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'Westworld's' Jimmi Simpson is having a big year on TV

Jimmi Simpson is getting around.  He was spotted amid the knotted timelines of the recently wrapped first season of HBO’s “Westworld” on  Sunday and then on Tuesday in the fall finale of the weepy NBC drama “This Is Us.” In the process, Simpson has proved that he could — spoiler alerts! — portray someone...

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  • 'Hairspray' comes to life on TV with tweaks — and drones

    'Hairspray' comes to life on TV with tweaks — and drones

    A calorie-rich serving of bright colors and a motley crew of star power is making for a hallucinogenic visual on a soundstage here in Universal City. Kristin Chenoweth skedaddles across the floor. Harvey Fierstein and Martin Short bow in front of a swarm of adoring dancers. All the while pop powerhouses...

  • Netflix spars with 21st Century Fox over allegations it is poaching executives

    Netflix spars with 21st Century Fox over allegations it is poaching executives

    Netflix Inc. helped make binge-watching a national pastime with its tens of millions of subscribers eagerly gobbling up their favorite shows. But now the streaming giant is facing accusations of a different kind of binging — the poaching of executives from the competition. The company’s recent...

  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Scream Queens' on Fox

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Scream Queens' on Fox

    SERIES NCIS Vance (Rocky Carroll) leads a team assigned to protect a congresswoman  (Mary Stuart Masterson) who is the target of threats that appear to be escalating. Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Emily Wickersham, Wilmer Valderrama and Jennifer Esposito also star. 8...

  • Mandy Moore is back on track with 'This Is Us'

    Mandy Moore is back on track with 'This Is Us'

    Playing an expectant mother to triplets was already daunting for Mandy Moore. But playing a 66-year-old mother to three thirtysomething children? That was not something she was prepared to do. “There are no YouTube videos for that!” Moore, 32, says, emphatically enough to make you wonder if she...

  • ABC dishes juicy details about upcoming season of 'The Bachelor'

    ABC dishes juicy details about upcoming season of 'The Bachelor'

    As 2016 comes to a close, the American people can rest easy knowing their suffering is nearly over: “The Bachelor” is about to return.  ABC announced Monday that the landmark dating reality show would be returning for its 21st season on Jan. 2 with 30 beautiful, accomplished women competing for...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Timeless' on NBC

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Timeless' on NBC

    SERIES Kevin Can Wait After Kevin (Kevin James) promises to spend time with his family, his resolve is tested when his buddies surprise him with tickets to a Billy Joel concert. 8 p.m. CBS The Voice The top eight artists perform in front of the coaches for America’s vote as the semifinals begin. 8...

  • Sunday conversation with veteran TV and film actor (and Allstate man) Dennis Haysbert

    Sunday conversation with veteran TV and film actor (and Allstate man) Dennis Haysbert

    Dennis Haysbert has made a career playing commanding authority figures — most memorably “24” President David Palmer — and he explores that territory again in “Incorporated.” Set in a dystopian 2074, the new Syfy series cast Haysbert as the head of security at the largest corporation in a world...

  • 'Bookaboo,' 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' series finale

    'Bookaboo,' 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' series finale

    Bookaboo (Amazon Prime). Reading and being read to are necessary delights. And television has long paid reading its due, going back to "Ding Dong School" and up through "Reading Rainbow" and any number of hosted children's programs. "Captain Kangaroo" was, for me, a gateway to the works of Robert...

  • Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: 'The Hateful Eight' and more

    Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: 'The Hateful Eight' and more

    SERIES Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks Polly is taken prisoner by  rebels, who are planning to use the Daleks to take control of the Earth colony in this animated resurrection of early episodes of the classic British science fiction series. 8:25 p.m. BBC America Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective...

  • Welcome to her world: 'Mariah's World' offers lots of glitter but little depth

    Welcome to her world: 'Mariah's World' offers lots of glitter but little depth

    There’s no real reason any of us should feel sorry for Mariah Carey, a singer-songwriter who’s sold roughly as many albums as there are people in Brazil. And yet it’s hard to walk away from an episode of “Mariah’s World” without the distinct sense that, after a quarter-century in the limelight,...

  • In 'Mariah's World,' fans will see Carey resurrect her alter ego, Bianca

    In 'Mariah's World,' fans will see Carey resurrect her alter ego, Bianca

    It’s dimly lit in here. Dimly lit and quiet. Inside an unused dressing-room suite on the NBCUniversal lot in Universal City, things are mostly unremarkable until Mariah Carey, dressed in a plunging black jumpsuit, saunters in. Two members of her team sit on a nearby sofa, toiling on their phones....

  • TV This Week, Dec. 4-10: 'Hairspray Live!' and more

    TV This Week, Dec. 4-10: 'Hairspray Live!' and more

      SUNDAY It’s orcas versus dolphins — advantage, orcas — in the new nature special “Killer Whales: The Mega Hunt.” 7 p.m. Animal Planet “A Very Soul Train Christmas” features vintage performance footage of such R&B favorites as Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan and Smokey Robinson. 7 p.m. BET Looks like...

  • Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Designated Survivor' on ABC

    Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Designated Survivor' on ABC

    SERIES Jay Leno’s Garage NASCAR driver Joey Logano gets behind the wheel of a vingage ’60s-era race car in this new episode of the comedian’s auto-centric series. 7 and 10 p.m. CNBC Arrow In the series’ 100th episode, which continues a multiple-crossover story that links all of the CW’s superhero...

  • Underrated/Overrated: An overdue return for A Tribe Called Quest and our 'post-truth' social media

    Underrated/Overrated: An overdue return for A Tribe Called Quest and our 'post-truth' social media

    UNDERRATED A Tribe Called Quest’s “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service”: In a year full of improbabilities, what were the odds of this hip-hop group releasing new music this good after 18 years and the recent death of founding member Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor? Though his previously recorded...

  • Dolly Parton shares more 'Colors' in holiday sequel

    Dolly Parton shares more 'Colors' in holiday sequel

    Such is Dolly Parton’s love for Christmas that she has painted the elevator in her house to look like a chimney and comes “down” it every year to bestow presents upon her nieces and nephews dressed as “Granny Claus.” And, in the ’80s, she once flew across the country on Christmas Day dressed in...

  • 'Star Trek: Discovery' reveals first three cast members

    'Star Trek: Discovery' reveals first three cast members

    Both Trekkies and Trekkers alike have reason to rejoice Tuesday with the announcement of the first three cast members of CBS All Access’ upcoming series “Star Trek: Discovery.” Though the casting was rumored last week, Tuesday’s announcement confirmed that “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” star...

  • 'Supergirl' kicks off the big DC/CW four-part crossover with solid ratings

    'Supergirl' kicks off the big DC/CW four-part crossover with solid ratings

    The CW’s four-night superhero crossover event got a solid lead-off with “Supergirl.” Monday’s episode of “Supergirl” pulled in a 1.1 rating in adults ages 18 to 49 and 3.51 million viewers. The numbers are up compared to last week and rival the successful numbers earned by the show’s season premiere...

  • Monday's TV highlights: The CW's superhero crossover event and more

    Monday's TV highlights: The CW's superhero crossover event and more

      SERIES The Voice The top 10 singers perform, as does coach Adam Levine’s band Maroon 5. 8 p.m. NBC Supergirl This series starring Melissa Benoist as Superman’s cousin kicks off a four-night crossover event with the CW’s other superhero shows that continues on “The Flash” on Tuesday and “Arrow”...

  • Ron Glass, actor from television's 'Barney Miller' and 'Firefly,' dies at 71

    Ron Glass, actor from television's 'Barney Miller' and 'Firefly,' dies at 71

    Ron Glass, a prolific television actor best known for roles in the ’70s police sitcom “Barney Miller” and Joss Whedon’s “Firefly,” has died. He was 71. His death of respiratory failure was confirmed on Saturday by one of his representatives.  Born on July 10, 1945, in Evansville, Ind., where he...

  • Box Office: 'Moana' outpaces 'Fantastic Beasts' on Black Friday

    Box Office: 'Moana' outpaces 'Fantastic Beasts' on Black Friday

    Disney’s latest animated feature, “Moana,” continued its hold on the Thanksgiving weekend box office, adding another $21.8 million Friday to boost an already strong opening. Featuring songs by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and the voices of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and newcomer Auli'i...

  • Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: 'Batman v Superman' and more

    Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: 'Batman v Superman' and more

      SERIES Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency This surreal mystery-comedy inspired by Douglas Adams’ books continues with an episode that promises to connect several of the series’ seemingly random subplots; Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood star. 9 p.m. BBC America SPECIALS Robbie the Reindeer...

  • Why Florence Henderson's passing feels like a death in the family

    Why Florence Henderson's passing feels like a death in the family

    She was my mom. She was everybody’s mom. Florence Henderson didn’t just play a role, she portrayed an idealized parent few of us had but everybody wanted. Sure, her kids were a handful, but otherwise nearly perfect. She was perfect. Even that big ugly house was perfect. Talk about setting some...

  • James Corden will replace LL Cool J as host of the 59th Grammy Awards

    CBS has announced its host for the 59th Grammy Awards, and for the first time in five years it’s not LL Cool J. Instead, James Corden, “The Late, Late Show” host and star of the wildly successful “Carpool Karaoke” videos, will lead music’s biggest award ceremony when it airs on Feb. 12, 2017. The...

  • Creator Dan Fogelman knew he had a gem with breakout hit 'This is Us'

    Recently, actor-director Fred Savage tweeted a plea to Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate on NBC’s new drama, “This Is Us.”  “Yes @chrissymetz, yes! Now if you could just stop making me cry every week, we could be best friends.” Savage is not the only one taking to social media to discuss spilling tears...

  • In creating 'Atlanta,' Donald Glover aims to show that 'actual life is very messy'

    Low-key, funny and overflowing with feeling, FX’s “Atlanta,” the comedy series created by and starring Donald Glover (“Community”), spends little energy explaining itself. Weird things just happen: There’s an invisible car, a pop star named Justin Bieber who is black, and a random cameo by “Family...

  • Will these four new TV shows be hits with Golden Globes voters too?

    Just when you think TV can’t Peak any more, along comes another winning season. The Golden Globes are always open to freshman shows and stars, so which small screen newbies are on their radar this year? Here’s a rundown of four possibilities, along with an array of critics’ opinions. Three are...

  • Look for respectable choices in the Golden Globe nominations

    Remember when predicting the Golden Globes was a simple math equation along the lines of: Star Power + Junket Price Tag = Nomination? That's no longer the case as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has taken a stab at respectability in recent years, forsaking the likes of Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt...

  • Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Pure Genius' on CBS

    SERIES Home & Family Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos welcome Amy Grant and Jordan Smith to perform in the annual Christmas special. Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Andra Day also perform. 6 p.m. Hallmark The Big Bang Theory Stephen Hawking (himself) learns Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) once made...

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