CBS: It was de Pablo’s decision to exit ‘NCIS’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves says every effort was made to keep the actress who plays Ziva David on TV’s highest-rated show, “NCIS.” Moonves says Cote de Pablo was offered, in his…

Review: Robin Thicke delivers with ‘Blurred Lines’

Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” (Interscope) Robin Thicke is having quite a moment. After spending most of his decade-long recording career as one of R&B’s journeymen — a sensuous crooner with the occasional crossover hit — Thicke has exploded…

Along with Miss America, parade returns to NJ

The Miss America parade is getting a television friendly makeover as the tradition returns to Atlantic City in September for the first time in nine years. Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell told The Associated Press on Monday…

SAfrica: Theron pledges help in AIDS fight

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Actress Charlize Theron has pledged her support in the campaign against AIDS during a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma. Theron, an ambassador for the United Nations program on AIDS, met Zuma in Pretoria…

Music Review: Backstreet Boys bore on 8th album

Backstreet Boys, “In a World Like This” (K-BAHN, BMG) Backstreet’s back, all right! Not all right, actually. The Backstreet Boys managed to bring fifth member Kevin Richardson back into the fold for an eighth album and a world…

Dead fans keep on truckin’ at summer festivals

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The Gathering of the Vibes festival raises some challenging aesthetic questions: Among them, is it possible for a 1960s veteran with a long ponytail to wear tie-dyed shirt, shorts and socks without looking slightly…

Celeb birthdays for the week of Aug. 4-10

Aug. 4: Singer Frankie Ford is 74. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 69. Actor Billy Bob Thornton is 58. Actress Kym Karath (“The Sound of Music”) is 55. Actress Lauren Tom (“Joy Luck Club,” ”Men in Trees”) is 54.…

Bryce Pinkham joins ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ on B’way

NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Pinkham has nobly decided to join “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” on Broadway. Producers said Monday that Pinkham will star opposite Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays when the musical begins performances on…

Review: Gill, Franklin salute Bakersfield sound

Vince Gill & Paul Franklin, “Bakersfield” (MCA Nashville) For those dismayed by contemporary country music’s lack of steel guitar and shuffle rhythms, “Bakersfield” is your antidote. With Vince Gill no longer competing for top radio hits, he turns…

Review: Glen Campbell reimagines some of his hits

Glen Campbell, “See You There” (Surfdog) At 77 and stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, Glen Campbell looks back at a lifetime of work on “See You There.” He revisits classics such as “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston” with a contemplative,…

Review: C.J. Box returns with ‘The Highway’

“The Highway” (Minotaur), by C.J. Box Sixteen-year-old Gracie Sullivan is book-smart and resourceful, but her 18-year-old sister, Danielle, is impetuous, self-involved and boy-crazy. As “The Highway” opens, they’re driving cross-country from their divorced mother’s home in Colorado to…

NYC tunnel to become temporary art installation

NEW YORK (AP) — Vehicles will be temporarily banned from a New York City tunnel so an artist can turn it into an interactive light and sound installation. Instead, pedestrians will be allowed into the 1,300-foot-long Park Avenue…

Review: Mom’s troubled waters swirl novel

“Sea Creatures” (Harper), by Susanna Daniel There’s a charmer at the heart of “Sea Creatures,” and it’s not the novel’s narrator, Georgia, who is plenty likable in her own admittedly stumbling, searching way. It’s her 3-year-old son, Frankie,…

Pioneering ‘Avenue Q’ celebrates 10th anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — Theater producer Robyn Goodman walked into the popular Broadway restaurant Angus McIndoe in mid-2003 and bumped into Nathan Lane, sipping wine. He told her that he’d just seen her raunchy new downtown musical. “You’re…

PBS: Acting like a network as well as service

NEW YORK (AP) — Honey Boo Boo, the management at PBS wants to thank you. You, too, real housewives. And naked castaways, Long Island princesses, breakaway Amish, storage warriors, pawn stars and pickers. People at public television may…