• Crew removes graffiti on Cosby's Hollywood star

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Graffiti commenting on sex abuse allegations against Bill Cosby were removed Friday from the comedian's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The word "rapist" was scrawled on Cosby's star three times, according a photo that Houston television station KRIV-Fox 26 said it received from a viewer and posted on its website Thursday. The comedian has been accused by more than a dozen women of drugging them and sexual abuse, but he has never been charged with a crime. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which manages the stars embedded in several sidewalks in Hollywood, wrote in a statement that the stars were intended to celebrate the positive contributions of its inductees.

  • CNN's Candy Crowley moving on after 27 years

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran newswoman Candy Crowley says she's leaving CNN after 27 years. Crowley, the network's chief political correspondent and anchor of "State of the Union," will exit at the end of this month, she said Friday. Her final appearance hosting "State of the Union" is Dec. 21. She said she doesn't yet know her next stop, but wants the "chance to do something new, somewhere new." Crowley was an anchor for the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network, as well as a general assignment and White House correspondent for The Associated Press, before moving to NBC News' Washington bureau. In 1987 she joined CNN, where she has covered presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections as well as legisla

  • Nielsen: 9 million viewers for 'Peter Pan Live'

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Peter Pan Live" didn't exactly fly for NBC. The three-hour live musical starring Allison Williams reached 9.1 million viewers Thursday night, or just under half the audience that watched "The Sound of Music" last December, the Nielsen company said on Friday. The unexpected crowd of 18.6 million people last year had NBC swiftly looking for another live production. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said he didn't expect to match last year's ratings because "The Sound of Music" was the first event of its type on TV in many years. "We're very pleased with the 'Peter Pan' ratings and it was a great night for NBC," he said. "We won every hour, which hasn't happened on Thursday with entertainment

  • Obama set for 'The Colbert Report' visit

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Comedy Central says President Obama will be on hand next week as Stephen Colbert begins his final two weeks as the fake cable news bloviator on "The Colbert Report." Obama is scheduled to appear on Monday, Dec. 8 during Colbert's one-day visit to Washington. Colbert is taking over for David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" next year and his last appearance in character on Comedy Central will be on Dec. 18. Colbert's Washington visit has the long-winded title of "Stephen Colbert Presents: Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington D.C. Ya Later, Legislator: Partisan is Such Sweet Sorrow: A Colbert Victory Lap, '014." It will be Obama's third visit to the show, his second as president, and his first live. The first two

  • Pittsburgh mayor dresses up for 'Undercover Boss'

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hey, that trash man looks familiar! A disguised Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto recently joined the city's government's rank-and-file for an upcoming episode of CBS's hit reality show "Undercover Boss." The episode airing Dec. 21 shows the 50-year-old mayor as a garbage collector, carpenter, and a forestry worker sawing down trees. Peduto, a Democrat, donned a wig and fake beard to blend in with city workers. He says CBS approached him in June after seeing a clip of him on YouTube. He says he beat out several other mayors being considered for the show. Peduto says going undercover was the only chance he'll ever have to hear what people say about him when he's not around.

  • Bill Cosby seeks to dismiss new sex abuse lawsuit

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman suing Bill Cosby for sexual battery attempted to sell a story about the comedian to a tabloid a decade ago and tried to extort money in exchange for her silence, Cosby's attorney said in a court filing Thursday. Attorney Martin Singer wrote in the filing that the lawsuit by Judy Huth and her attorney followed a failed attempt to extort $250,000 from Cosby. In the filing, Cosby seeks more than $33,000 from Huth and her attorney. The filing comes two days after Huth sued, claiming the comedian forced her to perform a sex act in 1974 when she was 15. The incident occurred in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion after Cosby gave Huth and a 16-year-old friend alcohol, according to her lawsuit.

  • TV Review: NBC's 'Peter Pan' falls sadly flat

    Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — This "Peter Pan" needed a lot more fairy dust. NBC's live telling of J.M. Barrie's classic tale Thursday was an oddly ponderous, disconnected, disjointed and jerky mess. If it had been a Broadway show, it would have gotten the hook (pun intended). It wasn't the small things that broke the spell — ungraceful wire work, clunky transitions, a Tinkerbell that was as annoying as a mosquito and sounded like a wind chime, a tea cup that fell from Peter's head and some technical glitches. "Peter Pan Live!" simply never flew. It suffered a draggy start, cursed by a "Downton Abbey" drawing room dialogue and a call for everyone to go to bed.

  • Jimmy Fallon to take third day of paternity leave

    Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon plans to take a third day of paternity leave from his "Tonight Show" duties. NBC says it will air a repeat "Tonight Show" episode Friday so Fallon can spend another day with his new daughter, Frances Cole Fallon. The scheduled Wednesday and Thursday "Tonight" tapings had already been canceled after her arrival Wednesday morning. Little Frances joins big sister Winnie Rose, 1. Both daughters were born to Fallon and wife, Nancy, via a surrogate. Fallon, who took over hosting "The Tonight Show" last February, has a book deal for a children's picture book, "Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada," scheduled for release in June.

  • Navy revokes honorary title given to Cosby

    Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is revoking Bill Cosby's title of honorary chief petty officer, saying allegations of sexual abuse made against the comedian are serious and conflict with the Navy's core values. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Stevens made the announcement Thursday in a statement. Cosby enlisted in the Navy in 1956 and served four years as a hospital corpsman before being honorably discharged in 1960 as a 3rd Class Petty Officer. The honorary title was presented to Cosby in 2011. The 77-year-old Cosby has refused to answer questions about mounting accusations that he sexually abused several women.

  • For 1 Cosby accuser, a day in court awaits

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For weeks, women have publicly shared stories of alleged sexual abuse by Bill Cosby with the expectation that any lawsuits they might file would be blocked due to long-expired statutes of limitations. On Tuesday, however, a woman who claims Cosby molested her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 filed a sexual battery lawsuit, using an exemption that allows victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue decades after the incident. Judy Huth contends she was 15 years old when Cosby abused her and filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles because she only recently became aware of psychological damage caused by the incident. Experts say Huth's lawsuit is the latest high-profile example of an alleged abuse victim

  • Americans watch less TV, stream more, report shows

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are turning away from live TV on the tube and tuning in to streaming services, a Nielsen report says. That's bad news for cable and satellite TV providers. Americans are increasingly watching TV shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. CBS and HBO have announced standalone streaming services as well. About 45 percent of Americans stream television shows at least once a month, according to research firm eMarketer. That number is expected to increase to 53 percent or 175 million people by 2018, it says. According to the Nielsen report, which came out Wednesday, the average daily time spent watching live TV fell 12 minutes in the third quarter to four hours and 32

  • Cosby concerts in suburban NY cancelled

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Bill Cosby's scheduled performance this weekend at a suburban venue north of New York City has been cancelled. The Tarrytown Music Hall announced the cancellation Wednesday in an email to ticketholders. Some of Cosby's shows in some other states have been postponed after women have come forward alleging the veteran comic sexually assaulted them. Cosby has denied the allegations. Cosby had two sold-out engagements in Tarrytown on Saturday. Late last week, the promoter said people who didn't want to attend could get refunds, and nearly half of the audience had reportedly requested one. Tarrytown said Wednesday Cosby had agreed to cancel in consultation with the shows' promoter.

  • Jimmy Fallon and wife welcome their second child

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon has a re-run on his hands — he and his wife, Nancy, have welcomed their second child. A representative for the host of "The Tonight Show" said Frances Cole Fallon was born at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces. People magazine first reported the birth. Little Frances will join big sister Winnie Rose, 1. Both Fallon babies were born via surrogate. Fallon, who took over "The Tonight Show" this year, will have something to read to his new baby: He has a book deal for the picture book "Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada," scheduled for release in June.

  • Bobby Flay's horse wins Aqueduct feature

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is a winner at the track, too. The "Throwdown! with Bobby Flay" star's horse America, the 1-2 favorite, won the $65,550 allowance feature Wednesday for fillies and mares at Aqueduct. Irad Ortiz, Jr. was aboard for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as the 3-year-old posted a second straight win, improving to 3 for 12 overall. America beat Holiday's Jewel by 1 3/4 lengths in the four-horse field. The time was 1:45.46 for the one mile, 70 yards on the track rated good. America paid $3 and $2.70 while Holiday's Jewel returned $5.80. Evening Show was third followed by Lunar Surge. There was no show wagering.

  • Taylor Swift mentor Scott Borchetta to join 'Idol'

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift's mentor and record executive Scott Borchetta will join "American Idol" when the show returns in January. Fox announced Wednesday that the Big Machine Records CEO and president will work as a mentor on "Idol" when its 14th season debuts Jan. 7. The winner of the next season of "Idol" will be signed to Borchetta's Big Machine Records. The roster includes Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, the Band Perry and Brantley Gilbert. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. are returning as judges on the series. Big Machine Records is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, which is also the parent label to Interscope and Def Jam Records. ___

  • Nielsen's top programs for Nov. 24-30

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 24-30. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Seattle at San Francisco, NBC, 22.85 million. 2. NFL Football: Denver at Kansas City, NBC, 21.11 million. 3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 18.36 million. 4. "NFL Thursday Post-Game," Fox, 16.26 million. 5. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 16.06 million. 6. "NCIS," CBS, 16.01 million. 7. "Dancing With the Stars" (Tuesday), ABC, 15.98 million. 8. "Dancing With the Stars" (Monday), ABC, 14.87 million. 9. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 14.81 million. 10. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 14.47 million. 11. College Football: Auburn vs. Alabama, ESPN, 13.53 million.

  • Football, dancing, zombies dominate TV

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — With turkey on the table, chances are football, dancing or zombies were on television in many American homes over Thanksgiving week. Nine of the 20 most-watched programs on the Nielsen company's weekly list were either football games, pregame or postgame shows. Even some non-football entries were influenced by football: "60 Minutes" had its biggest audience in two years, at least partly because it aired directly after the much-anticipated NFL matchup between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. "Dancing With the Stars" concluded a strong cycle last week with actor Alfonso Ribeiro's victory and ABC milked it by airing pre- and post-game shows. All five hours of "Dancing" content last week landed in

  • NBC's Snyderman returns with apology

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News medical reporter Nancy Snyderman apologized on the "Today" show Wednesday for violating her quarantine for Ebola exposure, saying she failed to appreciate how frightened Americans were of the disease. It was Snyderman's first on-air appearance in a month and a half, and she followed her talk with Matt Lauer by reporting a story on women and depression. NBC had kept her off the air following an angry public reaction to her broken promise: After saying she'd stay in her New Jersey home until the danger for symptoms of the disease had passed, she was spotted in a car getting takeout food.

  • Gift Guide: Gadgets for avid TV viewers

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) — For avid television viewers out there, the standard digital-video recorder that comes with your cable TV box just isn't enough. TiVo and SlingTV can add to the TV watching experience. Here's a look at what each does — and why you might want both. ___ TiVo Roamio Plus ($400) TiVo gave us DVRs long before cable companies did. But as cable DVR offerings got better, TiVo started to feel redundant. What TiVo does better is search. TiVo can automatically record all movies and TV shows based on wish lists of favorite actors or keywords, for instance. With standard DVRs, you're typically limited to choosing a specific TV series or episode.

  • Relics from 'Wonder Years' given to Smithsonian

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin Arnold's green New York Jets jacket that he wore in "The Wonder Years" became a piece of history Tuesday along with other items from the popular TV show that were donated to the Smithsonian Institution. Costumes, studio tapes, scripts and Polaroid photos from the show have been donated to the National Museum of American History by several people, including Fred Savage (who played Arnold), his real-life mother and other cast members. "The Wonder Years" ran from 1988 to 1993 on ABC and was recently released on DVD. Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers said the show was "meticulously designed" to recall the American experience in a turbulent time of the 1960s through the simple moments of growing up in a subur