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Stephen Colbert: A smooth Emmy host while roughing up Trump

NEW YORK — If President Donald Trump’s ears have been burning thanks to late-night TV, especially “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” they must have positively sizzled Sunday as Colbert hosted the Emmy Awards. Colbert has boosted his own show’s ratings in the Trump Era by keeping the president in his comic cross-hairs. The choice …

Sean Spicer pressed (gently) as ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ guest

NEW YORK — It was a different Sean Spicer who paid a visit to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night. This was a smiling, chill Spicer, in marked contrast to the six hot-tempered months he spent as White House Press Secretary, conducting volatile news conferences that were given added heat thanks to Melissa McCarthy’s unsparing …

‘Sopranos’ mobster, veteran actor Frank Vincent dies at 80

NEW YORK — Frank Vincent, a veteran character actor who often played tough guys, including mob boss Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died. He was 80. Vincent died peacefully on Wednesday, a statement from his family said. No cause of death was given. Besides Leotardo, the ruthless New York mob boss who frequently clashed …

Shelley Berman, comedian bard of everyday life, has died

NEW YORK — Comedian Shelley Berman, who won gold records and appeared on top television shows in the 1950s and 1960s delivering wry monologues about the annoyances of everyday life, has died. He was 92. Berman died Friday at his home in Bell Canyon, California, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to spokesman Glenn Schwartz. …

‘Game of Thrones’ might spawn new HBO shows, says creator

NEW YORK—HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is in its home stretch. But the game isn’t over for its creator, George R.R. Martin, who is in the thick of planning for potential new series on the network. Posting on his website, Martin shared some tidbits about what any future “GOT”-related shows might, or might not, be. HBO …

Colbert welcomes fellow ‘Daily Show’ alums to ‘Late Show’

NEW YORK — It was a rare TV reunion Tuesday as Stephen Colbert played host to a gang of fellow “Daily Show” alums on a special edition of CBS’ “The Late Show.” Along with Jon Stewart, former longtime anchor of the Comedy Central fake newscast, Colbert welcomed Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob …

Oprah Winfrey erupts in HBO’s powerful ‘Henrietta Lacks’

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey doesn’t scare easy and she wasn’t frightened here. “But I was unsure and uncertain of myself going into this role,” she says. “I did not want to do it. I never truly expected to do it. I had other people in mind to do it.” Instead, it’s Winfrey who erupts …

Kids prefer the TV for their viewing, but love other devices

NEW YORK — Grace Ellis has never known a time when you needed a TV to watch TV. The North Attleboro, Massachusetts, fifth-grader watches shows like “Liv and Maddie,” “Jessie” and “The Lodge” on her laptop, iPad and phone. “Sometimes I watch TV in the car,” she says. “I have ballet every day, so I …

Netflix/Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ epic fail, say viewers, critics

NEW YORK — If your web connection seems sluggish while you’re watching “Iron Fist,” don’t blame your internet provider. The problem is the listless pace of this new Netflix series. But such languor isn’t the only failing of this latest offering from the Marvel factory, judging from critical pans and fan unrest since the 13-episode …

Host Alec Baldwin, ‘SNL’ cast skewer Trump White House

NEW YORK –In tune with the new administration of alternative facts, viewers are embracing a comic alternative president. Alec Baldwin, who has scored in guest shots on “Saturday Night Live” with his mocking impersonation of Donald Trump since the campaign’s final weeks, presided Saturday night as guest host of the NBC comedy show, serving up …

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