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Writer David Hare turns his COVID-19 into a theater piece

Jul. 29, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-nominated writer David Hare says he’s turned his COVID-19 illness into a stage monologue about enduring “this quite extraordinary disease.” “Beat the Devil” will open in London as soon as officials deem it safe for theaters to get back into...

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Burns outlines 8 projects; PBS launches documentary service

Jul. 28, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What do Ernest Hemingway, Muhammad Ali, Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo da Vinci have in common? All are getting the Ken Burns treatment in the next few years. The PBS documentarian said Tuesday that he has eight projects in the works, half of them in-depth looks at the four personalities....

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Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Jul. 2, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99. Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, said his...

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New this week: Willie Nelson, Nick race special, 'Hamilton'

Jun. 29, 2020 5:11 PM 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 — “ Hamilton ”: Disney Plus does not want to throw away its shot. On Friday, the streaming service will debut...

Iowa PBS cancels Iowa Press episode; staffer has COVID-19

Jun. 19, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa public television said Friday a member of its staff has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting it to cancel the taping of a public affairs program. Iowa PBS cancelled the regular Friday taping of Iowa Press in its Johnston studios after learning a staff member was being...

Alaska Native children's television show wins Peabody Award

Jun. 16, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first nationally distributed children’s series to feature an Alaska Native as the lead character has been awarded a prestigious Peabody Award. KTVA-TV reported Monday that PBS program “Molly of Denali" won the award in the children’s and youth division. The...

Rhode Island Class of 2020 honored in special TV tribute

Jun. 13, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis and New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman are among the stars scheduled to deliver messages of encouragement to Rhode Island’s 9,000 graduating high school seniors at a special television tribute to the Class of 2020. The “Your...

Rhode Island to honor high school seniors with TV tribute

Jun. 11, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is celebrating the high school Class of 2020 with a special television tribute featuring a Hollywood star, a Super Bowl MVP and musical performances, Gov. Gina Raimondo said. This year's high school seniors excelled while continuing their educations remotely during the...

ASU retracts job offer to newly hired journalism school dean

Jun. 7, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State University rescinded a job offer to the newly hired dean of its prestigious journalism school following allegations of racism and mistreatment of students. University Provost Mark Searle said in an email Sunday that Sonya Forte Duhé would not lead the Walter Cronkite...