• A 'Beat the Clock' for the YouTube generation

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — This isn't your grandparents' "Beat the Clock." Inside a soundstage at YouTube Space LA, a high-tech production facility operated by the streaming video site, a couple of YouTube stars have been outfitted with helmets and jockstraps affixed with long hooks. The guys are furiously gyrating their bodies in an attempt to nab rings scattered across the set in less than 60 seconds — all while several cameras capture each thrust. The silly hip-shaking stunt is one of several tasks that will be featured in a new take on the old-school game show that dared contestants to complete challenges before time ran out.

  • Detroit Lions schedule includes 6 nationally televised games

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions schedule includes a franchise-record six nationally televised games, including an appearance on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" against the Denver Broncos. The team on Tuesday released its full 2015 schedule. It includes a Thanksgiving Day game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Detroit will open the season on the road against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 13 and begin its home season against the Broncos on Sept. 27. When the Lions host Denver, it will be the first time that "Sunday Night Football" has aired live from Ford Field. Detroit travels to Seattle in Week 4 and New Orleans in Week 15 to face the Seahawks and Saints, respectively, on ESPN's "Monday Night Football.

  • Forget happiness: Dark comedy 'Happyish' sets the bar lower

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A veteran ad man at an existential crossroads has a "Mad Men" ring to it. Stir victimized Keebler cartoon elves into Showtime's dark comedy "Happyish" and it's obvious that something very different is afoot. Just as the waning "Mad Men" is Matthew Weiner's unique creation, the new "Happyish" represents Shalom Auslander's singular assertion of the futile quest for unqualified happiness — despite Thomas Jefferson's official declaration that we deserve to chase it. The founding father "wrote America's first tagline: 'Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,'" said Auslander, who gives the catchy phrase roughly the same respect as, "Buy one, get one free." "It's (expletive).

  • PBS probes slave-owning issue; Affleck expresses regret

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

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  • Christie to appear on 'Tonight Show' Wednesday

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie is set to ham it up once again with his pal Jimmy Fallon on late-night TV. The potential 2016 Republican presidential contender will be a guest on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday night. Christie last appeared on the show in June 2014, when the pair participated in a skit called "The Evolution of Dad Dancing." It featured the pair in khaki pants and golf shirts showing off various stereotypically outdated dances. The appearance was Christie's first on late-night television following the George Washington Bridge scandal and was widely seen as an attempt by the governor to try to move past the controversy.

  • Showtime to air documentary on Allen Iverson

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Showtime plans to debut a documentary on former Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson next month. The film "Iverson" will air on the premium cable channel May 16 after a debut at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Iverson led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA finals, won four scoring titles, clashed with former coach Larry Brown, and was an All-Star game fixture. Iverson's years in Philadelphia were marred by arrests in 1997 for carrying a concealed weapon and for possession of marijuana and in 2002 over a domestic dispute with his wife. The documentary addresses all parts of Iverson's life and includes interviews with Brown, former Georgetown coach John Thompson and NBC journalist Tom Brokaw.

  • NHL analyst Olczyk gets break from hockey to handicap Derby

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Eddie Olczyk is on his way to the Kentucky Derby. The NHL analyst will take a break from the playoffs and turn handicapper when NBC Sports Group's coverage of the Derby begins April 29 and ends with the Run for the Roses on May 2. The announcement was made Tuesday. Olczyk is not new to the racing scene, although this is his first Derby assignment. Last year, the former NHL player and coach was part of NBC's coverage of the Breeders' Cup and Breeders' Cup Challenge Series. Olczyk says that "there's nothing like hockey and horses at this time of year." He'll also be part of NBC's team covering the other Triple Crown races, the Preakness on May 16 and the Belmont Stakes on June 6.

  • Nielsen's top programs for April 13-19

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 13-19. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "Academy of Country Music Awards," CBS, 15.98 million. 2. "NCIS," CBS, 15.84 million. 3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.82 million. 4. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 14.4 million. 5. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 13.89 million. 6. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.04 million. 7. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.7 million. 8. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 10.37 million. 9. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10 million. 10. "The Odd Couple," CBS, 9.62 million. 11. "Mom," CBS, 9.6 million. 12. "Survivor," CBS, 9.57 million. 13. "Scorpion," CBS, 9.53 million. 14. "NCIS: L

  • Country awards help CBS dominate ratings

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — With Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift leading the way, country music helped CBS to a dominant week in the television ratings. The Academy of Country Music Awards was seen by just under 16 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in the Nielsen company's weekly accounting of popular TV shows. Lambert won four awards, Bryan was named top entertainer and Swift accepted an award for her career's work presented by her mother, who recently announced she was battling cancer. The ACM awards may have won the week, but finished just behind the yearly Country Music Association awards. That show, aired during a busier TV time in November, had 16.25 million viewers last year.

  • Verizon defends new cable deals as media companies complain

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is defending its new, cheaper cable packages that let customers choose groups of channels as media companies protest. Francis Shammo, Verizon's chief financial officer, said in a conference call Tuesday that the new packages are allowed "under our existing contracts." The plans were rolled out Sunday. They start at $55 a month for a basic tier of 35 channels that include broadcast networks and news as well as Food Network, HGTV and AMC. You also get two themed channel packs, such as sports or lifestyle channels. ESPN, owned by The Walt Disney Co., objects to the new, more customizable option, saying ESPN and ESPN2 can't be in a separate sports package according to its contract with Verizon.

  • Fox NASCAR announcer Steve Byrnes dies of cancer at age 56

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox NASCAR announcer Steve Byrnes has died. He was 56. The network said he died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. Byrnes joined Fox Sports in 2001 and served as a pit reporter for its Sprint Cup Series coverage through the 2014 season. He was also a play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports 1's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and hosted several auto racing shows on the company's channels. Before joining Fox, he was a pit reporter for TNN, CBS and WTBS. A high school quarterback who led his team to a Maryland state championship, Byrnes played one season of football at James Madison before transferring to the University of Maryland.

  • Piers Morgan quizzed by police over tabloid phone hacking

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Former CNN host Piers Morgan was questioned for a second time by British police Tuesday about tabloid phone hacking. Morgan, who edited Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper between 1995 and 2004, said he attended a voluntary interview with detectives. "As this is an ongoing investigation, I am unable to comment further until its conclusion," he said in a statement. London's Metropolitan Police said "a 50-year-old man was interviewed under caution ... in connection with suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails." "Under caution" means Morgan was not arrested, but the interview was recorded and could be used in future prosecutions Morgan, 50, was previously questioned by police investi

  • Niki Nakayama takes kaiseki center stage in 'Chef's Table'

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Behind a set of shades hiding the dining room from the kitchen, chef Niki Nakayama wraps her fingers around a giant live scallop and gently pries open the shell. She takes a knife and trims out the sand-colored flesh inside. Later, she'll pair it with kiwi, dill and a beet and sorrel sauce with a ponzu base. It's those unexpected, enticing combinations that have made Nakayama a standout in the culinary world. And later this month, she'll stand out for yet another reason. She's one of just six chefs to be profiled on Netflix's first homegrown documentary series, "Chef's Table," which features some of the most innovative chefs cooking today. The show takes viewers inside Nakayama's Los Angeles restaurant, n

  • Encore! TV does it again with planned 'Full House' revival

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — As TV networks plunder the recycling bin for old shows to revive, "Full House" must have been the final scrap at the bottom of the barrel. Or so it would seem to those gobsmacked by news that Netflix is resuscitating the 1987-95 ABC sitcom — which, even for fans, is tenderly remembered as ephemeral fluff — for 13 new episodes revisiting the Tanners of San Francisco and re-titled "Fuller House." As the "Full House" theme song posed jauntily, "Whatever happened to predictability — the milkman, the paperboy, evening TV?" These days, "evening TV" is gloriously unpredictable in many quarters ("Louie," ''Game of Thrones," ''Mad Men" and Netflix's own "Orange Is the New Black," to name a bare handful).

  • John Stamos says he's ready for 'Full House' reunion

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — John Stamos will produce and appear in a 13-episode reboot of the sitcom "Full House" for Netflix and said that he hopes as many members of the original cast as possible will return. Netflix said Tuesday that it has ordered the sitcom "Fuller House," a spinoff where Candace Cameron-Bure stars as a pregnant and recently widowed mother of two. Jodie Sweetin, who played her sister in the original ABC series, and Andrea Barber, who played her friend, move in to help her. Stamos told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday that he and the producers had been trying for a while to find the best way to revive the sitcom, which originally aired on ABC from 1987 to 1995.

  • Jon Stewart sets Aug. 6 as 'Daily Show' exit date

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart says Aug. 6 will be his last night hosting Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." Stewart set the date in the closing moments of Monday's edition of the parody newscast. With tongue in cheek, he promised to wear a suit for that finale, and to shower beforehand. Then he recanted, saying he would be clad in overalls and skip the shower. The network said "The Daily Show" will then go on hiatus for the rest of the summer. Stewart's finale will end a 16-year reign of sharp satire and ample silliness. He first broke the news of his planned departure in February. His successor will be South African comedian Trevor Noah, a recent addition to the stable of "Daily Show" correspondents. No start dat

  • The Latest: Wheelchair champ gives wreath to Richards family

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    9:00 p.m. Tatyana McFadden has given the gold laurel wreath she won for her third straight women's wheelchair victory at the Boston Marathon to the family of the 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 finish line bombing. McFadden wore a singlet in memory of Martin Richard for the second straight year. She said knowing the family changed the race for her, and she wanted to give them a "remembrance of strength, courage and hope." The Richards family said McFadden "is an inspiration to all runners, not just those with disabilities. We are honored to call her a friend." McFadden, 25, finished in an unofficial 1 hour, 52 minutes, 54 seconds. She is a four-time Paralympian and also the reigning champion of the Chicag

  • ESPN says Verizon's new FiOS TV packages violate agreements

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking up the cable-TV bundle won't be easy. ESPN is objecting to how Verizon is giving its FiOS TV customers more choice. In new plans that went into effect Sunday, Verizon made the ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels optional, but ESPN says its contracts with Verizon prohibit the channels from being in a separate sports package. Although Verizon will still offer big bundles of channels, it has been facing pressure to reduce prices amid cheaper online options. So to target the cost-conscious, Verizon launched a FiOS plan that starts at $55 a month for a basic tier of 35 channels plus two themed channel packs. The basic channels that everyone gets include local broadcast stations, AMC, CNN and Food Network —

  • HBO planning to deal Web pot sitcom 'High Maintenance'

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO says it's going to pot by scoring the Web comedy series "High Maintenance." The network said Monday it will premiere six new episodes of the series, which centers on a Brooklyn, New York, marijuana dealer who delivers his wares to a variety of offbeat clients. Highly acclaimed in its current home on the Vimeo website, the stash of 19 previous episodes of "High Maintenance" will also be available on HBO later this year. The series is created and written by the married duo Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, who stars as the friendly pot dealer. The couple says they've been "growing this show organically" as a Web presence in preparation for its upcoming transplant to premium cable.

  • Vice News, NPR, CNN, WNYC win double Peabody Awards

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Vice News won two Peabody Awards, including one for reporter Medyan Dairieh's report on Islamic state fighters, with CNN, NPR and New York public radio station WNYC also winning twice in the annual honors for electronic media. "Serial," a podcast that studied the evidence of an 18-year-old accused of murder that was downloaded more than 50 million times, was the first podcast to win a Peabody, which are awarded by the University of Georgia. The news Peabody recipients were announced Monday. Besides Dairieh's reports, Vice won for "Last Chance High," a series on a Chicago school treating troubled youth. CNN won for reporter Isha Sesay's coverage of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, and for its investigati




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