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White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the ‘Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump’: What a difference seven years make

White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the ‘Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump’: What a difference seven years make

May 25, 2018


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After another White House Correspondents’ Dinner in which an up-and-coming comic has been criticized for going too far, it’s worth considering what has changed about the lengths a comedian can go in their criticism of the Trump administration, which, as a reflection of its leader, continues to be re...

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

May 16, 2018


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It's always surprising when you hear people behind successful TV shows confess they're out of ideas. I was thinking about this when the creators of HBO's "Silicon Valley" sheepishly admitted that issues of sexism and harassment in the tech world won't be incorporated into the show this season. "We ...

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to kick off summer season with a bang

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to kick off summer season with a bang

May 9, 2018


Filed under Activities, Movies, National, Opinion, Technology, Television

The summer movie season will kick off early this weekend with “Avengers: Infinity War,” the third installment in Disney and Marvel Studios’ sprawling “Avengers” saga that may push the Marvel cinematic universe to new heights. The superhero release is expected to easily conquer the weekend...

‘The Last O.G.’: A little decent, indecent comedy in Tracy Morgan’s return to TV

‘The Last O.G.’: A little decent, indecent comedy in Tracy Morgan’s return to TV

April 3, 2018


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One nice thing — and from a human standpoint perhaps the nicest thing — about “The Last O.G.,” a new TBS sitcom starring Tracy Morgan, is that the fact that the actor nearly died in a 2014 auto accident is not evident on-screen. Morgan is in good form here, funny and odd and as healthy as he...

Television Q&A: When is ‘Supergirl’ coming back?

Television Q&A: When is ‘Supergirl’ coming back?

March 29, 2018


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You have questions. I have some answers. Q: I am a fan of the “Supergirl” series. Is it coming back? If so, when? A: The drama will be back on The CW on April 16. Among other things, look for a guest-starring turn by Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird,” “Roseanne”) as Winn’s mother. Q: Is “...

‘Jessica Jones’ regroups for Season 2

‘Jessica Jones’ regroups for Season 2

March 13, 2018


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NEW YORK _ On the Upper East Side of Manhattan last summer, Jessica Jones was doing her thing. The sardonic private detective played by Krysten Ritter was following a lead to a makeshift veterinary clinic and ended up in a verbal tiff with a snotty Goth staffer. The scene, which appears in the seco...

Kevin Hart explains attempt to get on Super Bowl stage: ‘When alcohol is in your system, you do dumb stuff’

Kevin Hart explains attempt to get on Super Bowl stage: ‘When alcohol is in your system, you do dumb stuff’

February 6, 2018


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Kevin Hart’s brazen attempt to celebrate onstage with the Philadelphia Eagles after their Super Bowl victory was motivated by a little liquid confidence. The comedian — who was shut down by a security guard as he approached the stage after Sunday’s game — explained in an Instagram video that ...

Ex-Fox News anchor says Roger Ailes secretly filmed female workers getting undressed

Ex-Fox News anchor says Roger Ailes secretly filmed female workers getting undressed

February 1, 2018


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A former Fox News anchor says ousted chairman Roger Ailes, who died months after he was fired from the network, secretly recorded female employees while they undressed. Andrea Tantaros had already claimed in a lawsuit that she was sexually harassed at the network. In an amended complaint, Tantaros said Ai...

The Boondocks’ predicted an Oprah 2020 presidency in 2006

The Boondocks’ predicted an Oprah 2020 presidency in 2006

January 9, 2018


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An Oprah Winfrey presidency was predicted long before her rousing Golden Globes speech on Sunday convinced many she was the person to take America out of the Trump Era. A 2006 episode of the Cartoon Network series “The Boondocks” predicted that the beloved talk show host would win the presidency i...

CBS looks to Jeff Glor to give ‘CBS Evening News’ a digital boost

CBS looks to Jeff Glor to give ‘CBS Evening News’ a digital boost

December 29, 2017


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(PHOTO) By Stephen Battaglio Los Angeles Times (TNS) As a youthful looking 42, Jeff Glor is the youngest anchor of “CBS Evening News” since Douglas Edwards first sat in the chair in 1948. It’s not all they have in common. Edwards was a veteran radio journalist who was asked to move over t...

‘This Is Us’: Why Beth, not Randall, is the best Pearson

December 25, 2017


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By Ellen Gray Philadelphia Daily News (TNS) Do you have a favorite Pearson on NBC’s “This Is Us”? If you said Randall — a great choice, but not the best — we need to talk. (If you picked Kevin, or Kate, or Pearson-adjacent Toby, we may have nothing to talk about.) With all due respect to Emmy winne...

Television Q&A: ‘Kevin Can Wait,’ ‘Elementary’

December 21, 2017


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By Rich Heldenfels Tribune News Service (TNS) You have questions. I have some answers. Q: So, I’ve been watching “Kevin Can Wait” and was wondering what happened to his wife from last season? I obviously missed the episode where she passed away. A: CBS has become a network where TV spouses don...

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