Quadruple murder case to be featured tonight on another TV show

The case of quadruple murderer Anthony Garcia has attracted attention from another national TV show and its host, crime novelist James Patterson. The hourlong show, "James Patterson's Murder is Forever," will air at 9 tonight on Investigation Discovery. The six-episode series is based on true crimes but with a caveat at the beginning that says "some names and timelines have been changed." Garcia was convicted in October 2016 of the March 2008 murders of 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and 57-year-old Shirlee Sherman and the May 2013 killings of Dr. Roger and Mary Brumback. Garcia killed the four as revenge for his 2001 firing from Creighton University Medical Center. Unlike NBC's Dateline and CBS's 48 Hours, which featured interviews with Omaha police officers, family members and the prosecutors involved, the Patterson show appears to be a reenactment of what occurred, like a mini-movie. The episodes also coincide with several books written by Patterson. The show's online synopsis reads: "Detective Derek Mois, a veteran with Omaha Police Department, responds to a horrific double homicide involving an 11-year-old boy and the family’s housekeeper. As police work to find answers, the killer targets his next victims." Continue Reading

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

Find out which TV shows LIers Google the most

From “13 Reasons Why” to “Saturday Night Live,” Long Islanders seem to watch it all, according to search data from Google. But which show ranks highest in their hearts? Here's a hint: Sometimes new additions to the primetime lineup just can’t compare to a nostalgic classic. Below, the top 20 most-Googled TV shows in Nassau and Suffolk. 20. "Good Morning America" ABC created "Good Morning America" in 1975 to compete with NBC's "Today" and since the summer of 2012, it has become the most watched morning show in total viewers and key demographics every year. 19. "This is Us" The series, which premiered in September 2016, quickly gained critical acclaim. In its freshman season, "This Is Us" managed to bring home eight awards and 22 nominations. 18. "Jeopardy" Branded as "America's favorite game show," NBC's "Jeopardy" has had over 33 seasons since 1964. Notable alumni from the show included Brad Rutter, who remains the highest-earning contestant, and Ken Jennings, who has the show's longest winning streak. 17. "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" Samantha Bee brings her unique brand of comedy to screen on TBS' "Full Frontal," a late-night talk and news satire show similar to "The Daily Show," where Bee was once a correspondent. 16. "Grey's Anatomy" The title of this series is a play on "Gray's Anatomy," a human anatomy textbook written by Henry Gray and is currently the longest-running, scripted primetime show airing on ABC. 15. NCIS "NCIS" follows a group of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service who investigate crime, from murder and espionage to terrorism, with connections to Navy and Marine Corps personnel. It is also the seventh-longest-running scripted primetime TV series in the United States with 15 seasons. 14. "13 Reasons Why" Netflix's "13 Reasons Why," which is based on Jay Asher's novel "Thirteen Reasons Why," faced major criticism for it's depiction of bullying, Continue Reading

The evolution of late night TV shows under Donald Trump

How did we get here? There was a time when late night TV shows like "The Tonight Show" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" were a light respite from harsh realities. In recent weeks, the one following the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in particular, hosts of once-fun talk shows broke from their usual hilarity to get serious about the news. Jimmy Fallon, who was criticized during Donald Trump's campaign for tousling the reality-star-turned-politician's infamous coiffe in September 2016, fought back tears as he recalled watching white supremacists and neo-Nazis spew hatred over the weekend. Kimmel follow suit, half-joking that following a series of questionably sincere statements from Trump, Americans were left questioning his alliances. "We went into the weekend wondering about Kim Jong Un starting a war. We came out of it wondering if our president was cutting eyeholes in his bedsheets," he said. For Fallon and Kimmel, the events that unfolded in Charlottesville served as something of a turning point. Early in Trump's campaign both late night TV hosts regularly took jabs at the New York real estate mogul. Fallon repeatedly donned a wig in the same style as Trump's hair while Kimmel often mocked his inability to put his ego aside while delivering speeches. As the President's wild ride continues, both slowly began taking a harsher stance. On May 2, amid cries from Trump to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, Kimmel broke down in tears about his newborn son's health issues. He praised congress for opting "to not go along with" the president's proposal to cut the National Institutes of Health's budget by $6 billion, noting that no family should have to fear losing their child because they can't afford care. "If your baby is going to die and it doesn't have to, it shouldn't matter how much money you make," Kimmel said. "I think that's something that whether Continue Reading

‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and other TV shows that could be affected by writers’ strike

A possible writers' strike could wreck havoc on TV viewing schedules. The Writers Guild of America contract expires Monday at midnight and workers, who are fighting over wages and health care, voted last week to strike if the sides cannot reach an agreement. The effect of certain shows will depend on the length of the season, the filming location and crew size. Among those that could be affected are “The Walking Dead,” which begins production Monday, “Jessica Jones,” which begins filming in May, “American Horror Story,” “Ray Donovan” and the new “Star Trek: Discovery.” The daily late shows, including “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” could all be cut short without writers. “Saturday Night Live” also has three episodes left this season. The MTV Movie and TV Awards show on May 7 would likely require celebrity guests to cross a picket line, which many would be reluctant to do. A lengthy strike could also affect fall TV shows if it extends into July or August. The 100-day strike that began in 2007 and crossed over into the new year resulted in shortened seasons for shows including “30 Rock,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Desperate Housewives,” “House” and “One Tree Hill.” Late night comedy shows including “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Show,” “The Late Late Show,” “The Daily Show” and “Saturday Night Live” all replaced live shows with reruns. The 22-week strike in 1988 holds the record for Continue Reading

New to HBO NOW: Movies and TV shows that will be added, removed in February

HBO NOW is keeping subscribers hot and steamy this chilly November with the debut of "Fifty Shades of Gray." The streaming service is updating its programming with new TV shows and movies that will begin streaming February 1. Some of the new titles include original series "Animals," "Vinyl" and season 5 of "Girls." HBO will also be removing some titles from its catalog including "Dreamgirls," "Titanic" and "V for Vendetta." Here's what to expect: New Original Programming: Race: HBO First Look (2/4) VICE: Season 4 Premiere (2/5) Animals.: Season 1 Premiere (2/5) Vinyl: Season 1 Premiere (2/14) Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2/14) Gonzaga: The March to Madness (2/16) Girls: Season 5 Premiere (2/21) Togetherness: Season 2 Premiere (2/21) Theatrical Premieres: I Origins, 2014 (2/1) A Walk among the Tombstones, 2014 (2/6) Annabelle, 2014 (2/7) Furious 7, 2015 (original and extended cuts) (2/13) Magic Mike XXL, 2015 (2/20) San Andreas, 2015 (2/27) Estrenos en Español: El adios¸ 2015 (2/5) Hilda, 2014 (2/5) Sirope vivo, 2015 (2/12) La pantalla desnuda, 2014 (2/19) ABFF Short Films: Black Card (2/1) First Date, Last Date (2/1) Joy (2/1) Stanhope (2/1) Movies available starting February 1: Ali, 2001 Bad Santa, 2003 Camp Nowhere, 1994 Club Paradise, 1986 Coraline, 2009 Evan Almighty, 2007 Get Shorty, 1995 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, 1998 Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience, 2009 Kung Fu Panda, 2008 Magic Mike, 2012 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975 Road House, 1989 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007 The Piano, 1993 The Wicker Man, 2006 Transformers, 2007 What Happens in Vegas, 2008 Movies leaving on February 29: Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

New to HBO NOW: Movies and TV shows that will be added, removed in November

HBO NOW is keeping subscribers hot and steamy this chilly November with the debut of "Fifty Shades of Gray." The streaming service is updating its fall lineup with new TV shows and movies that will begin streaming Nov. 1. Some of the new titles include both the original and unrated cut of "Fifty Shades of Gray," "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and the finales of "Project Greenlight" and "Getting On." HBO will also be removing some titles from its catalog including "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Godzilla" and "Jersey Boys." These are the new titles available in November: November 1 Battle for the Planet of the Apes, 1973 Beneath the Planet of the Apes, 1970 Don't Say a Word, 2011 Double Jeopardy, 1999 Dreamgirls, 2006 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, 2007 Field of Dreams, 1989 Good Burger, 1997 Los ases del corrar, 2015 Once, 2006 Planet of the Apes, 1968 Project Greenlight, Season Finale Ride Along, 2014 Satisfaction, 1988 Scream, 1996 The Last King of Scotland, 2006 The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968 The Waterboy, 1998 Throw Momma from the Train, 1987 November 2 The Diplomat The Leisure Class November 3 Kareem: Minority of One November 6 Muerte en Buenos Aires, 2014 November 7 Unfinished Business, 2015 November 8 Getting On, Season 3 Premiere November 13 No robarás, 2013 November 14 Run All Night, 2015 U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour November 16 The Latin Explosion November 18 The Danish Girl: HBO First Look November 21 Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015 Real Time with Bill Maher, Fall Finale November 23 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Fall Finale 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets November 28 Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2014 These are the titles leaving in November: November 24 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 2013 November 30 Accepted, Continue Reading

TV shows go into overdrive on Snapchat

LOS ANGELES —Snapchat was once a place for teens to send photos and videos that would disappear within 10 seconds. Now it’s featuring TV shows like you’ve never seen before.Snapchat, the popular communications app whose parent Snap is set to go public in March with a $25 billion IPO, is ambitiously expanding beyond photos and videos that disappear within 10 seconds. The company is bankrolling the production of original "shows" for the platform, from the likes of Disney’s ABC, NBC-Universal and Turner networks, which includes TBS and Adult Swim.And like Snapchat, they are designed for short attention spans. The shows zip along at a fast pace, with lots of graphics, headlines and upbeat music—they go so quickly they almost make TV seem like slothful.It's yet one more way Snap is trying to keep its 150 million daily users engaged. Some 60% of Snapchat's users are aged 13-34, according to Comscore, a demographic that's highly sought by advertisers. Even before the advent of Snapchat shows and its Discover platform, users flocked to Snapchat after school and during the evenings to tell and watch their own Stories — annotated snippets of their day — creating a vibrant, though short-lived entertainment platform that rivaled prime-time television and more established social networks, Facebook and Twitter.Snap wants to give these users more to watch, in that same rough-and-ready style.The Snapchat Discover platform, which debuted in January 2015, is a way for users to watch short, flashy original content from publishers such as Cosmopolitan, People magazine and BuzzFeed.Now come the "shows." The new ABC Watch Party: the Bachelor series, which runs on Tuesdays, is two programs at once. It's produced in vertical video, like holding a phone upright, with clips from the previous night's episode of the dating reality series The Bachelor on the bottom of the screen. On top: a trio of fans on top Continue Reading

TV shows score bonus bucks with hit soundtracks

Cross-marketing is such a science today that finding a piece of pop culture in only one medium - something that's only a TV show, or only a song - is about as likely as being given only one chopstick at a Chinese restaurant. If they remade "Ben Hur" today, there would be STP stickers on the chariots. That's why almost every TV show that's lasted longer than two commercial breaks has its own soundtrack CD these days, even though few sell many copies. "Sex and the City" had its own soundtrack CD as a TV show, and when the movie version comes out May 30, it will have another one, with a lead track by Fergie called "Labels or Love." Fergie says she's ecstatic to sing it because "I grew up watching 'Sex and the City,' and I know a lot of my girlfriends did as well. We felt like these characters were our friends." And that's exactly why soundtracks are omnipresent: because they promote bonding. The fan isn't just hearing music, the fan is stepping into a world - whether it's the slightly surreal world of "Grey's Anatomy," the melodramatic world of "Sex and the City," the escapist world of "Hannah Montana" or the dark world of "The Sopranos." The "Sopranos" soundtrack, with artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra, was a star in the soundtrack game, moving hundreds of thousands of copies and sparking another release, "Peppers & Eggs," which was nominated for a Grammy. The best-selling TV soundtracks, not surprisingly, appeal to kids. A 2006 "Hannah Montana" CD became the first of the genre to debut at No. 1 on the national charts. Hannah has gone on to sell millions, as have the soundtracks to Disney's "High School Musical" and its sequel. Most TV soundtracks, in contrast, sell well under 50,000 copies. Last week, no TV soundtracks outside of Disney acts were in SoundScan's top 200. When the "Grey's Anatomy" soundtrack sold 27,000 its first week, that was considered remarkable. It was attributed to the show's unique new music from bands like Get Continue Reading

Gossip site TMZ.com launches TV show

If a Hollywood starlet barfs on Sunset Blvd., it's almost guaranteed TMZ.com will be on the case. For the past two years, the popular Web site has been breaking celebrity news ranging from "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens' recent nude picture scandal to Michael Richard's racist rants.Today, the company attempts to move the news and attitude of the site to the small screen with "TMZ on TV," launching at 6:30 on WNYW/Ch. 5."We're not going to pretend to have the urgency that the Web site has, we won't," says Harvey Levin, the managing editor of TMZ.com and the show's host. "But the Web site has something else, an attitude and a take on stories. That's the part we're going to capture on TV. Two words: Different and funny."The show enters the marketplace at a time when there are already four celebrity shows - "Entertainment Tonight," "The Insider," "Extra" and "Access Hollywood" - as well as a plethora of celebrity magazines competing for the same audience.Not a problem, says Levin. There won't be any kissing up to celebrities on "TMZ on TV." They won't be on junkets, and there won't be any red-carpet chats."We've been doing shows every day for a month now," he says. "I'm ready."Work starts at TMZ in the wee hours in L.A. and the show will be fed to stations around 4 p.m. "We're talking stories on the TV show," Levin says, whereas the Web site posts an image or video and a few lines of explanation."I don't think it's so much about a difference, as it about a voice ... irreverence, humor," executive producer Jim Paratore said. "We want to be the show that says what people say when they watch the other shows," Paratore added. "Have fun with it."The question that remains, however, is how large is the appetitite for celebrity news?"There's definitely been an explosion," Paratore said. "Some of it's generational. There's a new generation of stars and a new generation of fans excited about them." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading