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Last Update on March 03, 2015 15:13 GMT

"JUDGE JUDY" EXTENDS CONTRACT DEAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Quick -- who would you say is the top-earning TV entertainer? You might be surprised to know it isn't some star on a top-rated prime-time show -- or even one of the hosts of a network late-night show. It's Judy Sheindlin -- better known to millions of viewers as Judge Judy. The tart-tongued lady keeps a tight rein over her courtroom and anyone seeking justice there. She has signed a new deal which will see her stay on the air into 2020. CBS Television Distribution isn't discussing terms of the deal. But TV Guide has reported she pulls in $47 million a year -- making her the highest-paid personality on television by far. Sheindlin is 72 and her show is now in its 19th season.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Judge Judy rules the ratings in daytime TV.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports "Judge Judy" brings home a pretty hefty paycheck.

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Excerpt of Judge Judy

This is the opening sequence for the Judge Judy show. Judy Sheindlin has extended her contract with CBS Television Distribution through 2020.

SUGE KNIGHT - HOSPITALIZED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Suge (SHUG) Knight has some serious legal problems. And now he says he has some serious physical problems to go along with them. The former head of Death Row Records says he's blind in one eye and going blind in the other. He also complains he has a blood clot in his lungs and other complications after being shot six times last year. To top it off, Knight has also ditched his legal team, firing David Kenner and his law partner. Knight is charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after hitting two men with his pickup truck in January. One of them died.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Suge Knight complained of a variety of physical problems before being taken from court to a Los Angeles hospital.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Suge Knight is apparently dissatisfied with his defense team.

CEELO GREEN - PROBATION

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- CeeLo Green seems to be getting his act together. At least that's what his probation team suggests. A report to the court says the former coach on "The Voice" has been working with the court to help clear his felony drug case. He pleaded no contest to giving a woman ecstasy during a dinner in 2012. Green has also caught flak for saying a woman who is drugged can't claim she has been raped. A therapist who has been meeting with Green says the singer has made progress.

SARA GILBERT - BABY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sara Gilbert has a new baby. The baby -- a son -- is named Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry. It's her first child with her wife Linda Perry. The couple was married in March of last year and the birth was announced on her TV show, "The Talk." Gilbert is 40 and is best known for her role on the TV comedy "Roseanne." Perry is a singer and songwriter who used to front the group 4 Non Blondes.

"THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- India Carney could know more about music than all the coaches on "The Voice." She's a senior in the UCLA music program and is a classically trained opera singer. The student from Brooklyn had the coaches on their feet with her soaring version of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind." All four coaches wanted her. Christina Aguilera noted that she, like India, is a New York girl. Adam Levine said he'd be "wherever you're from, baby." Blake Shelton promised to be her biggest fan, while Pharrell Williams said she wouldn't be going home, no matter what happens. In the end, India picked Aguilera's team. Tonight, more blind auditions.

`The Voice' coaches go crazy over India Carney. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Blake Shelton and Adam Levine

Blake Shelton and Adam Levine spar over who will get India Carney. ((note language: cut contains word "damn")) COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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India Carney and Pharrell Williams

India Carney has to decide which of the four coaches will be her mentor. ((note language; cut contains word "damn")) COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

MARK CUBAN - "SHARKNADO 3"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark Cuban for president? He's in -- at least in the next installment of "Sharknado." The SyFy network says the Dallas Mavericks owner and star of "Shark Tank" will play the president of the U.S. in "Sharknado 3." His vice president will be conservative commentator Ann Coulter. The TV movie will air in July. Others who will appear in the reboot will be Bo Derek, Jerry Springer and 'NSync singer Chris Kirkpatrick as the toothy storm takes aim on Washington D.C. before heading to Florida.

NICK OFFERMAN - THEATER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nick Offerman is taking a break from TV to do theater. The star of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" will play Ignatius Reilly in "A Confederacy of Dunces." The production will be done by the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston and will run from Nov. 11 to Dec. 13.

DAYTIME EMMYS - TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They're awards for TV. And this year, the Daytime Emmys will actually be on TV. Organizers say Pop -- which used to be known as the TV Guide Network -- will carry the ceremony next month live from Los Angeles. The show lost its slot on broadcast networks in 2012, and moved to HLN. Last year, the show was streamed online because it couldn't get a TV outlet to carry it.

AARON HERNANDEZ TRIAL

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- It's called "opening the door" -- and prosecutors in the trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez say they want permission to barge through. They've asked the judge to let them tell the jury about the time Hernandez shot a friend of his in Florida. The judge had ruled the evidence couldn't come in -- but prosecutors say the defense opened the way by suggesting to the jury that Hernandez would never shoot a friend. The defense hasn't responded to the prosecution request and the judge hasn't taken up the request yet.

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