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  • Jay Leno returning to TV with CNBC car show Oct 15, 2014 10:00 AM
    CNBC is returning Jay Leno to nightly television. The new show, tentatively titled “Jay Leno’s Garage” and based on his Emmy Award-winning Web series, will premiere in 2015, the network announced Wednesday.

  • HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts Oct 15, 2014 12:24 PM
    No cable? No problem. Viewers longing to watch “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective” and “Veep” will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV.

  • Ratings record for AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ Oct 14, 2014 7:34 AM
    The Nielsen Company says the 17.3 million people who watched the fifth season opener of “The Walking Dead” Sunday is a record both for the show and for a cable television program.

  • With album, series and film, Minnie Driver in overdrive Oct 14, 2014 3:43 PM
    Talk about a career in high gear. Over the course of five weeks this autumn, Minnie Driver will have delivered a new album, performed in concert, appeared in a new big-screen musical and marked the start of the second season of her latest TV series when “About A Boy” returns to NBC on Tuesday night.

  • Young marrieds make NBC’s new sitcom ‘Marry Me’ Oct 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    After dating Jake for six long years, Annie figured he would pop the question during their romantic island getaway. Thus begins “Marry Me,” a new NBC sitcom starring Casey Wilson as the lovable but dizzy Annie and Ken Marino as her level-headed if hopelessly smitten boyfriend Jake. “Marry Me” reunites Wilson with creator-executive producer David Caspe, in whose former series, “Happy Endings,” Wilson played a prominent role. But in truth, Wilson and Caspe had never stopped being an item since “Happy Endings” left the air in spring 2013 after three seasons. Back then, they were dating. In May, they tied the knot.

  • ‘Walking Dead’ outdraws ‘Sunday Night Football’ Oct 14, 2014 5:27 PM
    For all the billions TV networks lavish on live sports, an AMC series about the undead outdrew NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” in the younger viewers advertisers target, while an FX program about sideshow freaks topped the baseball playoffs.

  • Actress stands her ground in 'Jane the Virgin' Oct 13, 2014 12:43 PM
    Actress Gina Rodriguez's adorably fizzy charm itself would be enough to make CW's “Jane the Virgin” look like a winner. But the sitcom, which premiers Monday, boasts a premise that's both high-concept and clever, as well as offering the rare prospect of a show that is focused on Latino characters who go beyond stereotypes.

  • Game shows gain as viewers yearn for TV ‘comfort food’ Oct 13, 2014 8:04 AM
    In the game-show era, long before reality TV took over, Americans used to watch Bob Barker tell contestants to “Come on Down!” and play “The Price Is Right.” It made small-screen stars out of average folk competing for anything from Campbell’s soup to a brand new Buick.

  • Elgin’s Emmy Award-winning ‘Shark Tank’ producer Oct 13, 2014 2:24 PM
    Before entrepreneurs pitch their products on ABC's "Shark Tank," they work with producer Heather Dreiling. Dreiling, 33, who grew up in Elgin, is an Emmy Award-winning producer on the show and just started her fourth season doing what she calls the best and most fun job she’s ever had. “I’ve done cop shows, dance shows, home makeover shows,” said Dreiling, who now lives in Los Angeles. “(This) job is cool because it changes all the time. But it’s the most rewarding to see these companies doing well.”

  • DVD previews: ‘X-Men,’ ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ Oct 11, 2014 8:20 AM
    “X-Men: Days of Future Past” centers on the efforts of the mutant superhero Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to forestall World War III by traveling back in time — from the 2020s to the 1970s — to stop the assassination of an industrialist that leads to a dystopian future. It's one of the summer movies heading to DVD Tuesday.

  • ‘Walking Dead’ mullet has its own fan base Oct 10, 2014 11:43 AM
    Josh McDermitt says “Walking Dead” fans may like his character, Eugene Porter, but when it comes to his hairstyle — that’s the real talker. “Everybody wants to know about the mullet,” says McDermitt. “They want to take pictures with the mullet and not me.”

  • Nielsen finds errors in TV ratings Oct 10, 2014 8:53 PM
    Previous discrepancies weren’t large enough to reveal the error, which executives of New York-based Nielsen said on a call were minuscule for the vast majority of shows.“What we saw as we went into fall season with new lineup is a difference between affiliate ratings and network ratings we could not explain,” Pat McDonough, Nielsen’s senior vice president of planning policy and analysis, said.

  • Former ‘SNL’ cast member Jan Hooks dies at age 57 Oct 10, 2014 11:41 AM
    Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jan Hooks has died. The 57-year-old Hooks died Thursday in New York, according to The New York Times. The comic actress was a versatile performer whose impressions ranged from Nancy Reagan to Sinead O’Connor to Tammy Faye Bakker. She moved into prime time in 1991 as a cast member on the sitcom “Designing Women.”

  • ABC’s ‘Cristela’ captures comic quest for American dream Oct 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    It’s hard to resist a force of nature. ABC executives found that upon meeting Cristela Alonzo, a stand-up comic whose buoyant personality put her on the fast track to becoming a series star. The result is the semiautobiographical “Cristela,” premiering Friday, Oct. 10 ... and casting her as a law-school student who works several jobs to pay her tuition while sharing too-crowded quarters with several relatives.

  • Chelsea Handler special debuts Friday on Netflix Oct 10, 2014 11:40 AM
    Chelsea Handler is proud of herself for knowing when to say when. And the outspoken comedian says she knew when it was time to say goodbye to her E! talk show, “Chelsea Lately.” Handler ended the seven-year run of the show in August. “The last two years were not pleasant for me,” she said in a recent interview. “It wasn’t brutal. It was an easy job, but I was just bored. I was bored of myself. I was bored of the topics. I was bored of being at work and I just needed to spread my wings. I just needed to get out of there.” Handler announced in June that she had struck a deal with online TV network Netflix. A stand-up performance based on her best-selling book and comedy tour “Uganda Be Kidding Me” debuts Friday. Next year, she’ll create four docu-comedy specials on topics like Silicon Valley and the NBA draft, where she’s a “fish out of water,” and then she’ll star in a talk show on Netflix in 2016. “I wanted a year to figure out what I want to do. I didn’t want to just step right into another talk show, nor did Netflix,” the 39-year-old Handler said. “They said, ‘No, we want you to have your next phase of your career.”’ Handler said she will feature celebrities on her talk show if there’s a reason to do so. “It has to be my choice. There has to be some intrigue there. It can’t be just somebody promoting something.” Her favorite part about the show: there’s no template; she’s in unchartered territory. “I want to do something that I’ve never seen anyone do before because I don’t want to follow anyone, I don’t want to pale in comparison to anyone else. ... I trust myself implicitly. I know now that when I have a hesitation, it’s a reason and I should follow my instincts.” ——— Alicia Rancilio covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow her online at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar

  • Jan Hooks joins a sad roster of fallen ‘SNL’ alum Oct 10, 2014 11:40 AM
    During its four decades, “Saturday Night Live” has been populated by nearly 150 cast members. A handful have met with premature death, most recently Jan Hooks, a member of the “SNL” troupe from 1986-91 who died Thursday at age 57.

  • ‘Twin Peaks’ is back on TV, so what’s next? Oct 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    "Twin Peaks" is coming back to TV in 2016, Jack Bauer already came back this summer. Wouldn't you like to see new episodes of some other favorites like "Star Trek," "The Wonder Years" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"?

  • ‘The Vampire Diaries’ shifts tone for season 6 Oct 9, 2014 3:12 PM
    “The Vampire Diaries,” known for its plot twists and supernatural lore, is doing some shape-shifting. The sixth season of The CW series (7 p.m. Thursdays) about vampires, witches, werewolves and the humans who love (or hate them) has a change in tone, with more focus on characters. “What we tried to do ... is boil the mythology down to a basic idea,” explained show runner Julie Plec in a recent interview.

  • Actor Collins has scenes cut from ‘Scandal’ Oct 9, 2014 3:05 PM
    Actor Stephen Collins’ real-life scandal has cost him a role on “Scandal.” ABC said Thursday that Collins, who was supposed to repeat a one-time role as a television anchorman on the hit Thursday drama, will have his scenes eliminated. The network said it isn’t clear how the episode will be rewritten. It was scheduled to air later this season.

  • Mike Rowe’s series CNN’s latest entry into reality Oct 8, 2014 6:00 AM
    Mike Rowe never expected his new travelogue series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” premiering at 8 p.m. Wednesday, to land on CNN. Yet when you think about it, Rowe fits what has become the network’s mold for nonfiction entertainment programming: well-known personalities making series related to the work they are best known for, with a twist or two. “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” broadens the “Dirty Jobs” franchise that Rowe led on Discovery for eight years.

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