Category Archives: Television

‘Dancing with Stars’ Cast Largely Starless

Perhaps we need a new definition of “Stars.” Few if any of the participants in the 25th season of “Dancing with the Stars” can rightfully be so described. None are, say, on the Hollywood Walk of Stars. Many will not register a whit of recognition. But here they are anyway. The fall cast, announced Wednesday, [...]

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TCA Awards: First to Honor ‘Handmaid’s’

One great thing about the TV Critics Association annual TCA Awards is the opportunity to honor shows before the Emmys get a chance. Hence, the Program of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Drama awards for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the breakthrough Hulu adaptation. Many of its stars including Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Yvonne [...]

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Ryan Lochte Said He’d Race a ‘Real’ Shark

Olympic gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte says he’d race against a shark. But, he added at an opening day TV Critics Association event Tuesday that “I would race a real shark.” He was referring to fellow medalist Michael Phelps’ much-ballyhooed race against a shark that kicked off this year’s Shark Week Sunday on Discovery. Viewers [...]

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Summer Press Tour Begins in California

If it’s the Golden Age of Television, as people often say, then it should be a gilded time, too, for the annual TV Critics Association summer press tour. As the event first organized for print journalists across North America to display the new season’s shows opened Tuesday in Beverly Hills, it was clear things were [...]

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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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