Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker
CNN took the first step in rebuilding its struggling primetime lineup by naming former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker as the co-hosts of a new roundtable discussion program. The still to be named show will replace Campbell Brown in the 8 p.m. ET hour in the early fall. Spitzer resigned from his office in 2008 amid a sex scandal that revealed he used prostitutes. Is America's cable news audience ready to embrace him as a liberal commentator sitting across from the Pulitzer Prize winner Parker? The Biz chatted with the pair shortly after the new show was announced...
Friday Night Lights
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
(Friday, 8/7c, NBC) Hard to believe there's a team worse than the struggling Lions of East Dillon, but Coach Taylor is hoping for a bit of redemption as his team takes on the Timberwolves in what's being dubbed "the Toilet Bowl." Meanwhile, Tami takes mopey Julie on a Boston college town, hoping to pull her out of her post-Matt funk.
Even the savvy prognosticators behind Futurama — the absurdist animated science-fiction comedy set in the 31st century — could not have predicted the convoluted path their series has taken since its 1999 premiere.
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All hail the return of Wendie Malick! The queen of snark is back delivering deadpan comments with killer timing in her new Hot in Cleveland role as Victoria, a self-involved soap star who, along with her two BFFs, moves to Cleveland where they become the toast of the town (Wednesday at 10/9c, TV Land). We raise a glass to Malick...
Jason Lee and Chris Jericho
The good news about this year's bumper crop of new summer TV: There's plenty of it. (I spent much of the last few days wading through a mid-July burst of new crime-drama premieres.) The bad news: There's too much of it, and too little of it — at least from what I've seen so far — is any good. (I'm talking about the brand new stuff here, which keeps on coming whether we particularly want it to or not.) At this point, I'm beginning to pine for good old repeats.
Tuesday night provided two particularly painful examples: TNT's dreary Memphis Beat crime drama and ABC's insipid Downfall game show.
Memphis is particularly disappointing...
I'm pretty sure if we cut Jimmy Kimmel open, we'd find that he is stuffed with awesome. Because the clown prince of late night once again showed us why he rocks last night with one of the strangest, silliest and most inspired talk-show episodes TV has been blessed with since, oh, ever.
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Oh, sweet mother of all that's holy. Not only has the Real Housewives of New Jersey Danielle Staub inflicted unspeakable pain on our eyes with her flatulence-and-funky-boobs sex tape, it seems she's now intent on making us wish we were deaf, too...