April 24, 2013 |
There are monsters and vampires, science fiction, trips back and forward through time, supernatural themes and other out-of-this-world scenarios in the television pilots vying for space on the networks' fall schedules. The five major networks, ordering more than 100 potential new shows for their 2013-14 season, have scoured this planet and distant ones for buzzworthy big-tent series. They've snagged prominent talents like Michael J. Fox, Robin Williams, Toni Collette and Matthew Broderick and adapted film franchises such as "The Avengers" and "Beverly Hills Cop" to try to lure audiences to NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and the CW. FOR THE RECORD: TV pilots: In the April 24 Calendar section, an article about the larger number of network TV pilots being developed for next season said that CBS' ratings were down 3% compared with last season among viewers ages 18 to 49. Based on new ratings released Tuesday, CBS is now even with last year in that ratings category.
January 18, 2013 |
Michael J. Fox would rather Taylor Swift stay the heck away from his 23-year-old son Sam - and really, can you blame him? Tina Fey, at the Golden Globes on Sunday, had hilariously warned audience member Swift to "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son" as the younger Fox, along with Francesca Eastwood, helped out on the awards show. And Dad was happy to reinforce that notion at a Wednesday book party in New York. "No. No ... Just back off," he told Vulture after the idea of a Sam-and-Taylor love connection was proposed.
December 26, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Chris Pine and Kevin Costner; Guinness World Records of 2012; holiday cocktails; Valerie Bertinelli. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray Regis Philbin. 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Ricky Martin; Bradley Cooper; Usher.
December 25, 2012 |
CBS This Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Chris Pine and Kevin Costner; Guinness World Records of 2012; holiday cocktails; Valerie Bertinelli. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray Regis Philbin. 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Ricky Martin; Bradley Cooper; Usher. 9 a.m. KABC The View Naomi Watts; Mario Cantone. 10 a.m. KABC The Ricki Lake Show 11 a.m. KCOP The Talk Guest co-host Carnie Wilson; Marlee Matlin; Il Volo performs; Danisha Danielle; Texas Battle.
August 21, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before finding out why I haven't been asked to join Augusta yet. The Skinny: My cats want to become outdoor cats. I made the mistake of letting them wander around while I get my newspaper and now they are convinced there is a whole other world to explore. Don't they know that's the bad world? Tuesday's headlines include a new deal for DreamWorks Animation, NBC lands Michael J. Fox and appreciations of Tony Scott and Phyllis Diller. Daily Dose: There is a lot movement on the public relations front.
August 20, 2012 |
Sha-la-la-la! Michael J. Fox is returning to NBC. After reports of a planned comeback for the 51-year-old actor began making the rounds last week , it's now official: Fox will star in a loosely autobiographical comedy about a husband and father of three from New York dealing with family, career and other life challenges - including Parkinson's. It's a homecoming of sorts, putting Fox back on the network that began airing “Family Ties' three decades ago. The untitled single-camera comedy was given a straight-to-series order by the network with a 22-episode commitment.
August 16, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before trying to make a cameo on TLC's 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.' The Skinny: Is it just me or are perfect games starting to lose their luster? There have been three this season alone. I may have to learn to throw a knuckleball and give it a shot. Thursday's headlines include Apple's efforts to get into the TV business, Michael J. Fox plans a comeback and Mitt Romney gives PBS reason to worry. Daily Dose: Dish Network appears to be nearing a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group to keep Sinclair's 70 TV stations in almost 50 markets served by the satellite broadcaster.
November 18, 2010
MOVIES Cinefamily calls all disaffected, bitter and downright nasty punks to show up for "Class of 1984," which it describes as "one of the most vicious and hateful exploitation movies of the '80s. " Director Mark L. Lester's disturbed masterwork features rabid packs of bloodthirsty teen gangs roaming our schools ? and also, apparently, a scene in which the sweetest of '80s faces, Michael J. Fox, gets stabbed. Come for the poisonous imagery; stay for the subsequent Q&A with Lester.
October 14, 2010
Actor Michael J. Fox is back to the present. First, as star of the original "Back to the Future" film, which turns 25 this year with big-screen showings in theaters nationwide later this month, he recently remade the movie's original trailer (check it out on Spike TV ). Second, as the founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research , which recently launched a five-year study to identify biomarkers of the progression of Parkinson's disease. Fox has had Parkinson's for almost 19 years, since he turned 30. The Chicago Tribune explores one hospital's participation in the new study in "Northwestern seeks clues to Parkinson's.
July 25, 2010 |
What Is This Thing Called Love? Stories Gene Wilder St. Martin's: 160 pp., $19.99 "It was cold and raining at four in the morning when Buddy walked out of Caesars Palace, stark naked except for the L.A. Times wrapped around his waist." These sweet, hilarious stories about love are dedicated to Gene Wilder's cousin Buddy: "When he was alive he really wanted love, but settled only for sex." Many are about the time wasted by lovers who choose to hide their true feelings — Jane Austen without the happy endings.