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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: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:26:24 -0400

Copyright: ©2017 Orlando Sentinel

'Big Bang Theory' scores; NFL Draft lifts ESPN

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:05:00 PDT

There was one blockbuster on the first night of the May ratings period: “The Big Bang Theory.”

The CBS sitcom drew 12.5 million viewers Thursday, according to Nielsen ratings released Friday afternoon.

But the NFL Draft played well across ESPN (6.9 million viewers) and NFL Network (2.5 million).


Trump, Pence, Samantha Bee: Sunday guests

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:10:00 PDT

The Sunday morning guest list ranges from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to Carl Bernstein and TBS’ Samantha Bee.

CBS’ “Face the Nation,” 10:30 a.m. WKMG-Channel 6: Trump gives an interview Saturday, his 100th day in office. The panel: Julie Pace of The Associated Press, Ed...


WMFE: Diane Rehm finds love in Orlando

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Orlando — city of love.

We have more proof.

NPR legend Diane Rehm found it last June in Orlando at an event sponsored by local public radio station 90.7 WMFE.

Rehm, who is 80, reconnected with a man she had met 28 years before: John Hagedorn, 77, of Lake Worth.

They had corresponded before the...


Fox News: Eric Bolling co-hosts 'Specialists'

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Eric Bolling’s new show has a title, “The Fox News Specialists,” and he will have co-hosts when the program starts Monday.

Katherine Timpf and Eboni K. Williams will be Bolling’s co-hosts on the political talk show, said Suzanne Scott, executive vice president of programming.

Rollins College alum...


Jodi Picoult: I don't write women's fiction

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Author Jodi Picoult laughs frequently when discussing her work, but she turns fierce about the label “women’s fiction.”

“I don’t write women’s fiction. What that means is I have lady parts,” said Picoult, 50, in a recent phone interview from her home in New Hampshire.

The author of “My Sister’s...


Trump, Versace, Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam: This weekend

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Rock and roll legends, Gianni Versace’s murder and Donald Trump’s first 100 days in the White House are among the weekend TV highlights.

There’s no new “Saturday Night Live”; that changes next weekend. But there is a new “Real Time With Bill Maher” at 10 p.m. Friday (today) on HBO. You’ll hear...


Daytime Emmys: Get a little respect this year

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The Daytime Emmys may be the Rodney Dangerfield of awards, because like the comedian, they get no respect.

This year, though, they’re getting a little. For that, daytime fans give thanks.

The 44th annual rite will be live-streamed, starting at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday, via Facebook on the Daytime Emmys...


'Dancing With the Stars' to eject 2 couples

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:05:00 PDT

“Dancing With the Stars” will end its Monday celebration of “A Night at the Movies” by ejecting two celebrities and their partners.

Mandy Moore (“La La Land”) will be a guest judge and choreograph the opening number called “Let’s Go to the Movies” for the seven remaining couples and the troupe.


'Survivor' wins with surprising ejection

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:25:00 PDT

UPDATED: Don’t act like you know what’s going to happen for sure, “Survivor” taught us again Wednesday night.

The CBS reality series staged another memorable tribal council. Andrea or Michaela looked like a goner. But Debbie was just too cocky, and she was out. Sarah emerged as a player willing...


April ratings: WESH scores unprecedented win

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:10:00 PDT

In an April stunner for the Orlando TV market: WESH-Channel 2 pulled ahead of longtime market leader WFTV-Channel 9 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. The win was unprecedented, local stations said.

John Soapes, general manager at WESH, credited the victory to stability of the staff, which has many...


Kellyanne Conway, Valencia College, Legoland: This weekend

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:30:00 PDT

News 13’s Ybeth Bruzual goes to Washington and interviews prominent figures in President Donald Trump’s administration for “Political Connections.” The other Orlando public-affairs programs will focus on Valencia College, Legoland Florida and the new Kids House of Seminole.

“Political Connections”...


DISH, WESH standoff ends

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:30:00 PDT

On the eve of the May ratings period, DISH and Hearst Television announced that their standoff has ended.

Hearst owns WESH-Channel 2 and WKCF-Channel 18 in the Central Florida market. WESH issued a statement Wednesday night that it and sister station WKCF had been restored to DISH Network.



'Voice' hits highest ratings notes; Fox News still potent

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:55:00 PDT

UPDATED: “The Voice,” which paid poignant tribute to the late Christina Grimmie, reached the most viewers Tuesday night.

In cable news, Fox News continued to dominate the competition in the post-Bill O’Reilly era.

The NBC singing contest attracted 9.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratings...


'SNL': Katy Perry set for season finale

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:05:00 PDT

Katy Perry will be the musical guest on the May 20 season finale of “Saturday Night Live,” NBC announced Wednesday.

It will be her third time in that role, and viewers probably will hear “Chained to the Rhythm.”

Dwayne Johnson will host the season finale, and it will be his fifth time headlining...


Fatone, Bella, Menounos host Runway to Hope event

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:05:00 PDT

The WWE, ‘N Sync and E! News will be represented at Runway to Hope’s Spring Fashion Show next month.

WWE star Nikki Bella, boy band alum Joey Fatone and E! news anchor Maria Menounos will host the May 20 event.

The stars, of course, will be the 150 children affected by pediatric cancer who will...


Fox News: Good ratings, bad news

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:50:00 PDT

As Fox News Channel continues to post good ratings, it keeps getting hit with bad news about working conditions there.

Ratings for last week showed that, in all of cable, Fox News was the most-watched channel for the total day and ranked second (behind TNT) in prime time. Without the fired Bill...


'Voice,' Adam Levine honor Christina Grimmie, announce foundation

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:50:00 PDT

NBC’s “The Voice” has helped announce the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, honoring the singer who was fatally shot in June after an Orlando concert.

Grimmie, who was 22, had been a finalist on season six of the NBC singing contest.

On Tuesday’s show, host Carson Daly made the announcement.


Cloris Leachman stars, swears in Disney alum's film

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:05:00 PDT

What’s it like to direct Oscar winner Cloris Leachman, who’s still performing at 90?

“Cloris was wonderful to work with,” said Diane Fredel-Weis, who directed Leachman in the seven-minute short “Recalculating.” “I have been a fan since ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and ‘Young Frankenstein.’ It was...


'NCIS,' Lester Holt, Stephen Colbert: Weekly leaders

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Setting the pace in drawing viewers last week: Mark Harmon’s “NCIS,” “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

The week’s top broadcasts in total viewers, according to Nielsen:

1. “NCIS,” CBS, 13.3 million

2. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 11.2 million

3. “Bull,”...


Tucker Carlson starts strong; 'Dancing' leads

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:55:00 PDT

UPDATED: How will Fox News Channel do without Bill O’Reilly?

Just fine, according to early Nielsen ratings for Monday night. Tucker Carlson moved into O’Reilly’s old time slot Monday and topped the cable news ratings for the night.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” drew nearly 3.2 million viewers. Opposite...


Pulse: WESH, WKMG, WDBO win Murrow Awards

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:15:00 PDT

UPDATED: Orlando television and radio coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting has been recognized with Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2 was honored for breaking news coverage of the “Pulse Nightclub Massacre.”

CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 was saluted with the news...


ZipOde Throwdown: Celebrate your neighborhood

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:45:00 PDT

Public radio station 90.7 WMFE is asking you to celebrate your zip code in poetry for a second year in a row.

Submissions will be collected through Thursday.

Favorite examples will be read at ZipOde Throwdown at 6 p.m. Thursday at Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave., in Orlando. Some favorite poems...


Disney's 'Descendants 2' debuts on 5 networks simultaneously

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:05:00 PDT

Disney Channel’s “Descendants 2” movie will debut simultaneously across five networks, including ABC, in July.

The sequel also premieres at 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, on Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime and, of course, Disney Channel, home of the 2015 original.

The announcement was made today by Ben...


'Dancing With the Stars:' Oddest show ever

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:50:00 PDT

In 24 seasons of “Dancing With the Stars,” there’s never been a head-scratcher to rival Monday’s episode. It was also the night the lights went out on the ABC dance contest.

Fans were tipped to something was amiss when the hosts revealed the four male celebrities were safe. NFL player Rashad Jennings...


Steve Harvey revamping talk show

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:35:00 PDT

The daytime talk show known as “Steve Harvey” is giving way to “Steve” next season.

Harvey will move the show, which debuted in 2012, from Chicago to Los Angeles, where it will tape on a new set at the Universal lot. The focus will change, too, Harvey said.

"As I embark on this new adventure,...