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‘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. ...

Fox picks up ‘Sleepy Hollow’ for a second season

October 3, 2013


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By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — The headless horseman will be around awhile longer. Fox has ordered a second season of “Sleepy Hollow,” its hit debut drama for the fall, The show, a quirky, modern take on Washington Irving’s legend of Ichabod Crane, open...

‘Teach’

September 5, 2013


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‘Teach’: A classroom lesson in love By Verne Gay Newsday (MCT) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: “The money is not great and sometimes it feels impossible ... so why do they do it?” asks Queen Latifah, host of this two-hour documentary on teachers. Or, specifically, four of them: Matt Johnson, a fourth-grade...

‘Buckwild’ Cast Member Arrested

‘Buckwild’ Cast Member Arrested

Nicole Winters, Reporter

February 15, 2013


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On  Feb 11, MTV’s ‘Buckwild’ cast member Salwa Amin was arrested on drug charges in West Virginia, after the twenty-four-year-old was allegedly found in a shed with a purse full of oxycodone pills. Police said there was a male with a large amount of cash, and a separate bag of heroin and pills...

Fall TV Lineup: New Shows Première

Fall TV Lineup: New Shows Première

Daira Gentrup

September 11, 2012


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Along with the start of school and football season, this time of year is known for the fall première of many new shows that will hit our screens for the coming months. The new shows range from hilarious medical comedies to famous remakes, and almost everything in between.  Here are just a few of...

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