Monthly Archives: March 2012

Saturday TV: Final Four, ‘Bridesmaids,’ Redneck Finales

His kids shared an award last year, so he gets to be the host this year: Will Smith presides over the 25th “Kids Choice Awards” (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.), which brings out an impressive array of stars to be showered by kids’ love and slime. Katy Perry and One Direction are among the performers; presenters include […]

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Friday TV: ‘Magic City’ Sneak

It doesn’t officially premiere until Sunday, but first full episode of the new series “Magic City” (Starz, midnight) gets a sneak preview tonight after “Spartacus: Vengeance” (Starz, 10 p.m.). “Magic City,” from writer Mitch Glazer (“Scrooged”), stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the owner of a hotel in Miami Beach, with action beginning on New Year’s […]

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Bruce Springsteen in Philadelphia

Bruce Springsteen’s affinity with Philadelphia goes back decades to “before the E Street Band,” he said at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday, the second of two sold out shows. Almost back to the days of Wells Fargo itself, maybe, but not quite. He and his scruffy band thought they had really made it, crossing the […]

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Heejun Gone Too Soon on ‘Idol’

Viewer voters got the last laugh Thursday as Heejun Han, whose deadpan humor flummoxed judges and took a bit of the starch out of the show’s deadly serious starmaking process, was eliminated. It came during the week when he pledged to be more serious about his role among the finalists, taking on “A Song for […]

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Thursday TV: Pauly D Goes Solo, New ‘Rules’

The “Jersey Shore” season and its reunion are over; here come the spin-offs. The first of them is from a more northern shore: Johnson, R.I., home of Paul DelVecchio, better known to Pauly D. In the new series, “The Pauly D Project” (MTV, 10:30 p.m.) Pauly and his Rhode Island entourage go to the clubs, […]

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‘Idol’ Singing Improves

The clueless, easy to please “American Idol” judges couldn’t understand what got into the nine remaining contestants this week. They were all singing so well. It may have had something to do with the fact that they could all, for the first time since auditions, sing songs they actually wanted to sing, by artists they […]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Whitechapel’ Returns, ‘Whitney’ Finale

The inventive British import “Whitechapel” (BBC America, 10 p.m.), which solved modern murders by comparing them to historical cases, returns for a new season tonight. Rupert Penry-Jones and the ever-familiar Phil Davis, pictured left, are a pair of detectives who are aided by the newly hired historian, played by Steve Pemberton, to try and crack […]

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Navratilova First Elimination from ‘Dancing’

One of the most competitive contestants on “Dancing with the Stars” was also the first to be eliminated this season. Martina Navratilova, who has won 18 Grand Slam singles tennis titles and 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, finished last among judges in scores and wasn’t saved by voting viewers. Gavin DeGraw, whose scores were […]

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Tuesday TV: Evesdropping Scandal, New ‘Best Ink’

Leave it to “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) to lay out the full extent of Rupert Murdoch’s shocking and widespread wiretapping scandal.  The report by Lowell Bergman in conjunction with Canada’s CBC, shows how downplayed the and ignored the wiretapping was for such a long time. So far the rollout has On the […]

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Martina’s ‘Dancing’ Double Fault

She may be one of the greatest tennis players ever, but Martina Navratilova isn’t such a great ballroom dancer, it turns out. And after posting the lowest number on last week’s 4th season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” a 20 for a foxtrot that tied for bottom with singer Gavin DeGraw, she dropped three […]

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