September 21, 2016 |
There's no better illustration of the current richness - and relentlessness - of television than the next few nights of fall premiere week, which could tax even the most avid couch potato (or hungriest DVR). On Wednesday night, the season finale of USA's Mr. Robot , starring brand-new Emmy winner Rami Malek, is up against the series premiere of 24 star Kiefer Sutherland's return to TV in ABC's Designated Survivor . Want more Fall TV? Read Ellen Gray's season preview.
September 20, 2016 |
* KEVIN CAN WAIT. 8:30 p.m. Monday, CBS3. * THE GOOD PLACE. Hour-long preview at 10 p.m. Monday, time-slot premiere 8:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC10. Read Ellen Gray's Fall TV Preview. I'm not sure how many people still watch TV in real time, but it's possible on Monday to go directly from a new CBS comedy whose title is a play on Heaven Can Wait to Fox's Lucifer before proceeding to NBC's The Good Place , a comedy set in a place some might call paradise.
September 20, 2016 |
_ THIS IS US. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10. Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Sterling K. Brown star in a surprising new family drama from Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love), who'd rather not have the surprise spoiled. Just don't miss the last few minutes. _ THE GOLDBERGS. 8 p.m. Wednesday, 6ABC. The '80s-set comedy from Jenkintown's Adam F. Goldberg kicks off its fourth season with an homage to John Hughes' 1985 movie The Breakfast Club. _ SPEECHLESS. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6ABC.
September 19, 2016
* 68TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS. 8 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. Jimmy Kimmel hosts the awards show, which kicks off the broadcast networks' premiere week. Among the big Emmy contenders: HBO's Game of Thrones and FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson. * THE GOOD PLACE. 10 p.m. Monday (hourlong preview), then 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, NBC10. Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in a new comedy from Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation ) about an afterlife that's not as perfect as it looks.
September 19, 2016 |
From time travel to movie reboots, television's preoccupation with the past continues this fall, as networks, cable channels, and streaming services turn to familiar titles, faces, and ideas. Kiefer Sutherland is back. So are Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin James, Geena Davis, and Woody Allen. But the news isn't all old. Three of the shows I'm most excited about are dramas about an accidental president (Sutherland in Designated Survivor ), a British monarch ( The Crown )
September 14, 2016 |
In the optimistic world of Hollywood screenwriter Dan Fogelman ( Crazy, Stupid, Love; Danny Collins ), most things happen for a reason. A University of Pennsylvania graduate and the writer behind two of the fall's most anticipated TV dramas, NBC's This Is Us and Fox's Pitch , Fogelman is adept at telling stories about how the past influences the present and at drawing connections between seemingly unrelated characters and events....
September 12, 2016
One of the best things that could happen to TV this fall would be for JJ DiMeo to become just another sitcom character. The oldest child on ABC's Speechless , which premieres Sept. 21 between The Goldbergs and Modern Family (and is previewing early on ABC.com ), JJ is, like many TV teens, good-looking and a bit of a smart-ass. Like his mother, Maya (Minnie Driver), he challenges authority. Including hers. And like Micah Fowler ( Labor Day ), the actor who plays him, JJ has cerebral palsy.
September 11, 2016
* SON OF ZORN. 8 p.m. Sunday, Fox29. Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live ) voices Zorn, a clueless action hero trying to reconnect with his son (Johnny Pemberton) and ex-wife (Cheryl Hines) in a show whose combination of animation and live action may be more clever than its writing. * MASTERPIECE: CHURCHILL'S SECRET and INDIAN SUMMERS. 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. We get a double dose of PBS drama this week. First, in a two-hour film, Michael Gambon portrays the British prime minister in 1953, when he was secretly sidelined by a near-fatal stroke.
September 9, 2016 |
Telecom carriers bid $864 million for TV airwaves in Philadelphia in the first round of a secretive federal auction that transfers wireless spectrum from NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, and other over-the-air TV networks to wireless carriers for data-consuming smartphones. The auction - the "last, best chance for [wireless] competitors to get spectrum," said telecom analyst Craig Moffett - allows TV broadcasters to voluntarily cash out of their spectrum and close down. TV stations also can relocate broadcasts to new frequencies on the TV dial.