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Producer: ‘The Rookie’ co-star’s misconduct claims unfounded

Afton Williamson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Afton Williamson’s claims of misconduct against her on the set of “The Rookie” weren’t substantiated by an independent investigator, according to the ABC drama series’ producer. Production company Entertainment One said Tuesday the investigation led it to conclude no unlawful or inappropriate behavior was committed by the co-workers accused by Williamson. In early August, “The …

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Veteran television newsman Sander Vanocur dies at 91

Lou Cannon, Sander Vanocur

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sander Vanocur, a television newsman who for decades covered momentous events from political campaigns to assassinations, the Vietnam War to the civil rights movement, has died, his son said Tuesday. Vanocur died Monday night in Santa Barbara, California, said Chris Vanocur. He was 91. He had been dealing with dementia in recent years. As national political …

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Football carries television networks until start of season

NEW YORK (AP) — The new television season hasn’t begun yet, but the football season has, and it’s carrying the networks in the interim. Four NFL games finished among the Nielsen company’s top 12 shows last week, led by the Sunday night matchup of Philadelphia against Atlanta. ABC devoted its entire prime-time lineup to the third Democratic presidential debate last …

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‘Jeopardy!’ host Trebek says he’s resumed chemotherapy

Alex Trebek

NEW YORK (AP) — “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again. Trebek told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that after a short period of optimism when he stopped chemotherapy, his “numbers shot up” and doctors ordered him back on the treatment. The 79-year-old game show host …

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Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, dies at 75

NEW YORK (AP) — Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians and a pioneering journalist who chronicled Washington from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump for NPR and ABC News, died Tuesday of complications from breast cancer. She was 75. ABC broke into network programming to announce her death and politicians including former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama offered sympathy. …

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NBC’s ‘Peacock’ to join the streaming fray in April

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast’s NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC’s logo. It will become the home for some of the company’s most popular shows, including “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office.” That means both will be leaving Netflix, although not for several months after Peacock launches. As Disney, …

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Yada yada yada: Netflix to air ‘Seinfeld’ starting in 2021

SEINFELD DREYFUS RICHARDS

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Move aside, “Friends” and “The Office.” Netflix now has a new gem — a show about nothing. The company announced Monday it would start streaming all 180 episodes of “Seinfeld” in 2021, gaining a hugely popular addition to its library as the battle for viewers heats up. Netflix Inc., which pioneered the binge-watching culture of …

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‘SNL’ rescinds cast invitation to Gillis over YouTube video

NEW YORK (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” has rescinded its invitation to a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English. A show representative said Monday that the language Shane Gillis used was “offensive, hurtful and unacceptable,” and the show was not aware …

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Hurt Christie Brinkley pulls out of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

NEW YORK (AP) — Christie Brinkley has been sidelined for Monday’s season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars.” ABC said in a statement that Brinkley is unable to continue this season following surgery to her wrist and arm. No details of her injury were given. Sailor Brinkley-Cook will replace her mother on the show. Brinkley-Cook is a model who has …

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‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ guest stars capture Emmys

Jane Lynch

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trio of Emmy-honored actors are winners again for their guest performances in TV series, joined by an awards newcomer. Bradley Whitford and Cherry Jones received trophies for their “The Handmaid’s Tale” roles at Sunday’s creative arts Emmy ceremony. Jane Lynch and Luke Kirby won on the comedy side, both for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” “Game …

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