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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: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:20:40 -0500

Copyright: ©2017 Orlando Sentinel

'60 Minutes' salutes Voyager, Chuck Berry

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:15:00 PST

CBS’ “60 Minutes” ponders eternity in its headline-making, 50th anniversary season by turning to space for updates on the Voyager 1 and 2 probes.

The crafts launched in 1977, and Anderson Cooper looks at the Voyager 1 music playing 13 billion miles from Earth.

The selections on the Golden Record...


Martha Stewart: Prison gave me 'street cred'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:45:00 PST

At Thanksgiving, some people see bright sides to their setbacks, and count Martha Stewart among them.

Her time in prison gives her “street cred” with TV co-star Snoop Dogg, she tells CBS Sunday Morning.”

Stewart spent five months in prison for lying about a stock sale, and she later called the...


NFL or Sheldon Cooper: Who wins?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:40:00 PST

“Thursday Night Football” edged Sheldon Cooper in ratings released Friday afternoon.

But with delayed viewing, “The Big Bang Theory” will score impressive gains.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 40-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans still managed to draw 13.5 million viewers across NBC and NFL Network....


YouTube star 'sWoozie' is from Central Florida

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:10:00 PST

The host of “Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge” on YouTube may look familiar. Adande “sWoozie” Thorne attended West Orange High School in Winter Garden and lived in the area 20 years.

Now based in Los Angeles, he has more than 5 million subscribers — with more than 700 million views — on...


Susan Collins, Jackie Speier, Ronan Farrow: Sunday guests

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:15:00 PST

UPDATED: Sexual harassment in Congress and the push for tax cuts will be major topics on the Sunday morning shows. The guest list:

NBC’s “Meet the Press,” 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2: Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va.; Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.; Perry Hooper Jr., co-chair of the Trump Campaign in Alabama....


'Dancing With the Stars' finale: 14 dances before victor named

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:55:00 PST

“Dancing With the Stars” has a winner to name next week and four hours to fill.

The last three couples will perform four dances apiece on the way to the conclusion of season 25. The couple that finishes fourth will perform two routines Monday.

That means 14 dances before that mirrorball trophy...


PBS to air Winter Park filmmaker's 'Unrest'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:45:00 PST

Here’s thrilling news for Central Floridians interested in local filmmakers: “Unrest” by Jennifer Brea, who grew in Winter Park, will air on PBS in January.

“Unrest” screened at the Florida Film Festival in April. Brea worked for four years on her documentary, a frank look at her chronic fatigue...


WUCF TV offers PBS, 'Masterpiece' preview

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:05:00 PST

Fans of PBS and “Masterpiece” can get a preview of 2018 programming at an event next month at the Orlando Museum of Art.

Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of “Masterpiece,” and Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive, will provide insights. The event starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the...


'Survivor' surpasses 'Voice' in Wednesday ratings

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:15:00 PST

A special edition of “The Voice” couldn’t overtake “Survivor” as Wednesday’s most-watched show.

“Survivor,” which is in its 35th season, averaged 8.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratings. CBS projected that the Live+7 viewing would jump to 11.3 million. “Survivor” names its winner Dec....


'A Christmas Story': Ralphie actor recalls classic

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:50:00 PST

The night before Thanksgiving, ABC’s “20/20” will explore holiday movies, including “A Christmas Story” with star Peter “Ralphie” Billingsley, “Home Alone” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

“Lights, Camera, Christmas: Inside Holiday Movie Classics” airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday, the final...


'Dancing With the Stars': Thank you, Frankie Muniz

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:05:00 PST

Did the right person win?

It’s a hot topic whenever a reality series ends a season, and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” could ignite debates with its 25th season finale.

The final four celebrities compete at 8 p.m. Monday, and the winner will be named in a two-hour finale at 9 p.m. Tuesday.



'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' return Jan. 18

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:35:00 PST

ABC’s Thursday dramas offers their fall finales tonight, and they will take a nine-week break before offering new episodes.

“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” will be back Jan. 18.

“The countdown begins to the final 11 episodes of ‘Scandal,’” ABC said in announcing the...


Eminem on 'SNL'; P!nk, Kelly Clarkson duet at AMAs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:50:00 PST

The American Music Awards bring on celebrities from Diana Ross to Lady Gaga. “Night of Too Many Stars” lives up to its title. “Saturday Night Live” offers Chance the Rapper and Eminem. And Sara Ramirez of “Grey’s Anatomy” joins “Madam Secretary.”

A few weekend highlights:

Specials: Kelly Clarkson...


'Central Florida Roadtrip' finale: New Smyrna Beach

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:20:00 PST

“Central Florida Roadtrip” wraps up its first season with a look at New Smyrna Beach.

The episode airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on WUCF-Channel 24, Orlando’s PBS station.

WUCF is committing to a second season and hopes to secure funding to make that a reality.

The show is taking suggestions about destinations...


Shaq recalls 'worst business decision'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:45:00 PST

Shaquille O’Neal lets fans see prized belongings in his Orlando home on Fox News’ “Objectified” this weekend.

The former NBA star also opens up about an incredible business blunder — and it wasn’t leaving the Orlando Magic.

Host Harvey Levin gets the discussion rolling. “Let’s talk about the worst...


'X-Files' returns Jan. 3; '9-1-1' debuts

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:45:00 PST

Fox has big plans for Wednesdays early next year.

With “Empire” and “Star” taking a break, the network will bring back “The X-Files” and introduce “9-1-1,” the next series from Ryan Murphy of “Glee” fame.

“The X-Files” will offer 10 episodes and air at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 3.



Jack Latvala, Nancy Alvarez, Major Ted Morris: Sunday guests

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 PST

UPDATED: In public-affairs programming this weekend on Orlando television:

”Political Connections” has revised its show for 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday on News 13. State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, talks about the Tallahassee investigation into sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against...


Disney weddings: Spouses Allison Holker, Stephen 'tWitch' Boss host

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” will be hosted by a real-life couple: Stephen “tWitch” Boss of “The Ellen Show” and Allison Holker, a professional dancer on “Dancing With the Stars.” They are also both known for “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Their hosting duties include a holiday special as well...


'NCIS,' 'This Is Us' top Tuesday ratings

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:35:00 PST

UPDATED: “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” ended Tuesday with ho-hum ratings, but NBC will come back with a two-hour “Dateline” this week about the brothers and their case. Programmers love true-crime stories during major ratings periods.

“Unthinkable: The Menendez Murders” airs at...


Brouhaha inspires young filmmakers

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:10:00 PST

Brouhaha, an Enzian festival for short films, has become a launch pad for young Central Florida filmmakers.

Winter Park High School and Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park each have four films in the 26th Annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase this weekend. Lake Nona High School and Lake Highland...


NFL, CMA Awards top weekly ratings

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:55:00 PST

The NFL and the CMA Awards were the big draws in the weekly ratings, according to statistics released Tuesday.

The strongest performers included a mix of sports, awards, newer series (“Young Sheldon,” “Bull”) and long-running favorites (“The Big Bang Theory,” “NCIS” and “60 Minutes”).

“The Good...


Cedric the Entertainer savors stand-up, education

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:50:00 PST

Cedric the Entertainer seems the perfect choice to perform at the Florida Classic Kickoff Show because of his commitment to education through his charitable foundation.

“I grew up in a single-parent household,” said the stand-up comedian who was born Cedric Kyles. “My mother was a schoolteacher....


'Frozen': Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell unite for Disney special

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:30:00 PST

Disney and ABC have lined up an act sure to please “Frozen” fans: Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell will perform together for the first time on prime-time television during “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration.”

The program airs 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

Menzel gave voice...


Lady Gaga, Nick Jonas to perform at American Music Awards

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:45:00 PST

ABC and dick clark productions keep adding to the star power of the American Music Awards this weekend.

Lady Gaga will perform “The Cure,” Nick Jonas will deliver “Find You,” and Shawn Mendes will present “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”

Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC’s “black-ish,” will host...


'Voice,' 'Survivor' conclude next month

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:05:00 PST

“Dancing With the Stars” names its winner next week, but fans of “The Voice” and “Survivor” will have to wait till next month to learn those champs.

The finale to the 13th season of “The Voice” will unfold over two nights: at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 and at 9 p.m. Dec. 19 on NBC. Each installment will run...