Daily Archives : Aug 14, 2012

A TVWeek Dog Day Program Recommendation for Tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 14 — A Must-See Blistering Performance for These Blistering Summer Days

By Chuck Ross We’re in the post-Olympics dog days and nights of August. As I write this it’s 6:00 in the evening here in L.A., and it’s still close to 80 degrees in much of the country — and even hotter here….

Horshack From ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ Dies

Actor Ron Palillo, best known as Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died, the Associated Press reports. Palillo, 63, died today at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., after a heart attack. “Palillo was forever…

Report: Stalker Threatens to Shoot One of the Most Powerful Men in Hollywood

A man who is described as a delusional and homeless stalker, who has reportedly threatened to attack pop singer Sheryl Crow, has also threatened to shoot film producer and studio boss Harvey Weinstein, TMZ.com reports. Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax…

One Channel Has Cable’s Top Three New Series Launches of 2012

After a strong opening Monday night — the strongest opening for any new cable series so far in 2012 — one cable channel claims the top three new series launches of the year. TNT holds the honor after its new…

The Thrill Is Gone for NBC on First Post-Olympics Night — ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ Is Hardly a Substitute for the London Games in the Ratings

Two weeks of 30 million-plus viewer averages in prime time — for NBC at least — are clearly over, with the most any network could average on the first night after the Olympics being Fox’s 5.8 million, TVbytheNumbers.com reports. Citing…

Change in Store for a TV Institution: Move Over, Cheesecake, Here Comes the Beefcake

A long-running TV show that has thrived while showcasing glamorous women is looking for one good man to join their ranks for a while. The CBS game show "The Price Is Right" — the longest-running game show in history —…

Another Olympian Finds His Way to a TV Series — This Time It’s ’90210′

Following news that heavy-medal swimmer Michael Phelps has landed a TV job, as we reported Monday, news broke today that one of his teammates on the U.S. swim team — rival gold medalist Ryan Lochte — will also be following…

#nbcfail Failed to See the Bigger Olympics Picture

One of the oddest items I’ve read lately about NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics was this sentence from SportsGrid.com: “The numbers [meaning ratings] are working in [NBC’s] favor, even if public opinion is not.” It’s nonsensical. The loudest shouting…

Bishop Desmond Tutu and Other Nobel Peace Laureates Condemn New NBC Show, Call on Network to Cancel It

Nine Nobel Peace Prize laureates have joined forces to condemn a new NBC show, The Guardian reports. The show is the reality competition "Stars Earn Stripes." The group wrote in an open letter that the show glorifies war and armed…

Chenoweth Exits ‘The Good Wife’ in Wake of On-Set Accident

"The Good Wife" is losing the Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, who said she’s leaving her recurring role after an injury on the set last month, reports People.com. As previously reported, Chenoweth was hospitalized in New York after a piece…