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This 'Golden Age' of TV Can't Last

Columnist: Money is flush as competitors woo us, but that won't go on forever

(Newser) - Seen any good shows lately? The answer is probably yes, given that we're in what many call a "golden age" of television, writes Justin Fox at Bloomberg . Pick your source—cable, Netflix, broadcast TV, Apple, YouTube, wherever—and it's easy to find quality entertainment. The problem is... More »

Hot Rumor: Obama Could End Up in Magnum, PI Digs

Friend Marty Nesbitt has purchased the Hawaiian residence

(Newser) - After the White House, where will President Obama be spending his time? Locals along Hawaii's Waimanalo Beach wonder if he might be joining them, KHON reports. A house in the area has just been sold for $8.7 million—and it's already famous, regardless of the buyer. It... More »

Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Dead at 59

He was 'the real creative force' behind the show, writer says

(Newser) - A creative force is gone: Sam Simon, who influenced The Simpsons and who gave away most of his millions to charity, died yesterday at age 59. He was diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago, the New York Times reports. He didn't invent The Simpsons' characters—that credit... More »

VH1 Reality Star 'Real' Givens Dead at 33

Real Chance of Love star was diagnosed with colon cancer 2 years ago

(Newser) - Ahmad "Real" Givens, star of VH1 reality shows including Real Chance of Love, has died of colon cancer at age 33, People reports. Givens learned he had stage four colon cancer in March 2013, E! Online reports; at the time, the site notes, he heard he had two weeks... More »

Berlin Wall? Met the Pope? More Brian Williams Qs

NBC is still carrying out investigation into anchor's exaggerations

(Newser) - Brian Williams has been shot at by Iraqi forces, contracted dysentery , and watched as a dead man floated by after Hurricane Katrina, according to reports by Brian Williams. Now, after being suspended for six months from NBC for misleading statements about his Iraq War activity, the news anchor is... More »

Quit, Comedy, or Comeback: What Next for Brian Williams?

Anchor might have been better off on Tonight Show

(Newser) - Now that Brian Williams has been suspended for six months from NBC Nightly News, analysts are asking the question: What's next? Will we ever see Williams return to his anchor role? Some are casting doubt on whether he can—and should—come back:
  • In the Washington Post , Ruth Marcus
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Here's Jon Stewart Announcing His Departure

Audience apparently had no idea

(Newser) - News of Jon Stewart's departure from The Daily Show arrived before the show aired last night. But those in the studio audience hadn't heard the news when last night's episode was taped earlier in the day, and it seems they were caught unawares. Stewart announced that he... More »

Report: Netflix Making a Legend of Zelda Live-Action Show

Nintendo has generally avoided TV, movies

(Newser) - Nintendo isn't exactly known for a love of TV and movies—one reason might be the disaster that was 1993's Super Mario Bros. movie. But the Wall Street Journal reports, via a "person familiar with the matter," that the video-game company is planning a new show,... More »

What It's Like to Get Justice From 'Judge Judy'

Show offered family some relief after a harrowing period: Leah Smith

(Newser) - After a woman facing money trouble clashed with her roommates, she found solace in an unlikely source: Judge Judy. The woman's daughter, Leah Smith, offers a firsthand account of the emotionally and financially draining experience at the Billfold , from her mother's move-in to her televised victory. Her mother,... More »

No Charges for Power Ranger in Stabbing

Ricardo Medina killed friend in self-defense: lawyer

(Newser) - A former Power Ranger has been released from prison without being charged in the stabbing death of a friend , the New York Daily News reports. A reported fight between Ricardo Medina Jr., 36, and Joshua Sutter, 36, who was staying in Medina's apartment, ended in Sutter's death. Medina... More »

'Miss Marple' Dies at 82

Britain's Geraldine McEwan had long acting career

(Newser) - The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles, including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV movies. Her son and daughter said in a statement that she died yesterday... More »

A Woody Allen TV Show? What It Means

Big things for streaming TV—and likely controversy: James Poniewozik

(Newser) - Woody Allen is set to write and direct a TV series on Amazon Prime , and the news has big ramifications for the filmmaker, the company, and the TV industry, writes James Poniewozik in Time . First of all, the legendary director's willingness to make a TV show proves that "... More »

Amazon Scores Woody Allen's First TV Series

He'll write and direct half-hour episodes on Prime

(Newser) - Woody Allen is getting ready to make his first-ever TV series, though in a press release, he doesn't quite sound prepared: "I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin." The filmmaker will write and... More »

Real Jim Halpert 'Nothing Like' His Office Counterpart

Actual Jim is a lawyer and friend of show's developer

(Newser) - On The Office, Jim Halpert is a likable slacker who sells paper and plays pranks. In real life, Jim Halpert is a corporate lawyer who's never lacked motivation, though he admits to not being "as tall or good-looking" as his TV counterpart. The real Halpert, 51, is a... 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 »

TV Icon Behind Magnum, PI, Knight Rider, Galactica Dies

Writer-producer Glen Larson was vastly prolific

(Newser) - Glen A. Larson, the writer and producer behind well-loved TV series such as the original Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., and Quincy, M.E., has died. He was 77. Larson died at the UCLA Medical Center on Friday night of complications from esophageal cancer, his son, James Larson,... More »

Norway's New Viewing Sensation: Rocks

But it's more exciting than the knitting show, because these rocks might fall

(Newser) - State broadcaster NRK in Norway has made a name for itself in the genre of "slow TV," with hugely successful broadcasts of knitting , a fire burning itself out, and a long, long ferry ride . Now: rocks. But as the AP explains, these rocks might involve some excitement, eventually,... More »

5 Actors Whose TV Debuts Were Awful

Including Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, and more

(Newser) - These 10 actors rounded up by The Stir may have gone on to become big names, but their TV debuts were less than stellar:
  • Jim Carrey: Nope, he didn't get his start on In Living Color, he got it on The Duck Factory, a show about a young animator
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Transparent Is 'Best Show of the Year'

Jeffrey Tambor stars in Jill Soloway's new series

(Newser) - Critics are applauding Transparent, the new 10-episode series that's putting Amazon Prime in the spotlight. Multiple reviews call the show, which tells the story of a family whose patriarch has begun living as a woman, "transcendent": It's touching, believable, and extremely funny. Among the comments:
  • "Start
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Friends Was Silly, Fluffy, and ... Superb

This week marks 20th anniversary of its premiere

(Newser) - As if news that Party of Five debuted 20 years ago this month doesn't make you feel old enough, Friends is this week hitting the same milestone. And as Willa Paskin writes for Slate , the anniversary is being "greeted with untempered enthusiasm, even for this era of rampant... More »

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