• Months later, Sarah Palin back as Fox News analyst
    2013-06-14 02:05:48 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin is rejoining Fox News Channel as an analyst less than half a year after they decided to part ways. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate has signed on as a contributor to Fox and the Fox Business Network, it was announced on Thursday. Her first appearance back will be ...
  • The Voice Final Three Revealed
    2013-06-12 04:23:43 UTC

    “The Voice” is down to the final three! The music competition’s finalists were revealed on Tuesday’s results show, where two contestants were eliminated just one week before the big season finale. So, after record-breaking voting, which were singers were given the boot? Sasha Allen (Team Shakira) and Amber Carrington (Team Ada...
  • 'Kinky Boots' struts off with the most Tony Awards
    2013-06-10 04:34:45 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — The feel-good musical "Kinky Boots," with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won a leading six 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical, best score and best leading man. Christopher Durang's comical "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" won the best play Tony. "Matilda the Musical" ...
  • Patina Miller wins best actress in a musical Tony
    2013-06-10 04:32:04 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Patina Miller has danced away with a Tony Award for her role in the revival of "Pippin." Miller, last on Broadway in "Sister Act," won the best lead actress in a musical trophy playing the same emcee part that won Ben Vereen a best-actor Tony in 1973. The win caps a whirlwind few years for the Carnegie Mello...
  • Cicely Tyson wins Tony for best actress in a play
    2013-06-10 04:30:23 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cicely Tyson, who returned to Broadway this season for the first time in 30 years, has taken home the Tony Award for best leading actress in a play. In Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful," Tyson plays a widow in 1953 whose only desire is to revisit her old home in Bountiful and recapture purpose she lost whe...
  • Tracy Letts wins best actor in a play Tony Award
    2013-06-10 04:28:44 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tracy Letts, who won a Tony Award as a playwright, now has one as an actor. Letts takes home the trophy for best performance by an actor in a play for playing George, one-half of the bickering couple at the heart of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" He beat out Nathan Lane, Tom Hanks, David Hy...
  • Billy Porter wins best actor in a musical Tony
    2013-06-10 04:27:53 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Porter, who plays a fierce drag queen in "Kinky Boots," has strutted off with the Tony Award for best actor in a musical. Porter, the 1992 winner of "Star Search," has amassed several Broadway credits, including "Miss Saigon," ''Grease" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe." This was his first nomination. "Kinky Boo...
  • Two longtime producers leave 'American Idol'
    2013-06-10 04:20:09 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Add two more departures to the "American Idol" post-season tally. Fox said Sunday that longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are exiting the singing contest. Its 12th season ended in May with a record low-rated finale. The producers follow judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Ja...
  • Cable operators buff up guides for Internet age
    2013-06-09 17:05:05 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of making money providing Internet service, cable TV companies are now tapping the power of the Internet to improve clunky program guides that are a relic of the 1990s. Over the past year or so, Comcast Corp., Cablevision Systems Corp. and other cable providers have introduced new program guides o...
  • Tivo settles with Cisco, Motorola and Time Warner
    2013-06-07 16:22:51 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tivo settled patent disputes with Cisco, Motorola Mobility and Time Warner Cable, averting a trial that was to begin next week and bringing to a close a string of long-running legal squabbles over its pioneering digital video recorder technology. The settlement fell well short of what most investors had expec...
  • Jennifer Lopez goes off-camera for new TV drama
    2013-06-04 05:56:34 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lopez isn't on screen for the debut of her new TV series, but she will be on Twitter. Lopez is an executive producer of ABC Family's drama "The Fosters," which debuts at 9 p.m. EDT Monday. The channel says the actress and singer will be live-tweeting from her (at)JLo account during the episode. "The ...
  • Matt Smith leaving lead role in BBC's 'Doctor Who'
    2013-06-02 16:08:15 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — Who will be the new Who? The BBC says Matt Smith is stepping down from the lead role in long-running sci-fi series "Doctor Who," spurring intense speculation about his replacement. The broadcaster said Sunday that Smith will leave after a November episode to mark the show's 50th anniversary, and a Christmas specia...
  • Jean Stapleton, TV's Edith Bunker, dies at 90
    2013-06-02 05:18:57 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jean Stapleton's Edith Bunker was such a dithery charmer that we had to love her. And because she loved her bombastic husband Archie, we made room for him and TV's daring "All in the Family." It took an actress as smart and deft as Stapleton to create the character that Archie called "dingbat," giving a tend...
  • Edith Bunker's woes on 'All in the Family'
    2013-06-02 05:14:36 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Edith Bunker had to deal with her trying husband Archie and more. Here are challenges that faced the "All in the Family" character played by Jean Stapleton, who made the most of these series highlights. The actress died Friday at age 90. — A breast cancer scare that she tried to hide from the family. — An int...
  • Study on female breadwinners ignites verbal brawl
    2013-06-01 05:44:58 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly said Friday that she's offended by a male colleague's suggestion that children of working mothers don't fare as well as children with stay-at-home moms. A Pew Research Center study released this week showing that women are now the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of house...
  • Longtime 'Tonight Show' drummer Shaughnessy dies
    2013-05-28 04:36:57 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Shaughnessy, the jazz drummer who for nearly three decades anchored the rhythm section of Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" band, has died in Southern California. He was 84. William Selditz, a close family friend, tells the Los Angeles Times ( ) that Shaughnessy had a heart attack Friday a...
  • 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 takeover in the volatile trading period after the split is complete. The New York-based ...
  • 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 returns Sunday, seven years after Fox cancelled the series. The revival coincides with Netflix's...
  • 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. The Washington Post reported he died at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. In a statement to the Pos...
  • 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 work out of the governor's mansion because of a dispute over a television screen. Republ...
  • 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 Someone Have to Go?" a series where cameras go into small businesses and employees are compell...
  • 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 and Spencer Grove in U.S. District Court in North Dakota on Monday. Boedigheimer and Grove a...
  • 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 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are among the best in the business. Zadan and Meron pro...
  • 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 best relationship I ever had." Justin Bieber had three wins. When accepting the mileston...
  • 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 produced a mix of bubble-gum pop songs, somber ballads, bagpipes, accordions and bizarrely kit...