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Yada yada yada: Netflix to air 'Seinfeld' starting in 2021

Sep. 16, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Move aside, "Friends" and "The Office." Netflix now has a new gem — a show about nothing. The company announced Monday it would start streaming all 180 episodes of "Seinfeld" in 2021, gaining a hugely popular addition to its library as the battle for viewers heats up....

Justices tuning in to cable television civil rights lawsuit

Sep. 8, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian and media mogul Byron Allen wants TV viewers to watch the channels his company produces — from one that runs "Judge Judy"-like shows all day to those dedicated to comedy, cars, food and pets. But while many distributors carry Allen's channels, two cable giants have...

Fall brings new shows, services and chance of bigger TV tabs

Sep. 5, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Intrigued by a drama set behind the scenes of a morning TV show, with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon topping the cast? How about a supernatural series with Lin-Manuel Miranda or a comedy starring Paul Rudd as a man overshadowed by his clone, or the chance to see Oscar-winner...

Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in 'Joker'

Aug. 31, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Joaquin Phoenix is having a hard time defining the Joker, but then again, he doesn't really want to. The actor spent eight months exploring how a struggling stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck becomes Batman's antagonist, the villain with a chilling laugh and a love of chaos....

Eddie Murphy to host 'SNL' for the first time in 35 years

Aug. 26, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Murphy will be returning to a place that helped launch his career — "Saturday Night Live." The comedian will be the host of the sketch comedy show on Dec. 21, marking the former cast member's first hosting appearance since 1984. Murphy was a cast member from 1980 to 1984,...

Robin Thede looks to build legacy in HBO sketch comedy show

Aug. 16, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Thede knew plenty of talented African-American female comedians, but only a few were getting hired on popular TV comedy shows such as "Saturday Night Live" and "Mad TV." So, Thede decided to create her own show featuring some of the industry's funniest black women. The...

Police investigate report of attack on comedian Andy Dick

Aug. 13, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Comedian Andy Dick says he was assaulted outside a New Orleans nightclub after performing in the French Quarter. City police say they're investigating "a possible assault involving an individual identified as Andy Dick." Dick tells The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate that someone...

Comedian Andy Dick reports attack in New Orleans

Aug. 13, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Comedian Andy Dick says he was assaulted outside a New Orleans nightclub after performing in the French Quarter. Dick tells The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate he was unconscious for 15 minutes after someone knocked him to the ground with a punch early Saturday. The comedian and...

AP Was There: Gruesome cult killings found at actress's home

Aug. 8, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fifty years ago this week, Charles Manson orchestrated the slaughter of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people over two nights in Los Angeles. The Manson family, as the cult leader's followers were called, killed five of its victims Aug. 9, 1969, at Tate's home: Tate, who was...

Kimmel, 'Apprentice' producer join to make ABC quiz show

Aug. 5, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel is among Donald Trump's late-night gadflies, while producer Mark Burnett showcased the future president on "The Apprentice." Yet they are going into business together. Kimmel and Burnett will produce a new ABC game show, "Generation Gap," described by the network...