June 19, 2012 |
Like "Hot in Cleveland,"the show from whence it sprung, TV Land's new comedy "The Soul Man" is positioning itself to be retro-cool - a backlash against the high-concept, sardonic and/or emotionally strung-out comedies that have become so ubiquitous that "Nurse Jackie" is considered, technically, funny. Instead of three middle-aged women finding peace and occasionally wisdom once they abandon L.A. for Cleveland, "The Soul Man" sends former R&B star Boyce "The Voice"Ballentine (Cedric the Entertainer)
February 1, 2012
SERIES Whitney: John Cleese — who did a memorable guest turn as a marriage counselor on "Cheers" — guest stars as a couples therapist in this new episode with Whitney Cummings and Chris D'Elia (8 p.m. NBC). Remodeled: After things don't go as planned at Fashion Week, the Network helps Annelise pursue a major clothing campaign in this new episode (9 p.m. KTLA). Nova: In the new episode "Ice Age Death Trap" archaeologists uncover preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons and other giant extinct beasts (9 p.m. KOCE)
January 29, 2012
SUNDAY Make sure to watch the "18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards" — because if there were no actors, most movies and TV shows would be little more than 30 to 120 minutes of sets and scenery, and maybe a little music. (TBS, 5 p.m.; TNT, 5 and 7 p.m.) For a pastime famously dubbed "the sport of kings," horse racing certainly attracts its share of lowlifes, and Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman plays one of them in "Luck," a gritty new drama from Michael Mann and "Deadwood's" David Milch.
November 30, 2011
'The Exes' Where: TV Land When: 10:30 p.m. Wednesday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
November 30, 2011 |
TV Land, oh, TV Land. I feel I understand what you are after with your neoclassical original sitcoms. You want to make new shows in an old way, with people who were there in the old days, for people who remember them (the ways, the days, the people). I like the fact that you make room for middle-aged and aged artists the bigger networks often treat as toxic, but I wish I liked your series as much in their practice as in their theory. Even in theory, however, this is not a recipe for freshness.
June 15, 2011
'Happily Divorced' Where: TV Land When: 10:30 p.m. Wednesday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
June 15, 2011 |
Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson, the husband-and-wife team behind the hugely successful series "The Nanny," were once so joined at the hip that they compared themselves to one of TV's most beloved couples, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Like that iconic duo, Drescher and Jacobson had clearly defined roles: She was the foghorn-voiced comedian with an outrageous persona and a sparkling smile; he was the quieter creative force behind the scenes, helping to shape their brand of comedy.