January 28, 2014 |
Who watched Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici tie the knot on Sunday night, guys? Oh, right. That was literally just me. Because who else would opt to see two reality stars get married on live television instead of the Grammy Awards? Poor timing, ABC. Anyway, your loss, music lovers, because the wedding was some good stuff. There was a honeymoon suite cam of an empty bedroom. Sean's cute Texan dad officiated. Also, Sean cried a lot, and I felt feelings. I bring this up only because the wedding served as a stark reminder of how terrible Juan Pablo's season of “The Bachelor” is. Sure, I wasn't easy on Sean, either, a few years back -- but at least he brought an interesting point of view to the show.
January 7, 2014 |
Good morning, and happy Juan-uary to you all! That's right, my friends, Juan-uary: ABC has deemed this first month of the year be devoted to our Venezuelan former pro-soccer-playing new Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis. If you didn't watch Desiree's season of “The Bachelorette” (if you tuned out before the in-suh-ane final two episodes, I forgive you), here's a little primer on JuanPabs. (Yes, that is how I will be referring to him this season, so just accept it now.) PHOTOS: All the men who've been 'The Bachelor' (and their winning ladies!
December 23, 2013 |
Long before "lean in" became a rallying cry for professional women of America, there was "Murphy Brown. " In fall 1988, the sitcom about a brash, unmarried, fortysomething news anchor and recovering alcoholic premiered on CBS. Though it was slow to build into a hit, "Murphy Brown" became a top 5 show, won 18 Emmys over 10 seasons and sparked a contentious national dialogue about single motherhood, thanks to a certain vice president. Played by patrician blond Candice Bergen, Brown may have been physically reminiscent of real-life newswoman Diane Sawyer, but with her irascible and relentless disposition, she was, as creator Diane English famously put it, closer to "Mike Wallace in a dress.
February 7, 2014 |
Rosie O'Donnell returned to her old stamping grounds on "The View" on Friday and before her hour was up, the outspoken former moderator got into an awkward moment with Barbara Walters. O'Donnell, who was back on the show for the first time since 2007, was asked near the end of the program if she missed the platform of a daily TV show. O'Donnell said she did miss it, but added that she didn't miss the backlash if she said something people disagreed with or weren't ready to hear, "Your Twitter feed blows up. " O'Donnell added, "People can be very mean online.
December 30, 2013 |
Many of the "Today" show's core anchors were off for the holidays Monday, so NBC called in two veterans to join Matt Lauer on his birthday. Former "Today" anchors Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley returned for a one-day-only tour of duty in an effort to help viewers recall the days when "Today" was the top-rated morning show. Pauley left the show in 1989; Gumbel departed in 1997. As weatherman Al Roker, by remote in California, joked, "I understand Gene Shalit's standing by to review 'Back to the Future.'" Lauer turned 56 on Monday and Gumbel, who currently hosts "Real Sports" on HBO, led the birthday boy through a series of well-wishes from Roker, the vacationing Savannah Guthrie, former co-anchor Meredith Viera and even cake from Pauley's 30-year-old twins, who have never been seen on "Today" before now. BEST TV OF 2013 Lloyd | McNamara Notably missing from the well-wishers was Ann Curry, whose teary departure from the show last year was the start of a rough patch for "Today," which has been surpassed in the ratings by ABC's "Good Morning America.
October 10, 2013 |
Robert Rodriguez's new "Machete Kills" is the strongest example yet of the corner the filmmaker seems to have painted himself into, a sad funhouse of bad movies made in thrall of bad movies. Even the self-sufficiency of Rodriguez having his own production facilities in Austin, Texas, seems to be yielding diminishing returns, as so much of what he has done recently feels like wandering into the backyard to idle away a day. The story of "Machete Kills" follows a blade-wielding secret agent (Danny Trejo)
January 24, 2014 |
It's as close as television can get to the "boldest, biggest" social experiment that one can imagine -- at least that's what Fox's new head of alternative entertainment promises of the network's latest reality import: "Utopia. " The network announced Thursday it's adapting the hit Dutch TV series of the same name, which comes from "Big Brother" creator John de Mol. The series takes a group of 15 everyday people and transplants them on an isolated, undeveloped location for a year and chronicles them 24/7 as they attempt to create their own civilization.
January 17, 1991
I see (Part A, Jan. 9) that Transportation Director Robert Best has signed contracts with the California Toll Road Co., an international consortium, to build several toll roads in California. What is going on? I read the papers and listen to the news, but this is the first I have heard about privatizing our roads to foreign investors. We can't be taken over by an invading foreign army but we are being taken over just as surely by foreign investors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1989
South Pasadena officials have asked the state Department of Transportation to establish an independent task force to consider alternatives to building the last link of the Long Beach Freeway. The City Council, with the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, made the request in a letter sent this week to Robert Best, director of the department. A Caltrans spokesman said Friday that the letter had not yet arrived.