Tune In Guide to the 2009 Fall Television Season

Flickr: (A3R) angelrravelor (A3R) Fall back into television. Oh, September. Are you the best month of the year? The children go back to school, the temperatures start inching down from the 1000s, and television returns. Sweet, sweet television. Of course, the entire television industry has changed so dramatically that it’s difficult to even delineate between the end of the summer season — something that never existed before the advent of cable and its 10,000 different channels — and the beginning of the fall season. Is Mad Men a late summer show, or a very early fall show? How about Top Chef or Project Runway? For our purposes, we’re going to mark the beginning of the fall season as the point when the networks begin premiering their new and returning shows. But this question of what the seasons even are is just one of many problems the networks are facing. Other problems? Diminishing viewer numbers, DVRs and an aging audience. Not to mention that pesky writers’ strike from a couple years ago, the ripple effect of which is still affecting the networks’ schedules. In response to these daunting issues, the networks have come up with exactly one answer: remakes! Give the audience something familiar — that way the networks don’t have to try too hard to explain to them what the program is, and they can ride the wave of nostalgia all the way to the top of the Nielsen’s. Eastwick, V, and Melrose Place are all remakes of other shows or movies. NCIS: Los Angeles, and The Cleveland Show are spin-offs of popular shows. Medium is the same show you always loved, just on CBS now, instead of NBC. Same with So You Think You Can Dance — same show, just a different season. Even the shows that aren’t based on a particular property seem … familiar. Accidentally on Purpose is awfully reminiscent of a particular movie from a couple years ago starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl, and The Middle happens to remind Continue Reading

The Grand Tour, season two, episode seven, recap: Staying at home pays dividends

Even a megabucks undertaking such as The Grand Tour has to scrimp occasionally and this is that rare episode where Jezza and company are required to linger for the entire hour in the low-budget vicinity of their Cotswolds tent.  Happily, the absence of the traditional lavish trek abroad is scarcely noticeable as the team serve up another solid hour of car-based television. There’s a great mini-documentary at the end in which Clarkson sets to one side his petrolhead persona and recounts, with a more or less straight face, the climactic 1983 struggle between Audi and Lancia for the World Rally Championship. Elsewhere, it’s a case of jolly japes ahoy as May and Hammond muck about with a mobile refuelling station with hilarious (ie not even slightly hilarious) consequences and Hamster puts a tangerine Lambourgini through its paces.  Aside from the charming doc bunged on towards the conclusion, the most noteworthy aspect of the instalment, it might be argued, is what’s missing. The filmed segments are low on Jezza – suggesting they were shot as he was recovering from the pneumonia he picked up holidaying in Majorca. And on that sobering note…here are the rest of the talking points. Watch the new episode of #TheGrandTour now on https://t.co/dRMlixT2wB pic.twitter.com/PYZIYPN4qh— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) January 19, 2018 1. Would you spend your last £200,000 on that Lambourgini with the complicated name?  Richard Hammond is test driving the new Lamborghini Huracán Performante and is nonplussed that it costs £53,000 more than the boring old regular Huracán. What do you get for all that extra lolly? A natty carbon-fibre spoiler, an aggressive new exhaust ("that is awesome that is!") and a spiffy aerodynamic system which does something clever with downforce. Put it like that and it’s a bargain.  2. Does every Top Gear car review have to end with a race along a Continue Reading

The Walking Dead season 8, episode 9, Honor, recap: is it really the end for Carl?

The Walking Dead returned from its mid-series break to confirm that, yes, Carl “son of the Ricktator” Grimes was truly, absolutely, definitely dead. We heard him take his life with a sniper rifle, just in time to halt his transformation into a walker. And we watched Rick and Michonne tearfully dig a grave for the teenager.  No body was presented as definitive proof, it’s true. But it isn’t as if the Walking Dead would pretend to kill someone simply to bring them back a few episodes later. Aside, of course, from the time Glenn was shown being devoured by walkers before it was revealed that, actually, he was perfectly fine. Carl’s situation was obviously different in so far as he had contracted the walker virus, ruling out the Glenn option of hiding behind a convenient wheelie bin until the threat passes. On the assumption the series isn’t pulling the post-apocalyptic fleece over our eyes here, then, eight burning questions we were left with after this episode. 1. Was Carl’s death drawn out too long?  The first half of series eight ended on the bombshell that Carl (Chandler Riggs) had suffered a walker bite during that tangle in the woods in the company of Siddiq. This caused considerable controversy, not least because the actor had recently purchased a house close to where the Walking Dead is shot in Georgia (his father angrily accused showrunner Scott Gimple of “sacking” his son). In the Robert Kirkman comics books, it’s worth bearing in mind that Sheriff Grimes’s nearest-and-dearest remains an important character. Indeed one theory is that he is the true hero of the Walking Dead and that this has been his story all along. Obviously that’s not the case on the TV show, where he’s now shuffled more or less definitively off stage (unless Gimple and company are planning another Glenn-type debacle). The farewell was one to remember – in so far as it dominated the Continue Reading

11 TV shows that are off the air, but people wish there were one more season of

Travis Clark, provided by Published 8:10 am, Saturday, February 17, 2018 "Firefly" Netflix has managed to breathe new life into a number of TV shows thought dead, including "Arrested Development," "Gilmore Girls," and "Full House." And networks have done the same, rebooting classics like "Will & Grace" and "Roseanne." But there are still shows that fans wish had one more season — the guilty pleasures or cult-classics that didn't get enough attention, but gained a loyal following. On Friday, Reddit users responded to a question about which cancelled TV shows they loved, and would like one more season of. The results ranged from sci-fi one-season wonder "Firefly," to comedies that didn't gain the audience they deserved, such as "Pushing Daisies." Recommended Video: Now Playing: Firefighters battled wildfires raging northeast of Athens for a third day on Tuesday as Greece asked for help from its European partners to prevent them from spreading. The fire started in Kalamos, a coastal holiday spot some 45 km (30 miles) northeast of the capital, and has spread to three more towns, damaging dozens of homes and burning thousands of hectares of pine forest. A state of emergency has been declared in the area. “The blaze is advancing with great speed. Because of the scale and intensity of the wildfires, the country submitted a request for aerial means,” fire brigade spokeswoman Stavroula Maliri told a press briefing. Cyprus offered a group of 60 firefighters and a Greek airforce plane was headed there to pick them up. But a request for two pairs of CL-415 firefighting aircraft was turned down by France as it had to deal with its own wildfires, she said. Three firefighting planes and six water-throwing helicopters operated through the day, assisting 210 firefighters and about 100 military personnel battling the blaze on the ground near the town of Kapandriti. Rugged terrain dotted with small communities made the Continue Reading

‘Antiques Roadshow’ in Harrisburg Episode 1: Paintings, a Civil War rifle and sand art

The latest season of “Antiques Roadshow” started Monday night with a night of appraisals from Harrisburg. The show doesn’t share where the collectors live, but a producer shared with LancasterOnline that antiques from Columbia, East Petersburg, Lancaster, Lititz and New Holland will be part of the three episodes filmed in Harrisburg. After Monday’s episode, the local appraisals will be featured in episodes airing on PBS Monday night, Jan. 15 and 22. The season premiere started with a chocolate pot that has a backstory told by a woman about her husband’s grandfather. He would hide this chocolate pot when visitors came to the house. The tinware pot was made around 1880 and is painted with toile flowers in primary colors. The family called it a chocolate pot and passed it down through the generations. Appraiser Kelly Wright of Freeman’s in Philadelphia called it a great example of Pennsylvania Dutch tinware. Seeing the bright colors on this pot are an exciting find, Wright says in the episode, because black is the most common color. He priced the painted coffee pot at $7,000 to $9,000. “Are you kidding?” the stunned woman says in the episode. “Never in a million years would I have thought that.” Here are some other highlights from the episode: This man bought a poster at an estate sale in New Jersey for $175. Brunelleschi was a graphic designer who designed for magazines and books. This poster is rare, the appraiser says before giving it a $1,200 and $1,800 appraisal. A woman found this necklace in a thrift store and paid $20 for it because she liked the beads. The necklace was made by René Jules Lalique from the art nouveau period, the appraiser says, and values it at $1,500 to $2,500. There’s a "heated-up" market for the sand art of Andrew Clemens, the appraiser says before giving an appraisal of $30,000 to $50,000. On Twitter, fans liked this collector’s shirt as much as Continue Reading

‘Game of Thrones’: The final season is set for … WHEN?

SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1: Ben Crompton in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1: David Bradley in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1: Pilou Asbaek in 'Game of Thrones' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1: Ed Sheeran and Maisie Williams in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1: Emilia Clarke in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2: Conleth Hill, Jacob Anderson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Diana Rigg, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Gemma Whelan, Indira Varma and Alfie Allen in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2: Liam Cunningham and Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2: Sophie Turner in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2: Pilou Asboe and Gemma Whelan in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2: Iain Glen and John Bradley in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3: Emilia Clarke in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3: Liam Cunningham and Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones.' (Macall B. Polay/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3: Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3: Ellie Kendrick, Isaac Hempstead Wright and Sophie Turner in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Diana Rigg in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4: Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright and Maisie Williams in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4: Conleth Hill, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Emilia Clarke, Liam Cunningham and Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones.' (Macall B. Polay/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4: Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in 'Game of Thrones.' (Macall B. Polay/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4: Aidan Gillen in 'Game of Thrones.' (Helen Sloan/HBO) SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4: A Continue Reading

Review: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ dazzles all over again in Season 2

No Winston Churchill? No problem. The Crown, Netflix's chronicle of the reign of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, returns Friday (★ ★ ★ out of four) without John Lithgow's performance as Winston Churchill, which won the series an Emmy. Lithgow's performance was strong and stunning, but The Crown was never about Churchill. And Season 2 does just fine without him, thank you very much. The new season follows Elizabeth (the ever-excellent Claire Foy) and the royal family from roughly 1956 through 1964, as Elizabeth settles into her reign and Britain begins its transformation from the Edwardian empire of her father to a more modern society, with different ideas about the role of its sovereign. It is a season defined by tension: between the old and the new, married people, ex-lovers, sisters, countries and between a people and their queen. It is nearly as masterful as Season 1, and might even have out-paced it if the series had given more screen time to Foy and avoided some unnecessarily pedantic episodes later in the season. More: Behind the scenes of 'The Crown' Season 2 The Crown retains the drama and intrigue, luxe costuming and Foy's withering glares. The new episodes, which sometimes jump around in time and cover years in a single hour, are structured more thematically than chronologically. American viewers can't be faulted for looking up some of the quintessentially British events and players depicted (though John F. and Jackie Kennedy show up).The season turns its focus away from Elizabeth a bit too often, and lacks as deep a portrait of her as it does some of those around her, affording her less sympathy and less self-reflection. But this may be unavoidable as she's now an older, more assured Queen, one who more resembles the monarch we know, though still often mysterious. The Crown, although thoroughly detailed and researched, remains a piece of informed Continue Reading

‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 2 Blu Ray includes great episodes, but not enough extras: review

Do former Jedi, forgotten clones and fallen Sith make the second season of "Star Wars Rebels" worth watching? Executive Producer Dave Filoni said that Season 2 was "The Empire Strikes Back" to Season 1's "A New Hope." The parallels are particularly clear in the season premiere "Siege of Lothal," which sees the Ghost crew being hunted from their safe haven on Lothal by a suitably terrifying Darth Vader, and the dark finale, "Twilight of the Apprentice." These two double-length episodes are the best, with the latter representing "Star Wars" television at its peak. The rest of the season isn't quite as epic, but is generally fun to watch. Episodes like "The Call" and "Legends of the Lasat" are obviously laying the ground work for upcoming story arcs, but fail to satisfy in and of themselves. However, these are in the minority among the 22 episodes in this set. Between returning "Clone Wars" characters and other fun guest stars, fans of all "Star Wars" media are in for a thrill. The only weak characters are the two new Inquisitors, who rarely feel like true threats despite stellar voice acting from Sarah Michelle-Gellar and Phillip Anthony-Rodriguez. In terms of extras, Season 2 of "Rebels" is a little disappointing, especially when compared to the generous offerings found on the "Clone Wars" sets. It would have been nice to get all the promotional material, like trailers and the 2015 Star Wars Celebration panel, in one place, but these are not found here. Each episode has a "Rebels Recon" behind the scenes featurette. These are well presented and fun, with the cast and crew interviews in particular yielding fascinating details on production. However, these have all been available for free on the "Star Wars" YouTube page for months and fans will mostly likely have experienced them already. The Blu Ray set contains two new featurettes as well. "Connecting the Galaxy: Rebels Season Two" highlights some of series' Continue Reading

Mama June Shannon hits NYC to hype up season 2 of ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’

She eats roadkill and “sketti” with ketchup and butter, but don’t dare serve June Shannon lettuce and tomato with her cheeseburger. “Take it back, take it back, take it back,” Shannon, aka Honey Boo Boo’s “Mama,” nervously mutters when the fresh produce arrives with her patty at the Trailer Park Lounge in Chelsea. “I don’t like lettuce or tomato — period,” Shannon tells The News, as a waitress whisks away the platter to remove the offending toppings. She’s more comfortable eating her family’s favorite meal, roadkill — which Shannon cooks up in the season 2 premiere of TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” airing Wednesday at 9 p.m. The episode also sees the family showing off their signature “cup-a-fart” wresting move, and making a butter Slip ’n’ Slide in their McIntyre, Ga., kitchen. The self-proclaimed rednecks got their own spinoff last summer after first appearing on TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras.” Alana Thompson, now 7, amused and confused viewers as a pageant princess with catch phrases like “A dollar makes me holla, Honey Boo Boo Child!” In clips that went viral, June Shannon, now 33, got even more attention for extreme coupon-clipping, bulk paper-towel buying, belching and giving Alana “go-go juice” — a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull — to boost pageant performance. Alana hasn’t had go-go juice in a long time, and hasn’t even entered a pageant in six months. “Because she’s growing up, she’s exploring more things, so right now we’re doing all new activities for her to try,” Shannon says over burgers and tater tots at Trailer Park. She first balked at the idea of dining at the 23rd St. eatery, saying she’s a “different kind of redneck” — but quickly changed her mind Continue Reading

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots can make New York Jets coach Rex Ryan’s season a sob story

FOXBOROUGH - CryGate meets SpyGate. Sunday is another big Jets-Patriots game and, once again, the focus is on the two coaches. But this time, it isn't about feuds or handshakes or ring-kissing. It's about two polar opposites, Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick, who polarized the media and their fan bases by responding unconventionally in two different settings. Ryan wept in front of his team, Belichick cost his team a game with his bizarre fourth-down decision against the Colts. The critics screamed. Suddenly, Ryan isn't man enough and Belichick is too Manning-obsessed (Peyton, that is). Unwittingly, the two coaches may have galvanized their teams, ratcheting up the emotions for the latest chapter in the Border War. "We're (ticked), they're (ticked)," tackle Damien Woody said. "Should make for a good game." The Jets hope so. If they don't bring their best game, it could get ugly. The Patriots should be in an ornery mood after last week's crushing loss, and they still haven't forgotten their Week 2 loss at the Meadowlands, where the Jets irked some Patriots players with their trash talking and post game chest beating. Yep, that sounds like the Jets. Without question, this is the toughest challenge of Ryan's young head-coaching career. He's facing a team that almost never loses back-to-back games - since 2003, the Patriots are 20-1 in games following a regular-season loss - and a team that has outscored its opponents 164-72 while compiling a 5-0 record at Gillette Stadium. As for those exotic blitz packages that rattled Tom Brady in the first game, does anybody honestly think the Jets are going to make the Patriots look that bad again? Fool them once … For the Jets (4-5), who have beaten only the jayvee Raiders over the last two months, there's no margin for error. If they lose, they'd fall three games behind the Patriots in the AFC East and the final six games would be all about the continued development of Mark Sanchez. As Thomas Jones told his Continue Reading