• TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' amid reports of Josh Duggar sexual misconduct allegations

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' amid reports of Josh Duggar sexual misconduct allegations.

  • TV miniseries 'Texas Rising' takes big-screen approach

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The success of "Hatfields & McCoys" and "The Bible" inspired the History channel to go Texas-sized big with its new miniseries. "Texas Rising," a 10-hour saga about the fight for independence from Mexico, was shot in wide-screen CinemaScope and was directed by Oscar-nominated Roland Joffe; features armies of extras in sprawling battle scenes; and includes songs performed by Kris Kristofferson, George Strait and Jose Feliciano amid a full symphonic score. But when "Texas Rising" debuts at 9-11 p.m. EDT on Monday, executive producer Leslie Greif and leading men Bill Paxton and Olivier Martinez hope viewers appreciate the story's nuances as well as its breadth. Subsequent episodes air Tuesday and on the thre

  • Manfred: MASN eventually must pay Nats increased rights fees

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will eventually be forced to pay increased rights fees to the Washington Nationals. Both teams own stakes in MASN, and the Orioles hold a controlling interest. When they could not agree on the Nationals' rights fees for 2012-16, the dispute went to MLB's three-man Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee. After the committee ruled last summer the Nationals should receive about $298 million for the five-year period, MASN and the Orioles sued, complaining the process was tainted. Justice Lawrence K. Marks issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Nationals from ending the deal and listened to arguments this week. The Orioles

  • Czech reality show lets family experience Nazi occupation

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) — A new reality show in the Czech Republic has let a family of seven experience what it was like living under Nazi occupation during World War II. The Czech public broadcaster said the family members, chosen from 400 applicants, were brought back in time to March 15, 1939 — the day Hitler's troops took over the country. They were taken to a farm in the mountains in eastern Czech Republic, where they were filmed as they were forced to confront everyday realities of the occupation, such as hunger, persecution and Gestapo raids. The goal was to show what common people had to get through at the time and historians and architects made sure their experience was as authentic as possible. The show "A vacat

  • Here come the judges as 'AGT' returns for its 10th season

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "They keep telling people it's the 10th anniversary. But it's the fourth season, as far as I'm concerned," says Howard Stern, who joined "America's Got Talent" as a judge in 2012. That's what you'd expect Howard to say. But quickly he adds that with "AGT" launching what everyone but Stern would consider its 10th season (Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC), he's having a ball with fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. "I may be the most important judge in the history of the world, but secretly I'll tell you, I'm glad they're there," he confides during a recent interview.

  • Joel McHale to host annual ESPY awards

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actor and talk-show host Joel McHale will be the host of the annual ESPY Awards show in July. The irreverent sports awards show, created by ESPN, is actually being shown on sister network ABC on July 15. ESPN said Friday the show will take place in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. McHale is known for hosting "The Soup" talk show and for playing student Jeff Winger on the NBC comedy "Community." He's a sports fan and former athlete. McHale played for a year on the University of Washington football team.

  • Reality star Duggar resigns from Family Research Council

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Family Research Council has accepted the resignation of Josh Duggar in the wake of the reality TV star's apology for unspecified bad behavior as a young teen. Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Christian lobbying group, said in a statement Thursday that Duggar resigned because of information becoming public that he believed would "make it difficult for him to be effective." As executive director of FRC Action, he served as a public face of the organization. Duggar, 27, appears on the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting." He is the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 children. He posted an apology Thursday on Facebook for bad behavior as a youth.

  • Jeff Gordon to join Fox as full-time analyst in 2016

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Jeff Gordon will join Fox as a full-time analyst in 2016, teaming with Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the three-man booth. Gordon is retiring at the end of this season and signed a multi-year contract with Fox. The four-time NASCAR champion is in 23rd full-time year in the Sprint Cup Series. "NASCAR has provided me so many incredible memories, experiences and opportunities throughout my 23 years as a driver, and I can't wait to start a new chapter in racing with this new relationship with Fox," Gordon said Thursday. "I feel so lucky to be a part of a sport that I'm very passionate about, and now I get the opportunity to share that passion to millions of race fans from a whole new perspective.

  • Nielsen: 13.76 million viewers for Letterman

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Comic celebrities turned out for David Letterman's late-night farewell — and so did his biggest audience in more than 21 years. The Nielsen company said Thursday that 13.76 million viewers saw Letterman end his 33-year career as a late-night TV host with a final show Wednesday night. The last time Letterman had so many viewers was in February 1994, when his show aired after CBS' telecast of the Winter Olympics. More people watched Letterman than anything else in prime time on Wednesday night. Letterman's final show started at 11:35 p.m. and lasted more than an hour as CBS let it run long.

  • SportAccord's Vizer issues 20-point plan for talks with IOC

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — As more sports cut ties with his umbrella association, SportAccord chief Marius Vizer issued a 20-point plan Thursday for discussions with the IOC — including prize money for Olympic athletes and a 50 percent stake for federations in the new Olympic television channel. In a clear sign that he is not backing down in his confrontation with the IOC, Vizer also proposed that all non-Olympic sports be given a demonstration slot before or after each games in the host cities and that all federation leaders — like himself — be granted IOC membership "without discrimination.

  • Chill out this summer with refreshing flavored soda syrups

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Have you ever noticed how tough it is to sweeten your favorite iced beverage using regular granulated white sugar? You can stir and stir, but the sugar tends not to dissolve and you're left with a barely sweetened drink. That is, until you reach the bottom of the glass, when you're smacked with a sugar rush. It's a vexing little problem, but one with a simple solution. And that simple solution is called simple syrup. Every bartender keeps a ready supply of it on his or her side of the bar. As advertised, simple syrup is simple — just equal parts (by volume) water and sugar that are combined, heated until the sugar melts, then chilled. Unlike granulated sugar, simple syrup dissolves easily in cold liquids. And it's not as if

  • All Montana, Montana State football games to be televised

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    The Montana and Montana State football programs have announced that all the games in their 2015 seasons will be televised. Root Sports will carry five games for each team, including the Cat-Griz game on Nov. 21 in Bozeman, while Cowles Media Montana will pick up most of the rest. Montana opens its season against four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State on Saturday, Aug. 29 in a game that will be televised on ESPN. Montana's home games against Northern Arizona, North Dakota and Eastern Washington and its game at UC Davis will be carried on Root Sports. Root also will broadcast Montana State's games at Eastern Washington and Portland State and home games against Sacramento State and Southern Utah.

  • David Letterman leaves late night with thanks and a smile

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — There are those who will argue that the world of television hasn't suffered such a loss in nearly a generation, and they're right. When David Letterman signed off CBS' "Late Show" for good Wednesday, he closed the book on more than his own incomparable career in late night. He closed out a broadcasting epoch that also encompasses his mentor, "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson, who retired with great emotion and ceremony in 1992. Dave also called it a day for Steve Allen and Jack Paar, who back in the 1950s broke ground as each took a turn as the host of "Tonight." All that is part of Letterman's legacy — as well as a career-spanning total of "eight minutes of laughter," he cracked in his final monologue.

  • China suspends TV drama over plot of crotch grenade

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a television drama has been pulled off the air following a public outcry over a plot in which a hidden grenade is pulled from a woman's crotch during an amorous scene. The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television was investigating the TV drama "Let's Beat the Devils," which tells about Chinese people's resistance to Japanese invaders. The World War II fight against the Japanese is a popular genre of programs, which are considered patriotic and a safe bet to clear China's strict censors. However, the shows' producers have been criticized for taking liberties under the cloak of patriotism. Audiences h

  • David Letterman signs off as late-night host

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday, ushered into retirement by four presidents who declared "our long national nightmare is over" and saying there was nothing he could ever do to repay his audience. The show ran 17 minutes over the usual hour, much of it because Letterman took the time to thank the people who worked for him. As the tuxedoed Foo Fighters performed "Everlong"— a song they first played on the "Late Show" when Letterman returned after heart surgery in 2000 — a long montage of photographs from three decades of television history zipped past on the screen. "The only thing I have left to do for the last time on a television program (is say) thank

  • Final Top 10 list for David Letterman

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Top 10 list on David Letterman's final show before retirement on Wednesday, delivered by celebrities. The category was "Things I've Always Wanted to Say to Dave." 10. Alec Baldwin: "Of all the talk shows, yours was the most geographically convenient to my home." 9. Barbara Walters: "Did you know you wear the same cologne as Moammar Gadhafi?" 8. Steve Martin: "Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity and a mistake." 7. Jerry Seinfeld: "I have no idea what I'll do when you go off the air. You know, I just thought of something. I'll be fine." 6. Jim Carrey: "Honestly, Dave, I've always found you to be a bit of an over-actor." 5. Chris Rock: "I'm just glad your show is being giv

  • 10's a crowd? GOP prepares for double digits on debate stage

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first Republican presidential debate will feature no fewer than 10 candidates. That's according to guidelines released Wednesday by debate hosts Fox News and Facebook, which offer the first clues as to how the GOP will handle its largest presidential class in recent memory. Party officials have been working privately in recent weeks to prevent its first debate in August from becoming a nationally televised circus, while lesser-known candidates have been lobbying for access. Only announced candidates will be allowed to participate, according to the new guidelines. Participation will be limited to those who "place in the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls, as recognized by Fox Ne

  • Brian Williams nixes PBS appearance; Michelle Obama steps in

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — NBC's Brian Williams has withdrawn from hosting a broadcast honoring those who support U.S. veterans and military families, and first lady Michelle Obama is stepping in to film an introduction instead. Williams was set to host the inaugural Lincoln Awards, which are scheduled to air Friday on PBS. The concert was filmed in January, featuring appearances by Nick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw and Jerry Lewis. Williams was suspended at NBC following revelations he embellished details of stories he was involved in, including military coverage. Lincoln Awards co-founder Cappy McGarr says Williams asked to be removed from the PBS broadcast because he didn't want to be a distraction.

  • David Letterman to sign off as late-night host

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — After 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night show, David Letterman is signing off. The transplanted Hoosier, who made Top Ten lists and ironic humor staples of television comedy and influenced a generation of performers, is hosting his final episode of CBS' "Late Show" on Wednesday. Stephen Colbert will replace him in September. Letterman announced his retirement last year and has kept details of his final show under wraps. The show tapes in late afternoon at Manhattan's Ed Sullivan Theater and airs at 11:35 p.m. Eastern.

  • Tony Awards telecast this year to be packed with songs

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards show next month will feature performances from all the nominated new musicals and best musical revivals as well as some overlooked ones, including Vanessa Hudgens in "Gigi" and Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer with "Finding Neverland." The telecast will feature co-host Kristin Chenoweth and the cast of "On the Twentieth Century"; Brian D'Arcy James, Christian Borle and Brad Oscar in "Something Rotten!"; Chita Rivera and the cast of "The Visit"; Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe from "The King and I," as well as the casts of "On the Town," ''Fun Home" and "An American in Paris." The Tonys will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7. Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will be the hosts.




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