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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...

 

'To Kill a Mockingbird' compromise offered to small theaters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. forced to abandon productions of "To Kill a Mockingbird" under legal threat were offered an olive branch in the form of Aaron Sorkin's script for the Broadway...

 

Readers pick America's best-loved novel in nationwide vote

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird," a coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overcame wizards and time travelers to be voted America's best-loved novel by readers nationwide. The 1961 book by Harper Lee emerged as No. 1 in PBS'...

 

Jane Fonda looks ahead to '9 to 5' sequel, back to Vietnam

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jane Fonda said she's still confronted by Vietnam War veterans over her 1970s anti-war activism and welcomes the encounters. Such moments provide an opportunity to talk, she said, which needs to be done with what Fonda...

 

Barr, President Trump revel together in "Roseanne' success

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roseanne Barr is reveling in Donald Trump's support for her returning sitcom's impressive debut, which the president says was a cultural and political breakthrough. "It was a thrill to get a congratulatory phone call from The Pre...

 

Church of Scientology launches TV channel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Church of Scientology launched its own TV channel with a vow that it will be candid about every aspect of the church and its operations but isn't seeking to preach or convert. "There's a lot of talk about us. And we get it,"...

 

Survey: Parents binge on media, say they're good role models

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parents spend more than nine hours a day with TVs, computers and other screen devices while also giving themselves high marks as role models for their children's media use, according to a survey released Tuesday. Among all those...

 

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