• Tim Tebow joining ABC's 'GMA' as contributor

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tim Tebow is taking the field for "Good Morning America." ABC said Thursday that the Heisman Trophy winner is joining the program as a contributor starting Monday. Tebow will be part of the show's new "Motivate Me Monday" segment that highlights people and their stories of triumph. ABC says he'll appear in the studio and from locations across America. Tebow is an analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network. He led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2012, followed by short stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots. When he was hired as a college football analyst for the fledgling SEC Network last year, Tebow said he still hopes to play quarterback in the NFL.

  • Filming begins on new season of 'True Tori'

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tori Spelling is willing to go there for a second time. Lifetime says filming began Thursday on another season of "True Tori." On the show, cameras follow Spelling as she works to piece together her marriage after her actor-husband, Dean McDermott, was caught in a cheating scandal late last year. While McDermott is on the series, "True Tori" focuses on the 41-year-old Spelling. In an interview earlier this year with The Associated Press for her ABC Family comedy, "Mystery Girls," Spelling said doing "True Tori" was "a great experience" because it helped get her story out, rather than letting tabloids tell their version. Season two of "True Tori" premieres Oct. 21. ____ Online:

  • EU OKs BSkyB deal to create multinational network

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust authority says it has approved the bid by Britain's BSkyB to create a multinational pay TV network by taking control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany. The EU's executive Commission found the transaction wouldn't hinder competition since the companies are currently serving different markets that are also separated by language barriers. BSkyB said in July it will buy Sky Italia and 57 percent of Sky Deutschland for 5.35 billion pounds ($8.6 billion) from U.S. media giant 21st Century Fox, creating a network with 20 million customers across three of Europe's four biggest markets.

  • Burps 'n' fiddles mark 2nd Miss America prelims

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A supermodel ripped a massive burp onstage, a contestant who collapsed the night before made it back to the stage, and a fiddle-playing Kentuckian wowed the crowd in the second night of preliminary competition in this year's Miss America pageant. The night got off to a strange start Wednesday when pageant host Dena Blizzard, a former Miss New Jersey now working as a standup comic, challenged the celebrity judges to reveal something interesting about themselves that no one knows. Model Kathy Ireland revealed that she could "burp the alphabet." Dared to come up on stage and do so, Ireland hesitated, then climbed the stairs to the stage and admitted she really couldn't burp the alphabet.

  • PBS' 'The Roosevelts' spans a century of history

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Behold this saga of bygone titans, a trio on an epic scale who share the same name. The latest magnum opus from Ken Burns, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," premieres on PBS as a seven-night, 14-hour extravaganza airing Sunday through Saturday (Sept. 14-20) at 8 p.m. EDT. It is a story that takes a holistic view of greatness, interweaving Theodore Roosevelt, the nation's 26th president and a Republican; his fifth cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat who was elected four times to the White House as the 32nd president; and TR's niece, Eleanor Roosevelt, who wed FDR, and, even beyond the unique partnership they forged with marriage, lived a life of activism and moral leadership that extended nearl

  • Showtime pulling plug on 'Nurse Jackie'

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Nurse Jackie" will soon be making her rounds one last time. Showtime announced Wednesday that the comedy starring Edie Falco will end its run after an upcoming seventh season. The show wrapped up its sixth season in June and has just begun production on the final season. Falco won an Emmy for her role as a drug-addicted medical professional. The series premiered in 2009. A Showtime representative said air dates for the last season haven't been scheduled, so it's impossible to know when the finale will take place.

  • UK TV series take root in Acorn streaming service

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here's an offbeat mystery: Why did detective Hercule Poirot's final U.S. small-screen bow come not on his familiar stage, PBS, but on a niche website devoted to streaming British whodunits and dramas? And why did Robert L. Johnson, the business mogul who founded Black Entertainment Television and sold it to Viacom for $3 billion, buy Acorn Media Group and gladden the hearts of Anglophiles everywhere? The answers lie in a company's reinvention of itself when faced with industry changes that presented both threat and opportunity.

  • PBS' 'Shelter Me' puts at-risk pets in limelight

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Any animal can end up at a public shelter, but most of them won't stay long. There, millions of dogs and cats face euthanasia, driving one filmmaker to turn his camera into a lifesaver. Workers at several of the shelters, where no animal is turned away, say pets have a champion in Steven Latham, who directs and produces a PBS series called "Shelter Me," featuring animals that are running out of time. Seeing the urgency, he took his efforts a step further, starting a website, helping set up adoption events and coordinating flights full of pooches to cities able to get them adopted. "The pets at open admission shelters need our help the most," said Latham, who has made other documentary films and series for

  • Actor RJ Mitte sees cerebral palsy as an asset

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — For RJ Mitte, playing Walter White Jr. in AMC's "Breaking Bad" was art imitating life. Like the 22-year-old actor, his character had cerebral palsy — just a more severe case, requiring Mitte to learn to walk on crutches and slow his speech for the role. Mitte says he also had to revisit some of the challenges he faced growing up, which served as "a great reminder" that helped him win the part. "The past does haunt you, but it haunts you for a reason: to remind you of the mistakes and actions you've made along the way and you have to grow from those actions," he said. Mitte says those experiences enabled him to bring something to the role that others couldn't.

  • Football's return means big win for NBC

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is certainly ready for some football, given how the NFL's return enabled the network to flatten its competition last week. The Nielsen company said NFL games on Thursday and Sunday each drew more than 20 million viewers — and the most a non-football related program reached last week was an "NCIS" rerun with 10.6 million. The 26.9 million who watched Thursday's kickoff game between Seattle and Green Bay represented a 7 percent increase over the first game in 2013, which matched Baltimore and Denver. Sunday's game, between Indianapolis and Denver, had 23.7 million viewers and was down 7 percent from the first Sunday game a year ago. Last year's game matched Dallas and the New York Giants, two teams

  • NY judge: TV clip service not violating copyright

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A media monitoring company distributing television clips and snippets of transcripts to customers including the White House and Congress hasn't violated broadcasters' copyrights by letting its customers search its database, but it's unclear whether all facets of its business will get a judicial stamp of approval, a judge said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan ruled in a copyright case filed by Fox News Network against TVEyes Inc. He wrote that the company's database and its searchable function for television clips and snippets of transcript were fair uses of broadcast content and thus were protected from claims of copyright infringement.

  • Kelli O'Hara tapped for NBC's 'Peter Pan Live!'

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has gone to Broadway to find one of its stars of "Peter Pan Live!" The network said Tuesday that Kelli O'Hara will play Mrs. Darling, the wife of George Darling and mother of the Darling children — Wendy, John and Michael — in the live telecast of the musical airing Dec. 4. O'Hara received Tony nominations for "South Pacific," ''The Pajama Game," ''The Light in the Piazza," ''Nice Work If You Can Get It" and "The Bridges of Madison County." Next spring, she will return to Broadway in the revival of the classic 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I," starring Ken Watanabe. "Girls" star Allison Williams will play Peter and Oscar winner Christopher Walken will play the villainous pi

  • Nielsen's top programs for Sept. 1-7

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 1-7. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Seattle, NBC, 26.91 million. 2. NFL Football: Indianapolis at Denver, NBC, 23.69 million. 3. "NFL Thursday Pre-Kick Show," NBC, 20.99 million. 4. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick Show, NBC, 18.81 million. 5. "Football Night in America Pt. 3," NBC, 14.03 million. 6. "The OT," Fox, 12.46 million. 7. "NFL Opening Kickoff Show," NBC, 11.79 million. 8. "NCIS" (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 10.6 million. 9. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 10.47 million. 10. "NCIS," CBS, 10.36 million. 11. "America's Got Talent" (

  • Fox host: We're not taking domestic abuse lightly

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel host Brian Kilmeade insists the network's morning show isn't making light of domestic abuse after it was criticized for comments made about the video showing football player Ray Rice hitting his future wife. Kilmeade, on Monday's show, had said the lesson to be learned from the incident was -- quote -- "take the stairs." Kilmeade addressed but did not apologize for the remark on Tuesday's show. He said the remarks made some feel like the "Fox & Friends" hosts were taking the situation too lightly. Kilmeade said -- quote -- "we are not. We were not. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us, I can assure you.

  • Ken Burns researches his distant relatives

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Burns details the connections between two distantly related American presidents in his new documentary series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," and in the process found his own personal ties. Burns learned that he was a seventh cousin on his mother's side to President Theodore Roosevelt and an eighth cousin to both President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. "After a while, we're all related to one another," said the documentary maker, whose 14-hour series unfolds over seven days on PBS, starting Sunday. That's pretty much the case if you go back 3,000 years, said Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian at Ancestry.com. In Burns' case, it's a closer connection.

  • Bill Maher with back-to-back hours Friday on HBO

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The news can be hard for viewers to take straight. Too confusing, too depressing, too wacky, too much. That has made useful a breed of news presenters who soften the blow with wit and pungent insight on such programs as "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," the soon-departing "Colbert Report" and the recently arrived "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver." Yet another mainstay on the laugh-while-staying-current watch list: HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," which on Friday resumes its 12th season after leaving its viewers in the information lurch for its August break. Maher will spring back into action with a one-two punch. From his show's Los Angeles home base, he travels to Washington, D.C., for a special

  • Fox hosts' banter about Rice video draws criticism

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Banter by two Fox News Channel hosts about video showing football player Ray Rice hitting his future wife has come under fire. The "Fox & Friends" hosts, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy, made their on-air comments Monday while discussing newly released video showing Rice hitting Janay Palmer in an elevator in February. Kilmeade said that the lesson to be learned was, in his words, "take the stairs." Doocy responded that the message is to remember that elevators include cameras. The comments, which were criticized as inappropriate by media observers and in online posts, will be discussed on Tuesday's "Fox & Friends," the channel said.

  • LeBron, Johnny Manziel to appear at film screening

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's dynamic sports duo is about to show off some of its promotional powers. LeBron James and Johnny Manziel are hitting the town together. Spring Hill Productions, co-owned by James and business partner Maverick Carter, will host a private screening Thursday night for a comedy series the NBA superstar's film company is producing, and Manziel, the Browns' popular rookie quarterback, is on the guest list. The screening will feature the first two episodes of "Survivor's Remorse," a Starz network comedy on the rise of a basketball phenom. The series will premiere on Oct. 4. James, a four-time league MVP, has returned home to play for the Cavaliers after four seasons with the Miami Heat.

  • Correction: Sons of Anarchy story

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Sept. 7 about the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy," The Associated Press reported erroneously that a character in the series played by Katey Sagal is named Jenna. In fact, the character's name is Gemma. A corrected version of the story is below: At premiere, cast, crew discuss end of 'Anarchy' At final-season premiere, cast, crew discuss the end of hit drama 'Sons of Anarchy' By MIKE CIDONI LENNOX AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The cast and crew of the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy" gathered in Hollywood Saturday night for their seventh, and final, season premiere. Saying goodbye to the series clearly hasn't been easy for Katey Sagal, who walked the red carpet

  • Prosecutors: Don't televise theater shooting trial

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case joined defense lawyers in opposing television coverage inside the courtroom during the trial, saying it would inflict intense and hurtful attention on victims who testify. In a court filing dated Friday and made public Monday, prosecutors also argued that television coverage could change the way trial witnesses behave. Last week, attorneys for defendant James Holmes argued courtroom television would violate his right to a fair trial by making witnesses worry about public reaction if they gave testimony considered favorable to Holmes. They said it could also expose jurors and attorneys to death threats and cause other problems. Prosecutors also asked the j