AOL, Microsoft lure advertisers with TV-style shows


NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES - Technology powerhouses like Microsoft Corp and AOL Inc are flexing their muscles as storytellers, parading TV network-style shows before advertisers at an annual digital content showcase in New York next week.

Contestant of ABC TV's 'The Bachelorette' dies in Utah accident

LOS ANGELES - A contestant on the upcoming season of ABC's reality TV show "The Bachelorette" has died, the program's producers said on Wednesday.

Fashion, Media 23 Apr 2014

Stephen Colbert pays visit to new 'Late Show' home

NEW YORK - Stephen Colbert dropped in on David Letterman's late night CBS talk show, the "Late Show" on Tuesday, to get a glimpse of the rigors of the high-profile job he will take over in 2015.

Fashion, People, Media 23 Apr 2014

HBO backs tech comedy 'Silicon Valley' for second season

LOS ANGELES - HBO is renewing Mike Judge's send-up of the rarefied technology world "Silicon Valley" for a second season after three of the comedy's first eight episodes aired, the premium cable channel said on Monday.

Fashion, 21 Apr 2014

'Ice Road Truckers' star kidnapped, beat Las Vegas prostitute: police

NEW YORK - A former star of the History Channel reality TV show "IRT: Deadliest Roads" is due in court in Las Vegas next month to face first degree kidnapping, extortion and coercion charges, a spokeswoman for the Clark County District Attorney's Office said.

U.S., Fashion, People 22 Apr 2014

'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' sweeps MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES - Young adult favorite "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was voted 'movie of the year' and scooped top acting honors at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, reflecting the irreverent ceremony's appeal to young fans. | Video

Fashion, Film, Music 14 Apr 2014

'Mad Men' premiere draws 2.3 million, lowest season debut since 2008

LOS ANGELES - Advertising drama "Mad Men," facing a night of stiff competition on cable television, drew 2.3 million viewers to the premiere of its seventh and final season, network AMC said on Monday.

Fashion, Media 14 Apr 2014

Sans persona, new kind of Colbert steps up to CBS 'Late Show'

LOS ANGELES - A new kind of Stephen Colbert will be coming to late-night network television as he succeeds CBS's "Late Show" host David Letterman next year, capping the generational shift in late-night TV's landscape across U.S. networks eager to attract younger viewers and online followings. | Video

Fashion, Media 11 Apr 2014

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell taking extended leave after taxi accident

LOS ANGELES - Cable news commentator Lawrence O'Donnell is taking a leave of several weeks from his job as host of the MSNBC program "The Last Word" to recuperate from injuries he suffered in a taxi accident while vacationing abroad, the network said on Monday.

Media 15 Apr 2014

A Minute With: Billy Bob Thornton on recasting himself for TV

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California - Billy Bob Thornton, the actor of dark, psychological films such as "Sling Blade" and "A Simple Plan," takes a turn on the small screen as a laconic hit man in a TV adaptation of 1996 Oscar-winning black comedy "Fargo."

Fashion, Media 09 Apr 2014