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Comfort TV viewing gives ratings boost to football, dramas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unprecedented impeachment hearing failed to keep TV viewers from settling back into familiar, escapist habits last week. NFL and college football and sturdy dra...

Betty White marks 99th birthday Sunday; up late as she wants

LOS ANGELES (AP) — True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!...

'Wildly silly,' perceptive Amber Ruffin earns TV spotlight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you're someday in need of a plus-one to liven an unpromising party, consider Amber Ruffin. In fact, skip the party and just hang with Ruffin, whose weekly comedy show is proving ...

PBS' 'Masterpiece' marks 50th year with challenges ahead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As PBS’ “Masterpiece” marks its 50th anniversary Sunday, the drama and mystery showcase could rest on its reputation built with acclaimed programs including “I, Claudius” and “Eliza...

Conservative media decry Capitol riot, but grievances remain

NEW YORK (AP) — Media outlets that appeal to conservatives offered condemnations, explanations and deflections following the U.S. Capitol riot by President Donald Trump's supporters, but little intros...

PBS' 'All Creatures Great and Small' aims to be timely tonic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “All Creatures Great and Small,” a beloved TV series of yore, is back as a reboot because producer Colin Callender saw the seriocomic adventures of veterinarians in a close-knit rur...

Homebound viewers boost New Year's Eve ratings; a CNN high

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stuck at home on a pandemic New Year's Eve, TV viewers turned to Ryan Seacrest, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen in big numbers for a virtual celebration, with Times Square largely em...

Tanya Roberts, Bond girl and 'Sheena' star, dead at 65

NEW YORK (AP) — Tanya Roberts, who captivated James Bond in “A View to a Kill” and appeared in the sitcom “That ’70s Show,” has died, several hours after she was mistakenly declared dead by her public...

'Columbo,' 'Murder, She Wrote' co-creator William Link dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Link, who co-created the hit series “Columbo” and “Murder, She Wrote” and made 1970s and ’80s TV movies about social issues then largely shunned by television, has died. He ...

'Big Sky' stumbles in addressing Native American criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After ABC's “Big Sky” drew Native American censure for overlooking an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls, its producers set about making changes. But the first,...

Kelli O'Hara, Richard Thomas join Tabernacle Choir Christmas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas of “The Waltons” are the guest artists for “Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir,” but there’s another stellar attraction: The annual event...

Oliva Jade Giannulli learning from family college 'mess-up'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maybe Olivia Jade Giannulli had hoped for kid-glove treatment in choosing the family vibe of “Red Table Talk” for her first public comments about the college admissions scandal invo...

'The Undoing' creator lured back to network TV for 'Big Sky'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producer David E. Kelley gifted network TV with three decades of hits, including “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice” and “Boston Legal.” Then he switched to a new canvas, premium c...

2020 indelible TV moments: Trebek, debate bluster and Floyd

When the coronavirus pushed people out of the world and into homebound isolation, the small-screen's role grew bigger than ever. Television and its mobile iterations bore witness to...

Pandemic casts inevitable shadow on final 'Shameless' season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak that delayed the taping of “Shameless” is woven into the 11th and final season of the Gallagher saga. It seems inevitable, given the outsized share of hards...