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  • DNC pulls out the stops on opening night, delivers a TV variety show

    DNC pulls out the stops on opening night, delivers a TV variety show

    There are those who believe, or claim to, that there is no difference between the two major American political parties, but no one who wandered onto the convention floors in Cleveland at the beginning of last week or Philadelphia on Monday could have mistaken one for the other. They were different...

  • Democrats' starry roster gets mixed reviews on social media

    Democrats' starry roster gets mixed reviews on social media

    When it comes to star power at the national political conventions this month, there seems to be a clear winner: the Democrats. Let’s just compare the lineups. Republicans: Former “General Hospital” actor Antonio Sabato Jr., “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson and “Happy Days” vet Scott Baio. And...

  • Watch every trailer that premiered at Comic-Con 2016

    Watch every trailer that premiered at Comic-Con 2016

    San Diego’s Comic-Con 2016 debuted trailers for several upcoming television series and movies. From DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman,” to Oliver Stone’s drama thriller “Snowden,” take a gander at a jam-packed list of trailers, teasers and sneak peeks below. Just in case you missed anything.  ‘Wonder Woman’...

  • John Oliver: The Republican convention was a 'four-day exercise in emphasizing feelings over fact'

    John Oliver: The Republican convention was a 'four-day exercise in emphasizing feelings over fact'

    After several weeks off the air, John Oliver delivered a withering critique of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight.”  He described the event, marred by Melania Trump’s plagiarism scandal, Sen. Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement and no-shows of prominent Republicans...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Rizzoli & Isles' on TNT

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Rizzoli & Isles' on TNT

    SERIES The Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher is down to her last three choices among the men who have tried to win her heart. 8 p.m. ABC So You Think You Can Dance The unscripted competition continues as the top nine dancers perform before judges Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo, Nigel Lythgoe and Maddie Ziegler....

  • Stephanie Edwards and local news stations honored with Los Angeles-area Emmys

    Stephanie Edwards and local news stations honored with Los Angeles-area Emmys

    The Los Angeles area Emmy Awards honored local television news outlets Saturday night with nearly 50 awards for their coverage over the last year. During the event, which was held at the Television Academy’s new Saban Media Center, local icon and television host Stephanie Edwards was also honored...

  • Alexandra Pelosi wants to take you on a 'light romp into the mega-donors' who fund campaigns

    Alexandra Pelosi wants to take you on a 'light romp into the mega-donors' who fund campaigns

    Alexandra Pelosi’s first documentary, “Journeys With George,” painted a humanizing portrait of then-Gov. George W. Bush — not exactly what you’d expect from the daughter of a powerful Democratic dynasty (her mother is Rep. Nancy Pelosi).  In the years since, Alexandra Pelosi has attempted to understand...

  • Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels'

    Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels'

    SERIES Angel From Hell The comedy starring Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson airs its final episodes. 8 and 8:30 p.m. CBS Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet Dr. Dee and her husband Ken host a clinic in a town with a population of 107 in the season premiere of the unscripted series. 8 p.m. Animal Planet Syfy Presents:...

  • Behind the Scenes: Jon Stewart's takeover of 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert'

    Behind the Scenes: Jon Stewart's takeover of 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert'

    It’s a few minutes after 6 p.m. on Thursday night, and as Donald Trump prepares to accept his nomination at the Republican National Convention, a weary-looking Stephen Colbert is rehearsing a few hundred miles away at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Dressed in rumpled khakis and nursing a massive Starbucks...

  • 'The Great British Baking Show'

    'The Great British Baking Show'

    “The Great British Baking Show” (PBS); Mary Berry interview on “Larry King Now” (Ora/Hulu). Things have been so crazy lately  that it was only yesterday that I learned we are in the middle of PBS’ broadcast of the current season of “The Great British Baking Show,” the loveliest of all cooking competitions....

  • TV This Week, July 24-30: 'Tallulah' and more

    TV This Week, July 24-30: 'Tallulah' and more

      SUNDAY Fans of everything from the hit musical “Hamilton” to the animated sci-fi comedy “Rick & Morty” will have their voices heard at the “2016 MTV Fandom Awards.” 8 p.m. MTV The docu-special “The Rise and Fall of El Chapo” profiles the incarcerated Mexican drug lord formerly known as the fugitive...

  • Overrated/Underrated: 'Mustang' is an inspired ride, and everyone wins in the Taylor-Kanye feud

    Overrated/Underrated: 'Mustang' is an inspired ride, and everyone wins in the Taylor-Kanye feud

    UNDERRATED ‘Mustang’ (2015): An Academy Award contender for foreign language film last year, this Turkish import recently added to Netflix feels especially poignant in the wake of the recent unrest in and around Istanbul. Set in the rural countryside, the film written and directed by Deniz Gamze...

  • Stephen Colbert revives ‘Stephen Colbert’ just in time to reenergize ‘The Late Show’

    The wild applause, the ecstatic whoops, the joyful crowd stomping and chanting a single name — it was exactly what you’d expect from the Republican National Convention. Except the chanted name did not belong to a Republican and this crowd was miles away from Cleveland. Yet of all the men and women...

  • Second night of RNC is fueled by festering personal rage with the subtext 'We Hate Hillary Clinton'

    Second night of RNC is fueled by festering personal rage with the subtext 'We Hate Hillary Clinton'

    On Tuesday, the theme of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was “Make America Work Again” but the subtext was “We Hate Hillary Clinton.” Once again the festivities were fueled by the festering personal rage that unites so many disparate groups in reality television, and once again...

  • First night of Donald Trump's GOP convention is a ratings hit

    First night of Donald Trump's GOP convention is a ratings hit

    Donald Trump has been a ratings draw for most of the events related to the 2016 presidential campaign, and the first night of the Republican National Convention that will choose him as the party’s nominee was no different. Nielsen data showed a significant audience lift for cable news networks...

  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Feed the Beast' on AMC

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Feed the Beast' on AMC

      SERIES   Chopped Junior The cooking competition for young foodies ends its season. Ari Larter, Arnold Myint and Chris Santos are the judges, Ted Allen hosts. 8 p.m. Food Pretty Little Liars Ali’s (Sasha Pieterse) release from the psychiatric hospital requires that she be placed in the care of...

  • Netflix orders more 'Making a Murderer'

    Netflix orders more 'Making a Murderer'

    The saga of Steven Avery will continue at Netflix.  The streaming network announced Tuesday it has ordered an unspecified number of additional episodes of “Making a Murderer.” The documentary series chronicled the strange case of Avery, a Wisconsin man who was exonerated in 2003 after spending...

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