Latest Sitcoms News

'Maude' co-star, character actor Bill Macy dies at 97

Oct. 18, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Macy, the character actor whose hangdog expression was a perfect match for his role as the long-suffering foil to Bea Arthur's unyielding feminist on the daring 1970s sitcom "Maude," has died. He was 97. Macy died Thursday night in Los Angeles, his friend Matt Beckoff said Friday....

'Big Bang Theory' gets shout out to Nobel Prize announcement

Oct. 8, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Life imitated art Tuesday when "The Big Bang Theory" — the American TV sitcom, not the scientific explanation for how the universe began — entered the annals of Nobel Prize history. The announcement of the winners of this year's Nobel in physics began with a nod to an...

Diahann Carroll, Oscar-nominated, pioneering actress, dies

Oct. 4, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as "Julia," has died. She was 84. Carroll's daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated Press her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer....

Football helps NBC win first week of the fall season

Oct. 1, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With football in full swing and "The Big Bang Theory" nowhere to be seen, the first week of the fall season had NBC feeling like must-see TV again. The network that dominated prime time in the 1980s and 1990s won the week in total viewers for the first time in 18 years with an average...

Patricia Heaton leaps generation gap in 'Carol's Second Act'

Sep. 25, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patricia Heaton is having a recurring dream she describes as "half prosperity, half panic," in which she and her husband are remodeling a massive apartment in New York City with a squad of designers. Then comes the unsettling part, when she wonders why and how they bought the money pit....

Sara Gilbert: 'The Conners' works because it's relatable

Sep. 24, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — TV revivals are usually met with fanfare, but some — like "Murphy Brown" — failed to click with the audience. An exception is the sitcom "The Conners," a spinoff of "Roseanne." Ratings for the first season of the series exceeded ABC's expectations. The second season launches...

Big players jump into the stream, testing Netflix dominance

Sep. 24, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Netflix are opening in negative territory for the year — the first time that's happened since 2016 — as major media players step into the stream to fight for subscribers. The streaming service revolutionized the way people watch TV and because of its success, there...

'Thrones,' 'Fleabag' top Emmys, Billy Porter makes history

Sep. 23, 2019 12:50 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Game of Thrones" resurrected the Iron Throne at Sunday's Emmy ceremony, ruling as top drama on a night of surprises in which "Pose" star Billy Porter made history and the comedy series "Fleabag" led a British invasion that overturned expectations. "This all started in the demented mind...

The Latest: Stars party at gala Emmy or no Emmy

Sep. 23, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 71st annual Emmy Awards, being presented at the Microsoft Theater (all times local): 9:11 p.m. No Emmys, no problem. Winners and losers party afterward. Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown and their "This Is Us" co-stars made their way to the post show...

25 years later, a new generation gets immersed in 'Friends'

Sep. 22, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Friends" is getting old. Its fans have never been younger. As the sitcom about six twentysomethings marks its 25th anniversary on Sunday, it has spawned a devoted youthful viewership, especially among tween and teen girls who weren't yet born when it went off the air in 2004. In an era...