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FILE - This June 27, 2019 file photo shows Dorothea Gillim, executive producer and co-creator of

Indigenous ‘Molly of Denali’ is more than a cartoon for some

Jan. 20, 2020 3:56 PM EST

Charitie Ropati watched the pilot episode of “Molly of Denali” in her Columbia University dorm room, huddled around a computer screen with friends. “We were crying,” Ropati said. “We realized we finally had positive representation.” “Molly of Denali” is the...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Hank Azaria speaks during the AMC Networks TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. Azaria told the industry blog, slashfilm.com, that he has no plans to continue voicing his character of Apu on “The Simpsons.” But that isn't to say the Indian immigrant convenience store owner Azaria brought alive for 30 years won't live on. Producers and Fox Broadcasting Co. wouldn't confirm to The Associated Press Azaria's exit or an end to Apu, a recurring character that has drawn criticism for reinforcing racial stereotypes. There was no immediate reply Saturday, Jan. 18 from Azaria’s publicist. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Report: Hank Azaria to quit voicing Apu on 'The Simpsons'

Jan. 18, 2020 5:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hank Azaria says he has no plans to continue voicing the character of Apu on “The Simpsons,” according to an industry blog. But that isn't to say the Indian immigrant convenience store owner Azaria brought alive for 30 years won't live on. Producers and Fox Broadcasting Co....

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Actress Meryl Streep poses for photographers upon arrival at the 'Mary Poppins Returns' premiere in central London.  Apple TV Plus said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, Streep will join Chris O’Dowd, Jacob Tremblay and Ruth Negga to give life to Oliver Jeffers' picture book “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.

Meryl Streep to lend her voice to Apple animated short film

Jan. 17, 2020 11:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep is getting animated: The Oscar-winner will lend her voice to a short illustrated film celebrating the Earth. Apple TV Plus said Friday Streep will join Chris O’Dowd, Jacob Tremblay and Ruth Negga to give life to Oliver Jeffers' picture book “Here We Are: Notes for...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, file photo, Stephen Colbert attends the CBS Network 2018 Upfront at The Plaza Hotel in New York. Colbert is an executive producer for a new CBS All Access series, “Tooning Out the News,” in which animated characters satirize the news. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Colbert is 'Tooning Out the News' with new animated series

Jan. 12, 2020 10:22 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Late-night host Stephen Colbert has yet another outlet for satire: He's producing a new series featuring animated characters who riff on current events and interview real newsmakers. “In a time of breaking news overload, ’Tooning Out the News’ is just what the...

This image released by Apple shows the character Snoopy in a scene from an animated short

Streaming TV programming for kids embraces iconic brands

Jan. 7, 2020 1:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New technology. Same furry faces. When Apple was thinking about what kind of children's TV programming it wanted on its new streaming service, it doubled down on two multi-generational crowd-pleasers — Snoopy and “Sesame Street.” Apple TV Plus has carved out prominent...

Jazz musician, Merv Griffin sidekick Jack Sheldon dies at 88

Dec. 31, 2019 7:20 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Sheldon, an acclaimed jazz musician whose trumpet graced the award-winning song “The Shadow of Your Smile” and who was known to TV viewers as the puckish sidekick to talk show host Merv Griffin, has died. He was 88. Sheldon died Friday of natural causes, his longtime...

Joe Cook Elementary fifth-graders Dariyah Hill, left, and Easton Sime work on animating characters Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, on the Story Maker software platform. With the software, students can voice characters, control their gestures and much more. (Zack Plair/The Commercial Dispatch via AP)

CMSD students using animation software to 'Return to Oz'

Dec. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Cherie Labat has been superintendent for Columbus Municipal School District for about a year and a half. Her next role for the school may very well be on the big screen. Labat spent about an hour Tuesday (Dec. 10) morning with Joe Cook Elementary fourth graders giving voice to an...

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...

This image released by Scholastic Entertainment shows a scene from the reboot of  “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” The new show offers more diversity among the human characters and puts Clifford’s beloved 7-year-old owner, Emily Elizabeth, front and center in his Birdwell Island adventures. (Scholastic Entertainment via AP)

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...

This combination photo shows Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger, from left, actress Cicely Tyson and actor/producer Seth MacFarlane who will be inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. (AP Photo)

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...