July 2, 2010 |
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 |
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 |
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.
May 19, 2010
SERIES Delta Divers: This new documentary series follows commercial divers plying their trade in the Gulf of Mexico (6 and 9 p.m. National Geographic). The Good Guys: Fox offers a sneak peek at the pilot episode of this buddy-cop show starring Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks (8 p.m. Fox). Secrets of the Dead: The bloody, brutal Battle of Stalingrad during WWII is revisited in this new episode (8 p.m. KCET). The Middle: Octogenarian "It Girl" Betty White guest stars on the sitcom's season finale (8:30 p.m. ABC)
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)
March 11, 2010
SERIES American Idol: Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud perform in this new episode when four more contestants are eliminated, revealing the 12 finalists (8 p.m. Fox). CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: When a boy is murdered, Langston and Willows (Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger) and their colleagues uncover evidence that could link his death to an old case. Paul Guilfoyle, Faith Prince and George Eads also star in this new episode (9 p.m. CBS). The Office: Dwight causes trouble on Jim's first day back from paternity leave in this new episode (9 p.m. NBC)
March 1, 2010
SERIES Inside the Actors Studio: Director James Cameron ("Avatar") is James Lipton's guest in this new episode (7 p.m. Bravo). How I Met Your Mother: The gang tries to convince Ted (Josh Radnor) that Tiffany (Carrie Underwood) is stringing him along. Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris also star in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love: Jake's family meets the two finalists before Jake makes his final decision in the season finale (8 p.m. ABC)