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  • Nielsen's top programs for March 24-30

    Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 24-30. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 17.52 million. 2. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 15.68 million. 3. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 15.54 million. 4. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 14.65 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 14.3 million. 6. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 12.85 million. 7. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 12.45 million. 8. "Person of Interest," CBS, 12.23 million. 9. "The Good Wife," CBS, 10.96 million. 10. "The Black List," NBC, 10.8 million. 11. "Modern Family," ABC, 10.09 million. 12. NCAA Basketball: Kentucky vs Louisville, CBS, 10.089 million. 13. N

  • Kim Kardashian wades into Syria war debate

    Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — Kim Kardashian has waded into Syria's conflict, calling on fans through Twitter to save the ancient Armenian Christian village of Kassab, whose residents fled as rebels seized control of the hamlet in late March. She appeared to have bolstered false claims by loyalists of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who said Syrian rebels desecrated the village's churches and slaughtered residents. She used the #SaveKessab hashtag that was used to spread the false claims, causing its popularity to explode. "If you don't know what's going on in Kessab please google it ... As an Armenian, I grew up hearing so many painful stories," Kardashian wrote in a March 30 tweet, using an alternate spelling of the village's name.

  • CBS dubs sound for quiet electric car

    Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News says an editor made an "audio error" in dubbing the sound of a loud traditional car engine over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car in a "60 Minutes" story that aired Sunday. Spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Tuesday the loud car audio has been edited out of the online version of the story on Tesla founder Elon Musk. Anchor Scott Pelley reported the story, and CBS said he wasn't aware of the added audio ahead of time. The revving sound, as opposed to the much quieter windlike noise of a Tesla, was noticed by the auto enthusiast website Jalopnik.com. Writer Robert Sorokanich said it almost sounded like a motorcycle.

  • 'Van Dyke' DVDs spotlight Moore's comedic genius

    Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Like any "Dick Van Dyke Show" fan, he's happy to catch an occasional rerun of the show while flipping channels. "If there's nothing new to watch, I'll let the episode play out," says Carl Reiner. "I'm always pleased to see how well those episodes have aged." Reiner, of course, holds special status as a "DVD" confederate. He created this timeless half-century-old comedy, which premiered on CBS in October 1961, fueled by his real-life experiences as a TV comedy writer-performer and devoted family man in New Rochelle, N.Y. Among all Reiner's projects as an actor, stand-up comedian, writer, director and producer, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" stands out for its creator: in many ways it tells his story.

  • A new year of series, specials for Animal Planet

    Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Unlike some channels, Animal Planet trades on a message beyond "Watch us." So says Marjorie Kaplan, group president of Animal Planet and TLC. "We believe that there is a value to a planet filled with life, and that every living creature has value," she says. "That's an ethos that underlies what we do." On Thursday, Kaplan will officially unleash for advertisers the channel's programming for the coming year. Its stable of stars will range from puppies and kitties to killer whales, endangered rhinos and a family of snow wolves. Geography and climate are also characters on Animal Planet, from the North Pole to Zambia's Luangwa Valley as it suffers a seemingly interminable dry season.

  • Whitford says film stars are now seeking TV roles

    Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — With A-listers like Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts and Halle Berry jumping to TV, actor Bradley Whitford marvels at how show-biz stigma of the small screen is now a thing of the past. Whitford is best known for his role as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on NBC's critically acclaimed series "The West Wing" (1999-2006). "I remember thinking, oh thank god there's this snobbery about TV," the 54-year-old actor said in a recent interview. "I was getting better writing by an exponential amount than Meryl Streep when I was on 'West Wing.' I was so grateful. "Now unfortunately, all the movie stars, the big flossers, have realized that not only do you get great writing, (but) it's a really satisfying way

  • Mary Tyler Moore featured in 'Van Dyke Show' set

    Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Like any "Dick Van Dyke Show" fan, he's happy to catch an occasional rerun of the show while flipping channels. "If there's nothing new to watch, I'll let the episode play out," says Carl Reiner. "I'm always pleased to see how well those episodes have aged." Reiner, of course, holds special status as a "DVD" confederate. He created this timeless half-century-old comedy, which premiered on CBS in October 1961, fueled by his real-life experiences as a TV comedy writer-performer and devoted family man in New Rochelle, N.Y. Among all Reiner's projects as an actor, stand-up comedian, writer, director and producer, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" stands out for its creator: in many ways it tells his story.

  • Oprah's former stepmother gets 60 days to vacate

    Updated: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey's former stepmother has been given extra time to vacate the $1.4 million home she once shared with the father of the iconic talk-show host. Winfrey spokeswoman Nicole Nichols told The Associated Press in an email that Oprah's company has granted Barbara Winfrey 60 days to leave following her request for more time. Barbara Winfrey and Vernon Winfrey divorced last year. Court records show that Overground Railroad LLC filed paperwork earlier this month asking that Barbara Winfrey be evicted from the Franklin, Tenn., home. Barbara Winfrey represented herself in court. A phone number listed in public records under that name was not accepting messages.

  • CBS comedy 'How I Met Your Mother' ends

    Updated: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — In its 208th and final episode on Monday, the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother" finally revealed the mystery contained in its title and then ended with a twist designed to reward longtime fans. Actor Josh Radnor's character Ted meets the mom, played by actress Cristin Milioti, on a rainy train platform after his friends Barney and Robin are married. But that marriage doesn't last, and neither does Ted's — because Milioti's character Tracy dies after the couple has two children together. And at the end of the one-hour episode, the romance that seemed natural at the show's beginning, between Ted and Robin, is rekindled. Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas say they knew the plot for the final episode

  • Story of Benedict Arnold's wife may go to film, TV

    Updated: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The story of Benedict Arnold's wife as depicted in a best-selling novel by the daughter of former New York Gov. George Pataki may be headed to the big and small screens. Princess Pictures announced Monday that it had acquired film and television rights to Allison Pataki's first book, "The Traitor's Wife." Princess Pictures will work on the project with Anonymous Content, a production and management agency which developed HBO's "True Detective." Pataki's novel was released last month. It centers on Peggy Shippen Arnold, whose husband was an American general notorious for defecting to the British side. Pataki has said the colonial heritage of upstate New York helped inspire her to write the novel.

  • Nicole Richie bringing popular Web series to VH1

    Updated: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nicole Richie's Twitter feed has launched her return to television. The 32-year-old former reality TV star-turned-designer, who is also an author and actress, is heading to VH1. #CandidlyNicole is based on her popular AOL Web series, which was adapted from her Twitter feed, made up of her musings about everything from parenting to pop culture to random observations. The VH1 version will feature all new content in eight half-hour episodes premiering July 17. In an interview last year with The Associated Press, Richie said she was interested in eventually bringing the series to television but viewed an online start as "a nice way to experiment.

  • ABC's Josh Elliott leaving show for NBC Sports

    Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's top-rated "Good Morning America" has suffered its second personnel defection in four months, with news anchor Josh Elliott telling the network on Sunday that he's leaving for a job at NBC Sports. ABC News President Ben Sherwood moved quickly to replace him, appointing Amy Robach as the "Good Morning America" news anchor. Elliott follows former "GMA" weather forecaster Sam Champion out the door. Champion joined the NBC Universal-owned The Weather Channel, where he began a morning show of his own earlier this month. Now that it is No. 1 in the morning, ABC has been involved in delicate negotiations to keep intact the team that got it there.

  • Hockey moms sought for reality TV show

    Updated: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota-based television production company is hosting an open casting call for hockey moms. McCally-Lee Entertainment is seeking hockey moms from across the Midwest for its idea about a reality TV show called "Hockey Moms." CEO John McCally says the company is looking to find "lively and charismatic mothers in the region" for the show, which is in early development. McCally says "unique hockey families with unusual circumstances" also are encouraged to apply. The company says it's looking for real people — not actors. People can apply online at the company's website — www.mccallylee.com — until April 24. __ Online: http://www.mccallylee.

  • Chiklis joins 'Coven' principals for next 'Horror'

    Updated: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Chiklis is ready to freak out. The actor is joining the "American Horror Story" family for the anthology series' fourth season, subtitled "Freak Show." The Emmy-winning star of "The Shield" will portray the ex-husband and father of characters played, respectively, by Kathy Bates and Evan Peters. The Chiklis casting announcement came during the "American Horror Story: Coven" event that served as closing night of PaleyFest, which over 16 days presented casts and crews of past and present TV series, attracting thousands of fans to the Dolby Theatre.

  • Colbert caught in Twitter rage

    Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes satire isn't made for Twitter's 140-character world. Comedy Central deleted a message Thursday from its "Colbert Report" Twitter feed showing a still from Wednesday night's show where Stephen Colbert joked about starting a "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." The joke was part of a skit in which Colbert talked about the Washington Redskins' owner buying things for Native Americans upset with the team's name. A #CancelColbert hashtag then appeared on Twitter, igniting a debate over what is funny and what is offensive. Comedy Central deleted the tweet and made clear the feed was not controlled by the show. On his personal Twitter feed, Colbert said

  • Comedian George Lopez makes no apologies

    Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — George Lopez's new sitcom on FX is called "Saint George," but that doesn't mean he's making any apologies. Earlier this year, Lopez vowed to be more direct and honest after receiving a mean tweet on Twitter. "... I got a very negative 'go back to Mexico' tweet,'" the 52-year-old comedian said in a recent interview. "I'm an American citizen. I responded as I would as myself. Since that day, I decided to be a little more honest with social media. ... I decided to take a little bit more of an aggressive approach. I was losing followers, about 1,000 a week. I was like, 'Why am I losing like a noticeable amount?' Since Super Bowl Sunday ... I'm sure I've gained 55,000 followers.

  • Eva Marie Saint dishes on Hollywood in TCM special

    Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eva Marie Saint has a perfect right to act like Hollywood royalty. She won an Oscar for her film debut in "On the Waterfront," holding her ground against Marlon Brando in his prime. She was Cary Grant's dangerously sexy squeeze in "North by Northwest," conquered Paul Newman in "Exodus" and counts greats Alfred Hitchcock and Elia Kazan among her directors. But Saint is winningly candid in a Turner Classic Movies special and an interview, a contrast to her luminous screen presence and stellar career. She remains a working actress as she nears her 90th birthday this summer, on July 4. The industry has changed during her more than six decades in it, but Saint said she takes it in stride. "You know

  • CNN's Savidge not ready to bust out of cockpit

    Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thanks for the concern, but CNN's Martin Savidge says he's not looking to escape from the Canadian flight simulator where he has spent much of the past two weeks testing theories on what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Savidge and his "co-pilot," Mitchell Casado, are the most visible symbols of CNN's blanket coverage of the story of the missing airplane. They have logged so much airtime reporting from the fake cockpit that the hashtag #freemartinsavidge appears on Twitter. "I hope he is getting up to stretch his legs," one person tweeted. Another bored viewer is obsessed with flight instructor Casado's fashion sense, posting several pictures of him in different plaid shirts.

  • Maria Bartiromo launches Fox Sunday show

    Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Political junkies have plenty of choices on Sunday-morning television. That's not the case for those who follow business, a niche that Maria Bartiromo hopes to fill starting this weekend on Fox News Channel. The former CNBC personality debuts her one-hour program, "Sunday Morning Futures," at 10 a.m. EDT. It will feature interviews with business leaders and round-table discussions, with an emphasis on anticipating the financial stories of the upcoming week. "You turn on the television Sunday morning and you see all of these politicos talking their talking points, but very rarely do you ever see anybody connecting the dots — it's about the economy, it's about job creation, it's about business," she said.

  • Amazon says no plans to offer free video service

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amazon says it has no plans to offer a free streaming media service, addressing speculation ahead of a media event in New York next Wednesday. Spokeswoman Sally Fouts said Thursday that Amazon runs ads ahead of movie and game trailers, but the company has no plans to offer a free streaming media service. The Wall Street Journal reported Amazon is considering an ad-supported streaming TV and music video service. The story followed an email Amazon sent reporters inviting them to hear about an update to its video business. Amazon.com Inc. has invested heavily on making TV shows and movies available to customers who pay $99 a year for Amazon Prime.