Laura Kightlinger, The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman
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.co
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 entertainin