Category Archives: Summer TV Press Tour 2015

Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Era Begins

The most exciting part of the new fall TV season for me comes not in a couple of weeks, when the broadcast networks roll out their new shows, not in the new seasons for cable fare we hope will get better like “The Leftovers” and “The Affair.” It’s not even when Trevor Noah takes the [...]

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Perlman, Delany in Amazon’s ‘Hand of God’

“Hand of God” (Amazon Prime, streaming) the latest online drama from the home of “Transparent,” starts crazily, with a powerful judge, played by Ron Perlman, found naked in a public fountain. He’s babbling about something — a religious transformation. But shaken by the rape of his daughter-in-law and near-death suicide of his son, he hears [...]

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New Tonight: ‘Blunt Talk’ on Starz

It’s always funny when someone with such a stentorian voices as Patrick Stewart lends itself to comedy. Tonight he does so as a cable news personality Walter Blunt, who seems to be going through a late life crisis in the new comedy “Blunt Talk” (Starz, 9 p.m.). Mostly, it’s a chance for Jonathan Ames to [...]

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Hilarious Homage to the Documentary

For their final show on “Saturday Night Live, two years ago, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader did a sketch Seth Meyers wrote about a made-up punk rocker named Ian Rubbish. “The only punk rocker who liked Margaret Thatcher,” Hader says. Directors Rys Thomas and Alex Buono got an authentic rockumentary look to the piece and [...]

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Chris Hansen, Back with an ‘Instinct’

That voice! It still rings from that old entrapment entertainment, “To Catch a Predator.” And now, Chris Hansen is back is back on TV in the new true crime cable series “Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.). “We take a look at crimes that didn’t get a lot of attention at the [...]

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Corey Stoll Flips His Wig on ‘The Strain’

There are a lot of scary visuals in FX’s “The Strain,” still in its second season on FX. But one that most alarmed fans was the wig on star Corey Stoll’s head. Stoll, who earned fans with his clean-shaven pate in things like “House of Cards” and movies such as “The Bourne Legacy,” “Non-Stop” and [...]

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HBO’s Bold and Timely ‘Show Me a Hero’

If you think a miniseries about placement of public housing would be boring, you don’t know David Simon’s work. After delving into stories that bubbled in Baltimore and New Orleans for previous HBO series, “The Wire” and “Treme,” he looks at the racially-tinged turmoil of 1980s Yonkers, N.Y., in the gripping, heartfelt and exceedingly well [...]

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NBC to Trump: ‘You’re Fired!’

Donald Trump, whose very celebrity was aided by his long tenure as host of “The Celebrity” and then “The Celebrity Apprentice,” was dismissed from NBC as host Thursday. No season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” will be made this coming season, but it will return in the 2016-17 season with a brand new host, the NBC Entertainment [...]

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Tuesday TV: Entrepreneurs, Other Reality

Let’s get bullish on business shows! To add to things from “Shark Tank” to “West Texas Investors Club” (CNBC, 10 p.m.), here’s “Startup U” (ABC Family, 10 p.m.) that follows 10 entrepreneurs at Draper University, an institution started by venture capitalist Tim Draper. Draper, who held a recent session at the TV Critics Association summer press [...]

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Colbert Can’t Wait to Start ‘Late Show’

The hardest thing for Stephen Colbert, as he prepares to take over “The Late Show” on CBS Sept. 8, is waiting to get on. “This is the longest I’ve gone since I was 24 not performing in front of a live audience,” he told reporters in an expansive Q &A culminating CBS’ day at the [...]

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