September 19, 2011 |
* 2 BROKE GIRLS. 9:30 tonight, moves to 8:30 p.m. next week, CBS 3. * THE PLAYBOY CLUB. 10 tonight, NBC10. NETWORK TV comes roaring back tonight, with Ashton Kutcher joining CBS' "Two and a Half Men," Chaz Bono joining ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and two new shows about waitresses. I happen to love TV waitresses - from "Flo" to "Mildred Pierce" - but I don't have much use for the ones in floppy ears and cotton tails who work at NBC's "The Playboy Club. " A soapy look at the early days of the Chicago nightclub Hugh Hefner founded and expanded into a chain in the era of "Mad Men," the show, with Eddie Cibrian in the Don Draper role, seems to be trying to be all things to all viewers, serving up murder, women in skimpy outfits and assorted subplots that try to suggest that appearances aside, bunnies rule.
February 26, 2015 |
Bill O'Reilly under fire Bill O'Reilly , accused of telling fibs about his experiences while covering the Falklands War for CBS, must believe that he's the victim of a liberal conspiracy. Why else would the Fox News Channel pundit lash out against mounting evidence that he mischaracterized a postwar protest in Buenos Aires by Argentinians angry that their nation lost the war to Britain. Reilly, who hosts the highest-rated show in cable news, writes in his book No Spin Zone that the demo devolved into a riot in which "many were killed.
December 19, 1987 |
If you're a 1965 graduate of Central High School and something about Douglas Brackman's illegitimate half-brother on L.A. Law looks vaguely familiar, there's a reason. The brother - Erroll Farrell in the script - is none other than Philadelphia native Jeff Silverman, sans the hair of his high school days. "Yeah, that's me, Central High, Class of '65," Silverman said yesterday from his home in Los Angeles. "I don't know, when I got out of the Army and I was searching for a career, I had this fantasy, this dream of acting, I guess from being a TV baby.
November 20, 2012 |
NBC is basking in what appears to be its first November prime-time TV sweeps win in nine years, though the sweeps period doesn't officially end until Wednesday night and the numbers won't be official for another week. Honchos at the perennially fourth-ranked broadcast TV network have followed the ratings with wide-eyed amazement, waiting for the bottom to fall out. But they have concluded over the last several days that it now appears too late for ABC, Fox and CBS to catch them. The last time NBC won a November sweeps was in 2003, when its prime-time schedule included the iconic shows Friends , ER , Frasier and West Wing . A win would be a big feather in the cap of executive Steve Burke and Comcast Corp., the cable giant that said it would revive the bottom-dwelling NBC prime-time business when it acquired control of NBCUniversal in early 2011.
November 21, 2012 |
NBC is basking in what appears to be its first November prime-time TV sweeps win in nine years, though the sweeps period doesn't officially end until Wednesday night and the numbers won't be official for another week. Honchos at the perennially fourth-ranked broadcast TV network have followed the ratings with wide-eyed amazement, waiting for the bottom to fall out. But they have concluded over the last several days that it now appears too late for ABC, Fox, and CBS to catch them.
December 7, 2012 |
The TV reality-show machine is again visiting the area in search of talented contestants. America's Top Model will hold a casting call in Wyncote on Friday (women only), and another in Harrisburg on Monday, Dec. 18 (men and women). The Winner Is ... , a new NBC game show, will look for versatile singers in Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 15. As for other upcoming TV opportunties, a little traveling will be needed. A new CBS baking show will host tryouts in New York on Dec. 15, while America's Got Talent 's tour won't be closer than Raleigh, N.C., Dec. 15, and Norfolk, Va., Dec. 16, until its New York stop at a date still to be determined.
October 11, 2011 |
Whatever the networks are selling this fall, viewers ain't buying. Three weeks into the TV season, four new series have already shut down production or been canceled. Several others are on life support with little hope of recovery. "The networks are desperate right now. They have to stop the bleeding," says Marc Berman, editor in chief of Media Insights, the online industry tracker. "The trigger finger is getting faster by the year. " For the most part, the new shows got a healthy initial sampling.
December 8, 2012 |
Well, the networks are off on a well-deserved winter break. Not a creature is stirring, except Willie Geist. Time once again for our midseason report card. Let's not beat around the bush. This freshman class, which was pretty small to begin with, is failing. Having canceled Animal Practice and Guys With Kids , NBC is heading into the next semester with only four new shows surviving. And that puts it atop the heap. Obviously, we're marking on a steep curve here. Grade: B minus Fox launched only three series, all comedies.
April 7, 2012 |
You bring it on yourself, you know. You could just run with the herd. Watch the same shows everyone else does: NCIS, Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, and the like. Then you'd be sitting back right now, confident in another year of uninterrupted entertainment. But nooooooooooo. You pride yourself on being just a little bit different. You seek out those broadcast shows that Nielsen couldn't find with a Geiger counter. And as a result you spend this time of year on tenterhooks (not sure what those are, but they sound painful)
August 27, 2011 |
Cue the crickets. We're in one of the TV year's dead zones. It's so slow out there that MTV couldn't find anyone to host its Video Music Awards this weekend. Rather than stare at our navels, let us turn our gazes forward. With the new season fast approaching, I make the following fearless predictions: The winner of Dancing With the Stars will be a professional athlete and not an entertainer (or whatever the likes of David Arquette pass for). It will take only two episodes of Fox's new talent show, The X Factor , for old adversaries Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul to be going for each other's throats.