May 15, 2011 |
Can women save NBC? The network is making a big bet that the route to its long-needed comeback will come through female-skewing scripted series, with a just-announced fall TV schedule that will include a new Wednesday comedy block as well as 10 p.m. dramas every weeknight. The biggest surprise from Bob Greenblatt, the former Showtime programming chief assembling his first lineup as NBC's entertainment president, is opening Wednesday nights with two new comedies, "Up All Night" with Christina Applegate and "Free Agents" with Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn in an adaptation of a British series.
February 2, 2013 |
Hot seats don't come much hotter than the one at center stage of TNT's new medical series "Monday Mornings. " Anchoring the drama are the morbidity and mortality forums in which doctors at fictional Chelsea General Hospital face-off against their colleagues as they justify their treatment of patients. The behind-closed-doors sessions are frequently brutal, as trauma surgeons, specialists and physicians are subjected to often-withering criticisms from their peers as they defend life-and-death decisions made under extreme pressure.
February 19, 2012 |
In the endless prelude to the premiere of "Smash," the hand-wringing over the state of NBC was something to behold. After canning "Prime Suspect," its big ticket fall show, in what can be called only a panic, and bombing with its presumed John Grisham shoo-in "The Firm," the network needs a hit more than a flower needs rain, etc. Obviously NBC is hoping that "Smash" will be that hit, pouring money into the sort of ad campaign usually reserved for...
February 3, 2012 |
NBC is banking on a musical about a tragic icon for a reversal of its own misfortunes. In its biggest gamble since betting on Jay Leno in prime time, NBC on Monday will debut "Smash," an ambitious drama about turning Marilyn Monroe's life into a Broadway musical with soaring song and dance numbers. "Smash" has an all-star lineup in front of and behind the camera. It stars Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee and was created by playwright Theresa Rebeck. Producers include Steven Spielberg, Tony Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman, and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscar-winning "Chicago.
March 14, 2011
SERIES Inside the Actors Studio: Bradley Cooper, who got his master's degree at the Actors Studio when it was affiliated with The New School, sits down with host James Lipton to discuss a career that's spanned stage, film and television (7 p.m. Bravo). Shatner's Raw Nerve: LeVar Burton, who starred in "Roots" and "Start Trek: The Next Generation," has some couch time with the original Enterprise caption, then, in the season finale, Shatner reunites with his "Star Trek" co-star Walter Koenig for a heated conversation (7:30 p.m. Biography)
September 13, 2012
Early color film revived The earliest movies known to be shot in color have been revived by film archivists, who on Wednesday gave an audience at London's Science Museum a glimpse at cinema's first attempts to show us the world as we see it. The obscure film segments were long considered failed prototypes, blurry flickers of color seen by no more than a handful of people before being consigned to an archive. But the National Media Museum in the northern England city of Bradford said digitization had effectively rescued the footage, unlocking remarkably modern-looking images created more than a century ago. The scenes, screened at the Science Museum, ranged from roughly five to 40 seconds and showed a parrot, a London street scene, and three smiling children sitting around a table covered with a burgundy cloth batting at a goldfish bowl with large sunflowers.