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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo Kenan Thompson presents the award for outstanding drama series at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. NBC didn't invoke its "must-see TV" 20th-century marketing slogan in announcing a renewed emphasis on sitcoms next season, but it could have. Calling comedy the "heart" of its brand, the network announced it is adding four new sitcoms to its lineup for 2019-20, with stars including Kenan Thompson of "Saturday Night Live" and sitcom veterans Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") and Steven Weber ("Mom," ''Wings"). (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
May 12, 2019 - 2:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC didn't invoke its "must-see TV" 20th-century marketing slogan in announcing a renewed emphasis on sitcoms next season, but it could have. Calling comedy the "heart" of its brand, the network announced it is adding four new sitcoms to its lineup for 2019-20, with stars including...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2019, file photo, Kunal Nayyar, from left, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, from the cast of "The Big Bang Theory," present the creative achievement award at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Hugs and tears punctuated the final taping of "The Big Bang Theory," a lovefest for its stars, crew and audience alike. There were plenty of punchlines as well, as the true-to-form hit comedy about scientists and those who love them wrapped the two-part, hour-long finale that will air in mid-May on CBS. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
May 07, 2019 - 4:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the ratings battle between TV titans "The Big Bang Theory" and "Game of Thrones," laughs won out. CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" was last week's most-watched program, with 12.5 million viewers tuning in for the comedy's home stretch. The last episode of its 12-season run will air...
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Johnny Galecki, from left, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch members of the cast of the TV series "The Big Bang Theory," show their hands after placing them in cement during a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
May 01, 2019 - 2:29 pm
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Hugs and tears punctuated the final taping of "The Big Bang Theory," a lovefest for its stars, crew and audience alike. There were plenty of punchlines as well, as the true-to-form hit comedy about scientists and those who love them wrapped the two-part, hour-long finale that...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
April 23, 2019 - 11:30 am
BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel's office says the German chancellor has called Ukraine's president-elect to congratulate him, saying the vote gives him "a strong mandate." Merkel spoke Tuesday with Volodymyr Zelenskiy as election officials said the former TV comedian received 73% of the vote in Sunday'...
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Supporters of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who have come to thank him for what he did as a president, listen to his speech in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, April 22, 2019. Political mandates don't get much more powerful than the one Ukrainian voters gave comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who as president-elect faces daunting challenges along with an overwhelming directive to produce change. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
April 23, 2019 - 10:36 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Full preliminary results show TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won Ukraine's presidential election with 73% of the vote. The Ukrainian Central Election Commission on Tuesday published the full and final count of votes in Sunday's election which also showed incumbent Petro...
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Election officials start counting ballots at the polling station after the second round of presidential elections in Mariinka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. Ukrainians voted on Sunday in a presidential runoff as the nation's incumbent leader struggles to fend off a strong challenge by a comedian who denounces corruption and plays the role of president in a TV sitcom. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
April 21, 2019 - 7:55 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukraine's presidential runoff: (all times local): 3:55 a.m. With just over half of Ukraine's polling stations reporting, a comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV is cruising toward a landslide victory in Sunday's...
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Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to the media and his supporters at his headquarters after the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV appeared poised to reprise the role in real life when an exit poll showed him winning Ukraine's presidential runoff Sunday in a landslide. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
April 21, 2019 - 4:09 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a huge landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday in what was seen as a reaction against the country's entrenched corruption and low standard of living. Exit polls...
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April 13, 2019 - 12:07 pm
LONDON (AP) — British standup comedian Ian Cognito has died on stage during a gig. South Central Ambulance Service said medics were called to a club in Bicester, in southern England, on Thursday night, and "sadly one patient passed away at the scene." Police said the death was not suspicious. Show...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2019 file photo, Chris Rock presents the award for outstanding comedy series at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Netflix is launching its first audio venture that will feature the video streaming service’s comedy programming on SiriusXM. The companies on Wednesday, April 10 announced “Netflix Is A Joke Radio” will feature highlights from such comedians as Rock, Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes. The channel also will feature segments from future stand-up specials and clips from Netflix’s comedy talk shows. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
April 10, 2019 - 7:55 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is launching its first audio venture that will feature the video streaming service's comedy programming on SiriusXM. The companies on Wednesday announced "Netflix Is A Joke Radio" will feature highlights from such comedians as Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais, Sarah...
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Iikka Kanerva, OSCE Special Co-ordinator, attends a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, April 1, 2019. Early results in Ukraine's presidential election show comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy maintaining a strong lead against the incumbent president in the first round of voting, setting the stage for a runoff vote in three weeks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
April 01, 2019 - 8:36 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on Ukraine's presidential election (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have hailed Ukraine's presidential election as competitive and free overall. The OSCE observation mission said in a...
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