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March 7, 2014
Sheila MacRae Actress-singer was on '60s 'Honeymooners' Sheila MacRae, 92, a versatile actress and singer who performed in a popular 1950s nightclub act with her husband, Gordon MacRae, and appeared opposite Jackie Gleason in his late '60s revival of "The Honeymooners," died Thursday night at the Lillian Booth Actors Home of the Actors Fund in Englewood, N.J. She had undergone surgery a few weeks ago and had apparently been recovering well...
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
With a strong lead-in from "The Voice," NBC's new comedies earned solid Tuesday ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The 9 p.m. freshman series "About a Boy" averaged 8.7 million viewers and scored a rating of 2.6 among advertiser-desired age 18-49 viewers, marking a 13% improvement on its post-Olympics premiere.  Fellow newcomer "Growing Up Fisher" was flat with its Sochi Games debut at a 2.0, while "Chicago Fire" rose a...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes   Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 2-8, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Revolution Aaron (Zak Orth) awakens in a world with power, but he soon realizes something isn't right. 8 p.m. NBC Arrow Slade (Manu Bennett) turns up in Starling City, shocking Oliver (Stephen Amell), in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA The Middle Frankie (Patricia Heaton)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Serial killer dramas are strange and guilty pleasures. Whether penned by a master or cranked out by a hack, there is no beauty and little insight to be gained from the story of an actual socio- or psychopath, beyond the obvious horror that such people exist. The brutal men (and once in a great while women) who kill again and again rarely create symbolic tableaux or tantalize with art and anagrams. Jeffrey Dahmer was not an erudite opera lover who invited people to elaborate dinners; John Wayne Gacy did not engage in a psychological minuet with an FBI profiler.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A lower Tuesday "Voice" helped NBC win the night among key 18- to 49-year-olds, while CBS had more viewers overall. Meanwhile, ABC saw a lackluster launch for its new series "Mind Games. "  According to early numbers from Nielsen, the first Tuesday episode of "The Voice's" sixth season drew 13 million viewers and a 3.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That represents a 10% decline in 18-49 from night two of "The Voice" a year ago, though it was up 4% in total viewership.   With "The Voice" as its lead-in, a rerun of NBC's "About a Boy" premiere earned a 2.4 in the key demo, better than the original post-Olympics airing on Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
With the Olympics now over, "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" returned Monday, propelling NBC to a nightly win. The "Voice's" sixth season premiere was down slightly from last year's season opener in the key demographic, though it had a bigger audience overall.  Among advertiser-desired 18- to 49-year-olds, the show garnered a rating of 4.7, losing about a tenth of a point from last year's March premiere. However, the two-hour episode drew an average of 15.7 million viewers, marking its biggest audience since 2012 when it aired after the Super Bowl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
NBC correspondent Maria Shriver said she sees no need to step down from her news job while campaigning for her brother, Bobby Shriver, a candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. "I've been a journalist for 30 years," she said Saturday, during the opening of her brother's campaign headquarters in Santa Monica. "I know where the lines are drawn. " In 2004, after her then-husband Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California, Maria Shriver asked to be relieved of her duties as a "Dateline" correspondent, citing the network's concerns about a conflict of interest.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
A good controversy gets fans mad, but it also makes TV networks excited. When short-program leader Yuna Kim of South Korea skated a seemingly flawless performance Thursday in the women's figure-skating long program at the Sochi Olympics--but still lost the gold medal to challenger Adelina Sotnikova of Russia--NBC was in a prime position. If a beautiful performance is the bronze medal of figure-skating coverage, and a star-in-the-making is its silver, a good and juicy brouhaha is gold, the thing that keeps commentators occupied and viewers tuned in. But the challenging part is getting the controversy right, and NBC wobbled a bit, though it ultimately steadied the landing and offered some useful insight.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams is covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, so he wasn't available to slow jam the news on Jimmy Fallon's third episode of "The Tonight Show," but he was able to do the next best thing. Using snippets from dozens of nightly news broadcasts, Fallon's editors once again turned Williams into a rapping master. During his "Late Night" days, Fallon recut the genial Williams to rap Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," Warren G's "Regulate" and N.W.A.s' "Straight Outta Compton.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Walking at night, sitting in dark rooms and watching Syracuse basketball - these are just a few of the fun things NBC Olympics host Bob Costas did while recovering from an eye infection that knocked him off the air last week. Costas was set to return to NBC's Sochi coverage Monday night after an unplanned week off because of viral conjunctivitis, which made his eyes red and his vision blurry and light-sensitive.  "The worst three days of it I was primarily in a darkened room," Costas, 61, told reporters earlier Monday during a conference call.
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