CBS renewing 18 series for fall, including 5 freshman shows

NEW YORK (AP) --      CBS says it's bringing back 18 of its current series for the 2017-2018 season.     Announced Thursday, those pickups include six comedies, nine dramas, the reality series "Survivor," and newsmagazines "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours."          Returning scripted shows include "The Big Bang Theory," ''Blue Bloods," ''Hawaii Five-O," ''Life in Pieces," ''Madam Secretary," ''Mom," ''Scorpion" and all three editions of "NCIS" -- Los Angeles, New Orleans and the original.

Bill inspired by Snooki caps public university speaker fees

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A bill inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to cap what state public universities can pay to speakers was approved by lawmakers Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk. The Democrat-controlled Assembly unanimously passed the legislation to cap the spending of state money at $10,000. The legislation is now up for consideration by Republican Gov.

Shrimp fossil is named for British naturalist Attenborough

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- He recently had a polar research vessel named in his honor. Now Sir David Attenborough, the famed British naturalist, also has an ancient shrimp as a namesake. To mark Attenborough's 90th birthday, researchers from Yale University and universities in England named in his honor a distant relative of today's shrimp and lobster.

Nielsen's top programs for March 13-19

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 13-19. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.16 million. 2. "This is Us," NBC, 12.84 million. 3. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 12.18 million. 4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.71 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.85 million. 6. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 10.43 million. 7. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.32 million. 8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 9.58 million. 9.

2 men dead in burning car believed tied to TV performer ID'd

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- The deaths of two New Jersey men whose bodies were found in a burning car believed to belong to a reality television show performer have been ruled homicides. Passaic County prosecutors identified the men Monday as Aaron Anderson and Antonio Vega Jr. The Paterson residents were found Friday by emergency responders checking out a car fire in the city. The bodies were discovered after the fire was extinguished.

No shorter sentence for 'Love & Hip Hop' star in drug case

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- A VH1 reality star on the show "Love & Hip Hop" who was involved in an interstate drug ring has been denied a request for a shorter prison sentence. The Democrat and Chronicle reports ( ) that Mendeecees Harris requested to have his eight-year sentence on federal drug distribution charges reduced to three years in February. A judge denied the request. Harris' sentence began in December 2015.

Tyra Banks returning as host of 'America's Next Top Model'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rita Ora is out and Tyra Banks is back in as the host of TV's "America's Next Top Model." VH1 announced Thursday that Banks will return to the reality show next season. Production is set to begin this summer. Banks created "America's Next Top Model" in 2003 and served as both executive producer and host until last year, when Ora was named the new host.

Nielsen's top programs for March 6-12

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 6-12. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.18 million. 2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.08 million. 3. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 12 million. 4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.62 million. 5. "This is Us," NBC, 11.15 million. 6. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.68 million. 7. "Bull," CBS, 10.39 million. 8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 10.12 million. 9. "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.97 million.

Shaq furnishes home of Atlanta girl who survived dog attack

ATLANTA (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal has bought new furniture for the family of a 5-year-old Atlanta girl who survived a dog attack that left another child dead. WAGA-TV reports ( ) Syari Sanders returned home this week after being hospitalized since the Jan. 17 attack. Sanders and 6-year-old Logan Braatz were walking to a bus stop when they were attacked by two dogs. Braatz died from his injuries.

Activist aims to combat sexual assault by engaging athletes

Alexis Jones stands in front of a room full of football players and talks about the kind of power that has nothing to do with breaking tackles or throwing touchdown passes. To combat sexual assault and violence against women, Jones wants to harness what she calls "the power of the jersey.

Tyra Banks to host season 12 of 'America's Got Talent'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tyra Banks is hosting the 12th season of "America's Got Talent." NBC said Sunday that the supermodel, Emmy-winner and creator of "America's Next Top Model" will be joining the competition series alongside returning judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Banks will be taking over hosting duties from Nick Cannon, who left the show earlier this year after eight years in the post.

Trump: Not to blame for 'sad end' to 'Celebrity Apprentice'

NEW YORK (AP) -- In typical Donald Trump fashion, the president tweeted Saturday that his replacement at the "The New Celebrity Apprentice" reality television show is to blame for its poor ratings and not, as Arnold Schwarzenegger says, Trump's continued involvement with the show. Schwarzenegger, who replaced Trump as host of the show while the president remained its executive producer, announced Friday he's through.

Schwarzenegger on 'Celebrity Apprentice': I quit

NEW YORK (AP) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he's through with "The New Celebrity Apprentice," and he's blaming President Donald Trump for the television reality show's recent poor performance. The former California governor said he wouldn't mind working with NBC and producer Mark Burnett again "on a show that doesn't have this baggage." Schwarzenegger replaced the president as host of the show, but Trump remained as an executive producer.

Swing Time: Ex-Cubs catcher Ross on 'Dancing with the Stars'

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs think David Ross could be a real factor this season. He has excellent footwork, knows the swing and can handle a partner, all the elements needed to win a championship -- on "Dancing with the Stars." Popular with teammates and fans, Ross retired last fall after hitting a home run in Game 7 that helped the Cubs win the World Series.

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'Biggest Loser' host Bob Harper 'better' after heart attack

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Biggest Loser" host Bob Harper says he's "feeling better" and "taking it easy" two weeks after suffering a heart attack. Harper made the statement on Facebook on Monday after news of the Feb. 12 attack became public. Harper told TMZ he collapsed at a New York City gym and a doctor who was there performed CPR on him.

'Biggest Loser' host Bob Harper suffers heart attack

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fitness trainer and host of NBC's "Biggest Loser" Bob Harper says he is recovering from a serious heart attack that left him unconscious for two days. Harper tells TMZ he was working out in a gym in New York City this month when he collapsed. He says a doctor who also was in the gym performed CPR on him.

Joseph Wapner, star of 'The People's Court,' dead at 97

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over "The People's Court" with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died Sunday at age 97. Son David Wapner told The Associated Press that his father died at home in his sleep. Joseph Wapner was hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems and had been under home hospice care.

Duped into killing Kim? 2 suspects say it looked like prank

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Two women -- a Vietnamese and an Indonesian -- have been arrested for allegedly coating their hands with the immensely toxic chemical agent VX and wiping them on the face of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport. He died within hours.

Duped into killing Kim? 2 suspects say it looked like prank

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Two women -- a Vietnamese and an Indonesian -- have been arrested for allegedly coating their hands with the immensely toxic chemical agent VX and wiping them on the face of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport. He died within hours.