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‘Walking Dead’ Premiere Finds Little Sanctuary Against Despair

‘Walking Dead’ Premiere Finds Little Sanctuary Against Despair

October 10, 2014

By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times (MCT) When we last left the heroes of “The Walking Dead,” things looked especially dire. Six-and-a-half months later, things haven’t changed much. Locked in a boxcar with few options, save for waiting to become dinner to a community of non-zombie canniba...

‘Under The Dome,’ ‘Extant’ Win Summer Renewals From CBS

‘Under The Dome,’ ‘Extant’ Win Summer Renewals From CBS

October 10, 2014

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times (MCT) “Under The Dome” and “Extant,” two of CBS’ marquee summer dramas, have been renewed despite less than winning seasons. “Under The Dome,” based on Stephen King’s novel about a community trapped under a transparent dome that seals it off from th...

The serious side of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Seinfeld’

The serious side of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Seinfeld’

September 30, 2014

By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times (MCT) Twenty-five years ago — in 1989, to save you the math — two situation comedies premiered, each destined to become American institutions, even as each regarded American institutions with a jaundiced and ironic eye. One was a cartoon, set in a midsized An...

Disney empire strikes back with ‘Star Wars Rebels’

Disney empire strikes back with ‘Star Wars Rebels’

September 30, 2014

By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) LOS ANGELES — December 2015 seems light years away, especially to “Star Wars” fans eagerly awaiting the seventh feature film in the popular sci-fi series. Disney will fill a little of that dark void with the new animated series “Star Wars Rebels.” T...

‘Black-ish’ Celebrates Black Culture

‘Black-ish’ Celebrates Black Culture

September 25, 2014

By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Network executives have talked for years about the need for more diversity in their programming. But all you have to do is watch TV to realize how far off they are from reflecting the real ethnic makeup of this country. Larry Wilmore, executive produ...

‘Modern Family’ Actress Alleges Ex-boyfriend Choked Her

‘Modern Family’ Actress Alleges Ex-boyfriend Choked Her

September 25, 2014

By Richard Winton Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES—“Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland has obtained a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend after he allegedly choked and threatened to kill her, court records show. A Los Angeles County judge issued the order days before her ex, 24-y...

‘Chicago Fire’ Star David Eigenberg Mostly Mum About The Cliffhange

‘Chicago Fire’ Star David Eigenberg Mostly Mum About The Cliffhange

September 23, 2014

By Rich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal (MCT) Fans of the NBC drama “Chicago Fire” have been anxiously awaiting Tuesday’s third-season premiere, to see who survived the explosion that had almost the entire cast in danger in the second-season finale. You can rest more easily about Christopher...

A Tiresome ‘Utopia’: They Argue, They Make Rules, They Argue Some More On Fox’s New Reality Show

A Tiresome ‘Utopia’: They Argue, They Make Rules, They Argue Some More On Fox’s New Reality Show

September 9, 2014

By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times (MCT) In “Utopia,” which is not an adaptation of Thomas More’s 1516 work of philosophical speculative fiction but a reality show from the creator of “Big Brother,” 15 people volunteer to live together for a year without indoor plumbing. As is the custom, th...

Vieira Returns To Daytime TV

Vieira Returns To Daytime TV

September 9, 2014

By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) If it were up to Meredith Vieira, her new talk show would have taken place in her living room with an intimate audience bused in for every episode. Her husband nixed it. The compromise: hauling one of her oldest chairs, tattered over the years by famil...

FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Rides Into Final Season With Deadly Intent

FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Rides Into Final Season With Deadly Intent

September 4, 2014

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times (MCT) Seven years have passed since the members of Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original locked the picturesque hamlet of Charming, Calif., in their lawless grip, filling the streets with murder, mayhem and all manner of reckless havoc. But now the rambu...

Police Say ‘Cops’ TV Show Crew Member Killed By Friendly Fire During Taping

Police Say ‘Cops’ TV Show Crew Member Killed By Friendly Fire During Taping

August 28, 2014

By Ryan Parker Los Angeles Times (MCT) A crew member for the TV show “Cops” died after he was shot by friendly fire while filming an episode for the long-running reality series when Omaha, Neb., police responded to an armed robbery Tuesday night, officials said Wednesday. Omaha Police Chief To...

Barbara Walters Sets Retirement Date From ‘The View’

Barbara Walters Sets Retirement Date From ‘The View’

April 8, 2014

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (MCT) NEW YORK — Veteran TV journalist Barbara Walters will make her last scheduled appearance on “The View” on May 16, ABC announced Monday. The network will honor Walters’ five decades in broadcasting with a week-long celebration. “The View,” th...

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