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November 9, 2010
SERIES 30 for 30: In 1981, Mississippi high school running back Marcus Dupree was the darling of recruiters from every major conference and even appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. But the career that followed at the University of Oklahoma was utterly forgettable. Filmmaker Jonathan Hock documents Dupree's rise, fall and comeback, and how he used football to redeem himself, in this new episode (5 p.m. ESPN). NCIS: Robert Wagner reprises his role as Anthony DiNozzo Sr., who joins his son (Michael Weatherly)
July 22, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
His hot young company just surpassed 500 million users. He's about to be portrayed in a major Hollywood film. Yet nothing says you've hit the big time like being asked to voice yourself on "The Simpsons." Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old phenom behind the world's most popular social networking site Facebook, will play himself as a guest voice on the iconic Fox television show this fall. In the episode, "Loan-A Lisa," Lisa decides to help fund Nelson's new bike company.
July 2, 2010 | By T.L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There's a meta moment coming in Monday night's episode of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" where 19-year-old Bristol Palin talks about being the mother of a toddler. The brief guest appearance came naturally — the acting part, well, that's another matter — because it mirrors her own life. "It was right up my alley," said Palin, daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "I was pregnant the same time as the character, Amy, on the show, so I kind of felt like we went through the experience together."
June 22, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Time
As Disney Channel prepared to launch the cartoon series "Phineas and Ferb," one top company executive thought the hard, geometric shapes of the characters' heads represented too radical a departure from Disney's round-faced animation tradition. But talk of forcing the creators to soften the edges of Phineas' isosceles dome to make him and the other angular characters less jarring was quelled. "I said 'no,' " said Disney Channel Entertainment President Gary Marsh. "This is what I love about this show.
June 3, 2010 | By Christy Grosz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Considering the controversy over last year's nominee-expanding rule changes, it's no wonder the TV academy's modifications for the 2010 Emmy Awards seem less dramatic. But just as last year's nips and tucks demonstrated the organization's commitment to maintaining a fair process, this year's adjustments show that the Emmys can change alongside the business that they honor. "There's a general critical consensus and industry consensus that prime-time TV has moved into an extraordinary new era," says John Leverence, the TV academy's senior vice president of awards, who has overseen the process since 1980.
March 28, 2010
SERIES Breakout: This new, eight-part series revisits some of the most high-profile prison breaks in recent history, starting with "The Texas Seven," a 2000 case in which seven criminals escape from the Connally Unit in Texas (6 and 9 p.m. National Geographic). The Amazing Race 16: Teams take a helicopter ride to a remote island paradise in the Indian Ocean in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Life: The Discovery Channel airs two new installments of its stunning documentary miniseries, with "Mammals" at 8 p.m. followed by "Fish" at 9. Family Guy: Chris and Meg injure Stewie and try to cover it up on a new episode of the raunchy animated series (9 p.m. Fox)
March 18, 2010
SERIES Community: Pierce (Chevy Chase) takes Britta, Troy and Shirley (Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown) along for a ride at his boating class, in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). 30 Rock: Liz (Tina Fey) keeps running into Wesley (Michael Sheen), causing her to question their decision in this new episode (9:30 p.m. NBC). Tough as Nails: Cindy and her team work to finish construction on a Brookline property before the broker's open house in this new series (9:30 p.m. HGTV)
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