June 3, 2015 |
One would be hard-pressed to find any similarities between two crime procedurals hitting the box this week: ABC Family's new series Stitchers , which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, is cute and so slight in dramatic gravitas that it floats away into the ether. The reverse is true of NBC's surreal Nietzschean parable Hannibal , which returns for its third season at 10 p.m. Thursday. One of the most unremittingly dark, vicious stories about murder, Hannibal enthralls the viewer's aesthetic sense with its stunning photography, sophisticated use of imagery, and breathtaking beauty while at the same time threatening to steal away our soul, dragging it deep into the void.
June 2, 2015 |
* UNREAL. 10 tonight. Lifetime. * THE WHISPERS. 10 tonight, 6ABC. IT'S HARD to get more cynical about TV matchmaking than the tweeting fans who've made "The Bachelor" buzz-worthy long past its sell-by date. But Lifetime's new "UnReal" manages it. A soap opera set behind the scenes of a show, "Everlasting," that looks very much like the ABC standard, "UnReal" stars Shiri Appleby ("Roswell") as Rachel, a troubled young producer whose talent for manipulating contestants is only a smidgen stronger than her self-loathing.
May 29, 2015 |
Extreme situations and extreme behavior mark two fascinating if flawed new dramas: ABC's seriously creepy The Whispers , a thriller about sweet lil' kids who kill, and HBO's Nightingale , a one-man film starring Selma 's David Oyelowo. An X-Files -ish sci-fi procedural carefully calibrated to twist your mind, The Whispers premieres at 10 p.m. Monday. The first episode opens with the attempted murder of a suburban hausfrau by her daughter Harper (Abby Ryder Fortson)
May 14, 2015 |
THE MUPPETS and Don Johnson will both be back on TV this fall, but ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee doesn't want millennials to be scared. "This is not kind of your grandmother's Muppets. Not the old Muppets," Lee told reporters in a conference call yesterday to discuss the network's 2015-16 schedule, a few hours before unveiling it to advertisers in New York. "The Muppets," which will air at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, will be a mockumentary-style comedy from Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory")
April 8, 2015 |
WHEN Diane Sawyer stepped away from the "ABC Nightly News," we assumed it was to do more hard-hitting, in-depth reporting on the big issues plaguing our society. Who knew she'd start with the biggest. Bruce Jenner . ABC announced yesterday that Sawyer and Jenner will chat for two hours - TWO hours! - in a "far-ranging, exclusive interview" that will air April 24 at 9 p.m. Far-ranging? Will they discuss the former gold-medal decathlete's javelin technique? Will Bruce even still have a javelin?
March 5, 2015 |
* AMERICAN CRIME. 10 p.m. Thursday, 6ABC. TOMORROW night, ABC will try to get away with much more than murder. Moving into the time slot where Viola Davis ruled in a deliriously over-the-top, hashtag-friendly mystery that wrapped up its first season last week, is "American Crime," an 11-episode limited series that is, apparently quite deliberately, neither of those things. Created at ABC's behest by John Ridley, whose commission came before his Oscar for writing "12 Years a Slave," "American Crime" starts, as so many TV dramas do, with the discovery of a body.
February 27, 2015 |
Everyone knows crime rates go up with the temperature, so it's no wonder networks are anticipating the spring thaw with a fistful of new procedurals. ABC and CBS go head to head Sunday, with two movie-star-powered if very different offerings. Secrets & Lies from ABC is an eminently serious, disturbing, and always absorbing mystery about a child murder in the heart of suburbia. CBS goes for laughs with Battle Creek , a wonderfully off-kilter, mildly surreal satire featuring Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, and Janet McTeer . We are all sinners Adapted from the Australian drama, Secrets & Lies pits Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in an intense if sometimes overboiled battle of wills over the murder of a 4-year-old boy. He's the suspect, she the morally righteous, obsessive detective convinced of his guilt.
January 16, 2015 |
* GALAVANT. 8 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. PASADENA, Calif. - TV producers are used to getting notes from networks and studios: suggestions, helpful or not, from the people who pay the bills. "Galavant" creator Dan Fogelman's lately been getting love notes. "They gave us a lot of leeway," said Fogelman, of ABC's approach to "Galavant," a musical-comedy filmed in Britain. It's probably coincidence that Fogelman, a Penn grad who earlier created ABC's aliens-in-New Jersey comedy "The Neighbors" and is a screenwriter ("The Guilt Trip," "Crazy, Stupid, Love")
November 6, 2014 |
I'M THE FIRST person to admit when I am wrong and, boy, was I wrong. Sources had told me that 6ABC reporter Annie McCormick asked the station to take a leave of absence after her husband, lobbyist A.J. Marsico , was accused of sexual assault in September. But McCormick's leave, which lasted about 3 1/2 weeks, was actually due to a tumor. On her personal Facebook account, sources tell me, McCormick wrote two posts. The first, in early October, was posted after her surgery, thanking her doctors and assuring friends that she was recovering quite nicely with the help of her dog, Gigi , and husband, Marsico.
November 4, 2014 |
AMY BUCKMAN is leaving 6ABC after 25 years at the station. The Lower Merion High School graduate, who grew up in Wynnewood, started at Channel 6 as a producer in 1989. Buckman told me that the station offered her another contract but she had been thinking for a while about changing gears. "My husband, Terry , is very supportive of my decision and I'm already enjoying spending weekends at home and being able to watch my youngest son's sporting events," Buckman said. Buckman added that she is looking forward to taking some time off, but will be ready to go back to work when the right opportunity presents itself.