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Last Update on September 17, 2014 07:17 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Breakups are rarely easy. And the split between CBS and Rihanna has the marks of a messy one. The network has cut "Run This Town" from its Thursday night NFL telecasts. But it's unclear whose decision it was. CBS says the decision was in part because of the Ray Rice domestic violence case and Rihanna's own beating by Chris Brown in 2009. Rihanna's bosses at Jay-Z's Roc Nation Company says it decided to yank the song. And Rihanna is unhappy. She feels CBS abandoned her-- and punished her for being the victim of domestic abuse at a time her past would have come up in the context of the Rice case. In her tweet, she used a profanity toward the network -- and after the tweet, the league spiked the song.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports CBS cut a song featuring Rihanna from its Thursday night NFL broadcasts.

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Here's a bit of Rihanna performing "Run This Town" along with Jay-Z. CBS has pulled the song from the opening of its Thursday night NFL telecasts.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Octavia Spencer says after getting an Oscar, she was offered plenty of roles for TV shows. But she says she wanted to be in an ensemble -- but not a sitcom. That's what she has in her new show "Red Band Society," which makes its debut tonight. Spencer plays the head nurse in the show -- which is a dramedy following the progress of a group of long-term patients in a children's hospital. Spencer says after winning an Oscar, she doesn't feel the need to be the focal point of a series. As she put it: "I have the prize in the Cracker Jack box. I don't need to be the prize."

Octavia Spencer says the action in "Red Band Society" centers on the young actors in the cast.

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Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer says she passed up offers to do leading roles on TV because she favors ensemble casts.

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Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer says after winning an Oscar for "The Help," she doesn't feel the need to have to carry a project.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Talk about what might have been. Jerry Seinfeld says Joan Rivers had agreed to do an episode of his digital series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." But before she could do the piece, the comedian pulled out -- because she was going to have a medical procedure. It never happened. Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a throat procedure on August 28 -- and died a week later. In a post on his show's Facebook page, Seinfeld says he hoped the appearance would give Rivers a chance to show the public another side of her -- and to tell her how much he appreciated her work.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Jerry Seinfeld says he had good reasons for wanting Joan Rivers on his Internet show.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dancing is a no-go for Lolo. Olympian and track star Lolo Jones is the first to be voted off Season 19 of "Dancing With the Stars." She had the lowest combined scores from the judges and viewers following her cha-cha Monday night. Jones says she was distracted by a text message just before performing. But she has no hard feelings. Jones says fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who was also in the bottom two, deserves to come back next week. The 72-year-old Johnson was tripped up by a feather boa during her performance.

Lolo Jones, contestant voted off

Lolo Jones says she has no hard feelings about second lowest vote-getter Betsey Johnson getting to come back next week. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of "Dancing With the Stars" theme

Here's the "Dancing With the Stars" theme. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))


UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- He's been in the movies. But Leonardo DiCaprio has long been involved in making the environment better. And it was for those efforts that the actor has been named a U.N. Messenger of Peace. The U.N. Secretary-General announced DiCaprio will be taking part in a special effort to address climate change. Other U.N. peace messengers include Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas and George Clooney.

Entertainment History

September 17, 2014 07:12 GMT

On September 17th, 1931, RCA Victor demonstrated the first 33-and-a-third RPM long-playing record in New York.

In 1963, "The Fugitive" began its run on ABC, starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble.

In 1964, "Bewitched," starring Elizabeth Montgomery, made its debut on ABC.

In 1967, The Doors performed "Light My Fire" on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Jim Morrison had been asked to change the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher," but Morrison sang it anyway.

Also in 1967, The Who appeared on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." Drummer Keith Moon had set a flash powder explosion in his drum kit, not knowing technicians had already done so. The resulting explosion sent a cymbal into Moon's leg and singed Pete Townshend's hair.

In 1972, "MASH" premiered on CBS. It stayed on the air for 11 years.

In 1978, ABC's expensive sci-fi show "Battlestar Galactica" made its debut.

In 1980, Bette Midler's concert film, "Divine Madness," premiered.

In 1983, Vanessa Williams of New York became the first black contestant to be crowned Miss America. The following July, she also became the first Miss America to resign in the wake of her "Penthouse" magazine scandal.

In 1991, Geffen Records released "Use Your Illusion One" and "Use Your Illusion Two" by Guns N' Roses. The two albums went on sale at many stores nationwide just after midnight.

Also in 1991, Hank Williams Jr. unveiled a statue of his father in Montgomery, Alabama, where his funeral was held in 1953.

In 1996, The Cranberries canceled the last nine shows of their U.S. tour because singer Dolores O'Riordan was suffering from a combination of exhaustion and the flu.

Also in 1996, London police intercepted and destroyed a booby-trapped book that an obsessed fan sent to singer Bjork (BYORK). The fan shot himself to death hours after mailing the package. The package never reached Bjork's home.

In 1997, comedian Red Skelton died at a hospital near his home in Palm Springs, California, after a long illness. He was 84.

In 2001, David Letterman hosted the first late-night talk show since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Letterman opened the show with no jokes, just his thoughts on the matter. Dan Rather was his first guest and broke into tears.

Today's Birthdays: Actor David Huddleston ("Blazing Saddles," "The Big Lebowski") is 84. Singer LaMonte McLemore of the Fifth Dimension is 79. Singer Fee Waybill of The Tubes is 64. Actress Elvira is 63. Comedian Rita Rudner is 61. Puppeteer Kevin Clash (Elmo on "Sesame Street") is 54. Actor/director Paul Feig is 52. Director Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge") is 52. Singer BeBe Winans is 52. Actor Kyle Chandler ("Early Edition") is 49. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 48. Actor Malik Yoba ("New York Undercover") is 47. Vocalist Keith Flint of Prodigy is 45. Actor Matthew Settle ("Gossip Girl") is 45. Rapper Vinnie of Naughty By Nature is 44. Singer Anastacia is 41. Singer Marcus Sanders of Hi-Five is 41. Singer-actress Nona Gaye is 40. Drummer Chuck Comeau of Simple Plan is 35. Actor Billy Miller ("The Young and the Restless") is 35. Bassist Jon Walker (Panic at the Disco) is 29. Actress-singer Denyse Tontz is 20.

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