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  • BET to honor Kanye, Usher, Phylicia Rashad Dec 9, 2014 5:29 PM
    Someone other than Kanye West is confirming his visionary status. The superstar rapper will receive the Visionary Award next month at the BET Honors. West — who has called himself a visionary and more — will be one of five luminaries honored at the eighth annual event hosted by Wayne Brady.

  • ‘Downton’ producer open to taking show to New York Dec 9, 2014 2:15 PM
    Could the Crowley family of “Downton Abbey” — and their loyal servants — ever come to America? Executive producer Gareth Neame says he’d like to see it happen. PBS hosted a Q&A with Neame and some of the cast members Monday in New York where a portion of the season five premiere was screened.

  • Deerfield ‘Family Guy’ mom now stars on HBO series Dec 8, 2014 7:48 PM
    Deerfield native Alex Borstein does such unique and funny voices on TV that fans often ask to record her speaking into their phones. “They’ll say, ‘Oh, do the voice!’” she said. “They’ll have me leave voice mails for their friends.” Borstein, who voices Lois on FOX’s “Family Guy” and Ms. Swan on MADtv, is also starring in the HBO series "Getting On." She plays a nurse in the dark comedy about a women's extended care facility.

  • Rebecca Romijn joins ‘Librarians’ team in saving the world Dec 7, 2014 7:00 AM
    Rebecca Romijn says what sold her on joining the new TNT series “The Librarians” was the description given her by executive producer and co-star Noah Wyle: “It’s Indiana Jones if Indiana Jones is played by Don Knotts.” The comedy/sci-fi series, which premieres Sunday, Dec. 7, is a continuation of the trilogy of successful TV movies that starred Wyle as Flynn Carsen — aka the Librarian — an eccentric career college student who protects historical and often magical artifacts housed in a secret chamber beneath New York’s Metropolitan Public Library.

  • Obama set for ‘Colbert Report’ visit Dec 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    Comedy Central says President Obama will be on hand next week as Stephen Colbert begins his final two weeks as the fake cable news bloviator on “The Colbert Report.” Obama is scheduled to appear on Monday, Dec. 8 during Colbert’s one-day visit to Washington. Colbert is taking over for David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Show” next year and his last appearance in character on Comedy Central will be on Dec. 18.

  • DVD previews: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ Dec 6, 2014 6:45 AM
    “Guardians of the Galaxy” manages the trick of being both an unironic sci-fi action-adventure flick and a zippy parody of one. The hit film comes to DVD Tuesday.

  • Gift Guide: Gadgets for avid TV viewers Dec 6, 2014 7:33 AM
    For avid television viewers out there, the standard digital-video recorder that comes with your cable TV box just isn’t enough. TiVo and SlingTV can add to the TV watching experience. Here’s a look at what each does — and why you might want both.

  • CBS pulls signal off Dish network after fee negotiations fail Dec 5, 2014 8:14 PM
    CBS Corp., owner of the most-watched broadcast network, pulled its signal from the Dish Network Corp. satellite-TV service after the companies failed to reach a new agreement on program fees. The blackout was imposed in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and other major markets at 6 p.m. Central time, CBS said today in a statement. Dish is the third-largest U.S. pay-TV provider, with 14 million subscribers. The blackout, in markets where CBS owns stations, highlights the growing divide between pay-TV services like Dish and media companies like CBS and Time Warner Inc. that are seeking higher rates for programming in every new negotiation. Programmers are also seeking compensation for digital services like the one Dish is trying to start. “What CBS seeks is appropriate compensation for the most- watched television network with the most popular content in the world, as well as terms that reflect the developing digital marketplace,” the New York-based network said in a statement. Bob Toevs, a Dish spokesman, didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. The blackout means subscribers of Englewood, Colorado-based Dish will lose shows including “NCIS,” “60 Minutes” and some National League Football games. Companies on both sides of the negotiating table have pursued multi-billion-dollar mergers to increase their bargaining leverage. Government regulators are examining Comcast Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., which would unite two of the largest cable operators in the country, while 21st Century Fox Inc. failed in its quest to acquire New York-based Time Warner, owner of HBO and CNN. In addition to NFL games this weekend, CBS is scheduled to air the championship football game of the Southeastern Conference, routinely one of the most watched college games of the season. If the dispute drags on through March, it could affect viewing of some National Collegiate Athletic Association March Madness basketball tournament games. Dish is also negotiating a new programming pact with Time Warner Inc.’s Turner Broadcasting, owner of TBS and TNT. A blackout could be costly for Dish. Time Warner Cable lost 300,000 customers in one quarter last year after dropping CBS in a contract dispute. After a public standoff, Time Warner Cable agreed to pay CBS significantly more for its programming. Adding to the stakes, Dish has been seeking rights to stream TV over the Internet to computers, tablets and phones. Dish plans to be one of the first pay-TV companies to start a streaming service. The company made a deal with Walt Disney Co. in March to gain online rights for the Disney Channel, ABC and ESPN.

  • Bill and Giuliana Rancic light Lombard tree, meet fans Dec 5, 2014 10:41 PM
    There’s one way just about everyone waiting in line to meet Bill and Giuliana Rancic at Yorktown Center Friday described the reality TV couple: down to earth. Many fans waited more than an hour in the cold to see Bill — famous for winning the first season of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” — his wife and longtime E! News anchor, Giuliana, and their 2-year-old son, Duke, light a 30-foot Christmas tree outside the Lombard shopping center.

  • Are you still infected with ‘Frozen’ fever? Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    More than a year after its release, the world is still infected with “Frozen” fever. The theatrical release made $1.27 billion, the all-time champ among animated films. DVD and Blu-ray sales in North America have brought in another $280.8 million in a year when the No. 2 elease, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” made less than half that figure. And then there’s the merchandise, which includes ... duct tape?!

  • Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting to be shown live Dec 3, 2014 10:30 AM
    The heart of Manhattan will soon be ablaze with 45,000 LED lights gracing an 85-foot-tall Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. On Wednesday evening, the air will reverberate with the voices of Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper and other music stars for the nationwide live broadcast. Tens of thousands of people are expected to stand behind police barricades to watch the annual spectacle. Since the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Center tree has represented Christmas in New York City. The lighting ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 7 p.m. The Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania will be on display through Jan. 7.

  • Nielsen report: American watch less TV, stream more Dec 3, 2014 1:34 PM
    Americans are turning away from live TV on the tube and tuning in to streaming services, a Nielsen report says. That’s bad news for cable and satellite TV providers. Americans are increasingly watching TV shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. CBS and HBO have announced standalone streaming services as well.

  • Forever young, NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’ is live and aloft Dec 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    NBC is recapturing its youth for a revival of “Peter Pan,” broadcast live at 7 p.m. Thursday and starring Allison Williams (“Girls”) as Peter, the cocky young champion of Neverland, and Christopher Walken as the deliciously evil pirate, Captain Hook. Why “Peter Pan” this go-around? “It’s a classic, a really great musical, that has its DNA in live television,” said Neil Meron, who with his partner, Craig Zadan, are back as executive producers.

  • Bill and Giuliana Rancic to light tree in Lombard Dec 3, 2014 4:45 PM
    Reality TV stars Bill and Giuliana Rancic are coming to Lombard this week to light a 30-foot Christmas tree and meet fans at Yorktown Center. The outdoor tree lighting will begin at 5 p.m. Friday near entrance 5 on the south side of the mall. Guests will have a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree and a meet-and-greet opportunity with the couple. “It’s probably one of the biggest events that we’ve done in the last 10 years,” said Yorktown Marketing Director Lynette Steinhauser.

  • Doc rediscovers Bing Crosby’s triumphs, tragedies Dec 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    An upcoming PBS documentary seeks to remind younger generations there was so much more to Bing Crosby than crooning “White Christmas” — from media master to philanthropist to difficult dad. “It’s an unprecedented career in the history of show business,” says Robert Trachtenberg, director of “American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered,” debuting Tuesday. “He really was the first multimedia star of the 20th century.”

  • Luke Bryan cancels CMT appearance Dec 2, 2014 3:52 PM
    Country star Luke Bryan has canceled a scheduled appearance at the “CMT Artists of the Year” television special on Tuesday due to a death in the family. His brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, died Saturday and Bryan is staying in Georgia with family, according to Bryan’s publicist.

  • Allison Williams to soar as Peter Pan on Thursday Dec 2, 2014 10:42 AM
    “Losing your shadow: What is THAT about?” muses Allison Williams. “As a kid you just accept it. But as an adult, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it means.” Williams, at 26 best-known for the HBO series “Girls,” feels her life since childhood has pointed toward 7 p.m. Thursday when she (and her shadow) will headline NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!”

  • Pee-wee (and a few friends) are back, just in time for the holidays Dec 1, 2014 6:15 AM
    Are you worried there will be nothing to look at once the holiday decorations come down? Here, in no particular order, is a list of 10 home-video goodies to fill the gap. They may not fit so well in loved ones' stockings, but they'll look just great on a video screen. (More good news: All can be purchased online and are typically available for less than the suggested list price provided here.)

  • Kathy Griffin named new ‘Fashion Police’ host Dec 1, 2014 2:35 PM
    Kathy Griffin will be terrorizing the fashion crowd as the new host of “Fashion Police,” replacing the late Joan Rivers when it returns to E! in January. The comic-commentary series, which had aired weekly, will now present 17 special episodes throughout 2015 that focus on high-profile red carpet and fashion events, E! announced Monday. It returns Jan. 12 for coverage of the Golden Globe Awards.

  • ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ is a Bravo first Dec 1, 2014 11:36 AM
    The Bravo channel is delivering an early holiday gift to viewers that should be opened immediately. “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” is a sharply observed series about divorce, yes, but love and friendship and family as well. Its premiere episode is funny and moving, sexy and sad, and very adult. “Girlfriends’ Guide” (debuting at 9 p.m. Tuesday) can claim pioneer status as the first scripted series for Bravo.

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