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‘Saturday Night Live’ to air live to all, not taped for some

NEW YORK – After 42 seasons, “Saturday Night Live” is trying something new: airing live to everybody. For the first time, “SNL” will broadcast live simultaneously across the U.S. for …


‘They wanted Apu’: Kal Penn shares demoralizing memories from his early career

A lot of people first became acquainted with Kal Penn after he starred as a stoner with a serious case of the munchies in the cult classic “Harold & Kumar …


‘SpongeBob’ creator says he has Lou Gehrig’s disease

Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” says he has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.


Robert Osborne, a Hollywood classic on his own

He was the nicest, most humble TV star I ever got to know, and call a friend, and his humility, I suspect, came easy because he knew his material.


Pete Davidson, the ‘SNL’ comic famous for weed jokes, announces he is sober ‘for the first time in 8 years’

“I’m a pothead, but that’s not the joke,” wunderkind Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” told Rolling Stone last year while discussing how he felt pigeonholed into making jokes about …


Around the remote: ‘Feud’ examines a vintage rivalry

You don’t have to be a vintage film buff to enjoy this rollicking new anthology series, but it helps. Over eight lovingly crafted episodes, it recalls the legendary rivalry between …


Around the remote: Kimmel takes on Oscars gig

Jimmy Kimmel takes his first crack at hosting Hollywood’s biggest bash and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if politics is among the prime topics of conversation.


Costars bond over power plays: Ruthless enemies in ‘Billions,’ Lewis and Giamatti share plenty of laughs offstage

Unfortunately, this camaraderie actually presents a problem for their work on the Showtime drama “Billions,” in which they play tremendously powerful and spectacularly damaged men locked in combat.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 8:10 p.m.

Billy Gardell goes from police officer to Colonel

Gardell plays the larger-than-life Col. Tom Parker who is credited with turning Elvis into an international sensation. Research material about Parker was thin but what Gardell found gave him a …


Front & Center: As KSPS turns 50, Gary Stokes helps TV station keep moving forward

Gary Stokes is president and general manager of


Around the remote: New HBO whodunit ‘Big Little Lies’ features star-studded cast

The seven-episode series, adapted by David E. Kelley from a best-selling novel, is set in the tranquil coastal town of Monterey, where alpha females and trophy wives lead seemingly carefree …


Celebrity Focus: Jake Tapper on writing a crime novel vs. covering politics: ‘Thankfully I have more control over developments in the book’

CNN’s Jake Tapper is many things these days. According to Vogue he’s an “emerging journalistic hero.” Watch “Saturday Night Live” and the veteran newsman becomes Kellyanne Conway’s greatest foil. Head …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 10:29 a.m.

Epic ‘Planet Earth II’ offers creatures’-eye view of nature

From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC’s epic nature series “Planet Earth II” takes viewers around the world – and around many genres of television.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Sparks fly over Bill Maher’s booking of Breitbart provocateur Yiannopoulos

Bill Maher’s decision to book conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos on his HBO show drew quick condemnation from another guest.


Around the remote: Corden hosts Grammys

James Corden, the dynamic late-night funny guy who regularly hosts music’s biggest stars in his car, now gets to host an entire arena full of them. The eye-popping performance list …


CBS serves up ‘comfort food’ on Friday nights and it’s paying off

If the TV industry gave out an award for the most uncool night of programming, CBS’s Friday lineup would win it hands down.


Carol Burnett comedy gets pilot order from ABC

Comedy queen Carol Burnett’s return to the small screen looks imminent now that ABC has ordered a pilot for “Household Name.”


Cord-cutters dropping cable force networks to make hard choices

At the end of 2016, a big question hangs over the TV industry: What if Jeff Bewkes is right? One of the best-positioned media giants, Bewkes’ Time Warner sold to …


NBC to launch all-Olympic channel in deal with IOC, USOC

After years of trying, the U.S and International Olympic Committees have agreed with NBC on a package that will offer year-round Olympic programming, focused on U.S. athletes. NBC will launch …


Mel Harris: ‘thirtysomething’ stars remain ‘close’ friends

Almost 30 years since “thirtysomething” went off the air, the now 50-something cast of the drama about a group of American baby boomers remain friends.


Candace Cameron Bure exiting TV’s ‘The View’

There’s another departure on television’s “The View,” with Candace Cameron Bure saying she can no longer handle the bicoastal life made necessary by her acting career.


Ron Glass, co-star of TV’s ‘Barney Miller’ dead at 71

Ron Glass, the handsome, prolific character actor best known for his role as the gregarious, sometimes sardonic detective Ron Harris in the long-running cop comedy “Barney Miller,” has died at …


Dear Annie: Divorced parents leads to wedding invitation dilemma

Dear Annie: My parents split up 20 years ago, and my dad has never stayed in great contact. I’m now engaged, and my fiance and I are designing the invitations.


Smaller screens’ rise cues AT&T deal for Time Warner

AT&T and Time Warner, which both are laboring to hold on to customers, confront a similar challenge: how to deliver content to younger consumers who are turning away from traditional …


Comcast is being punished for charging customers for channels they didn’t want

Comcast is paying one of the biggest fines ever levied on a cable company after regulators said it illegally billed customers for unwanted equipment and services.


Agnes Nixon, creator of ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children,’ dies at 93

Agnes Nixon, who created such enduring daytime TV dramas as “One Life to Life” and “All My Children,” died Wednesday at a senior living facility in Pennsylvania. She was 93.


Alec Baldwin’s very big deal: playing Donald Trump on ‘SNL’

“Saturday Night Live” has made a YUGE decision: It has chosen Alec Baldwin to impersonate GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.


Your TV may use more energy than you think, group charges

An environmental group on Wednesday accused three major television manufacturers of misleading consumers and regulators about how much energy their high-definition screens devour by designing them to draw less power …


Dana Milbank: In surrogate circus, anything goes

Trump’s surrogates are a decidedly B-list group of Trump supporters who argue his case on the airwaves.


ESPN sportscaster John Saunders dies at 61

John Saunders, the versatile sportscaster who has hosted ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters” for the last 15 years, has died, the network announced Wednesday. He was 61.