• 'Walking Dead' plays season 5 trailer at Comic-Con

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans attending Friday's panel for "The Walking Dead" at Comic-Con got to see the first trailer for season five. The new episodes stick largely to the comic-book version created by Robert Kirkman, and producers say it will get even darker in tone. "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln as a sheriff deputy who awakens from a coma to find flesh-eating zombies now roam the world around him. Lincoln told the audience his preparation for scenes was a quiet process, prompting moderator Chris Hardwick to show a video montage of the actor shouting and pounding his fists to pump himself up on set. "It's so normal for all of us to be so weird now," explained co-star Lauren Cohan.

  • Mike Tyson gets a standing ovation at Comic-Con

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — He didn't always stay on topic, and not everything he said was politically correct or easy to understand, but most of the audience at the Comic-Con panel for Mike Tyson's new animated Adult Swim series roared with laughter throughout. Actor Rob Corddry moderated the session featuring producer Hugh Davidson and stars Tyson, Jim Rash and Rachel Ramras. On "Mike Tyson Mysteries," a cartoon version of Tyson teams up with a pigeon to solve cases. Ramras voices the character of Tyson's adopted Korean daughter. When this was brought up on the panel, Tyson interrupted, saying he thought until that moment that she was Chinese. He then commented that he "never adopted a Chinese girl in real life.

  • Yes! Former WWE champ catches suspected burglar

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — A former WWE champion known as Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said. According to police, Bryan Danielson and his wife, Brianna, drove into the carport of their Arcadia home and saw a door to the house start to open. That's when Danielson and his wife, a fellow former WWE star known as Brie Bella, ran inside to check on their dog, Josie. "I saw the guys running out the back. I chased them. I caught one of them. I kept him until police got there," Danielson said. Danielson and Cesar Sosa, 22, got into a struggle, but the former champ subdued him until officers arrived, Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy

  • Lifetime drops reality TV show on Texas mortuary

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Lifetime TV network has dropped a reality show about a Texas mortuary after eight decaying bodies were found at the facility and the co-owners were arrested for alleged corpse abuse. Lifetime announced in June it would produce a show called "Good Grief" about the Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth. The show was due to air July 23. But the show "has not and will not air on Lifetime," Lifetime Networks vice president Les Eisner said in a statement Friday, adding that the allegations are "deeply troubling." Johnson Family Mortuary co-owners Dondre Johnson, 39, and his wife Rachel Hardy-Johnson, 35, were arrested last week after the building owner evicted the couple for not paying rent and

  • Bazinga! 'Big Bang Theory' writers hit Comic-Con

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Past "Big Bang" Comic-Con panels have paid off for fans that score tickets. One viewer was awarded a trip to space. And there was a surprise appearance by Johnny Galecki, who hid in the audience in costume until he asked a question. For the second year in a row, the writers and executive producers represented the long-running CBS comedy. Stars Jim Parsons, Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are without contracts for season 8. (Last week, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that she was confident it would be worked out.

  • Zimmerman says he'll appeal NBC lawsuit dismissal

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman has filed a notice to appeal the dismissal of his defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal and three reporters. The appeal notice was filed Tuesday with the Seminole County Clerk of Courts. Judge Debra Nelson on June 30 dismissed Zimmerman's lawsuit, saying the former neighborhood watch leader failed to show the network acted with malice. Nelson said the malice standard was appropriate because Zimmerman became a public figure after he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in February 2012. It generated a national conversation about race and self-defense laws. He was acquitted of second-degree murder last year.

  • BSkyB to create multinational European TV network

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — London-based pay TV network BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a multinational European broadcaster. The deal could have a wider impact on the media industry, giving Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox a cash boost to potentially revive its attempt to buy Time Warner. BSkyB said Friday it will buy Sky Italia and 57 percent of Sky Deutschland for 5.35 billion pounds ($9.1 billion) from media giant 21st Century Fox. Besides being chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox, Murdoch is also BSkyB's largest shareholder with a stake of just over 39 percent. BSkyB said the deal would create a pay TV provider with 20 million customers across three of Europe's four biggest m

  • Scientists make love, war weapons in 'Manhattan'

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producer Sam Shaw was grappling with how to craft a TV drama about the war on terror and the price it exacts from those who keep its secrets. He found the answer by looking back to the early 1940s, when U.S. scientists and others working in isolation created the first atomic bombs without the knowledge of Congress, the vice president or the American public. The result is "Manhattan," debuting Sunday (9 p.m. EDT) on cable channel WGN America. The drama is set in a makeshift, desolate Southwestern desert community, one of several that sprang up as part of the Manhattan Project aiming to beat Nazi Germany to the bomb.

  • Frazier Museum hosting collectibles TV show

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville museum is hosting an antique appraisal show that will air on Kentucky Educational Television. The "Kentucky Collectibles" show will be filmed at the Frazier History Museum on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. The public is encouraged to bring any antiques, historic objects or other valuables to the museum where a team of appraisers will inspect the items and possibly select them for the TV show. The shows will air in installments on KET channels throughout the state in the fall. The museum is located in downtown Louisville at 829 W. Main St. To register, go to http://ww2.ket.org/donate/gifts/kentucky-collectibles or call (800) 866-0366. A $100 donation allows a visitor to ha

  • MTV's 'Teen Wolf' cast delights fans at Comic-Con

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans squealed and screamed, and some shed tears at Thursday's Comic-Con panel for MTV's hit series "Teen Wolf." Before cast members like Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin and Holland Roden took questions from fans, executive producer Jeff Davis announced the show had been picked up for a 20-episode, fifth season. He also confirmed actor Dylan Sprayberry has been upped to a series regular. "Teen Wolf" is a fresh take on the 1985 Michael J. Fox film of the same name. In the first episode, Posey's character is bitten by a werewolf, which turns him into one as well. He soon learns his town is filled with various packs of werewolves.

  • 'Under the Dome' cast teases possibility of escape

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Under the Dome" is broadening its scope. At a Comic-Con panel Thursday, "Under the Dome" star Mike Vogel teased the possibility of some of the characters leaving the impenetrable dome that encompasses the town of Chester's Mill, Maine, on the TV drama. "A lot of people said, 'How do you maintain a show under a dome year after year?'" he said. "They've come up with a really exciting and interesting way of broadening the scope of our world. I think everyone's in for a real treat once that happens." "Under the Dome" is airing its second season Monday nights on CBS (10 p.m. EDT). Cast member Rachelle Lefevre said viewers will also see more about how the outside world is reacting to the dome.

  • Harmon: 'Community' online won't be too different

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Just because "Community" is going online to Yahoo doesn't mean it's in for a lot of changes. In fact, creator Dan Harmon says he has "no big, highfalutin plans" for its Web version. At a Comic-Con panel Thursday, Harmon revealed he doesn't want season six to feel radically different, especially to its loyal fans. "My philosophy is (to) attempt to make the same show, and let the lack of boundaries make themselves felt ... I don't want to take the wheels off so much that people think, 'Well, this is just some new show.'" He also admits he wavered about the idea of taking the show to the internet. He then asked himself, "Does it really matter where we're doing this? I cannot be the one to not

  • Marriage, power and sex rule CW's 'Reign' season 2

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — When The CW's "Reign" returns for its second season, we will see Mary, Queen of Scots, and the new King, Francis II, in the first year of marriage. Don't expect it to be all wedded bliss and festivities at court. The young couple has to contend with their newfound position of power, not to mention as newlyweds. "Reign" stars Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo and Megan Follows talked about the show and teased season two at a Comic-Con panel Thursday. Some highlights of what to expect: — The plague is coming. Executive Producer Laurie McCarthy says it "changes the dynamics of court, this particular region of France" and "not everyone will survive." There will be casualty in the first episode.

  • Mack Brown to serve as ABC studio analyst

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Former Texas coach Mack Brown will serve as a studio analyst for college football games on ABC. Brown stepped down in December after 16 years with the Longhorns, winning the national title after the 2005 season. Brown will appear on "College Football Countdown" and offer pregame, halftime and postgame commentary for the games on ABC, including "Saturday Night Football." He will work with host John Saunders and former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell. ESPN also said Thursday that former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis will serve as an analyst for ESPN2's studio coverage on Saturdays. Davis was fired by the Tar Heels in 2011 during an NCAA investigation.

  • Ricky Martin to be judge on 'The Voice ... Mexico'

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — And the fourth and final judge for "The Voice ... Mexico" is: Ricky Martin. The Puerto Rican pop star will join Yuri, Julion Alvarez and Italian songstress Laura Pausini as the judges for the singing contest. Mexico's Televisa network announced that Martin will be the fourth judge in a statement on Thursday, saying that "all his experience and musical abilities will be available for the next season of The Voice ... Mexico." Martin previously was coach on "The Voice Australia." The fourth edition of "The Voice ... Mexico" begins on Sept. 7.

  • FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit. Leaders at the FX network are trying something new: They're no longer talking publicly about how their programs do on opening night, believing those numbers don't accurately reflect how many people see their shows. Instead, they're waiting a few days to see how many people catch up via time shifting. Inside baseball perhaps, but also a vivid illustration of how TV viewing is changing, particularly for the scripted dramas that dominate at FX.

  • This time, Obama fundraising is a bit of 'Scandal'

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and dishonor among Washington's political elite. Fundraising in Beverly Hills, President Barack Obama told about 450 Democratic Party contributors at the home of "Scandal" producer Shonda Rhimes that such controversies distract from the business of governing. Among those listening was series star Kerry Washington. "All we hear about is phony scandals," Obama said, pausing ever so briefly to acknowledge his hosts. "No offense — 'Scandal' is a great show.

  • Bing Crosby's kids recall dad's duet with Bowie

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — David Bowie's duet with Bing Crosby on the entertainer's 1977 Christmas television special left an indelible impression on Crosby's teenage children. Harry, Mary and Nathaniel Crosby were on set when Bowie arrived to tape his appearance. The mash-up between the cardigan-clad singer known for "White Christmas" and the glam rocker who was in his Ziggy Stardust phase required some last-minute reworking of "The Little Drummer Boy." The result was a new melody and lyrics called "Peace on Earth." The duet remains a holiday staple and a curiosity. Bowie was 30 and Crosby was 73 at the time. Crosby died of a heart attack a month after the taping in September 1977. Mary Crosby remembered Bowie arri

  • Stonestreet: Acceptance will grow for gay athletes

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Eric Stonestreet predicts that one day, it's not going to take an act of courage for an openly gay person to play in the NFL. "It's going to be considered common. It's not going to feel taboo, and people are not going to feel they need to be closeted or keep their sexuality a secret because of other people's opinions," Stonestreet told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The "Modern Family" star, who plays a gay man on the popular ABC show, said, "Times are changing and Jason Collins, Michael Sam and those guys who have come out are most definitely having an impact with society." Sam came out as gay before this year's NFL draft. He was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.

  • Musician Nas finds his family tree in PBS series

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale," Nas said. "I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk." The unearthed information made him think about his ancestors' contribution to America, he said, "and now I'm on a mission to find out more.