FX Network's "American Horror Story" and AMC's "Mad Men" landed the most Primetime Emmy Award nominations, with 17 apiece. "Downton Abbey," from PBS had 16 nods.
When the Emmy nominations are announced Thursday, you can be sure of two things: The noms will be dominated by cable fare, and the howls you'll hear from fans will be for non-cable network shows that got passed over.
On July 25th, 1965, Bob Dylan walked onstage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in his 1964 sunburst Fender Stratocaster and tore through a scorching three-song set. It was a crucial turning point in his career, and it quickly became rock & roll legend -- the moment when Dylan transformed from a protest folkie to a rebel genius. But the guitar Dylan played on that mythic afternoon went missing for the next 47 years -- until recently, when a team of PBS researchers told New Jersey resident Dawn Peterson that she had it in her home.
The British invasion continues.
Comedians Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the brains behind the hit Comedy Central sketch show "Key & Peele," joked that President Barack Obama is the idol black nerds have longed for and needed.
Top members of the computer hacker group "Anonymous" and its offshoots were arrested and charged Tuesday after a wide-ranging investigation used the help of a group leader who was working as a secret government informant.
Dozens of people are arrested as Interpol targets a global hacking network. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
You may never tame lions or swim with the sharks, but you still have plenty of opportunities to act courageously every day.
The second season finale of PBS' "Downton Abbey" posted the network's biggest audience in nearly three years.
An estimated 111 million U.S. viewers are expected to tune in Sunday for Super Bowl XLVI. It features the scrappy New York Giants against the New England Patriots, who are looking for their fourth NFL title. Kickoff in Indianapolis is 6:30 p.m. ET.
Tales of war leave out half the story much of the time:
What, exactly, does Mitt Romney have against Big Bird?
The Emmys will be Sunday night at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, and AMC, HBO and Showtime have nabbed a huge chunk of the major nods this year. This yet again sparks the question that has been looming around the industry for years: Is the quality of programming from the major broadcast networks on the decline?
On Sunday, you could have flown from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., and watched all of Gone With the Wind and quite a bit of Gandhi en route, while simultaneously undergoing -- start to finish -- an in-flight sex-change operation before landing, 4 hours and 15 minutes after takeoff, in an altogether different climate, as an altogether different gender.
When PBS announced last week that it would be resurrecting "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" with an animated tiger in the place of Fred Rogers, I was skeptical.
LulzSec, the gleeful and secretive band of hackers who appear to be responsible for a string of high-profile and sometimes embarrassing Internet attacks, said it was disbanding.
The computer hacking collective LulzSec denied that a teenager arrested this week was a key player in the group, and claimed Wednesday it brought down the Brazilian government's website.
A teenager has been arrested near London in connection with the hacking of Sony, London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday.
Hackers shut down the Central Intelligence Agency website for a few hours Wednesday. CNN's Colleen McEdwards reports.
They've breached or busted the websites of the CIA, PBS and the U.S. Senate, and launched at least part of an extended attack on Sony, whose PlayStation Network was brought to a grinding halt for the better part of a month.
Computer hackers who promise "high-quality entertainment at your expense" claimed to have taken down the Central Intelligence Agency website in support of WikiLeaks, but on Thursday the website appeared to be operating normally.
â¢ Is he a Housewives fan? Hugh Jackman had a run-in with Real Housewives of New York City's Jill Zarin at New York's Spice Market, where the Aussie was celebrating the new PBS show the Kimchi Chronicles. The two - who attended the bash with their significant others - chatted about Australia, where Zarin recently visited with hubby Bobby. Later, Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee ducked into the restaurant's kitchen to sample Korean-inspired hors d'oeuvres prepared by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who stars in the foodie travel show.
Sony just can't catch a break from hackers. A group calling itself "Lulz Security" announced a fresh attack on Thursday, posting online snippets of data it says came from a breach earlier this week of more than 1 million user accounts on Sony's website.
Online hackers have pirated the PBS website and posted a false story claiming the rapper Tupac Shakur -- who has been dead for almost 15 years -- is alive and living in New Zealand.
The American Idol alum says she "got a head start" on her career by being eliminated early
Jim Lehrer, the mainstay of public television's longest running news show, is stepping aside as anchor of "PBS Newshour" next month, PBS announced Thursday.
Last November I wrote an article for Sports Illustrated about a unique study on brain injuries in high school football players conducted by a group of researchers at Purdue University.
Friday was the 155th day the federal government has operated without a budget, and some lawmakers spent it arguing over nickels and dimes.
Conan talks about the unrest in Libya, Donald Trump running for president, and George Clooney.
Politics is serious business -- but not all the time.
Is Gadhafi really daffy? We look at him as he looks in a mirror. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
He completed it during the cocktail hour at at La Fete du Cinema
President Barack Obama signaled clear support for protesters who have convulsed Egypt, saying Thursday night that "in these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America."
Controversy is brewing over PBS editing some of Tina Fey's jokes about Sarah Palin after winning the Mark Twain award.
Even before I knew there were 34 different beers on offer at Minnesota Twins games, or watched live soccer from Europe in high-def while still in my pajamas, or paused Roy Halladay's no-hitter in mid-motion as if I were Samantha freezing Darren on Bewitched, I knew we were living -- at this very moment -- in a miraculous Golden Age of Sports.
By now, we know it wasn't our cable that went out during the finale of "the Sopranos." Instead, we'll forever wonder what happened to Tony Soprano every time we hear that Journey song. That is, unless they make a "Sopranos" movie.
Ken Burns vowed he would never do a sequel but six years ago he encountered a cosmic event so extraordinary that it forced the documentarian to change his mind: The Red Sox won the World Series.
With stock returns projected to be low and pensions going the way of Lindsay Lohan's career, retirement planning can seem awfully daunting these days. You can't change the market or your employer's largesse.
Through the years, the structure and definition of "family" has changed in many households -- including the ones on television.
Yvonne King Burch, a leading voice and driving force in "America's First Family of Song," died this week just a month short of her 90th birthday, her family said.
Walking is a wonder exercise. Not only can it can help control weight, it also reduces the risk of developing diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease. Walking bestows benefits to the brain too, by relieving stress and improving mood. Best of all, walking is free: You don't need fancy equipment or a gym membership to reap the benefits. Here's how to make every step count, no matter how often you hit the pavement.
Though Thomas the Tank Engine earned a loyal following of American children in the 1980s and 1990s through his popular PBS television show, real trains have long been out of favor with the American public. Even Thomas was a British import.
CNN's Bill Schneider takes a look at the polls and how support for President Obama's stimulus plan is holding up.
Edward Liddy, chief executive officer of American International Group, is known for straight talking, consistent profit-making and innovative thinking.
House Democrats on Friday introduced the tax portion of their proposed $825 billion economic recovery package.
The celeb chef serves up the dish on Paltrow, Jay-Z and Jennifer Aniston
Question: What can I do to protect my novel service or product idea when I'm presenting it to a large business? - Sam Klaidman, Framingham, Mass.
Each week, SI.com's Richard Deitsch will report on newsmakers from the world of TV, radio and the Web.
Tom and Ray Magliozzi are not what you'd call an overnight success story. The two MIT-educated car mechanics first started offering car repair advice over the air on a local Boston station in 1977. A decade elapsed before National Public Radio picked the show up and distributed it on its national network. Since then Car Talk has gone on to become the most highly-rated and financially-successful program on public radio.
Until the mid-1960s, the elderly made up the largest population of Americans living below the poverty line. The economic trinity of Medicare, Social Security and corporate pensions stopped that insidious trend and brought financial security to millions of people beyond their wage-earning years - but today, that infrastructure is under attack, leaving many workers and entrepreneurs nervous about how they'll afford to eventually stop working.
The CNN anchor explains that he had "minor surgery" under his left eye
The last total lunar eclipse until 2010 occurred Wednesday night, with cameo appearances by Saturn and the bright star Regulus on either side of the veiled full moon
This fall's most star-studded book tour will feature Joan Didion, Seymour Hersh, Doris Kearns Goodwin and others reading coast to coast on behalf of an award-winning author they dearly wish could have discussed his work himself: David Halberstam.
Experienced RV drivers share the tips they wish someone had given them.
Imagine a presidential debate where the moderator, as well as the panelists posing the questions, are all journalists of color.
SIGH OF RELIEF? Can we all breathe easier now? All I can tell you is maybe. Frankly I was really very surprised another shoe didn't drop after last week's little firestorm. Aside from subprime lenders like New Century and NovaStar, which have absolutely torpedoed, the market was simply repriced down 4 percent or so. Which considering the insane gains we've reaped over the past six months is hardly anything to complain about.
A "Brick," a "Noodle," and eight other things we recommend this week:
Pets outnumber people in the United States by about 60 million, with furry, feathered and scaly inhabitants numbering about 360 million, according to the pet industry.
Have you noticed that the system of justice in this country is shutting down, piece by piece by piece? We have long noted the deleterious effects of "tort reform" here in Texas, where insurance companies are ever bolder, and injured workers and consumers have fewer and fewer rights. But there is a shutdown in criminal justice, as well.
One wrote songs about village greens, humble homes with names like "Shangri-La," bickering sisters and night descending on Waterloo Station. Pete Townshend once said he should be poet laureate of England.
Clowns, curling, and eight other things we recommend this week:
Rock and folk music legend Bob Dylan has signed on with XM Satellite Radio as host of a weekly program.
ACROSS WESTERN ECONOMIES, THE 2005 CHINA FREE-trade freak-out is in full swing. Politicians are saying and doing things they ought to be ashamed of. Certain industry groups and labor unions want us...
SOMETIMES ONE OF THE DAY'S GREAT ISSUES DOES US the favor of pounding us on the head so hard we can't ignore it, and one of them has done that just lately. The issue is saving vs. consuming, pruden...
"Wall $treet Week with Fortune," public television's weekly financial news program that replaced the long-running "Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser," is being pulled from the air after three years of broadcast.
LOOKING FOR A NEW REASON TO FEEL PROUD OF YOUR country? Here's one you probably hadn't thought of: America's role in the world economy is about to start diminishing.
AS WE GREET THE NEW YEAR, LET'S THINK CLEARLY about one of America's most popular and least realistic New Year's resolutions: to get out of debt.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. said Friday it plans to launch a weekly program, called "Everyday Food," a television spinoff of the company's successful magazine of the same name.
IF YOU THINK YOUR JOB IS SAFE FROM OFFSHORING, think harder.
THE MAIN REASON PSYCHOTHERAPISTS ARE TREATING Kerry supporters for a new psychiatric disorder--post-election selection trauma, a Florida doctor calls it--is that on the morning of Nov. 2 many of th...
IN A MEMORABLE SCENE FROM P.G. WODEHOUSE, BERTIE Wooster enters an antique-silver shop in London and encounters Sir Watkyn Bassett, a judge who believes, mistakenly, that he had at one time found B...
A CIA PREDATOR DRONE, AS USED IN AFGHANISTAN AND Iraq, costs $25 million, not that you could buy one even if you could afford it. But the Draganfly Predator is another matter. It's a scaled-down mo...
SO AT LAST THE ELECTION IS A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE economy than it used to be. Voters have been telling pollsters for months that the economy is their No. 1 concern, but media chatterers don't want...
America's rich have been taking a pounding lately, and it's time someone spoke up for them.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia said Tuesday it plans to shut its money-losing Internet-direct commerce business by the end of the year. It features The Catalog for Living -- a broad collection of household and decorating products.
What could become the nastiest, most divisive political issue of all time is now apparent, and the moment is worth marking because the issue is going to torment us for decades--though not in the ...
You recall the famous experiment in which researchers offered marshmallows to 4-year-olds. One by one each child was brought into a room, given a single marshmallow, and told he could eat it. But, ...
You'd never guess it from watching TV news or reading the papers, but the biggest concern of voters this year isn't WMDs or the economy or Howard Dean's howl or whether President Bush went to his N...
FLORIDA, Nov. 29 (AP)--A mob of shoppers rushing for a sale on DVD players trampled the first woman in line and knocked her unconscious on Friday as they scrambled for the shelves at a Wal-Mart Sup...
The most striking spontaneous mass phenomenon of the past year isn't Howard Dean's out-of-nowhere support or even the baffling rise of Net-powered flash mobs. Overlooked but more important is Ameri...
You're a fool and a chump. What other conclusion can we draw? You've bought shares in publicly traded companies, haven't you? Then as far as the rules and regulations are concerned, you're too dumb...
Worried about media concentration? Don't be. But do be worried about what's happening in media. To see why, look past the FCC's latest decision allowing media mammoths to grow even bigger, and cons...
With cosmic irony (suggesting that the almighty gets a kick out of watching us try to make money in stocks), two documents of special interest to investors have appeared simultaneously: One is the ...
Amid all the front-page hoopla over MCI's agreement with the feds to settle fraud charges for $500 million--the largest penalty ever sought by the SEC--did you notice anything ... missing?
What the war costs in dollars is not the most important thing. What it costs in lives and what it achieves are the most important things. But right now you can't help thinking about the cost in do...
The law of unintended consequences spares no one, not even the sincerest lawmakers and regulators. So let's brace ourselves for the real effects of the recent well-intended efforts to fix the crisi...
Does EBITDA now stand for "Earnings Before I Tricked the Dumb Auditors?" As that current Wall Street joke suggests, the scope of corporate ethics has grown a bit wider in the past 12 months. The at...
Now is the time to prepare for the next wave of reaction to the past year's business scandals. If you're just reacting to the first two waves, you're behind the curve, because they're well underway...
America Online (a unit of my sainted employer, AOL Time Warner) is looking for a new competitive knockout in the broadband world. So are all its major competitors, like Microsoft and Yahoo. E-mail ...
A Renaissance man. That's my image of Geoffrey Colvin--and not just because 23 years ago, when we were both aspiring reporters, he first caught my attention with a funny New York Times op-ed piece ...
What, if anything, makes you wince when you look in the mirror? Frown lines, puffy eyes, crow's-feet, laugh lines? What about turkey neck, which is skin-expert talk for those wattles that may impel...
A few weeks ago I was watching television, attempting to fill the aching spiritual void between dinner and the end of the millennium. I was watching the news, because nothing fills an aching void a...
This issue's package of stories on the booming merger market began--like many good ideas--with a simple observation: There sure were a lot of big deals last year. The observers were Carol Loomis--t...
A PRISONER SHORTAGE
Today's world has far too few real leaders. Now there's a statement we can all get behind. Having said that, could we please endorse the following statement with equal fervor? One thing the world d...
Even though belt tightening is the order of the day, big corporations are increasing their support of the Public Broadcasting System. In 1990 they pledged $56.6 million in production money to major...
Michael Keeshan, 38, wasn't pressured by his family to pursue a business career. His father, Bob, 62, television's Captain Kangaroo, would often say to his son, ''If you decide you want to pump gas...
-- STEPHEN MARRIS, 57, economist with the Institute for International Economics: ''I don't have much money, but one thing I have learned is that it's easier to make money talking about the dollar t...
Herewith the second annual Keeping Up nominations for the Ten Most Depressing Events of the Year. A funny thing about the entries below is that, although selected for their ineffable depressingness...