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March 16, 2009 | SCOTT COLLINS
During the next month, the broadcast networks are rolling out at least 10 new midseason series. NBC unveiled its epic drama "Kings" last week. Two new ABC sitcoms are coming, "Better Off Ted" this week and "In the Motherhood" next. And Fox has a variety show with the Ozzy Osbourne clan, which, given its erratic history could result in either spontaneous brilliance or spontaneous combustion. Is there a hit somewhere in this bunch? The networks could sure use one.
February 26, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Backstage on dinner break during a long day of taping in Hollywood for his new A&E/Bio music series that premieres tonight, Bay Area rocker Chris Isaak was pondering the government's plan to bail out our staggering economy. "They're giving millions to Detroit for making bad cars, and millions to banks for writing bad loans," Isaak, 52, said in typically droll fashion, nary a hair out of place in that perfect mahogany pompadour of his. "Well, what about bad songwriters? I've written plenty of bad songs in my life -- where's my bailout?"
January 15, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Late-night king Jay Leno may be turning from a winner to an also-ran for NBC. Companies that buy broadcast television time at 10 p.m., when Leno's new show will air weekdays starting in September, won't spend as much on him as on his ABC and CBS competition, said Andy Donchin, director of TV ad buying at Carat USA in New York. "Leno won't win the time period," Donchin said. "Advertisers aren't going to pay the same for Leno as they pay for a 10 o'clock original, prime-time scripted drama."
January 12, 2009 | SCOTT COLLINS
Yay, "True Blood." HBO's vampire drama was, believe it or not, the only new series from last fall honored at Sunday's Golden Globes. Of course, a show has to be nominated to win, and on that score, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. pretty much ignored the networks' latest offerings in this strike-impacted season. Not even ABC's "Life on Mars," based on the type of bracing BBC series Globe voters usually adore, could catch a break.
Television's current incarnation of the super-man doesn't fly or repel bullets, can't lift a car with one hand or live forever; he doesn't even (with sincere apologies to the return of Jack Bauer) regularly take out entire platoons of bad guys with a single handgun. Instead he possesses the talent that many of us increasingly believe to be the Holy Grail of heroics: He can tell when someone is lying.
January 10, 2009 | Alicia Lozano
There are those who say this is not the time for a big Hollywood bash -- the economy is too down, the fears are too high. Mike Goodridge, the vice president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which puts on the Golden Globe Awards, would not be one of those people. "I think everyone wants a party at the moment," Goodridge said this week. "There's such a gloomy feeling around town. Hopefully this can be a catalyst to have some fun."
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