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Melissa Without Joan: A Daughter Deals With Loss The Rivers Way

Melissa Without Joan: A Daughter Deals With Loss The Rivers Way

July 22, 2015

By Amy Kaufman Los Angeles Times (TNS) Joan Rivers was about to die, and everybody needed her daughter, Melissa, to fix it. To magically bring her out of a medically induced coma. Keep her lucrative businesses afloat. Ease the pain of losing comedy’s sassy surrogate grandmother. So Melissa went ...

Landing ‘The Mindy Project’ Could Be Another Boost For Hulu

Landing ‘The Mindy Project’ Could Be Another Boost For Hulu

July 8, 2015

By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (TNS) Should Hulu end up being the rebound platform for “The Mindy Project,” it’d be another high sign of the streaming service’s aggressive push to up its game. Universal Television, the studio behind the Mindy Kaling vehicle, has begun talks with Hulu a...

Now That ‘Mad Men’ Has Changed The TV Landscape, What Does It All Mean?

Now That ‘Mad Men’ Has Changed The TV Landscape, What Does It All Mean?

June 23, 2015

By Mary McNamara Los Angeles Times (TNS) High school AP classes may be churning out theories about the green light at the end of Daisy’s pier or Andy Warhol’s tomato soup cans, but the most popularly deconstructed symbol in and of American culture these days is “Mad Men’s” falling guy. ...

ABC Orders Biblical Series ‘Of Kings And Prophets,’ Five Other Dramas

ABC Orders Biblical Series ‘Of Kings And Prophets,’ Five Other Dramas

June 9, 2015

By Scott Collins Los Angeles Times (TNS) ABC has a new drama of biblical proportions. “Of Kings and Prophets” — a retelling of the Old Testament story of David and King Saul — joined five other dramas as ABC began officially ordering new series late Thursday for launch during the 2015-16 T...

Springfield, Home Of ‘The Simpsons,’ Open At Universal Studios Hollywood

Springfield, Home Of ‘The Simpsons,’ Open At Universal Studios Hollywood

May 26, 2015

By Martin Miller Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Springfield, the mythical city that serves as Anytown, USA for “The Simpsons,” is enjoying some urban sprawl in the real world. Home to America’s favorite screaming yellow TV characters, the town becomes bicoastal on Wednesday when Uni...

NBC, Fox Announce Lineups For Next Year

NBC, Fox Announce Lineups For Next Year

May 11, 2015

By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) NBC and Fox have kicked off the week when the five major networks announce their schedules for the 2015-16 TV season. While FOX is making only a few adjustments, NBC is starting from scratch after a less than stellar 2013-14 lineup. NBC The only NBC series t...

Top 10 Moments From David Letterman’s Long Run

Top 10 Moments From David Letterman’s Long Run

May 5, 2015

By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) David Letterman doesn’t retire for another 2 1/2 weeks, but already the accolades are rolling in as fans prepare to say goodbye to the most influential comedian of his generation. CBS weighs in Monday with a 90-minute special hosted by Ray Romano...

Prospects Fading For ‘NBC Nightly News’ Anchor Brian Williams’ Return

Prospects Fading For ‘NBC Nightly News’ Anchor Brian Williams’ Return

April 28, 2015

By Stephen Battaglio Los Angeles Times (TNS) WASHINGTON — Many in the media business believe that the future looks bleak for suspended “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. NBC News executives are in the midst of an internal review into Williams’ reporting, and it will be at least five ...

It’s real: ‘Full House’ Will Be Reincarnated As ‘Fuller House’ On Netflix

It’s real: ‘Full House’ Will Be Reincarnated As ‘Fuller House’ On Netflix

April 21, 2015

By Scott Collins Los Angeles Times (TNS) It’s official: “Full House” is coming back to TV. Or more accurately, to Netflix. The streaming giant confirmed that it has ordered 13 episodes of “Fuller House,” a reboot of the 1987-1995 ABC family sitcom about a widower (Bob Saget) trying to rai...

Bill O’Reilly Adds To His Growing Media Empire As Executive Producer Of Fox News Channel’s ‘Legends & Lies’

Bill O’Reilly Adds To His Growing Media Empire As Executive Producer Of Fox News Channel’s ‘Legends & Lies’

April 16, 2015

By Stephen Battaglio Los Angeles Times (TNS) NEW YORK — Is Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly going Hollywood? The highest-rated host in cable news is the executive producer of a new FNC docu-series, “Legends & Lies: The Real West,” which mixes historians’ commentaries with scripted re-enac...

HBO Now Streaming Service Launches On Apple Products

HBO Now Streaming Service Launches On Apple Products

April 9, 2015

By Meg James Los Angeles Times (TNS) The long-anticipated unbundling of cable TV packages has begun. HBO Now, the stand-alone streaming service, launched Tuesday morning on Apple products, HBO said. Separately, Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers also now have access to the subscription HBO service. The ...

Roku Now Tracks When Price Of Streaming A Movie Goes Down

Roku Now Tracks When Price Of Streaming A Movie Goes Down

April 7, 2015

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) Roku media players will now alert users when the price of a movie they’re interested in watching goes down. It’s one of several features announced Monday aimed at helping Roku keep pace with and distinguish itself from competitors such as Google Chromeca...

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