• Did North West say mama or dada 1st?

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Recently Kim Kardashian West sent her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, a text because of something she read online. "I text(ed) Bruce, 'I saw on TMZ that you got pulled over. Are you OK?'" she recalled during a recent interview with The Associated Press. Keeping tabs on one another through blogs and headlines has become normal for a family that's anything but: a mom, stepdad, five daughters, one son, step siblings, assorted spouses, ex-spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends and grandchildren who have become a prominent part of U.S. pop culture since they began putting their lives on display for TV cameras in 2007. "Sometimes you do have to keep up with each other through what we see," Kardashian West, 33, said of,

  • On 'Tonight Show,' Fallon pays tribute to Williams

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon paid to Robin Williams on the "Tonight Show," where the late comic made many memorable, seldom-seated appearances. His voice cracking, Fallon called Williams "the Muhammad Ali of comedy" on Tuesday and stood atop his desk to declare, "O Captain, my captain, you will be missed." Fallon performed a brief impression of Williams' fast-talking, riffing delivery, but mostly let a clip from Williams' first appearance on the "Tonight Show" in 1981 speak for itself. To the delight of host Johnny Carson, Williams jumped into the crowd playing a mock evangelist. Such frenetic guest spots became regular events for Williams. With many late-night hosts on break this week, few have yet reacted on air to

  • New Jersey's Christie takes Ice Bucket Challenge

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proving again he doesn't mind a little humiliation. The Republican on Tuesday posted on his Facebook page a video showing two of his kids dumping a bucket of ice water on his head. The video is part of the Ice Bucket Challenge, launched by the ALS Foundation to raise money for fighting ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Christie nominates three other people to complete the challenge within 24 hours or donate $100: Democratic New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon. Christie has been trying to move past a scandal at home by drawing laughs, including an appearance on Fallon's show.

  • Mixed martial arts fighter accused of attacking ex

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a mixed martial arts fighter and porn actor after his girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and said the man, known as War Machine, beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life. The woman, Christy Mack, said she was able to eventually escape out a back door and run naked through her neighborhood, knocking on doors until someone helped her get to a hospital. Court records filed Monday say the 32-year-old is wanted on suspicion of domestic battery, strangulation, lewdness, assault and coercion in the attack early Friday. The fighter's name was Jon Koppenhaver until he legally changed it to War Machine in 2008.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 4-10

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 4-10. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 10.1 million. 2. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 9 million. 3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.2 million. 4. "NCIS," CBS, 7.9 million. 5. CMA Music Festival, ABC, 7.3 million. 6. "Under the Dome," CBS, 6.8 million. 7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.5 million. 8. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.5 million. 9. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.1 million. 10. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 6.1 million. 11. "Extant," CBS, 5.9 million. 12. "Big Brother" (Sunday). CBS, 5.9 million. 13. "N

  • Sharks keep hold on TV viewers' attention

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The popularity of "Sharknado" may have had a splash-over effect on Discovery Channel's Shark Week, which the channel said debuted with its highest-rated night ever in 27 years of telecasts. More than 3.6 million prime-time viewers tuned in Sunday for a line-up that included "Air Jaws: Fins of Fury," according to Nielsen company figures Tuesday. Viewers' appetites appear to have been whetted by SyFy's July airing of the campy "Sharknado 2: The Second One" — or maybe it's the other way around, Discovery Channel president and general manager Eileen Neill said.

  • Schools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The Southeastern Conference's new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers. The network will be welcomed by millions of fans of who can't get enough coverage of the most powerful conference in college sports, and SEC officials think it will increase revenue. Getting the network off the ground — with operations at 14 different campuses — wasn't easy or inexpensive. Some schools needed to build professional studios, upgrade technology and hire a video staff. SEC associate commissioner for network relations Charlie Hussey says "a lot of our schools had done a good amount of work already in the infrastructure for this, while others

  • Fox's Smith expresses regret over Williams comment

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News' Shepard Smith says he regrets using the word coward while speculating on air what Robin Williams may have been feeling before his suicide. Smith made the comment Monday night during coverage of the Academy Award-winning actor's death. "I have no way of knowing the depths of Mr. Williams' suffering but I never meant to suggest that he acted in any such manner," Smith said in a statement. "He was a one-of-a-kind American treasure and I regret using any word during the hour-long special, reflecting on his extraordinary career, that would appear I disparaged him in any way." Smith was speaking about how Williams' death might impact his three adult children.

  • FCC's Pai supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns. "Right now, the FCC is officially on the side of blackouts. We should be on the side of sports fans," Pai said during a news conference in Buffalo on Tuesday. "The FCC shouldn't get involved in handing out special favors or picking winners and losers. And in my view, there is no reason for the FCC to be involved in the sports blackout business." Pai, one of five FCC commissioners, became the first to speak out in favor of eliminating the NFL policy the FCC instituted in 1975.

  • 'Another World' star Charles Keating dies at 72

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Keating, a British-born Shakespearean actor who was amused by the fame that came with being an American soap opera star on "Another World," has died, his son, Sean Keating, said Monday. He was 72. Keating, who was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago, died Friday in his home in Weston, Connecticut, with family members including his wife, Mary, and his other son, James, at his side, Sean Keating said. "He had promised my mom when he was first diagnosed that he would make it to their 50th anniversary. He made it almost to the hour" on Friday, Sean Keating said. The couple was married on an Oklahoma Army base after Keating was drafted, he said.

  • Al-Jazeera America logs first anniversary

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Al-Jazeera America marks its first anniversary on the air next week, and if you haven't watched much, you're not alone. The news network has recorded some startlingly low ratings and recently shown signs of retrenchment with layoffs and by cutting some live newscasts. Al-Jazeera America has also won awards for its work, seen some recent audience growth and its chief executive insists a steady growth plan is on target. After several unsuccessful years trying to get its English-language network carried widely in the United States, the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera bought and closed Al Gore's Current TV network last year and set up the U.S.-focused AJAM to replace Al-Jazeera English in the U.S.

  • PBS' antiques show finds $1 million baseball trove

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" says it hit a home run with a collection of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia. A trove of signatures and rare baseball cards from Boston Red Stockings players was appraised at $1 million for insurance purposes, series producer Marsha Bemko said. She said it's the largest sports memorabilia find in the history of the 19-year-old public TV show, which travels America looking for varied heirlooms and treasures. The collection was brought to an "Antiques Roadshow" taping Saturday in New York City. The owner inherited it from her great-great-grandmother, who ran a Boston boarding house where the team lived in 1871-72, PBS said. The baseball franchise is now the At

  • 'Better Call Saul' to debut in February, AMC says

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — AMC-TV says that "Breaking Bad" spinoff, "Better Call Saul," will debut in February. The network recently released a clip of sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, arguing about the importance of always having a lawyer. After the clip the word "February" is shown. Previously, AMC said "Better Call Saul" would premiere in November 2014. The series will follow Goodman as he defends drug lords, petty criminals and those allegedly injured in minor traffic accidents. In "Breaking Bad," Odenkirk played the lawyer of meth lord Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston. The New Mexico Film Office said in May that "Better Call Saul" would be filmed in Albuquerque.

  • Cowabunga! 'Ninja Turtles' bring box-office power

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office. Paramount Pictures' comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged into first place in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The action film's totally tubular result prompted the studio to announce plans Sunday for a sequel set for June 3, 2016.

  • Belfast actor dies after 'Game of Thrones' debut

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Authorities say Belfast actor J.J. Murphy has died days after starting his new role on the HBO series "Game of Thrones." No cause of death was given for the 86-year-old, who worked for decades on the Belfast stage. Murphy was cast to portray Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night's Watch military order, and started filming scenes last week. He died Friday at his home. HBO declined to say whether Murphy's role will be recast or if planned scenes involving Mallister will be rewritten. Much of "Game of Thrones" is filmed in Northern Ireland and local actors feature prominently in the cast. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland praised Murphy as a mentor to younger Belfast acto

  • TV ratings for PGA Championship best in 5 years

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS Sports says Rory McIlroy's one-shot victory over Phil Mickelson in the PGA Championship produced the highest overnight ratings in five years. CBS says the household rating was 6.0 with a 13 share, up 36 percent from a year ago when Jason Dufner beat Jim Furyk at Oak Hill, meaning probably more than 6 million people watched on Sunday. It was the highest rating since a 7.5 and 17 share in 2009 when Y.E. Yang rallied from two shots behind to beat Tiger Woods at Hazeltine. Sunday at Valhalla featured four players with at least part of the lead on the back nine — McIlroy, Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson. The round finished at 8:43 p.m. EDT because of a rain delay earlier Sunday, and McIlroy fini

  • Film, TV and music stars among Emmy presenters

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film stars Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Halle Berry are among the first presenters announced for this month's Emmy Awards ceremony. In a statement Monday, executive producer Don Mischer said 13 celebrities have been confirmed so far as trophy presenters for the Aug. 25 awards. The three Oscar-winning actors have small-screen credentials: Berry is starring in the summer series "Extant," Roberts is nominated for the TV movie "The Normal Heart" and McConaughey is up for honors for the drama series "True Detective." Their willingness to dabble in TV is a sign of the medium's creative strength and increasing appeal to top-tier actors and others in Hollywood.

  • Lawyer: Tracy Morgan struggling after crash

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tracy Morgan is struggling more than two months after he was injured in a motor vehicle crash that left a fellow comedian dead. His attorney, Benedict Morelli, told NBC's "Today" show Monday the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member is fighting hard. Morgan suffered a broken leg and broken ribs when the limousine van he was riding in was hit from behind June 7 by a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike. The wreck killed 62-year-old comedian James McNair and injured two others. Morelli has filed suit against Wal-Mart, claiming the retailer should have known the truck driver had driven 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware. The truck driver has pleaded not guilty to de

  • Woodley, Elgort among Teen Choice Awards winners

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort of "The Fault in Our Stars" rode a victorious wave at the Teen Choice Awards. The actors were honored with several prizes at Sunday's fan-favorite extravaganza, including choice drama movie actor and breakout movie star for Elgort and choice drama and action movie actress for "Divergent" star Woodley. The pair was also awarded the surfboard-shaped trophy for choice movie lip-lock for their "Fault in Our Stars" smooch. "I don't surf or anything, so I guess I'm gonna put this on my wall," said Elgort of the unique prize. Demi Lovato kicked off the Teen Choice Awards with a performance and a win.

  • Iyanla, Sharpton, others recognized by McDonald's

    Updated: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From inspirational motivators and community activists to business owners and a former athlete, this year's recipients of the McDonald's 365 Black Awards cover the spectrum of altruism. The 11th annual star-studded show, hosted by actors Terrence "J'' Jenkins and Tika Sumpter airs at 10 p.m. EDT Sunday on the cable channel Black Entertainment Television. A rebroadcast will occur Sunday, Aug. 17, at 11 p.m. EDT on the cable channel CENTRIC. This year's honorees include inspirational leader Iyanla Vanzant, whose television show "Iyanla: Fix My Life," returns in October for a fourth season on the OWN Network. "I'm a longtime McDonald's customer," Vanzant recalled recently in an interview with The Associ