Because anchoring “CBS This Morning” five times a week in addition to hosting his own nightly talk show apparently isn’t enough for Charlie Rose, the ubiquitous TV personality will launch a new show this July on PBS, the network announced Monday.
The 30-minute “Charlie Rose Weekend” will air Friday nights at 8:30. According to a statement from PBS, the prime time show will draw on conversations from his late-night program and will “capture the defining moments in politics, science, business, culture, media and sports in a fresh, engaged, and smart presentation.” The program also promises to make use of social media and technology.
“Bringing Charlie Rose to Friday nights on PBS provides a natural bridge between our Friday evening news and public affairs programming and our arts and culture programming,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive, in the statement.
Just days before the new season of "Arrested Development" finally debuts on Netflix, the re-creation of the Bluth's Original Frozen Banana stand that cropped up in New York City last week is making its way to the West Coast.
The frozen banana stand will be set up in downtown Culver City at 9300 Culver Blvd. on Monday from noon until 7 p.m. and will be handing out free frozen bananas to anyone willing to stand in line for one. To sweeten the deal, cast member Judy Greer will be on hand to help pass the bananas out from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.
The banana stands appeared in New York City last week during the network upfronts, at which NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and the CW unveiled their new shows for advertisers and the media. As a promotion for Netflix's revival of the series, the stand has served as a strong reminder of online's increasing competitiveness with the networks.
How about this?: Maybe the least surprising thing in “The Crash” is the discovery that teenage Don Draper lost his virginity to a prostitute.
Virtually everything else in “The Crash,” which in my book easily qualifies as the most unsettling installment of “Mad Men” to date, is unexpected, disorienting, terrifying or some combination thereof. The title, of course, refers to the events that bookend the episode: First, there’s the so-called “joy ride” Ken is forced to take with a pack of sadistic Chevy executives. I initially assumed it was a dream sequence, but then Ken shows up at the office, cuts all over his face and walking with a cane.
By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The Goodwin Games" is family comedy debuting as a late midseason replacement with only a seven-episode order.
So even at Fox, a network not known for hit comedies, hopes are not high.
On the other hand, there is a lot of talk these days of rethinking the old models of American television, including making the standard network season (22 to 24 episodes) more like the cable model of 10 to 12. At this year's upfronts, where networks roll out their new fall lineups for advertisers in New York City, Fox discussed several "limited" or "event" series.
On British television, a three- or four-episode season is not unheard of, although more customary on government-funded BBC. A shorter season, the argument goes, takes the pressure off, allowing writers and actors to create more intricate and vivid stories.
Which, it must be noted and quickly, is not what's happening with "The Goodwin Games."
The story, however, does seem particularly well suited for a finite...
By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There is really only one reason to watch ABC's Canadian-import place-holder crime drama "Motive" — Kristin Lehman.
Seen most recently as the political aid/abuse victim/classic schemer on AMC's "The Killing," Lehman swaggers into Daniel Cerone's series not just like she owns the joint but as if there were a joint to own. With her square jaw and nimble wisecrack timing, Lehman radiates the knowing yet secretly hopeful energy of a '40s female film star — Barbara Stanwyck, say, by way of Rosalind Russell.
Unfortunately, it's not quite enough to support a show born of shtick — here, the killer and victim are identified almost immediately in each episode; the trick is discovering the, well, motive.
That's Lehman's job, of course, via the tough but tender Angie Flynn. The way-cool but still firm single mom is a homicide detective with a gut instinct that just won't quit and a partner, Oscar (Louis Ferreira), whose skepticism is outweighed...
Seemingly invincible Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) accelerates her quest to reclaim the Seven Kingdoms in "Game of Thrones" Episode 28: "Second Sons." The Second Sons are mercenaries contracted to defend the slaver city of Yunkai from Daenerys, her fearsome army and three rapidly growing dragons. Tough gig!
Daenerys believes she can win over these "sellswords," figuring "a man who fights for gold can't afford to lose to a girl." So she negotiates with Mero (Mark Killeen), the company's vile commander.
"A fortnight ago I had no army. A year ago I had no dragons," says Daenerys of her meteoric rise to power. And the Mother of Dragons barely mussed her blond locks while sacking Astapor.
Ruthless Mero spurns the offer to switch allegiances, however, and orders Lt. Daario Naharis (Ed Skrein) to eliminate Daenerys, special-ops style. Making his move while Daenerys is bathing, Daario puts a blade to the throat of aide-de-camp...
The Voice Maroon 5 performs (as do the contestants) in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC
Rules of Engagement It's Adam and Jennifer's (Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich) wedding day, but Jeff and Audrey (Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price) are a bit distracted and Brenda (Sara Rue) is in labor in the comedy's series finale. 8:30 p.m. CBS
The Goodwin Games In this new comedy three estranged siblings who return home after the loss of their father and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit more than $20 million — but only if they can adhere to their late father's wishes. 8:30 p.m. Fox
American Masters: Mel BrooksThe comedy giant behind "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein." and other classics shares never-before-heard stories about his life and career in this episode featuring new interviews with...
Oh, nature, so near and yet so far: the thing we live in and deny, worship and destroy. The nagging conscience of our modern dystopian times!
It is spiritually useful to be reminded that there is a world of animals that -- for the moment, at least -- live their lives independent of human interference, on land that has not been subdivided, strip-malled, strip-mined, plowed up or plowed under. So, although in its framing, editing and analogizing it does impose a human framework on the unknowable intelligences of its subjects, we are thankful (on balance) for the seven-part "North America," premiering Sunday on Discovery Channel.
The latest of Discovery's blockbuster nature documentaries, after "Planet Earth," "Life," "Frozen Planet" and "Africa," it's also the first to be made apart from the BBC, whose Natural History Unit leads the league in such endeavors. Born of the technological marriage of modern cameras and television monitors, these films are gorgeous from first to last; it's...
The season finale of “SNL,” hosted by five-timer Ben Affleck, was a star-studded event commemorating the end of an era for several veteran cast members.
Guest stars included Jennifer Garner, a.k.a Mrs. Ben Affleck, who showed up during the monologue to gently edit Affleck’s Oscar speech, in which he stated that marriage is work (and some took to mean that being married to Garner in particular was difficult.)
Bill Hader’s oddball character Stefon rode off into the sunset in an appropriately silly, nonsensical manner. After fleeing the Weekend Update desk proclaiming he was going to get married, Seth Meyers (who had been joined for the segment by Amy Poehler for a “Really!?!” segment on the IRS scandal), took off after him to interrupt the ceremony “The Graduate”-style, shocking the many weirdos in attendance, like Alf and human Smurfs. After stealing Stefon away from his intended (played by Anderson Cooper), the two run back to the studio...
Candice Glover sounded so serene as she took reporters' questions Friday afternoon, you'd never know that, mere hours before, she'd been declared "American Idol's" Season 12 winner -- the show's first female winner since Jordin Sparks took the win back in Season 6.
But don't let Glover's chill demeanor fool you into thinking she's not excited. The 23-year-old R&B singer from St. Helena Island, S.C., who'd auditioned for "Idol" twice -- in Seasons 9 and 11 -- before returning to go all the way this season, is thrilled to be pulling together her first album. It will be released on July 16, earlier than those of the show's past winners, "while I'm still fresh in people's minds," Glover says. And she can't wait to embark on the "American Idol" tour on June 29 with the rest of the top 11.
"I'm looking forward to singing and not having to worry about being judged or eliminated or getting votes," she says. "Just singing for the fans." Clearly, she has a lot of them.
Over the last few years, as ratings for cable networks like AMC and TLC have surged, their brand identities have shifted just as dramatically. History, the channel that five years ago was known for its dusty old World War II documentaries, is now better known for reality shows about swamp-dwellers and the miniseries “The Bible.”
The notable exception to the rule is USA , which has remained the No. 1-rated entertainment network in cable for the last 7 years despite (or perhaps because of) the remarkable consistency of its content. An average of 3 million viewers a night tune in to USA’s so-called “blue skies” programming, series like “Burn Notice,” “Royal Pains” and “Covert Affairs” that combine sunny locales and quirky characters with exotic or otherwise interesting jobs.
It’s a formula that’s worked beautifully for the network, but now, under the guidance of co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber, USA...