June 12, 2012 |
BUNHEADS. 9 p.m. Monday, ABC Family. I ONCE LISTENED as an executive from the old WB moaned about how shows on the youth-oriented network never got any love from Emmy voters. They were all just too old, he figured. Having seen new shows occasionally work their way into the winner's circle through supporting casts, I asked if they'd considered a campaign for Kelly Bishop. "Who's Kelly Bishop?" he asked. I'd like to think any "Gilmore Girls" fan could have filled him in, Bishop having played patrician grandmother Emily Gilmore to near-perfection for seven seasons, six on the WB. But the question of who Bishop is probably comes closer to an answer Monday, as "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's new series "Bunheads" premieres on ABC Family.
May 21, 2012 |
In an annual rite known as Upfront Week, NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, and the CW just presented their lineups for the 2012-13 TV season to advertisers in New York. The ceremonies took place in some of the city's most august concert Halls (Carnegie, Avery Fisher, Radio City Music) over four days. The broadcast companies introduced only 20 new series for the fall (down from 27 last season). NBC led the pack with six new shows. Fox and the CW had half that many. Like it or not, an awful lot of familiar faces will be returning in the fall.
May 19, 2012
For TV lovers, this is the best time of the year, right after the networks have trotted out all their programming for next fall to entice the advertising agencies in New York. Everything has that new-show smell. All the pilots are beautiful, and hope springs eternal. By all means, enjoy this honeymoon period. Just don't get carried away. What look like gems in May often get raked away with the leaves in November. As a reminder of how unreliable first impressions can be in television, let us travel in the way-back machine, Mr. Peabody, to this exact time a year ago. There was one universally acknowledged "sure thing": The X Factor was going to be the season's biggest hit. Not only had the format already proved enormously successful in Britain, but Simon Cowell, the bloody Pied Piper of singing contests, was at the helm besides.
May 16, 2012 |
Looking at the fall schedules announced so far by the networks, you may well be wondering: Where have all the dramas gone? ABC has them, adding three strong ones in September, with three more waiting in the wings. In other news, Dancing with the Stars will for the first time feature an all-star edition, with fan favorites from the previous 14 rounds returning. The network will roll out only one new sitcom in September, one in November, and two more in January. ABC lost Desperate Housewives to age and pulled the plug on GCB, Missing, The River, and Cougar Town (which will gain a second life on TBS)
May 14, 2012 |
GET READY GHOULS, ABC is prepping a show for next month in which you'll be able to wait breathlessly for three hours to see if a daredevil plunges to his death. The alphabet network is turning Nik Wallenda's attempted tightrope walk through the mist and wind over Niagara Falls into a prime-time TV event on June 15. As a tie-in, if Nik needs a doctor, the cast of "Grey's Anatomy" will appear. Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the famous Wallenda daredevil family, whose history as a traveling circus troupe dates to 1780.
May 8, 2012 |
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. But what if people create a show for ABC called "The Glass House" and it's surprisingly like a show called "Big Brother" on CBS? Can CBS throw stones? Can the network sue? Attorneys for CBS have sent ABC executives a letter warning that "The Glass House" is "strikingly" similar to "Big Brother. " CBS also notes that ABC may be benefiting from the fact that 18 former "Big Brother" staffers and executives are now working on the planned ABC show.
May 3, 2012 |
Philadelphia's real-estate-tax disparity has been plaguing city finances and taxpayers for decades. Neighborhoods that were once thriving economic centers are now pockets of poverty. Neighborhoods that were once among our poorest are now home to million-dollar houses and condominiums. Despite shifts in wealth, demographics and population, our property-tax system has not changed with the times. Leaders in the city have chosen to sidestep this reality for years because of the perilous nature of dealing with tax policy.
April 24, 2012 |
"PARTY ROCKERS" is the latest in a long line of produced-in-Philly TV dance-party shows (many of which ultimately gained national distribution) dating to the earliest days of commercial broadcasting. Here's a look at some of the others that are part of the local (and in many cases, national) pop-culture fabric: "Bandstand" The granddaddy of all TV dance-fests was inspired by the popular afterschool radio show hosted by WPEN-AM disc jockeys Joe Grady and Ed Hurst. It debuted on what was then WFIL-TV (Channel 6)
April 18, 2012
Footballers Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson are spearheading a class-action racial discrimination suit in federal court against ABC and producers of the network's megahits, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, says the Hollywood Reporter. The suit says The Bachelor, which has been on for 16 seasons, and its sister show, which premieres its eighth season in May, have never once featured a person of color. ABC has declined comment. Bachelor exec producer Mike Fleiss last year told Entertainment Weekly, "We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it's just that for whatever reason, they don't come forward.
April 11, 2012 |
DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6 ABC. GIRLS. 10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO. THE PROBLEM of too much TV comedy being placed in the hands of women is such a new one it probably takes a man to explain it. "Enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods," "Two and a Half Men" co-creator Lee Aronsohn told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview this month at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference. "We're approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.