He was a frequent guest on game shows and talk shows throughout his career. And long before Chris Rock and Dennis Miller were getting HBO specials, Brenner had four of his own -- even getting married on one. In 1987, he briefly hosted his own syndicated talk show.
As the times changed, so, too, did the focus of Brenner's comedy. Material on garden-variety life troubles eventually gave way to social and political issues.
There's quite a few taco nights between now and the second-season roll-out of "Orange is the New Black," but that doesn't mean we can't sneak you some goodies.
Creator Jenji Kohan and a good portion of the show's sprawling cast were on hand Friday night at the dramedy's PaleyFest panel in Hollywood to reflect on its lauded debut season, and to tease--as much as Netflix will allow--what to expect from the upcoming second season, which is up for parole on June 6.
It was previously revealed that a new inmate would be joining Litchfield Penitentiary--and the cast all seem to be in agreement that this newbie will shake things up.
Lorraine Toussaint joins as Yvonne "Vee" Parker and she disclosed to the crowd that her character is a street-wise drug maven who runs children. So, yeah, pretty ruthless. Vee will serve as a foil to Red (Kate Mulgrew).
"Kudos to Jenji because I think this is one of the more complex characters I've ever played," Toussaint,...
Last month, after years of futile goose-chasing, Mexican authorities captured the country's most-wanted criminal, the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. But another legendary Mexican desperado remains at large after 40 years, haunting the fantasies of an adoring public.
She's Camelia la Texana, a comely San Antonio ingenue turned drug-smuggling queen who shot and killed her lover in a jealous rage. At least that's her story as immortalized in "Contrabando y Traición" ("Contraband and Betrayal"), a Spanish-language corrido recorded by the Mexican American supergroup Los Tigres del Norte in the early 1970s.
Thanks to the classic tune's wide cultural impact, Camelia's fame has made the question of whether she actually existed largely irrelevant. Mexican tabloids have run interviews with at least two women claiming to be the real Camelia. Over the past 40 years, there've been Camelia-inspired spinoff books, cheesy flicks, even an opera that premiered last year in...
By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC's "Crisis," which premieres Sunday, seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages" — create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is both familiar (newbie FBI agent up against emotionally charged odds) and unexpected (the point of the abduction is not clear).
Our story opens with something Very Bad happening. In the middle of a field a sweaty and distraught man seems to be disarming security satellites as an FBI agent ("666 Park Avenue's" Rachael Taylor) tries to stop him. So you know, going in, it's that sort of show — lots of tricky laptop action while the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.
As with "Hostages," the president is involved as well as a political vendetta of sorts. But creator Rand Ravich ("Life") has smartly given himself a lot more room to maneuver. On a field trip from their prestigious private school, a group...
Nightline Prime The late night newsmagazine debuts in prime time. 9 p.m. ABC
When Calls the Heart Abigail (Lori Loughlin) learns more about Gowen's (Martin Cummins) dangerous behavior leading up to the mine disaster in this new episode. 9 p.m. Hallmark
Black Sails As the hunt for the Urca gets under way, big changes are in store for Eleanor (Hannah New), while Bonny and Rackham (Clara Paget, Toby Schmitz) find their past misdeeds coming back to haunt them in the season finale. 9 and 10 p.m. Starz
Deion's Family Playbook Deion Sanders worries that Shilo's pursuit of music is interfering with his football playing in this new episode. 10 p.m. OWN
Summer DreamsThis new documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the NBA's Summer League, an annual exhibition event where rookies and unsigned...
Kevin Spacey snubbed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford backstage at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last week, and the mayor and his brother are giving YouTube an earful.
The mayor and his brother, Doug Ford, who is on the Toronto City Council, co-host their very own YouTube show, "Ford Nation," which has been in production since February after a short-lived (one episode) life on local TV last year. The series, which boasts cable-access production value, features the Brothers Ford discussing topics of interest to the voters of Toronto. In their latest episode, they talk at length about their trip to Hollywood to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Though Ford wasn't officially a guest on Kimmel's show until March 3, he actually made a cameo appearance on the much-hyped post-Oscars edition of Kimmel's show on March 2, which had Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey as a guest.
"First Kiss" is the viral video of the week, a three-minute black-and-white ode to the simple act of kissing, which features 20 strangers kissing for the very first time. It's become an online sensation, with more than 47 million views since being posted on Monday. So it's only natural that Jimmy Fallon would create his own parody on Thursday's "Tonight Show."
But rather than go the celebrity route, which Fallon has gone many times before with his parody videos, he chose to mine one of the Internet's most tried-and-true sources of content: cute puppies and kittens.
In "First Lick," Fallon assembled 20 puppies and kittens and asked them "to kiss for the first time."
Practically seven years in the making, the "Veronica Mars" movie is finally out for Marshmallows to consume. The PG-13 flick released Friday in select cities and through OnDemand. And while the series made an impression, albeit a small one, on the small screen, creator Rob Thomas hopes fans will head out to their cineplexes to see the movie.
"I absolutely hope fans will go to theaters to experience this," Thomas told The Times ahead of Thursday night's "Veronica Mars" PaleyFest panel at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. "All the 'Veronica Mars' fans have gotten to see it on television before. They know what that's like. But going to see it on the big screen with other 'Veronica Mars' fans, there's nothing like it. I know from experience. It's so fun."
As promised, Thursday’s “Scandal” ended with an “OMG moment,” or what used to be known simply as a “cliffhanger.” Jake sets up a meeting between James, David, Vanessa Chandler and that NSA lady -- whatever her name was -- that turns out to be a trap. (Note to everyone on “Scandal”: Don’t take meetings set up via text message. Ever.) As David and James stand there debating whether to go public with the truth about Daniel Douglas, Jake appears out of nowhere and fires his gun three times at point blank range, instantly killing Vanessa and the NSA lady instantly. As for that third bullet, we’re left wondering whether it was aimed at David, James or -- this being “Scandal” and all -- perhaps some other person whose presence we’re not yet aware of.
The most shocking aspect of this plot twist isn’t the wanton killing, but who’s doing it: Seeing Jake in full B613 homicidal robot mode is deeply...
By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Summer Dreams" (CBS, Saturday). A vivid, elegantly made, two-hour documentary centering on the NBA Summer League, a 10-day yearly event, held in Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas, where pro-ball hopefuls and rookies run and dribble, pass and shoot before a worldwide array of coaches and executives -- a kind of last-chance marketplace for some, and a pre-season workout for contracted others. ("The 'American Idol' of basketball," Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson calls it. "It's a little stepping stool, man," says undrafted outsider Dwayne Davis.)
It's not necessary to know much about basketball, or that there is a thing called March Madness going on now (in the broadcasting of which CBS is also involved), or even care about sports particularly, to understand the action and get involved with the characters. (I am the proof of this, America. Indeed, the first sentence of this pick contains virtually all I know about this game.) Without sentimentalizing overly, as is often the...