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'Beaches' is a misguided remake of the classic weepie on Lifetime

Any time a beloved movie or TV series gets a remake, knee-jerk purists howl about it “ruining” the original. “Beaches,” starring Idina Menzel (“Frozen”) and Nia Long (“The Best Man Holiday”) and airing Saturday on Lifetime, is the rare case of a remake that might actually do just that. Stripped...

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  • Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Life in Pieces' on CBS

    Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Life in Pieces' on CBS

    SERIES The Good Place This fantasy comedy starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson ends its freshman season. 8 p.m. NBC Hell’s Kitchen Comedian Pauly Shore, sportscaster Neil Everett and Erik Griffin (“Workaholics”) are guest diners in this new installment of Gordon Ramsay’s culinary competition....

  • NBC renews 'This Is Us' for two more seasons, creator talks future

    NBC renews 'This Is Us' for two more seasons, creator talks future

    Leave it to “This Is Us” to bring a twist to even the most obvious news. NBC announced Wednesday that it was renewing its hit drama for a second — and third! — season. The news came during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. Each of the forthcoming seasons will...

  • 'Hey, can I carpool with you guys to work?': The fab four of 'Will & Grace' are back

    'Hey, can I carpool with you guys to work?': The fab four of 'Will & Grace' are back

    Eleven years after it went off the air, “Will & Grace” is bracing for a comeback. NBC confirmed at the Television Critics Assn. gathering in Pasadena on Wednesday that it will resurrect the beloved sitcom for a 10-episode limited run, with the original cast on board. In an era when nostalgia has...

  • History's new Navy SEALs series 'Six' packs an action-focused punch

    History's new Navy SEALs series 'Six' packs an action-focused punch

    “Six,” which begins Wednesday on History Channel, is based on the work of the elite anti-terrorist force known as the Navy SEALs, and specifically its Team Six – the best of the best, the most secretive of the secret. Walton Goggins, from “Justified” and “Vice Principals” (and whose late substitution...

  • Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'People's Choice Awards 2017' on CBS

    Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'People's Choice Awards 2017' on CBS

    SERIES Undercover Boss The chief executive of a chain of specialty coffee stores goes undercover in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS Fresh Off the Boat Jessica (Constance Wu) wants the family to let go of any and all negativity ahead of Chinese New Year in this new episode of the sitcom. 8 p.m. ABC...

  • In honor of her 95th birthday, watch 10 of Betty White's golden TV moments

    In honor of her 95th birthday, watch 10 of Betty White's golden TV moments

    After a year that claimed many of Hollywood’s brightest and best, it seemed near miraculous that our beloved Betty White — America’s grandmother, if you will — made it through 2016 unscathed.  The golden girl of television celebrated her 95th birthday Tuesday, even without the help of a fan’s GoFundMe...

  • 'Frontline' examines right-left rift in 'Divided States of America'

    'Frontline' examines right-left rift in 'Divided States of America'

    Whatever your political point of view, it seems impossible to dispute that, on the eve of a Donald Trump presidency, the country is intensely divided.  But how did we get here?  “Divided States of America,” a four-hour “Frontline” special premiering Tuesday, tackles that provocative question by...

  • Fresh from his feud with Trump, Rep. John Lewis gets his closeup in new PBS documentary

    Fresh from his feud with Trump, Rep. John Lewis gets his closeup in new PBS documentary

    Georgia congressman John Lewis, who made headlines Friday for questioning the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s standing as incoming president, will be the subject of a just-announced new documentary scheduled to air on PBS in February. As part of the network’s programming for Black History Month, the...

  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'The Mick' on Fox

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'The Mick' on Fox

      SERIES NCIS Directed by series costar Rocky Carroll, this new episode sends Gibbs (Mark Harmon) undercover after he sees the brother of a wanted criminal. 8 p.m. CBS The Middle As the end of college approaches, Axl (Charlie McDermott) panics when he realizes he’s late in sending out resumes in...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'The First 100 Days' on Fox News

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'The First 100 Days' on Fox News

    SERIES The First 100 Days  Martha MacCallum anchors this new series premiering tonight and running through Donald Trump’s crucial first 100 days in office. 4 and 11 p.m. Fox News Channel Regular Show The comedy ends its run with three new episodes 6, 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Toon Kevin Can Wait Kevin...

  • TV This Week, Jan. 15-21: 'Victoria' on 'Masterpiece' and more

    TV This Week, Jan. 15-21: 'Victoria' on 'Masterpiece' and more

      SUNDAY Another blink-and-you-missed-it season of “Sherlock” concludes on “Masterpiece.” With Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. 7 p.m. KOCE An oceanographer and others work to protect and preserve undersea habitats in the new special “Sea of Hope — America’s Underwater Treasures.” 7 p.m....

  • The delicious 'Sneaky Pete' has cheats, liars and a familiar thug

    The delicious 'Sneaky Pete' has cheats, liars and a familiar thug

    How do you return to series television after playing the role of  a lifetime? If you’re Bryan Cranston, through a side door …  and with as little fanfare as possible. The actor, who won four Primetime Emmy awards for his portrayal of Walter White, America’s notorious science teacher turned meth...

  • Why 'Sneaky Pete' co-creator Bryan Cranston and star Giovanni Ribisi can relate to the con

    Why 'Sneaky Pete' co-creator Bryan Cranston and star Giovanni Ribisi can relate to the con

    Awards show acceptance speeches can sometimes be dull or uninspired; they can be emotional and impassioned; they can even provoke a tweet from the president-elect. But very few — in fact, just one — become the launching pad for a TV series on Amazon Prime. That’s where Bryan Cranston comes in. ...

  • Friday's TV Highlights: The CW's 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' on KTLA

    Friday's TV Highlights: The CW's 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' on KTLA

    SERIES MacGyver While transporting a war criminal in Kazakhstan, the helicopter MacGyver and Jack (Lucas Till, George Eads) are in crashes and their prisoner escapes with Jack’s gun. MacGyver tries to save the day using only the helicopter’s rotor blade and a water bottle. Sandrine Holt also...

  • Watch an exclusive clip from the next episode of NBC's 'Grimm'

    Watch an exclusive clip from the next episode of NBC's 'Grimm'

    As the end draws near for NBC’s “Grimm,” its current — and final — season has unfolded with all sorts of questions lingering in viewers’ minds.  In an exclusive clip from Friday's episode, members of the besieged crew of Portland crime fighters who protect innocents from Wesen creatures finally...

  • Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Taking the Stage' on ABC

    Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Taking the Stage' on ABC

      SERIES Superstore Ravi Patel (“Grandfathered”) guest stars as a vice president from the chain’s corporate office in a new episode of the workplace sitcom. 8 p.m. NBC The Great American Baking Show The final two bakers face off in three separate challenges, then the winner is crowned in the competition...

  • Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Nature' on PBS

    Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Nature' on PBS

    SERIES Undercover Boss The chief executive of a home-cleaning service gets his hands dirty in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS Lethal Weapon “The Cosby Show’s” Malcolm-Jamal Warner guest stars on a new episode of the cop drama. 8 p.m. Fox Nature The new episode “Snowbound: Animals of Winter” looks...

  • Fox News paid to make a sexual harassment allegation against Bill O'Reilly go away

    Fox News paid to make a sexual harassment allegation against Bill O'Reilly go away

    Fox News settled a sexual harassment complaint by a former employee in September against its biggest prime time-star, Bill O’Reilly, and the division’s co-president, Jack Abernethy. Former Fox News personality Juliet Huddy claimed in a letter from her lawyers sent last August that her opportunities...

  • Gleaning the clues from David Lynch's hilariously cryptic 'Twin Peaks' panel

    Gleaning the clues from David Lynch's hilariously cryptic 'Twin Peaks' panel

    “Twin Peaks” fans who’ve been waiting more than 25 years to find out what happened to Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) will have to wait just a bit longer because answers were in short supply Monday at the Television Critics Assn. Filmmaker David Lynch made a surprise appearance at the...

  • 'Scandal' cast and producers talk real world politics: 'We are not in reaction to that'

    'Scandal' cast and producers talk real world politics: 'We are not in reaction to that'

    If there’s one political-themed TV show that could rival the twists and drama of the most recent presidential election, a likely candidate would be ABC’s “Scandal.”  But executive producer Shonda Rhimes doesn’t equate the two beyond that — no matter how many times it’s pressed. “Scandal” ended...

  • Trump derides new 'Apprentice' while Schwarzenegger takes the high road

    With the inauguration just two weeks away, President-elect Donald Trump has a lot on his plate. But that didn’t stop the future commander in chief from taking a moment Friday morning to offer his thoughts on the ratings for “The New Celebrity Apprentice.” “Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger...

  • TV This Week, Jan. 8-14: Tom Hardy's 'Taboo' on FX and more

      SUNDAY Meryl Streep will add to her collection of hardware when she receives the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award at “The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards.” Jimmy Fallon hosts. 5 p.m. NBC Vengeance is hers: Julia Roberts stars in the 2015 remake of the Argentinian thriller “Secret in Their Eyes.” With...

  • Friday's TV highlights: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' 'Emerald City' and more

      SERIES Blaze and the Monster Machines “The Big Bang Theory’s” Melissa Rauch supplies the voice of a kangaroo in a new episode of this animated series aimed at preschoolers. 11:30 a.m. Nickelodeon MacGyver MacGyver and Jack (Lucas Till, George Eads) are reunited with former flames (guest stars...

  • 'The Good Place' show runner Michael Schur is 'eternally fascinated' by hope

    If “The Good Place” was a frozen yogurt shop, there’d be some eager customers outside its door right now. The NBC comedy, which follows newly deceased Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) as she tries to justify her slot in the heavenly Good Place despite living a life that should have yielded a more...

  • What time are the 2017 Golden Globes? Here's everything you need to know

    Ready or not, the awards shows are coming, and the 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony will kick off the 2017 awards season on Sunday night. You have questions, and we have answers.  WHAT TIME DOES THE SHOW START? AND ON WHAT CHANNEL? The ceremony, taking place at its usual locale, the Beverly Hilton...

  • 'Emerald City' takes a dark but ponderous journey down the yellow brick road

    “Game of Thrones” consistently ranks as one of TV’s most pirated shows.  If “Emerald City,” premiering Friday on NBC, is any indication, it’s also become one of the most widely imitated.   Though it is billed as a dark new take on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which has inspired scores  of adaptations...

  • Norman Lear reboots 'One Day at a Time' for a new generation

    Norman Lear sits with a script in his left hand and a yellow pencil in the other. Every so often, he gently scribbles notes on the margins. But mostly, he listens — searching for the lines that prompt a burst of laughter or bring power to the lump-in-the-throat moments. It’s a common sight on the...

  • Thursday's TV highlights: 'Nashville,' 'Inside the Actors Studio' and more

      SERIES The Big Bang Theory Sheldon and Amy (Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik) recall their trip to Texas over the holidays in this new episode; Laurie Metcalf and Pamela Adlon guest star. 8 p.m. CBS Superstore This workplace sitcom starring America Ferrera and Ben Feldman is back with new episodes. 8...

  • Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher shine in 'Bright Lights'

    Even if Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds hadn’t died within a day of each other last week, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” would have been a lovely, bittersweet portrait of a complicated yet unusually devoted mother-daughter relationship.  But given the tragic one-two...

  • Wednesday's TV highlights: 'Modern Family,' 'Vivica's Black Magic' and more

    SERIES Blue Collar Millionaires This reality series about working-class entrepreneurs returns for another season.  7, 7:30, 10 and 10:30 p.m. CNBC Nightcap “Ant-Man’s” Paul Rudd and talk-show host Wendy Williams guest star as themselves in this new episode of this sitcom. 8 p.m. Pop My 600-Lb....

  • Commentary: Was 2016 the worst year ever?

    On Dec. 23, as fellow airline passengers began tweeting that Carrie Fisher, suffering a health crisis on a flight from London to Los Angeles, appeared unresponsive when paramedics took her from a plane, many people quickly blamed 2016. It was a year that had already claimed a number of beloved...

  • Schwarzenegger picks up President-elect Trump's warmed over leftovers in the 'New Celebrity Apprentice'

    The last time “The Celebrity Apprentice” aired on NBC in 2015,  it was an aging reality show a decade past its peak in ratings and cultural relevance. Host Donald Trump was mocked for claiming it was the No. 1 show on television. (It wasn’t even close.) Oh, what a difference two years can make....

  • Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Bones,' 'Frontline' and more

    SERIES Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Viola Davis and Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and Casey Affleck, and Matthew McConaughey and Jeff Bridges are among the celebrities pairing off to discuss their craft in the return of this awards-season series. 7 p.m. KOCE NCIS Reeves (Duane Henry) goes undercover...

  • John Berger, pioneering art critic and author, dies at 90

    A British art critic, Marxist intellectual and prodigious author whose pioneering 1972 book and the BBC series it spawned, “Ways of Seeing,” ushered in a political perspective to art criticism has died. John Berger was 90. Simon McBurney, a British actor and a friend of Berger's, told the Associated...

  • Tournament of Roses Parade welcomes new floats and new hosts

    As has been the New Year's custom since 1890, the Tournament of Roses Parade made its slow, steady, not especially stately progress through Pasadena on Monday. (There is a never-on-Sunday rule that moved the parade to Jan. 2 this year.) Like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, it is a local tradition...

  • 'Jackie,' 'The Crown' and what we expect from women in power

    Powerful women have always captivated the world, from Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, but this year their stories felt more vital than ever. Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential run fell short, but she still has the distinction of being the first woman to win the nomination of a major party....

  • 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...

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