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Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 16 - 22, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES MasterChef The contestants visit the set of...
A powerful recurring motif in the varied works of Christopher Guest is the dummy. From early sketch comedy on "Saturday Night Live" through a series of mock documentaries, the looming figure is an essential part of the Guest aesthetic. It can be a...
Political comedy isn't what it used to be, but what shtickmeister could compete with the running gags of those currently holding office? David Mamet took up the challenge and came up short with his Oval Office farce "November," leadenly staged last fall...
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When he played Lenny on ABC's popular 1976-83 sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," Michael McKean realized he could easily become typecast as his dumb, lovable Fonzie wannabe and pal of the knuckleheaded Squiggy. He vowed not to let it happen. "It's not your...
Los Angeles Times Television Critic"Family Tree" (HBO, premieres Sunday). Christopher Guest has made you a TV series. Thank him. The director of "A Mighty Wind" and "Best in Show" and one of the forces behind and in "This Is Spinal Tap" -- in which he was Nigel Tufnel, whose amplifier went...
Christopher Guest, the director of "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind," has made a TV series for HBO. The eight-episode "Family Tree," which premieres Sunday, is his first work in seven years, and like his films it is sweet and funny and not a little...
Los Angeles Times Television Critic"Scandal": Shonda Rhimes' whacked-out buzzfest of a political drama comes to a much-fanticipated close after its first full season (it debuted as a mid-season replacement.) As super-sleuth and super-stylin' D.C. power-fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)...
Bryan Cranston is going from playing a meth dealer on AMC's "Breaking Bad" to playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in a new stage production of a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan. "All The Way" will open the new season at...
The death of Margaret Thatcher this week has created renewed public interest -- and, for some, nostalgia -- for British politics during the 1980s. "Yes, Prime Minister," the play based on the popular '80s sitcom that ran on the BBC, is scheduled to have...
Hero Complex - movies, comics, pop culture - latimes.comFrank Miller's genre-shaking graphic novel “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” is getting the movie treatment. The second installment in the ......
Hero Complex - movies, comics, pop culture - Los Angeles TimesKevin Smith has no small amount of praise for Frank Miller's “The Dark Knight Returns.” “‘The Dark Knight Returns,' for ......
The theatrical expression to "break a leg" is a frequently used backstage salute that means "good luck." For Michael McKean, the "Spinal Tap" actor who was recently appearing in the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," the idiom became literal...
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