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.
June 17, 2010
SCOUNDRELS. 9 p.m. Sunday, Channel 6. THE GATES. 10 p.m. Sunday, Channel 6. HBO'S HAD "The Sopranos," Showtime has "Weeds," AMC has "Breaking Bad," but crime doesn't seem to pay on network television, where a "Law & Order" can run for 20 seasons, but shows that portray perps in an even vaguely sympathetic light are lucky to make it through one. R.I.P., CBS' "Smith" and "Cane," NBC's "Heist" and "Kingpin. " Sure, the rogues of mainstream TNT's "Leverage," which returns at 9 p.m. Sunday, seem to be doing OK. But it's summer, it's still cable, no matter how middle of the road, and the actors are, let's face it, playing Robin Hood more than they are actual robbers.
May 11, 2010 |
Lauren Graham is a little surprised to find herself in Philadelphia as part of a quick East Coast publicity swing. After all, her NBC show, Parenthood, is still shooting in Los Angeles. But when your boss, a big Hollywood mogul with roots in TV, tells you to jump on a plane, you say, "Window or aisle?" "It was explained to me that Ron Howard, when he was doing Happy Days, had success in traveling the country and talking about the show. So this was like Ron Howard wanted me to come here," Graham says, laughing.
May 11, 2010 |
Lauren Graham is a little surprised to find herself in Philadelphia as part of a quick East Coast publicity swing. After all, her NBC show, Parenthood , is still shooting in Los Angeles. But when your boss, a big Hollywood mogul with roots in TV, tells you to jump on a plane, you say, "Window or aisle?" "It was explained to me that Ron Howard, when he was doing Happy Days , had success in traveling the country and talking about the show. So this was like Ron Howard wanted me to come here," Graham says, laughing.
June 5, 2007 |
Knock, knock. Who's there? The CW. Who? Who, indeed. The fledgling network with the weird name and the mongrel identity spent its inaugural season in Witness Protection. And with good reason. Launched in just three months, the corporate love child of the WB and UPN debuted in September with relatively little promotion. Its lineup featured two new shows and more than a few returning series with cobwebs. "They went out and said, 'We're a new network,' but there was almost nothing new," says Mediaweek analyst Marc Berman.
May 19, 2007 |
It's fitting that the TV season echoes the school calendar. Each fall, a new batch of hopefuls comes marching in, and every spring, a group of graduates, many of whom we've come to love, leaves for good. And around commencement time (May sweeps), all kinds of unexpected people show up on campus. I'm still trying to figure out what the king of Texas stomp, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, was doing giving away a bride on the season finale of Bones. But at least he dressed for the occasion in a tux with buckles, sunglasses and his trademark Esther Williams bathing cap. Tell me, how are we supposed to live without the Gilmore Girls?
May 15, 2007 |
Created with the help of a consortium of advertisers, squirreled away on a tiny network aimed at teenagers, one of the most unlikely series in TV history ends its gentle, and surprisingly long, journey tonight at 8 on CW57. With seven seasons, Gilmore Girls went further than such TV legends as Leave It to Beaver, Sanford and Son and St. Elsewhere, yet fans were clamoring for more, and the network seemed willing. But contract negotiations with the show's stars broke down two weeks ago. Here was a series featuring teenage girls where brains mattered more than boobs, and the dialogue was richer than anything on television, including the bombast of Aaron Sorkin on The West Wing or Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
March 13, 2007 |
Is this the beginning of the end of American Idol? The competition would trade anything for what one network boss calls the "Death Star," a show that destroys any program put up against it and commands ad rates four times higher than average, and one which, barring strange circumstances, could still have Fox singing sweetly in 2015. After constantly growing in ratings since its first season in 2002 and consistently lurking in the top 10 overall, Idol hit the No. 1 spot for the first time last year.
January 25, 2006 |
CBS and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced yesterday that they will merge their UPN and WB networks to form a new network, the CW. Each of the entertainment giants will own 50 percent of the new network, which will begin broadcasting in the fall. UPN and WB will go off the air at that time. In the Philadelphia market, the new network will have its home on Channel 57, currently a UPN affiliate owned by CBS. Channel 17, which currently broadcasts WB programming, will become an independent station in September.
September 11, 2005 |
The fall TV season is no laughing matter, but half of the best new shows are comedies. And there's other strangeness in the air - every single broadcast network has a noteworthy series. However, after the excess success of last year, creativity has cooled down. There's lots to like for 2005-2006, and viewers will tune in. But they may be loath to unlock their hearts. A pair of returnees rounds out this toast to 10 shows. They're switching time slots, along with more than 20 others, and they could use the special attention.