August 5, 2014 |
* PARTNERS. 9 and 9:30 tonight, FX. TWO DECADES ago, Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence were playing very different broadcast personalities on very different hit shows. Tonight, the stars of "Frasier" and "Martin" join forces in a new FX sitcom, "Partners," as very different Chicago lawyers. "We sat down in a room about two years ago and just fell in love," Grammer said of the otherwise unromantic-sounding process that led them back to TV. "Partners," which shares a name with at least two previous sitcoms, is the latest cable comedy to be sold on the "10/90" model, in which a network orders 10 episodes, whose ratings performance may trigger an order for 90 more, as it did with Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management.
August 18, 2011 |
Beach-reading recommendations are a summer tradition: With vacations offering extra leisure time, everyone wants to know what books will help them pass the hours. But many pop-culture fans now devour television with the same kind of intensity: They buy boxed sets, Netflix, or download whole seasons, treating TV series such as The Wire and Breaking Bad as if they were meant to be watched in five-hour stretches. Claire Danes, who began her career in My So-Called Life and returns to TV this fall in Homeland , pinpointed the phenomenon recently.
December 8, 2010 |
Someone needs to develop an app to count the number of times individual celebrities have gotten married. The tally for Kelsey Grammer , 55, of Frasier fame, will be rising to four. His rep, Stan Rosenfield , says that the Emmy winner is engaged to British girlfriend Kayte Walsh , 29 (a 26-year difference for those who care). "They are engaged. They never really announced it, they are very happy and very much in love," Rosenfield told RadarOnline.com. Grammer and Wife Number Three, Camille Donatacci Grammer , 41, a star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills , filed for divorce in July and aren't officially un-wed yet. Because reality TV is all about, well, reality, the breakup of Grammers III will be part of the show.
June 16, 2010
HOT IN CLEVELAND. 10 tonight, TV Land. PERHAPS NOT even Drew Carey could have predicted it, but one of the hottest shows of the season is set in Ohio. It is not, alas, TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland. " Not even Betty White, the 88-year-old actress who's lately done everything short of leap a tall building in a single bound - or sing on Fox's Ohio show, "Glee" - could push this cheesy dish past warm. And yet the "Golden Girls" alum has pretty decent company in a show written by "Frasier" vet Suzanne Martin and produced by Tony host (and "Will & Grace" star)
December 19, 2007 |
If the role of Marsh McGinley, a blithe and blithering sportscaster on Back to You's fictitious WURG-TV nightly news team seems tailor-made for Fred Willard, well, it is. Not just because the Wednesday-night Fox sitcom's cocreator, Steve Levitan, wrote the role for the veteran TV and film actor - famous for playing grinning knuckleheads in Christopher Guest's ensemble spoofs, and for assisting Jay Leno on something like 90 Tonight Show comedy bits....
May 15, 2004 |
Frasier went out with a bang Thursday. The finale of the 11-season NBC sitcom scored the series' highest ratings since Oct. 24, 2000, knocking CBS's usually invincible CSI out of first place. An estimated 25.4 million people watched in nearly one-fourth of all U.S. homes watching TV as Kelsey Grammer's Frasier Crane flew off to Chicago in search of true love, Martin Crane (John Mahoney) married too-young girlfriend Ronee (Wendie Malick), and Niles and Daphne Crane (David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves)
May 2, 2004 |
In the next two weeks, NBC will serve up supersized send-offs for a pair of TV's longest-running and most popular sitcoms, Friends and Frasier. We don't want to spoil the valedictory mood in advance of their respective May 6 and 13 finales. But as those comedy cornerstones enter the realm of eternal reruns, we can't help wondering if they stuck around a little bit too long. The answer: Of course they did. They're TV series, the showbiz equivalent of tiresome dinner guests.
April 29, 2002 |
BOB HOPE'S FUNNIEST OUTTAKES, 8 p.m. tomorrow, Channel 10. He broke ratings records in radio and revolutionized television by perfecting the opening monologue. Bob Hope's 60-year broadcast career at NBC was marked by more high points and memorable moments than anybody's. From his early years in vaudeville and radio to movies and television, Hope was an unparalleled success due to a carefully honed persona that included a sly, speedy delivery, relaxed personality and topical gags that let audiences feel they were in on the joke.
August 31, 2001 |
The supporting cast of the CBS sitcom "Becker" has gone to Los Angeles Superior Court to fight for a raise from Paramount Network Television, which produces the show. In more than one respect, this is a Paramount error in tactics and judgment. Without question, the subordinate players on "Becker" are entitled to ask for more money, especially since the series, about to begin its fourth season, soon will be sold in the lucrative syndication market. Just as unquestionably, executives at Paramount are free to entertain or reject such requests - and if there's ever a case to reject outright, this is it. Ted Danson, the star and title character of "Becker," isn't involved.
May 27, 2001 |
Picture this: You're watching a rerun of Gilligan's Island, and waving from the bow of a ship threatening to rescue the castaways is none other than one of those little walking, talking M&Ms of TV commercial fame. Such may soon be reality. Princeton Video's new "virtual product placement" technology enables the digital insertion of product images into existing television series episodes. Reruns of Law and Order soon to be shown on TNT, for example, are a possible target for virtual additions - say, a soda machine sporting the Pepsi logo in a police station, or a shot of Colgate toothpaste in an officer's medicine cabinet.