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March 5, 2009 | Jevon Phillips
Whether there's a fourth season for "Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew" is not yet known, but what is fairly certain is that the winner of tonight's third season finale -- either Beat Freaks or Quest Crew -- is probably in line for much more exposure. Both previous winners scored with lucrative commercial and promotional deals. Season 1 winner, the JabbaWockeez (Gatorade), entered the national spotlight for their "What's a G?" campaign and also helped Shaquille O'Neal produce his much talked-about entrance to the NBA All-Star game last month.
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November 15, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Of all the new fall shows, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " was the most anticipated and continues to be among the most closely monitored by critics, columnists and Industry bloggers. Many people who are not ABC executives want this show to succeed: Avengers fans, Joss Whedon fans, Clark Gregg fans and parents clinging to that quaint old notion of family viewing. I do too. To paraphrase the immortal Bonnie Tyler song, I need a hero. After years of emotionally crippled, morally conflicted, downward-spiraling and/or angrily brilliant men taking the lead in so many dramas big and small, American TV needs a hero who is neither super, reluctant nor anti.
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September 3, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
"Big Brother" contestant Aaryn Gries, whose racial and homophobic slurs have sparked a firestorm - and high ratings - for the CBS reality show, has at least one ally - her mother. Just days after Gries was evicted from the "Big Brother" house, Elizabeth Owens is speaking out in a statement to The Times, chastising her daughter but declaring that the remarks are not reflective of Gries' upbringing or her true character. "While I love and continue to support my daughter Aaryn, words cannot describe my disappointment in some of her comments made on 'Big Brother,'" Owens wrote.
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November 8, 2013 | By Susan King
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Gavin MacLeod was a fixture on television for years. From 1970 to 1977, he played sweet-natured news writer Murray Slaughter on CBS' "The Mary Tyler Moore Show. " No sooner did "MTM" close up shop than he moved over to ABC to appear as Captain Stubing on "The Love Boat," which cruised until 1986. To this day, MacLeod travels the seven seas as an ambassador for Princess Cruise Lines. The 82-year-old actor has had a diverse career: appearing on Broadway, guest-starring in countless series including "My Favorite Martian" and "Peter Gunn," and working with such directors as Blake Edwards ("Operation Petticoat")
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November 16, 2007 | Claire Zulkey, Special to The Times
The next champion of "Dancing With the Stars" will not be an American, by the look of it. How the nation will react to such tumult is unknown. But judging by the way people have been voting, it appears they are ready for a bit of international influence. The show has had a lot of "All American" contestants this season, including Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, and lifelong entertainer and collectible-doll maven Marie Osmond.
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October 22, 2007 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
First of all, what's with the goofy, soapy midepisode recap, sponsored by JC Penney? I realize that embedded advertising is the future in a DVR world. But please, I don't need to be told what's just happened in the first half-hour of "Friday Night Lights." The show has me at "hello"! The corporate-sponsored recaps are both no big deal and a microcosm of a sophomore jinx, demeaning a quality show with faux intrigue.
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March 1, 2007 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
BEFORE getting into Tuesday night's March of the Duds on "American Idol," let me take you back to a special time, 10 days ago, when the Final 24 were still shrouded in mystery. To a special place -- a department store in Beverly Hills called Neiman Marcus. Where I came face to face with that giant of fashion and entertainment alike, Randy Jackson. For a moment, I gaped from afar in awe but didn't approach, considering the great judge wants his peace and solitude while at Neiman's.
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December 19, 2008 | Enid Portuguez
A little birdie told me that the Dec. 8 "Gossip Girl" episode was the last we'd see of Aaron Rose, Serena's artist boyfriend who had recently whisked her off to Argentina for the winter break. The CW confirmed the news, and as much as I detested the character, I felt compelled to write Aaron a proper breakup letter. Dear Aaron: It was good while it lasted . . . OK, maybe not. You did arrive bearing full potential -- what girl wouldn't swoon at some clever art installation that she didn't understand or melt at the fact you remembered her out of all the other pretty, rich girls at Camp Suisse?
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August 18, 2007 | Claire Zulkey, Special to The Times
Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," which just wrapped up its third installment, might be the best competition show on prime-time television. On what other program are viewers treated to a pool of talented contestants working as hard as they can on a beautiful art form, knowledgeable and caring judges, and noteworthy performances each and every week? This season's winner, crowned at the end of Thursday night's results show, Sabra Johnson typified everything that is wonderful about the show.
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November 16, 2007 | Jevon Phillips, Times Staff Writer
No need to pile on about the fact that Monday's "Heroes" episode, bridging last season to this season, should have been done a few episodes ago. There are enough critics doing that. The show's creator, Tim Kring, knows his mistake, and has admitted as much with his highly publicized apology in Entertainment Weekly. It's understandable to lead the season with a bit of intrigue and mystery, but sooner or later you have to bring everybody up to speed.
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November 4, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - As the first YouTube Music Awards came to a close Sunday night, creative director Spike Jonze thanked the powers that be at the video-sharing website for "letting us make this mess. " He couldn't have chosen a more apt word. The inaugural 90-minute webcast, held in New York City and hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and comedian Reggie Watts, was conceived as a more spontaneous answer to the Grammys or the Video Music Awards, one in keeping with the anarchic spirit of the Internet.
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October 26, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Sean Hayes recently returned to TV playing a single gay father of a teenage girl - and a series lead for the first time since "Will & Grace" - in NBC's "Sean Saves the World. " It's one of five shows on the air from Hazy Mills, the production company he owns with Todd Milliner, which is also behind "Hollywood Game Night," "Hot in Cleveland," "Grimm" and "The Soul Man. " Is TV running out of characters that people haven't been seen before? It's always a challenge. It helps to start from a personal place.
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October 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As this year's death-obsessed Emmy Awards broadcast took time to mention, Nov. 22 will mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The remembrance traveled from Walter Cronkite's announcement of the president's death to a Carrie Underwood cover of the Beatles' "Yesterday" to commemorate the band's 1964 debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" - "two emotionally charged events, forever linked in our memories," said segment narrator Don Cheadle, who was born after both of them.
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October 18, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Into every generation a sketch comedy (sometimes two or three or more) is born. Indeed, we can write the cultural history of our times in their names, from Sid Caesar's "Show of Shows" to the variety shows of Carol Burnett and Flip Wilson, to "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," to "Kids in the Hall" and "In Living Color" and "Mad TV," to "Key & Peele" and "Incredible Crew," with many more in between and yet to come. The latest link in this chain of laffs is "The Birthday Boys," premiering Friday on IFC. Its eponymous stars work out of the L.A. Branch of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (see also: "Upright Citizens Brigade," the late-'90s Comedy Central series that featured UCB co-founder Amy Poehler)
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October 15, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Ricky Gervais doesn't understand why you're so afraid of him. "People come up to me and say, 'Oh, I was scared to ask for your autograph in case you put me down,'" Gervais says in a hushed tone during a recent interview in New York. "No, no, I would never do that. " It's not difficult to understand this misperception. Ever since "The Office" catapulted him to global fame a dozen years ago, the writer, director, actor and professional provocateur has come to be synonymous with a brand of humor that, although never truly mean-spirited, is fueled by discomfort.
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September 28, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The walking wound that is Claire Danes' bipolar superspy Carrie Mathison returns to duty in your living room Sunday, on Showtime, as the third season of "Homeland" begins. There is no sign, for the moment (and the next moment, at least), of her fugitive love Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), the Marine-turned-terrorist-congressman-turned-triple-agent-cum-boyfriend, last seen as Carrie saw him to the Canadian border, after the bombing of CIA headquarters - the endgame of a complicated plot for which Brody had been framed.
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April 18, 2007 | Claire Zulkey, Special to The Times
Monday night, with the samba and rumba, the performers on "Dancing With the Stars" were encouraged to bring out the sexy. However, as Rose from the musical "Gypsy" would say, some people got it and make it pay; some people can't even give it away. Let's take a look at which people's got it, in the order the contestants danced: Ian Ziering and Cheryl Burke: There's no doubt that Ziering works hard and has a certain impish Steve Sanders appeal.
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October 26, 2007 | Denise Martin, Special to The Times
Ronald D. Moore, the executive producer who runs "Battlestar Galactica," is gearing up for the long goodbye by taking on a new task. He will take the director's chair for the first time next season as his dramatic reinvention of the hokey 1970s' space opera treks toward the end. The final 20-episode run will kick off in -- you read it here first -- early April.
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September 23, 2013 | By Scott Collins
In an Emmy night marked by both jaw-dropping upsets and predictably safe choices, "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan summed up the wild mood swings at TV's top awards ceremony this year. "I thought this was gonna be [for] 'House of Cards,'" Gilligan said with a smile as his series about a chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer took the prize for best drama series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Indeed, some observers wondered whether the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which organizes the Emmys, might honor Netflix's acclaimed tale of political intrigue starring Kevin Spacey as a corrupt member of Congress as the first Internet-distributed series to attain TV's top echelon.
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September 23, 2013 | By Susan King and Rene Lynch
The 65th Emmy Awards took so many of its winners by surprise Sunday night that several were, quite literally, speechless. True, TV's biggest night had its share of repeat winners, notably ABC's "Modern Family" and actresses Claire Danes ("Homeland") and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"). But the winners in several of the major acting categories proved the prognosticators wrong. In fact, the first award of the night went to first-time winner Merritt Wever of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" for supporting actress in a comedy series.
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