• Dan Rather to host program on fallen musicians

    Dan Rather to host program on fallen musicians

    Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Rather will host an hour-long television special in two weeks on five musicians who have died within the past 13 months, featuring his own interview with the late Merle Haggard. The special also focuses on Prince, David Bowie, Natalie Cole and B.B. King and is scheduled for June 7 on AXS-TV. The former CBS News anchor has been conducting interviews for the entertainment-oriented network for the past few years. Haggard performs "Sing Me Back Home" following his last interview with Rather. The special also features interviews with Prince's friend Andre Cymone, Bowie's childhood friend George Underwood, King's drummer T.C. Coleman and Cole producer David Foster.

  • Feherty to offer prime-time commentary for NBC at Olympics

    Feherty to offer prime-time commentary for NBC...

    Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — NBC Sports golf analyst David Feherty will offer commentary during the network's prime-time coverage at this summer's Rio Olympics and take part in the broadcast of the opening ceremony. NBC announced Monday that the irreverent Feherty would add those broader assignments to his work as an on-course reporter and tower analyst as golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904. The men's golf competition runs Aug. 11-14 and airs on Golf Channel. Feherty joined NBC in September after nearly two decades at CBS.

  • GMA meteorologist Ginger Zee hurt ahead of 'Dancing' finale

    GMA meteorologist Ginger Zee hurt ahead of...

    Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ginger Zee has suffered a pelvic injury ahead of the "Dancing With The Stars" finale. ABC News reports Zee has been diagnosed with sacral instability and a lumbar or lower back sprain. The "Good Morning America" meteorologist tells ABC News that she continued to rehearse last week after suffering a lower back spasm. She says she later saw a physical therapist who told her that her "pelvis was just moving all over." She says her pelvis is loose and unstable because she had a baby in December. Despite the injury, Zee says she plans to take the floor Monday night against UFC fighter Paige VanZant and model Nyle DiMarco during the first night of the two-night season finale.

  • Tamar Braxton suddenly exits 'The Real' after 2 seasons

    Tamar Braxton suddenly exits \'The Real\' after 2...

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tamar Braxton is no longer part of "The Real." The singer and television personality has exited the syndicated talk show after serving as a co-host for two seasons, according to a joint statement from Braxton and the show's producers Sunday. The statement says that the decision was mutual and that Braxton intends to focus on her solo career. Braxton was part of a five-person group on the show, including Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley. "The Real" has been nominated for multiple Daytime Emmy Awards and has already been renewed for two more seasons. It was not specified whether or not Braxton will be replaced for "The Real's" third season.

  • Cuban would consider being running mate for Trump or Clinton

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he'd "absolutely" consider being Republican Donald Trump's running mate. He'd also "absolutely" consider being Democrat Hillary Clinton's. And if those don't work out, the reality show star says maybe he'll run for president in 2020 or 2024. Cuban's comments were aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," on Sunday. Cuban said Trump has a "real chance to win" but his statements sound like, "he's proposing things based off the last person he talked to.

  • Czech painter, illustrator, cartoonist Adolf Born dies at 85

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) — Adolf Born, a Czech painter, illustrator, cartoonist, caricaturist and author of animated movies for children, has died. Born's daughter Erika told Czech public television he died Sunday morning at home in Prague. He was 85. Born's grotesque paintings and pictures have been displayed at exhibitions around the globe while he received various international rewards and honors, including the Grand Prix at the International Salon of Cartoons in Montreal and the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France. In his homeland, he was loved by children for his animated movies, among them the "Mach and Sebestova" cartoon series about two schoolmates whose dreams become reality with help from a magical telephon

  • EU,OSCE watching changes at Serbia regional broadcaster

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The European Union and OSCE missions in Serbia say they have "taken note" of recent changes at a regional public broadcaster that followed last month's general elections and sparked accusations of government pressure on the media. The editorial team and several journalists at Radio Television Vojvodina have been replaced after the ruling populists of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won the April 24 vote in the northern region that previously had been run by an opposition party. Journalists' associations in Serbia have described the sweep as political.

  • The Latest: Cuban: Sure, he'd run with Clinton or Trump

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Campaign 2016 (all times Eastern Daylight Time): 9:03 a.m. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he'd "absolutely" consider being Republican Donald Trump's running mate. He'd also "absolutely" consider being Democrat Hillary Clinton's. And if those don't work out, the reality show star says maybe he'll run for president in 2020 or 2024. Cuban's comments were aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," on Sunday. Cuban said Trump has a "real chance to win" but his statements sound like, "he's proposing things based off the last person he talked to." ___ 9:00 a.m.

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday's news shows

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" —Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sanders. ___ CNN's "State of the Union" — Sanders; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. ___ "Fox News Sunday" — Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

  • Michigan sites get national recognition for historical value

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) — The National Park Service is adding five Michigan sites to the National Register of Historic Places, including a former Detroit TV studio. MLive.com and the Detroit Free Press report other structures approved last month for addition to the list included the Pontchartrain Club-Town House Apartments in downtown Detroit and the Professional Plaza Tower, also known as the Hammer and Nail building. The downtown historic district in Clare and Bewabic Park near Crystal Falls in the Upper Peninsula also were among those listed. WJBK-TV's Studio Building was home to several popular shows, including "Sagebrush Shorty" and "Sir Graves Ghastly." The nominations were submitted by the Michigan's State Historic Preser

  • Jussie Smollett of 'Empire' learns from prank tweet

    Jussie Smollett of \'Empire\' learns from prank...

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Empire" co-star Jussie Smollett recently caused a social media storm after tweeting a cryptic message that implied he may be leaving the show. "I was thinking like my little core group of amazing fans would be like, 'What?' But it just went so much further. Like there were calls about it and Lee (Daniels) was getting death threats about it," Smollett said in an interview Friday at an event celebrating the second season finale of "Empire." "It was hilarious to watch. Hilarious!" he exclaimed. Smollett says fans can chill out — he's going nowhere. "I'll be back season three and hopefully season four if I don't piss everybody off," he said. Cast members, including Taraji P. Henson and Te

  • Map experts prep for unpredictable National Geographic Bee

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Kapil Nathan knows how unpredictable the National Geographic Bee can be. In last year's finals, Kapil and other competitors were surprised to get questions about U.S. geography. Kapil, an 11-year-old 6th-grader from Hoover, Alabama, who has encyclopedic recall of far-flung places, couldn't name the largest port city in Georgia (Savannah) and was bounced. Kapil is back in the bee this year, and he's a lot more knowledgeable about places close to home. He's even visited Savannah. "We went to Savannah during Christmas. We went up the East Coast and all the way up to Montreal," Kapil said. "I've learned a lot about the United States in the past year.

  • Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA coaching

    Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA...

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Billy Donovan is trying to accomplish the improbable and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a championship as a first-year NBA coach, just as Steve Kerr did guiding Golden State to its first title in 40 years last June in his rookie season running the Warriors. These two have become friends along the way during their drastically different journeys to the NBA bench. Their personalities are polar opposites, too, with Kerr cracking jokes and even stopping his press conferences to give writers time to post important Warriors news to their Twitter followers. Donovan is typically straight-faced and serious.

  • Alan Young, star of 1960s sitcom 'Mr. Ed,' dies at 96

    Alan Young, star of 1960s sitcom \'Mr. Ed,\' dies...

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor-comedian Alan Young, who played the amiable straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom "Mister Ed," has died, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Home said Friday. He was 96. The English-born, Canadian-educated Young died Thursday, according to Jaime Larkin, spokeswoman for the retirement community where Young had lived for four years. His children were with him when he died peacefully of natural causes, she said. Young was already a well-known radio and TV comedian, having starred in his own Emmy-winning variety show, when "Mister Ed" was being readied at comedian George Burns' production company. Burns is said to have told his staff: "Get Alan Young. He looks like the kind

  • A hologram Whitney Houston axed from 'The Voice' next week

    A hologram Whitney Houston axed from \'The...

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — A much-anticipated performance by Whitney Houston in hologram form won't air on NBC's "The Voice" next week after all. The performance, which would have paired the late singer with Christina Aguilera, a "Voice" celebrity coach, had been expected to air on Tuesday's season finale. But the high-tech duet has been shelved for technical reasons. Pat Houston, the late superstar's sister-in-law and head of her estate, explained that "holograms are new technology that takes time to perfect." After reviewing the hologram performance, she said the decision was made that it fell short of the perfection "Whitney's legacy and her devoted fans deserve," and shouldn't air.

  • Quiet fall, President Sutherland and Jimmy Kimmel's old foil

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Something seemed missing this week when the major broadcast networks gathered advertisers to preview their new programming for the fall. That's it! That's what was in short supply: new fall programming. The tradition of networks rolling out new shows in September is as old as television itself, timed to coincide with automakers' new car models. September has always been a fully-stocked candy shop for TV fanatics. This year illustrated just how much that has changed. Only three of the 12 new series NBC ordered for the next year will begin in the fall. Fox premieres four of 11, ABC five of nine. Traditionalist CBS begins four of eight new shows in September, two more in October when their Thursday night

  • Fox baseball drama goes to bat this fall; 'Bones' delayed

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Just days after unveiling its Fall 2016 schedule, the Fox network is swapping two of its shows. Veteran series "Bones," originally set for a fall return, will instead be shelved until midseason, when this lighthearted whodunit will conclude its 12-season run. In its place Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern, a new baseball drama, "Pitch," is being called up from midseason for a fall premiere. "Pitch" is the story of Ginny Baker, who becomes the first woman to play Major League baseball under the glare of doubting fans and a media spotlight. It stars Kylie Bunbury ("Under the Dome"), along with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Mark Consuelos and Dan Lauria.

  • Morley Safer, veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent, dies at 84

    Morley Safer, veteran

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — During a visit last Friday with a frail Morley Safer, Tom Brokaw exchanged memories with him about fellow journalists Ben Bradlee, Don Hewitt and others who had died. "All the great ones are gone," Safer said quietly to Brokaw, the veteran NBC newsman recalled. "I said, 'No, Morley, you're still with us.'" On Thursday, Safer's death at age 84 swelled the loss. The "60 Minutes" mainstay represented a bridge between the glory ink-stained-wretch days of foreign correspondents — Ernest Hemingway was an early inspiration — and the blooming electronic age of TV news.

  • WWE star John Cena to host ESPY Awards

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — WWE star John Cena will host the ESPY Awards honoring the year's best performances and moments in sports. Cena has branched out into acting and is host and executive producer of "American Grit," a new military-inspired competition series on Fox. The ESPY Awards will air July 13 on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Cena joins such previous hosts as Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Miller, Drake, Jamie Foxx and Seth Meyers.

  • Sara Ramirez's Callie hanging up 'Grey's Anatomy' scalpel

    Sara Ramirez\'s Callie hanging up \'Grey\'s...

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Surgeon Callie Torres is turning in her scalpel at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Sara Ramirez, who plays Dr. Torres on "Grey's Anatomy," tweeted Thursday that she's taking "welcome time off" after 10 years with the ABC medical drama. The actress said she was grateful to the network and producer Shonda Rhimes. She said she expected to remain part of the ShondaLand company "family." ABC confirmed the tweet's authenticity but declined further comment. The bisexual Callie and her female romances were a TV rarity when first introduced. The gay characters were both played by cast members rather than, as was more typical, by a star and guest actor. As the season ended, Callie was preparing to m