September 30, 2008 |
I'd like to take this moment to publicly apologize for all the times I watched the contestants working out on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and thought: I could do that. I can't. The weight-loss reality show began shooting its seventh season outside Los Angeles last week. After a day-long press junket to introduce the new contestants, the media was invited to work out with the show's trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. I jumped at the chance. I was a little concerned about the heat -- it was over 100 degrees -- but really, how hard could the workouts be if people who are 300 to 400-plus pounds can do them?
July 6, 2008 |
Last month, the Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan reported that as many as three "Battlestar Galactica" TV films were under discussion at the Sci Fi Channel and noted that it would make sense to make more "Battlestar" movies while the show's creative team was still together. Well, too late for that now -- the cast has been flung far and wide. But: "I just heard about the first 'Battlestar' movie being greenlit," said Grace Park, Cylon No. 8, by phone from Vancouver, Canada. "A TV movie, but still!
June 21, 2008 |
Looking back on the beginning of the night, I saw no signs that something truly sinister was afoot. When I picked up my press pass from will call on Thursday, I heard no frantically barking dogs; when I handed my ticket to the usher, I felt not a tinge of Santa Anas. And yet, a great atrocity was about to take place in the "So You Think You Can Dance" studio. Inside, everything seemed normal as well. I found my seat beside reporters from US Weekly and People, while Tommy the warmup guy recruited girls from the audience to dance to Sir Mix-a-Lot.
May 31, 2008 |
"Lost's" fourth season ended in a flurry of action, a few major revelations and some familiar beats. As a season ender, it ranks below last year's game-changing flash-forward and Season 2's four-toed statue and listening station surprise. But it's well above the disappointing hatch-opening at the end of Season 1. The biggest shock, of course, was the identity of the person in the coffin at the end of last season. As we learn at the beginning of the episode, the bearded Jack exists three years ahead of the just-rescued Jack.
May 22, 2008 |
Wednesday night's "American Idol" finale, in which David Cook was crowned the winner of Season 7, was a TV entertainment spectacle comparable in scale only to the Oscars. Yet unlike for that event, the "American Idol" crew has just one week to pull it together. Richard Rushfield -- the first journalist ever allowed to observe rehearsals for the show's finale -- recorded a diary of the week leading up to the show. (For a longer version, go to latimes .com/entertainment.) -- IF EVERY "American Idol" show starts with the music, then this unprepossessing white bungalow on a lot off Santa Monica Boulevard is the top of the assembly line -- where the basic pieces are put in place.
November 16, 2007 |
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.