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Bill Cosby gets ovation after Florida comedy show

Bill Cosby walked off-stage Friday night the same way he came on -- to enthusiastic cheers and a rousing ovation.

The reception to the legendary comedian's 90-minute performance at a central Florida theater was in marked contrast to much of the national mood about Cosby, who took the stage in spite of a withering series of renewed allegations of sexual assault.

Although there was heightened security at the venue -- the 2,000-seat Maxwell King Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of a local college -- there were no protests or hecklers. And Cosby's set did not acknowledge or address the controversy that has threatened to destroy the entertainer's legacy as one of TV's most beloved figures.

The closest any moment came to nodding to his current circumstance occurred when a female fan screamed from the balcony, "We love you Bill Cosby." He raised his fist in solidarity, and the crowd went wild.

In his his his set, the 77-year-old comedian worked a range of family material, flashing...

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Bill Cosby's Florida performance goes on despite assault allegations

Even as other entertainment outlets abandoned him and suspicion grew over a series of renewed allegations of sexual assault, Bill Cosby was welcomed to a central Florida theater Friday night to a rousing standing ovation.

Wearing his trademark "Hello Friend" sweater in tribute to his late son, the 77-year-old comedian acknowledged the audience by flashing a thumbs up. The opening moments of his performance made no mention of the controversy that has threatened his legacy as one of television's most beloved figures.

The beginning of his routine, which he delivered sitting down next to a small table, revolved on bits about a religious relay race, churchgoing and drink-swilling relatives. The audience laughed and clapped appreciatively. 

Cosby also delved into two of his preferred topics -- childhood and race -- by telling‎ a story about how as a young boy he misunderstood how babies were born a given color. He recalled asking his uncle why he was black if the stork was white.

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TV Picks: Thanksgiving TV, 'Hello Ladies,' 'MasterChef Jr.,' more

"Hello Ladies: The Movie" (HBO, Saturday). Those mourning Stephen Merchant's one-season-and-canceled HBO series about an Englishman in Hollywood looking for love in (some of) all the wrong places, or those just seeking closure, will be cheered by this brief return. Or not so brief: At 80 minutes, it is nearly half as long as the whole first season. But it's a real movie, with a dominating through-line and an actual conclusion, not just a series of episodic exertions and humiliations strung together. Directing and starring and writing again with Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (veterans of the American version of "The Office," whose British original Merchant co-created with Ricky Gervais), Merchant concentrates on the relationship between his character, Stuart, and his friend and tenant Jessica (Christine Woods), a long-aspiring actress who has decided that her aspiring days are through. Some of the shots at Hollywood feel a little easy and familiar -- it's a target as broad as a...

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Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'The To Do List'

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SERIES

Hell on Wheels Recently renewed for a fifth and final season, this frontier-era drama ends its fourth season; Anson Mount, Colm Meany and Common star. 9 p.m. AMC

EAT: The Story of Food The documentary series continues with new episodes about sugar and seafood. 9 and 10 p.m. National Geographic Channel

Transporter: The Series The action series based on the movie franchise ends its freshman season with back-to-back episodes. 9 and 10 p.m. TNT

Saturday Night Live Cameron Diaz ("There's Something About Mary") takes a fourth turn hosting the sketch-comedy show; Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars perform. 11:29 p.m. NBC

MOVIES

A Royal Christmas Lacey Chabert and Jane Seymour star in this new holiday fable set in a fictional European country. 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel

An En Vogue Christmas Former members of the...

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TV This Week Nov. 23 - 29: 'The Whale: Revenge From the Deep'

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SUNDAY

There's no shaking off Taylor Swift, just one of the myriad performers slated for the "2014 American Music Awards." 8 p.m. ABC

Who's a good dog? The one that helps a lonely lady (Teri Polo) get a new lease on life in the new TV movie "The Christmas Shepherd." 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel

Chin up! The former host of "The Tonight Show" is feted in "Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize." 9 p.m. KOCE

LeToya Luckett, Cleo Anthony, Taraji P. Henson and Gladys Knight explore the ties that bind in the new TV movie "Seasons of Love." 9 p.m. Lifetime

"Richard Pryor — Icon" remembers the comic who turned taboo topics like race, sex and even his own drug addiction and firey mishap into comedy gold. 10:30 p.m. KOCE

MONDAY

Vote for your favorites, then complain they was robbed when they don't win, on the two-night season...

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'The Queen Latifah Show' canceled after two seasons

Two was not the charm for Queen Latifah.

"The Queen Latifah Show," the rapper-actress' syndicated daytime talk show, was canceled Friday by Sony Pictures Television, its home studio and distributor.

The show, which had trouble gaining traction in a crowded daytime TV marketplace, marks the second talk-show flop for Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Owens. Another program with the same title was canceled in 2001 after a couple of seasons.

"We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of 'The Queen Latifah Show' for creating a program that we are all very proud of," Sony wrote in a statement provided by a representative. "Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show."

In a Facebook message that hailed the show's "incredible journey" without mentioning its pending fate, Queen Latifah wrote: "We truly changed people's lives for the better."

"Queen Latifah" got off to a strong start in September 2013, averaging 1.8 million viewers...

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