November 16, 2002 |
When Suzanne Somers watches the Samantha character get naked on "Sex and the City," she has to laugh. In the late 1970s, the producers of Somers' sitcom "Three's Company" had to tussle with the censors just to get the word "toilet" on the air. The boundaries have evolved steadily in half a century of broadcasting, from "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" to "The Osbournes." TV Land chronicles that shift in a breezy but revealing one-hour special, "Inside TV Land: Taboo TV," Sunday at 9 p.m.
November 4, 2002 |
The recent demise of ABC's freshman series "Push, Nevada" warranted the shedding of a tear. Not because it was an innovative and quirky program. But because it was one of the few series to uphold a venerable prime-time tradition: being set in a fictional locale. Think of Mayberry ("Andy Griffith") and Mayfield ("Leave It to Beaver"). Hilldale ("Donna Reed") and Hooterville ("Green Acres," "Petticoat Junction"). Or even Lanford ("Roseanne") and Cicely ("Northern Exposure").
February 1, 2002 |
In the broad landscape of television programming, cable's TV Land channel occupies a modest parcel where nostalgia is king and surprises are few. But viewers tuning in at 9 tonight expecting yet another trip to Mayberry or perhaps a visit with the Petries of New Rochelle will be charting a course of a different color.
October 22, 1998 |
For those who had forgotten that Michael Landon--Cartwright, pioneer farmer and angel--was also a teenage werewolf, a Halloween episode of "Highway to Heaven" will serve as a sweet reminder. The episode, from 1987 and written and directed by Landon, is among the best of the dozens of Halloween-themed shows from yesteryear that will air on cable and broadcast stations next week. In "I Was a Middle-Aged Werewolf" (Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.
June 15, 2011 |
TV Land, where all time is eternally present, increases its roster of original sitcoms by 50% Wednesday with the addition of "Happily Divorced. " Fran Drescher, who was "The Nanny," stars as a Los Angeles florist whose real estate agent husband (John Michael Higgins, from Christopher Guest films and a million other things) tells her after 18 years of marriage that he thinks he might be gay. "We just had sex during 'Leno,'" she protests. "How gay can you be?" It is good to live in an age when this may be seen as the stuff of affectionate comedy rather than of painful tragedy, and in fact the series is based on the lives of its creators, Drescher and her gay ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson; they also co-created "The Nanny.
October 10, 2000 |
What makes for a great TV show? An original premise, of course, or at least a fresh spin on a proven one. Then there are smart scripts, inspired casting and brilliant acting. But even with those elements in place, there's one more thing a truly classic show needs: great theme music.
December 25, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Toddlers & Tiaras: A pageant in Lexington, Ky., is the setting for this new episode (9 p.m. TLC). Cheer Perfection: Alisha brings in a super tough coach to whip the team into shape in this new episode of the reality series (10 p.m. TLC). Fast Foods Gone Global: This new installment looks at how American-based restaurant chains alter their menus to please European palates (10 p.m. Travel)
January 19, 2011
SERIES Live to Dance: The semifinals continue (8 p.m. CBS). American Idol: The series returns with a new season and a new panel of judges: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson (8 p.m. Fox). Better With You: Mia and Casey (JoAnna Garcia, Jake Lacy) adopt a cat only to be told by their doctor that they shouldn't have it around the baby in this new episode (8:30 p.m. ABC). Nova: In the new three-part series "Making Stuff," technology reporter David Pogue investigates how scientists are creating revolutionary new materials.