• CBS retained its Nielsen ratings crown last week

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Football scored half of the Top 10 slots in last week's Nielsen ratings. NBC took first place with its Sunday night faceoff between San Francisco and Denver, and the pregame took second place. CBS' Thursday game ranked fifth as the New York Jets took on the New England Patriots. Fox's Sunday "The OT" post-game show ranked seventh place. And Notre Dame met Florida State on ABC's Saturday night telecast, ranking ninth. Overall, CBS won the weekly Nielsen prime-time clash for a fourth straight week and claimed the top three freshmen shows: "NCIS: New Orleans" (ranked fourth), "Madam Secretary" (13th) and "Scorpion" (14th), according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday.

  • 'S.H.I.E.L.D' fans push for Coulson/May romance

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — There's Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, aka Brangelina, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, aka Kimye. But are you ready for Philinda? Clark Gregg says that's the moniker "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." fans have come up with as they push for an on-screen romance between his character, S.H.I.E.L.D. chief Phil Coulson, and longtime agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen. The 52-year-old Gregg says some "very vocal and passionate" viewers have been on social media sites saying they "want to see that come to some kind of fruition" on the ABC show, airing Tuesdays (9 p.m. EDT).

  • 'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany eyes stage

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tatiana Maslany, the star of "Orphan Black," will be finding a temporary home on an off-Broadway stage. Second Stage Theatre said Tuesday that the BBC America star will appear beside Tony Award nominee and "The Newsroom" actor Thomas Sadoski in Neil LaBute's world premiere "The Way We Get By." The play will be directed by Leigh Silverman, who was nominated for a Tony Award last season for her direction of "Violet." Previews begin May 12. Maslany, who plays varied clones of her main character on "Orphan Black," just finished filming "The Woman in Gold." In that, she stars alongside Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. LaBute's plays include "Reasons to Be Happy" and "The Money Shot." His movies include

  • Fighters suing Mayweather over Vegas cable TV bout

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two fledgling professional fighters in Las Vegas are suing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and producers of a cable TV show, alleging they never consented to be part of a promotional training bout depicted as a "dog house" fight that was supposed to last until someone quit. Hashim Rahman Jr., 23, and younger brother Sharif Rahman, 18, accuse Showtime Networks and Mayweather of profiting at their expense. The lawsuit filed last week in Nevada state court seeks unspecified monetary damages of more than $10,000 from the New York-based network and Mayweather, who goes by the nickname "Money." Mayweather's attorney, Mark Tratos, declined to comment. Showtime officials didn't immediately respond to a message.

  • 'Disgraced' star Josh Radnor _ 'a 24-hour thinker'

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — For nine years, Josh Radnor played a hopeless romantic on TV's "How I Met Your Mother." So he's the perfect person to ask if his latest project is a good for a date night. Radnor is on Broadway in Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced," a blistering play about a dinner party that spirals into a shouting match about race, Islam and culture. He thinks for a moment before taking the bait. "It might be a nice litmus test. If your date doesn't want to talk about it afterward, you can go, 'This is not the right person for me,'" he says. "It's a conversation-starter. Or it could be a relationship-ender. It depends on your circumstances.

  • Networks encourage fans to watch their competitors

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Please watch another channel. That encouragement is popping up more and more during sports broadcasts. Viewers tuning into the National League Championship Series on Fox Sports 1 saw an ad behind the batter promoting the ALCS on TBS, and vice versa. Sure, they're helping the competition, network executives say. They also believe they're helping themselves. If more fans get excited about the NLCS, the thinking goes, they'll also be more likely to watch the ALCS. And it's not as though the games are going head-to-head against each other. As Fox Sports President Eric Shanks puts it, "A rising tide lifts all ships." It all sounds so logical that the bigger question is why this wasn't common until rec

  • Argentina demands 'Top Gear' apology from BBC

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Argentina's ambassador to Britain on Tuesday demanded an apology from the BBC over an ill-fated trip by car show "Top Gear" to the South American country. The program's crew had to leave Argentina hastily last month after they faced violent protests for driving a car with license plate H982 FKL — interpreted by some as a reference to the country's 1982 war with Britain over the disputed Falkland Islands. The BBC insists the license plate was a coincidence, and host Jeremy Clarkson has accused Argentine officials of whipping up anger for "political capital.

  • 'SNL' adds black woman to cast from writers room

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" is giving its on-screen diversity another boost. NBC says the comic institution is adding Leslie Jones to its cast. The African-American comedian wins her on-camera role after serving as a writer on the show last season. Jones has been a featured performer at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival. She starred in a one-hour comedy special "Problem Child" on Showtime. She came to "SNL" in January, along with fellow writer LaKendra Tookes as well as Sasheer Zamata, who was signed to join the cast at that time. Those hirings came after "SNL" had been criticized for a lack of diversity, particularly the absence of any black women among the regular

  • 'Stalker' star Maggie Q loves acting _ and privacy

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — For Maggie Q, her new series, "Stalker," hits close to home. But not too close, if Maggie can help it. She sees privacy, and guarding her personal space, as vital to her freedom. Even so, she has had her own brush with a stalker. "He thought he had a relationship with me that wasn't happening," she says, recalling the delusional fan. "I didn't KNOW that person!" As a past star of Asian-based action films, after which she played the title character of the CW thriller "Nikita" for four seasons, Maggie has done her best to evade off-screen attention of all kinds. Now, in the early weeks of her new series, which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EDT on CBS, she has braced for an even greater challenge to he

  • Turner channels removed from Dish amid pact spat

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement. Dish Network Corp. said Tuesday that Turner refused to extend the overall deal. But Turner— a division of Time Warner Inc. — said in a statement that it has worked for months to come up with a fair agreement and that the two sides have been unable to reach a deal. Other Turner channels removed from Dish's programming include Boomerang, Adult Swim, HLN, truTV, CNN en Espanol and Turner Classic Movies.

  • NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman's credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long. The network would not comment. Snyderman, a surgeon who spent 17 years as a medical correspondent for ABC News and has been at NBC since 2006, covered the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and worked briefly with Ashoka Mukpo, the cameraman who caught the virus and is now being treated in

  • Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there — why would anyone sign up now for cable? Well, don't sound the death knell for cable companies yet. Some would-be customers may balk when they see just how much paying a la carte actually costs. Stations that offer services a la carte will have to pay for marketing that the cable and satel

  • Barkley to tip off NBA season in Times Square

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Barkley is coming to Times Square to tip off the NBA season. Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal and Ernie Johnson will host live pregame, halftime and postgame shows from the New York landmark Oct. 28 when TNT airs a doubleheader on opening night. Two days later, TNT will televise a live pregame concert from Cleveland featuring a performance by Kendrick Lamar before LeBron James makes his regular-season home debut in his return to the Cavaliers.

  • Veteran Chattanooga broadcaster dead at 92

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Luther Masingill, a veteran broadcaster who worked for the same Chattanooga station for more than 70 years, died Monday. He was 92. WDEF-TV anchor Joe Legge told The Associated Press that Masingill died around 6 a.m. after a short illness. The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, which inducted Masingill two years ago, said in an email that he died in his sleep with his family by his side. "Luther is an icon in our business," the email said. "He only worked at one station, a feat in and of itself." According to the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, Masingill, who was also a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, is recognized as the only talent in America who was on the air when Pearl Harbor w

  • Comedians honor Jay Leno with humor prize in DC

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former "Tonight Show" host Sunday when he received the nation's top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno's famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks and Chelsea Handler also paid tribute. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS. Fallon, who replaced Leno this year on "The Tonight Show" after Leno stepped down for the second time, said it was a good time to honor Leno, "a man who has done so much for NBC, so much that we had to celebrate his career on PBS.

  • Waltrip juggling driving, dancing at Talladega

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Strolling through airports, Michael Waltrip is no longer recognized primarily as the driver who won a pair of Daytona 500s. Now, he's the dancing guy. For this weekend, Waltrip will be both driver and dancer, going back and forth from Talladega Superspeedway to a nearby YMCA to practice the Argentine tango for the TV show "Dancing With the Stars." The co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing likes his chances on the track much better than beating Alfonso Ribeiro on the dance floor Monday night. "Well, I've won here before so I'm going to go with Sunday, because if that dancing program was just about straight-up dancing, I'm pretty sure Alfonso's better than me," Waltrip said. "I saw a video of h

  • Tim Russert office exhibit opens at Buffalo museum

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An exhibit honoring the late Tim Russert is opening in the hometown of the long-time moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press." The exhibit titled, "Inside Tim Russert's Office," opens Friday at the Buffalo History Museum. It shows Russert's Washington, D.C., bureau office much as it did on June 13, 2008, the day he died of a heart attack at age 58 while recording voiceovers for his next show. Russert's office went on display at the Newseum in Washington in late 2009 and was on view through last June 15. The re-creation includes items such as Russert's "Thou Shalt Not Whine" sign, as well as many of his books, papers and framed photos. Russert, who served on the Newseum's board of directors, was b

  • Arabs from Israel risk arrest for 'Arab Idol' show

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    MAJD AL-KRUM, Israel (AP) — Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world's premiere television song competition. But the journey Manal Mousa, 25, and Haitham Khalaily, 24, have taken from their villages in Israel to the competition in Lebanon could comprise a television drama of its own — featuring travel to an enemy country, Israeli security interrogations, and the complicated identity crisis of Israel's Arabs. The two singers are competing for more than just fame: they want to be a part of the cultural world that has been largely off limits to them because of the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict. "This is a chance for Haitham," said Waheeb Khalaily, Haitham's father, in his home in Majd Al-Krum, a village in t

  • Nixon comes alive in a new show from Harry Shearer

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Shearer is hardly the first person to mine comedy from the rich vein where Richard Nixon shines. But no one has done it more faithfully than Shearer, who, in his new series, mimics Nixon unimpeachably while re-enacting real-life scenes as the man known to detractors as Tricky Dick — all to hilarious effect. The creatively peripatetic Shearer's credits include "This is Spinal Tap," ''The Simpsons" and the 30-year-old humor-and-politics "Le Show" on public radio. Now, with "Nixon's the One," Shearer dramatizes, verbatim, bizarre but actual interludes lifted from the White House recordings Nixon secretly made — those very tapes whose revelations would wreck his presidency.

  • Correction: Books-Twin Peaks story

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — In an Oct. 16 story about an upcoming "Twin Peaks" novel, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a "Twin Peaks" TV sequel will be directed by Mark Frost. It will be directed by David Lynch, Frost's series co-creator and executive producer. A corrected version of the story is below: TV's 'Twin Peaks' headed to bookstores as a novel TV's 'Twin Peaks' headed to bookstores as a novel ahead of the 2016 Showtime sequel NEW YORK (AP) — The eerie TV town of Twin Peaks will soon be available between covers.