'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. That's a 34 percent drop from the year before, when n...
'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. I know we will," the 22-year-old Texas native to...
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 week, the service had been available only in the N...
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 in 2005. He has since made his mark with a range of...
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" show next year. Fallon is moving up an hour as Jay...
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-known interviewer and invented a daytime talk sho...
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 advertisers — a social-media twist on the annual TV rit...
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," focusing on singles looking for love. Another is ...
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 series."
The statement also said Bravo is working...
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 shakeup, which was first reported by The Wrap, follows ...
'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 decades later he would be playing with them in front o...
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 version of Tyson will solve wacky problems, assisted by...
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 "American Idol" after defeating country singer Kre...
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 monthly subscription on YouTube.
Although the ...
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 the Fox singing competition after auditioning a tri...
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 schedule, the network said.
Four new dramas and fi...
Robert Redford to produce unscripted CNN series
2013-05-08 19:39:42 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN is planning an unscripted series about Chicago that will be executive-produced by Robert Redford.
The eight-part series, "Chicagoland," will premiere in 2014.
CNN said Wednesday that "Chicagoland" will explore where politics and policy meet people's lives in the quintess...
Reality TV's new stars: Small businesses
2013-05-08 16:31:45 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — There's no business like small business.
Mix the high stakes of running a small business with a dash of family drama and throw in a camera crew and you get hit reality television shows such as "Pawn Stars," ''Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" and "Duck Dynasty."
YouTube said set to soon launch pay channels
2013-05-07 05:16:23 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — YouTube is set to announce within a few weeks a series of channels that will require payment, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.
The content on the new pay channels will be in addition to the millions of videos viewers watch for free on YouTube....
DreamWorks buying AwesomenessTV for about $33M
2013-05-02 04:59:54 UTC
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. is buying AwesomenessTV, a YouTube teen network, for about $33 million in cash as it looks to tap into the popularity of online content.
DreamWorks said Wednesday that AwesomenessTV founder and CEO Brian Robbins will continue to direct g...
Media companies benefit from higher network fees
2013-05-02 04:55:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Media companies benefited from higher fees for cable television networks such as TBS, Comedy Central and CNBC in the first three months of the year.
Time Warner Inc., Viacom Inc. and Comcast Corp. all saw growth in their cable network businesses, thanks to distribution fe...
'American Idol' is now 3rd-rated competition show
2013-05-01 05:18:40 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Television's champion for nearly a decade, Fox's "American Idol," now isn't even the most popular competition show on the air.
Both editions of "The Voice" on NBC and "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC had larger audiences than "Idol" last week, the Nielsen Co. said. "Idol"...
Higher expectations for digital media at NewFronts
2013-04-28 17:35:59 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Last year, the inaugural Digital NewFronts didn't skimp on the hype.
Google, Hulu, Yahoo and others made brash, glitzy presentations to advertisers trumpeting their ascendancy in a rapidly changing media landscape. Even Jay-Z dropped by.
There will be plenty of the s...
Kristen Wiig to return to 'SNL' as host
2013-04-27 19:46:27 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A year after leaving "Saturday Night Live," Kristen Wiig is coming back to host the show.
NBC announced Friday that Wiig will host the May 11 episode. For six seasons, Wiig was one of the most popular cast members on the show before exiting in an emotional send-off last May.
There's room for the 2 Jimmys in late-night TV
2013-04-24 04:49:59 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime feud between late-night hosts Jay Leno and David Letterman is the stuff of legend and, apparently, so yesterday.
The two Jimmys: Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, agree there's no rivalry between them.
Both were among the honorees in New York Tuesday at a g...