'Big Bang Theory' star Cuoco gets married

- "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco is starting off 2014 as a Mrs.

Cuoco's representative, Melissa Kates, says the actress wed tennis pro Ryan Sweeting in a New Year's Eve ceremony at a ranch in Santa Susana, Calif.

Afterward, the 28-year-old Cuoco posted a few photos with her 26-year-old husband on her Instagram account. She wore a pink Vera Wang wedding gown and captioned one picture as "Greatest night of my entire life."

The couple dated for three months before getting engaged in September.

Cuoco previously dated her "Big Bang" co-star Johnny Galecki.

NBC's 'SNL' hires a black woman

NEW YORK - NBC's comic institution "Saturday Night Live," criticized recently for a lack of diversity, said Monday that it was adding a black woman to its repertory cast when new episodes start again later this month.

Sasheer Zamata, who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 and has worked with the New York Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, will join for the Jan. 18 episode, for which Drake is the host and the musical guest. Zamata, 27, is from Indianapolis.

The 137 regular cast members who have been part of "Saturday Night Live" since its 1975 debut have been mostly white and have included only four black women. The most recent was biracial Maya Rudolph, who left in 2007. Black men, including Eddie Murphy, Tracy Morgan and Chris Rock, have played more prominent roles.

The lack of a black woman among the 16 regular or featured players became an issue this season when the two black male cast members, Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah, commented publicly about it and made it known they would no longer dress in drag to portray black women.

'Downton' draws record audience

NEW YORK - "Downton Abbey" drew a record-breaking audience for Sunday's much-anticipated season premiere.

PBS and WGBH-TV announced Monday that the fourth-season debut of the lush British miniseries attracted 10.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Fast National data.

This audience improves upon the viewership of the third-season premiere by 22 percent. PBS says it's the highest-rated drama premiere in network history.

The two-hour episode picks up the action six months after the sudden death of Downton heir Matthew Crawley on last season's finale.

"Downton Abbey" airs on the "Masterpiece" anthology, which is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.

Associated Press