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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: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:35:40 -0500

Copyright: ©2017 Orlando Sentinel

Nicole Kidman visits Walt Disney World

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:20:00 PST

Nicole Kidman has a very busy week. She is, after all, an Oscar nominee for “Lion,” and the awards will be presented Sunday.

But she stopped Monday at the Magic Kingdom while vacationing with her family at Walt Disney World. She struck a delighted pose with Mickey Mouse. 

The Oscars will air at...


Alex Trebek: Not good but rapping anyway

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Give “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek points for taking risks and being honest.

On Monday’s edition of the nationally syndicated game show, Trebek rapped his way through a category called “Let’s Rap, Kids!”

He brought a lot of feeling to reciting “panda panda panda.”

But he did his best work on “they...


Martha MacCallum to Trump: Please call in

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:40:00 PST

Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum realizes that President Trump could be watching her Tuesday show about immigration.

“He watches so much,” she said Monday. “If he’d like to call in, we’d love to hear from him.”

MacCallum will present the 7 p.m. telecast of “The First 100 Days” from Jacksonville....


'Timeless': Is this the end?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

The series debuts and finales are the big news this week.

NBC’s “Timeless” delivers its first-season finale at 10 p.m. Monday (today). This time-travel drama started with promise in the fall, but the ratings have fallen off in recent weeks. Abigail Spencer has been the main draw as the brilliant...


Trump knocks Sweden, whacks himself

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:25:00 PST

UPDATED: If President Trump doesn’t hear things accurately, is that the media’s fault?

No, but it sure is the country’s problem. The media, which he considers his enemy, have to keep calling him on his fake news.

At a rally Saturday in Melbourne, Trump said: “We’ve got to keep our country safe....


Maher sees 'most serious political scandal' ever

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:50:00 PST

Bill Maher has bemoaned the Trump circus as a distraction from “the most serious political scandal we’ve ever had in the United States.”

Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser – over “illegal contacts with Russia” --- is not fake news, Maher said Friday on HBO’s “Real Time.” Maher...


Colbert goes live after Trump speech

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:05:00 PST

Donald Trump has certainly helped make late-night comedy great again, and Stephen Colbert will seize a new opportunity presented by the president.

Colbert will go live after Trump speaks to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28.

The guests on “The Late Show” that night will be actress Lisa Kudrow...


Trevor Noah: 'We're the real fake news'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:30:00 PST

Trevor Noah hosts a fake news show, “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, but he was making real news Friday on ABC’s “The View.”

Noah offered to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as long as Donald Trump shows up. Noah called the event a celebration of free speech.

“Would you be rough on...


Robert Harward cancels on ABC's 'This Week'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:40:00 PST

UPDATED: The Sunday guest list included Caroline Kennedy and Rush Limbaugh.

But Robert Harward, who turned down President Trump’s offer to be national security adviser, decided not to appear on ABC’s “This Week” one hour before the show taped, Jonathan Karl announced Sunday.

Harward, a retired...


'Big Bang Theory': Chatty Sheldon wins

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:05:00 PST

UPDATED: Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) spilled intimate secrets and came up the big winner in Thursday’s ratings.

“The Big Bang Theory” averaged 13.5 million viewers, according to early Nielsen ratings released Friday afternoon.

“Big Bang” helped feed viewers to other CBS sitcoms: “The Great Indoors”...


NBC celebrates 90; Christine Baranski wows

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:25:00 PST

In a month with the Super Bowl, the Grammys and the Oscars, the NBA and NBC have timed big celebrations for this weekend.

NBC’s 90th anniversary celebration, at 8 p.m. Sunday, takes three hours hours to chart the network’s story starting with radio. But the focus will be on television and such...


'N Sync reuniting? Not exactly

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:40:00 PST

‘N Sync, the beloved boy band that formed in Orlando, is getting back together but not for a reunion, Lance Bass has told “Entertainment Tonight.”

Bass said that all the members — Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake and Bass — will be together later this year to celebrate...


'Big Little Lies': Starry but shallow

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:00:00 PST

Someone has been killed as “Big Little Lies” opens, but the HBO series refuses to reveal the victim. The same set-up propelled Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel.

After a while, you may not care who died. Despite a cast headed by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” asks you...


Petyon Manning scores; Katherine Heigl doesn't

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:05:00 PST

Petyon Manning made a splash Wednesday night in the ratings, and Katherine Heigl didn’t.

In national ratings, Manning’s guest shot as a coach helped ABC’s “Modern Family to the night’s best rating with young adults, according to Nielsen ratings released Thursday afternoon.

CBS’ “Criminal Minds”...


Donald Trump: A star turn worthy of Bette Davis

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:55:00 PST

Donald Trump can’t quit Hillary Clinton.

The president’s performance Thursday at a news conference revealed that he remains besotted with his victory over Clinton in November. He sounds a bit like Bette Davis, who for years loved reliving how she got the best of Joan Crawford on “What Ever Happened...


'David Bowie: Last Five Years' bought by HBO

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:20:00 PST

David Bowie fans can look forward to HBO presenting “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.”

HBO on Thursday announced it has acquired U.S. TV rights to the documentary directed and produced by Francis Whately.

No date for the broadcast premiere was announced.

The film features rarely seen Bowie interviews,...


WFTV examines transgender rights

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:15:00 PST

UPDATED: In local public-affairs programming this weekend:

Greg Warmoth looks at the rights of transgender individuals in the workplace, in Florida schools and in public places on “Central Florida Spotlight” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9. The guests are Myrna Maysonet, an employment attorney...


WFTV switching Steve Harvey, T.D. Jakes

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:50:00 PST

Starting Monday, WFTV-Channel 9 is switching  two talk shows in the daytime lineup.

“Steve Harvey,” which airs at 9 a.m., will move to 3 p.m. He will serve as a lead-in to WFTV’s 4 p.m. news. Helping the local news do well is a priority for any station, and WFTV obviously sees Harvey as a draw.


Orlando shows 'Love Has No Labels'

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:20:00 PST

Did you know that the Pro Bowl can make you cry?

The Ad Council and the NFL have pulled off this remarkable feat with the Kiss Cam at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, where the Pro Bowl was played last month.

An incredibly moving video from the Ad Council features a range of people in the crowd...


Daniel Tosh asks UCF if he can crash at his old dorm

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:05:00 PST

UCF alum Daniel Tosh is putting his marketing degree to work, tweeting:

“hey ucf is there any way i could crash in my old lake claire apartment? i’ll bring my own sleeping bag. knights 

Take note: The star of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0,” will play the CFE Arena at 7:30 p.m....


Benedict Cumberbatch stars in PBS' 'Child in Time'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:10:00 PST

If Benedict Cumberbatch were starring a film version of your novel, you’d probably be overjoyed.

Consider novelist Ian McEwan’s reaction to Cumberbatch’s casting in “The Child in Time”:  “I’m thrilled to have my novel in the hands of such a high-level creative team. I have fond memories of Benedict...


'NCIS' goes big, helps spinoff

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:40:00 PST

UPDATED: Mark Harmon continued as king of the Tuesday ratings and helped an “NCIS” spinoff with a two-part story.

The original “NCIS” averaged 15.3 million viewers for a story that concluded on “NCIS: New Orleans” with 10.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratings released Wednesday afternoon....


Leah Remini, Larry Wilmore visit Bill Maher

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:15:00 PST

UPDATED: Get ready for fireworks this week on “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

The top-of-the-show guest will be Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

The HBO program starts at 10 p.m. Friday and repeats at 11:30 p.m.

Actress Leah Remini will be the mid-show interview guest. She had been announced...


New Christina Grimmie music: Honor 'for our dear angel'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:30:00 PST

Christina Grimmie’s new single, “Invisible,” is coming out Friday.

Grimmie, who gained a national following on “The Voice,” was shot to death in June after a performance at the Plaza Live in Orlando.

A message about the “Invisible” release was posted by #TeamGrimmie at @TheRealGrimmie on Twitter...


Stephen Colbert wins again; Fox News dominates

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:10:00 PST

For the second week in a row, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” has attracted the biggest audience in late night. That news stands out in our weekly roundup of ratings leaders.

Late night: Colbert averaged 3.013 million total viewers. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” drew 2.879 million...