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"Big Bang Theory" finale gets galactic ratings to win week

May. 21, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In its last blast, "The Big Bang Theory" topped the TV ratings by a light-year. The back-to-back, two-episode finale of the nerdy CBS comedy's 12-season run drew 18.5 million live viewers Thursday night to easily win the week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. Sunday night's...

Ukraine's president calls new parliamentary election

May. 21, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president on Tuesday formally ordered Ukraine's parliament to dissolve and called an early election for July, hoping to ride the wave of his electoral success to get his supporters into parliament. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old TV comedian who won 73% of the...

Ukraine president takes political stage in dramatic fashion

May. 20, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president, a comedian before he turned to statecraft, made a dramatic entrance to the political stage Monday by disbanding parliament minutes after his inauguration. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who won 73% of the vote last month, justified his contentious decision on the grounds...

TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is sworn in as Ukraine's new president

May. 20, 2019 3:25 AM EDT
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is sworn in as Ukraine's new president.

An emotional send-off for lovable geeks of 'Big Bang Theory'

May. 17, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Big Bang Theory" closed out its run as television's top-rated comedy with an emotional final episode that saw some big changes for the show's group of geeky misfits. The long-running series on CBS concluded with two final episodes, "The Change Constant" and "The Stockholm Syndrome,"...

'Big Bang Theory' exits TV airwaves with emotional episode

May. 17, 2019 1:51 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Big Bang Theory" closed out its run as television's top-rated comedy with an emotional final episode that saw some big changes for the show's group of geeky misfits. The long-running series on CBS concluded with two final episodes, "The Change Constant" and "The Stockholm Syndrome,"...

Tiffany Haddish, stability mark ABC's 2019-20 schedule

May. 14, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With the TV industry in flux, ABC entertainment chief Karey Burke said a goal for the network's 2019-20 schedule is something network audiences might welcome — familiarity. There are newcomers, notably Tiffany Haddish, and inevitable cancellations. But ABC said next season represents...

Comedian Tim Conway of 'The Carol Burnett Show' dies at 85

May. 14, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard "McHale's Navy" and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for "Spongebob Squarepants," has died. He was 85. Conway died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles care facility,...

End of 'Big Bang' stirs debate over future of TV comedies

May. 14, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 2006, TV critics swooned over "30 Rock," part of a new breed of comedy that dared to fly without a laugh track and whose ranks included "Arrested Development," ''The Office" and "Everybody Hates Chris." Then a misfit nerd crashed the party. "The Big Bang Theory" was crafted in the...

NBC bets on comedy next year, 'This Is Us" for years to come

May. 13, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC didn't invoke its "must-see TV" 20th-century marketing slogan in announcing a renewed emphasis on sitcoms next season, but it could have. Calling comedy the "heart" of its brand, the network announced it is adding four new sitcoms to its lineup for 2019-20, with stars including Kenan...