Amy Poehler and Adam Scott
It will be a sad day in TV land if (as Nielsen history suggests) the powerhouse of CBS' The Big Bang Theory helps deliver the abysmal new How to Be a Gentleman a ratings win over NBC's little-show-that-could-do-better Parks and Recreation.
Here's my Fall Preview take on How to Be a Gentleman (CBS, 8:31/7:31c), a misfire that almost makes me miss last year's Bleep My Dad Says, which wasted the same time period: "Felix and Oscar should sue. The overused Odd Couple premise gets one of its more cringeworthy sitcom workouts in the latest assault on the male mystique — caricatured as a squeaky-voiced priss and a bellowing gym-bunny boor. Actually, mankind should sue." To elaborate: David Hornsby plays a metrosexual metropolitan fusspot whose ...
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy premiered 60 years ago this month, and our adoration for Lucille Ball has only grown over time. To honor the comedian and her storied history with TV Guide Magazine (she's been on more covers than any other star), we asked her daughter, Lucie Arnaz, 60, to share some of her favorite memories of that period. Arnaz, an actress and singer, has kept her mother and father Desi Arnaz's legacies alive by donating scrapbooks and arrangements to museums and producing shows that honor the legendary couple. Currently, she is developing a tribute to the Latin music of I Love Lucy.
TV Guide Magazine: This is a big year for your mom, Lucille Ball. It's not only I Love Lucy's 60th anniversary, but the 100th anniversary of her birth. What's it been like?
Up All Night, Will Forte
Cheers to Up All Night for proving that more SNL vets are ready for primetime.
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Much like 30 Rock has provided a sitcom home for Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan — not to mention record-breaking host Alec Baldwin — Lorne Michaels' latest NBC gem is putting Maya Rudolph in the spotlight as
Kind of enjoyed this one. A lot.
We're not sure if it Suburgatory's opening shot of the Talbots-bedecked mom rapping at a red light, the high school glee-club joke (complete with dork in a wheelchair and cheerleader uniforms) or the not-too-snarky wit of Jane Levy's upended teen, but this comedy about the Altmans, a dad-daughter duo who move from Manhattan to the 'burbs is more fun than a frapp-filled day at the mall with a cosmetically enhanced mom.
It was the talk of the Dancing With the Stars ballroom Tuesday night, even though no one was sure exactly what had happened on Monday, when talk show host Nancy Grace blushed after her quick step with pro Tristan McManus and, standing with host Tom Bergeron ...
Doug Savant and Felicity Huffman
Turns out Desperate Housewives' decision to separate the long bickering Scavos has had an adverse reaction on Felicty Huffman and Doug Savant's eight year friendship. "I have to tell you, I can't love anyone more than Doug Savant, but life's been imitating art," Felicity tells me. "You spend so many hours acting a certain storyline that it bleeds into real life. Dougie and I have been fighting for real. Not huge things, but little barbed comments. A little rough around the edges."
During one scene, Felicity says, "I thought he was making fun of me and I screamed, 'Hey — f--- you!'" Then after another tiff over wardrobe for their Halloween episode, Felicity says ...
Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli
Dear Reality Shows,
Listen, we need to talk. It's about these two-hour episodes, the twice-a-week commitments, the extended eliminations, the reunions... all of it. Our DVRS are tired, and so are we. In other words, it's not us. It's you.
Used to be that TV shows were once a week, and two-hours long only if they were, like, special episodes or season premieres. Now, it seems that every ...
Crime procedurals on TV are a dime a dozen (though often much more profitable), but BBC America's Luther is one in a million. Making Criminal Minds look like a romp in Disneyland, this twisted walk on the dark side earned an Emmy nomination this year for its powerful star, Idris Elba (The Wire), for good reason. Few things are juicier than letting an actor wallow in the most damaged corners of the soul.
And right away, as Luther returns for a second season (10/9c) comprised of two two-part thrillers airing over four weeks, we can see that John Luther's notoriety as London's most volatile and unstable detective is intact. Still grieving the death of his ex-wife (at the hands of a former colleague), Luther returns ...
Idris Elba, Luther
Talking to Idris Elba can be disorienting. No matter how often he references his acclaimed roles as Baltimore drug lord Stringer Bell on The Wire ("That part spoiled me and catapulted me onto the radar," he says) or Dunder Mifflin big boss Charles Miner on The Office ("I can't believe I got paid to have so much fun"), it doesn't jibe with the East London inflection coming out of his mouth. Can this be the same actor?