The worst TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics

John Lynch, provided by Published 5:30 am, Friday, February 9, 2018 Fox Each year in television, one series draws the ire of enough critics to be deemed the worst show of the year. Since the turn of the century, the reviews aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year's most poorly received TV show seasons by assigning scores based on their composite critical reception. We selected the worst show from each year, starting with 2000. The resulting list includes Fox News' failed take on "The Daily Show," the Seth MacFarlane-produced sitcom "Dads," and ABC's "Marvel's Inhumans." You might also like: Now Playing: Ever since it was confirmed that Disney’s new streaming service would include a high school musical television series…High School Musical fans have been excited and speculating if any of their favourite past Wildcats would be returning to roles in the show. Now we know Vanessa Hudgens would not be against joining the cast! Media: Hollyscoop Here's the worst TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics: 2000: "Tucker" (NBC, Season 1) NBC Critic score: 25/100 User score: N/A Summary: "Tucker Pierce is an all-American kid who's keeping his chin up and his hormones down in a world that tries - but can't - push him around." What critics said: "'Tucker' turns adolescence into hormone hell in this raunchy effort to capitalize on the charm of 'Malcolm in the Middle.'" — Houston Chronicle 2001: "Big Brother" (CBS, Season 2) CBS Critic score: 33/100 User score: 4.9/10 Summary: "Contestants must compete against each other for a chance to win $500,000 in a house wired with cameras and microphones, capturing their every move for a TV and Internet audience." What critics said: "Don't get your hopes up. This second installment of 'Big Brother' is just as dull as the first. It's just dull in a different and sleazier way." — USA Today 2002: "Hidden Hills" (NBC, Season 1) NBC Critic score: Continue Reading

Golden Globes: 5 Things You Didn’t See On TV

Why Ewan McGregor was lost for words Brian Welk and Matt Donnelly, provided by Published 8:59 pm, Sunday, January 7, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Golden Globes: 5 Things You Didn’t See On TV 1 / 1 Back to Gallery With dozens of #MeToo moments and an Oprah Winfrey speech that brought Hollywood to its feet, the 2018 Golden Globes provided plenty of made-for-television moments. But we caught a few you didn’t see onstage or onscreen. A lot happened during the commercial breaks, from celebs live-streaming their own star-struck moments to some of the night’s biggest winners partying hard. Here are the five best things you didn’t see on TV. Sarah Paulson’s Instagram Story While people swarmed the bar for cocktails and champagne, “American Horror Story” star Sarah Paulson casually talked to fans online. “There’s Michael Keaton,” she said as she live-streamed Instagram on her phone in the off-camera lounge. Latest entertainment videos Now Playing: Now Playing Black Grape pick their best band of all-time AP Things You Never Knew About Chip And Joanna's Growing Family HouseBeautiful Tiggs Da Author picks his best rapper of all-time AP There’s Another Royal Baby on the Way, and It’s Not Kate Middleton’s InStyleTime Pam Dawber and Mark Harmon were TV’s hottest “It” Couple in the 80s CountryLiving 95-Year-Old Betty White Loves Vodka And Hot Dogs GeoBeats Seth Meyers Hosts The 75th Golden Globes Awards CelebWire Sexual Predators in Hollywood Movies? Rotten Apples Will Tell You! Vocativ The Riskiest Golden Globes Looks Ever InStyleTime 'Roseanne' Revived! The Cast Reunites on This Week's Cover of Entertainment Weekly EWTime Also Read: 9 Golden Globes Snubs and Surprises, From Sam Rockwell to Tommy Wiseau (Photos) “Big f—ing mint” Ewan McGregor bit off more than he Continue Reading

Matthew Gilbert’s favorite TV shows of 2017

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matthew Gilbert Globe Staff  December 14, 2017 I do obsess a bit over my Top 10 list. And every year, it gets harder to select only 10 shows out of the hundreds that come out annually on the streaming and cable outlets — oh, right, and on the networks. Here are the 10 series that gave me the most pleasure in 2017. Here, too, is a second list of 10 shows, many of which could easily have been on the Top 10 on a different day. I’ve decided not to include unscripted or nonfiction series such as “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” and “Next Week Tonight With John Oliver” here, just as a way to stay wieldy.As always, let me know what I got right, what I got wrong, and what I missed. 1. “Better Things,” FX Advertisement Single parenthood, this is your great homage. It’s an intimate, affectionate portrait of Pamela Adlon’s Sam Fox, who presides over three daughters, plus her mother across the street. Part comedy, part drama, the series is built on tiny, mundane moments that have deep, bittersweet resonance. One scene — when Adlon tells an interested man “No” over and over again for two minutes — still makes me feel gleeful. As she also digs into the experiences of an over-40 actress in Hollywood and dating as a mother, Adlon is the force behind the show, co-writing and directing every episode of the second season. Sadly, Louis C.K. is also involved behind the scenes, a difficult irony given the show’s fierce respect for women. 2. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu Get The Weekender in your inbox: The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Maybe if this Emmy-winning drama hadn’t come out in 2017, it wouldn’t have been quite as haunting. Continue Reading

‘Wicked City’ premieres tonight, and TV’s best serial killers

“Wicked City,” ABC’s newest thriller, premieres Tuesday and people are already prepping for a new favorite serial killer. Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl”) stars as Kent Grainger, the Sunset Strip Killer who draws Betty Beaumontaine (Erika Christensen, “Parenthood”) into his twisted web of death. Jeremy Sisto (“Law & Order”) and Gabriel Luna (“Matador”) star as detectives hunting the murderous duo. “Wicked City” airs at 10 p.m., so, until then, here’s a look at some of the best fictional serial killers on TV: Hannibal, “Hannibal” Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal might not have been the scariest reincarnation of Thomas Harris’ cannibal, but he was the most elegant. His dinner parties were the invitation of the century, even after rumors circulated about the origins of his amuse-bouche. Norman Bates, “Bates Motel” Freddie Highmore’s Norman Bates hasn’t reached full serial killer yet (his numbers are in the low single digits), but his creepiness exists in the knowledge that it’s coming. Eventually, he’ll keep his mother in the basement. For now, he’s a dorky, awkward high school kid. There’s a lot in between. Joe Carroll, “The Following” James Purefoy’s Joe Carroll had already developed such a strong cult of personality by the time “The Following” started that it was hard not to join in. Following the words of Edgar Allen Poe, Carroll indoctrinated dozens of students into his twisted world, each scarier than the last. Dexter Morgan, “Dexter” Michael C. Hall’s Dexter Morgan hid his predilections in plain sight, working as a blood spatter pattern analyst during the day and hunting murderers at Continue Reading

Golden Globes: ‘La La Land’ takes record 7; ‘Moonlight’ wins best drama

Not surprising, Hollywood feted La La Land in the first big ceremony of awards season and it was a historic night indeed.The musical won a record seven honors including best actor (Ryan Gosling) and actress (Emma Stone) as well as best musical at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual ceremony honoring 2016's best in movies and TV. Another big winner: Art-house darling Moonlight, which took home best drama.Here's a minute-by-minute breakdown of the festivities in Beverly Hills Sunday night hosted by Jimmy Fallon:11:01: Moonlight only wins one Golden Globe but it's a big one: best drama. And director Barry Jenkins had a message for those who enjoy his Oscar contender: "If you have seen this film ... tell a friend, tell a friend, tell a friend."10:59: Elle star Isabelle Huppert pulls off a major upset, winning best actress in a drama over the likes of Natalie Portman and Amy Adams. "Thank you for letting me be who I am," Huppert says. "Thank you for letting me win in a French film by a Dutch director in America.”10:53: This is starting to look like the year Casey Affleck finally gets an Oscar. But before that he gets the Globe for best actor in a drama for Manchester by the Sea. He pretty much thanks everyone, from Amazon head honcho Jeff Bezos to Manchester producer Matt Damon ("I suspect you won’t be passing on any more movies in the future that I might be anywhere nearby, but I’ll take this one") and his children ("It’s my kids who give me permission to do this").10:42: Annnnnnd La La Land wins one of the big prizes of the night, best musical or comedy. Producer Fred Berger thanks their studio Lionsgate "for ignoring and dismissing all conventional wisdom and jumping off a cliff with us to make this movie."10:33:Stone takes best actress in a comedy or musical for ... wait for it ... La La Land. "Hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the Continue Reading

Best & worst for Latinos in 2009

The last year of the first decade of the third millennium might as well be called the Year of the Latina. While this is by no means a New York phenom, city Latinas have been at the helm of the movement, with the obvious número uno being our very own Sonia from the Bronx.Though some guys did us proud, the mantle of “worst” falls on a handful of Latino politicians who were in the news way too much and never for good reasons — Hiram Monserrate, Miguel Martínez and Pedro Espada Jr.Here’s our fourth annual list of events and people that made 2009 the year in which all of us wised up to the fact that being Latino means what you make of it.BEST OF BESTSonia Sotomayor was just another judge toiling away on the U.S. Court of Appeals when the bigger gavel of history came knocking. On May 26, the Bronx-born Sotomayor became the first Supreme Court justice nominee of Latino descent. She was quickly upheld as a symbol of everything Latinos have struggled to achieve as individuals and as a community — smart, with impeccable credentials, and composed no matter the tests thrown her way. Her nomination and confirmation moved Latinos everywhere, from the colonial hill towns of Puerto Rico to the barrios of New York and L.A. Partisan attackers during the grueling nomination process failed to undermine her credibility, affirming a type of woman the rest of us already know: wise Latina.BEST ACTRESSPenélope Cruz's performance as a lusty, love-crazed Spanish painter in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” finally delivered the talented, gorgeous star — who has been the object of so much desire since 1992’s “Jamón, jamón”— her first Oscar. This year she starred in Pedro Almodóvar’s “Broken Embraces,” lent her voice to animated character Juarez in “G-Force” and will appear as part of the cast of femmes fatales in the Broadway musical turned Hollywood Continue Reading

What’s on TV New Year’s Eve

BEST OF TONIGHT'S TV:8 p.m. (TCM) "That's Entertainment." Here's a great way to say farewell to 2008. Spend two and a half hours enjoying a compilation of show-stopping moments from nearly 30 years of MGM musicals, featuring Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Esther Williams and Bing Crosby. 9 (Hist) "Seven Deadly Sins." How perfect, for New Year's Eve, a night when many drink and eat way too much, History's seven-part series on sins looks at gluttony. According to this show, as early as the 4th century it was believed eating too much could send you to hell. 10 (ABC) "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve '09 With Ryan Seacrest." For the 37th year, Clark will be in Times Square to mark the new year and, as he has since suffering a stroke a few years back, he'll get a lot of help from Seacrest during the night. Performers include the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie. 10 (NBC) "New Year's Eve With Carson Daly." Daly will set up shop in Times Square as well for NBC's countdown to the new year. He'll be joined on air by "Saturday Today" co-anchor Amy Robach and NBC News correspondent Luke Russert. Katy Perry is among the scheduled performers. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading


THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT. Tonight at 10, TV Land. 3 STARS.Whatever the merits of specifying a Black History Month, there is a lot of black history to be acknowledged and appreciated. So any discussion that seeks to assess "the role of blacks in American culture and society" has a lot of real estate to explore, which means its first requirement is direction. Happily, host Wayne Brady does a pretty good job in "That's What I'm Talking About," a three-part series starting tonight on TV Land. Each part is an hour-long discussion among five opinionated people, including Paul Mooney, Diahann Carroll, Greg Anthony, Spike Lee, Wanda Sykes, Toure and D.L. Hughley. While some topics overlap, the first hour focuses on showbiz. The second tilts toward sports and personalities, and the third to style and fashion. Television gets relatively little time, though Mooney credits Oprah for "fooling white people. They thought they had Aunt Jemima, and after they gave her a billion dollars, she turned into Dorothy Dandridge." More of the first show ends up on hip-hop culture, with Harry Belafonte talking about how excited he was by the early work of pioneers like Melle Mel and Afrika Bambaataa and how disappointed he is with some of what he hears today. Toure, the youngest of the group, defends some of rap culture, including the language - to which Carroll replies that people of "my generation" remember the ugly history of the N-word too well to abide its use almost anywhere. All three programs swing between broad theory and specific detail. In the second show, for instance, we learn that Lee and several other guests still think he was robbed when his 1989 movie "Do the Right Thing" didn't win more awards. They're right. But Lee is equally impassioned about honoring the work of Jackie Robinson, Jim Brown and Jesse Owens. Brady stirs each discussion by throwing out a top-10 list, and after he opens the third week by saying the most important black Continue Reading

Ben Bishop bests Henrik Lundqvist in Rangers – Lightning Game 7

A Bishop outdueled the King on Friday night. While both goaltenders had their clunkers in the Eastern Conference finals, Ben Bishop is the one going to the Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning netminder, who was dreadful in allowing five goals in a Game 6 loss in Tampa, recorded his second consecutive shutout at Madison Square Garden, blanking the Blueshirts, 2-0, just like he did in Game 5. Bishop has now gone an incredible 145:43 without allowing a goal at the World’s Most Famous Arena. It was also the first time the Rangers had been shut out in consecutive home playoff games. “We all knew his (Lundqvist’s) record,” Bishop said. “You saw it all over the TV and there wasn’t many people picking us, so it’s nice. It kind of gives you a little bit more. You don’t need much in these games. But, you know, to kind of break that record at home, I think they were 6-0 (in Game 7s), it’s always nice to do that.” Bishop did not face the quality chances that Lundqvist did, but still turned aside 22 shots, beating the Rangers on home ice in three out of four games at MSG. BLUE LIGHTNING “When you’ve got that in your dressing room, it wasn’t Jon Cooper making a pregame speech to our players, it was our players making a speech to our players and that was tonight,” Cooper said. “So did we lean on those guys? There’s no question we did.” Continue Reading

The 10 best revenge songs ever, from Taylor Swift and Beyonce to Carly Simon

Revenge is a dish best served with a soundtrack. Luckily for listeners, you could max out your iPod with songs that spew payback hate. Ciara’s “I Bet” is just the latest screw-you anthem, fired by lines like “Is that your b---- ova there/Givin’ me the ugly stare/The one with the silicone ass and the Brazilian hair?/You ain’t gon' respect me, no no no/Till I’m not there.” Here’s a look at the all-time kiss-off Top 10: 10) Taylor Swift, “Dear John” (2010) Alleged target: John Mayer, underscored by the song’s title. Best lines: “I lived in your chess game/But you changed the rules every day/Wondering which version of you I might get on the phone/Tonight, well, I stopped pickin’ it up/And this is song is to let you know why.” 9) Jazmine Sullivan, “Bust Your Windows” (2008) Alleged target: unknown Best lines: “I bust the windows out your car/You should feel lucky that that’s all I did/After five whole years of this bull---/Gave you all of me and you played with it.” 8) Beyonce, “Irreplaceable” (2006) Alleged target: Jay-Z, during their troubled dating days. Best lines: “Everything you own in the box to the left/In the closet that’s my stuff, yes/If I bought it please don’t touch/And keep talking that mess, that’s fine/But could you walk and talk at the same time.” 7) Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye Earl” (2000) Alleged target: unknown. The song — about an abused woman murdering her tormentor — is sung in the third person. Best lines: “Goodbye Earl/We need a break/Let’s go out to the lake/We’ll pack a lunch/And stuff you in the trunk.” Continue Reading