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  • ‘Outlander’ finale: responsible violence in drama

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rape is dramatic. No wonder it’s a tried-and-true device for TV drama. It’s certainly a staple of “Game of Thrones,” the wildly popular HBO series whose disapproving viewers “fear that rape…

  • David Oyelowo creates a tortured soul in HBO’s ‘Nightingale’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO’s “Nightingale” is a small film with an indelibly big performance by David Oyelowo, who plays an emotionally damaged man losing himself further after a spasm of off-camera violence. The demands…

  • Lawyer: Tracy Morgan happy Wal-Mart crash lawsuit behind him

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was very emotional after settling his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Appearing on NBC’s…

  • Businessman donates $20K to replace ‘Scary Lucy’ statue

    CELORON, N.Y. (AP) — A Massachusetts businessman has donated $20,000 to replace an infamous statue of comedian Lucille Ball that’s located in her western New York hometown. The Post-Journal of Jamestown reports (http://bit.ly/1BqQNBt ) officials…

  • Casting call for ‘House of Cards’ scheduled in Annapolis

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Do you look like a regular working Joe? Or maybe you can rock a tuxedo. Perhaps you’re more of an art gallery type. “House of Cards” is holding a casting call…

  • TNT has 7 percent rise in viewers from ’14 conference finals

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland’s four-game sweep of Atlanta in the Eastern Conference finals averaged 6.8 million viewers on TNT, a 7 percent increase from last season’s coverage. The four games, along with the Inside…

  • “Hard Knocks” coming to Houston

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans will be the stars of this season of “Hard Knocks.” The popular HBO reality series picks one team each season to follow during training camp. This year, viewers will…

  • Late-night TV vet Bill Maher forges ahead with hit formula

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Maher strides into the weekly writers meeting for his HBO show and puts his feet up on the table. His team of scribes, many of whom he’s worked with for…

  • ‘Dancing,’ ‘Voice’ on top as viewers got musical last week

    NEW YORK (AP) — Music and dancing ruled on the airwaves last week, as “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Voice” tuned up to score five out of the 10 most-watched shows. ABC’s “Dancing” took…

  • Nielsen’s top programs for May 18-25

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 18-25. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewerships. 1. “Dancing With the Stars” (Monday), ABC, 14.35 million. 2. “Dancing With the Stars” (Tuesday), ABC, 13.49 million. 3.…

  • Danielle Brooks heading to Broadway in ‘The Color Purple’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Danielle Brooks is going from orange to purple — jumping from “Orange Is the New Black” on TV to a Broadway stage in the upcoming “The Color Purple” revival. The…

  • David Duchovny takes a dangerous ’60s trip in ‘Aquarius’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Between wrapping “Californication” and the return of “The X-Files,” David Duchovny is making a detour to the mind-bending 1960s. In NBC’s drama “Aquarius,” he plays a Los Angeles police detective whose…

  • Kevin Connolly Recalls Awkward Run in with Liam Neeson on “Entourage” Set

    (NEW YORK) — When Kevin Connolly reprises his role as Eric Murphy in the film adaptation of the former HBO series, Entourage, he’ll be showing a lot of skin. To prepare for the film, the actor said on Wednesday’s Live…

  • CBS’ Bob Schieffer is ready for retirement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At 78, Bob Schieffer is entitled to reminisce about the “good old days” of reporting. He believes young people coming into the business can also learn from them. Schieffer will host CBS’…

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus joins Jerry Seinfeld web series

    WASHINGTON – Elaine and Jerry are getting back together. Julia Louis-Dreyfus will appear on the new season of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” a web series of one-on-one conversations with comedians in cars, well, getting coffee. Her appearance…