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Nick Jonas is in, Gwen Stefani is out. This will be ‘The Voice’ in 2020

Nick Jonas is in, Gwen Stefani is out. This will be ‘The Voice’ in 2020

MCT Campus

October 8, 2019

Nick Jonas has landed a new gig as a coach in the forthcoming season of “The Voice,” with No Doubt’s lead singer Gwen Stefani stepping down. Jonas, one-third of the Jonas Brothers, announced Monday that he’d be joining the singing competition for its spring 2020 season. He was on “The Ell...

Facebook launches Portal TV in new streaming television push

Facebook launches Portal TV in new streaming television push

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September 19, 2019

Facebook on Wednesday took another step in its efforts to gain a piece of the home video-communications market by taking the wraps off of Portal TV, a new set-top box for streaming TV programs and video chats. In a company blog post, Facebook said that Portal TV will cost $149; they’ll be shipped N...

‘Jersey Shore’ house available for rentals

‘Jersey Shore’ house available for rentals

MCT Campus

September 10, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — Now you too can GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry) like the stars of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” If you’ve got a few spare thousand dollars a night, that is. The Seaside Heights house where the network’s beloved reality series filmed can now be rented via Booking.com, reports indicate. The ...

Howie Mandel makes 26 cases for return of ‘Deal or No Deal’

Howie Mandel makes 26 cases for return of ‘Deal or No Deal’

December 4, 2018

LOS ANGELES — CNBC executives have said “deal” to bringing back the television game show “Deal or No Deal.” Almost 10 years since the competition program hosted by Howie Mandel went off the air, new episodes will air on the cable channel. The new order, which includes 30 one-hour episodes taped...

Thanksgiving TV: What to watch

Thanksgiving TV: What to watch

November 20, 2018

Could the secret word be “Thanksgiving”? Because Thursday delivers a 24-hour marathon of colorful ’80s cult fave “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” (6 a.m.-Friday 6 a.m., IFC) — be sure to scream when our kids-show host says the secret word! Check out dozens more holiday viewing options below. (All shows ...

8 TV shows you’re going to want to watch in November

8 TV shows you’re going to want to watch in November

October 30, 2018

November should keep you happily glued to whatever screen you’re normally glued to. There is much to see and savor, beginning with: WATERGATE (History, Nov. 2-4, 9 p.m.) Three nights, six hours, and perhaps more than you’ll ever want to know about the Watergate break-in and aftermath. But besides being...

The Simpsons’ response to Apu criticism sparks backlash

The Simpsons’ response to Apu criticism sparks backlash

July 3, 2018

It’s been five months since a documentary sparked a national conversation on the polarizing “Simpsons” character Apu, and the long-running Fox sitcom has finally addressed the controversy — though not all are impressed. Comedian Hari Kondabolu premiered in November “The Problem with Apu,” a...

Christina Aguilera compares her stint on ‘The Voice’ to a ‘churning hamster wheel’

June 12, 2018

The Voice,” as its title implies, is supposed to be about singing and nothing else. That’s why “blind auditions” are employed with the coaches’ rotating chairs turned away from the stage as contestants are chosen strictly from what the coaches hear. Not so, said former coach Christina Aguilera ...

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

May 16, 2018

It's always surprising when you hear people behind successful TV shows confess they're out of ideas. I was thinking about this when the creators of HBO's "Silicon Valley" sheepishly admitted that issues of sexism and harassment in the tech world won't be incorporated into the show this season. "We ...

Television Q&A: When is ‘Supergirl’ coming back?

Television Q&A: When is ‘Supergirl’ coming back?

March 29, 2018

You have questions. I have some answers. Q: I am a fan of the “Supergirl” series. Is it coming back? If so, when? A: The drama will be back on The CW on April 16. Among other things, look for a guest-starring turn by Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird,” “Roseanne”) as Winn’s mother. Q: Is “...

‘Jessica Jones’ regroups for Season 2

‘Jessica Jones’ regroups for Season 2

March 13, 2018

NEW YORK _ On the Upper East Side of Manhattan last summer, Jessica Jones was doing her thing. The sardonic private detective played by Krysten Ritter was following a lead to a makeshift veterinary clinic and ended up in a verbal tiff with a snotty Goth staffer. The scene, which appears in the seco...

Kevin Hart explains attempt to get on Super Bowl stage: ‘When alcohol is in your system, you do dumb stuff’

Kevin Hart explains attempt to get on Super Bowl stage: ‘When alcohol is in your system, you do dumb stuff’

February 6, 2018

Kevin Hart’s brazen attempt to celebrate onstage with the Philadelphia Eagles after their Super Bowl victory was motivated by a little liquid confidence. The comedian — who was shut down by a security guard as he approached the stage after Sunday’s game — explained in an Instagram video that ...

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