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The TV Guy | Hal Boedeker - Orlando Sentinel

Hal Boedeker is the Orlando Sentinel's TV Guy. Dishing on TV, the news and what everybody is talking about.

Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:50:01 -0400

Copyright: ©2016 Orlando Sentinel

'NCIS,' 'All My Children' producers die

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:50:00 PDT

Television has lost two of its most successful producers.

Any fan who follows Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team at "NCIS" will mourn the loss of Gary Glasberg. CBS announced that Glasberg, the executive producer and showrunner of TV's most-watched drama, died Wednesday in his sleep in Los Angeles....


Arnold Palmer tribute; Jerry Demings interview

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:40:00 PDT

Politics, Camping World Stadium and a Central Florida legend are among the topics on public-affairs programs this weekend.

To salute the late Arnold Palmer, WFTV-Channel 9 will repeat a Greg Warmoth interview with the golf icon on "Central Florida Spotlight" at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. In 2013, they...


'Hamilton' creator hosts 'SNL'

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:20:00 PDT

Wonder why "Hamilton" has been the biggest Broadway musical in years?

You could listen to the CD or you can watch the show's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, host "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 8. Expect a lot of "Hamilton" jokes that night.

It will be the "SNL" hosting debut for Miranda, who played...


Mark Harmon leads; Rick Perry leaves

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:10:00 PDT

UPDATED: In Tuesday ratings, "NCIS" and Mark Harmon continued to be the biggest draws nationally and locally.

The CBS drama averaged 15.5 million viewers, according to updated ratings released Wednesday afternoon. It was followed by "Bull," the new CBS drama with Michael Weatherly, with 13.6 million.


NFL, 'NCIS,' 'Voice': Top of week

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:36:00 PDT

UPDATED: The NFL was the biggest draw nationally in the ratings for the TV season's first week. In Orlando, "NCIS" and Mark Harmon were the favorites.

The most-watched programs in Central Florida viewers last week:

1. "NCIS," CBS, 258,545

2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 237,731

3. "Bull," CBS, 226,717


Debate ratings: 84 million watched

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:45:00 PDT

UPDATED: The Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump lived up to ratings expectations, averaging 84 million viewers to become the most-watched debate ever.

The previous best was the Jimmy Carter-Ronald Reagan debate in 1980 with 80.6 million viewers. 

The Clinton-Trump debate was measured across 13 channels....


'Rude' Trump vs. 'Preparation H' Clinton

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:55:00 PDT

The split-screen format did no favors to Donald Trump at the first presidential debate, most pundits agreed Monday night.

He scowled a lot while Hillary Clinton smiled often. In the dramatic moments, she seemed to have studied Meryl Streep.

Clinton got Trump rattled, and his expressions were rude,...


NFL, '60 Minutes': Sunday leaders

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:05:00 PDT

What a difference the NFL makes. 

NBC and CBS enjoyed huge ratings lifts on Sunday, thanks to NFL games. But a 75-minute weather delay took the national ratings punch out of the Los Angeles-Tampa Bay game on Fox. 

As usual, the Nielsen ratings showed NBC's "Sunday Night Football" leading. The Bears-Cowboys...


'DWTS': Ryan Lochte in jeopardy

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:10:00 PDT

During a fast-paced face-off edition Monday of "Dancing With the Stars," Ryan Lochte gave his best dance yet, judge Len Goodman said. 

But the Olympic swimmer could be ejected in Tuesday's two-hour results show at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Lochte had to go against race-car driver James Hinchcliffe, who has...


Arnold Palmer: Orlando TV remembers

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:30:00 PDT

UPDATED: The death of Arnold Palmer is a major local story because of his lasting contributions to Central Florida. 

WESH-Channel 2 has announced a special at 7 p.m. Monday. "The Life and Legacy of Arnold Palmer" will be a live, 30-minute show. Veteran sportscaster Pat Clarke can draw on his many...


'Price Is Right Live' to Orlando: Come on down

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:45:00 PDT

On your marks, fans of Plinko, Cliffhangers and the Big Wheel. You'll have a chance to play "The Price Is Right" without leaving Orlando.

An interactive stage show called "The Price Is Right Live" will stop here at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The backdrop...


Arnold Palmer: Our greatest celebrity

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:15:00 PDT

In the 2014 documentary "Arnie," narrator Tom Selleck called golfer Arnold Palmer "maybe the most popular athlete in the history of sports."

That view wasn't surprising for a program on the Orlando-based Golf Channel, which Palmer co-founded in 1995.

But producer Israel DeHerrera defended the Selleck...


Debate, 'Dancing,' drama: This week

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:35:00 PDT

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could deliver one of the year's most-watched programs with the first presidential debate. They top the week's highlights, and they will rearrange Monday's lineup.

Some observers predict the audience could approach 100 million -- what would be a stunning number in...


Jane Pauley succeeds Charles Osgood on 'Sunday Morning'

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:03:00 PDT

UPDATED: One TV legend will replace another. Jane Pauley will follow Charles Osgood as anchor of "CBS Sunday Morning," CBS News announced Sunday.

Osgood spent 22 years as host of the top-rated Sunday program and extended its reputation as a classy, smart and respected broadcast.

Pauley's first...


Trump: They said what about him?

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Donald Trump gets it from all sides, but no one gives it to him quite like "Real Time With Bill Maher." On HBO, the host and his guests take no prisoners with their scathing remarks.

Maher on Friday imagined a nasty Twitter fight between Republican presidential nominee Trump and former President...


Presidential debates: Legendary showdowns

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 04:25:00 PDT

Substance seems a long shot for the presidential debates this boisterous year. Some viewers may be disappointed if they don't get a theatrical brawl when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton meet at 9 p.m. Monday.

But presidential debates are rarely remembered for issues or civility. The little things...


Pride Orlando: Brian Justin Crum to perform

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:40:00 PDT

Singer Brian Justin Crum, a finalist this summer on "America's Got Talent," will perform at Come Out With Pride Orlando, organizers announced Friday.

The big-voiced Crum finished fourth on the NBC talent show. He offered dramatic versions of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror," Radiohead's "Creep"...


Seth Meyers, Bernie Sanders, John Mina: Sunday guests

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:10:00 PDT

UPDATED: The Sunday morning guest lists ranges from well-known television hosts to the vice presidential candidates. The lineup:

Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate, and Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump's running mate, talk to CBS' "Face the Nation" at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Other...


NFL, Patriots win Thursday ratings

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:40:00 PDT

UPDATED: The New England Patriots didn't need Tom Brady to dominate the Thursday TV ratings. 

The Patriots' 27-0 victory over the Houston Texans averaged 17.6 million viewers for "Thursday Night Football" across CBS and NFL Network, according to updated Nielsen ratings released Friday afternoon.


Goodbye, Charles Osgood; CBS says farewell

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:45:00 PDT

This weekend's biggest TV highlight can be found Sunday morning: Charles Osgood departs "CBS Sunday Morning" after 22 years as anchor.

Fans know this 90-minute broadcast to be one of TV's treasures, and Osgood helped keep it so after he took over for Charles Kuralt. 

The tribute, called "Celebrating...


'Exorcist,' 'MacGyver' debut

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:15:00 PDT

Television's love of recycling gets two fancy showcases Friday with the arrivals of Fox's "The Exorcist" and CBS' "MacGyver." 

These new series are unlikely to impress fans of "The Exorcist," the influential 1973 film, or the fondly remembered "MacGyver," which starred Richard Dean Anderson and...


'SNL': Margot Robbie hosts season opener

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:50:00 PDT

Margot Robbie will host the Oct. 1 season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," NBC announced Thursday.

Robbie's films include "Suicide Squad," "The Legend of Tarzan" and "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," which co-starred Tina Fey. That "SNL" legend can give Robbie pointers or even pop to help start the late-night...


September ratings: WESH wins 11 p.m., prime time

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:35:00 PDT

UPDATED AND REVISED: With help from the NFL and "America's Got Talent," NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2 won prime time as well as 11 p.m. news in the September ratings. 

WESH triumphed in both contests by wide margins in August, thanks to the Rio Olympics.

In September, WESH averaged 105,483 total...


'Empire,' 2 'Survivors' lead ratings

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:55:00 PDT

UPDATED: Fox's "Empire" was the biggest draw nationally Wednesday. ABC's new "Designated Survivor" was the most-seen program locally. And CBS' "Survivor" continued to display ratings muscle as it started its 33rd season.

"Empire" averaged 10.9 million viewers for its third-season premiere, according...


'Pitch,' 'Notorious' debut

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:05:00 PDT

Do you like your new dramas sentimental or sarcastic? 

Fox's "Pitch" suggests there can be crying in baseball, contrary to what Tom Hanks told us in "A League of Their Own." ABC's "Notorious" takes a very cynical look at the law and cable TV news. Both series debut at 9 tonight.

"Pitch" is the...