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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: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:49:13 -0400

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'Game of Thrones' transcends speculation, troubles

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:30:00 PDT

“Game of Thrones” is a rarity in entertainment: a project that surpasses astronomical expectations.

The seventh season also has surmounted hacks, leaks and intense speculation. Sure, that Ed Sheeran cameo didn’t work, but why focus on one faulty scene when the HBO drama has delivered a string of...


Trump: Do we want him to succeed?

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:30:00 PDT

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, tried to strike a conciliatory tone about President Donald Trump on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I’m rooting for him to get it together," he told Jake Tapper. “We all are.”

But most of the conversation across the Sunday morning programs suggested otherwise. It was a bleak...


Eclipse, Whitney Houston, deaf singer on 'AGT': This week

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:15:00 PDT

First the eclipse, then reality contests and documentaries on famous women. The week ahead:

One of those contests has special local interest. “America’s Got Talent” will present Mandy Harvey, a deaf singer from St. Cloud, at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC. She is among the Top 36 acts. The first 12 performed...


Fall comedy: Will, Grace, Sheldon, familiar

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:50:00 PDT

Comedy is harder than drama. Look at the broadcast fall lineups.

Of 19 new series, only six are half-hour comedies. With the two most anticipated sitcoms, the networks are banking on what has worked before.

NBC is reviving “Will & Grace,” a show that left the network in 2006, for 16 episodes. The...


Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors: Wise move

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:15:00 PDT

It’s a shame that Donald Trump will miss out on the Archie Bunker clips, but it’s all for the best that the president won’t attend this year’s Kennedy Center Honors.

Trump would have to sit there for hours and hear other people be celebrated. The president doesn’t seem to care for events where...


Great American Eclipse: TV looks up

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:50:00 PDT

Television will turn from politics and other earthly matters Monday to examine the total solar eclipse.

The main hours are 1 to 3 p.m., when ABC, CBS and NBC will preempt regular schedules. The broadcast networks, cable news channels and local stations will lavish attention on the first total solar...


CNN explores uncomfortable questions about Trump

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Steve Bannon’s firing and Donald Trump’s responses to the Charlottesville, Va., attack will be topics on the Sunday morning programs.

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” even has a segment billed as “uncomfortable questions about President Trump.” The panel at 11 a.m. will be Carl Bernstein, presidential...


Taylor Swift: Are you teasing us?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:50:00 PDT

What’s Taylor Swift up to?

She’s causing a ruckus by vacating social media.

Her official website has been blacked out, setting off a storm of speculation on Friday.

Her Instagram posts are gone.

Her pictures have been removed from Facebook and Twitter.

Fans are hoping all this commotion means that...


Robert Pattinson: 'Roles are hard for me to get'

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:25:00 PDT

“Twilight” actor Robert Pattinson talks about his career in frank terms in an interview this weekend with “CBS Sunday Morning.”

The actor discusses playing a surly bank robber in “Good Time,” which will be released Aug. 25. He received rave reviews when the film played the Cannes Film Festival,...


'Game of Thrones,' Al Franken, 'The Birds': This weekend

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:45:00 PDT

Dragons, comedians and movie stars offer the best bets for weekend viewing.

The preview for “Game of Thrones” episode six, at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO, focuses heavily on Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his men fighting in the North. “Winter is here,” HBO promises. The title for episode, “Beyond the Wall,”...


'48 Hours' returns to Brevard murder conviction

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:00:00 PDT

CBS' "48 Hours" this weekend will offer an updated version of its 2015 report on the murder conviction of Crosley Green in Brevard County.

Green was convicted in 1990 of the murder of Charles "Chip" Flynn in Titusville and was sentenced to death. Green has spent 28 years in prison but says he had...


Central Florida impresses 'American Idol'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:25:00 PDT

“American Idol” started a new season Thursday with sweltering auditions in Disney Springs, but the show found guitar- and keyboard-toting hopefuls who could stand the heat.

“I’m impressed by the turnout, and I’m impressed by what we’re seeing,” said senior supervising producer Patrick Lynn. “I...


'America's Got Talent': Orlando's Preacher Lawson advances

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:45:00 PDT

Orlando comedian Preacher Lawson has moved to the next round of “America’s Got Talent.”

Judges Simon Cowell and Mel B gave a standing ovation as the news was announced on Wednesday night’s results show.

Host Tyra Banks revealed how the contest’s fans had voted and that Lawson had made it through...


Teacher shortage, fight against cystic fibrosis: Weekend topics

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:10:00 PDT

In public-affairs programming this weekend on Central Florida television:

“Central Florida Spotlight” looks at cystic fibrosis at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on WFTV-Channel 9. Greg Warmoth welcomes Mike Brown, a father who is leading the fight locally to help his daughter, Aubrey, who is also a guest....


Bill Maher will host Al Franken, magician Penn Jillette on Friday

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:35:00 PDT

Sen. Al Franken, who canceled a June appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” will be a guest this week on the HBO talk show.

Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, vetoed the earlier appearance because Maher had created controversy by using a racial slur.

Maher later apologized for his remark.



James Ponti: Maitland author's kid sleuth returns in 'Vanished!'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:45:00 PDT

For an encore to an auspicious debut, 12-year-old Florian Bates visits the White House twice, befriends the president and tracks a missing child-prodigy cellist.

Not bad for a consulting detective to the FBI who has been compared to Sherlock Holmes. The latest adventures of Florian, the creation...


Maitland author: Acclaim like the prom

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:50:00 PDT

The book “Framed!” would seem the perfect project for Disney or Nickelodeon, and the sequel — called “Vanished! — comes out Tuesday. But no producer has approached Maitland author James Ponti.

“They’re not big enough books for that,” said Ponti, who has written and produced shows for Nickelodeon...


Elvis Presley: TCM salutes King

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:25:00 PDT

Forty years ago today, Elvis Presley died. Anyone who was in Memphis that day — as I was — will recall the outpouring of shock and affection that greeted the passing of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, gone at 42.

One of the best tributes to Presley comes from TCM, which is devoting Wednesday (today)...


'America’s Got Talent' judges impressed by Orlando comedian Preacher Lawson

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:50:00 PDT

Three out of four “America’s Got Talent” judges gave Orlando comedian Preacher Lawson a standing ovation Tuesday night.

Heidi Klum was not standing, but she praised Lawson’s star quality.

Lawson raced through an act with jokes about his booty, the fastest clapper and cell phones. He served the...


Filmed near Disney, 'The Florida Project' trailer shows off Central Florida

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:40:00 PDT

The first trailer for “The Florida Project” has been released, and Central Florida can get a look at the critically beloved movie that filmed near Walt Disney World.

“The Florida Project” will be released Oct. 6.

Brooklynn Prince of Winter Springs and Valeria Cotto of Davenport play impoverished...


'America's Got Talent,' 'Unabomber,' Ricardo Montalban: Today

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:45:00 PDT

Television offers events today, from the summer’s most-watched series to its most-acclaimed production. And it’s a day with Ricardo Montalban, a pioneering actor probably best remembered for “Fantasy Island.”

Discovery Channel rolls out hour four of “Manhunt: Unabomber” at 10 p.m. The eight-part...


Jesse Palmer leaving 'GMA' to host 'DailyMailTV'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:20:00 PDT

Jesse Palmer is departing ABC News — but not ESPN — to host the syndicated series “DailyMailTV.”

Palmer, who played football for the University of Florida, will host the show that debuts Sept. 18. The series will air in the Orlando market at 11:30 weeknights on WRDQ-Channel 27. “DailyMailTV” will...


Scaramucci to Trump: Go mainstream, lose nonsense

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Anthony Scaramucci became a pop-culture joke for his 11-day stint as White House communications director. But on Sunday, he was offering serious insights into how the Trump administration works and advice about what President Donald Trump should do.

Scaramucci gave his first interview since being...


'America's Got Talent' goes live; Scaramucci reappears; CMA rolls

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:45:00 PDT

The summer’s most-watched show moves into a new phase — and tops highlights for the coming week.

“America’s Got Talent” begins its live two-hour shows at 8 p.m. Tuesday as 12 of the Top 36 acts perform. The results show, running one hour, begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday. NBC will be the big beneficiary...


Anthony Scaramucci, H.R. McMaster, Mike Pompeo: Sunday guests

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:55:00 PDT

UPDATED: The Sunday morning guests are likely to focus on President Donald Trump, North Korea and the Saturday attack in Charlottesville, Va. The lineup:

ABC’s “This Week,” 10 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9: National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster; Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications...