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Falco, Perrette, Chuck Lorre sitcom set for new CBS season

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadcaster CBS is pushing the boundaries — gently — next season, as it and other networks navigate the rise of streaming. A change-of pace sitcom from “The Big Bang Theory” creator Chuck Lorre and a drama starring Edie Falco of “The Sopranos” glory will join a lineup that also brings former CBS stars back into the …

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NYC mayor announces Iowa trip ahead of expected 2020 entry

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing travel plans to a pair of early voting states ahead of an expected entry Thursday into the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race. De Blasio is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday morning. A spokeswoman says he will travel to Iowa later Thursday and …

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TV’s Sandra Lee selling home she shares with NY Gov. Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo, Sandra Lee

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. (AP) — Food Network star Sandra Lee says she is selling the home in the New York city suburbs that she shares with her longtime partner, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Lee tells The New York Times that the 1950s Colonial in the northern Westchester County enclave of New Castle will be listed for $2.3 million. …

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Auburn vs. Oregon kicks off ABC’s Saturday Night Football

Auburn against Oregon on Aug. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be the first ABC Saturday Night Football game this season. ESPN announced Wednesday the first three games of the 14th season of Saturday Night Football. LSU at Texas on Sept. 7 will be the Saturday Night Football game in Week 2. Defending national champion Clemson at Syracuse …

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CBS defends ‘Bull’ renewal after star faced misconduct claim

Michael Weatherly

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS defended its decision to renew the drama series “Bull” after settling a sexual harassment claim against its star Michael Weatherly, saying the actor “owned” and apologized for his on-set behavior toward actress Eliza Dushku. Dushku said she was written off the show after complaining that Weatherly remarked on her appearance and made jokes involving sex …

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Optimus Prime, Megatron remember 35 years of Transformers

Peter Cullen, Frank Welker

MIAMI (AP) — The Autobots have been waging their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons for 35 years, but there’s no sign the men who voice the Transformers franchise’s two most iconic characters would ever take up ion blasters or fusion cannons against each other. Peter Cullen and Frank Welker have been heard in children’s homes across …

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UK tabloid talk show canceled after death of guest

LONDON (AP) — British broadcaster ITV on Wednesday canceled a popular, long-running daytime reality show after the death of a guest who failed a lie-detector test during a recording. ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said “The Jeremy Kyle Show” was being scrapped “given the gravity of recent events.” The tabloid-style talk show, which had run for 14 years, was pulled …

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Tiffany Haddish, stability mark ABC’s 2019-20 schedule

NEW YORK (AP) — With the TV industry in flux, ABC entertainment chief Karey Burke said a goal for the network’s 2019-20 schedule is something network audiences might welcome — familiarity. There are newcomers, notably Tiffany Haddish, and inevitable cancellations. But ABC said next season represents the lightest hand in more than a decade. “Viewers love our shows and we …

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ABC: Constance Wu’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ job safe after rant

Constance Wu

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC’s entertainment president said “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu’s job is safe despite her online rant. The “Crazy Rich Asians” star posted an expletive-filled complaint last week when the comedy’s renewal was announced. No thought was given to recasting Wu’s role as the sitcom’s mom, network executive Karey Burke told a teleconference Tuesday. Burke …

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‘Big Bang’ tops ‘Thrones’ in ratings race of departing shows

Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Big Bang Theory” edged out “Game of Thrones” as the two beloved TV behemoths again topped the ratings as they approach their finales. CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” drew 12.6 million live viewers last week, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” had 12.5 million, the Nielsen company said. It was the second week in a row …

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