• Search to begin for Michael Strahan's successor on 'Live'

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — If finding a new partner for Kelly Ripa on her daytime talk show is anything like the process that led to Michael Strahan's hiring, it won't be quick. "Live" went through nine months and 59 guest co-hosts before former football star Strahan was chosen to replace Regis Philbin. Strahan, who started in 2012, is leaving to work full-time at "Good Morning America" and ABC announced that his last day will be on May 13. The last time around, some of the guest hosts were just filling in, others actively trying out for the full-time job. Among Ripa's partners were Anderson Cooper, Seth Meyers, Neil Patrick Harris, Jeff Probst, Nick Lachey, Josh Groban, Alec Baldwin, Jerry Seinfeld, Jonah Hill, Sam Champion and Ripa'

  • Actor Columbus Short fails drug test while on probation

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former "Scandal" actor Columbus Short has tested positive for cocaine and marijuana use and is facing a probation violation in a felony assault case, court records show. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Leslie E. Brown received details about the failed drug tests Thursday and ordered the actor to appear at a hearing May 9 to address them. The actor told probation officials in early April he used medicinal marijuana daily but had not used cocaine in three years. A drug test administered on April 8 tested positive for cocaine and marijuana use, according to a probation report filed April 21. A probation officer recommended that Short receive drug and alcohol treatment and be ordered to abstain from al

  • Efforts to help Flint amid water crisis get $520,000 boost

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Community Foundation of Greater Flint is distributing more than $520,000 to help deal with Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water. The funding announced this week goes to Edible Flint, the Fair Food Network, the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department and the Hurley Foundation. Work planned with the grants includes improving access to health care and nutritious foods. A $167,000 grant to the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department, for example, will help expand the "Meet Up, Eat Up" summer meal program and establish year-round sites for weekend meals. Nutritious food can limit the effects of lead exposure. If consumed, lead can cause developmental delays and learning dis

  • The Latest: Cruz shoots an airball at 'basketball ring'

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 as voters head to the polls in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland (all times Eastern): 12:10 a.m. Ted Cruz's attempt to pander to basketball-crazy Indiana is backfiring on him. During a rally Tuesday night at a gym where "Hoosiers" was filmed, Cruz attempted to recreate a famous scene by having an aide measure the height of the basket. But Cruz referred to the hoop as a "basketball ring," resulting in a torrent of taunts across social media. Cruz is a movie buff who has quoted scenes from "Hoosiers" before.

  • The Latest: McGinty, Toomey tangle in victory speeches

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania's primary (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Democratic Senate nominee Katie McGinty and Republican incumbent Pat Toomey didn't waste any time going after each other after their Pennsylvania primary victories on Tuesday. Speaking in Philadelphia, McGinty casts Toomey as an enemy of the middle class and women's issues and says he wants to undo the progress made under President Barack Obama. In a victory speech outside Pittsburgh, Toomey criticizes McGinty as being unable to point to a single policy area where she would separate from the "left-wing orthodoxy" of the Democratic Party.

  • Blackhawks-Blues Game 7 draws best NBCSN 1st-round audience

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — Game 7 of the Blackhawks-Blues series drew the largest TV audience for a first-round NHL playoff game on NBCSN. St. Louis' 3-2 win Monday to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions averaged 1.35 million viewers. The telecast on CSN Chicago earned a 19.1 rating, a record for the regional sports network. That means 19.1 percent of homes with televisions in the Chicago area were tuned to the broadcast.

  • HBO's 'Game of Thrones' opens with bang

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The fantasy favorite "Game of Thrones," the most popular series in HBO's history, returned for its sixth season with what may or may not be the show's most-watched episode ever. It all depends on which Nielsen company measurement you look at. HBO's experience is a vivid illustration of how new ways of watching television are imposing difficulties on people whose job it is to pin down how many people actually experience something. Nielsen estimated that 7.94 million people watched "Game of Thrones" at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday, when the episode first aired. That would make it the third most-popular episode of the series ever, behind the season five finale (8.11 million) and the first episode of last season (8 million

  • Senate passes bill creating 'Eartha Kitt Day' in SC

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Senators have given key approval to make every January 17th in South Carolina "Eartha Kitt Day" in honor of the late actress. The Senate approved the bill 35-5 on Tuesday. After one more routine vote, it heads to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk. Kitt was born on Jan. 17, 1927, on a farm near North in Orangeburg County. She spent six decades in entertainment, getting her big break dancing with the Katherine Dunham troupe. She sang on stage, movies and television and called herself a "sex kitten," punctuated with a cat-like purr. Kitt won two Emmys and also was nominated for several Tonys and two Grammys. She died in 2008. Democratic Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg has been working for yea

  • Skip Bayless leaving ESPN when contract up at end of August

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Commentator Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN when his contract is up at the end of August. The network announced the move Tuesday, a day after news broke that "Monday Night Football" play-by-play voice Mike Tirico is departing ESPN for NBC. Bayless could reunite at Fox with former ESPN executive Jamie Horowitz. He's the latest prominent personality to leave in the past year as the network has looked to cut costs. Bayless joined ESPN in 2004 as a writer and TV commentator. He raised his profile trading inflammatory opinions with Stephen A. Smith on the daily studio show "First Take." His last appearance at "First Take" will be the day after the end of the NBA Finals.

  • Ferguson's 'Fully Committed,' taking on 40 roles in new play

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Jesse Tyler Ferguson last starred on Broadway, he had to spell. This time around, it's more about counting. The "Modern Family" star takes on more than 40 roles in the one-man show, "Fully Committed." He joins the ranks of a select few that have walked the Broadway planks alone. Ferguson admits this is a completely different experience than playing Leaf Coneybear in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" a decade ago. "What really makes this a unique play is that it's not monologues. I'm not spending a lot of time with each character — I'm in dialogue with these characters," Ferguson said of the play that takes place in the basement of a trendy Manhattan restaurant. Ferguson had to g

  • Warriors-Rockets Game 4: most 1st-round viewers since '02

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Game 4 of the Warriors-Rockets series drew the largest television audience for the first round of the NBA playoffs in 14 years. With MVP Stephen Curry returning from an ankle injury then spraining his knee late in the first half, Golden State's 121-94 victory Sunday averaged more than 7.2 million viewers on ABC. ESPN said Tuesday that's the most since a Trail Blazers-Lakers game in 2002.

  • Strahan to exit 'Live' in May, Ripa says all is forgiven

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Ripa returned to her daytime talk show Tuesday after time off to "gather (her) thoughts" in response to learning her co-host Michael Strahan is leaving, saying the incident had started a conversation about workplace respect. She also told the audience that her bosses had apologized to her, and she'd received assurances that the "Live with Kelly and Michael" show was important to parent Walt Disney Co. But only hours after the show's telecast, Ripa's remarks were upstaged by an updated announcement that Strahan will leave in May for full-time duties on ABC's "Good Morning America," not in September, as previously indicated.

  • 'Sister Wives' family asks court to reconsider bigamy ruling

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The polygamous family from the TV show "Sister Wives" is asking an appeals court to re-consider a decision that upheld Utah's law banning bigamy. Kody Brown and his four wives argue the ban violates their constitutional rights and wrongly makes families like theirs into criminals. They sued and won a ruling that struck down key parts of the state's polygamy law in 2013, but the appeals court threw out the case earlier this month. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver decided the Browns can't challenge the ban in court because they never faced criminal charges.

  • Prominent journalist denied work permit in Ukraine

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) — One of the most influential journalists on Ukrainian television was denied a work permit on Tuesday, authorities said. Migration authorities said they wouldn't extend the permit for Savik Shuster, host of a popular political talk show, because he failed to inform them of a tax investigation against him. Shuster, who was born in Lithuania when it was part of the Soviet Union, holds Canadian and Italian citizenship. With the two passports he holds, he can stay in Ukraine up to 90 days without a visa. The award-winning journalist, who has invited representatives of all political views onto his program, accused the government of going after him for criticizing authorities.

  • Kit Harington goes from 'Games of Thrones' to devilish drama

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    LONDON (AP) — Kit Harington has gone from blood and gore in "Game of Thrones" to blood and gore in an English Elizabethan drama. The actor, who played Jon Snow in HBO's fantasy series, plays the title role in a West End production of Christopher Marlowe's "Dr. Faustus." Director Jamie Lloyd and playwright Colin Teevan have modernized sections of Marlowe's play about a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for worldly power and glory. The production, which opened Monday, has plenty of crossover appeal for "Thrones" fans, from scenes of sex, violence and debauchery to long stretches featuring Harington clad only in his underpants.

  • Escort's alleged murder-for-hire case to be heard by court

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An appeals court will hear the arguments of a former escort charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband. Florida's 4th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed late last week to consider Dalia Dippolito's argument that her case be thrown out because of alleged misconduct by police investigators. No hearing date is set. Dippolito's lawyers argue detectives pushed her former lover, Mohamed Shihadeh, to make her meet with an undercover officer posing as hit man even though Shihadeh wanted out of the investigation. The lawyers say Shihadeh threatened Dippolito with a gun when she balked at the meeting. The video of Dippolito's meeting with the pretend hit man became part of a "Co

  • Megyn Kelly to interview Donald Trump for Fox TV special

    Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Trump will join Megyn Kelly on a Fox TV special for her first interview with him since the fallout from their encounter during a GOP presidential debate last summer. The Republican front-runner will be a guest on "Megyn Kelly Presents," a prime-time special airing May 17, the network said Monday. In a statement, Kelly said she asked Trump for the interview when they had a private meeting earlier this month. She said she looks forward to a "fascinating exchange." Kelly and Trump's second debate go-around, in March, proved far milder than the initial Republican debate that aired on Fox News last August.

  • Sportscaster Erin Andrews settles court case, ends appeals

    Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sportscaster and TV host Erin Andrews on Monday settled with two hotel companies that were found partially to blame for a stalker posting secretly-recorded nude video of her on the Internet. A jury in March had already awarded Andrews $55 million following a trial where jurors also found her stalker all at fault. But the two hotel companies that own and once operated the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt appealed the verdict. The hotel is a franchise. By settling now, Andrews stops what could have been years of appeals. The settlement agreement was reached in the morning and is confidential, said Ann Dee McClane a, spokeswoman for Spicer Rudstrom, the law firm that represented West End Hotel Par

  • AP Source: Mike Tirico leaving ESPN this summer for NBC

    Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN and ABC Sports this summer when his contract expires to work for NBC, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press on Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither network had made an announcement about the broadcaster. SportsBusiness Journal was first to report the news. Tirico began working at ESPN in 1991 and became its "Monday Night Football," play-by-play announcer a decade ago. He seamlessly transitions to calling action for major golf and tennis tournaments, NBA and college basketball and college football. "He never seems to get flustered or rattled," former broadcast partner Joe Theismann once said. "He's incredibly smo

  • HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' is must see TV for its growing fan base

    Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — With all the joking and hamming for the camera that Chip Gaines does on "Fixer Upper," it's hard to believe that he initially was the shy half of the husband-and-wife duo that's garnered huge fans and ratings for HGTV. "He was scared of the camera at first where it was a real phobia," said Joanna, who plays the Abbott to Chip's Costello. "He would freeze up and then he would have to exit, and it would just be me." To say that edge wore off is an understatement __ he once got so comfortable that he ate a dead cockroach, just to prove he would. Joanna responded with a mix of shock, humor and disgust, and he drew plenty of laughs, including from viewers.




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