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Lynn Elber

A summer bounty of TV drama, comedies and even a ‘Hamilton’

LOS ANGELES – Summer travel packing list: swimsuit, sunblock, television. In this portable TV era, there’s no reason to leave small-screen entertainment at home when cable channel...

End of a TV era: ‘American Idol’ vows ‘spectacular’ finale

LOS ANGELES (AP) – “American Idol,” which gave the world Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, has one more chance to mint a star before it fades into TV and music history. ...

Asian-American jab at Oscars reveals deeper diversity woes

LOS ANGELES (AP) – TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan was reveling in Oscar host Chris Rock’s deft comedic assault on white-fixated Hollywood. Then three Asian-American kids w...

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Documentary highlights practicalities

‘Downton’ producer doesn’t shut door on big-screen film

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – With “Downton Abbey” coming to an end, its executive producer is offering hope that a follow-up movie is at least a possibility. By ending the TV dram...

New, returning TV shows put sizzle in summer viewing

LOS ANGELES – Network television, once wedded to a September-to-May schedule, saw the error of its ways as cable and online competitors demonstrated a brazen disregard for tradition. ...

Leonard Nimoy, word famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dies

LOS ANGELES – In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, “I Am Not Spock.” Two decades later, he bowed to fate with “I Am Spock,” a revisionist sequel. ...

Brian Williams taking himself off air temporarily

LOS ANGELES – Brian Williams is stepping away temporarily from the “NBC Nightly News” amid questions about his memories of war coverage in Iraq, saying it has become “painfully apparent” to ...

‘Portlandia’ takes a different path in season 5

LOS ANGELES – Ask Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein to give up hints about the new season of “Portlandia,” and a few words suffice to make any true admirer of the IFC satire giddy with anti...

Allen Leech finds a happy home at ‘Downton Abbey’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – “Downton Abbey” star Allen Leech has a winning way with accents. The Irish-born actor employs his native brogue in portraying Tom Branson, the former chauf...

Stage, screen actor Edward Herrmann dies at 71

Edward Herrmann, the towering, melodious-voiced actor who brought Franklin D. Roosevelt to life in films and documentaries, won a Tony Award and charmed audiences as the stuffy dad on TV’s “...

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, dies

Fashion, acting were early dreams for this daughter of Russian parents