LOS ANGELES - FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that his agency will be looking into complaints made against Stephen Colbert for what some labeled a homophobic joke about President Donald Trump. "I have had a chance to see the clip now and so, as we get complaints, and we've gotten a number of them, we are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it's been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we'll take the appropriate action," Pai told Philadelphia's Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
LOS ANGELES - ABC has a deal in place with FremantleMedia to revive "American Idol."
LOS ANGELES - The major television networks have all decided not to run Donald Trump's so-called "fake news" ad, according to a statement released by his daughter-in-law Lara Trump. Lara, an adviser on Trump's 2020 campaign, called the rejection a "chilling precedent against free speech rights."
LOS ANGELES - Apple TV may finally get an app for Amazon's Prime Video service in the third quarter, according to a Recode report. This would make it possible to watch Amazon's shows, including titles like "Transparent" and "The Man in the High Castle," on Apple TV, where this fare has been notably absent. It would also be a first step towards ending a long-ranging dispute between Apple and Amazon, which could potentially help Apple to sell more Apple TV devices. Apple and Amazon didn't respond to a request for comment.
LOS ANGELES - HBO has closed deals with four different writers to explore multiple possible spinoffs of "Game of Thrones." The premium cable channel says that there is no timeline for development of the projects. "We'll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in," a spokesperson said.
During the yearly "Star Wars" celebration on May 4 -- affectionately called "May the Fourth Be With You" -- some ardent fans go out in public dressed as their favorite characters from the sci-fi franchise. One Wisconsin high school student who decided to dress as Darth Vader didn't get the reaction he expected. A worried parent found the costume to be a serious threat and notified the police, who evacuated the campus.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order on religious liberties designed to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions. Trump's executive order also mandates regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception, such as Little Sisters of the Poor. It does not include provisions to allow government agencies and businesses to deny services to gay people in the name of religious freedom, as was feared by some civil liberties and gay rights groups.
LOS ANGELES - Stephen Colbert has addressed the controversial jokes about President Donald Trump that sparked a #FireColbert campaign over the past two days... but stopped short of an apology. "Welcome to 'The Late Show.' I'm your host, Stephen Colbert," he says at the top of Wednesday night's show, according to a transcript obtained from CBS. "Still? I am still the host? I'm still the host!!"
LOS ANGELES - The latest corporate restructuring at ESPN has flooded the sports media market with some very recognizable talent. When Walt Disney's sports media juggernaut pink-slipped 100 anchors, writers and analysts last week, it made available some of the medium's most durable names: "SportsCenter" stalwarts, veteran baseball and hockey beat writers and masters of long-form sports storytelling. ESPN has positioned the move as one made to focus on personnel who fit a lineup devoted to personality-driven "SportsCenter" broadcasts and digital-video projects built around them.
LOS ANGELES - Hulu has officially unleashed its horse in the crowded virtual pay-TV race. The streaming-video provider announced the beta launch of Hulu With Live TV, priced starting at $39.99 monthly for around 50 channels. The service includes ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC programming -- with the availability of local TV stations varying by market -- and cable nets including ESPN, CNN, Fox News, TBS, TNT and Disney Channel. Showtime is available for $9 extra.