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'Love Connection' to reconnect with viewers as Fox revival

"Love Connection" is reconnecting with viewers. A new version of the match-making game show will air on Fox starting May 25, the network announced Thursday.

The one-hour series will amp up the original dating show for today's audiences, featuring single men and women looking for romance. Its host is Andy Cohen, of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," who will bring his personal brand of audacious fun to the series, Fox said.

This edition revives one of TV's most popular syndicated game-show hits. The original "Love Connection" aired from 1983 to 1994, with Chuck Woolery hosting.

James Corden felt a 'long way from home' amid London attack

James Corden has taken a moment to pay respects to his native London following a deadly attack there.

The British host of CBS' "Late Late Show" said on Wednesday's show that he "felt a really long, long way from home" while watching news reports of the attack that left four people dead, including the attacker. He says he wished he could "be there with loved ones to stand alongside them."

Corden calls London a "diverse and proud and brilliant city."

He says if the Wednesday attack was meant to divide its residents, it will only "bring them closer together as one."

CBS renewing 18 series for fall, including 5 freshman shows

     CBS says it's bringing back 18 of its current series for the 2017-2018 season.

    Announced Thursday, those pickups include six comedies, nine dramas, the reality series "Survivor," and newsmagazines "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours."

         Returning scripted shows include "The Big Bang Theory," ''Blue Bloods," ''Hawaii Five-O," ''Life in Pieces," ''Madam Secretary," ''Mom," ''Scorpion" and all three editions of "NCIS" — Los Angeles, New Orleans and the original.

        In addition, five freshman series made the cut. They include "Bull," ''Kevin Can Wait," ''MacGyver," ''Man with a Plan" and "Superior Donuts."

            The network's full 2017-18 schedule will be unveiled in May. CBS is on pace to finish the season as the most-watched network for the 14th time in 15 years.

Feast for the soul: Jim Harrison on wine and food

In 2004, Jim Harrison wrote an article for The New Yorker about a 37-course lunch he ate in France "that likely cost as much as a new Volvo station wagon." Fully expecting to be criticized, he offered a defense at the outset. "My response ... is that none of us 12 disciples of gourmandise wanted a new Volvo. We wanted only lunch and since lunch lasted approximately 11 hours we saved money by not having to buy dinner."

Absurd? Yes, but also funny and true and typical of Harrison, whose dry wit and mordant insight are on glorious display in this new collection of essays published a year after his death. Harrison, a prolific poet and novelist best known for "Legends of the Fall," died of a heart attack at age 78.

While nominally about wine and food — his friend Mario Batali wrote the introduction — what distinguishes the essays are Harrison's poetic sensibility, metaphysical musings and moral outrage at the state of our nation. Several were written around the invasion of Iraq, which left him seething.

"Maybe the rage comes from the fact that our body politic ... has been fed by Chef Bush a fresh skunk hacked up with an ax ..." he writes in 2003's "Eat or Die." Later that year, in "Paris Rebellion," he wonders, "Has my country become a pack of wild hogs bent on eating the world?"

Faced with such dispiriting questions, Harrison inevitably turns to food, wine and poetry — and also hunting, fishing, dogs, birds and the great outdoors.

Nearly every piece, except perhaps the recipe for bear posole, first published in "The Montana Writers' Cookbook," has a saying wise enough to carry in your wallet. Some will flat out break your heart.

Consider this: "A several-hour walk in the forest heals more wounds than any doctor of my experience." ''Many people think a Ferrari is beautiful but it isn't if you compare it to a horse." ''We all need to eat well in order to dig the graves of stockbrokers."

And just in case you wondered, he has no regrets about that 37-course meal.

"No question looms larger on a daily basis for many of us than 'What's for lunch?' and, when that has been resolved, 'What's for dinner?' There have been mutterings that the whole food thing has gone too far in America, but I think not. Good food is a benign weapon against the sodden way we live."

Addams family actor lends voice to fracking opposition

The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke.

John Astin, a Baltimore native and comedian who played Gomez Addams, is the voice of a radio ad that supporters of a ban are broadcasting Thursday morning.

Astin says in the ad there's nothing funny about poisoning drinking water and the air we breathe. Food & Water Watch paid for the ad.

A measure to ban fracking in Maryland is advancing in the Legislature. A bill to ban the practice already has passed the House of Delegates. A Senate panel passed the bill on Wednesday, and Gov. Larry Hogan says he supports it.

Fracking isn't being done in Maryland now, but a moratorium on issuing permits ends in October.

Addams Family actor lends voice to fracking opposition

The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke.

John Astin, a Baltimore native and comedian who played Gomez Addams, is the voice of a radio ad that supporters of a ban are broadcasting Thursday morning.

Astin says in the ad there's nothing funny about poisoning drinking water and the air we breathe.

A measure to ban fracking in Maryland is advancing in the legislature. A bill to ban the practice already has passed the House of Delegates. A Senate panel passed the bill on Wednesday, and Gov. Larry Hogan says he supports it.

Fracking isn't being done in Maryland now, but a moratorium on issuing permits ends in October.

Netflix/Marvel's 'Iron Fist' epic fail, say viewers, critics

If your web connection seems sluggish while you're watching "Iron Fist," don't blame your internet provider. The problem is the listless pace of this new Netflix series.

But such languor isn't the only failing of this latest offering from the Marvel factory, judging from critical pans and fan unrest since the 13-episode season was unveiled last week.

Any Marvel project (and this is Netflix's fourth, following "Daredevil," ''Jessica Jones" and "Luke Cage") is breathlessly awaited by fans. "Iron Fist" was no different. But even before anybody saw it, it was already drawing accusations of "whitewashing."

The series centers on Danny Rand, the scion of a corporate titan who returns to New York 15 years after he and his parents died in a plane crash over the Himalayas.

Well, actually, Danny didn't die. He was rescued by a mysterious order of monks. And in this intervening period, he trained in martial arts and gained the mystical power of the Iron Fist. Now he returns to New York to reclaim the corporate empire that was hijacked by brother-and-sister baddies (and his childhood friends) Ward and Joy Meachum. He is also, of course, on a quest to "get answers."

"Iron Fist" stars Finn Jones, who is best known for playing Loras Tyrell on "Game of Thrones." But casting him as Danny was a missed opportunity, according to disgruntled fans who argue that an Asian-American actor should have been chosen.

Maybe, maybe not. But that would seem to be the least of the ills plaguing "Iron Fist." For instance, the Polygon website wielded iron fists of its own in declaring that the series' "problems with delivering exposition, crafting consistent characters, and even basic dialogue writing run right alongside ... problems with its portrayal of Asian cultures and Asian-Americans."

"Not one element of this plodding piece works," railed Variety, adding that the story line "is about as exciting as a slice of Velveeta cheese left out in the sun too long."

The New York Times complained about "the dawdling featureless" of the early episodes. And how many viewers could be expected to stick with the series beyond those first installments? Calling it "the first complete misfire of Netflix's Marvel shows," the Uproxx website posed the question: "Why would anyone but the most devout, masochistic Marvel completist want to watch?"

The Twitterverse has been no kinder, with one typical post calling it "a great show if you're looking to sit back, relax and stare at your phone as it plays in the background." Another tweet likened the series' fight scenes to "an awkward junior high school dance."

Even a forgiving Marvel neophyte who samples "Iron Fist" is likely to be put off. The conspicuous lack of action and of visual effects, at least in its early episodes, serves as a stark reminder of how lavish production values, unrelenting action and eye-popping visual effects are taken for granted by today's audience — and jarring when they're absent.

Granted, the epic failure of "Iron Fist," now installed for eternity on the Netflix site, will register as just a blip on the Netflix/Marvel landscape. And since Netflix never discloses audience figures, no one will ever know how many viewers choose to avoid or abandon the series who might have watched a better "Iron Fist" faithfully.

But every potential viewer is advised to note an exchange between two characters in an early episode:

"We need to know more before we can decide how we should proceed."

"So we just wait?"

"Yeah. And watch."

Such patience by "Iron Fist" viewers is doomed to go unrewarded.

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EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. Past stories are available at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/frazier-moore

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Actress Naturi Naughton expecting first child

Actress Naturi Naughton says she is expecting her first child in July.

Naughton revealed the news to People magazine Wednesday. She confirmed it with a post on her Twitter page, saying she was blessed and excited to share the announcement.

The 32-year-old actress is a star of the Starz crime drama "Power." She plays Tasha St. Patrick, the wife of the main character, portrayed by Omari Hardwick.

CBS and 'Young and Restless' lead with Daytime Emmy nods

CBS led with 70 nominations overall while its daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" led with 25 nods when nominations were announced Wednesday for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy awards.

TV's remaining trio of soap operas, "General Hospital" (23 nominations), "The Bold and the Beautiful" (23 nominations) and "Days of Our Lives" (22 nominations) were the other series with the most potential trophies.

"The Young and the Restless" joined CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," NBC's "Days of Our Lives" and ABC's "General Hospital" among nominees for best soap opera.

Best actress nominees for daytime drama were Nancy Lee Grahn and Laura Wright of "General Hospital," Gina Tognoni and Jess Walton of "The Young and the Restless," and Heather Tom of "The Bold and the Beautiful."

Best-actor nominees for a soap were Peter Bergman and Kristoff St. John of "The Young and the Restless," Scott Clifton of "The Bold and the Beautiful," and Billy Flynn and Vincent Irizarry of "Days of Our Lives."

Nominees for supporting actress are Anna Maria Horsford of "The Bold and the Beautiful," Stacy Haiduk and Kelly Sullivan of "The Young and the Restless," Finola Hughes of "General Hospital" and Kate Mansi of "Days of Our Lives."

Supporting actor nominees are Chad Duell and Jeffrey Vincent Parise of "General Hospital," John Aniston and James Reynolds of "Days of Our Lives" and Steve Burton of "The Young and the Restless."

Nominees for best game show were "Celebrity Name Game" (syndicated), "Family Feud" (syndicated), "Jeopardy!" (syndicated), "Let's Make a Deal" (CBS) and "The Price is Right" (CBS).

Nominees for best informative talk show were "The Chew" (ABC), "The Dr. Oz Show" (syndicated), "Steve Harvey" (syndicated), "Larry King Now" (Ora TV) and "The Kitchen" (Food Network).

Nominees for best entertainment talk show were "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (syndicated), "The Talk" (CBS), "The View" (ABC), "Maury" (NBC) and "Live with Kelly" (syndicated).

The awards ceremony will air April 30 from Pasadena, California.

ABC's Diane Sawyer to interview Caitlyn Jenner again

ABC News' Diane Sawyer is reprising her interview with Caitlyn Jenner, with the former Olympic gold medalist slated to talk about her first couple of years of life as a woman.

The former Bruce Jenner spoke to Sawyer in a 2015 special that reached 17.1 million viewers and won a DuPont-Columbia journalism award.

Jenner has a book, "The Secrets of My Life," that is to be released four days after her new interview with Sawyer airs. The "20/20" special is scheduled for April 21.

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