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‘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...

Nathalie Kelley finds new ‘Dynasty’ a rich project

December 19, 2017


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By Rick Bentley Tribune News Service (TNS) LOS ANGELES — No television show in the ‘80s embraced the opulence of the rich and famous as much as the long-running CBS drama “Dynasty.” From billion dollar deals to towering shoulder pads that were the envy of the NFL, the prime-time soap opera revolved ...

‘Game of Thrones’ won’t return until 2019, says Sophie Turner

‘Game of Thrones’ won’t return until 2019, says Sophie Turner

December 15, 2017


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By Kate Feldman New York Daily News (TNS) Winter is coming, but it may take a while. “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner revealed to Variety that the eighth and final season of the HBO show won’t air until 2019. Casey Bloys, president of programming for HBO, hinted at a delayed premiere in Ju...

Why America is making an appointment with ‘The Good Doctor’

Why America is making an appointment with ‘The Good Doctor’

November 30, 2017


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By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Freddie Highmore has seen the light. After four years of playing a murderer-in-training on A&E’s “Bates Motel,” the actor has slipped into the scrubs of Shaun Murphy, the most beloved TV character to carry a stethoscope sin...

Diaz, Preston pushed by roles in ‘The Dating Game Killer’

Diaz, Preston pushed by roles in ‘The Dating Game Killer’

November 28, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — The fun part of “The Dating Game” was the person trying to blindly select a potential date — from three people who could be heard and not seen — never knew who was going to come around the corner. They could be great-looking, a dud or somewhere in the middle. On an episode of t...

A powerful story of order and disorder pulls you directly into the heart of ‘Baltimore Rising’ on HBO

A powerful story of order and disorder pulls you directly into the heart of ‘Baltimore Rising’ on HBO

November 21, 2017


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By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times (TNS) Actress Sonja Sohn, who played Det. Kima Greggs on “The Wire,” has made a beautiful documentary film, “Baltimore Rising,” about the city that show was set in. It premiered Monday on HBO, also the network of “The Wire.” Set mainly among official...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV

November 16, 2017


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By Rick Bentley Tribune News Service (TNS) There are numerous big decisions to be made during the holidays, from gift selections to menu creations. You are on your own with those issues, but we can offer some help when it comes to selecting television programming. This year’s lineup of shows incl...

Why ‘The Good Doctor’ is fall TV’s only breakout show

Why ‘The Good Doctor’ is fall TV’s only breakout show

November 14, 2017


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“The Good Doctor” (Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC/7) is a good show. Of equal note, it’s a hit show, and the only breakout of the fall season. About a surgical resident named Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) who’s on the autism spectrum, “The Good Doctor” has been averaging more than 17 million vi...

Transgender people on TV

Transgender people on TV

November 7, 2017


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By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Joe Biden once credited “Will & Grace” for shifting public perception on gay rights issues. But one cast member believes the show didn’t go far enough in representing transgender people. “When we started,” said Debra Mess...

Horror music maven ‘grew up in a haunted house’

Horror music maven ‘grew up in a haunted house’

October 31, 2017


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Aliens, witches, demons and ghouls: Tyler Bates has written music for the best (and worst) of them. If you shuddered during “Dawn of the Dead” or “Halloween II,” felt a chill watching the TV series “Salem” or listened to anything from the last two Marilyn Manson records, Bates is partly to bl...

Jason Alexander’s new series hits new comedy not

Jason Alexander’s new series hits new comedy not

October 17, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — “Hit the Road,” the new AT&T Audience Network series from Jason Alexander, is a blend of the offbeat craziness of “Seinfield” with the musical beat of “The Partridge Family.” The Swallows — the greatest band you’ve never heard of – are a chaotically dysfunctional f...

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