May 8, 2015 |
UP UNTIL EARLY Tuesday morning, I had looked at Ernie Johnson as the geeky guy on TNT who did an absolutely terrific job keeping Charles, Kenny and Shaq under control. In a span of less than 24 hours, my respect for Johnson reached a level that I cannot comprehend. At 2 a.m. on Tuesday, I watched an episode of ESPN's E:60 in which Johnson was featured. So I watched, and cried. Since becoming the face of Turner Sports in 1990, Johnson has faced some major dilemmas. There was cancer in 2006, which he beat; there was the death of his father in 2011, which he still beats himself up for not being there when Dad died; and then there was Michael.
December 12, 2014 |
Most makeover reality shows are unabashedly focused on changing people only on the surface, whether with a diet plan, a new hairdo, or a new house. It's refreshing that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's new TNT series, Wake Up Call , which premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, seems so different, focusing instead on improving the life of the whole person. Seems is the operative word: While one early episode is about an at-risk teenager who turns his life around, another is merely about an obese high school football coach's attempts to lose weight.
August 14, 2014 |
* LEGENDS. 9 tonight, TNT. THERE'S a small moment in the premiere of TNT's "Legends" in which undercover FBI agent Martin Odum is introduced to a new colleague, who tells him they have something in common. "I'm an Air Force brat, too," says the young analyst ( Tina Majorino, "Veronica Mars"). "Only my father was never stationed overseas, so I didn't get a cool accent out of the deal. " And just like that, Martin is free to spend at least part of every episode sounding like the man playing him, Yorkshire-born Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones," "Lord of the Rings")
August 13, 2014 |
Legends with Sean Bean ( Sharpe's Rifles ) is a show, that, like Josh Holloway's CBS series Intelligence last season, should work but doesn't due to a lack of imagination and daring. Bean's Martin Odum is an FBI agent who is, in the immortal words of Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop 2 , "deep, deep, deep, deep undercover. " He gets so lost in the alter egos he adopts to infiltrate criminal enterprises that he will slip into their speech patterns without realizing it. So lost that he signs a child support check to his wife with the name of the militia nut job he is pretending to be. His identity is so splintered that as his handler (Cherry Hill native Ali Larter)
June 20, 2014 |
* RECTIFY. 9 tonight, SundanceTV. * THE LAST SHIP. 9 p.m. Sunday, TNT. "RECTIFY" IS not a show in a hurry. When the drama, one of last year's best, premiered in April 2013, I was struck by a scene in which main character Daniel Holden (Aden Young) fell asleep while riding in the car taking him away from the prison where he'd spent 19 years on death row. It was a daring choice for a medium that tries to keep us up nights, but the right one for the character, who, after years of staring at walls, reacted as a newborn might to overstimulation.
June 10, 2014 |
* MURDER IN THE FIRST. 10 tonight, TNT. * REMEMBERING THE ARTIST ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. 9 tonight, HBO. * CHASING LIFE. 9 p.m. tomorrow, ABC Family. In 1995, long before "Damages" or "The Killing," Steven Bochco edged the TV procedural beyond the box with ABC's "Murder One," in which a single case consumed an entire season. He also cast Daniel Benzali, a bald, middle-aged character actor, as the series' first lead, only to replace him by Season 2 with Anthony LaPaglia, while tweaking the format to cover more cases.
March 20, 2014 |
WITH THE SIXERS in a historical downward spiral toward a top pick in the June's NBA draft, and the NCAA Tournament giving us 68 teams to look at this week, let's combine the two and become college scouts for the next couple of weeks. We are looking for players who are talented, intelligent and work hard. We're not talking about potential here. We want guys who are part of successful programs, who are going to bring a winning attitude to the Sixers. We already know about Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and the rest of the lottery picks.
December 4, 2013 |
Nothing jolts American cinema as intensely as gangsters. It's an intoxication that began in 1931 with Little Caesar and The Public Enemy . (The original Scarface would be in the group, too, but censorship squabbles kept it out of theaters for more than a year.) TV has been similarly consumed with crime kingpins since The Untouchables in 1959. The appeal obviously is evergreen. NBC is currently developing a mini-series about Eliot Ness. Mob City , on TNT, sets a new level of synchronicity: It uses the same setting and some of the same historical characters as Gangster Squad, which was in theaters this year.
June 14, 2013 |
Eric Martin, a software engineer and ski instructor who lives Harleysville, is one of nine adventurers hunting for $100,000 at 9 tonight on TNT's survival-style game show, 72 Hours . Is it possible for the area to have back-to-back winners? On last week's debut, Michelle Lamelza, who grew up in the Northeast, found the cash-filled briefcase with two teammates during a quest that crossed a half-dozen Fiji islands. See article: " Philly fave wins wild TV treasure hunt . " See slide show: " Reality-show champs from Philly.
June 11, 2013 |
* MAJOR CRIMES. 9 tonight, TNT. * KING & MAXWELL. 10 tonight, TNT. "ONE OF the nice things about me," Los Angeles Police Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) tells a new assistant D.A. in tonight's season premiere of TNT's "Major Crimes," "is that when I'm really unhappy about something, people never have to ask. " The line's delivered in the beautifully modulated but very specific tone I've come to think of as Raydor's mom voice. And it's as much a part of McDonnell's character as the Southern accent that Kyra Sedgwick adopted was to Raydor's predecessor, Brenda Leigh Johnson, in "The Closer.