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Emmy Awards: Stars look to keep cool on sweltering carpet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy Awards host Kenan Thompson and the ceremony's producers are promising a feel-good event — a phrase not applicable to several of the top nominated shows. The best drama contenders include the violently dystopian "Squid...

 

Navajo mystery series 'Dark Winds' seeks true storytelling

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Redford and George R.R. Martin are the big names behind "Dark Winds," but they're not the most important. That distinction belongs to the Native American creators and actors who ensured the AMC mystery series rings true to...

 

Will Smith resigns from film academy over Chris Rock slap

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith resigned Friday from the motion picture academy following his Oscars night slap of Chris Rock and said he would accept any further punishment the organization imposed. Smith in a statement released Friday afternoon...

 

Bob Saget, beloved TV dad of 'Full House,' dead at 65

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Saget, the actor-comedian known for his role as beloved single dad Danny Tanner on the sitcom "Full House" and as the wisecracking host of "America's Funniest Home Videos," has died, according to authorities in Florida. He...

 

Betty White, TV's Golden Girl, dies at 99

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, whether as a man-crazy TV hostess on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" or the loopy housemate on "The Golden Girls," has died. She...

 

Chapelle special spurs Netflix walkout; 'Trans lives matter'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle's special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted "Trans lives matter," getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed...

 

Oprah's deft royal interview shows why she's still the queen

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were royal victims and villains in Harry and Meghan's tell-all — or tell enough — interview with Oprah Winfrey. But there was only one immediate and clear winner: the American media queen. While the couple drew both...

 

Prince Harry: Split from royal life 'unbelievably tough'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prince Harry says the process of separating from royal life has been very difficult for him and his wife, Meghan. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry invoked the memory of his late mother, Princess Diana, who had to find...

 

Trebek remembered for grace that elevated him above TV host

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Trebek never pretended to have all the answers, but the "Jeopardy!" host became an inspiration and solace to Americans who otherwise are at odds with each other. He looked and sounded the part of a senior statesman, impeccab...

 

News organizations rebuke Trump on election results claim

In a stunning scene in the middle of the night, news organizations rebuked President Donald Trump after he falsely said on live television that he had won reelection even as votes were still being counted. With reporters and supporters gathered at...

 

'Brian's Song,' 'Roots,' 'Purple Rain' writer dies at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects "Brian's Song" and "Roots" and the Prince film "Purple Rain," has died. He was 83. Blinn died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted living community in Burbank,...

 

Aniston is award-worthy first responder in Emmy fire skit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Aniston missed out on an Emmy but proved herself as an award-worthy first responder when a ceremony stunt got overheated. In a bit during Sunday night's Emmys, host Jimmy Kimmel sprayed an envelope holding a winner's...

 

Uninvited Pigeon invades author Mo Willems' TV special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mo Willems is very serious about the importance of being silly. That's apparent to the children and adults tickled by "There Is a Bird on Your Head!" or "We Are in a Book!" or any of the author and illustrator's other much-loved...

 

DeGeneres vows candor as clouded talk show charts its return

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres says she'll be ready to talk when her daytime show returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace. "I can't wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we're...

 

Virus-quieted oceans open window for Shark Week researchers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay put, but it gave sharks a travel passport and scientists a rare opportunity. Ocean spots cleared of fishing boats and other intrusions by COVID-19 quarantines saw increased and even...

 

Virus-quieted oceans open window for Shark Week researchers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay put, but it gave sharks a travel passport and scientists a rare opportunity. Ocean spots cleared of fishing boats and other intrusions by COVID-19 quarantines saw increased and even...

 

'Who's the Boss?' gets reboot with Tony Danza, Alyssa Milano

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A brand new life is ahead for the vintage sitcom "Who's the Boss?" and its devoted fans. Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are set to reprise their father-daughter roles for a sequel that's in the works at Sony Pictures Television,...

 

'Little House' author's life, times examined in PBS film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new documentary about the life and work of "Little House on the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder puts her novels' scattered racist references in historical context, the film's producers said. Wilder's work reflects the pers...

 

Second City CEO steps down amid claims of racism at theater

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Alexander, the CEO and co-owner of famed The Second City improv theater, said he is stepping down after a former performer leveled accusations of racism against the comedy institution. In a lengthy letter posted on the...

 

'Masked Singer,' Kim Cattrall soap on Fox's fall schedule

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Masked Singer," an artificial-intelligence thriller and a prime-time soap opera starring Kim Cattrall will be part of Fox's fall lineup, the network said Monday as it unveiled its schedule amid the pandemic's disruption of...

 

'Goonies' cast, 'Flintstones' rescue TV viewers in pandemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Gad had a notion about what might soothe the kid in him during a scary time and maybe do the same for others. The actor got to work organizing an online reunion of the cast and creators of the 1985 movie "The Goonies,"...

 

Spoiler: George Washington lies, stands tall in docuseries

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — George Washington is the leading man in historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's first venture as a TV producer, a docudrama that follows his growth from ambitious young soldier to statesman. Spoiler alert for "Washington," airing...

 

Alex Trebek to Rep. John Lewis: Let's survive cancer in 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Trebek has a message of support for Congressman John Lewis as both fight pancreatic cancer. "We're starting a new year, and let's see if we can't both complete the year as pancreatic cancer survivors," Trebek said when...

 

Apple TV Plus joins streaming wars, has Oprah but no catalog

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As the streaming wars near a fever pitch and viewers are targeted from every vantage point — Disney Plus has the Marvel and Star Wars brands! HBO Max counters with "Game of Thrones" and DC superheroes! — Apple TV Plus could...

 

HBO orders 10 episodes of 'Game of Thrones' prequel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO is green-lighting a new "Game of Thrones" prequel after reportedly canceling another that starred Naomi Watts. The cable channel said Tuesday that it's given a 10-episode order to "House of the Dragon," set 300 years before...

 

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