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TNT cancels Frank Darabont’s ‘Mob City’

TNT cancels Frank Darabont’s ‘Mob City’

February 11, 2014


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By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Frank Darabont’s post-“Walking Dead” work life is off to a zombie-crawl, with TNT deciding to cancel his period noir drama “Mob City.” The series was billed a three-week television event, with two back-to-back episodes tryi...

Amazon Releases Pilots For Next TV Season

Amazon Releases Pilots For Next TV Season

February 6, 2014


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By Jay Greene The Seattle Times (MCT) Amazon Studios begins Season 2 of its bid to become a force in television programming Thursday, offering viewers an opportunity to help guide the company as it chooses from a new batch of 10 pilots. The pilots include a drama from writer and director C...

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

January 28, 2014


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By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — “Everybody Loves Raymond” ended in 2005, but the love persists. This spring, the Ray Romano sitcom will be inducted into the National Assn. of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB Show Television Luncheon on April ...

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Jan. 26-Feb.1

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Jan. 26-Feb.1

January 23, 2014


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By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times (MCT) DON’T MISS: THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS — Yes, Jay Z leads the pack with nine nominations, but this is the one awards show where we care more about the performances than the trophies. And what a list of stars we have this year, including Katy Perry, T...

‘American Idol’ 13th season premiere slides in the ratings

‘American Idol’ 13th season premiere slides in the ratings

January 16, 2014


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By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Fox’s long-running “American Idol” continued to show its age with the ratings from its season premiere Wednesday night. The 13th season opener of “Idol” drew an average 15 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 4.6 among k...

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Dec. 8-14

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Dec. 8-14

December 5, 2013


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By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times (MCT) DON’T MISS: THE “SONS OF ANARCHY” SEASON FINALE. What began with a shocking school shooting and steadily evolved into the most controversial — and deadliest — season yet (Rest in peace, Clay). Now, all the questionable moves made by SAMCRO p...

Jodi Benson reprises her ‘Little Mermaid’ character for Disney special

Jodi Benson reprises her ‘Little Mermaid’ character for Disney special

November 27, 2013


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) FRESNO, Calif. — The impetuous Sofia, the latest princess to join Disney royalty through her Disney Channel series “Sofia the First,” has always been able to turn to the other members of the animated royal court in times of trouble. In the Sunday pr...

Some favorite holiday TV specials

Some favorite holiday TV specials

November 26, 2013


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By Doug Knoop The Seattle Times (MCT) SEATTLE — You think people are passionate about their favorite weekly television shows? That’s nothing. I recently took an informal poll on Facebook of what people like to watch during the holidays. You know, the must-watch-before-Dec. 25-or-the-holid...

With JFK’s death, Television came of Age

With JFK’s death, Television came of Age

November 21, 2013


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By David Hiltbrand The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT) The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a watershed event for television as much as it was for the nation, providing the medium with an epiphany of its potential. “This was a coming of age for TV,” said Ron Simon, curator at New York’s Paley...

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Nov. 10-16

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Nov. 10-16

November 7, 2013


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By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times (MCT) DON'T MISS: "AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: JFK" _ The bulk of this month's John F. Kennedy-themed programs mostly recall and dissect the circumstances surrounding his assassination. This rich, two-part portrait instead focuses on the life and legacy of the 35th pres...

PBS documentary bites off more ‘Raisin’ than it can chew

PBS documentary bites off more ‘Raisin’ than it can chew

October 24, 2013


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By Linda Winer Newsday (MCT) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Last spring, Baltimore's Center Stage ended its 50th anniversary season with an ambitious plan. Instead of staging Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 formative racial drama, "A Raisin in the Sun," artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah presented two plays, in rota...

CW’s Reign: Sex and the Castle

CW’s Reign: Sex and the Castle

October 17, 2013


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By Diane Werts Newsday (MCT) REASON TO WATCH: Costume dramas are cool? Who knew? WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Period pieces are all over the tube — “The Tudors,” “The Borgias,” “The White Queen.” And they’re all about power. Hot young hunks have it / want it. Beauteous babes, ditto. ...

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