Category Archives: Television

Remembering Adam West, Best Batman

For the number of actors who have donned the cape to become increasingly more dark Dark Knights in recent decades, the most iconic Batman was the one on TV in the 1960s. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the start of my favorite “Batman,” which succeeded in part because of the charm and good [...]

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Upfronts: Four New Ones from The CW

In a season when old shows from “Roseanne” to “S.W.A.T.” have announced comeback seasons or reboots, The CW network closed a week of network upfront presentations saying it would bring back the old “Dynasty.” It’s one of four new shows announced by the also-run network, whose only survivor from last year’s crop of new shows [...]

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Upfronts: CBS Unveils Eight New Shows

The last of the big four broadcast networks to present its plans for the 2017-18 TV season, CBS adds eight new shows, including one that’s a spinoff of its popular “Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon.” The network of powerful government acronyms continues the tradition with the dramas “SEAL Team” and “S.W.A.T.” The new dramas include: [...]

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Upfronts: ABC Has a Dozen New Shows

ABC announced the most new shows of any network so far — 12 — in its 2017-18 upfront presentation. But many of its series have limited eight-to-10 episode runs, including an eight episode revival of “Roseanne” with Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalfe is also coming for 2018. Of the five new [...]

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Deep Dive into American Roots Music

When radio threatened the young phonograph record industry in American cities in the 1920s, it sent out talent scouts to rural corners of the country, seeking to find local musicians who’d appeal to regional audiences where there still was no radio. They’d find local musicians by asking in town newspapers if they’d like to hear [...]

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Upfronts: Fox Brings more ‘X-Files’

Fox brings four new hour-long series and a pair of half hour comedies to its 2017-18 season and will bring back a 10-episode new season of   “X-Files” midseason, it said in its upfronts Monday. The comedies include Seth MacFarlane’s live-action sci-fi spoof “The Orville” in which he will star and a paranormal buddy comedy [...]

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NBC Upfronts: Three New Fall Shows

NBC kicks off the week of network upfronts — announcing plans for the upcoming TV season — by invoking its old phrase “Must See TV” for a Thursday night lineup that includes a new night for first season hit, “This is Us” and the return of the comedy “Will & Grace” as well as Dick [...]

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‘The Sopranos’ Return for One Night

Ten years after it went off the air, “The Sopranos” briefly returned Wednesday in Washington, as its creator and a half dozen of its cast members were on hand as the HBO classic became the first show to be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. For a moment there they all were again — [...]

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Happening Now

There are certain shows that require one to break down and get the streaming service subscription:  “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” on Netflix; “Transparent” on Amazon Prime. Now, it’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming) on Hulu. What was once a site for mainly NBC reruns is now something worth putting in [...]

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Nat Geo Hasn’t Fired Bill O’Reilly Yet

It was kind of a funny day for National Geographic to release its slate of new scripted development projects, ranging from “The Birth of the Pill” to the Ebola drama “The Hot Zone” to a project about the early days of Nat Geo from the writer of “UnReal” — as well as a second season [...]

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