TV Shows

'The Bachelor' ends controversial season with ratings high

“The Bachelor” ended a season that had as much drama off the set as on with its biggest audience of the year. Last Monday's finale also marked the final appearance of longtime host Chris Harrison — at least for awhile. It was announced last month that Harrison would step away after being criticized for defending a contestant who had appeared in racially-insensitive photos. He later apologized. The season was pre-taped, but he was replaced on the “After the Final Rose” special by Emmanuel Acho. Two former contestants, Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, will host the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette.”

'Saved by the Bell' star Dustin Diamond dies of cancer at 44

“Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond died Monday after a three-week fight with carcinoma. His spokesman confirmed Diamond's death. He was 44. Diamond, best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom, was hospitalized last month in Florida and his team disclosed later he had cancer. “Saved by the Bell” aired from 1989 to 1993, and its spinoffs included “Saved by the Bell: The College Years,” “Good Morning, Miss Bell” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” which Diamond starred in. He starred in a handful of reality television series including the 5th season of “Celebrity Fit Club,” “The Weakest Link” and “Celebrity Boxing 2.”

Oscar and Emmy-winning actor Cloris Leachman dies at 94

Cloris Leachman, a character actor whose depth of talent brought her an Oscar for the “The Last Picture Show” and Emmys for her comedic work in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and other TV series, has died. She was 94. Millions of viewers knew her as the self-absorbed neighbor Phyllis in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She also appeared as the mother of Timmy on the “Lassie” series. She played a frontier prostitute in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” a crime spree family member in “Crazy Mama,” and the infamous Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.”

Sentimental video tribute closes Trebek's final "Jeopardy!"

More than two months after Alex Trebek’s death, fans of “Jeopardy!” finally got the chance to say goodbye. A video tribute to the host closed Friday’s episode of the quiz show, the final one that Trebek taped before pancreatic cancer claimed his life on Nov. 8. The 90-second montage, set to Hugh Jackman singing the song “Once Before I Go,” is a lighthearted and laughter-filled remembrance showing Trebek’s changing look through his 36 years as host. It shows Trebek with moustache and without, dancing and verbally sparring with contestants. It ends with Trebek saying “so long” to viewers through the decades. 

Trebek's last new 'Jeopardy!' episodes airing with a tribute

The final new “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by Alex Trebek will air next week, with highlights that promise to be memorable. The first of the five episodes will air Monday, starting with what producer Sony Pictures Television calls a "powerful message about the season of giving” from Trebek. The final episode, airing Friday, Jan. 8, will conclude with a tribute to the longtime and beloved host. He worked up until 10 days before he died of pancreatic cancer in November at age 80. Veteran “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings will take over as guest host starting on Jan. 11. A permanent host has yet to be announced.