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Writers' workshop named for Erma Bombeck set for 2020

Dec. 9, 2019 1:10 AM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A biennial writers’ workshop in Ohio named for the late humor writer Erma Bombeck is set for the spring of 2020. The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop is held every other year on the campus of the University of Dayton, Bombeck’s alma mater. Workshop officials say Emmy...

Clifford, everybody’s favorite big red dog, gets a reboot

Dec. 4, 2019 2:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Who’s your favorite big red dog? If you have one, chances are his name is Clifford. Scholastic Entertainment is rebooting the TV series about the giant dog with an equally large heart this week on Amazon Prime Video and PBS, the latter his home since the early aughts. The new show...

Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane joining TV Hall of Fame

Dec. 3, 2019 4:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane and Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger will be joining the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Geraldine Laybourne, who helped create the Nickelodeon channel and co-founded Oxygen Media, and veteran TV director Jay Sandrich also were announced...

Baby Shark run continues with new tour dates

Nov. 19, 2019 11:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Most viral videos have a finite shelf life, but the “doo doo doo” of “Baby Shark” shows no sign of abating. The little ditty and dance about a family of sharks that captivated the toddler set and beyond will still be with us as we go into the next decade, with a...

Sketching live animals helps college students hone talents

Nov. 17, 2019 9:50 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All eyes were on Luther as he entered the classroom, his mouth agape, tongue lolling to the side. As the black-coated wolf hybrid sized up his surroundings and eagerly pulled on his leash, the crowd of roughly 50 students exhibited signs of both apprehension and excitement. For many...

Beyond Netflix: Disney Plus joins the streaming fray

Nov. 12, 2019 3:06 AM EST

Disney is throwing its hat into streaming Tuesday with the debut of its Disney Plus service. It is hoping the $7-a-month service, years in the making, will attract millions of subscribers with its mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series. There's a lot riding on the...

What you get for $7-a-month Disney Plus subscription

Nov. 11, 2019 1:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Simpsons," ''Cinderella" and several movies from the Star Wars and Marvel universes will share a streaming home Tuesday as Disney Plus debuts. Subscribers will initially get more than 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes. That's expected to grow to 620 movies and 10,000 episodes in five...

Netflix serves up 'Green Eggs and Ham' with all-star cast

Nov. 6, 2019 3:56 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When screenwriter Jared Stern was approached about developing Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" as an animated series, he sought advice from one important woman and the consent of another. "I mentioned it to my grandmother and she said, 'That was your favorite book when you were little....

Beyond Netflix: A look at what you get with new streamers

Oct. 30, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

Attention binge watchers: There's life beyond Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Streaming choices are about to proliferate with the debut of Apple TV Plus on Friday and Disney Plus in two weeks. HBO Max and Peacock arrive next year. With discounts and other incentives, consumers can sample them all to figure out which...

'Friday' actor-comedian John Witherspoon dies at 77

Oct. 30, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films, has died. He was 77. Witherspoon's family issued a statement to the website Deadline saying that Witherspoon died Tuesday in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released. The actor had a...