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ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2010
SERIES NCIS : The team's efforts to find a kidnapped girl are complicated by her grandfather's (guest star William Devane) interference in this new episode of the action drama (8 p.m. CBS). No Ordinary Family: Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") and Julie Benz ("Dexter") head the cast of this new superhero-themed series (8 p.m. ABC). Glee : The music of Britney Spears is featured in a new episode in which the pop singer herself makes a cameo (8 p.m. Fox). The Tenth Inning: Filmmaker Ken Burns follows up his exhaustive documentary miniseries "Baseball" with this new two-part examination of the national pastime in recent decades; concludes Wednesday (8 p.m. KCET)
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
The title of the ensemble drama "Answers to Nothing" is certainly truth in advertising. Though this "Crash"-lite intersection of L.A. stories, directed by Matthew Leutwyler from a script he co-wrote with Gillian Vigman, effectively portrays human loneliness and alienation, there's a lack of real conclusiveness to many of the film's characters and situations. The crisscross of Angelenos includes Ryan (Dane Cook), a moody shrink cheating on his fertility-challenged, lawyer wife (Elizabeth Mitchell)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2011
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Ricky Gervais; Tony Bennett; Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Bill Weir in Yosemite National Park; the cast of "Jersey Shore"; chef Daphne Oz. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Regis and Kelly Alexander Skarsgard; Melissa Joan Hart. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Jimmy Fallon; Vera Farmiga; Katie Couric. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Sugar Ray Leonard; Julie Benz.
HOME & GARDEN
September 18, 2010 | By David A. Keeps, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A typical American family survives a plane crash and emerges with super powers. Meet the Powells, the title characters of ABC's new action series "No Ordinary Family" and the residents of no ordinary house: With a fireplace and winding staircase as its center, the house spreads out with dramatic trusses, angular windows in unusual places and abundant sightlines. "When you are in the kitchen, you can see down the hall to the master bedroom, into the TV room and upstairs to where the kids rooms are," production designer Maria Caso says of the set, which imitates a 2,600 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath house.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The goody-goody Nielsens live wholesomely and contentedly in Springfield, USA, a generic sitcom town hermetically sealed off from reality. See Honey, the cheery, fudge-making mom in her pink dress and matching oven mitts (Charlotte Booker); Lloyd, the all-knowing, pipe-smoking dad (Stephen Bradbury); Babs, the bubbly, panty-girdled daughter (Julie Benz), and Chucky, their wide-eyed Boy Scout son (Danny Gura). But what's this?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The new CBS drama "A Gifted Man" has more natural resources than two or three of most new dramas combined. Created by Susannah Grant ("The Soloist," "Erin Brockovich"), the show's cast includes Patrick Wilson ("Angels in America," "Little Children"), Jennifer Ehle ("The King's Speech," "Pride and Prejudice") and brand new Emmy winner Margo Martindale ("Justified"), and to top it all, the pilot is directed by Jonathan Demme. So why on Earth isn't it better? Surprisingly, earthliness, or in this case unearthliness, isn't the issue.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2009 | Robert Abele; Kevin Thomas
Troy Duffy went from a bartending screenwriter to Harvey Weinstein's golden boy in the '90s with his calling-card script "The Boondock Saints" -- a brash action comedy about twin vigilantes. His resulting bad-behavior flameout in Hollywood was humiliatingly turned into a cautionary documentary ("Overnight"). But the best revenge is a fan base. "Saints" took off on home video. Now, 10 years later, Duffy has reemerged with a sequel, "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day," reuniting Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2011
SERIES Visiting ... With Huell Howser: This new episode features the 75th Anniversary Historical Photo Exhibit, which can be seen on board the Queen Mary, in Long Beach, through the end of May (7:30 p.m. KCET). No Ordinary Family: In a tense season finale, Mrs. X (Lucy Lawless) kidnaps JJ (Jimmy Bennett) and forces him to solve an enigma that could make the trilsettum's effects permanent. Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker, Romany Malco and Josh Stewart also star (8 p.m. ABC)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1999 | Television Review HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
The new CBS sitcom "Payne" is the second ragged attempt by U.S. television to re-create the celebrated British series, "Fawlty Towers." ABC took a stab in 1983 with the deservedly short-lived "Amanda's," which installed Bea Arthur in the John Cleese role as the proprietor of a quaint coastal inn.
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