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TCA Highlights: Here’s a Rundown of What’s Coming to TV

The second half of the semiannual Television Critics Association press tour may have started with the campy “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” but it ended with the real-life drama of historic events like the FDR presidency and the Watergate scandal….

July 28, 2014

James Garner: The Inside Story of a TV Superstar. In Garner’s Two Most Famous Series, the ‘Situation Was Always Hopeless, But Never Serious’

During the 1950s, when television was first sweeping the country and putting a serious dent in movie going, there were not a lot of actors who became big stars primarily because of their association with scripted programming — as opposed…

July 21, 2014

Cable Nets Strut Their Stuff: The Glossiest of the Upcoming Shows Take the Spotlight at TCA

“I write as slow as mud,” said Vince Gilligan, in explaining the delay of the highly anticipated series “Better Call Saul” — a companion piece to the vaunted “Breaking Bad” — now set to air next year on AMC after…

July 16, 2014

Fine and Mellow: One of the Best Performances Ever on Broadway

My first exposure to jazz was the records my dad played while I was growing up. They were primarily of female vocalists: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. Of all these recordings, there was one that stood out: A…

June 25, 2014

Cable TV’s Blockbuster Summer Gets Two Hot New Entries Tonight

Long gone, it seems, are the days when summer was a television wasteland filled with repeats. In fact, the small screen is beginning to rival the big screen with one potential blockbuster after another hitting the airwaves. Just this month…

June 24, 2014

A Nod to the Changing TV Landscape From the Critics’ Choice Awards

What a difference a year makes for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, the 4th annual edition of which was held June 19 at the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. It was the first time in its…

June 23, 2014

Billy Bob Thornton: The Whole Bloody Truth About FX’s ‘Fargo’

The 1996 Coen brothers film “Fargo” made about $60 million at the box office — its production budget was $7 million — and won two Academy Awards, for best original screenplay and best actress for its star, Frances McDormand. Over…

June 19, 2014

It Is Beauty, It Is Art and It Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat. It’s Flat-Out the Most Exciting Show You Can Watch on TV This Afternoon and Tonight. Guaranteed

Mikhail Baryshnikov, in his prime, could fly. He could defy gravity and soar, twisting and turning in mid-air in spectacular ways. He was Mary Martin as Peter Pan, exhibiting all her exuberance and exhilaration about being able to fly, but…

June 13, 2014

TV Actress Who ‘Blew the Box Wide Open’ Honored for Her Achievements, Along With Other Exceptional Women

Exceptional. That was the theme of the Women in Film 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 11, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza’s California Ballroom. Hosted by actress Tracee Ellis Ross, the gala event raised funds for WIF’s…

June 12, 2014

Doing Reality Right: Experts in the Genre Check In at Realscreen West 2014

Two days of panels, pitch sessions, parties and a poolside awards show marked the sixth annual Realscreen West 2014 conference, which set up shop at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel June 4 and 5. Nearly 1,100 attendees — a…

June 12, 2014