and tourists. Pictures of the celebrities who have visited line its walls. It is also known for its salsa, which sold in grocery stores across the country. Media Meld Studios and Smart Skirts Entertainment are in agreement to produce the show.