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NBC celebrates an improbable curling victory for US men

NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: CURLING GOLD: “Two days ago it was unlikely,” NBC’s Jason Knapp said as the American men’s curling team clinched a gold medal . “Now it is undeniable.” How unlikely? The team had lost four of its first six games in South Korea but got hot at the right …

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Judge dismisses coal company suit against HBO’s John Oliver

John Oliver

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy against HBO host John Oliver. A segment of Oliver’s Sunday show “Last Week Tonight” in June poked fun at Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who blames regulatory efforts by the Obama administration for damaging the coal industry. Oliver said the 77-year-old looked …

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What went right, wrong for NBC at the Olympics

NEW YORK (AP) — Counting up the medals, Pyeongchang was a lackluster Olympics for the U.S. team, and the post-mortems will soon begin about what went right and wrong. It’s worth taking the same look at NBC’s performance, because the network is locked into showing the Olympics every two years through 2032. NBC tried some new things, and new people, …

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Nanette Fabray, star of stage, screen and TV, dies at 97

Nanette Fabray

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nanette Fabray, the vivacious, award-winning star of the stage, film and television, has died at age 97. Fabray’s son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, tells The Associated Press his mother died Thursday at her home in Palos Verdes Estates. Fabray launched her career at age 3 as Vaudeville’s singing-dancing Baby Nanette. On Broadway she won a Tony in …

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NBC gets 17.3 million for figure skating’s big night

NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: RATINGS: An estimated 17.3 million people watched the Olympics on NBC, NBCSN or streaming services on Thursday night, down 13 percent from the 20.3 million who watched the corresponding night in Sochi four years ago. The NBC-only audience of 15.2 million was down 25 percent, the Nielsen company …

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Ex-women’s player Mleczko to do color analysis for NHL game

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — AJ Mleczko understands there is not a lot of women’s hockey on television outside the Olympics. Mleczko took home Olympic gold with the U.S. in 1998 and silver in 2002. She took on a broadcaster’s role for the 2006 Games. And now she will make the transition to men’s hockey at the NHL level for …

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NBC hypes figure skating showdown between 2 Russians

NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: FIGHT TO THE FINISH: It was the “showdown everyone’s been waiting for,” analyst Tanith White said. “Brass knuckles under velvet gloves,” Johnny Weir said. NBC practically panted in its effort to make the competition between Russians Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova into the figure skating equivalent of Ali …

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CBS names Margaret Brennan as ‘Face the Nation’ anchor

Margaret Brennan

NEW YORK (AP) — In appointing Margaret Brennan as moderator of “Face the Nation” on Thursday, CBS News gets the first person with day-to-day experience covering the Trump administration as host of a Sunday morning political talk show. Brennan, 37, replaces John Dickerson and will start on Sunday. Dickerson recently moved to New York to become one of the three …

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Tiffany Haddish to host MTV Movie & TV Awards in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiffany Haddish is set to host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The network announced Thursday that the “Girls Trip” breakout star will host the ceremony in Los Angeles on June 18. The 38-year-old actress and comedian has seen her star rise since “Girls Trip” was released last summer. She’s gone on to host “Saturday …

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Springer security director, talk show host Wilkos facing OUI

Steve Wilkos

DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Jerry Springer protege Steve Wilkos is facing a drunken driving charge in connection with a car crash in Connecticut last month. Darien police say the 53-year-old Wilkos turned himself in Wednesday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest. Police say Wilkos, a TV talk show host who was the security director on “The Jerry …

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