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FILE - Larry Wilmore attends the 2019 Writers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 17, 2019. Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Wilmore and Amber Ruffin. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Larry Wilmore, Amber Ruffin anchor weekly late-night shows

Aug. 10, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Larry Wilmore and Amber Ruffin to focus on current events. “We can’t wait to write sketches, songs and jokes about this terrible time we call now!”" Ruffin said in a statement Monday announcing the...

FILE - This Wednesday, July 19, 2017 file photo shows the main entrance to the headquarters of the publicly funded BBC in London. British radio host Sideman quit the BBC on Saturday Aug. 8, 2020, over the corporation’s decision to include a racial slur in a news report about a racist attack. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

BBC says sorry for using racist term in news report

Aug. 9, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The BBC apologized Sunday for broadcasting a racist slur in a news report, saying it was a mistake that has caused many people distress. The BBC included the word when reporting last month on a violent attack on a young Black man in Bristol, a city in southwest England. The attackers are...

FILE - This Wednesday, July 19, 2017 file photo shows the main entrance to the headquarters of the publicly funded BBC in London. British radio host Sideman quit the BBC on Saturday Aug. 8, 2020, over the corporation’s decision to include a racial slur in a news report about a racist attack. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

BBC radio host quits over use of racist term in news report

Aug. 8, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British radio host Sideman quit the BBC on Saturday over the corporation’s decision to include a racial slur in a news report about a racist attack. Sideman, who appeared on music station Radio 1Xtra, said in an Instagram post that broadcasting the word “feels like a slap in the...

FILE - Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 5th annual InStyle Awards on Oct. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. Cuoco was looking for her next project three years before “The Big Bang Theory” ended. She found it reading a snippet about a book on Amazon. “The Flight Attendant” is a dark thriller with comedic overtones, letting Cuoco employ the love of laughter she honed for 12 seasons on the CBS comedy. It's based on the novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian, and Cuoco said she won “a bidding war” for the rights. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Kaley Cuoco takes to skies in 'The Flight Attendant'

Aug. 5, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kaley Cuoco was looking for her next project three years before “The Big Bang Theory” ended. She found it reading a snippet about a book on Amazon. “The Flight Attendant” is a dark thriller with comedic overtones, letting Cuoco employ the love of laughter she...

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'Watchmen' leads charge for Emmy nominations relevance

Jul. 28, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Watchmen,” cloaked in superhero mythology and grounded in real-world racism, received a leading 26 nominations Tuesday for the prime-time Emmy Awards. The HBO series, which captured America’s deep unease as it faces racial and political discord amid a pandemic, was...

This image released by Amazon Studios shows Jim Gaffigan in a scene from his comedy special

New this week: Jim Gaffigan, live baseball, Snoop vs. DMX

Jul. 20, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES —“The Assistant”: Julia Garner stars in writer-director Kitty Green’s film about the day in the life of...

FILE - Lin-Manuel Miranda poses for a portrait during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 25, 2020.  The playwright, actor and songwriter shows his impressive hip-hop improv skills in “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme,” a documentary streaming on Hulu. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

Liked 'Hamilton'? New documentary shows where it came from

Jul. 16, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — You've probably seen or heard the highly scripted side of Lin-Manuel Miranda. Now get to know the unscripted one. The playwright, actor and songwriter this month follows up the streaming live capture of his triumphant Broadway musical “Hamilton” with a documentary on Hulu...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2018, file photo Nick Cannon poses for a portrait in New York. Cannon's “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the performer, the media giant said. “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,

Nick Cannon apologizes for 'hurtful' anti-Semitic comments

Jul. 15, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Cannon apologized late Wednesday for “hurtful and divisive” anti-Semitic comments that led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the TV host and producer. “I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, Naya Rivera participates in the

Naya Rivera, who rose to fame on TV show 'Glee,' dies at 33

Jul. 13, 2020 10:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Naya Rivera, a singer and actor who played a gay cheerleader on the hit TV musical comedy “Glee,” was found dead Monday in a Southern California lake. She was 33. Rivera's body was discovered five days after she disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son, Josey, was found July 8...

Nursing homes defend care, taking visitors again next week

Jul. 3, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Residents of Rhode Island's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities will be able to welcome their loved ones again starting next week under new rules released Friday by the state Department of Health. Guests will be allowed beginning Wednesday, provided the facilities adhere to...