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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 ...

Melissa Without Joan: A Daughter Deals With Loss The Rivers Way

Melissa Without Joan: A Daughter Deals With Loss The Rivers Way

July 22, 2015

By Amy Kaufman Los Angeles Times (TNS) Joan Rivers was about to die, and everybody needed her daughter, Melissa, to fix it. To magically bring her out of a medically induced coma. Keep her lucrative businesses afloat. Ease the pain of losing comedy’s sassy surrogate grandmother. So Melissa went ...

Landing ‘The Mindy Project’ Could Be Another Boost For Hulu

Landing ‘The Mindy Project’ Could Be Another Boost For Hulu

July 8, 2015

By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (TNS) Should Hulu end up being the rebound platform for “The Mindy Project,” it’d be another high sign of the streaming service’s aggressive push to up its game. Universal Television, the studio behind the Mindy Kaling vehicle, has begun talks with Hulu a...

Now That ‘Mad Men’ Has Changed The TV Landscape, What Does It All Mean?

Now That ‘Mad Men’ Has Changed The TV Landscape, What Does It All Mean?

June 23, 2015

By Mary McNamara Los Angeles Times (TNS) High school AP classes may be churning out theories about the green light at the end of Daisy’s pier or Andy Warhol’s tomato soup cans, but the most popularly deconstructed symbol in and of American culture these days is “Mad Men’s” falling guy. ...

ABC Orders Biblical Series ‘Of Kings And Prophets,’ Five Other Dramas

ABC Orders Biblical Series ‘Of Kings And Prophets,’ Five Other Dramas

June 9, 2015

By Scott Collins Los Angeles Times (TNS) ABC has a new drama of biblical proportions. “Of Kings and Prophets” — a retelling of the Old Testament story of David and King Saul — joined five other dramas as ABC began officially ordering new series late Thursday for launch during the 2015-16 T...

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