The Colonial history lesson on the History channel and the Cold War spy drama, which begins its third season at 9 p.m. Wednesday on FX, put nationalism to the ultimate test. For every musket fired in 1776, for every phone tapped in 1982, the central question remains: “When do these guys officially become Americans?”
Since 1999, photos of “Saturday Night Live” guest hosts have been the weekly creation of Mary Ellen Matthews, who on Tuesday, for something like the 300th time, was doing it again, this time with Blake Shelton, keeping it fresh and making it look easy.
An analysis of cast members on prime-time comedies and dramas on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox found progress since the 1990s in hiring black actors, but slighted other minorities. Casts at three of the four networks are still whiter than the nation as a whole.
More than 60 years ago, a new comedy boasted an all-black cast populating a Harlem community with characters that included an attorney, a small businessman and a civic-club president. “Amos ‘n' Andy” was an instant hit in June 1951, when it made the leap to television after decades on radio. But not everyone loved it. It was blasted by the NAACP for perpetuating black stereotypes.
While minority actors have made on-again, off-again progress through the years, advances on TV aren’t the same among all groups seeking greater representation. ABC, Fox and NBC can claim a higher percentage of blacks on scripted prime-time shows than there are in the general population, an Associated Press analysis of television diversity has found. But black characters outnumber Latinos on those networks as well as on CBS – despite there being more Latinos (17.1 percent, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau figures) than blacks (13.2 percent) in the United States.
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
Aside from occasional appearances as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and a couple of Showtime specials, Larry Wilmore is unknown to the general public. That all changes Monday with the debut of "The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore," which is charged with the daunting task of replacing "The Colbert Report," one of cable's highest rated shows.
Like other TV misanthropes based on the self-destructive Sherlock Holmes model, Rainn Wilson plays Det. Everett Backstrom isn’t picking on his co-workers because of their race, creed, religion or sexual orientation. He just wants everyone to get out of his way so that he can pound booze, solve the case and fall asleep over a pizza. The show premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday on Fox.
Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.
Tom Brady already had a child with actress Bridget Moynahan and was dating supermodel Gisele Bundchen when a Mexican television personality created one of the wildest moments in Media Day history here in Arizona before the 2008 Super Bowl.
A sick child. Buried treasure. A bit of wiggle room in honoring wedding vows. An all-important tourist project suddenly imperiled. Plus polar bears that outnumber humans, which means everyone (kids included) totes a rifle just in case.
Despite being a relative pageant newcomer, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries.
Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have dropped their cable or satellite packages or never had either.
Feb. 1: Actor Stuart Whitman is 87. Singer Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio) is 81. Actor-comedian Garrett Morris is 78. Singer Don Everly of The Everly Brothers is 78. Singer Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show is 78. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 76. Actor-writer-director Terry Jones (Monty Python) is 73. Guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is 65. Actor-writer-producer Billy Mumy ("Lost in Space") is 61. Keyboardist Dwayne Dupuy of Ricochet is 50. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 50. Singer Lisa Marie Presley is 47. Comedian Pauly Shore is 47. Drummer Patrick Wilson of Weezer is 46. Actor Michael C. Hall is 44. Rapper Big Boi of Outkast is 40. Singer Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT is 32. TV personality Lauren Conrad is 29. Actress-singer Heather Morris of "Glee" is 28. Singer Harry Styles of One Direction is 21.
Before she was 30 actress Hannah New had already climbed Kilimanjaro, backpacked through Asia and South America, volunteered in children's homes in Bolivia, made a miniseries in Spanish and earned a master's degree.