LOS ANGELES - On Thursday's episode of CBS's hit game show "The Price Is Right," contestant Ryan Belz broke Plinko records by landing his chips in the $10,000 slot three times. For those who aren't rabid "Price" followers, Plinko involves a contestant standing at the top of a large vertical gameboard who then drops chips down into a series of channels. At the bottom of the gameboard are a series of slots, each worth a certain amount of money ranging from zero to $10,000. The contestant is given five chips and attempts to rack up as much money as possible.
LOS ANGELES - Viewers who liked Mike Huckabee when he held forth on Fox News Channel on Saturday nights are likely to get a super-serving of him very soon on religious broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network.
LOS ANGELES - Ellen DeGeneres will appear in a brand new stand up special for Netflix. The daytime host made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning. The official Netflix account tweeted at her saying, "Looks like it's been 15 years since you did a stand-up special, @TheEllenShow. How about one for Netflix?" DeGeneres replied shortly thereafter, "Let me think about it. Ok, I'm in."
LOS ANGELES - Three more employees filed federal discrimination suits Monday against Fox News, adding to the network's legal difficulties as it attempts to move beyond the era of late CEO and chairman Roger Ailes. The suits were filed by attorney Douglas Wigdor, who now represents 23 current and former Fox employees. Two of the new plaintiffs, Vidya Mann and Naima Farrow, allege that they were terminated after becoming pregnant. Both also allege they were subjected to racially discriminatory remarks from Judith Slater, the network's former comptroller.
LOS ANGELES - A Minnesota judge on Thursday officially declared the heirs to Prince's estate, the value of which has been estimated at more than $200 million. The six heirs -- his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings: Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, John L. Nelson, Norrine Nelson and Sharon Nelson -- have long been considered the presumed heirs, after a number of claimants were denied last year. The ruling begins a one-year process in which other would-be heirs can make their case to the judge.
LOS ANGELES - Fox News Channel is parting ways -- again -- with Bob Beckel, the co-host of its primetime program, "The Five." "Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee," the network said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES - Studio 20th Century Fox Television is looking for a new home for canceled Tim Allen comedy "Last Man Standing." Speaking to Variety Thursday, studio presidents Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman said that they were surprised by ABC's decision to pull the plug on the show. "That's the one that's really an open sore right now," Davis said. Kurtzman added, "We really were expecting a pickup. The fact that we didn't get a pickup was a surprise and a disappointment. I think no one was more disappointed than Tim Allen, such a huge star with such a huge following."
LOS ANGELES - Bill O'Reilly is joining Glenn Beck's conservative news outlet TheBlaze for a weekly spot on Beck's radio show. "We're going to do that every Friday until Beck gets tired of me," O'Reilly said on the most recent installment of his "No Spin News" podcast. "It's a good outlet for me to, you know, discuss things back and forth with Beck, who's a good friend. We don't agree on everything, but it's very lively."
LOS ANGELES - Katy Perry has joined ABC's "American Idol" reboot as a judge. ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey announced Perry's addition to the show Tuesday at the network's upfront presentation in New York.
LOS ANGELES - Gladiators were shocked to learn last week that "Scandal" is ending after its seventh season, which will wrap up in 2018. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed on Tuesday that Kerry Washington's hit ABC drama will in fact come to a close after its seventh season, following last week's reports of the series' ending.