Television industry

FILE - This March 29, 2017, file photo shows a sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. Disney has made a $52.4 billion all-stock offer for the bulk of Twenty-First Century Fox, including the studios behind the “Avatar” movies, "The Simpsons" and "Modern Family," along with National Geographic. Marvel would get back the characters previously licensed to Fox, reuniting X-Men with the Avengers. But Comcast has said it is preparing an all-cash offer that is superior to Disney’s. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
June 13, 2018 - 10:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast will likely bid for Fox's entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. If Comcast succeeds in outbidding Disney for Fox, a major cable distributor would control even more channels on its...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, the AT&T logo is positioned above one of its retail stores, in New York. The fate of the AT&T-Time Warner merger, a massive media deal opposed by the government that could shape how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies, rests in the hands of a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon is expected to announce in court Tuesday, June 12, 2018 his decision in the biggest antitrust trial in years. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
June 12, 2018 - 9:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the resolution of the AT&T-Time Warner antitrust case (all times local): 9:55 p.m. A federal judge has approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner, potentially ushering in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30 shoots around Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals on Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to sweep the series. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)
June 12, 2018 - 4:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA Finals have given ABC a victory in the television ratings last week, but it must have been hard for network executives not to wonder what could have been. The Nielsen company said that the third and fourth games of the Warriors-Cavaliers series were the two most-watched...
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FIlE - In this April 8, 2014 file photo, Roseanne Barr arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day in Pasadena, Calif. The unprecedented sudden cancellation of ABC's TV’s top comedy "Roseanne" has left a wave of unemployment and uncertainty in its wake. Barr’s racist tweet and the almost immediate axing of her show put hundreds of people out of work. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
May 31, 2018 - 7:00 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The unprecedented sudden cancellation of one of television's top comedies has left a wave of unemployment and uncertainty in its wake. Roseanne Barr's racist tweet and the swift axing of her rebooted show put hundreds of people out of work, with some wondering whether they would...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2018 file photo, Roseanne Barr arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Barr is blaming a racist tweet that got her hit show canceled on the insomnia medication Ambien, prompting its maker to respond that "racism is not a known side effect." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
May 30, 2018 - 7:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An old picture of Roseanne Barr dressed as Adolf Hitler, wearing a swastika and pulling burnt cookies from an oven, splashed on the front of the New York Daily News Wednesday like a neon sign asking ABC executives: What were you thinking? Given Barr's past incidents of bad behavior...
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In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Monday May 21, 2018, shows an official wedding photo of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, center, in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday May 19, 2018. Others in photo from left, back row, Brian Mulroney, Remi Litt, Rylan Litt, Jasper Dyer, Prince George, Ivy Mulroney, John Mulroney; front row, Zalie Warren, Princess Charlotte, Florence van Cutsem. (Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via AP)
May 21, 2018 - 11:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Perhaps getting married to a U.S. television star helps in the royal wedding ratings. The Nielsen company says 29.2 million people in the United States watched the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle early Saturday. The London ceremony aired starting at 7 a.m...
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Actress Candice Bergen attends a special screening of Paramount Pictures' "Book Club," hosted by The Cinema Society, at City Cinemas 123 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)
May 16, 2018 - 9:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Glance at next season's schedule for CBS and you could be forgiven for wondering what decade it is. The network is adding remakes of 1980s series "Murphy Brown" and "Magnum, P.I." to a line-up that already includes blasts-from-the-past "Hawaii Five-0" and "MacGyver." CBS executives...
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This image released by CBS shows, from left, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Mark Hamill, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." The Nielsen company said Tuesday that both "NCIS," and "The Big Bang Theory" reached more than 15 million viewers last week, far above any other shows on the air last week. (Michael Yarish/CBS via AP)
May 15, 2018 - 3:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS soared in the ratings with major plot moves on the season finales of its two most popular shows. On the comedy "The Big Bang Theory," Sheldon and Amy's characters tied the knot, while Pauley Perrette's character, Abby, signed off from "NCIS" after a decade and a half with the...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Terry Crews, left, and Andy Samberg attend "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" FYC Event held at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. NBC is turbo-charging the trend of reviving canceled comedies with its pickup of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." The network quickly swooped in after Fox dumped it, adding it to NBC's midseason schedule. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
May 13, 2018 - 3:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is turbo-charging the trend of reviving canceled comedies with its pickup of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." The network quickly swooped in after Fox dumped it last week, adding it to NBC's midseason schedule. While the fan outcry was heartening, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert...
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FILE - In thisOct. 12, 2004, file photo, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.'s headquarters stands in Hunt Valley, Md. Media company Twenty-First Century Fox is buying seven TV stations from Sinclair Broadcast Group for $910 million. The move comes as Sinclair is selling some stations to meet regulatory approval for its pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)
May 09, 2018 - 11:55 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Media company Twenty-First Century Fox has agreed to buy seven TV stations from Sinclair Broadcast Group for $910 million. The move comes as Sinclair is selling some stations to meet regulatory approval for its pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. Meanwhile, Disney is...
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