• Lifetime orders 'Clan of the Cave Bear' pilot

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lifetime TV channel says it has ordered a drama pilot based on the best-selling works of the author of "The Clan of the Cave Bear." Lifetime said Wednesday that the project's executive producers include filmmakers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. The pilot is titled "The Clan of the Cave Bear." That's the title of Jean M. Auel's first novel in her "Earth's Children" series. Lifetime says the TV project is aimed at a potential 2015 launch. A 1986 big-screen version of "The Clan of the Cave Bear" starred Daryl Hannah.

  • 'Orphan Black,' 'Broadchurch' back for new seasons

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — BBC America is bringing the critically acclaimed dramas "Orphan Black" and "Broadchurch" back for new seasons in 2015. The cable channel said Wednesday that the third season of "Orphan Black" will include 10 episodes. In the eerie drama, Tatiana Maslany plays varied clones of her main character. Crime drama "Broadchurch" will return for its second season next year with original stars including David Tennant and Olivia Colman. Charlotte Rampling and Marianne Jean-Baptiste will be among the new cast members.

  • Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields reunite for TV movie

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Move over Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. A couple of other old TV pals are reuniting, too. Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields, who co-starred on the hit sitcom "The Facts of Life," are teaming in a new Hallmark Channel movie called "For Better Or For Worse," airing July 19. Spelling and Garth, who became stars on "Beverly Hills, 90210" in the '90s, recently got back together in an ABC Family sitcom called "Mystery Girls." Whelchel and Fields go back even further, having shared the small screen from 1979 to 1988 on the boarding school sitcom that first gave a young George Clooney widespread exposure. Whelchel played snobby Blair and Fields was gossipy Tootie.

  • 'Under the Dome' off to slow start this season

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A substantial number of the people who made CBS' "Under the Dome" the surprise hit of last summer appear to have lost interest in the fate of the fictional town of Chester's Mill, Maine. The second-season premiere of the show about a town placed under a mysterious dome, written by Stephen King, had 9.4 million viewers on June 30. That's down from the 13.5 million who watched the series premiere in 2013, the Nielsen Co. said. CBS pointed out that when time-shifted viewing is taken into account — people who watched a recording of "Under the Dome" either a day or two afterward — the viewership increased to 13.2 million last week. Time shifting lifted last year's premiere to 16.7 million. This week, th

  • Nielsen's top programs for June 30-July 6

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 30-July 6. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.14 million. 2. "Under the Dome," CBS, 9.41 million. 3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.59 million. 4. "NCIS," CBS, 8.13 million. 5. "The Big Bang Theory" (Monday, 9:30 p.m.), CBS, 7.03 million. 6. "Night Shift," NBC, 6.87 million. 7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.479 million. 8. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 6.476 million. 9. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 6.38 million. 10. "The Big Bang Theory" (Monday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 6.37 million. 11. "Unforgettable," CBS, 6.2 million. 12. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.01 m

  • Vintage stars return for real-life 'Heartbreakers'

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Investigation Discovery is going to camp this summer. Campy TV, that is. Departing from its usual true-crime reality fare, the network is unrolling "Heartbreakers," which brings back stars from the past in scripted melodramas that happen to be based on true life. The trio of one-hour episodes is meant to be reminiscent of the prime-time soaps of the 1980s and '90s. The real-life stories resonate with passion, greed and betrayal, the network said Wednesday in announcing the series at the summer TV critics' tour. The premiere episode, titled "Shot Through the Heart" and airing Aug.

  • 'Naked and Afraid' participants share naked truth

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — How do you prepare to be a survivalist-in-the-buff on "Naked and Afraid"? One way: You start at the bottom and work up. "I walked around barefoot for months," said Dani Julien, who then spent 21 days undressed in the wilderness on the popular Discovery Channel reality show. Julien and three fellow self-described survival experts appeared, fully clad, at a panel on Wednesday at the summer TV critics' tour. Quickly enough, the question arose: Why? "This is who we are," replied Jeff Zausch. "This is what we're made of. We were made to push the limits of what's humanly possible." But why (apart from the fact that they're attractive, telegenic young people) the nudity? Self-di

  • Germany's WCup victory sets Twitter sports record

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It won't be what Brazil's fans will remember, but the first World Cup semifinal is the most tweeted-about sports event in Twitter history. The social media company says there were 35.6 million tweets sent out during Germany's 7-1 demolition of Brazil on Tuesday afternoon. That easily beat Twitter's previous record of 24.9 million set during the Super Bowl in February. The most tweets came when shots were whipping by the Brazilian goaltender. Twitter says there was a flurry of more than 580,000 tweets per minute right after Germany's goal made it 5-0, the last of four goals to come in quick succession.

  • Corey Stoll enjoys 'The Strain' of series stardom

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — This looks dire. An airliner has landed in New York with everyone onboard apparently dead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's hard-charging troubleshooter, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, is summoned to investigate. A suspicious-looking crate the plane was carrying vanishes. Welcome to "The Strain," a creepy new thriller about a viral outbreak threatening the human race that only Goodweather can stop. Premiering Sunday on FX (10 p.m. EDT), "The Strain" can claim as co-creators Guillermo del Toro (the "Hellboy" films) and Chuck Hogan, who jointly wrote the novels that inspired the series. Carlton Cuse ("Lost") is the show runner. The series stars Corey Stoll, who tangled with demonic

  • 'Stand Up to Cancer' telecast to return Sept. 5

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — How often do your favorite TV outlets all carry the same show at the same time — and in prime time, without ads? Tune in to just about any channel on Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific to see for yourself. Dozens of broadcast and cable networks will again donate a simultaneous hour of commercial-free airtime to carry the fundraiser "Stand Up to Cancer." Participants will include ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, ESPNews and many others. A Canadian broadcast is being added this year. Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen are returning to produce the telecast for a second time, and other stars from television, film and music will encourage and accept donations from the public.

  • Greg Poehler turns immigrant life into comedy

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Seated at a dinner table surrounded by his girlfriend's relatives on his first day in Sweden, Greg Poehler couldn't help thinking that his experience in culture shock might make a good television show or movie someday. Flash-forward 14 years and that instinct proved true. The couple married, moved to Stockholm six years after that initial visit and have three children. Amy Poehler's younger brother, 39, is now the writer, producer and star of NBC's summer comedy "Welcome to Sweden," premiering Thursday (9 p.m. EDT). The understated romantic comedy changes some details: Greg was a lawyer and his character, Bruce, manages money for stars like Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell; Bruce's in-laws are nuts and Greg's ar

  • Heading 'Strain' cast, Stoll once was an outcast

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "I chose a very strange profession for someone who had such body issues," says actor Corey Stoll, who, at 38, not only has a thriving career but also a ripped physique that could shame a couch potato into hitting the gym. Still, he can't dismiss his past. As a teen he was fat — very fat — he reports, with his 6-foot-2 frame then carrying some 100 pounds more than his current 210. Starring in the new FX thriller, "The Strain" (premiering Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT), Stoll has leading-man charisma as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hero pitted against a viral outbreak threatening the planet. Meanwhile, viewers of the Netflix drama "House of Cards" can get a head-to-toe look at him in the buff

  • Al Jazeera America says it's building to last

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — As it approaches its first birthday, Al Jazeera America anchor Tony Harris says he's surprised by how good the network is. The journalistic performance of the network hasn't been reflected by its audience size, though. Viewership remains very low. But like Harris, network President Kate O'Brian voiced confidence on Tuesday that viewers will catch up with it. She called its corporate parents — the Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network — "extremely supportive" and in it for the long run. Al Jazeera America, which launched on Aug. 20, 2013, has marketed itself as a hard-news and documentary network without a political slant and little interest in fluff. Harris and O'Brian made the co

  • Stevie Nicks joining 'The Voice' as adviser

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Nicks is joining "The Voice" as an adviser to Adam Levine's team for the upcoming season. Filming is currently underway on the show's seventh season. Nicks, the 66-year-old Fleetwood Mac singer, has been working with Levine and his 12 team members as they assign songs and rehearse with the contestants in preparation for the show's battle rounds. Levine and Blake Shelton will be joined by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams as coaches when the NBC show returns on Sept. 22. The network says it will soon announce other advisers for this season. Fleetwood Mac is set to embark on a 33-city tour starting Sept. 30 in Minneapolis, with Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and hi

  • Jerry Sandusky's son tells story to Oprah Winfrey

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky's adult son is speaking out about what he says was sexual abuse by his father. The Oprah Winfrey Network announced Tuesday that Winfrey's interview with Matt Sandusky will be broadcast on July 17. The network says Matt Sandusky describes grooming, methodical control and manipulation by his father. He's one of six children Jerry and Dottie Sandusky adopted. Matt Sandusky settled a civil claim against Penn State. His allegations weren't part of the criminal case that ended two years ago with a 45-count conviction for Jerry Sandusky, who is serving a lengthy prison sentence. At the time of the trial, Matt Sandusky claimed the abuse started when he was 8 years old.

  • Pop-rocker scores song to soothe anxious canines

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Score one for the dogs. DogTV, the 2-year-old television network for dogs, asked Grammy-winning musician Andrew Dost of the pop-rock band fun. to write some psychoacoustic music for the network. The unnamed result, nearly four minutes of harp, piano and repetitive electronic undertones, debuted Monday during a relaxation segment. "I approached this composition project differently than I would for human ears. I made sure the range of frequencies and instrumentation were tailored to a dog's unique sense of hearing and kept things musically more level and linear," Dost said in a statement. The music accompanies video recorded in Yosemite and together are designed to reduce the stress and anxiety

  • Sean Hayes joins cast of CBS sitcom 'The Millers'

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS says popular sitcom star Sean Hayes is joining the cast of its comedy "The Millers" as a series regular. Hayes will play the new best friend of the character played by Margo Martindale and a new source of friction for her son, played by Will Arnett, CBS said on Tuesday. Hayes is best-known from eight seasons on the sitcom "Will & Grace." Last season he starred in the comedy series "Sean Saves the World." "The Millers," which premiered last fall, is a family comedy also starring Beau Bridges and J.B. Smoove. Its second season begins Oct. 30.

  • Discovery Life Channel to premiere next year

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Discovery Communications says its fitness network will undergo a transformation to Discovery Life Channel early next year. The new network will focus on ordinary people in extraordinary situations as they overcome hardships and take risks. These include medical mysteries as well as extreme human conditions, Discovery said Tuesday. Discovery Life Channel will retain some programming from Discovery Fit & Health, the channel it supplants. New shows include "Ripped Kids," which will profile the world's strongest kids, and "Tales from the Maternity Ward." The network, which premieres Jan. 15, will be available in 47 million homes. The announcement was made during the summer TV critics' to

  • Reality TV husband gets prison sentence for fraud

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — The husband of a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 35-year-old Apollo Nida was also ordered to pay restitution to victims of a $2.3 million scheme during his sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Nida is the husband of Phaedra Parks, one of the reality show's stars. He pleaded guilty May 6 to conspiring to commit mail, wire and bank fraud. Prosecutors say Nida and co-conspirators since 2009 had stolen checks and used victims' stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns and fraudulent claims against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  • Golf Channel series hits Myrtle Beach

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The Grand Strand has gotten a Big Break. The Golf Channel's series latest chapter was filmed at several courses in Myrtle Beach. The show will premiere October 7th. Six men and six women seeking a jumpstart to their golf careers will take part in several competitions at Barefoot Resort with the winner receiving among other prizes an exemption to a PGA Tour or LPGA Tour event in 2015. The series' latest season was filmed on three of Barefoot Resorts courses, one each designed by Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Davis Love III. An episode was also filmed at Pawley's Plantation, a Jack Nicklaus-designed layout that's south of Myrtle Beach on Pawley's Island. The competition series began in 2003 and