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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...

Parolee is no hometown hero in TV comedy 'Back to Life'

Nov. 8, 2019 1:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actor who can provoke belly laughs with grunts clearly is gifted. Fans of the show business comedy "Episodes" will fondly recall Daisy Haggard's skill at unleashing a symphony of nasal grumbles, effectively underscored by a sourpuss grimace. A far different Haggard character, funny...

Golden Globes to honor TV pioneer Ellen DeGeneres

Nov. 4, 2019 8:00 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden Globe Awards will give its new TV special achievement trophy to someone who has been a pioneering sitcom star, a TV talk-show host and a game-show MC — Ellen DeGeneres. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Monday that the Carol Burnett Award — the...

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...

'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...