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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...
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...
March 4, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here:   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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 17, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Bode Miller won a bronze medal in the men's super-G at the Sochi Games over the weekend, becoming the oldest Alpine medalist in Olympic history, at 36 years and 127 days. Miller dedicated the race and the medal to his younger brother, Chelone Miller, who died in April. After the race, Miller was interviewed by NBC's Christin Cooper, who angered many viewers with what they felt was an over-the-top line of questioning designed to make Bode Miller cry. You can watch the video here . Here is a transcript: Cooper : Bode, such an extraordinary accomplishment, at your age, after a turbulent year, coming back from knee surgery, to get this medal today.
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