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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — Reince Priebus, incoming chief of staff to President-elect Donald Trump; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah


NBC's "Meet the Press" — Reince Priebus, incoming chief of staff to President-elect Donald Trump; Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.


CBS' "Face the Nation" — Vice President-elect Mike Pence; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.


CNN's "State of the Union" — Denis McDonough, chief of staff to President Barack Obama; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.


"Fox News Sunday" — Pence; CIA Director John Brennan

'Melrose Place' actress won't do more time for fatal crash

A former "Melrose Place" actress convicted in a fatal drunken driving accident won't have to go back to prison, a judge ruled Friday at a resentencing spurred by an appeals court's concerns that her original sentence may have been too lenient.

Amy Locane-Bovenizer served about two and a half years of a three-year sentence for the 2010 accident in Montgomery Township that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and seriously injured Seeman's husband, Fred. She was released in 2015.

The actress was convicted of vehicular manslaughter, assault by auto and other offenses and faced a sentencing range of five to 10 years on the most serious count. Her defense had argued the crash was an accident.

A state appeals court last July ordered the judge to offer a more detailed justification for why he downgraded Locane-Bovenizer's sentence to three years. State Superior Court Judge Robert Reed later conceded he erred and should have sentenced her to an additional six months.

Prosecutors had sought a seven-year sentence.

On Friday, the judge said Locane-Bovenizer's conduct since her release shows she isn't a threat to society.

The Seemans' family and friends had harshly criticized the original sentence, and they repeated those criticisms in court Friday.

Locane-Bovenizer appeared in 13 episodes of TV's "Melrose Place" and in movies including "Cry-Baby," ''School Ties" and "Secretary."

According to trial testimony and statements by prosecutors, Locane-Bovenizer drank alcohol at two parties on the afternoon of the crash and was driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when her SUV slammed into Fred Seeman's Mercury Milan as he turned into his driveway.

Locane-Bovenizer's lawyers argued that a third motorist, whose car the actress had bumped into at a traffic light in the minutes before the accident, distracted her by honking at her and chasing her after being rear-ended.

Locane-Bovenizer still faces a federal lawsuit stemming from the crash.

'Quantico' star Priyanka Chopra 'resting' after injury

ABC says "Quantico" star Priyanka Chopra is "home resting comfortably" after being injured on the set of the action-thriller series Thursday night.

The network released no details on the injury, which it termed "a minor incident" during filming of the New York-based show.

Chopra was examined by a doctor and released from the hospital, ABC said.

There was no word on how long she will be sidelined from production.

On "Quantico," now in its second season, Chopra plays Alex Parrish, a former FBI agent pulled into a deadly conspiracy involving the CIA.

Matthew Perry's second act: writing and Ted Kennedy

Between a dialect coach who told him to exaggerate the accent and recent experience in a London play that required him to loudly project his voice onstage, Matthew Perry was a little over-the-top when he began filming his role as Sen. Edward Kennedy in a new television miniseries.

"I sounded like Foghorn Leghorn," he said Friday.

The former "Friends" star appears with Katie Holmes, who reprises her role as Jackie Kennedy in "The Kennedys — After Camelot," which premieres April 2 on the Reelz channel.

Perry said playing Kennedy was the most challenging role of his career. "I took this job because it scared me," he said.

Perry's most recent sitcom, CBS' remake of "The Odd Couple," is not likely to return. He said he's drawn to writing, which he expects to be a big part of his career moving forward. He wrote and starred in a play, "The End of Longing," in London and he expects to bring it to New York.

He describes it as a dark comedy with emotional scenes.

"One time I went to my computer to see how many times I could write the f-word," he said. "It was 138. Don't bring your children, but please come."

Jude Law stars as a disruptive pontiff in HBO's 'Young Pope'

In HBO's absorbing new drama "The Young Pope," Jude Law plays the title character, American-born Lenny Belardo, who, through divine intervention or woeful human error (this will be hotly debated), is made Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church at the tender age of 47.

A disruptive, puzzling presence who describes himself as "intransigent, irritable and vindictive," Pope Pius XIII from the start of his papacy is at cross-purposes with the Vatican's appalled establishment. Swiftly, efforts by the College of Cardinals to bring him down catch fire.

The 10-episode series also stars Diane Keaton and James Cromwell among its international roster.

"The Young Pope" was created, directed and written by Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (whose 2013 film, "The Great Beauty," won the Oscar for best foreign language film). This week, he and Law, whose credits include "The Talented Mr. Ripley," ''Cold Mountain" and Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" films, sat down in New York to talk about their bold collaboration, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. EST.

Here are highlights from that conversation (with assistance from Sorrentino's translator):

SORRENTINO: The idea for 'The Young Pope' really stems from my high school years with Catholic priests as teachers. I was able to observe the solitude of those priests, and how much their lives were structured. And also how their universe marginalized the feminine aspect in the service of the masculine. I was able to draw on memories of those five years.

But although the film is incidentally about the Catholic Church, it's also about a wider circle, which is the issue of faith — the question of believing or non-believing — which sooner or later affects us all.

LAW: At the core of our series is its humanity. We penetrate the layers of curiosity and intrigue surrounding the very human institution of the Catholic Church, and explore how people interact within it.

Preparing for my role, I initially felt it was necessary to look at papal history and the history of the Vatican. But answers really lay more in the character I was playing, which I think says an awful lot about where the heart of this show lies. I had to understand the backstory of the orphaned Lenny — who he was, what got him to the position of pope, and what motivated him as a human being, not as a religious strategist.

SORRENTINO: The most challenging part of making a film is the writing. I started writing this when I was finishing my previous film, 'Youth' (2015). But it's hard for me to quantify how long it took, because I wrote whenever I had time on my hands — even in between going to the bathroom and getting dressed.

With a fully realized script in hand, Sorrentino and his actors could tackle "The Young Pope" as a single 10-hour movie more than as 10 separate episodes. But that didn't make the project's magnitude any less daunting.

LAW: I underestimated how hard-wired I was to playing a part for a two-hour period. Keeping the arc of your character's journey as subtle and measured as possible, and also sustaining the necessary level of intensity, was quite a challenge over 10 hours.

SORRENTINO: When you make a movie, often you have the feeling that the result is due to luck or enthusiasm. But in this case, you needed a lot more than enthusiasm — you needed dedication. To be able to keep that level of attention and concentration for a seven-month (production) period — that is an accomplishment in and of itself. I presume I succeeded in it, which I think is connected to this fact: I finally learned the job. For the first time, I had the awareness that I've learned to be a filmmaker!

Asked how he chose Law as his pope, Sorrentino replied there were many reasons. Then he shared one.

SORRENTINO: I'm always very interested in an actor's way of walking. This is one of my parameters for whether I like an actor or not. In 'Road to Perdition' (a 2002 crime drama also starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman), Jude did something that I thought was genius: He came off as BORED while he was walking to kill somebody. He wasn't excited, he didn't have guilt about what he was going to do. I really liked that. It was a lot of fun to watch. After that, I thought it would be a great idea to work with Jude.

LAW: It was a very rewarding and happy time. I felt safe with Paolo. Maybe it was partly me maturing as an actor, but it seemed wonderful to be able to come to (the) set and just think about what I had to do, rather than: 'Are we getting this?' In the hands of Paolo, I knew that he wasn't just going to GET it, he was going to elevate anything we did.

And, odds are, they aren't finished with their happy partnership.

LAW: When we went into this, the idea was: 'This is it, in its entirety.' But then the ideas grew.

SORRENTINO: I would love to do a second season. I am writing it now!


EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at and at Past stories are available at



UK's Sky scraps show with Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

A British broadcaster said Friday it was canceling a TV comedy starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson after the program was condemned by the late musician's family.

Sky Arts said it has decided not to broadcast the program "in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson's immediate family." It said Fiennes "fully supports our decision."

Sky had been criticized for casting the white "Shakespeare in Love" star as the King of Pop in "Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon." The half-hour program also features Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and British actor Brian Cox as Marlon Brando.

Jackson's daughter Paris tweeted that she felt angry after watching a trailer for the show, which was due to be broadcast next week.

"I'm so incredibly offended by it, as I'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit," she wrote.

"It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother Liz as well."

The show is an episode in the "Urban Myths" series, which Sky says looks at "remarkable stories from well-known historical, artistic and cultural figures, which may or may not have happened in real life."

It centers on a possibly apocryphal cross-country road trip taken by Jackson, Taylor and Brando after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sky said it was intended as "a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offense."

Fiennes defended his casting to The Associated Press last year, saying the project does not promote stereotyping.

FX signs production deal with 'Atlanta' creator Glover

A roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.



The FX television network has locked up Golden Globe winner Donald Glover, but there will be a wait for new episodes of his comedy "Atlanta."

FX said it had signed a deal with Glover for more "Atlanta" episodes and to develop other shows. The series about the rap industry in the Southern city won the Golden Globe last weekend as best television comedy, with Glover best actor in a comedy.

New episodes won't be available until 2018, however. FX agreed to the delay because Glover has a movie role upcoming.

Another popular FX series, "American Crime Story," also won't be back until next year. It will be a story about Hurricane Katrina and is being shot in New Orleans where, because of hurricane season, there's a limited period of time where filming can be done.

FX is tolerant of lengthy delays in series. "Fargo" is about to return from a hiatus, and "Louie" returns whenever star Louis C.K. feels like making new episodes.

"Given the choice between having it on schedule and having ... happy, committed talent and have it good, we'll take it later and take it good," FX Networks chief John Landgraf said.



Producer Ryan Murphy says didn't want to make something campy when he signed on the make an FX series about a rivalry between old-time Hollywood stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

The eight-part series, "Feud: Bette and Joan," begins March 5 and has a murderer's row of actresses with Jessica Lange portraying Crawford, Susan Sarandon playing Davis and Catherine Zeta Jones as Olivia de Havilland.

"I was interested in doing something a little deeper and a little bit more emotional and painful," Murphy said. "I think ultimately what happened to both women is very painful."

The series explores aging in Hollywood, the actresses said.

"When I started, it was over by 40," said Sarandon, who's 70. "So, definitely, the line has been pushed. I was told on many occasions not to bring up the idea that you had children, because in some way, that would cut into this idea that you weren't sexy or sensual, or whatever. So I think those things have changed, and you see the line being moved a little bit further."

Lange, who's 67, said she didn't think it's changed that much.

"Well, we're working," Sarandon said.

CNN at war with Trump over what reporting unleashed

A week before the inauguration, CNN is at war with an incoming president, not necessarily for what it reported but for what its reporting unleashed.

For all the noise — accusations of "fake news," the confrontation between Donald Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta at a news conference, false claims about what CNN had reported or linked to — that realization emerged toward the end of a remarkable 25-minute televised confrontation between Anderson Cooper and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

When it reported on Tuesday that national intelligence officials had informed the president-elect that the Russians had collected a dossier on his behavior, CNN did not specifically detail what that behavior was because it couldn't vouch for its veracity. But it was CNN that gave BuzzFeed the cover to do so, Conway said.

"You got the party started," she said.

The question is raised: if one person unlocks a box and walks away, is that person responsible when someone else opens the box and removes its unsavory contents?

The dossier was reportedly prepared by a former Western spy as part of a political opposition research effort, and detailed supposed efforts by Russian intelligence to compromise Trump during visits to Moscow. Its existence and contents became known by some Washington leaders last fall, while the presidential campaign was still going on.

CNN and other news organizations had been investigating the claims about Trump for several weeks but the report did not become public knowledge because those details could not be confirmed. Intelligence officials had presented the claims in a report to Trump but said that they, too, had not determined whether or not they were true.

CNN would not have done a story about the dossier's existence if it hadn't learned that intelligence officials had considered it so important that it told Trump about it, the network's Wolf Blitzer said on Thursday. The CNN story was posted shortly after 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

Even though CNN did not reveal the specific details, the uncertainties surrounding the report and its origination as ammunition for political opponents should have sent up red flags, said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a communications professor and the director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

"Had I been asked to make the call at CNN, I would not have aired it," she said.

CNN argued that if the material was significant enough to be in the briefing documents, it was news. And many other organizations, including The New York Times and The Associated Press, followed it up with similar reports — also not revealing the specific details. Even Fox News Channel, in a statement by Shepard Smith, backed CNN.

BuzzFeed published the full dossier of information less than 90 minutes after CNN's initial report.

BuzzFeed did not comment on Thursday, but its editor, Ben Smith, said in an MSNBC interview that reporters had been trying for weeks without success to confirm the veracity of the material. CNN's report changed the calculus.

"If there had not been a public conversation about secret documents that no one would be allowed to see, we would have continue to try to report this out," Smith said.

The BuzzFeed report quickly became the topic of a debate among journalists about whether it is proper to release material that has not been verified, indeed when there is real suspicion that some of it may be false, or if in a Wikileaks world all information is fair game. Smith told MSNBC that the media environment has changed "where you have to engage false statements," drawing a comparison to persistent questions raised about President Barack Obama's birthplace.

The timeline was the inverse of what has happened in the past with some news stories, like when the National Enquirer broke the story of former presidential candidate John Edwards' affair and mainstream news organizations hopped upon it.

Trump's anger toward CNN was apparent at his news conference Wednesday even before his tense confrontation with Acosta. He praised The New York Times for not reporting on the details included in the dossier, even though CNN had done the same thing. He tweeted Thursday that CNN "is in a total meltdown with their FAKE NEWS."

It hasn't escaped notice that Conway's argument — that CNN should be criticized because it "got the party started" — is similar to those his campaign rejected when critics said Trump's rhetoric gave implicit permission for supporters to be violent or abusive.

Cooper, in his confrontation with Conway, said CNN could not be held responsible if "shady organizations" like BuzzFeed put out their own material on the story. "We stand by our reporting 100 percent," he said.

"CNN is not in any way responsible for what other people do and report other information they have," said Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief and a journalism professor at George Washington University. "Their responsibility is to report what they have."

What BuzzFeed did following that report is not CNN's problem, he said.

But it's less than a week before inauguration and the president-elect in on the warpath against CNN.

That is CNN's problem.

Capitol Hill Buzz: Russian news site interrupts C-SPAN

Moscow, we have a problem.

Web surfers expecting to tune into C-SPAN's online feed of debate in the House on Thursday instead saw images supplied by the Russian news site RT, which briefly interrupted programming on the network's website.

Spokesman Howard Mortman said the website, , was replaced by RT for about 10 minutes. The problem was likely a routing issue, since RT is one of the networks that C-SPAN regularly monitors, he said.

The network is "investigating and troubleshooting this occurrence," Mortman said. The network later said it doesn't believe it was hacked.

The programming glitch came hours after a power outage interrupted a Senate confirmation hearing for Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., to head the CIA. The hearing reconvened in a different room.

The Architect of the Capitol's office said a local power company "de-energized" a system that feeds power to the Hart Senate Office Building. The office said the power company, Pepco, quickly restored the lost power.

The architect's office said it is examining the surge-breaker that was unexpectedly affected by the planned Pepco work.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., later said she found it curious that she had just begun criticizing a Republican bill she contended would damage the regulatory authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission when the RT programming broke in. She also was criticizing President-elect Donald Trump for choosing someone with deep ties to Wall Street to lead the SEC.

"Placed in the context of current events concerning cyberattacks and foreign interference in our elections, it is very important that C-SPAN provide a clear and concise explanation for the interruption of its online broadcast before we can reach any conclusions or establish the basis for additional inquiry," Waters said in a statement.

Josh Holloway: The stakes get higher on season 2 of 'Colony'

Josh Holloway says he's terrible at keeping secrets, which is ironic because the actor has starred in two TV shows where it's key to keep plot points quiet: ABC's "Lost" and now USA's "Colony," premiering its second season Thursday at 10 p.m. EST.

"My wife laughs at me all the time. She's like, 'God, you'd be the dead-est spy,'" Holloway said in a recent interview.

"It's true, I'm terrible at hiding."

So what was the biggest secret he recalls having to keep on "Lost"?

"When I finally hooked up with Kate in the cages," he laughed. "I knew that was gonna be a good one. And then we kind of did the time-travel thing, I was like, 'Ooh, they're goin' wild now.' But, it was great."

"Colony" is set in the near future, where extraterrestrials have taken over and formed a military occupation. Walls have been erected to keep people out (sounds oddly timely) and also block people in.

Holloway and co-star Sarah Wayne Callies play a husband and wife who are trying to reunite their family, separated by the colonization.

He talks about the show's current themes and how he stays creative off camera.


The Associated Press: Talk about season two of "Colony."

Holloway: Season two is very exciting. Rarely do shows elevate the second season. They normally take a little dip second season and then third season find their stride but I'm really proud of this season. It delves a lot deeper into what colonization really is and the darker side of that.

AP: The show is oddly timely with talks of government and walls.

Holloway: Colonization is the oldest trick in the book. We've been doing it to each other since the beginning of human existence but it's very current. We have a president now that wants to put up walls. We have a country divided. Some want to collaborate, some want to exist. It's not only current in America but globally.

AP: How do you spend your time off?

Holloway: I'm writing. We'll see where it goes but I've written an animated script and a comedy and pitched them and done all that stuff. That's a lot of fun for me, whether it goes anywhere or not doesn't really matter to me. The biggest gift is when you finish it and you're like, 'Wow, I did it. There it is.'

AP: Is it hard to find that time to sit down and write?

Holloway: Very. Now I have two children and they're wild so now I've got to get away from the house. I was like, 'Where can I have an office and then I discovered it. The library! No one goes to the library anymore! I'm gonna be in the library writing! (Laughs.)


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