Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White
You wouldn't compare a McDonald's Extra Value Meal to an expensive dinner at a five-star restaurant. But that's the predicament Emmy Awards voters increasingly face in such key categories as comedy and drama. (Nominations will be announced July 10; NBC airs the ceremony, hosted by Seth Meyers, on August 25.)
As primetime splinters into subgenres, shows with little in common must compete in the same races, and there's no room at all for plenty of popular shows, particularly from the broadcast networks...
Wes Brown, Meagan Good and Ella Rae Peck
The one thing a potential guilty pleasure can't afford to be guilty of is boredom. Just look at the current standard-bearer: ABC's outrageous Scandal, with its whiplash plotting and rat-a-tat-tat dialogue delivered at such hyperspeed you don't have time to dwell on the berserk absurdities, because you're having such a blast. NBC's tepid new mystery-soap hybrid Deception (10/9c) deceives itself if it thinks it belongs in that gonzo company. It even pales next to the diminished second season of Revenge, which needs to refocus on the Emily-vs.-Graysons dynamic and forget the Initiative — yawn — ever existed.
PBS' president said the network fired Fred Willard after his indecency arrest to keep the production schedule moving.
At the fall TV previews in Los Angeles, Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, said Willard's removal as the narrator of Market Warriors, the network's spin-off of Antiques Roadshow, was mostly a function of a tight schedule. "We are actually in production with that series, so at the end of the week, when it became known, we had to...
Following his arrest Wednesday in Los Angeles on a charge of lewd conduct, Fred Willard has been relieved of his narrating duties for the PBS show Market Warriors, The New York Times reports.
"Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately, Fred Willard no longer will be...
Madonna is no stranger to controversy. The singer has been known for her provocative behavior since she shot to fame in the 1980s. So why's everyone making such a fuss over her recent antics?
Out of the Madonna drama loop? Here's a quick catch-up: In the past two weeks, the "Materiel Girl" flashed her nipple during a concert in Istanbul, was spotted riding piggy-back on her boy toy Brahim Zaibat in Florence, Italy, mooned an audience in Rome, and projected a swastika over the face of French politician Marine Le Pen during a show in Tel Aviv.
Leigh and Leslie Keno
Might as well call it So You Think You Can Antique or The Antique Factor.
Fox has ordered a new reality series called Buried Treasure, starring...
Ty Pennington has found the most extreme home of them all: The high-end auction house.
The host of TV's long-running feel-good reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Pennington has now signed on to host The Great Big American Auction — which just landed a pilot order from ABC. (Pennington's not moving far: ABC is also the network behind Home Edition.)
Think of Great Big American Auction as a more contemporary Antiques Roadshow. In this case, Great Big American Auction will feature personal treasures with a historic, artist or pop culture bent, all being auctioned off to the higher bidder (and all with a personal story to boot). Among the examples: A near-mint copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1; a ring once owned by Elvis Presley; and an autographed Les Paul guitar being auctioned off to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research.
The show is also touting a fully intact
This week's Modern Family found Claire and Mitchell teaming up to break judgmental news to one another's partners, Gloria and Jay hitting up a Quinceañera, and Haley schooling Alex in "Mean Girls 101."
The episode opens on Phil running a set of super cheesy (more than usual) jokes by the ever-dopey Luke, a perfect sounding board. We come to find that Phil is preparing for SCARB (Southern California Annual Realtors Banquet), which he has been tapped last minute to host. Claire reveals her fear that Phil is going to bomb at this dinner because he's fun, not funny. She blames herself for laughing at all of Phil's jokes, with her mouth, not her eyes. Moments later we see this in action as Claire uses her mouth to laugh while her eyes express something more along the lines of terror.
Mark Walberg by Kelsey McNeal/FOX
Jeers to Mark L. Walberg for hitting a new low with Moment of Truth. Whatever credibility the ex-Temptation Island pimp er, emcee sought by hosting PBS' Antiques Roadshow got flushed down the old commode with his participation in Fox's ultra-sleazy lie-detector game show. I've got a few queries I'd like Walberg to answer honestly: Are you filled with self-loathing when you ask humiliating questions like whether former football player Ty ever sneaked a peek at a teammate's privates in the shower? Were you telling the truth when you told 46-year-old Hair Club for Men member George that he looks 35? And have you ever tried to pass yourself off as the other Mark Wahlberg to get a table at a restaurant? You know the other Mark, right? He's the one who won't do anything for money.For another take on Moment of Truth, read Matt Roush's newest Dispatch. Read and react to Bruce's opinions on Larry King's flubbed Heath Ledger tribute, Breaking Bad's premiere and more!...
Question: I just finished reading your 6/30 column, and I agree with your answer about what was worth watching on broadcast TV. I did want to point out that there is another series on PBS that is definitely worth watching: History Detectives. Granted, I am somewhat of a history buff, but I find this show really interesting and a great way to spend Monday night. I really love how, for the most part, the histories they investigate are personal and brought to the detectives' attention by someone with a connection to that particular piece of history. I don't know if you have taken the time to watch it, but if not, I highly recommend it.
Answer: Thanks for the reminder/tip. It's a solid show, I agree, and when you mentioned Mondays on PBS, I also realized I'd forgotten to make note of Antiques Roadshow, which is a favorite of my family (as I'm always reminded this time of year, when I go back home for reunions and holidays). Really, you can't go wrong many nights by turning to PBS if yo ...