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  • 'West Wing' stars to reunite for Clinton campaign in Ohio

    'West Wing' stars to reunite for Clinton campaign in Ohio

    If endorsements from fictional political figures carry as much weight as real ones, Hillary Clinton has picked up a big one for her campaign in Ohio this weekend Stars from beloved political drama “The West Wing” will come together again in Sandusky, Toledo and Cleveland in support of the Democratic...

  • Hillary Clinton visits 'Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis'

    Hillary Clinton visits 'Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis'

    In a time-honored American political tradition, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton paid a visit to “Between Two Ferns,” the mock talk show hosted by Zach Galifianakis.  In the clip, released Thursday by Funny or Die but recorded Sept. 9, the day Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia,...

  • 'MacGyver' is back, for no good reason at all

    'MacGyver' is back, for no good reason at all

    “Why, why, why, ‘MacGyver’ ”? “Why, why, whyyyyyyy, ‘MacGyver’ ”? The above should be sung to the tune of the Tom Jones hit “Delilah,” and if you know that oldie-but-goodie, you may be the age to have a nostalgic interest in CBS’ reboot of the iconic 1980’s DIY secret-agent series. Interest that...

  • With the World Cup, ESPN and a pair of familiar faces return — briefly — to hockey

    With the World Cup, ESPN and a pair of familiar faces return — briefly — to hockey

    A Taylor Swift song blasted through the Air Canada Centre last Saturday as World Cup of Hockey players weaved pre-game figure-eights on the ice, peppering goalies with shots. On one side were skaters in familiar American red-white-and-blue; on the other, the blue-black-and-white of Team Europe,...

  • Joe Swanberg goes to Netflix with all-star 'Easy'

    Joe Swanberg goes to Netflix with all-star 'Easy'

    Joe Swanberg, a busy bee who has put the indie in independent filmmaker – he completed seven features in 2010 alone – turns to television this week as the creator, director and writer of the Netflix series "Easy." A naturalistic comedy of modern manners set among the young, less young and undeniably...

  • It's easy to say no, no, no to 'Notorious'; c'mon, ABC, you know better

    It's easy to say no, no, no to 'Notorious'; c'mon, ABC, you know better

    You can say this for the new ABC drama “Notorious”: It’s got the answer to “should I watch?” built right into the title. Though it seems built from other, better, shows, Josh Berman’s by-the-numbers tale of the line-blurring relationship between a smart ‘n sexy talk-show producer (Piper Perabo) and...

  • Fox's new 'Pitch' shows that a female player in the MLB is more than a gimmick

    Fox's new 'Pitch' shows that a female player in the MLB is more than a gimmick

    Local temperatures may remain in the upper 80s, but the broadcast networks appear to be embracing their inner cozy as we head into fall. Sure, “The Exorcist” is scuttling our way, but with all the new and unabashed family sentiment, (“Speechless,” “This Is Us”), reunions with old favorites (Kiefer...

  • Major League Baseball lends a hand to 'Pitch'

    Major League Baseball lends a hand to 'Pitch'

    As a self-described baseball geek, writer-producer Dan Fogelman was eager to take on “Pitch,” Fox’s new drama about the first woman to become a major league player. But he had one big concern. “I said, ‘If we don’t get Major League Baseball to sign on as partners, I don’t think we can do the show,’”...

  • Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Superstore' on NBC

    Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Superstore' on NBC

    SERIES Superstore A full-fledged strike ensues when employees walk off the job to protest the firing of Glenn (Mark McKinney). America Ferrera and Ben Feldman star in the season premiere with guest star Michael Bunin. 8 p.m. NBC Grey's Anatomy One of the doctors unexpectedly becomes a patient,...

  • CBS orders new comedy 'Superior Donuts' with minority co-lead following diversity furor

    CBS orders new comedy 'Superior Donuts' with minority co-lead following diversity furor

    A little more than a month after coming under fire for its absence of minority leads on its fall schedule, CBS has ordered a new comedy that features an African American actor in a co-lead role. The network announced that the half-hour series, “Superior Donuts,” will be added to its schedule for...

  • Joss Whedon returns to Twitter to take on Donald Trump with a new super PAC

    Joss Whedon returns to Twitter to take on Donald Trump with a new super PAC

    Writer and director of “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Joss Whedon has returned to Twitter after leaving the social media site for 16 months, and he’s come back with a cause. “Save the Day.” It’s the name of a new super PAC spearheaded by the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and...

  • 'Speechless' brings another terrific family to ABC

    'Speechless' brings another terrific family to ABC

    ABC continues its admirable campaign to diversify and own the American family comedy with wonderfully tart yet sweet “Speechless,”  the story of a “special needs” family that bristles with all sorts of thoughts about the meaning of “special needs.” Here. that quickly abused and disabused descriptor...

  • Fox TV gives a credible 'Lethal Weapon' a new lease on life

    Fox TV gives a credible 'Lethal Weapon' a new lease on life

    It has been 30 years since the noisy arrival of “Lethal Weapon” —  the film, then the franchise — in which Mel Gibson played Martin Riggs, an LAPD detective with a death wish, and Danny Glover played his partner, Roger Murtaugh, a detective with a family. Now, 18 years after those characters were...

  • 'Designated Survivor,' starring Kiefer Sutherland, is even better on screen than on paper

    'Designated Survivor,' starring Kiefer Sutherland, is even better on screen than on paper

    On paper, the concept for ABC’s new political thriller “Designated Survivor” makes it the absolute perfect drama for fall 2016: After the Capitol is blown up during a State of the Union  speech, a low-level, compulsively decent Cabinet member becomes president of the United States. Seriously, as...

  • NBC's 'Today' regains ratings lead in key demographic

    NBC's 'Today' regains ratings lead in key demographic

    NBC’s “Today” has finished the 2015-16 TV season as the No. 1 network morning show among the 25-to-54 age group that matters most to advertisers. The win in the demographic is the first since the 2010-11 season, when “Today” was having its historic 16-year run as the top-rated morning program....

  • FX renews new comedies 'Atlanta' and 'Better Things' for second seasons

    FX renews new comedies 'Atlanta' and 'Better Things' for second seasons

    After enjoying a big night at Sunday’s Emmys Awards, FX announced second-season renewals for its two new half-hour comedies, “Atlanta” and “Better Things.” Created by writer and one-time “Community” star Donald Glover, “Atlanta” follows two cousins trying to make it in the city’s hip-hop scene....

  • Samantha Bee says Jimmy Fallon and NBC 'tacitly condoned race-baiting demagogue' Donald Trump

    Samantha Bee says Jimmy Fallon and NBC 'tacitly condoned race-baiting demagogue' Donald Trump

    Conventional wisdom says that we’ve entered a kinder, gentler era in the late-night wars, when rival hosts are more likely to show up on each other’s couches than say bad things about each other publicly.  But the gloves came off Monday night on “Full Frontal,” when host Samantha Bee harshly criticized...

  • Fall TV's hottest pilot hits 4 out of 5 of its marks. Will 'This Is Us' fill the 'Parenthood' gap?

    Fall TV's hottest pilot hits 4 out of 5 of its marks. Will 'This Is Us' fill the 'Parenthood' gap?

    Now that the Emmys are over, we enter television’s official fall season, that magical time of year when we immerse ourselves for weeks at a time in the art form known as the pilot. Pilots are tough. In a single episode, the creators must create a world, introduce characters, explain backstories,...

  • Busking with 'Bull': Michael Weatherly goes underground

    Busking with 'Bull': Michael Weatherly goes underground

    On a sweltering September morning, Michael Weatherly, former “NCIS” star, pauses near the entrance of the Bedford Avenue L train station and explains that the hardest part of playing guitar on the subway is opening up the case to accept tips from passing commuters.  “It’s the admission that you...

  • The system is rigged: Why the new CBS show 'Bull' is in step with the times. And yet ...

    The system is rigged: Why the new CBS show 'Bull' is in step with the times. And yet ...

    "Bull," which premieres Tuesday on CBS, is the brainchild of "Dr. Phil" McGraw, the TV empathizer, and Paul Attanasio, who created "Homicide: Life on the Street,” and has been based on, or inspired by, or has some tangential relation to McGraw's pre-celebrity experience as a trial consultant. Any...

  • Actor James Stacy, star of 1960s Western 'Lancer,' dies

    Actor James Stacy, star of 1960s Western 'Lancer,' dies

    Actor James Stacy, best known for portraying the title role in the late 1960s Western TV series “Lancer,” has died in Ventura. He was 79 years old. The actor died Sept. 9 from an allergic reaction to medication, Variety reported. Born Maurice W. Elias in Los Angeles, Stacy worked steadily in television...

  • 'Three Days of Terror' documentary recounts Charlie Hebdo attacks

    'Three Days of Terror' documentary recounts Charlie Hebdo attacks

    "Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks," which premieres Monday on HBO, is a swift, sleek documentary built entirely from on-the-scene images and the remembrances of people who were there or otherwise directly involved. Dispensing with historical context and scholarly opinion, it is a...

  • George R.R. Martin teases a possible 'Game of Thrones' prequel at the Emmys

    George R.R. Martin teases a possible 'Game of Thrones' prequel at the Emmys

    Backstage at the Emmys, George R.R. Martin got his fans’ hopes up again. Martin, of course, is the author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” book series — in other words, the books that form the basis for HBO’s award-winning "Game of Thrones." After "Game of Thrones" won the Emmy for best drama series...

  • Kevin James returns in a lazy collection of tropes called 'Kevin Can Wait'

    Kevin James returns in a lazy collection of tropes called 'Kevin Can Wait'

    In a network TV season featuring roughly a dozen remakes, adaptations and spin-offs, “Kevin Can Wait” is a depressingly unambitious series that, though technically original, feels like a retread.   In his return to series television nine years after “The King Of Queens,” Kevin James stars as Kevin...

  • In 'The Good Place,' Kristen Bell is a troublemaker in the afterlife

    In 'The Good Place,' Kristen Bell is a troublemaker in the afterlife

    The afterlife, being unknowable, is a great blank canvas, a gift to the arts. While perhaps offensive to the most scrupulous believers, we have long deemed heaven and hell allowable subjects not just for religious contemplation but for comedy (divine and profane), horror, treacle, New Yorker cartoons...

  • All about the Emmy Awards

    All about the Emmy Awards

    The Emmys have come. And in the blink of an eye — well, actually, over the course of about three hours -- the Emmys have gone. What did you miss, even if you didn’t take your eyes off the show last night? Here are some highlights: NEW PERSPECTIVE Let’s start with the curious case of “The People...

  • Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus acknowledge a divisive election year as the Emmys get political

    Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus acknowledge a divisive election year as the Emmys get political

    This year’s Emmys were much more than just glamour, statues and self-congratulations. The impact of this year’s national election, with all its divisiveness and acrimony, received more than its share of attention. Host Jimmy Kimmel got the political ball rolling right away in the ceremony’s pre-taped...

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