3 MSNBC Hosts Predict Winner of Presidential Race

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — When three MSNBC hosts forecast the winner of next year’s presidential race, their choice isn’t surprising, considering the network’s liberal tilt. But their respective certainty wasn’t uniform when asked that question at an appearance before reporters on Tuesday at a meeting of the Television Critics […]

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‘Martha Bakes’ Returns; ‘Emeril’s Table’ premieres

By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – America’s homemaker, Martha Stewart, will return to the airwaves September 26 for a second season of Hallmark Channel’s “Martha Bakes,” the network said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s Cable Summer Tour at the Beverly Hilton. The 13-episode season will air Mondays at 11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. Central. […]

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ESPN Announces Documentary Film Slate; New Series

By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – ESPN revealed its fall lineup of documentary films, as well as its upcoming series “Rise Up” at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hilton Wednesday. Beginning Tuesday, September 27 at 8 p.m., ESPN Films will air seven documentary films under its “30 for 30” banner […]

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Fox Renews ‘Raising Hope’ For A Second Season

Fox has high hopes for “Raising Hope.” The network has renewed the family comedy for a second season, Fox’s President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly confirmed Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. “Raising Hope has emerged as a comedic standout: wickedly smart, hilarious and full of heart,” said Reilly. “[Executive producer and […]

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ABC Eager For Marvel Characters On Small Screen

PASADENA, Calif. – ABC’s entertainment chief says he would love to have Marvel characters on the network, with Incredible Hulk and Jessica Jones among the front-runners. ABC executive Paul Lee said Monday that he’s “thrilled” to have Marvel Entertainment in the family, a reference to The Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of the comic book giant. The […]

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‘Baseball’ Filmmaker Backs Belated Honors For Rose

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Ken Burns makes sweeping documentaries about subjects including baseball, but he’s very concise about whether Pete Rose should make it into the sport’s Hall of Fame. Burns said that the ex-ballplayer deserves the honor but only after he dies — because, as Burns put it, Rose “doesn’t deserve to know he’s […]

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PBS Chief Defends Airing of George Shultz Film

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – PBS chief Paula Kerger says she doesn’t regret airing a documentary series last month on former Secretary of State George Shultz that some critics argued was tainted by its funding. Kerger told the Television Critics Association on Wednesday that the three-part film, ‘Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years,’ received money […]

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‘Modern Family,’ ‘Glee’ Lead TV Critics Award Nominations

The Television Critics Association has announced the nominees for their annual awards, recognizing the critics’ picks for the best in television. The reinvigorated sitcom genre lead the way, as TV critics showered ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Glee’ with nominations. The freshman comedies are both critical darlings and mainstream hits — how refreshing for once. ABC’s ‘Modern […]

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