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Kermit the Frog performer on his firing: ‘Complete shock’

Steve Whitmire

NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime performer of Kermit the Frog says Disney’s decision to fire him from the role came as “a complete shock.” Appearing on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday, Steve Whitmire also pushed back on claims from the Muppets Studio that Whitmire’s “repeated unacceptable business conduct” over many years was to blame for his dismissal. Disney owns the ... Read More »

Ryan Seacrest back as host of ‘Idol’ when it returns on ABC

Ryan Seacrest

NEW YORK (AP) — Seacrest in! Ryan Seacrest will be back hosting “American Idol” when it returns for its first season on ABC. Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” which she has co-hosted with Seacrest since he joined her in May. “I am happy to confirm … that Ryan Seacrest is returning as the ... Read More »

Where to watch O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing

Yale Galanter

NEW YORK (AP) — Television networks will interrupt this presidency on Thursday to revisit an old obsession. ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, HLN and ESPN will show O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing at a Nevada prison, as he seeks freedom after spending more than eight years locked up for armed robbery and assault. CBS said it will air part ... Read More »

UK government to take more time to consider Fox-Sky deal

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s culture secretary needs more time to consider Twenty-First Century Fox’s takeover bid for the Sky pay television and broadband network. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said Thursday in an update before Parliament breaks for recess that she is not yet in a position to make a final decision on whether or not to refer the matter to ... Read More »

TV series ‘The Brave’ to film first season in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new television series that will follow a undercover special operations squad will begin filming in New Mexico this month. Officials with the state film office say work on the first season of “The Brave” is scheduled to start at the end of July and will run through the beginning of December. Production will take ... Read More »

O.J. Simpson’s hearing revisits old obsession for TV

Yale Galanter

NEW YORK (AP) — Television networks will interrupt this presidency on Thursday to revisit an old obsession. ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, HLN and ESPN will show O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing at a Nevada prison, as he seeks freedom after spending more than eight years locked up for armed robbery and assault. CBS said it will air part ... Read More »

Forest Whitaker guest-stars in a multi-episode ‘Empire’ arc

Forest Whitaker

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox network says Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will guest-star in a multi-episode arc on “Empire” this fall. Whitaker will play “Uncle Eddie,” a charismatic music mogul who long ago gave an unknown Lucious Lyon (series star Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay. Now, decades later, Eddie steps up for Lucious at a critical moment during ... Read More »

‘Hawaii Five-0’ signs 3 new stars in wake of cast departures

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale are set to join the cast of “Hawaii Five-0” with its eighth season. Wednesday’s announcement followed the recent departures of original cast members Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who exited the police drama after contract disputes. Dale has had a recurring role on “Hawaii Five-0” ... Read More »

Former Auburn coach Tuberville joins ESPN as game analyst

Tommy Tuberville

Former Auburn and Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville is joining ESPN for the upcoming season as a game analyst. In 21 seasons as a head coach, Tuberville won 159 games with Mississippi, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati. He stepped down at Cincinnati after the Bearcats went 4-8 last season. ESPN announced Wednesday that Tuberville will call games each week and a ... Read More »

Rosie O’Donnell draws criticism over online anti-Trump game

Rosie O’Donnell is in a new feud with President Donald Trump’s supporters after promoting an online game that lets players lead Trump off a cliff. Several conservative blogs have called attention to O’Donnell tweeting a link to pushtrumpoffacliffagain.com during the weekend. A post on Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity’s website calls the game “sick” and “gross.” Young Conservatives suggests ... Read More »