PHOENIX (AP) -- Wayne Duke, who was a driving force behind the expansion of the NCAA men's basketball tournament during his 18 years as commissioner of the Big Ten, has died. He was 88. The Big Ten announced Duke's death after his family notified the conference on Wednesday. He had been living in Barrington, Illinois, and had been in declining health, his widow, Martha, told The Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Executive changes are afoot at BET Networks. The cable channel said Wednesday that its programming president, Stephen Hill, is stepping down. BET also announced that executive vice president Zola Mashariki is leaving. Connie Orlando, a BET senior vice president, will serve as interim programming chief after Hill's departure Friday. Last month, Viacom's CEO identified BET Networks as one of the brands the media conglomerate intends to focus on.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox News Channel legal analyst Andrew Napolitano returned to the air Wednesday, saying he stood by his claim about spying on President Donald Trump that got him benched by the network for more than a week. Napolitano had reported on Fox that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Trump, a story that quickly attracted notice because the president cited it in a news conference.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jimmy Fallon's guests will include Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal and Pitbull when his NBC late-night show airs from Florida next week. The "Tonight Show" host's four-night stand in Orlando celebrates the opening of Universal Orlando Resort's new 3D attraction, "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon." Other guests on the "Tonight" broadcasts airing April 3-6 include Blake Shelton, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Richie, Flo Rida, Jay Leno and Jason Derulo.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two black women who work at Fox News Channel have charged in a lawsuit that they were subjected to "yearslong relentless racial" hostility at the hands of a top financial executive at the network who has since been fired.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former "Parks and Recreation" stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are reuniting for an NBC reality competition focused on craft making. The network says Poehler and Offerman will produce and host "The Handmade Project." The series pits "eight of America's best all-around makers" against one another in a series of projects over six episodes.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The message of "Grace and Frankie" is: There's life after 70. And also your own brand of vibrator, according to this Netflix comedy's just-released new season. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin press on as the title characters whose longtime husbands (played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) abruptly left them for each other at the series' inception.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Buffy Summers and her old pals from Sunnydale High are reuniting to celebrate the 20th birthday of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Series creator Joss Whedon talks with stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan and 10 other cast members on "EW Reunites: Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which premieres Wednesday on the streaming People/Entertainment Weekly Network .
WASHINGTON (AP) -- On Monday, the Dodgers will play their first opening day since 1950 without Vin Scully calling their games. He won't be in the stands. He won't make a point of watching on TV, either. "It's a day game. I'll probably have things to do," the famed 89-year-old announcer told The Associated Press from his home in Hidden Hills, California. "I might catch a piece of it.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- NBC says it will broadcast all primetime programming from the Pyeongchang Olympics live across all time zones, a first for the Winter Games. NBC President of Olympics Production and Programming Jim Bell says the move was made to enhance the "communal experience" of Olympic viewing, and says it "means social media won't be ahead of the action." The network will have primetime broadcasts at 8 p.m.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Republican President Donald Trump's lawyers say he's immune while president from defamation claims brought by a former contestant on his reality TV show "The Apprentice" who accused him of unwanted sexual contact. The lawyers said in a state Supreme Court filing Monday they'll formally ask for a dismissal or a suspension of the January claims by Summer Zervos until he leaves office.
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "60 Minutes," CBS, 14.7 million. 2. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.09 million. 3. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 11.71 million. 4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.84 million. 5. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.74 million. 6. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.54 million. 7. NCAA Basketball: UCLA vs. Kentucky, CBS, 10 million. 8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 9.81 million. 9.
NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS' "60 Minutes" returned this week to a familiar place it hadn't been accustomed to visiting that much lately: first place in the prime-time television rankings. The venerable newsmagazine hadn't finished as the most-watched program of the week since November 2008, when newly elected Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, sat down for the first TV interview since their election.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would most dramatically affect rural and minority communities, eventually forcing some local television and radio stations to close, the corporation's president and chief executive officer told Congress Tuesday. The president's budget would eliminate $445 million in federal funds for the non-profit corporation, which supports programs such as Sesame Street, Frontline and documentaries from filmmaker Ken Burns.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly apologized Tuesday for saying he had a hard time concentrating on California Rep. Maxine Waters during a speech because he was distracted by her "James Brown wig." O'Reilly said that his jest about her hair was dumb. "I apologize," he said in a statement.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment. The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he and two partners will make a two-part, four-hour film about the former heavyweight champ, who died last June. Burns, his daughter Sarah and David McMahon collaborated for a PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson that debuted last year. The tentative plan is to air the Ali film in 2021.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Olympic champ Michael Phelps is participating in Discovery network's Shark Week this summer, although he won't be asked to outswim one. It's not immediately clear what Phelps will be doing, although Discovery President Rich Ross said Tuesday he's intrigued about seeing the fastest human swimmer interact with nature's fastest. Perhaps Phelps can be encouraged to go underwater in a shark cage, he said.
"Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller says she has quit the Lifetime reality series ahead of her scheduled May sentencing on federal bankruptcy fraud charges. Miller posted on Instagram on Sunday that she will no longer take part in the show. She says that she has asked for creative credit for her ideas for the show for six years, but hasn't received it. She says she has been "manipulated, disrespected and used.
Will Smith has reunited with his "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" cast mates. Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Smith's Tom Jones-loving cousin Carlton on the 1990s sitcom, posted a picture on Instagram on Monday of the cast getting together. Joined by Smith and Ribeiro were Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Daphne Reid and Joseph Marcell. James Avery, who had the role of Smith's Uncle Phil, died in 2013.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Bad news first: The overnight television ratings for NASCAR's race in California were down. The ratings were down for Phoenix, Las Vegas and Atlanta, too. Basically, nothing NASCAR does can stop this slide, it seems. So what's the good news? Well, NASCAR really couldn't have asked for a better start to its season. Five drivers won the first five races. The lead changed in the waning laps each time.