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Dwayne Johnson is a contender in NBC sitcom 'Young Rock'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwayne Johnson’s new NBC comedy “Young Rock” has him campaigning for president in 2032, but the actor and producer sidestepped the possibility of a real-life run someday. ...

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...

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...

'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...

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...

Holiday movies, music specials arrive to light a bleak year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bring on the sentimental holiday rom-coms, the chorus of Christmas music specials and the nostalgia of last century’s animated charmers. We’ll take any and all feel-good moments in ...

'Big Sky' producers recognize Native American criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Native American tribes and advocates are condemning “Big Sky,” a Montana-set ABC drama, for ignoring the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead making whites ...