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This Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 booking photo provided by the Ozaukee County Sheriff shows Dustin Diamond. Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," has been charged with stabbing a man at a Wisconsin bar. (AP Photo/Ozaukee County Sheriff)

1990s TV star 'Screech' charged in bar stabbing

Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was charged Friday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas. Diamond, 37, faces charges of felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety charge, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. According to the criminal complaint, ...

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Columbus Short arrives at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. The former “Scandal” star Short has been ordered to stand trial on a charge that he seriously injured a man in a Los Angeles restaurant earlier this year. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman ruled Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, after a preliminary hearing that prosecutors had enough evidence for the case to go to trial.  (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP, File)

Ex-'Scandal' star faces trial over throwing punch

Columbus Short was ordered to stand trial on a felony battery charge after a witness testified that the former "Scandal" actor delivered a running punch on a man who wasn't looking his direction. Superior Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman ruled Tuesday that prosecutors had shown enough evidence to support the charge, ...

Nielsen's top programs for Dec. 15-21

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 15-21. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Seattle at Arizona, NBC, 19.29 million. 2. "NCIS," CBS, 17.53 million. 3. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 14.14 million. 4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 13.18 million. 5. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 13.03 ...

Strong week for CBS scripted shows

If you watched a scripted comedy or drama on television during the past week, there's a very good chance you were watching CBS. The network aired the 15 most-watched scripted shows in the Nielsen company's weekly list, making for a lopsided win. CBS ran fresh episodes of many regular series ...

FILE -This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows entertainer and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaking during a Veterans Day ceremony, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. Bill Cosby hasn’t been “America’s dad” for years. Rather, some have likened him to a cranky uncle complaining about young blacks who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that drags down their race. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Cosby not finding support in black community

Bill Cosby hasn't been "America's dad" for years. For some blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that drags down their race. The shift in perceptions of Cosby, from revered comedian to more of a public ...

Pittsburgh mayor goes 'Undercover' in reality show

Pittsburgh's mayor has gone undercover for a reality show. A disguised Bill Peduto appeared on Sunday's episode of the CBS series "Undercover Boss," collecting trash, sawing down trees and helping build a door. The first-term Democrat donned a wig and beard to blend in as Ed Chadwick from Kentucky. It ...

In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, Haider Ali Motar, right, performs a scene from "In the Grip of the Law," a reality show produced by Iraqi state TV, as a TV cameraman moves his position in Baghdad, Iraq. Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in the reality TV show. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraq TV show makes 'terrorists' confront victims

Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show. "In the Grip of ...

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Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission

Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program. Sharing with colleagues what he called "very encouraging news," Brokaw's internal memo noted that a year ago his future was "more uncertain than ...

FILE - this Nov. 8, 2014 image provided by NBC shows, from left, John Allyn as Michael Darling, Allison Williams as Peter Pan, Jake Lucas as John Darling, and Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling from the musical version, "Peter Pan Live!" (AP Photo/NBC, Virginia Sherwood)

Over and out: TV flops, exits and endings in 2014

Along with its triumphs, the world of TV had its share of setbacks in 2014. Here's a sample: — "How I Met Your Mother" Concludes: This long-running CBS sitcom met few viewers' expectations for a slam-bang finish. Its big reveal — naming the titular "your mother" after nine years of ...

In this image released by The CW, Gina Rodriguez portrays Jane in the new series, "Jane The Virgin."  (AP Photo/The CW, Tyler Golden)

2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online

From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air. Showtime's "Homeland" roared back from last year's muddle with a season of white-knuckle suspense. CBS' "The Good Wife" killed ...

Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, comedian Craig Ferguson poses at the Cool Comedy's Hot Cuisine Benefit for the Scleroderma Research Foundation at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Ferguson, the Scottish-born host of "The Late Late Show" since 2005, told his studio audience during taping, on Monday, April 28, 2014, that he will step down at the end of the year. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Craig Ferguson says good night as 'Late Late Show' host

Craig Ferguson will spend tomorrow's future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than "The Late Late Show." Friday was his last hoorah after a decade as host of the CBS talk show. And what did we learn (as Ferguson is fond of posing at the end of each ...

Actor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview

Former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins declares he's not a pedophile, and insists he has molested a minor on just one occasion and engaged in sexual misconduct with only three girls in all. In an interview with Yahoo's Katie Couric released Friday, the embattled actor described himself instead as someone ...

More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say. "If only half of those result in adoptions, that would be huge," director Michael Levitt said. Seventy dogs from rescues across the country were featured on the ...

FILE - This Oct. 25, 2011, file photo, shows a Ford logo,on the tailgate of a pick-up truck, and on a Ford dealership sign at Salem Ford in Salem, N.H. This holiday season’s blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands. The Ford Motor Quick Lane Bowl is making its debut this season. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands. The bowls haven't disclosed their asking prices, but sports marketing experts contacted ...

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