• Edie Falco embraces uncertainty after 'Nurse Jackie'

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 2007, Edie Falco said goodbye to her critically acclaimed series "The Sopranos" in one of the most divisive, talked-about finales on television. As she prepares to bid farewell to her addiction dramedy "Nurse Jackie," Falco isn't feeling any pressure to deliver another controversial ending. "This whole thing about finale episodes, I don't know. I tend not to get too caught up in it," Falco said in an interview Tuesday. "In a perfect world it lives up to all that you've come to expect in the show. I feel very much that it does." "I'm proud of it," she said of the June 28 finale. "It feels honest." Falco stars as Jackie Peyton, an ER nurse addicted to prescription drugs, on the Showtime series (Sun

  • Early morning wedding launches Elvis Presley's Vegas return

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The bride wore a mic and walked down the short aisle to Elvis' "Love Me Tender" before reaching both her groom and Priscilla Presley, her matron-of-honor. The early Thursday morning televised wedding of 26-year-old Kaycee Satava and 25-year-old Cameron Baker marked the debut of "Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience" at the Westgate Las Vegas hotel and casino, the same casino where Elvis performed several hundred shows when it was the Las Vegas Hilton and The International.

  • Lady Gaga to get first 'icon' award at Songwriters Hall

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga's icon status is being reaffirmed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 29-year-old pop superstar will receive the inaugural Contemporary Icon Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 18. The award is to honor a performing songwriter "who has attained an iconic status in pop culture," according to a Thursday statement from the hall. Gaga has had a hand writing most of her hits, including "Poker Face," ''Applause" and "Just Dance," although her latest album, "Cheek to Cheek" with Tony Bennett, is all covers. The Grammy winner is the latest to be honored at the New York ceremony: Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry are being

  • In time for strawberry season _ a master class in shortcakes

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The arrival of local strawberries is a sure sign that warm weather is on its way. So to celebrate, I'm sharing what I consider the absolute best biscuit recipe I've ever encountered. It was while I was working in Gourmet magazine's test kitchen during the '80s that I was put on the quest for the best biscuit. I tested dozens of versions, using a variety of fats and liquids in different proportions — milk, buttermilk, shortening, butter, sour cream, etc. The cream biscuits in this recipe for strawberry shortcakes easily beat out every other option. An all-American favorite popularized by James Beard, cream biscuits weren't just the tastiest and most tender of those we tested, they also were the quickest and easiest to make.

  • BET enters the boxing arena with Roc Nation Sports alliance

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — BET is storming out of its corner with its first-ever rounds of professional boxing. The network, which has traditionally programmed entertainment, music, news and public affairs for the African-American audience, , told The Associated Press it has partnered with Roc Nation Sports to air up to nine live, two-hour telecasts of boxing events in the next 18 months. The network promises the new program will "stretch the boundaries of the sport." The first main event fight will feature WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (27-0) facing former World Title Challenger Paul Smith (35-5) of England on June 20 at Oakland's Oracle Arena.

  • ABC News keeps tight lid on Bruce Jenner interview

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The first on-air promo for Friday's broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn't even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it. The two-hour interview special with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and estranged patriarch of television's Kardashian clan is expected to touch on transgenderism and reports that he may be transitioning to a woman. ABC has released only a couple of non-specific quotes by Jenner and is not expected to reveal much more in advance of Friday's program, preferring to give him the opportunity to address the topic in the full context of the interview.

  • AD: FSU will review Winston's comments about free-food caper

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston has put his much-publicized crab legs caper back in the headlines. Florida State issued a statement Wednesday saying it will investigate Winston's comments aired on ESPN that the ex-Seminoles quarterback believed he had an understanding with an unidentified grocery store employee that led to last year's shoplifting incident. Athletic director Stan Wilcox said in the statement that Winston's comments were new details to the school. "As is the case with all matters of this type, we will work in partnership with the NCAA to determine whether a violation occurred," Wilcox said.

  • Derek Hough injured at "Dancing with the Stars' rehearsal

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Hough is recovering from injuries that have him sitting out of performances at Radio City Music Hall and could sideline him on "Dancing with the Stars." The Emmy Award-winning choreographer was injured Monday while rehearsing for next week's 10th Anniversary "Dancing" special. He was diagnosed with a broken toe on his right foot and sprains and bone bruising to his left ankle. His publicist confirms 29-year-old Hough will remain in LA this week to recover from his injuries while an understudy fills in on the Radio City "New York Spring Spectacular" in which Hough has a starring role. Gymnast Nastia Liukin, Hough's current "Dancing with the Stars" partner, is training with a different pro-da

  • Diversity Study: Super Bowl ads less gender offensive

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    While Super Bowl XLIX commercials were more sensitive and less gender offensive than in past years, women and people of color remain vastly underrepresented among the creative directors who are producing those ads, according to a diversity study released Wednesday. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida released its annual report showing the advertising industry's continuing disparity in hiring practices in terms of race and gender. The study found that of the 42 Super Bowl ads in 2015 for which data was available, only three — or seven percent — featured exclusively a person of color as the lead creative director.

  • Seahawks' Russell Wilson to host Kids' Choice Sports awards

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will host the Kids' Choice Sports awards on July 16. He takes over from Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, a former New York Giants defensive end who hosted the inaugural show last year that gathers top athletes and celebrities in a celebration of kids' love of sports. The show airs on Nickelodeon from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. It's known for dumping gooey slime on guests. Wilson says he had a lot of fun at last year's show and describes himself as "a big kid at heart." "What an honor to be the king of slime for one crazy night," he said in a statement Wednesday. Wilson has led the Seahawks to Super Bowl appearances the last two years, with Seattle w

  • Review: Plenty of options for HBO online, not enough time

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO Now, the cable channel's new stand-alone streaming service, is both a blessing and a curse. Like HBO Go, the app that cable and satellite TV subscribers have, HBO Now gives you instant access to new TV episodes and movies, along with programs from months and years ago. People who don't subscribe to cable TV are now able to watch hit shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "Girls" without "borrowing" parents' accounts or turning to piracy sites. The curse? Having more video than you can ever find time to watch. I spent a weekend catching up on "Game of Thrones" in time for the April 12 season premiere. Then I squandered a day off from work bingeing on the startup parody "Silicon Valley.

  • Dr. Oz: We will not be silenced

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Vowing that "we will not be silenced," television's Dr. Oz is fighting back against critics who are trying to get him removed from a faculty position at Columbia University. Dr. Mehmet Oz will air an episode of his syndicated talk show on Thursday that specifically takes on the group of 10 doctors from around the country who wrote to a Columbia dean about him. The group suggested last week that Oz promotes "quack treatments" of weight loss supplements with no scientific proof that they work. Oz taped a message previewing his show where he said he knows he has alienated people in "our quest to make America healthy." But he said freedom of speech is a fundamental right of Americans, and the other doctors

  • Lauren Michaels? An oops moment for 'Today'

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A graphic on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday misidentified "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels as "Lauren." The flub by a graphics person, made on the East Coast feed of the morning show, was corrected for broadcasts in other time zones and online, the network said. "Today" had interviewed Michaels for a story Matt Lauer did on a New York gathering for people listed by Time magazine as the 100 most influential in the world. "Today" and "Saturday Night Live," of course, both originate from NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters in New York.

  • A 'Beat the Clock' for the YouTube generation

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — This isn't your grandparents' "Beat the Clock." Inside a soundstage at YouTube Space LA, a high-tech production facility operated by the streaming video site, a couple of YouTube stars have been outfitted with helmets and jockstraps affixed with long hooks. The guys are furiously gyrating their bodies in an attempt to nab rings scattered across the set in less than 60 seconds — all while several cameras capture each thrust. The silly hip-shaking stunt is one of several tasks that will be featured in a new take on the old-school game show that dared contestants to complete challenges before time ran out.

  • Detroit Lions schedule includes 6 nationally televised games

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions schedule includes a franchise-record six nationally televised games, including an appearance on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" against the Denver Broncos. The team on Tuesday released its full 2015 schedule. It includes a Thanksgiving Day game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Detroit will open the season on the road against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 13 and begin its home season against the Broncos on Sept. 27. When the Lions host Denver, it will be the first time that "Sunday Night Football" has aired live from Ford Field. Detroit travels to Seattle in Week 4 and New Orleans in Week 15 to face the Seahawks and Saints, respectively, on ESPN's "Monday Night Football.

  • Forget happiness: Dark comedy 'Happyish' sets the bar lower

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A veteran ad man at an existential crossroads has a "Mad Men" ring to it. Stir victimized Keebler cartoon elves into Showtime's dark comedy "Happyish" and it's obvious that something very different is afoot. Just as the waning "Mad Men" is Matthew Weiner's unique creation, the new "Happyish" represents Shalom Auslander's singular assertion of the futile quest for unqualified happiness — despite Thomas Jefferson's official declaration that we deserve to chase it. The founding father "wrote America's first tagline: 'Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,'" said Auslander, who gives the catchy phrase roughly the same respect as, "Buy one, get one free." "It's (expletive).

  • PBS probes slave-owning issue; Affleck expresses regret

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

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  • Christie to appear on 'Tonight Show' Wednesday

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie is set to ham it up once again with his pal Jimmy Fallon on late-night TV. The potential 2016 Republican presidential contender will be a guest on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday night. Christie last appeared on the show in June 2014, when the pair participated in a skit called "The Evolution of Dad Dancing." It featured the pair in khaki pants and golf shirts showing off various stereotypically outdated dances. The appearance was Christie's first on late-night television following the George Washington Bridge scandal and was widely seen as an attempt by the governor to try to move past the controversy.

  • Showtime to air documentary on Allen Iverson

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Showtime plans to debut a documentary on former Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson next month. The film "Iverson" will air on the premium cable channel May 16 after a debut at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Iverson led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA finals, won four scoring titles, clashed with former coach Larry Brown, and was an All-Star game fixture. Iverson's years in Philadelphia were marred by arrests in 1997 for carrying a concealed weapon and for possession of marijuana and in 2002 over a domestic dispute with his wife. The documentary addresses all parts of Iverson's life and includes interviews with Brown, former Georgetown coach John Thompson and NBC journalist Tom Brokaw.

  • NHL analyst Olczyk gets break from hockey to handicap Derby

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Eddie Olczyk is on his way to the Kentucky Derby. The NHL analyst will take a break from the playoffs and turn handicapper when NBC Sports Group's coverage of the Derby begins April 29 and ends with the Run for the Roses on May 2. The announcement was made Tuesday. Olczyk is not new to the racing scene, although this is his first Derby assignment. Last year, the former NHL player and coach was part of NBC's coverage of the Breeders' Cup and Breeders' Cup Challenge Series. Olczyk says that "there's nothing like hockey and horses at this time of year." He'll also be part of NBC's team covering the other Triple Crown races, the Preakness on May 16 and the Belmont Stakes on June 6.




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