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Canned Larry Wilmore: 'Racism Is Solved'

'We did it! We did it!'

(Newser) - "So how was your day?" Larry Wilmore asked viewers at the opening of Monday's Nightly Show, hours after Comedy Central announced the show had been canceled . Wilmore thanked staff and viewers before joking, "our show going off the air means one thing—racism is solved! We did... More »

Michael's Last Show With Kelly: 'I'm Not Dying!'

Final broadcast with Ripa 'bittersweet,' Strahan says

(Newser) - Just as they had done a couple of weeks ago , Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan strode out onto the stage of Live With Kelly and Michael on Friday holding hands—except this is likely the last time they'll do it. It was Strahan's final day on their ABC... More »

TV Is Getting 'Supersized' —and Annoying

'NYT' critic James Poniewozik says episodes are becoming more and more bloated

(Newser) - These days there's said to be "too much TV to choose from," but according to TV critic James Poniewozik writing for the New York Times , there's another prevalent problem: too-big TV, or what he refers to as TV that's "come down with a case... More »

Couple Sues After 'Disastrous' Home Redo for HGTV

NC couple says 'Love It or List It' is a sham

(Newser) - When Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan wanted to renovate their Raleigh, NC, rental property, they didn't want a DIY project, so they did what they thought was the next best thing: signed up to have an HGTV show do it for them. But per a lawsuit the couple has... More »

Everybody Loves Raymond Star Doris Roberts Dead at 90

Roberts won 5 Emmys in wide-ranging career

(Newser) - Doris Roberts, who played the much-loved mother on Everybody Loves Raymond and enjoyed a diverse career for more than 60 years, died Sunday in Los Angeles, TMZ reports. She was 90 years old. The winner of five Emmys (four on Raymond and one on St. Elsewhere), Roberts acted in an... More »

Obama Now the Envy of Game of Thrones Fans

He's getting early access to season 6

(Newser) - Among the perks of being president: Early access to new Game of Thrones episodes. Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss say President Obama will get to see season six of the show—which will start airing on HBO on April 24—before the rest of us, after a special request... More »

Hulu Show Yanked Out of NC Over LGBT Law

Gov. Pat McCrory has 'tainted the film industry'

(Newser) - First San Francisco banned non-essential travel to the Tar Heel State. Now TV and movie production companies are continuing their exodus out of North Carolina over a new law preventing local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules. Filming for the Hulu comedy Crushed was to kick off in May in Charlotte,... More »

Mathematicians Reveal 'True Protagonist' on Game of Thrones

Tyrion Lannister takes the cake in Westeros

(Newser) - There are so many characters in Game of Thrones it's hard to keep them straight, let alone identify the main character. Mathematicians Andrew Beveridge and a student from Macalester College turned to "network science" to sort it out, searching for instances in which two characters' names appeared within... More »

Man's 'Dead Wife' Shows Up on TV: Report

Abragh Mohammed thought his wife died 2 years ago

(Newser) - Hope you're sitting down, man—because your supposedly dead wife was on TV last night. That's pretty much what friends of Abragh Mohammed told him after hearing his wife call in to a Moroccan TV show that helps people reunite with lost loved ones, the Independent reports. According... More »

Samantha Bee Makes an Awesome Debut

Critics loving fresh perspective in male-dominated late night

(Newser) - Turns out, you don't need a penis or a desk to host a late-night talk show. So Samantha Bee proved with the debut of Full Frontal on TBS Monday night. The former Daily Show correspondent made her much-anticipated debut Monday with a focus on "the most deranged" election... More »

New X-Files Is Both 'Dreadful,' Amazing

After messy start, 3rd episode is 'one of the best': Brian Moylan

(Newser) - Planning to tune in to the TV reboot of The X-Files this Sunday? Be warned: The first episode is "dreadful," writes Brian Moylan at the Guardian . "It all comes flooding back. Those outfits! That hair! Those cheesy graphics! You remember them fondly without necessarily wanting to go... More »

The 'Anti-Guy Fieri' Leaves America's Test Kitchen

Chris Kimball gone from company he co-founded, but he'll still host show in 2016

(Newser) - In what Salon describes as "a move that sent shockwaves through the PBS-subscribing, why-yes-I-do-have-strong-feelings-about-pineapple-in-carrot-cake cognoscenti," Chris Kimball, the celebrity chef who co-founded America's Test Kitchen, is leaving the company, NPR reports. The 64-year-old "anti-Guy Fieri," as Salon labels him, who also served as editor-in-chief of... More »

Netflix Introduces 5-Minute Bedtime Movies for Kids

The Dinotrux mini episodes feature favorite scenes of the animated show

(Newser) - Heeding the pleas of parents around the globe and across the ages who deal with cries of "Just five more minutes!" on a nightly basis, Netflix has introduced five-minute episodes of the popular kids DreamWorks TV show Dinotrux—cut down drastically from their typical 23 minutes. The reason?... More »

Bush's View on Supergirl Raises Eyebrows

He thinks star Melissa Benoist is 'pretty hot'

(Newser) - Jeb Bush maybe should have issued a TMI warning at a forum in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. After he'd discussed immigration and relations with Latin America, an audience member lobbed him a softball question: Who is your favorite Marvel superhero? "I like the old school guys like... More »

Yahoo's Stab at Original Shows Bombed

Company announces $42M lost on 3 shows, including 'Community'

(Newser) - Yahoo's foray into original content has been a costly one. In a Q3 earnings call on Tuesday, CFO Ken Goldman said the company had taken $42 million in write-downs in its video division in creating three shows: sports comedy Sin City Saints, Other Space, and Community, which it picked... More »

Netflix: Here's When People Get Hooked on Shows

You'd think it'd be the pilot, but no

(Newser) - If you're hoping to avoid adding another TV show to your must-watch list, Netflix has a plan to help you out: All you have to do is skip a particular episode and you should be in the clear. Well, maybe. Based on first season viewing data from 25 different... More »

Sesame Street Moves Down the Block to HBO

But PBS, which has aired the show since 1969, isn't left out in the cold

(Newser) - In addition to their ABCs and 123s, kids watching Sesame Street will now also become familiar with H-B-O. The cable network has announced a new partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the TV show, that means the next five seasons will air exclusively on HBO and via its streaming... More »

Duggars' 19 Kids and ... Canceling, Says TLC

Network will air documentary on child sex abuse with Duggar victims

(Newser) - Another year, another controversial TLC show gets the boot. After pulling episodes of 19 Kids and Counting, TLC confirms it has canceled its most-watched show after claims that cast member Josh Duggar molested four of his sisters and a babysitter as a teen. 19 Kids "will no longer appear... More »

Sesame Street Losing 44-Year Veteran This Season

Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria, to take on 'new endeavors'

(Newser) - "It's the end of an era on Sesame Street," reports CNN . Sonia Manzano, who plays Fix-It Shop owner Maria, is retiring from the show after 44 years. Manzano, who made the announcement at the American Library Association Annual Conference this week, first appeared on the series in... More »

TV Host Wears Same Suit All Year, Makes Point

Karl Stefanovic says men aren't judged as harshly as women

(Newser) - An Aussie TV personality has worn the same suit on-air for a full year, and not because he likes the smell. Karl Stefanovic, a presenter on Australia's morning news show Today, says he kept wearing the blue Burberry knock-off to make a point: "No one has noticed; no... More »

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