Jun 20, 2016

China cracks down foreign-inspired TV shows

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China is clamping down on imported television shows and remakes that use formats from abroad in a bid to “promote domestic originality,” the country’s top media regulator has said. The move, effective July 1, will mean that the airing of remakes of foreign reality ...

Ready to rumble: Asian pro wrestlers dream of stardom

Jun 19, 2016

Ready to rumble: Asian pro wrestlers dream of stardom

Kenneth Thexeira is a mild-mannered writer for an interior-design magazine by day, but on certain nights his alter ego bursts forth in golden tights and a baby-blue cape: enter “The Eurasian Dragon.” The 27-year-old Singaporean is part of a small but growing community of ...

TV host Oliver buys, forgives $15 million in medical debt

Jun 7, 2016

TV host Oliver buys, forgives $15 million in medical debt

Some 9,000 people stuck with delinquent medical bills have had their debts forgiven, courtesy of HBO host John Oliver. Oliver, on his “Last Week Tonight” program Sunday, took the action to illustrate a story about the practices of companies that purchase the records of ...

1960s 'Mister Ed' sitcom star Alan Young dies at 96

May 21, 2016

1960s 'Mister Ed' sitcom star Alan Young dies at 96

Actor and comedian Alan Young, who played the amiable straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed,” has died at age 96, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Home said Friday. The English-born, Canadian-educated Young died Thursday, according ...

Mar 20, 2016

Young Austrians set TV-watching record with 92-hour binge

Five young Austrians have broken the record for binge-watching TV by staring at a screen for 92 straight hours, organizers said Sunday. “Towards the end it was really tough for them,” said Moritz Arnold, who organized the successful record-breaking attempt in the window of ...