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Author takes deep dive into creation of TV show "Friends"

Sep. 17, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

"Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era," (Dutton), by Saul Austerlitz In 1994, NBC was trying to find a show that could pull in ratings similar to the network's mega-hit "Seinfeld." Two writers pitched a show they saw as "Cheers" in a coffee shop. The show would go through...

Emmy Predictions: Amid newcomers, will 'Thrones' slay again?

Sep. 17, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

In the Way Too Much TV Era, it truly is an honor just to be nominated. Imagine that you're working on a television series, one of the many actors, writers and others who give daily thanks for the rise of cable and streaming that has led to gazillions — at least — of shows and growing employment...

NBC's 'Peacock' to join the streaming fray in April

Sep. 17, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast's NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC's logo. It will become the home for some of the company's most popular shows, including "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office." That means both will be leaving Netflix,...

Tracee Ellis Ross reunites with 'Girlfriends' on 'black-ish'

Sep. 12, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans waiting for a "Girlfriends" reboot are getting a little tease: the cast of the early 2000s sitcom is reuniting on an episode of "black-ish." Tracee Ellis Ross, one of the leading actors on "black-ish," was also the star of "Girlfriends," which ran from 2000 to 2008 and chronicled...

'Friends' pop-up lets sitcom's fans explore show's key props

Sep. 6, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Could "Friends" fans BE any luckier? Those who have snagged tickets to the New York City Pop-Up experience based on the comedy favorite will get to plop down on the orange couch at Central Perk, play foosball in Joey and Chandler's apartment and marvel at Rachel's haircuts through the...

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...

Trump again attacks 'Will & Grace' actress Debra Messing

Sep. 5, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is again attacking Debra Messing, calling the liberal activist and "Will & Grace" star a racist and saying she should be fired from the NBC sitcom. Messing apologized earlier this week after tweeting in support of an Alabama church sign which reads "a black vote...

Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Sep. 4, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 26-Sept. 1. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 8.99 million. 2. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 8 million. 3. College Football: Oregon vs. Auburn, ABC, 6.86...

Valerie Harper broke taboos, stole hearts as TV's Rhoda

Aug. 31, 2019 4:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There was never a better laugh line in all of sitcomania and, in her signature role as Rhoda, Valerie Harper nailed it. Eyeing a piece of candy with desire yet trepidation, Rhoda cracks, "I don't know why I'm putting this in my mouth. I should just apply it directly to my hips." That was in...

Valerie Harper, TV's sassy, lovable Rhoda, dies at 80

Aug. 30, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Valerie Harper, who scored guffaws, stole hearts and busted TV taboos as the brash, self-deprecating Rhoda Morgenstern on back-to-back hit sitcoms in the 1970s, has died. Longtime family friend Dan Watt confirmed Harper died Friday, adding the family wasn't immediately releasing any...