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November 15, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
C'mon, we all knew that was coming, didn't we?   In a twist about as surprising as the news that Andy Kaufman is, in fact, still dead, it turns out that Mama Pope is still alive, if not exactly well. In the closing seconds of Thursday's “Scandal,” Rowan pays a visit to his spouse-prisoner, who's living in some kind of dank underground cell -- just one of the many bunkers in this most paranoid of shows.   It's predictably unpredictable in that way that “Scandal” is, a development that caps off an episode in which Olivia's unfolding back story takes a backseat to Mellie.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
NBC's new "Hollywood Game Night" had me at Jane Lynch. At this point it's easier to name the projects she hasn't starred or guest-starred on ("Game of Thrones"? "The Real Housewives of Orange County"?), but as far as I know, she's never done a game show. And that just seems wrong. Trained in improv, which is the closest anyone gets to live television these days, Lynch could have absolutely held her own against Paul Lynde and Carol Burnett in the halcyon days of the original "Hollywood Squares" and "Password.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
In the category of “high-class problems,” having a show whose return is anticipated so feverishly that it's inevitably going to be something of a letdown is pretty near the top of the list, but that's the cross that Matt Weiner, creator of “Mad Men,” has to bear after Sunday's slow-moving, two-hour-plus season premiere, "The Doorway. " Things almost always get off to a slow start on this show, as if Weiner knows our brains might explode if too much happens right out of the gate, but even by those standards “The Doorway” was, until the last few minutes, a notably and, I think, willfully uneventful episode.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2013 | By Todd VanDerWerff
“Breaking Bad” is the story of Walter White. That seems obvious, of course. Bryan Cranston is at the center of nearly every episode, and he's the guy who's won three Emmys for his work as its lead character. But where many TV shows that run five seasons expand and expand, incorporating a larger understanding of their own worlds, “Breaking Bad” has honed itself to a fine point. As other stories and characters fall by the wayside, as all of his excuses and rationales prove hollow and false, there's still Walter White, sitting alone in a cabin in the New Hampshire woods, with two copies of “Mr.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2012 | By Todd VanDerWerff
The title of this midseason finale of “Breaking Bad” - “Gliding Over All” - is a fairly big hint as to where the episode ends. It is, after all, a Walt Whitman quote, and Whitman is one of the few tangible pieces of evidence that could connect Walter White to the criminal empire he's built in the mind of his brother-in-law, the one who always overlooks him because, hey, who's going to suspect Walter? Yet as the episode reached its climax and Hank picked up the copy of “Leaves Of Grass” that would draw a direct line between Walter and the long-dead Gale Boetticher, everything snapped into place in a beautiful, elegant way. If last week's episode strained for that feeling of pieces you always knew would snap into place actually doing so here and there, this week's was a moody, contemplative piece of work that pulls Walter back from the edge just enough to make it all the more tragic when his hubris does him in yet again.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Spoiler alert: The following post contains revelations about Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead. " Forget the zombies. When it comes to “The Walking Dead,” no one has shown more guts this season than Carol Peletier. In the course of four seasons, the AMC genre drama has fine-tuned the delicate balance of gut-wrenching - and gut-spilling - moments against its zombie apocalypse backdrop. Behind the din of knives being jammed in heads or the sloshing of innards as they get consumed, are the quiet, equally disquieting, junctures - those that show how brutality of the environment has left its stain on the band of characters.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Well, I was wrong. Last week, I said that “YOLO” was an episode that was setting us up for the fireworks yet to come in the “winter finale” of “Scandal.” But on Thursday night, the jaw-dropping twists I predicted failed to materialize in “A Door Marked Exit.” Instead, we learned that Olivia shares her mother's taste in outerwear and got yelling -- lots and lots of yelling. Of course, this being “Scandal,” the yelling -- particularly the opening shoutfest between Sally and her doomed “closeted hillbilly” of a husband Daniel -- was expertly written and performed, at once riveting, hysterical, hilarious and poignant.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The third-season premiere of ABC's Washington-centric political thriller "Scandal" reverberated beyond the Beltway, ranking at the top of the new Nielsen Twitter TV ratings. Thursday night's episode, in which Washington fixer Olivia Pope's name was leaked as the president's mistress, attracted 10.5 million television viewers. "Scandal" also made some noise on the social media platform Twitter, with nearly 713,000 tweets about the episode reaching a Twitter audience of 3.7 million, Nielsen reported.  FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 The sudsy drama proved even more social than the MTV documentary "Miley: The Movement," which followed Miley Cyrus' efforts to shed her persona as a Disney Channel star and focus on music.
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March 4, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes   Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 2-8, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Revolution Aaron (Zak Orth) awakens in a world with power, but he soon realizes something isn't right. 8 p.m. NBC Arrow Slade (Manu Bennett) turns up in Starling City, shocking Oliver (Stephen Amell), in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA The Middle Frankie (Patricia Heaton)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Meg James
Buoyed by double-digit ratings gains in daytime, CBS said: "Let's make a deal. " The network determined that the price was right to renew its lineup of daytime programs, and Wednesday said that next season it would bring back "The Price is Right," "Let's Make a Deal," "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and the daytime chatfest "The Talk. " CBS has boasted the top-rated slate of daytime programs for more than a quarter of a century, and this season has been no exception.  Heartening fans of the beleaguered soap opera genre , CBS' two surviving daytime dramas -- "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" -- have seen sturdy ratings growth compared with the 2012-2013 TV season.
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