September 25, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before trying to get into the America's Cup. The Skinny: Once again I was denied a MacArthur genius grant. Where's the outrage? Somehow I will carry on. Wednesday's roundup includes a new study that downplays cord-cutting and more gossip about shakeups at Sony Pictures and a review of ABC's new sitcom "Back in the Game. " Daily Dose: It's hard not to see billboards for new TV shows while driving around Los Angeles these days. Interestingly enough, the location of posters is not just about hitting the most trafficked areas.
July 29, 2013 |
Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who have both played iconic TV characters, are joining forces for the new CBS comedy "The Crazy Ones. " Their roles are worlds away from their previous tours as "Mork" the alien from "Mork & Mindy" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer. " But when Williams is involved, having a title like "The Crazy Ones" doesn't seem too far-fetched. Williams plays a renowned advertising genius whose unorthodox methods would get him fired if he weren't the boss.
May 17, 2013 |
If viewers are losing interest in broadcast TV, what can lure them back? Executives hope they have an answer: stars. Lifting the curtain on their 2013-14 schedules at the "upfronts" in New York this week, the networks behaved like smartphone-toting fans crashing a red carpet. Stars they craved, and stars they got: There was James Spader, the former "Boston Legal" headliner tapped for NBC's crime thriller "The Blacklist. " Greg Kinnear plays a troubled lawyer on Fox's midseason drama "Rake.
May 15, 2013 |
CBS is enjoying a confidence boost thanks to the fact that it finished first in viewers and the coveted 18-49 demographic that advertisers prize. It's a trend the network hopes to maintain with the six new shows it announced in New York City on Wednesday. The four comedies and two dramas contain a healthy helping of star power, with big names like Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jerry Bruckheimer, Anna Faris and more. Trailers for the comedy offerings went live on CBS' YouTube channel on Wednesday afternoon.
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.
April 13, 2013 |
The large child known as Jonathan Winters died Friday at age 87. Accompanying him into the now-noisier hereafter were the multitudes he contained, a cast of men, women, children of every race and nationality, rich and poor, city and country. Some were characters with names to whom the comedian would return - Maude Frickert, the go-go granny - but more of them existed for a minute or less, brought into focus, played with and then sent on their way, as another appeared in their place.