Laura Kightlinger knows Hollywood. Over the last 20 years, she has racked up writing and acting credits on shows ranging from Roseanne to Saturday Night Live to Will & Grace. Now her sights are set on spoofing Tinseltown (and her own self-confessed laziness) in IFC’s new series The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, premiering tonight at 11 pm/ET. A perfect vehicle for Kightlinger’s brand of dry, irreverent wit, this anti-Entourage revolves around two best friends navigating the lower levels of the entertainment biz. TVGuide.coread more
Maybe it's because there's a devoted grade-school teacher in my family, but I'm a pushover for good movies about great educators. I'm not embarrassed to admit that The Ron Clark Story (Sunday, Aug. 13, at 8 pm on TNT) choked me up several times on its shamelessly manipulative way toward an inspiring ending.
This fact-based drama stars Matthew Perry, naturally charming and thoroughly convincing, as young Mr. Clark, who leaves North Carolina for the challenge of teaching in Harlem. His improbable goal: to raise the all-important test scores for the lowest-ranking class in an inner-city grade school.
"Nobody wants them and I do, so what's the problem?" he argues to the skeptical principal. (Turns out he isn't considered too white, but too nice.) Thus begins the earnest but entertaininread more