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6 key questions about fall TV season

6 key questions about fall TV season

September 19, 2017

The idea of an actual “fall TV season” now almost feels like something you might find in a thrift shop. It’s a little bit dowdy, and threadworn. It’s something everyone once got excited about. Now it’s something everyone tolerates. Barely. Yes, your favorite shows will all soon be back. ...

Top 10 TV shows of the fall

Top 10 TV shows of the fall

September 19, 2017

From ‘Star Trek’ to ‘Young Sheldon,’ the top 10 TV shows of fall: ‘The Vietnam War’ Ken Burns, America’s history professor, leads his most daunting class to date with this 18-hour documentary that’s sure to enlighten a younger generation and dredge up nightmares for others. (Through...

Among all the Emmy breakthrough moments, add Riz Ahmed’s and Aziz Ansari’s awards for shows that destroy Muslim stereotypes (PHOTO)

Among all the Emmy breakthrough moments, add Riz Ahmed’s and Aziz Ansari’s awards for shows that destroy Muslim stereotypes  (PHOTO)

September 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES _ Two Muslim men, on prime-time TV, clutching shiny metal objects close to their black garments amid an unsuspecting crowd. No, this wasn't "Homeland," and those weren't weapons. It was the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, where actor Riz Ahmed and actor-writer Aziz An-sari won top categories...

‘Young Sheldon’: Small lead, with a big ban

‘Young Sheldon’: Small lead, with a big ban

September 12, 2017

It’s not every day that an interview subject finishes a conversation by hanging upside down from a pair of gymnastic rings at a park. But here we are. Just past the swing set and plastic slide at Beeman Park in Studio City — where kids on summer break frolic happily on a clammy day — Iain Armitage...

Seth MacFarlane plots a new course with ‘The Orville’

Seth MacFarlane plots a new course with ‘The Orville’

September 5, 2017

By Rick Bentley Tribune News Service (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Space: the final frontier for Emmy-winning Seth MacFarlane. His are the new voyages of “The Orville.” Its 13-episode mission is to explore the ratings possibilities for a Fox sci-fi show, to seek out new viewers, to boldly go where it looks like...

Ken Burns’ ‘Vietnam War’ aims to show both sides of the conflict

Ken Burns’ ‘Vietnam War’ aims to show both sides of the conflict

September 5, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Ken Burns has gone to war again. The filmmaker, so well known for his documentaries on baseball, jazz, prohibition, the national parks and the dust bowl, has already provided definitive films on the Civil War and World War II. But on Sept. 17 he launches his most controvers...

Littlefinger tells all: Aidan Gillen says his ‘GOT’ character got just what he deserved

Littlefinger tells all: Aidan Gillen says his ‘GOT’ character got just what he deserved

August 31, 2017

By Meredith Woerner Los Angeles Times (TNS) HBO’s juggernaut fantasy series “Game of Thrones” has had its fair share of memorable moments: the fiery birth of a trio of dragons, an army of the undead marching ceaselessly, a Red Wedding. So when the phrase “chaos is a ladder” becomes ca...

TV review: ‘Westworld’ on HBO is a real trip

TV review: ‘Westworld’ on HBO is a real trip

September 29, 2016

By Verne Gay Newsday (TNS) Westworld premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. Westworld is a theme park where the very wealthy go to indulge their fantasies, which are either violent, sexual or both. The theme is the Wild West, and as far as patrons are concerned, when they step off that train, they step...

‘American Horror Story’ a mystery as it returns

September 13, 2016

By Verne Gay Newsday (TNS) THE SHOW: “American Horror Story” WHEN: Season 6 premiere Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10 on FX WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Wouldn’t you like to know? Fact is, no one does — no one, unless you’re the stars, crew, show-runners Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, or FX chief John Landgraf, ...

‘Star Trek’ actors share favorite moments

‘Star Trek’ actors share favorite moments

September 8, 2016

By Jack Millrod Newsday (TNS) NEW YORK — The future began 50 years ago Thursday for “Star Trek” fans. When NBC aired the show’s first episode on Sept. 8, 1966, Capt. James T. Kirk and the 23rd century crew of the starship Enterprise began a journey that would include an animated series, ...

Nicki Minaj comedy series gets picked up by ABC Family

October 6, 2015

By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (TNS) ABC Family has given a series commitment order to a comedy that is executive-produced by multiplatinum rapper Nicki Minaj. The single-camera comedy is based on Minaj and her family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early ‘90s — with focus on her...

‘Nashville’ Takes The Show On The Road

‘Nashville’ Takes The Show On The Road

August 5, 2015

By Jon Bream Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) Deacon will be there. Scarlett, too. And sisters Maddie and Daphne. The stars of “Nashville” — ABC’s prime-time soap opera about country music — are taking their music on a brief tour. The concert tour means that Charles “Chip” Esten, who stars as ...

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