• Canadian actor-writer Don Harron dies at age 90

    Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — Don Harron, who entertained TV audiences in Canada and the U.S. with his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson and helped bring the Canadian classic novel "Anne of Green Gables" to the stage, died Saturday. He was 90. Harron's eldest daughter Martha said her father died Saturday morning surrounded by family at his Toronto home after choosing not to seek treatment for cancer. The wit and humor that landed him roles on CBC radio and television programs continued to define her father to the very end, Martha Harron said. "He was still sharp. He was still capable of being funny even though his voice was barely above a whisper," she said. "It's horribly sad, but it's beautiful too.

  • Houston's estate criticizes Lifetime for movie on singer

    Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Whitney Houston's family says the singer's fans should "brace themselves for the worst" if they watch Lifetime's television movie about the late singer that premieres Saturday. Pat Houston, president of the singer's estate and her sister-in-law, issued a critical statement about the movie on Houston's website on the eve of the movie's airing. She said the movie was done without the family's blessing and against the wishes of her mother. "If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst," Pat Houston wrote.

  • Analyst Greg Anthony suspended after solicitation charge

    Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Basketball analyst and former NBA player Greg Anthony was suspended indefinitely by CBS on Saturday after he was arrested on a charge of soliciting a prostitute in a Washington, D.C., hotel room. "Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season," A CBS spokeswoman said Saturday. Turner Sports also suspended the TV commentator and said it "will have no further comment." Anthony, 47, issued a statement Saturday apologizing to his wife, family and colleagues. "I made a mistake," he said. "With this lapse of judgment, I embarrassed many, including myself. I will work to regain the trust that I have lost, and the first step is saying that I am sorry.

  • New Fox TV chiefs look for showmen to rescue network

    Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Producers capable of making "big, bold" series such as Fox's freshman drama "Empire" are key to rescuing the network from its ratings slump, its top executives said Friday. Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the longtime CEOs of the 20th Century Fox studio, last year were named co-chairs of the Fox Television Group that includes the studio and network. They took over a broadcaster that's No. 4 in the ratings and has fading shows, including one-time powerhouse "American Idol." "It's going to be an uphill battle" that must include hiring the best talent, Newman told a Television Critics Association meeting Saturday.

  • Diversity important for follow-up to 'The Bible'

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Producers of the upcoming sequel to "The Bible," which premieres Easter Sunday on NBC, said on Friday it was important to hire an ethnically diverse cast for the story of what happens in the 100 years after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Christ's apostle John is portrayed by Gambian actor Babou Ceesay, while Mary Magdalene is played by Chipo Chung, an actress who is half-Zimbabwean and half-Chinese and is now based in London. Juan Pablo di Pace, who is from Argentina, has the role of Jesus. "We wanted people to turn on their television sets and see themselves in this story," said actress Roma Downey, who produced "A.D. The Bible Continues" with her husband, prolific producer Mark Burnett.

  • Lawyer: Cosby wasn't in Los Angeles at time of alleged abuse

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby's attorney said Friday that the comedian was not at the Playboy Mansion on the night a model accuses him of drugging and sexually abusing her. Cosby was in New York on the night that model Chloe Goins claims the comedian drugged and accosted her in a bedroom of the mansion, attorney Martin D. Singer wrote in a statement. Singer said he would present evidence to authorities detailing Cosby's whereabouts before, during and after the Playboy Mansion event. Goins met with Los Angeles police detectives on Wednesday and her attorney said the incident took place during an event in August 2008.

  • NBC firmly shuts door on Bill Cosby

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The door is firmly shut to Bill Cosby's return to NBC, the network's top entertainment executive said Friday. "That's safe to say," NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Friday when asked if the network would ever again do a project with Cosby, who 30 years ago was the sitcom king with the network's "The Cosby Show." NBC's decision to sever ties with the 77-year-old comedian comes in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual assault against him, two lawsuits and a complaint to Los Angeles police earlier this week from a woman who says the comedian sexually abused her in 2008. The network said late last year it was dropping plans to develop a "classic" family sitcom with him.

  • Wonder, Parton, Longoria projects part of NBC's slate

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Stevie Wonder is on board for an NBC miniseries set against the 19th-century Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves find freedom. Wonder, who will serve as executive producer for the project, also may be involved in a musical adaptation of the miniseries that is aimed at Broadway, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Friday. "The hope is that Stevie will write the score" for the musical that's in development and which would be staged after the miniseries airs, Greenblatt said. NBC is in business with another famed musician, Dolly Parton. The network has closed a deal for a series of TV movies based on her songs, stories and "inspired life," he said.

  • Lorre throwing love in direction of Charlie Sheen

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Chuck Lorre won't clear up the mystery about whether Charlie Sheen's character will return from the dead for next month's "Two and a Half Men" series finale, but he's throwing a lot of love Sheen's way. The television megaproducer said Thursday he has "nothing but good feelings" for Sheen, who was kicked off the sitcom in 2011 during a spectacular meltdown that included calling Lorre a "contaminated little maggot." Lorre, producer of "Two and a Half Men," ''The Big Bang Theory" and "Mom," said it was important to acknowledge the extraordinary success the show had with Sheen. His character was killed off and replaced as leading man by Ashton Kutcher. Once television's most popular comedy, "Two an

  • Yaya DaCosta gained new confidence starring in 'Whitney'

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Yaya DaCosta had to dig deep to reach the confidence radiated by Whitney Houston at her peak, especially on stage. But in portraying the legendary performer and recording artist in Lifetime's new TV film, "Whitney," which premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime, DaCosta saw no alternative. "I'm not a singer," DaCosta said Friday. "But even if I were, Whitney Houston was a very specific kind of singer. Beyond any mimicry, there was a certain essence that I challenged myself to capture on stage. It meant exuding a confidence that had to be real. "And in becoming her, I found a new level of confidence in myself.

  • ABC Family's 'Chasing Life' focuses on young adult cancer

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Italia Ricci plays a twenty-something journalist who is battling leukemia on ABC Family's "Chasing Life." It's not an easy role, the actress says. "I just feel really guilty when I get to come home and not have cancer and all of the people who have cancer can't turn it off," she said in a recent interview. "It just doesn't feel fair and so that hits me harder than what I have to work out on (the) set." "Chasing Life" returns with the second half of its first season on Monday (9 p.m. EST). The 28-year-old says playing April Carver has given her perspective and reminded her of the saying, "pick your battles." "I get to look at life as if the stakes are that high for me," she said.

  • Clarification: TV-Ann Curry-NBC story

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 14, The Associated Press reported that genocide was committed in Kosovo. While Kosovo's ethnic Albanians insist that Serbia's actions during the war in 1998-99 amounted to genocide against them, the claim has been rejected by Belgrade. A U.N.-run court has found that Serbia's crackdown in Kosovo can't be considered a genocide.

  • AP Explains: Amazon Prime Instant Video

    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Online retailer Amazon.com's Prime Instant Video made history this week when its show "Transparent" won a Golden Globe for best comedy TV series, a first for a web-only production. Amazon Studios then announced that it had hired Woody Allen to create his first-ever TV series. So what is Amazon Prime Instant Video? It competes with Netflix, Hulu, Yahoo Screen and others by streaming a mix of original content and reams of movies and TV shows. Here's a brief look at the rise of Amazon Prime Instant Video and other streaming services: THE STREAM More Americans are watching TV by streaming video on PCs, tablets and phones or via set-top boxes like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or Roku.

  • Bill O'Reilly plans book, TV project about Wild West

    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A companion book to Bill O'Reilly's Fox News Wild West project will come out in April. The Fox News host and multimillion-selling author is finishing "Legends & Lies: Into the West," stories about Jesse James, Davy Crockett and other outlaws and good guys that will include a multiparty television docudrama and a companion book. The TV series debuts with two episodes on April 12 on the Fox News Channel, while the book will be published April 7, Henry Holt and Co. told The Associated Press on Thursday. O'Reilly is serving as executive producer for the Fox broadcast and is contributing the introduction for the book, written by David Fisher.

  • Awkward moments arise for ABC sitcom 'Fresh Off the Boat'

    Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Food personality Eddie Huang said Wednesday that ABC is being "smart and strategic" in how it is adapting his memoir "Fresh Off the Boat" for a television sitcom, but the process has been anything but smooth. The series, which debuts Feb. 4, tells the story of a teenage boy from a Taiwanese family trying to fit in to an American suburb. Huang's appearance at a television conference to promote the show was preceded by a lengthy first-person piece this week in New York magazine in which he complained about how his often-angry story was smoothed over to make a feel-good sitcom.

  • 'Interview' star Park glad to switch gears with TV comedy

    Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — "The Interview" actor Randall Park says he's glad the film was finally released and he's ready to move on to his next role — a suburban dad in an ABC sitcom. Park, who played North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in the movie at the center of the Sony hacking incident, was asked at a Television Critics Association meeting Wednesday if he feared any personal fallout. "I was never worried for my safety or getting hacked during that process," he said. What was unsettling, a smiling Park added, was to watch a TV newscast "and they're talking about Kim Jong Un and showing my face." He said he's excited about his role in ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat," adapted from the memoir by food personality Eddi

  • Model who says Cosby sexually abused her meets with police

    Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A model who claims Bill Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion met with Los Angeles police on Wednesday to pursue criminal charges against the comedian over the 2008 incident. An attorney for Chloe Goins said after the meeting that his client is the first woman accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct whose case may fall within the statute of limitations. More than 15 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, including several who say the comedian drugged and raped them in incidents dating back at least four decades. Goins did not speak during a press conference Wednesday. Her attorney, Spencer Kuvin, said she came forward after hearing about other women describing abuse by Cosby and

  • Jodie Foster is a double award nominee for directing TV

    Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jodie Foster is up for a pair of awards for directing comedy and drama on television. The Directors Guild of America announced TV nominees Wednesday for its annual honors, and Foster's name was called twice: in the drama series category for an episode of "House of Cards" and in the comedy series category for an installment of "Orange is the New Black." Other dramatic contenders include Dan Attias and Lesli Linka Glatter for separate episodes of "Homeland," Cary Fukunaga for "True Detective" and Alex Graves for "Game of Thrones." Competing in the comedy category are Louis C.K. for "Louie," Mike Judge for "Silicon Valley," Gail Mancuso for "Modern Family" and Jill Soloway for "Transparent." Film and t

  • 'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel pregnant with 1st child

    Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting a baby. She and her producer boyfriend, Jacob Pechenik, released a statement to People magazine on Tuesday saying they are "over the moon" and "excited to meet our little one," who is due in the summer. The couple began dating last year. Deschanel split from ex-husband, Ben Gibbard, lead vocalist of the band Death Cab for Cutie, in 2012. Her older sister, Emily Deschanel, is pregnant with her second child with husband David Hornsby. "New Girl" is in its fourth season, airing Tuesdays on Fox. ___ Online: http://www.fox.

  • Fox News beginning series of Western figures

    Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Fox News Channel is dipping in to the nonfiction series realm by telling stories of Wild West legends like Jesse James, David Crockett and Billy the Kid. The network's 10-episode series, "Legends & Lies: Into the West," will debut with two episodes on Sunday, April 12. Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly, who has built a successful literary career with books on the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ, will be the executive producer and appear in each episode. Warm Spring Productions, which makes "Mountain Men" for History and "Log Cabin Living" for HGTV, will make the new series.




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