November 2, 2012
* MALIBU COUNTRY. 8:30 p.m. Friday, 6 ABC. I'M NOT sure what it is about Reba McEntire that screams "wronged wife," but the singer-actress embarks on her second sitcom Friday in a role that once again has her starting over after marriage to a cheater. In ABC's "Malibu Country," she's doing the leaving, taking her kids and her mother (Lily Tomlin) and fleeing Nashville, Tenn. - and her country star husband - for the Malibu, Calif., house she never even knew she had, hoping to restart the singing career she put aside years earlier.
November 1, 2012 |
Welcome to Malibu Country , the land that time forgot. Reba's sitcom, getting a late and lethargic jump on the new season, is supposedly set in the present, but it's enveloped in such a strong '70s and '80s haze, you'll swear you're watching it on Betamax. The premise is that Reba (the country singer formerly known as Reba McEntire) is a country singer named Reba McKenzie who put her career on hold to raise her two kids, Cash (Justin Prentice) and June (Juliette Angelo). Too bad the title Carter Country was already taken - by a '70s sitcom starring Victor French and the immortal Guich Koock.
May 24, 2012 |
IT HAPPENS every May: The broadcast networks announce their schedules for the following season and it's as if we're seeing double. It usually takes three to declare a trend, but TV seasons tend to get filled like Noah's Ark, with new (or recycled) ideas arriving in pairs. A year ago, it was '60s dramas — NBC's "Playboy Club" and ABC's "Pan Am" — and shows in which fairy tales turned out to be true — NBC's "Grimm" and ABC's "Once Upon a Time. " If there was any surprise, it wasn't that the "Mad Men" wannabes didn't make it to Season 2, but that the other two did. (And that CBS ordered its own '60s drama, "Vegas," for this fall.)
May 22, 2012 |
Whether you're an awards fan or not, even the most casual viewer of the last several Grammy shows would have had to imagine that Lady Antebellum had taken over as hosts. Those broadcasts found Nashville's finest in front of the cameras, winning song of the year and record of the year for "Need You Now," as well as the prize for best country album. The American Country Music Awards? Lady Antebellum won top vocal group, song of the year, and single of the year. It's almost annoying how ubiquitous the band is during awards season.
May 17, 2012 |
ABC'S GOING a little bit country this fall. On Wednesdays at 10, Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") will star in the drama "Nashville" as a country-music star whose career is beginning to flag and whose record label thinks the answer might be having her join forces with a younger singer (Hayden Panettiere, "Heroes"), who turns out to be a bit of a schemer. Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise") wrote the pilot, which was directed by documentarian R.J. Cutler ("The War Room"). In November, actual country- music star (and sitcom veteran)
March 31, 2012 |
The god of television is, in my imagination, a rugged cowboy type who looks and sounds a lot like Lorne Greene during the Bonanza era. Whatever tube deities you worship, it is time to give them thanks for the extraordinary programming bounty they have provided us on Sunday night. Amen and pass the remote. This is a feast beyond all reckoning - or recording, for that matter. Just don't make the rookie mistake of filling up on Shahs of Sunset reruns before the main courses are served.
January 21, 2012 |
The most thankless task in show business - besides being Chelsea Handler's sidekick - has to be hosting an awards show. You simply cannot win. Ask Ricky Gervais. Last year he was widely reviled for being too mean, too insulting on the Golden Globes. This year he was pilloried for being too bland. How are you supposed to take direction from that? Whatever you're doing, we don't like it. It's like having Goldilocks as a porridge- taster. Good luck getting that temperature just right.
May 24, 2011 |
Scotty McCreery vs. Lauren Alaina. All those of you who foresaw this tandem of Dixie-fried adolescents facing off in the American Idol finals, raise your hands. Well, if you ain't the grandpappy of all liars! Tuesday night's unexpected showdown, with the winner to be announced Wednesday night, is a fitting end to Idol 's surprise-stuffed 10th season. Going into this year, the primary question was: Could Idol survive without its presiding personality, Simon Cowell?
April 22, 2011
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Gwyneth Paltrow; Darren Criss & the Warblers perform. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Chris Rock. Friday Night Lights (8 p.m., NBC10) - The Lions are off to a good start, but Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) is surprised to learn not everyone is happy. Vince (Michael B. Jordan) discovers stardom has perks, but Luke (Matt Lauria) learns his aggressive playing style has consequences. Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country (9 p.m., CBS3)
November 18, 2010 |
Wednesday at noon, Philadelphia immortalized a big part of its entertainment history. The 300 block of South Broad Street was renamed Gamble & Huff Walk, in honor of prolific hit-monsters and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame mainstays Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff , phounders of the Philly Sound. That block contains the Philadelphia International Records building, where G&H penned 3,000 tunes and produced hundreds of hits and lots of Number Ones and Grammy winners, including "Back Stabbers," the ubiquitous "Love Train," "If You Don't Know Me by Now," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Only the Strong Survive," and "TSOP" (the Soul Train theme)