Television programs - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Television programs CBS pairs 'Big Bang' & spin-off; O'Brien re-ups with TBS NEW YORK (AP) — "Young Sheldon" and his grown-up version on "The Big Bang Theory" will be paired on CBS' Thursday night schedule this fall. The "Big Bang" spinoff, centered on star Jim Parsons' character as a precocious 9-year-old Texas high school student, is one of eight new series coming to CBS in the 2017-18 season, the network announced Wednesday. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:58:00Z Memorial service held for wife of ESPN broadcaster Berman WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — A memorial service honoring the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman has been held in Connecticut. The Hartford Courant reports ( ) friends, colleagues and relatives of Berman and his wife gathered Wednesday at Seymour St. John Chapel at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. Sixty... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:12:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:12:00Z Father of singers Nick and Aaron Carter dead NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Carter, the father of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys and fellow singer Aaron Carter, died on Tuesday, the singers announced. Nick Carter said in a statement Wednesday that he was "heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night." No more details about the death were available. Nic... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:14:00Z The Latest: O'Brien re-ups with TBS; 'Big Bang' gets spinoff NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on television's fall season (all times local): 10:10 a.m. CBS says it will pair "Big Bang Theory" with its spinoff sibling, "Young Sheldon." The new comedy is centered on star Jim Parsons' character as a precocious youngster. "Young Sheldon" will follow "The Big Bang Theory" on Thursdays after debuting Monday, Sept. 25. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:57:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:57:00Z Truths about Madoff and "Wizard of Lies" from its creators NEW YORK (AP) — For the second time in little more than a year, a TV film probes Bernie Madoff, the fraudster-financier who in 2008 made explosive news with his arrest for perpetrating a Ponzi scheme that ruined thousands of his clients at a cost of $60 billion or more. In February 2016, an ABC docudrama starred Richard Dreyfuss as Madoff and Blythe Danne... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:36:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:36:00Z Ex-reality TV star faces Phoenix hearing over arrest warrant PHOENIX (AP) — A court hearing is scheduled Friday over an arrest warrant for a former reality television star accused of vehicle theft and drug possession in Phoenix. Jacob Harris, who used to be on the Discovery channel's "Deadliest Catch" series about crab fishermen in Alaska, was arrested April 22 after Phoenix police say he was in possession of Xanax pills and crystal m... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:39:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:39:00Z Fiancee says Aaron Hernandez denied rumors he was gay BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez said rumors that he was gay or bisexual were not true, his former fiancee said in an interview on the "Dr. Phil" show that aired Tuesday. Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez made the remark during the second part of a two-part interview with host Dr. Phillip McGraw. The first part aired on Monday. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:13:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:13:00Z 'Roseanne' returning to ABC, Katy Perry to join 'Idol' NEW YORK (AP) — "Roseanne," one of TV's rare working-class comedies, will return to ABC two decades after it wrapped its hit run and with star Roseanne Barr and the rest of the cast intact, the network said Tuesday in announcing its 2017-18 season plans. "The Conners' joys and struggles are as relevant — and hilarious — today as they were then, and there'... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:09:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:09:00Z Creeping closer: MSNBC has good week competing with Fox NEW YORK (AP) — With President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey the week's big story, MSNBC had one of its best ratings weeks in memory — perhaps an ominous sign for troubled Fox News Channel. MSNBC topped Fox among the 25-to-54-year-old age demographic for the first time since the week of Dec. 29, 2008, just after Barack Obama's first el... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:42:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:42:00Z Tim Allen 'stunned' and fans outraged by ABC axing his show NEW YORK (AP) — Have viewers seen the last of "Last Man Standing" ? Not without a fight, at least to judge by the uproar over ABC's announcement that the Tim Allen sitcom won't be back in the fall. A warm family comedy about a man who stays addled by the females in his life while being buffeted by cultural forces he fears undermine his manliness, "Last Man Standing" has long... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:22:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:22:00Z ABC's upcoming schedule for fall season NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's prime-time schedule for the fall, all times Eastern: Monday 8 p.m. — "Dancing With the Stars" 10 p.m. — "The Good Doctor" Tuesday 8 p.m. — "The Middle" 8:30 p.m. — "Fresh Off the Boat" 9 p.m. — "blac... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:12:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:12:00Z Nielsen's top programs for May 8-14 Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 8-14. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 13.39 million. 2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.99 million. 3. "Bull," CBS, 11.04 million. 4. "The Big Bang Theory" (special), CBS, 10.16 million. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:32:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:32:00Z Fox's beauty pageant flops; CBS ratings look pretty all week NEW YORK (AP) — Some say "beauty is as beauty does." On Sunday, "The Miss USA Pageant" with its bevy of beauties, didn't do it for Fox. It delivered a pretty low 3 million viewers, according to Nielsen. To make matters worse, that was a significant decline from last year, when Fox first aired it, which itself marked an audience erosion from 2014, NBC's la... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:23:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:23:00Z Reporter faces sanctions over video of 'Bachelor' court case IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A reporter is facing the threat of jail time after allegedly violating a judge's order not to take video of "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules appearing in court in his hit-and-run case. Prosecutors are pursuing contempt of court proceedings against KWWL's Elizabeth Amanieh, a reporter for the NBC affiliate in Waterloo, in what could ... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:15:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:15:00Z School district pulls suicide book 'Thirteen Reasons Why' DENVER (AP) — As a Colorado community mourns the loss of seven students who recently killed themselves, a school district official ordered librarians to temporarily stop circulating a book that's the basis for Netflix's popular new series "13 Reasons Why," which some critics say romanticizes suicide. The order rankled some librarians who called it censors... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:47:00Z Peyton Manning to host ESPY Awards in July LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peyton Manning will take the stage to host the ESPY Awards. The retired two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will preside over the July 12 show honoring the past year's best athletes and sports moments. The show will air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Manning says the show's 25th anniversar... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:17:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:17:00Z ESPN ending 'Mike & Mike' radio show after 17 years NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" are going their separate ways. The network announced Tuesday that Mike Greenberg would be leaving the longtime morning radio show he co-hosts with Mike Golic to host a new morning TV show on ESPN TV that will premier Jan. 1. Golic will stay in the morning radio spot and will be joined by a new partner in the network's NFL host Trey ... Tue, 16 May 2017 16:15:00 GMT 2017-05-16T16:15:00Z David Letterman to receive nation's top prize for comedy WASHINGTON (AP) — David Letterman's job was to make America laugh five nights a week, but he also didn't mind making his audience uncomfortable. The late-night host's irascible, independent streak inspired fierce loyalty from fans and critics and led to his being honored with the nation's top prize for humor. Letterman, 70, is this year's recipient of the... Tue, 16 May 2017 16:02:00 GMT 2017-05-16T16:02:00Z ESPN's Mowins set to be 1st woman to call NFL game since '87 BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN has tapped Beth Mowins to call the second part of a season-opening "Monday Night Football" doubleheader in September, making her the first woman do play-by-play duties on an NFL game in 30 years. The network says Mowins will team with former NFL Coach Rex Ryan when the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Denver Broncos on Sept. 11. M... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:40:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:40:00Z A damn fine list of 10 things to know about "Twin Peaks" NEW YORK (AP) — 1. It's been aptly described as "one of the most talked-about, but least-watched, TV experiments of the early '90s," whose "eerie, nonlinear visual and narrative quality left many initially intrigued viewers wondering 'what's going on here?' — just before they changed channels." 2. "Twin Peaks" gave the public something to talk about with ... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:30:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:30:00Z 'Twin Peaks': Too weird the first time; weird enough now? NEW YORK (AP) — In the current run-up to the "Twin Peaks" revival, viewers know almost nothing about what to expect. At the same time, they know everything they need to. There will be no critics' reviews to tip them off before the series debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT. Showtime has kept its episodes under wraps. Instead, it has been teasing fans with splashes of hype. FBI Speci... Tue, 16 May 2017 12:37:00 GMT 2017-05-16T12:37:00Z Surprise! Simone Biles voted off 'Dancing with the Stars' LOS ANGELES (AP) — Team USA will not repeat as "Dancing with the Stars" champions after Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles was eliminated from the reality competition despite perfect scores for her two dances during Monday night's performance. Judges were visibly shocked following host Tom Bergeron's announcement that Biles and dance partner Sasha Farber ... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:46:00 GMT 2017-05-16T10:46:00Z Engagements, then TV shows to promote for Fox star Cena WWE star and actor John Cena talks about his recent engagement to fellow wrestling star and model Nikki Bella (May 16). Tue, 16 May 2017 10:39:00 GMT 2017-05-16T10:39:00Z Conan jokes may have killed, but he stands accused of theft LOS ANGELES (AP) — What do Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument have in common? They're all subjects of punchlines Conan O'Brien is accused of ripping off — and that's no joke. O'Brien lost an effort to toss out a federal copyright infringement lawsuit in San Diego last week, potentially setting up a novel trial over comic creativity and the value of laughte... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:37:00 GMT 2017-05-16T07:37:00Z Fox looks to sci-fi, fantasy this fall; MacFarlane in space NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox network is calling on superpowers and Seth MacFarlane to boost ratings this fall. "The Orville," a new space adventure starring and produced by MacFarlane, is set 400 years in the future and follows the adventures of an exploratory spaceship. "This is Seth's passion project," Dana Walden, Fox Television Group cha... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:13:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:13:00Z No laughing matter: Writer claims Conan O'Brien stole jokes LOS ANGELES (AP) — If the best jokes are stolen, the best comedians don't think it's funny when they're accused of ripping off material. That's why Conan O'Brien is vigorously defending himself from copyright infringement allegations by a writer who said he plagiarized punchlines about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument. Tue, 16 May 2017 01:07:00 GMT 2017-05-16T01:07:00Z World Series of Poker final table to be played in July LAS VEGAS (AP) — The World Series of Poker is going back to crowning its main event champion in July. ESPN is adding live coverage for the entire Texas Hold 'em main event starting with this year's edition, the series said on Monday. That change ends the recent tradition of having a months-long break between the time when the final nine-player table is set in July and when t... Tue, 16 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT 2017-05-16T01:00:00Z Nearly 1 million tune in to watch Derek Jeter's speech NEW YORK (AP) — The captain drew higher television ratings than his former Boss. The Yankees' ceremony to retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 jersey and dedicate his plaque in Monument Park was the most-viewed program in the New York area during its time period on Sunday night and was the most-watched non-game in the history of the YES Network, which launched in 2002. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:43:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:43:00Z 'Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons marries longtime partner NEW YORK (AP) — "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons has married longtime partner Todd Spiewak. Parsons' publicist, Jillian Roscoe, has confirmed reports from People magazine and the New York Post that Parsons and Spiewak married Saturday night at the Rainbow Room restaurant in New York's Rockefeller Center. Parsons posted a picture on In... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:00:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:00:00Z 'Game of Thrones' might spawn new HBO shows, says creator NEW YORK (AP) — 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 announced last wee... Mon, 15 May 2017 16:03:00 GMT 2017-05-15T16:03:00Z