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PBS Apologizes After Airing Old Footage of ‘Live’ Fireworks

5 July 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A white lie can sometimes go awry — especially when it’s red, white and blue.

PBS came under scrutiny after airing previously recorded material during its “A Capitol Fourth” broadcast on Monday. The annual program promised live footage of the fireworks celebration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Viewers in the D.C. area, however, were quick to realize something wasn’t quite right, as the weather was unusually overcast for a July evening, but parts of the broadcast showed no signs of cloudy skies. After viewers pointed it out, PBS released a statement apologizing for the blunder.

“Because this year’s fireworks were difficult to see due to the weather, we made the decision to intercut fireworks footage from previous ‘A Capitol Fourth’ concerts for the best possible television viewing experience,” reads the statement. “We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.”

PBS was also quick to defend its decision via Twitter »

- Arya Roshanian

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PBS Admits to Recycling Old Fireworks Coverage for A Capitol Fourth

5 July 2016 7:33 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

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PBS on Monday was criticized for attempting to do the “patriotic thing” by enhancing its fireworks coverage during the annual A Capitol Fourth special.

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In an effort to deliver the “best possible television viewing experience,” producers of the Fourth of July concert program included footage from previous years’ pyrotechnic displays, to make up for the fact that this year’s event was affected by inclement weather in the Washington, D.C. area.

The pre-taped portions drew outcries from social media, including one viewer who referred to »

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PopPolitics: ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Brings Unity in Time of Political Division (Listen)

3 July 2016 9:39 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tom Bergeron, host of this year’s “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS, hopes that the event on the west lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Monday is a reminder to put current political divisions in perspective.

The non-partisan event on PBS features performers like Kenny Loggins, Smokey Robinson, Amber Riley, Gavin DeGraw, Cassadee Pope, Sutton Foster and the National Symphony Orchestra.

“Something like this, ‘A Capitol Fourth,’ during a year like this, kind of underscores that while it may be divisive, it may be contentious, it may be ugly at times, we are all part ultimately of a big albeit dysfunctional family,” he tells a special Independence Day edition of Variety’s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “And we have been through a lot worse. I have had people say, ‘Have you ever seen it this bad?’ I say, ‘Do you remember the Civil War?’ There’s been worse things.”

Bergeron cited the success of the Broadway musical »

- Ted Johnson

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Watch Braxton Family Values Online: Season 5 Episode 7

1 July 2016 9:11 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

What was Towanda hiding?

That was addressed on Braxton Family Values Season 5 Episode 7 when she went to a secret doctors appointment, but did she open up to her sisters after some shock news?

Watch Braxton Family Values Season 5 Episode 7 Online

Meanwhile on this addictive reality series, Tamar had a performance for Smokey Robinson, but got nervous when she thought she was going to do bad. 

Also, Toni went on a date, but was it enough to take her mind off recent events?

Use the video above to watch Braxton Family Values online to get up to speed. »

- Paul Dailly

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July 4 Weekend TV Guide: 9 Movie and TV Marathons, 4 TV Specials to Watch

30 June 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Are you scared of fireworks? Do you eat too much at the 4th of July family BBQ? Is summer too hot to go outside? Those are a few reasons to lounge on the couch this weekend and if you’re a movie buff or a TV binger, we’ve got many more. In the spirit of a holiday weekend, many networks are running ridiculously long marathons that we’ll applaud you for staying up for.

TV Shows

“Empire” (Season 1 and 2)

TV One, July 3 at 7am to July 4 at 5pm

Check out the epic tale of a man having to decide who in his family should inherit his entertainment company with TV One’s “Empire” marathon. Airing all 30 episodes, the marathon will begin at 7am on July 3 and go to 5pm on July 4.

Read More: How ‘Empire’ Season 2 Raised the Stakes (Emmy Watch)

“Underground” (Season 1)

Wgn, July 2 from 7am to 5pm »

- Kyle Kizu and Kate Halliwell

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July 4 Weekend TV Guide: 9 Movie and TV Marathons, 4 TV Specials to Watch

30 June 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Are you scared of fireworks? Do you eat too much at the 4th of July family BBQ? Is summer too hot to go outside? Those are a few reasons to lounge on the couch this weekend and if you’re a movie buff or a TV binger, we’ve got many more. In the spirit of a holiday weekend, many networks are running ridiculously long marathons that we’ll applaud you for staying up for.

TV Shows

“Empire” (Season 1 and 2)

TV One, July 3 at 7am to July 4 at 5pm

Check out the epic tale of a man having to decide who in his family should inherit his entertainment company with TV One’s “Empire” marathon. Airing all 30 episodes, the marathon will begin at 7am on July 3 and go to 5pm on July 4.

Read More: How ‘Empire’ Season 2 Raised the Stakes (Emmy Watch)

“Underground” (Season 1)

Wgn, July 2 from 7am to 5pm »

- Kyle Kizu and Kate Halliwell

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‘Hamilton’s’ Washington To Perform In ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Special on PBS

29 June 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you, like most people, can’t get tickets to “Hamilton” before most of the original founding fathers leave the show, worry not. George Washington himself is taking his talents to PBS for the patriotic concert production “A Capitol Fourth.” Christopher Jackson, who plays the nation’s first president in “Hamilton,” will join an all-star cast of performers for the July 4 show.

Read More: ‘Hamilton’ the Musical, Or How To Love Something You Cannot See

Jackson is an Emmy and Grammy winner, as well as a recent 2016 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He first joined “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in “In The Heights,” before working with him again in the historical hip hop hit.

For the PBS special, Jackson joins assorted performers and public figures including Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, General Colin Powell, Gavin Degraw, Sutton Foster and members of Team USA, to name only a few. »

- Kate Halliwell

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‘Hamilton’s’ Washington To Perform In ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Special on PBS

29 June 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you, like most people, can’t get tickets to “Hamilton” before most of the original founding fathers leave the show, worry not. George Washington himself is taking his talents to PBS for the patriotic concert production “A Capitol Fourth.” Christopher Jackson, who plays the nation’s first president in “Hamilton,” will join an all-star cast of performers for the July 4 show.

Read More: ‘Hamilton’ the Musical, Or How To Love Something You Cannot See

Jackson is an Emmy and Grammy winner, as well as a recent 2016 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He first joined “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in “In The Heights,” before working with him again in the historical hip hop hit.

For the PBS special, Jackson joins assorted performers and public figures including Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, General Colin Powell, Gavin Degraw, Sutton Foster and members of Team USA, to name only a few. »

- Kate Halliwell

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Tamar Braxton Breaks Down After Being Dropped from The Real as Source Says 'There Was No Conspiracy' to Let Her Go

2 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "XPh3YYinzt4"] Tamar Braxton appears to be reeling still from being dropped as a co-host on The Real. "I don't understand. I could probably understand more if I know I did something, but I don't know what I did," Braxton says through tears in an exclusive preview clip from Thursday's episode of Braxton Family Values. "I just feel like the rug has been pulled out from under me."Braxton's departure from the syndicated talk show was announced May 22, just one day after the singer posted on Instagram that she had been "stabbed in the back." There has been speculation that Braxton was »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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NeNe Leakes -- I'm Feelin' a Little Smokey (Video)

23 May 2016 6:20 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_a4qkajca"]] NeNe Leakes is no stand-up comic ... she's also no singer, although she got the chance of a lifetime singing with his awesomeness, Smokey Robinson. Nene hit up Johnny Gill's 50th birthday bash Sunday night at a Bel-Air mansion, where Smokey made a surprise appearance and dueted with Jeffrey Osborne. And they sang the 'Woo Woo' song no less! Smokey and Jeffrey goaded NeNe to come up and join, but she was too shy so the mountain went to Mohammed. »

- TMZ Staff

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Why Kip Moore Needs the Beach: 'It's a Sense of Calm ... I Can Be My Own Worst Enemy in a Lot of Ways'

14 April 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For some, the beach brings out a sense of adventure. And while that may also be true of avid surfer Kip Moore, he says more than anything the beach brings him peace. "It's a sense of calm for me. It's the only thing that will shut my mind off," Moore tells People. "It's the only place that allows me to escape from my own self half the time. I can be my own worst enemy in a lot of ways, and my mind is a trap a lot of times for me. When I go surf places, it really is »

- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000

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Why Kip Moore Needs the Beach: 'It's a Sense of Calm ... I Can Be My Own Worst Enemy in a Lot of Ways'

14 April 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For some, the beach brings out a sense of adventure. And while that may also be true of avid surfer Kip Moore, he says more than anything the beach brings him peace. "It's a sense of calm for me. It's the only thing that will shut my mind off," Moore tells People. "It's the only place that allows me to escape from my own self half the time. I can be my own worst enemy in a lot of ways, and my mind is a trap a lot of times for me. When I go surf places, it really is »

- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000

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'Motown: The Musical' Will Return to Broadway for Another Run in July (Movie Next?)

12 April 2016 1:29 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Berry Gordy's "Motown: The Musical," which grossed over $1 million ($1.03 million) after its first week of previews on Broadway, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York, in 2013, will return to Broadway for a second run starting July 12, 2016 at the Nederlander Theater, for 18 weeks, it was announced today. The production, which first opened on April 14, 2013, will return with an all-new cast comprised of Chester Gregory as Berry Gordy, Allison Semmes as Diana Ross, Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson, Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye, and J.J. Batteast and Leon Outlaw, Jr. as Young Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson. The ensemble will also include »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Lee Daniels Directing Apollo Theater Documentary

28 January 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lee Daniels will direct the documentary feature film “The Apollo Theater Film Project,” an authorized history of New York’s famed venue.

“I am honored to be entrusted with the story of this incredible American iconic institution and work with this team,” Daniels said. “I used to go to the Apollo Theater as a kid and never in a million years would I have imagined I would be back to be doing this – it is very special for me.”

The Apollo began operating in 1934 during the Harlem Renaissance and became the most prized venue on the “Chitlin’ Circuit” during the time of racial segregation in the United States. The Apollo was a key launch venue for Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix and the Jackson Five. Performers have included Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole, Gladys Knight, Sammy Davis Jr. and Billie Holiday.

White Horse PicturesNigel Sinclair and Jeanne Elfant Festa are producing the project. »

- Dave McNary

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Natalie Cole's Family and Friends Celebrate Her Life at a Music-Filled Memorial Featuring Bobby Brown Performance

12 January 2016 12:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After her three-hour long private funeral, Natalie Cole's family and friends gathered at Crustacean in Beverly Hills Monday night to celebrate her life. Bobby Brown, Macy Gray, Mary Wilson and more performed while David Foster emceed the evening, hosted by Howard Grossman at one of Cole's favorite restaurants. "The mood was not somber, but an evening celebrating Natalie Cole's life and her music," says a source. Cole's son Robert Yancy also attended the event, and his grand-uncle Freddy Cole ended the evening with a performance of "It's Easy to Remember (But So Hard to Forget)." Others who attended included Quincy Jones, »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Natalie Cole -- Unforgettable at Grammy Heavy Funeral (Photos)

12 January 2016 7:30 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Natalie Cole was eulogized by an all-star lineup of Grammy winners. Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie and Smokey Robinson all attended and paid tribute to the singer at West Angeles Church of God in Glendale, CA. Chaka Khan reportedly sang at the funeral. Also there, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Angela Bassett and David Foster ... who produced Cole's Grammy winning Album of the Year "Unforgettable ... With Love." Natalie, who died at 65 on New Year's Eve from heart failure, »

- TMZ Staff

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Natalie Cole Remembered by Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan at Touching Memorial

11 January 2016 4:49 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Stars from across the music world came out to celebrate the life of R&B singer Natalie Cole on Monday at a touching memorial. Stevie Wonder, Lionel RichieChaka KhanSmokey RobinsonGladys KnightAngela Bassett, Johnny MathisJesse Jackson Kurt CarrDavid Foster, and Linda Thompson were among those who gathered to remember Cole at the West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ on Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles. The R&B singer died on Dec. 31 at age 65 from a condition called idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which she was diagnosed with five years ago following a successful kidney transplant, »

- Debbie Emery

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Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Gladys Knight Remember Natalie Cole at L.A. Funeral

11 January 2016 4:35 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The life and four-decade musical legacy of Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole was celebrated Monday morning at West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. Among the R&B icon’s friends spotted at the 11 a.m. funeral service that was open to the public: singers Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, the O'Jays' Eddie Levert, Mary Wilson, Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Freda and Scherrie Payne and producer David Foster. Also on hand was longtime friend Chaka Khan, who was expected to perform but was under the weather. One of the service’s more touching moments, noted one

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- Gail Mitchell, Billboard

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Natalie Cole Honored at Memorial Service: 'I Feel So Blessed to Call You My Friend,' Smokey Robinson Says

11 January 2016 2:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Friends and family of Natalie Cole gathered to honor the late singer Monday. Mourners, including Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Jesse Jackson and Linda Thompson remembered Cole at a private memorial at the West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ. Stevie Wonder and Kurt Carr performed, while speakers Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson and David Foster paid tribute to the singer at the closed-casket service. Cole's son Robbie and sisters Timolin and Casey also spoke at the funeral, which was presided over by the Rev. Melvin V. Wade, Cole's rep tells People. "I feel so blessed to have called you my friend, »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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Natalie Cole Honored by Family, Friends as Late Singer Fêted by Stevie Wonder at Private Memorial

11 January 2016 2:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Friends and family of Natalie Cole gathered to honor the late singer Monday. Mourners, including Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Jesse Jackson and Linda Thompson remembered Cole at a private memorial at the West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ. Stevie Wonder and Kurt Carr performed, while speakers Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson and David Foster paid tribute to the singer at the closed-casket service. Cole's son Robbie and sisters Timolin and Casey also spoke at the funeral, which was presided over by the Rev. Melvin V. Wade, Cole's rep tells People. Cole was 65 when she died of heart failure on Dec. »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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