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Trevor Noah to be Jon Stewart’s ‘The Daily Show’ replacement

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian who has been a contributor to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will be the program’s new host when current host Jon Stewart leaves later this year, the network announced Monday.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Entertainment

‘X-Files’ returns to an even stranger world

The truth is out there: Network executives always need a hit. They'll come right out and say so in a major American newspaper."We need some new hits," Fox Networks Group chief Peter Rice told USA Today in 2014. "Big ones."Rice must be...

Date: 03/29/2015 | Entertainment

Ken Burns turns his eye to cancer in six-part documentary

PASADENA, Calif. — There's a mystery to cancer, in large part because of fear, that PBS tries to unravel in next week's six-hour documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.""We're not really honest with each other," filmmaker Ken Burns...

Date: 03/29/2015 | Entertainment

Has Netflix found its ‘Empire’?

In ceaseless jokes about the kookiness of Florida, popular culture often overlooks the deeper sense of dread and sadness that comes with its beautifully beguiling nature. Maybe you've noticed: Beneath Florida's forced smiles and Mickey Mouse sunshine, it's a partly cloudy Eden overrun...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Entertainment

Series will feature dad with 34 children

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network said Wednesday it is making a television series on the life of an Atlanta man who claims to have fathered 34 children with 17 different women.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Life

‘Downton Abbey’ to end after upcoming 6th season

A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after “Downton Abbey” concludes next year.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Entertainment

Bryant Gumbel’s ‘Real Sports’ marks 20 years of hard-hitting journalism

Bryant Gumbel’s “Real Sports” focuses on the NCAA this week during March Madness. As is typical of the HBO newsmagazine that marks its 20th year on air, the focus won’t be on jump shots or bracket busting.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Entertainment

‘Magnum, P.I.’ property sold

HONOLULU — A sprawling beachfront home used in the filming of the 1980s television show “Magnum, P.I.” has been sold for $8.7 million.

Date: 03/23/2015 | Life

The Clicker: Today’s highlights on TV

Monday’s highlights on TV include:

Date: 03/23/2015 | Entertainment

James Corden begins hosting ‘The Late Late Show’ on Monday

LOS ANGELES — James Corden is the perfect host.He offers a visitor to his modest office at CBS Television City a pillow for an uncomfortable chair. He raids a mini-fridge for drinks, suggesting bottled coffee ("Only three calories!"). He's attentive and...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Entertainment

TV technology yields vast wonderland

Long derided as the boob tube, television has entered an unprecedented era when people want to watch it everywhere at their own pace.

Date: 03/22/2015 | Life

‘Nightly News’ gets after-hours boost

LOS ANGELES — NBC is turning to insomniacs to get ratings help for evening news anchor Lester Holt.The network has quietly added second airings of “NBC Nightly News” in overnight time periods on 10 affiliate stations in such markets as Cleveland, St. Louis, Seattle and Atlanta.

Date: 03/20/2015 | Life

Family fun calendar

EVENTSSpring Craft-tacular!: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 20, Mukilteo Public Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd., Mukilteo. Celebrate the vernal equinox, the first day of spring, with several crafts, activities and take-home projects that will...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Entertainment

Zombie lobby descends on Olympia

OLYMPIA — Supporters of Washington state’s film and television industry staged a mock zombie apocalypse at the Capitol on Tuesday as part of their lobbying efforts on a measure to expand a tax-incentive program designed to lure more projects to the state.

Date: 03/17/2015 | Northwest

‘The Royals’ brings scandal, melodrama to the crown

PASADENA, Calif. — Leave it to E! to turn the British monarchy into an international version of the Kardashians.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Entertainment

A ‘Mad Men’ send-off to remember

It should come as no surprise that "Mad Men," a drama about a 1960s advertising firm, has designed what it hopes to be an unforgettable send-off campaign.The pioneering AMC series will launch its seventh and final season on April 5 — culminating in a swan...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Life

Future of BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ uncertain after host suspended

LONDON — An off-set altercation has imperiled the internationally known TV car show “Top Gear,” one of the BBC’s most lucrative productions.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World

Feds sue DirecTV, alleging deceptive ads

WASHINGTON — The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming.The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that its complaint charges DirecTV Inc. with...

Date: 03/11/2015 | Business Wire

Kevin Spacey is bringing a presidential docuseries to CNN

New York — “House Of Cards” President Kevin Spacey Is Bringing A Documentary Series About The Presidency To Cnn.CNN said Monday that Spacey will co-produce and narrate “Race for the White House.” Each of six episodes will tell the story of one presidential campaign.

Date: 03/10/2015 | Entertainment

Harve Bennett, TV producer who rescued ‘Star Trek’ film franchise, dies at 84

In the wake of the first “Star Trek” movie in 1979, producer Harve Bennett, who had a solid track record in TV with hits such as “The Mod Squad” and “The Six Million Dollar Man,” was called into a meeting with top Paramount Studio executives to talk about developing the second film in the...

Date: 03/10/2015 | Entertainment

‘Simpsons’ co-creator Sam Simon dies at 59

Sam Simon, a co-creator of “The Simpsons” and animal-rights advocate who made a midlife career shift into philanthropy and channeled much of his personal fortune into social causes, has died.

Date: 03/09/2015 | Nation & World

Camil shines on ‘Jane the Virgin’

Last pilot season, Jaime Camil had options — two offers for dramas at ABC and Netflix.

Date: 03/09/2015 | Life

‘American Crime’ goes deeper than just race

LOS ANGELES — There’s nothing frivolous about ABC’s “American Crime,” which means that it has a limited shot at becoming a significant hit.It should.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Entertainment

How bourbon explains everything you need to know about FX’s ‘Justified’

Bourbon is a wonderful thing, just wonderful, and perhaps no television show in American history has realized this, or had as much fun with it, as “Justified.” A subplot of the show is that it’s (sort of) to bourbon what “Sideways” was to California wine — a lovingly told inside joke.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Entertainment

‘Last Man’ a standout among new sitcoms

It’s hard to imagine Fox’s funny, entertaining and pretty original “Last Man on Earth” becoming a hit, but the same could have at one time been said about “The Lego Movie” and the screen version of “21 Jump Street,” so you never can tell. Writers Chris Miller and Phil Lord had a hand in all three,...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Entertainment

‘Sound of Music,’ marks 50 years with theater run, new DVD, more

Late in "The Sound of Music" production — after a helicopter's downdraft had knocked Julie Andrews over, after rain clobbered the schedule and budget, and after an angry farmer poked holes in a manmade brook — the leading lady delivered a tentative prediction.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Entertainment

The politics of Spock

Nimoy was key to the cultural commentary of 'Star Trek'

Date: 03/08/2015 | Commentary

The next season of ‘Downton Abbey’ will be Maggie Smith’s last

The one character who can go toe-to-toe with Lady Mary’s dour-faced shade-throwing and emerge victorious will depart “Downton Abbey” at the end of next season.

Date: 03/03/2015 | Entertainment

Television’s ‘Judge Judy’ staying in session

NEW YORK — Daytime television’s most popular personality, “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and plans to keep her court in session into 2020.

Date: 03/03/2015 | Entertainment

Why Gaga needs ‘American Horror Story’ (and why she’s such a perfect fit)

After Lady Gaga’s majestic “Sound of Music” medley at the Oscars on Sunday, some speculated she may be headed to Broadway. Wrong genre! Turns out the pop star is aiming to conquer the world of basic-cable television.

Date: 03/01/2015 | Entertainment

Juliette Lewis discusses role in ABC’s ‘Secrets & Lies'

Juliette Lewis worked with Martin Scorsese, dated Brad Pitt and was nominated for an Oscar, all before her 21st birthday. But the actress who embodied messy '90s youth in films such as "Natural Born Killers" and "Kalifornia" recoiled from the limelight in her...

Date: 03/01/2015 | Entertainment

Bill O’Reilly’s critics step up attacks

NEW YORK — Following several stories questioning Bill O’Reilly’s past reporting, a liberal media watchdog has ordered its researchers to comb through years of the Fox News Channel host’s writings, radio and television shows and public appearances to find examples of inconsistencies.

Date: 02/28/2015 | Nation & World

ESPN’s Olbermann out for week after Penn State comments

BRISTOL, Conn. — Keith Olbermann was taken off his ESPN show for the rest of the week after making insulting comments about Penn State students on Twitter.

Date: 02/24/2015 | Sports

“American Horror Story’ actor Woolf dies after accident

LOS ANGELES — Ben Woolf, an actor on “American Horror Story,” has died after being injured in a street accident, a spokesman said. He was 34.Woolf died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, publicist Zack Teperman said. Woolf’s family was at his side.

Date: 02/23/2015 | Nation & World

The Clicker: Today’s highlights on TV

Monday’s highlights on TV include:Christina Aguilera rejoins her pals in the big, cushy revolving chairs as “The Voice” returns for its eighth season. First up, as always: the blind auditions. 8 p.m., NBC

Date: 02/23/2015 | Entertainment

New on DVD: 'Whiplash,' 'Big Hero 6'

"Whiplash"R, 106 minutes, SonyIn "Whiplash," the promising feature debut of writer-director Damien Chazelle, J.K. Simmons plays a music professor named Fletcher, a tightly coiled martinet who joins a long line of cinematic drill...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Life

Extend tax breaks for film productions in state

With the Oscars airing today — 4 p.m. on ABC, 2 p.m. if you're into the red carpet stuff — let's take a moment to consider Washington state's film industry. And zooming in for a close-up, let's consider Snohomish County's supporting role.Among the recent...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Editorials

Bill O’Reilly denies article on embellishments

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly is contesting allegations that he embellished his past as a war correspondent.An article in Mother Jones magazine calls into question O'Reilly's accounts of his experiences as a CBS...

Date: 02/21/2015 | Nation & World

The Clicker: Today’s highlights on TV

Saturday’s highlights on TV include:Don’t want to come off as a total doofus at your Academy Awards party? Do your homework. “Countdown to the Oscars: An Insiders Guide” is a special that will help you get with the program. 8 p.m., ABC

Date: 02/21/2015 | Life

Eddie Huang celebrates the Year of the Goat

On Monday night, he hosted a Chinese New Year bash for 30 or so lucky invitees at a favorite Brooklyn restaurant, where in full view in the open kitchen he set to work to prepare a six-course feast.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Entertainment

Tickets on sale to upcoming events in Everett and beyond

XFINITY ARENASparta Combat League presents AVM WA: 7 p.m., Feb. 21, $18 to $83Everett Home & Garden Show: March 6 to 8Sesame Street Live Let's Dance!: May 22 to...

Date: 02/20/2015 | Entertainment

Two more seasons for Oliver

NEW YORK — HBO has picked up two more seasons of John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight,” which puts to rest any thought that Oliver would return to Comedy Central to replace Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.”

Date: 02/19/2015 | Entertainment

The Clicker: Today’s highlights on TV

Thursday’s highlights on TV include:Remake “The Odd Couple”? Why not. Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon star as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in an update of the 1970s sitcom about two divorced men who become roommates, despite being polar opposites. 8:30 p.m., CBS.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Entertainment

Franco to star in JFK series for Hulu

James Franco will star in the small-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s time-travel novel about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.Franco’s role in the nine-hour series based on King’s “11/22/63” was announced Thursday by Hulu and Warner Bros. Television.

Date: 02/18/2015 | Entertainment

A 'SNL' reunion

40th anniversary special is a who's who of the show

Date: 02/15/2015 | Entertainment

The ESPN streaming deal and the death of cable

To most Americans, Sunday is a fairly relaxing day. Not so for 31-year-old Chris Sweeney. He’s one of the millions who has dumped television and the cable set-top box for an Apple laptop and Netflix — and so lacks a reliable way to watch live sports. So come NFL Sunday, Sweeney scrambles.

Date: 02/15/2015 | Entertainment

Comedy Central has ‘short list’ for Jon Stewart replacement

LOS ANGELES — Comedy Central is mulling a “short list” of replacements for “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, a decision that could affect how much influence the show has on the 2016 presidential campaign.

Date: 02/15/2015 | Entertainment

A farewell to satire?

2 views of Jon Stewart: Tired anchor or king of satire

Date: 02/15/2015 | Commentary

The Clicker: Today’s highlights on TV

Saturday’s highlights on TV include:“Saturday Night Live Valentine’s Special”: Expect to see Stefan and that commercial parody about last-minute shopping at CVS in this holiday round-up. 10 p.m., NBC

Date: 02/14/2015 | Life

‘Laugh-In’ announcer Gary Owens dies at 80

LOS ANGELES — Gary Owens, the droll, baritone-voiced announcer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and a familiar part of radio, TV and movies for more than six decades, has died. He was 80.The veteran voiceover star died Thursday at his Los Angeles-area...

Date: 02/14/2015 | Nation & World

Brian Williams’ future depends on our trust

These are tough times for NBC's Brian Williams — and tougher times for journalism. The NBC newsman was suspended Tuesday night for six months amid charges that he misremembered or conflated wartime incidents he reported on from Iraq and Israel. He has also come under...

Date: 02/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

NBC considered firing Brian Williams

Senior NBC officials seriously considered firing anchor Brian Williams because he lied to his viewers about riding in a military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the Iraq war, according to a top network official.

Date: 02/12/2015 | Nation & World

Jon Stewart leaving ‘The Daily Show’

LOS ANGELES — Comedy Central says that Jon Stewart will leave “The Daily Show” as host later this year.His departure was announced by Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless after Stewart broke the news to the audience at Tuesday’s taping in New York.

Date: 02/10/2015 | Nation & World

Brian Williams steps away from anchor chair

Brian Williams said Saturday that he will step aside as anchor of his nightly NBC News broadcast for "several days" as a result of the controversy generated by his comments about his reporting during the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina.With his troubles mounting...

Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World

Brian Williams steps aside at NBC News

LOS ANGELES — Brian Williams said he is temporarily stepping away from the "NBC Nightly News" amid questions about his memories of war coverage in Iraq, calling it "painfully apparent" that he has become a distracting news story.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Nation & World

Mukilteo's Himalayan Dog Chew to appear on Shark Tank

MUKILTEO — Himalayan Dog Chew, a company that creates dog chew treats from dried yak and cow cheese, is scheduled to appear on ABC's Shark Tank Friday.Suman Shrestha said he and others in the company went to an audition in July in Seattle as part of a lark. They were...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Business

The Clicker: Today’s highlights on TV

Friday’s highlights on TV include:“Hot Fuzz,” Yep, a 7-year-old cop/action parody with slasher overtones that’s loaded with commercials is the best thing on TV tonight. Heckuva job, programmers. 9 p.m., BBC America.From Herald news services

Date: 02/06/2015 | Entertainment

‘A Place to Call Home’ charms like an Australian ‘Downton Abbey’

“Downton Abbey,” now in the middle of its fifth season in the U.S., hits that sumptuous sweet spot for those who relish seeing how the Edwardian 1 percent coped with their luxuriant lives.

Date: 02/05/2015 | Entertainment

Winfrey, ‘Selma’ filmmaker team on new drama series

Oprah Winfrey and the director of the Oscar-nominated movie “Selma” are creating a drama series for Winfrey’s TV channel.The project from Winfrey and filmmaker Ava DuVernay is inspired by the Natalie Baszile novel “Queen Sugar,” the OWN channel said Monday.

Date: 02/05/2015 | Entertainment

Brian Williams 'misremembered' coming under fire in Iraq

NBC News anchor Brian Williams conceded on Wednesday that a story he had told repeatedly about being under fire while covering the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was false.

Date: 02/04/2015 | Nation & World

The Clicker: Today’s highlights on TV

Tuesday’s highlights on TV include:The magnetic Gabrielle Union returns for Season 2 of “Being Mary Jane” and it looks like her character is finally calling out David (Stephen Bishop) for playing too many mind games. You go, Mary Jane. 10 p.m., BET

Date: 02/03/2015 | Entertainment

Better portrayal of vets sought

A group dedicated to the entertainment industry’s realistic representation of veterans is announcing on Friday a new seal of approval for portrayals of military men and women in films and television shows.

Date: 02/02/2015 | Life

The Clicker: Today’s highlights on TV

Monday’s highlights on TV include:

Date: 02/02/2015 | Entertainment

Activities to entertain kids (and adults) during the Super Bowl

Whether you're hosting a Super Bowl party or just want to watch the Patriots and Seahawks battle in relative peace, these plays will help keep kids happy — and might just make you MVP.Animal Planet's Puppy BowlLong a crowd favorite for the...

Date: 02/01/2015 | Life

Navy commercials try to broaden appeal

NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy is taking a new approach to its recruiting commercials: Appealing to people who are already in uniform, have long since left the military and those who never will join.A slate of new Navy commercials have been developed to not only appeal to...

Date: 02/01/2015 | Nation & World

Super Bowl ratings hit new highs

NBC sports executive Dick Ebersol was unhappy about the matchup for Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.The Pittsburgh Steelers were always a desirable draw. But the Arizona Cardinals? The franchise had a long history of futility in the NFL and some embarrassing losses in the regular season.

Date: 01/31/2015 | Entertainment

Tracking down the real sites of ‘Portlandia’

PORTLAND, Ore. — In its first season IFC’s “Portlandia” coined the phrase “Put a Bird on It.” In October, series stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen filmed a scene for the fifth season inside a Portland art supply store. Unbeknownst to them, seven posters featuring birds hung from the ceiling...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Life

The Clicker: This weekend’s highlights on TV

This weekend’s highlights on TV include: “Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen”: One of America’s most influential comic voices shares stories and songs with a live audience. 9 p.m. Saturday, HBO.

Date: 01/31/2015 | Entertainment

The Clicker: Today’s highlights on TV

Wednesday’s highlights on TV include:On “Nature,” an episode called “Penguin Post Office” looks at a colony of 3,000 penguins that gather annually on the Antarctic Peninsula. I wonder how many of them are mail? 8 p.m., PBS

Date: 01/28/2015 | Entertainment

Aniston talks Oscar snub, Razzie nom and acting cred

LOS ANGELES — Yes, Jennifer Aniston would like to thank the academy. But it won’t be this year.

Date: 01/28/2015 | Entertainment

Lee Daniels says he wants to expose homophobia

PASADENA, Calif. — The creator of Fox’s prime-time soap “Empire” said he wants to “blow the lid off homophobia” in the African-American community with a depiction of the show’s lead character’s hostile relationship with his gay son.

Date: 01/28/2015 | Entertainment

TV preview: What’s coming to a flat screen near you

Between broadcast, cable, and streaming services, there is a plethora of new shows and returning favorites in the offing. Here is a rundown:"Better Call Saul" (AMC, Feb. 8): Ever wonder what goes into making a lawyer as sleazy and unprincipled as...

Date: 01/27/2015 | Entertainment

The Clicker: This weekend’s highlights on TV

This weekend’s highlights on TV include:It’s time to hit the high seas again as the rollicking pirate drama “Black Sails” returns. In the opener, Flint (Toby Stephens) and Silver (Luke Arnold) go before the crew to face judgment. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz.

Date: 01/24/2015 | Entertainment

State of the Union TV ratings hit 15-year low

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's State of the Union address drew the second-lowest television viewership in 15 years.According to Nielsen data, 31.7 million viewers watched Tuesday night's prime-time address on broadcast and cable networks. That's the lowest...

Date: 01/22/2015 | Nation & World

Director signed for History’s ‘Roots’ miniseries remake

LOS ANGELES — The History channel is moving closer to a remake of the groundbreaking TV miniseries “Roots.”

Date: 01/20/2015 | Entertainment

Tony Verna, inventor of TV instant replay, dies at 81

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports 51 years ago, has died. He was 81.Verna died Sunday at his Palm Desert home after battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, daughter Tracy Soiseth said.

Date: 01/18/2015 | Nation & World

Voting with your remote

Viewpoints: Your news source may influence your politics

Date: 01/18/2015 | Commentary

‘Deadliest Catch’ crabber sues over fireworks injury

SEATTLE — A crab fisherman featured on the “Deadliest Catch” TV show is suing his former employers over a fireworks injury he suffered aboard the Time Bandit in 2013.

Date: 01/15/2015 | Northwest

Expect Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to skewer Sony

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The folks behind Sunday night's Golden Globes show say they won't address the Sony hack during the big show, but the subject is fair game for hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler."I think that especially in the last couple of months, the girls...

Date: 01/11/2015 | Life

Actor Rod Taylor dies in L.A. at 84

LOS ANGELES — Rod Taylor, the suave Australian actor whose brawny good looks made him a leading man for films ranging from Westerns to romantic comedies, has died. He was 84.Taylor died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, his daughter, Felicia Taylor, told the Los Angeles...

Date: 01/10/2015 | Nation & World

Gay activists pan new reality show

SALT LAKE CITY — Preston “Pret” Dahlgren has led what might seem like a picture-perfect Mormon life: He met his high school sweetheart in Sunday school as a teenager, completed his mission and married her. He is active in the church and the proud father of two young daughters.

Date: 01/09/2015 | Entertainment

Show runs afoul of Chinese censors for too much cleavage

BEIJING — Shapely breasts, often more ample than Mother Nature bestowed, are objects of desire and status symbols in China these days.Posters featuring buxom ladies touting the benefits of boob jobs, herbal supplements, creams or other methods to boost one's bust are...

Date: 01/08/2015 | Nation & World

The art of the celebrity nonapology

These days, it’s standard procedure when a celebrity lands a big profile in a magazine: The star says something that may be controversial. The quote is excerpted, analyzed and causes outrage. Then the celebrity apologizes. Or in most cases, “apologizes.”

Date: 01/05/2015 | Life

’Sopranos’ strip club hit for 2nd time in 2 weeks

LODI, N.J. — The New Jersey strip club that was the real-life stand-in for the Bada Bing on HBO’s “Sopranos” has been hit by criminals again.Satin Dolls in Lodi was robbed by two armed men a few days before Christmas. Now, police say someone broke into the club early Friday morning.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Life

’American Sniper,’ ‘Boyhood’ earn ACE Eddie nominations

“American Sniper,” “Boyhood” and “Big Hero 6” are among the feature film nominees for the American Cinema Editors’ 65th ACE Eddie Awards.The Eddie Awards recognize outstanding achievement in editing in film, TV and documentaries.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Life

The manners do matter at 'Downton Abbey'

As you sink into the fifth season of the elegant world of Downton Abbey, spare a thought to what it takes to make it seem so true to the 1920s.You can chalk the authenticity up to Alastair Bruce, the historical advisor, who makes sure that everyone's backbone is straight,...

Date: 01/04/2015 | Life

'Downton Abbey' primer

Don't know an heiress from a dowager? Get up to speed

Date: 01/04/2015 | Life

Lady Grantham is the countess that roars on 'Downton Abbey'

She's the countess with countless caustic comments.Maggie Smith, who plays Lady Grantham, The Dowager Countess, and her sharp wit and biting humor return to the "Downton Abbey" fifth season, which starts in the Roaring Twenties.The pinched-lipped...

Date: 01/04/2015 | Life

'Downton' actors hint at Season 5 developments

LONDON — When we were last in the aristocratic world of "Downton Abbey," Lady Mary Crawley was raising a skeptical eyebrow to two possible suitors, storm clouds were (re)gathering over Anna and Bates, and Carson and Mrs. Hughes set pulses racing when they held hands at the seaside...

Date: 01/03/2015 | Nation & World

Staying over at Highclere Castle (a.k.a. 'Downton Abbey')

You can visit Britain's Highclere Castle, the stand-in for the popular "Downton Abbey" of PBS fame, of course, but soon you will be able to stay on the grounds in newly restored buildings called London Lodge.Restoration included repairing a roof that had given...

Date: 01/03/2015 | Life

'Elly May' of the 'Beverly Hillbillies' dies at 82

NEW YORK — Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died.

Date: 01/02/2015 | Nation & World

Stage, screen actor Edward Herrmann dies

Edward Herrmann, the towering, melodious-voiced actor who brought Franklin D. Roosevelt to life in films and documentaries, won a Tony Award and charmed audiences as the stuffy dad on TV’s “Gilmore Girls,” died Wednesday. He was 71.

Date: 01/01/2015 | Nation & World

Doctor Who is coming to Christmas

“Do you believe in Santa Claus?” You may have an opinion after this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas Special.

Date: 12/23/2014 | Entertainment

Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission

NEW YORK — Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission.The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program.

Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World

Battle of Bulge vet still shivers at the memory

Outside his window, rain threatened to turn to ice."I thought we might be getting some Bastogne weather," Paul Rogers said, standing in his Overland Park, Kansas, living room but thinking back to his forest foxholes in Belgium during the World War II Battle of...

Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World

’Sorority Sisters’ draws criticism, loses sponsors

LOS ANGELES — VH1 says it’s sticking with “Sorority Sisters” despite criticism of the reality show’s depiction of black sorority members and the growing defection of commercial sponsors.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Entertainment

4 million watched homeless dog telethon

LOS ANGELES — More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers said."If only half of those result in adoptions, that would be huge," director Michael Levitt said.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Nation & World

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86.

Date: 12/17/2014 | Nation & World

The Clicker

Wednesday’s highlights on TV include:It’s a diva convention on “Michael Buble’s Christmas in New York,” as the Canadian crooner gets into the holiday spirit with Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande and Miss Piggy. 8 p.m., NBC.

Date: 12/17/2014 | Entertainment

Shonda Rhimes receives Hollywood leadership award

Shonda Rhimes says she didn’t have to break through the glass ceiling to become a top TV show-runner because scores of smart, creative women before her paved the way.

Date: 12/17/2014 | Entertainment

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