January 15, 2014 |
During its TCA Winter Press Tour day on Wednesday, CBS announced the premiere dates of its two major summer event series, "Extant" and the returning "Under the Dome. " Both series boast Steven Spielberg among their executive producers and have a science-fiction bent, but their stories are very different. "Extant" stars Halle Berry as an astronaut trying to reacquaint herself with her family after spending a year in space. But her time in space has resulted in something very mysterious that the network promises will "change the course of human history.
January 11, 2014 |
The scotch will be out and the phones will be ringing soon enough. AMC announced that the first half of "Mad Men's final season will kick off in April, and revealed that the "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" will land in November. Those were just a couple of premiere dates the network announced Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. Also getting launch dates are its new scripted Revolutionary War-set spy thriller "Turn," which makes its bow Sunday, April 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT with a 90-minute premiere.
January 10, 2014 |
They've barely taken part in anything this season, but Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant will come back soon. Maybe by the end of the month. The Lakers are targeting Jan. 28 for Nash's return. They're hopeful Bryant will be back then too. "My understanding is that it's about the same time," Coach Mike D'Antoni said Friday. "Hopefully, both of them are ready. " Bryant and Nash, you might remember, each have played six games. That's all. Their return would come after the Lakers' seven-game trip, their longest of the season, which starts Wednesday in Phoenix.
January 10, 2014 |
NBC has been saving its midseason shows until after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but Olympics viewers will get sneak peeks of two of the new shows during the Olympics. "About a Boy," based on the Nick Hornby novel, will air its first episode on Feb. 21 following the wrap-up of Olympics coverage for the day. But its regular time slot premiere will be Feb. 25, following "The Voice" at 9 p.m. The other new comedy, "Growing Up Fisher," about a family going through a divorce, starring J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, will make its first appearance during the Olympics on Feb. 23 before its regular time slot debut on Feb. 25 following "About a Boy" at 9:30 p.m. "Believe," the new suspense drama from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron, will premiere a few weeks after the Olympics, with the first episode getting a preview following "The Voice" on March 10 before settling into its regular time slot on March 16 at 9 p.m. WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows NBC's other new drama, "Crisis," starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney as a Secret Service agent who stumbles into an international crisis during his first day on the job, will also premiere on March 16, following "Believe.
January 9, 2014 |
Yes, in Westeros winter is still coming. And this year, it'll get a little closer on April 6, when Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones" begins. The fourth season of the sprawling, hugely popular series is expected to adapt the events from the second half of George R.R. Martin's "A Storm of Swords," the third book in his in-progress fantasy series of novels. Fans will get their first peek at the new season this Sunday, just before the series premiere of HBO's highly anticipated Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson crime series, "True Detective.
January 8, 2014 |
FIFA, the soccer's world governing body, has generally displayed a unique grasp on reality that often differs from the world the rest of us live in. But in two interviews with European media outlets this week, the group's highest-ranking officials have shown they may indeed understand the obvious. First FIFA President Sepp Blatter told a Swiss newspaper that Brazil is hopelessly behind in construction for this summer's World Cup and predicted that the event will be the target of protests, as was last summer's Confederations Cup. And now, CNN reports, FIFA is conceding it's hot in the Middle East in summer and appears ready to change the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid summer temperatures that frequently soar above 112 degrees.
January 3, 2014 |
Cindy Chupack has built a career chronicling single life as a writer for TV shows such as "Sex and the City," in relationship columns for Glamour and O magazine and in her collection of essays, "The Between Boyfriends Book. " Now she's turned her comedic gaze to the sometimes difficult subjects of marriage, domesticity and infertility with "The Longest Date: Life as a Wife" (Viking: 224 pp., $26.95). "My favorite line in the book would have to be 'Happily ever after is the epitome of lazy writing,'" Chupack says.
December 30, 2013 |
WARNING: In addition to observations about social networking apps, online dating and the mercurial “gig” economy , the following article also includes allusions to sex, spirituality and the nature of altruism. It's the story of the nicest gift I received this year, and for some readers it may even result in a few New Year's resolutions. It is the story of how I became an opinion blogger for the L.A. Times. The unlikely events began with a Tinder date at the Cat and Fiddle Restaurant in Hollywood.
December 25, 2013 |
There's no denying the increased responsibilities being placed on Santa Anita as it opens its 77th winter/spring meeting Thursday. With the permanent closing of Hollywood Park, the Arcadia track takes on the expanded role of primary proponent for horse racing in Southern California. Track President George Haines said Santa Anita is ready to embrace the challenges. "What we hope to accomplish is the finest racing program in the United States," Haines said. "We have the opportunity to race in the months that have traditionally much better weather.
December 19, 2013 |
The years-in-the-making conclusion to the story of exactly how Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) met the mother of his children will finally come to its conclusion on Monday, March 31. CBS will air a special one-hour series finale to "How I Met Your Mother," the comedy series which has run for an impressive nine seasons. Every episode of the show's ninth-and-final season has taken place in the hours leading up to the wedding of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders), with new cast member Cristin Milioti playing the mysterious mother.