Monthly Archives: April 2012

Monday TV: More Ad Men from AMC

Because it’s home to the great ad men series “Mad Men,” AMC seeks to further explore the world of advertising in “The Pitch” (AMC, 9 p.m.). It’s a look at what supposedly happens every day in the contemporary ad world, structured like a reality competition, in which two firms are invited to share their ideas […]

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Sunday TV: ‘TV Land Awards,’ ‘Good Wife’ Finale

The medium celebrates its past, laden with more nostalgia than usual on the annual “TV Land Awards” (TV Land, 9 p.m.). Kelly Ripa, right, hosts the event in which the casts of “Laverne & Shirley,” “In Living Colour” and “One Day at a Time” will reunite, “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” gets recognition, and Aretha Franklin will also […]

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Obama Kills Again at Correspondents Dinner

Some memo got around Hollywood regarding the White House Correspondents Dinner this year – that it was somehow more important to attend than the Oscars. Never mind it’s a largely dull group of people eating dinner in the ballroom of the hotel where Reagan was shot. The notion that a late night comic would address […]

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TV Tonight: Kimmel Hosts Political Event

Count on Jimmy Kimmel to do a good job as keynote comedian at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner (CSPAN, approximately 9:40 p.m.). He’s done well in other high profile hosting gigs, and seems unflappable. He also has a way to be fearless in his humor while seeming easy-going about it all. Kimmel replaces Louis […]

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Friday TV: Marvel Man, Draft Resumes

With ‘Marvel’s The Avengers” eminent in theaters next weekend, time to explore the man from whom its fantastic characters sprang, in the bio film “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story” (Epix, 8 p.m.). Oh, it’s still on: The second and third rounds of NFL Draft (ESPN, 7 p.m.) continue. Charles Murray, Paul Begala, Andrew […]

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’30 Rock’ Goes Live into Sketch Show

The second attempt by the sitcom “30 Rock” to gain attention by performing its episode live was a mixed affair. In some  ways it was a static collection of sketches imperfectly spoken at times. In other ways, though, the episode was itself a salute to the joys of live television, as Kenneth locks everyone into […]

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On ‘Idol,’ Elise, Alas, Is Last

You can’t say she didn’t see it coming. Elise Testone, who despite compliments for her strong and soulful voice, had found herself in te bottom three five of the seven weeks since she was saved by judges in the first work of the top 13 finalists, was cut from ‘American Idol” Thursday. Her performance of […]

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Thursday TV: Live ’30 Rock’ and NFL Draft

May sweeps start tonight, while we’re still in April. At the least it means there will be no network reruns for now; at the most, it will open the doors for all kind of stunt castings, crossover episodes, sudden character deaths and lavish weddings, among other gimmicks. One gimmick we can get behind is the […]

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Wednesday TV: Queen Music on ‘Idol,’ Madonna on ‘ABDC’

The first big acting job in a while for Erik Aude, who was in “Dude Where’s My Car” comes in recreating his own travel nightmare in “Locked Up Abroad” (National Geographic Channel, 10 p.m.). It wasn’t entirely an innocent thing. Aude should have realized that while working as a personal trainer and being asked to […]

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Good Knight, Gladys

L.A. proved too much for the gal. So she’s leaving the life she’s come to know. She said she’s goin’ back to find, Ooh, what’s left in her world, the world she left so far behind. Gladys Knight, the Motown star who, at 67, is the oldest contestant this season on “Dancing in the Stars,” […]

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