July 22, 2013 |
Actor Dennis Farina died Monday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., after suffering a blood clot in his lung, his publicist confirmed. He was 69. The character actor had recently settled into the TV circuit. After a memorable stint on "Law & Order" as Det. Joe Fontana, Farina's last regular TV role was on HBO's “Luck,” where he played Gus Demitriou, the driver, confidante and “muscle” for horse owner Chester “Ace” Bernstein, played by Dustin Hoffman. He also recently had a recurring role in Fox's "New Girl," playing Nick's father.
April 26, 2013 |
Despite its ratings challenges, NBC renewed five of its dramas for next season. Among the returning shows are the sci-fi adventure series "Revolution" from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke; the fantasy series "Grimm," the family drama "Parenthood," the first-season breakout hit "Chicago Fire" and the long-running "Law & Order: SVU. " Of the returning shows, "Revolution" and "Chicago Fire" are the newest, getting second seasons after performing relatively...
April 23, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 21 -27, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Arrow Deadshot (Michael Rowe) is back, following a killing spree overseas. 8 p.m. KTLA Law & Order: Special Victims Unit As the SVU detectives investigate the alleged rape of a sorority pledge, drunken students and conflicting accounts complicate the case.
April 22, 2013 |
NBC's "Chicago Fire" did not exactly generate a lot of heat when it launched last fall. The drama about the truck and rescue squads of a fictional Chicago firehouse lacked the moody darkness, charismatic antiheroes and explosive violence of critical darlings such as "Breaking Bad," "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter" and "Sons of Anarchy. " The show's retro vibe and focus on heroism were decidedly more "old school" than "new cool. " The template also appeared a bit too close to those of "Rescue Me," "Third Watch" and other recent series centered on emergency workers.
February 14, 2013 |
KNBC Channel 4 is preempting tonight's episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" at 10 p.m. for a news special examining the manhunt of fugitive Christopher Dorner. The one-hour special "Manifesto for Murder: The Hunt for Christopher Dorner" includes accounts from several reporters that producers say will "dig into the facts and fiction of the Dorner/manhunt saga. " In-depth stories about the fallen victims will also be included. Highlighting the hour is a report by anchor Colleen Williams that will cover Dorner's first critical mistakes, and also feature an examination of news coverage of the manhunt.
January 23, 2013 |
Director-producer (and "Happy Days" and "Andy Griffith Show" star) Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels, CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves, CBS newsman Bob Schieffer and "Law & Order" mogul Dick Wolf will be inducted this year into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. They will be joined in the Hall of Fame's 22nd class of inductees by someone who's indirectly responsible for all of their careers: Philo T. Farnsworth, an inventor responsible for the first all-electronic TV transmission in 1927.
October 11, 2012 |
There were 456 episodes of "Law & Order," 298 episodes (so far) of "Law & Order: SVU," 195 episodes of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and a total of 35 episodes of the franchises' unsuccessful spinoffs. With a new case in every episode, it's become a resume staple for nearly every working actor in New York. And that includes celebrities. Over the franchise's 22 years on the air, a number of big-name stars have appeared for one-off spots on the show. And we're not just talking the usual stunt casting, like Khloe Kardashian or Serena Williams.
October 9, 2012
Re "Beck eases LAPD deport policy," Oct. 5 Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck wants to distance himself from federal immigration law, which he says is unfair to illegal immigrants suspected of committing petty offenses. We don't understand the reluctance to enforce our laws or the attitude that we don't want to make life inconvenient or uncomfortable for those illegally in this country. While it's obvious that serious and violent criminals deserve priority, petty offenses are quality-of-life issues that affect us all. We have continued to say one thing about immigration while doing another, which only encourages illegal immigration.
September 11, 2012 |
Note to the producers of NBC's "Today" show: To avoid embarrassment, it might be wise to give your anchors an occasional crash course on the network's prime-time lineup. On the "What's Trending Today" segment, news anchor Natalie Morales demonstrated that one thing that's not trending for her is her knowledge of what's actually on her network. During the segment, she said that "Law & Order," a drama that has been off NBC's lineup for more than two years, was still on the air. The misstep came during a story about the new Blu-ray edition of the 1997 hit film "Titanic" which features a never-before-seen screen test with star Kate Winslet and Jeremy Sisto as Jack Dawson, the role eventually played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Though he lost out on "Titanic," Sisto moved on to a successful TV career, including a recurring role on HBO's "Six Feet Under.