News Corp. OKs poison pill, buyback before split
2013-05-25 05:41:44 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — News Corp. said its board of directors has approved plans to split its entertainment and publishing businesses into two separate companies. The company also adopted a shareholder-rights plan designed to prevent a hostile t...
Netflix looks to hook subscribers with 'Arrested'
2013-05-25 05:26:32 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is hoping this weekend's release of the resurrected TV series "Arrested Development" will draw more subscribers to its Internet video service.
The award-winning show about the dysfunctional Bluth family return...
Journalist and author Haynes Johnson dies at 81
2013-05-25 05:18:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Haynes Johnson, a pioneering Washington journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the civil rights movement and migrated from newspapers to television, books and teaching, died Friday. He was 81.
Maine governor moves out of office over TV dispute
2013-05-24 04:38:48 UTC
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor, who has gained attention in the past for telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt" and comparing the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo, has moved out of his office at the State House and says he'll w...
Fox show brings messy workplaces to television
2013-05-23 04:46:04 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — This time "you're fired" is more than a Donald Trump catchphrase. Fox is turning the firing of real people from real jobs into prime-time entertainment starting this week.
The network on Thursday will begin airing "Does Some...
ND ad agency sues creators of Cartoon Network show
2013-05-23 04:36:59 UTC
A North Dakota advertising agency is suing the creators of a Cartoon Network show, alleging that they copied a state marketing campaign.
H2M, a Fargo-based advertising and marketing agency, filed the lawsuit against Dane Boedigheimer an...
Seth MacFarlane won't return as 2014 Oscar host
2013-05-21 04:43:41 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seth MacFarlane is too busy to host the Oscars in 2014.
The multitalented comedian says on Twitter that he "tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep."
MacFarlane said in his tweet Monday that Academy Awards pr...
Taylor Swift wins 8 trophies at Billboard Awards
2013-05-20 04:19:30 UTC
Another day, another domination for Taylor Swift: She was the red hot winner at the Billboard Music Awards.
Swift won eight awards, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album for "Red." She told the crowd: "You are the longest and b...
Blinking skirts, fake tans: It must be Eurovision
2013-05-18 15:47:22 UTC
MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Flashy skirts, fake tans, fur and feathers: It's the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
The televised extravaganza, with an audience of 125 million worldwide, is now in its 58th year. Once again without fail, it has prod...
'American Idol' finale draws record low ratings
2013-05-17 16:35:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Ratings for the "American Idol" finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show.
According to preliminary Nielsen Co. figures Friday, Candice Glover's victory over Kree Harrison was watched by 14.2 million viewers. Tha...
'American Idol' Runner-Up Kree Harrison Tells Fans To 'Stay Tuned'
2013-05-17 16:26:02 UTC
Kree Harrison isn't letting her "American Idol"loss to Candice Glover get her down. In fact, she's got some big plans for the future — plans that might even involve departing judge and "Idol" vet Randy Jackson.
"It was sad. We'll see each other...
TV-over-Internet service hits Atlanta next month
2013-05-15 06:34:52 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Aereo, the startup that offers live television broadcasts over the Internet starting at $8 a month, said it will start service in the Atlanta market on June 17, following an expansion to Boston on Wednesday.
Until this ...
Bill Hader to exit 'SNL' after 8 seasons
2013-05-14 17:53:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Hader is leaving "Saturday Night Live" after an eight-year run.
His spokesman confirms that the 34-year-old comedian will depart "SNL" after this weekend's season finale.
Hader joined the NBC sketch-comedy show i...
Seth Meyers to replace Jimmy Fallon late at night
2013-05-13 05:17:37 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Meyers is moving from his "Weekend Update" desk to his own late night show on NBC.
The network said Sunday that the 12-year "Saturday Night Live" cast member will replace Jimmy Fallon at the 12:35 a.m. "Late Night" ...
Walters announces her retirement on 'The View'
2013-05-13 18:27:43 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Walters said Monday that retirement from her epochal television career is near, but it's not happening right away.
Walters, who began in television news as a "Today" girl in 1961, became the medium's best...
NBC promotes fall season with Twitter contest
2013-05-13 04:50:22 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is giving the public more than just a new slate of programming. There are prizes to be had, too.
The network said Sunday that it's holding a Twitter-based sweepstakes linked to its fall schedule presentation to adver...
ABC plans 'Once Upon a Time' spinoff next season
2013-05-12 04:53:14 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC is planning a spinoff of its fairytale drama "Once Upon a Time" for next season and an action-adventure series based on the Marvel Comics universe called "S.H.I.E.L.D."
One of its new comedies is "Mixology,"...
Bravo's 'Top Chef' heads to New Orleans
2013-05-12 04:51:52 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bravo's hit cooking competition show "Top Chef" is heading to New Orleans.
The cable TV network issued a statement Friday that "the vibrant food scene of New Orleans will be a welcome addition in the 11th season of the se...
American Idol Sources Confirm All Four Judges Are Gone
2013-05-11 06:53:08 UTC
Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and (as previously reported) Randy Jackson are "definitely gone" from American Idol, sources close to the show confirm to E! News.
Reps for Fox and Fremantle declined to comment.
The panel-scrapping shake...
'Sesame Street' gets new Hispanic character
2013-05-11 04:59:00 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — As a child in Puerto Rico, Ismael Cruz was delighted by the colorful characters in "Sesame Street," who not only entertained and educated him, but helped him learn "inglés." He could not have imagined that two deca...
Adult Swim plans a cartoon show to star Mike Tyson
2013-05-10 22:21:48 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Adult Swim says it's turning Mike Tyson into a cartoon detective.
The network announced Friday a new animated series called "Mike Tyson Mysteries" that will feature the retired boxing champ.
On the show, a cartoon versi...
Randy Jackson says goodbye on 'Idol' 12th season finale, as winner revealed
2013-05-17 06:37:29 UTC
Longtime "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson bid farewell to the Fox talent competition during Thursday's 12th season finale, a showdown between vocal powerhouse Candice Glover and country singer Kree Harrison.
Candice Glover was crowned the new ...
YouTube's new pay channels go from campy to kids
2013-05-10 05:05:32 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roger Corman's campy B movies, children's shows like "Sesame Street" and "Inspector Gadget," and inspirational monologues by celebrities — these are among the offerings on 30 channels that will soon require a paid...
Candice Glover wins 12th season of 'American Idol'
2014-05-21 04:13:13 UTC
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The third time's the charm for Candice Glover on "American Idol."
The booming 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., won t...
Fox orders new J.J. Abrams drama, Samberg comedy
2013-05-09 04:58:07 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A futuristic drama from producer-writer J.J. Abrams of "Lost" and the "Star Trek" movie franchise and a comedy with Andy Samberg of "Saturday Night Live" fame as a carefree police detective will be on Fox's new sch...