September 30, 2015 |
* GRANDFATHERED. 8 tonight, Fox 29. * THE GRINDER. 8:30 tonight, Fox 29. MAYBE IT SEEMS silly to worry about flow, in the age of I'll-catch-it-on-Hulu, but some shows just belong together. Tonight, with the premieres of "Grandfathered" and "The Grinder," Fox brings us an hour of handsome, slightly delusional middle-age men teaching, and maybe learning from, their younger male relatives. In the case of John Stamos' restaurateur character, Jimmy, in "Grandfathered," that younger male is Gerald (Josh Peck, "Drake & Josh")
May 13, 2015 |
'Here comes the nerd squad!" This is how forensic scientist Gil Grissom is greeted as he arrives at a crime scene in the pilot episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in October 2000. Spoken by a couple of macho cavemen cops, the word nerd was meant to be derisory, but Gil wore it as a badge of honor during the nine seasons he was the top nerd on the CBS procedural, a tenure ending in 2009. CSI wasn't unlike most cop shows: Its heroes didn't pack guns and handcuffs, but tweezers and test tubes.
May 9, 2015 |
Hewitt leaves 'Criminal Minds' for new arrival The makers of Criminal Minds on CBS said Wednesday that star Jennifer Love Hewitt has left the show after one season on it. In the finale of Season 11 Wednesday, Hewitt's character, FBI agent Kate Callahan, resigns, saying she wants to concentrate on her coming baby. Which - says showrunner Erica Messer - is exactly what JLH is doing. Jen's second baby with hubby Brian Hallisa y, joining 16-month-old daughter Autumn , is skedded for July.
March 14, 2014 |
AS SOON as Tattle saw that President Obama was guesting on Zach Galifianakis ' goofy Funny or Die Web show "Between Two Ferns," it was quite clear the president's critics would have a field day with his appearance, even if many of them would ask the same questions Zach did: When you leave office, will your presidential library be in Hawaii or Kenya? During the recent Winter Olympics, which country were you rooting for? But the funny six-minute bit, which turned into a commercial for HealthCare.gov, seems to have accomplished its goal, getting more young people in Funny or Die's target demo to think about health care.
August 11, 2013 |
Barely two minutes in, the first episode of Low Winter Sun serves up a cold-blooded murder, all the more brutal because the killers are cops. As is the victim. AMC's bleak, brutal crime thriller premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. with a 10-episode first season. It has received mixed reviews, with some critics praising its uncompromising vision and others faulting it as dark but not deep. Set in a particularly bleak section of Detroit, the first episode opens in an empty restaurant.
August 6, 2013 |
Peter Capaldi is going from spin doctor to Doctor Who . The BBC announced Sunday the Scottish actor, best known as venomous political fixer Malcolm Tucker in the sitcom The Thick of It and its film spin-off, In the Loop , will star in Doctor Who , the famed science fiction series soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Capaldi is the 12th actor to play the Doctor, a galaxy-hopping Time Lord who travels in the TARDIS, a time machine shaped like an old-fashioned British police telephone booth.
November 29, 2011 |
Musical scores are crucial to a host of TV series, but no other show uses background music as extensively as Criminal Minds . It can make a scary serial killer almost unbearably stomach-turning, or transform a brightly lit police station into midnight at Dracula's castle. The show's cues, which is what TV and film people call the individual sequences that play as scenes unfold, may lack the lyrics and catchy melodies of the songs on Glee , and they may not sound like music to most viewers, but they can help define character and mood as much as anything that appears on the screen.
June 8, 2011
THE KILLING. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. I NO LONGER much care who killed Rosie Larsen. There - I've said it. For those who've watched AMC's "The Killing," which has just two episodes to go before we presumably learn whodunit, not caring (much) makes me: a) an idiot, incapable of appreciating complex theories regarding potential suspects; b) impatient with prolonged displays of grief (a position advanced by Meghan O'Rourke in a recent piece for Slate ); or c) a person who doesn't like being jerked around.
February 16, 2011
CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR 10 tonight, Channel 3. HOW MANY TV shows does it take to keep up with the nation's serial killers? One more than we had last week, apparently. Starting tonight, with the premiere of "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo join the search for the kind of criminals who don't often turn up on local police blotters. Twisted, complicated and generally smarter than the average bear, they're the perpetrators Hollywood loves to hate, worthy opponents for actors whose credentials qualify them for something better than playing hide-and-seek with more typical miscreants.
February 16, 2011 |
I hate the new CBS show Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior , which premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. But that doesn't mean you'll hate it. It's a spinoff of Criminal Minds , which, many weeks, is a top-10 show. Episodes routinely attract 10 million viewers. It's a big performer in countries around the world and in reruns on A&E. The criminal minds under study are those of the most twisted perps on TV. Also under study: their handiwork, which is frequently horrific beyond anything any normal TV writer would ever think up. Criminal Minds makes CSI seem like a tea party.