• Michael Strahan leaving daytime's 'Live' for 'GMA'

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former football star Michael Strahan is being shifted from the daily talk show he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa to work full-time on ABC's "Good Morning America." The change comes as "Good Morning America" tries to shore up sinking ratings at a time of tighter competition with NBC's "Today" show and reflects the importance of the show to parent Walt Disney Co.'s bottom line. Strahan has worked a couple of days a week at "GMA" for the past two years, but he always has to leave midway through to head to the "Live with Kelly and Michael" studio on Manhattan's upper West Side. He's joining the show's regular cast of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, Amy Robach and Ginger Zee.

  • Nielsen's top programs for April 11-17

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 11-17. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.51 million. 2. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.81 million. 3. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 10.66 million. 4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.45 million. 5. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.41 million. 5. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.41 million. 7. "Empire," Fox, 10.11 million. 8. "NCIS," CBS, 9.99 million. 9. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 9.57 million. 10. "NCIS: New Orleans" (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 9.05 million. 11. "NCIS: New Orleans" (Tuesday, 10 p.m.), CBS, 9.04 million. 12. "The Voice" (Wednesday), NBC, 8.88 million.

  • Dancing to the top of television ratings

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — A night of Disney tunes led ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" to the largest audience of its current season and to the top of the television rankings. The Nielsen company said an estimated 12.5 million people watched "Dancing," which featured the contestants showing their steps to songs made famous by ABC's parent company. Light fare dominated the top of Nielsen's charts, with NBC's "The Voice" and "Little Big Shots" also scoring well. Some of CBS' most popular series — "NCIS," ''The Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS: New Orleans" — showed repeat episodes, shuffling the rankings. Still, CBS' bench strength enabled it to win the week, averaging 7.5 million viewers in prime time. NBC had 5.7 million and ABC ha

  • Study: Fox, CNN spent more time on GOP candidates than Dems

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone who used Fox News Channel's prime-time lineup as their main source of campaign news over the past month may be forgiven for thinking there was only one presidential nomination contest. Fox spent 666 minutes interviewing Republican candidates for president or their surrogates, with 13 minutes on Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, according to the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog. The group tallied the number of minutes guests spoke or were questioned weeknights from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on March 21 through April 15. During the same period, CNN spent 729 minutes with remaining Republicans Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich or their representatives.

  • APNewsBreak: Timberwolves talking with Mark Jackson

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Partners in the broadcast booth, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson are now rivals in the hunt for the Minnesota Timberwolves' coaching job. The Timberwolves planned to meet with Jackson after interviewing Van Gundy and former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, a person with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not publicly disclosed specifics of its search. Jackson, who is currently an analyst for ESPN and ABC, has not coached in the NBA since he was fired by the Golden State Warriors in 2014 after three seasons and a 121-109 record that included two trips to the playoffs.

  • I'd Watch That website asks public to make, judge TV ideas

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — You're mystified by the number of destined-for-failure shows on TV and figure you could make better picks than network executives. Or you sneer at the recycled concepts of too many dull series when you have a killer original story to tell. Whether you fall into either camp or both, there's a new website for you to play on: I'd Watch That, which launched five months ago with some heavyweight financial backers. It invites aspiring TV makers to post a "sizzle" reel of up to two minutes in length that demonstrates an idea's potential to become a series. The public gets to judge the proposals, with research methodology used to analyze the results and create a popularity ranking, said CEO Tom Zito.

  • Planned Parenthood targets Ayotte in first 2016 Senate TV ad

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is the target of Planned Parenthood's first television ad of the 2016 Senate cycle, a spot hitting New Hampshire's freshman senator for her anti-abortion stance and opposition to holding hearings on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee. The group's decision to kick off the cycle by spending against Ayotte underscores the high-stakes nature of the race between Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. The race will be key in determining control of the Senate, and outside money is already pouring into the state. The Planned Parenthood spot cost $400,000 and will run for about 10 days on cable and broadcast stations, according to the group.

  • Praise pours in for 'Everybody Loves Raymond' star Roberts

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everybody loved Doris Roberts. The spunky actress who played the sharp-tongued, endlessly meddling mother on CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" received an outpouring of praise on Monday following news of her death. Phil Rosenthal, the sitcom's creator, called her "a wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend" on Twitter. CBS said in a statement that Roberts "will be remembered for lighting up every room she walked into with an unparalleled combination of energy, humor, warmth and even a little bit of grit." Roberts died overnight in her sleep, spokeswoman Janet Daily said. She was told of the death by Roberts' son, Michael Cannata. Roberts was 90. The cause of death was not immediately

  • 'Everybody Loves Raymond' star Doris Roberts dies at 90

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everybody loved Doris Roberts. The spunky actress who played the tart-tongued, endlessly meddling mother on CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" received an outpouring of praise on Monday following news of her death. Phil Rosenthal, the sitcom's creator, called her "a wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend" on Twitter. CBS said in a statement that Roberts "will be remembered for lighting up every room she walked into with an unparalleled combination of energy, humor, warmth and even a little bit of grit." Roberts died overnight in her sleep, spokeswoman Janet Daily said. She was told of the death by Roberts' son, Michael Cannata. Roberts was 90. The cause of death was not immediately k

  • Stars share their reactions to Doris Roberts' death

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    Stars share their reactions to Doris Roberts' death Monday at age 90: — "She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest. Nothing gave her greater joy than her three wonderful grandchildren, of whom she was so proud. It was truly a privilege Doris. I love you and miss you." — "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-star Patricia Heaton on Twitter. — "RIP #DorisRoberts. An amazing talent and amazing person." — Actor Josh Gad on Twitter. — "So sad to read about the passing of Doris Roberts. She will always Marie Barone to me. RIP" — actress Marlee Matlin on Twitter. — "We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend." — "Everybody Loves Raymond" creat

  • Family spokeswoman: 'Everybody Loves Raymond' actress Doris Roberts has died at 90

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Family spokeswoman: 'Everybody Loves Raymond' actress Doris Roberts has died at 90.

  • It's on ... Amazon's stand-alone streaming targets Netflix

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking on Netflix and Hulu with its own stand-alone video streaming service, just weeks before Netflix raises prices for longtime subscribers. New customers can now pay $8.99 a month to watch Amazon's Prime video streaming service. Previously, the only way to watch Amazon's videos was to pay $99 a year for Prime membership, which includes free two-day shipping on items sold by the site, and other perks. At $9 a month, Amazon's stand-alone streaming service is $1 less than Netflix's standard membership and $1 more than Hulu's basic subscription. Netflix said earlier this year that a "substantial number" of its longtime members who paid $8 monthly — and have been protected from price hikes

  • Members of 'Alaskan Bush People' serve time on monitoring

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two members of the family featured on the reality TV show "Alaskan Bush People" are serving their sentences outside jail cells for lying on applications to get a yearly oil revenue check given to Alaska residents. Billy Brown and son Joshua Brown were sentenced to 30 days in jail but have been serving their sentences through electronic monitoring, according to the Department of Corrections. That restricts where they are allowed to go. Sherrie Daigle, a special assistant with the department, says the department has discretion in determining how a sentence is served, based on factors such as risk levels. She says the Browns received no special treatment. Lawyers for the Browns did not return calls

  • Meet Trump's maxed-out donors, believers in the cause

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Letantia Bussell, a Beverly Hills dermatologist, says she appreciates Donald Trump's "unique personality." Peter Zieve, an engineer in Washington, loves Trump because "the guy's a person, not a robot." Daniel Arias, an El Salvadoran immigrant in Florida, is positive Trump will put an end to newcomers "coming here and begging for food stamps." They are the few, the proud, the maxed-out Trump donors. The leader of the Republican presidential contest ridicules donors and insists he is a billionaire who wants to "self-fund." Yet there's a prominent "donate" button on his campaign website, and he has raised more than $9.5 million, including from about 200 people who have given $2,700, the maximum allowed by law

  • Senate Democrats press for $1.9B to fight Zika virus

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are pressing top Senate Republicans to stop dragging their feet and act immediately on President Barack Obama's request for $1.9 billion to combat the Zika virus. More than 40 of the chamber's Democrats Monday signed on to a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., demanding a Senate vote on additional Zika funds. The White House says the money is urgently needed to fight the spread of mosquitoes that transmit the virus, develop a vaccine and help other countries battle Zika. "For more than two months, Congress has failed to respond to the administration's Zika request. But more importantly, Congress has failed to address a disease that has infected nearly 700 Americans in 40 states, Was

  • Streaming services: What Amazon, Netflix and Hulu cost

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking on Netflix and Hulu, offering a stand-alone streaming service for the first time. Starting this week, the e-commerce company says customers can now pay $8.99 a month just to watch Amazon's Prime video streaming service. Previously, the only way to get access to Amazon's videos was to pay $99 a year for Prime membership, which includes free two-day shipping on items sold by the site. The video-only service does not come with free shipping. Here's how the Amazon, Netflix and Hulu streaming services compare: AMAZON PRIME VIDEO Price: $8.99 a month for stand-alone streaming. Offerings: Movies and past seasons of TV shows, such as "The Sopranos" and "Downton Abbey.

  • Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston light up AMC's 'Night Manager'

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The premise of "The Night Manager" is simple. Or might seem so. Jonathan Pine, a former soldier now in a different kind of service as night manager of a luxury hotel, is drawn into a risky mission to bring down international arms dealer Richard Roper by posing as a fellow merchant of evil. But this six-part miniseries (premiering on AMC Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT) is based on the John le Carre spy thriller of the same name, which should strongly suggest this is no simple cloak-and-dagger affair. Somehow "The Night Manager" manages to be as menacing and methodical as any film noir, yet at the same time teem with color, sweep and action cloaked in stillnesss.

  • The Latest: Cruz says New York values is Trump's term

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 a day before New Yorkers vote in their state's crucial primary (all times Eastern Daylight Time): 9:00 a.m. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says his controversial criticism of "New York values" was a comment that originated from his rival Donald Trump in an interview on partial birth abortion. In a town hall-style interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday, Cruz said that the comments by Trump, a native New Yorker, echoed the "left-wing democratic policies" that have dominated New York policies. "I was repeating Donald's own phrasing," Cruz said. "The people of New York, the folks here, y'all have suffered under the left wing democratic policies

  • In crackdown on celebrity, China bans stars' kids from shows

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) — China is banning the children of famous entertainers from appearing on hugely popular reality shows, as the country continues efforts to try to prevent the manufacture of child stars. The ban by the government's media regulator also covers appearances by the stars' children on chat shows and reports about them on entertainment programs, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday. Reality shows featuring attractive stars and their well-dressed, fashionably coifed and often somewhat precocious children traveling or performing tasks together have grown extremely popular with Chinese viewers in recent years.

  • Alfonso Ribeiro wins final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

    Updated: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Alfonso Ribeiro won the 40th and final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, a fan favorite event at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Ribeiro was also the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015. The of "America's Funniest Home Videos" also won "Dancing with the Stars" in 2014. "I owe an awful lot to the city of Long Beach, they've been so supportive, and to Toyota, 40 years putting on this fantastic Pro/Celebrity Race and promoting Long Beach the way they have," Ribeiro said. Max Papis won the Pro category by finishing 4.872 seconds behind Ribeiro. "It is just an amazing event and who won was the kids this event supports," said Papis. "This is the best street course in America,




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