Last Build Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:47:37 -0500Copyright: ©2017 Orlando Sentinel
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:20:00 PST
Schedule changes and premieres will figure prominently in the week ahead.
Many drama fans will cheer the season premiere of “Scandal” at 9 p.m. Thursday on ABC. The network rolls out new episodes of all three Thank God It’s Thursday series: “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m. and “How to Get Away With Murder”...
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:40:00 PST
Donald Trump’s new administration has inspired “Saturday Night Live” to even more pointed comedy than usual. The show also enjoyed a stunning lift from host Aziz Ansari this weekend.
In the most memorable bit, writers spoofed Kellyanne Conway by dropping the Trump adviser (played by Kate McKinnon)...
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:25:00 PST
Donald Trump’s inauguration averaged nearly 31 million across 12 channels, according to Nielsen.
The audience was up from the 20.6 million who watched Barack Obama’s inauguration four years ago.
But the first Obama inauguration had 37.8 million viewers in 2009.
The record is held by Ronald Reagan...
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:35:00 PST
The commentators and comics have given Donald Trump a lot to tweet about.
The most withering review came from George Will in The Washington Post: “Living down to expectations, he [Trump] had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history.”
Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard tweeted:...
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST
They hold the “Sugar Sugar” in “Riverdale,” CW’s sharp and sour take on characters from Archie Comics.
Now you may dismiss this drama, which debuts at 9 p.m. Thursday, as a pretentious and lurid revision of a sweet old favorite. But we wouldn’t be talking about Archie and the gang if not for this...
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:20:00 PST
UPDATED: Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, will appear on three Sunday morning talk shows.
Conway; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talk to CBS’ “Face the Nation” at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. The political panel will be Lanhee Chen...
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:55:00 PST
Arsenio Hall will join Mike Epps for “The Festival of Laughs,” which will be performed at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the CFE Arena.
The lineup also features comedians Bruce Bruce, Tony Rock and Felipe Esparza.
Tickets starting at $47 are available through Ticketmaster.
The area is on the University of Central...
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:10:00 PST
In his first moments as president, Donald Trump flabbergasted television’s pundits.
CBS’ Bob Schieffer called Trump’s inaugural address “very strong stuff.”
“I did not see any outreach either across the aisle or even to his own party,” Schieffer said. “He basically took the hide off everybody sitting...
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:45:00 PST
Sheldon Cooper’s peacemaking skills impressed Thursday viewers.
“The Big Bang Theory” easily topped the national and local ratings, according to early Nielsen ratings released Friday morning.
“Big Bang” averaged 15 million viewers — way ahead of the sitcoms that followed: “The Great Indoors” with...
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST
Adele had sound problems at last year’s Grammys, but she will be back this year to perform.
She is, after all, a top nominee for the album “25” and the record “Hello.” Adele, a five-time nominee this year, has won 10 Grammys in her career.
James Corden hosts the 59th annual Grammys at 8 p.m. Feb....
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:30:00 PST
Donald Trump, the NFL and Idina Menzel supply the weekend highlights.
The NFC and AFC Championship Games should do mighty fine things for the ratings of Fox and CBS on Sunday. Fox presents Green Bay at Atlanta at 3 p.m., then CBS broadcasts Pittsburgh at New England at 6:30 p.m.
CBS will follow...
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:25:00 PST
Comic Kathleen Madigan delivers one of her wittiest bits about The Villages and her “illegal” attempts, as someone younger than 55, to spend a night in the retirement community about one hour from Orlando.
“They called my agent. They want to book me to do a show,” Madigan said. “They have a good...
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:45:00 PST
Donald Trump or Leslie Knope?
If you don’t want to watch Trump’s inauguration as president Friday, TV will offer marathon alternatives.
Esquire Network will present “Parks and Recreation” episodes with Amy Poehler as Knope. The marathon runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; fans will get 22 episodes.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PST
Jane Lynch is going from “Glee” to the government.
The Emmy winner will play former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in the scripted series “Manifesto” about the search for the Unabomber.
Production starts Jan. 30 in Atlanta, and the series will air on Discovery Channel later this year.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:35:00 PST
Viewers who want a change of pace after Donald Trump’s inauguration can look to HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”
Oscar winner Jane Fonda will be the top-of-show interview guest as Maher begins his 15th season.
Keith Olbermann will be the mid-show interview.
With those guests and Maher’s opening...
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:15:00 PST
The Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, and they are likely to supply more suspense than the actual awards.
The heavy favorites for the Feb. 26 ceremony on ABC: “La La Land,” director Damien Chazelle and lead actress Emma Stone; lead actor Casey Affleck for “Manchester by the Sea” and...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:05:00 PST
Central Florida viewers flocked to local TV's coverage of Markeith Loyd’s capture. There was wide interest in the arrest of the suspected cop killer with more than 460,000 viewers across various channels.
WFTV-Channel 9 topped Tuesday night’s ratings with its coverage from 7:15 to 9 p.m., which...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:40:00 PST
UPDATED: The NFL was way out in front in the prime-time ratings for last week.
But here’s encouraging news: NBC’s new “This Is Us” ranked third in total viewers as well as the 18-to-49 age group. On Wednesday afternoon, NBC announced that it had renewed “This Is Us” for two additional seasons,...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:15:00 PST
UPDATED: In local public-affairs programming this weekend:
Bob Graham, the former Florida governor and senator, talks to “Central Florida Spotlight” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9. He offers his impressions of President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration and the efforts to repeal...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:10:00 PST
Big TV news for two beloved franchises: “Will & Grace” and “Star Trek.”
NBC will bring back the Emmy-winning “Will &Grace” for 10 episodes in the 2017-18 season.
More news to thrill fans: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally all will be back.
Series creators Max Mutchnick...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:30:00 PST
UPDATED: Television networks will toss their regular schedules Friday to cover Donald Trump’s inauguration as the country’s 45th president.
Here’s a quick look at what Central Florida viewers can expect from Washington:
WESH-Channel 2: The NBC affiliate carries “Today” from 7 to 10 a.m. with Matt...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:50:00 PST
“They caught him,” the man at the end of the bar said, reading a tweet from the Orlando Police Department.
The news that accused cop killer Markeith Loyd had been arrested Tuesday night swept through the Thornton Park restaurant.
The bartender switched to local TV and kept clicking around to catch...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:10:00 PST
A new version of “The Gong Show” — to air on Disney-owned ABC — is seeking talent.
Contestants can apply online at gongshowcasting.com. Performers must upload a video submission of their act and complete the online application.
Producers will reach selected contestants to schedule auditions.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:40:00 PST
Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights leader who questioned the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency, is profiled in a new PBS documentary.
“John Lewis — Get in the Way” will premiere at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 10 on PBS.
Kathleen Dowdey produced and directed the first documentary biography...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:25:00 PST
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli says talking frankly has freed her and helped her act whether the topic is weight loss, sex drive or Donald Trump.
“I’ve always been a take-chances kind of comic. I never held back on anything,” said Lampanelli, who plays Hard Rock Live Orlando on Friday, the day Trump...