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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: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:54:22 -0400

Copyright: ©2016 Orlando Sentinel

John Mica, medical marijuana, ballot issues: This weekend

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:50:00 PDT

The election will be the main topic in public-affairs programming this weekend on Orlando television. The lineup:

Greg Warmoth looks at Amendment 2 on "Central Florida Spotlight" at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9. He interviews attorney John Morgan, chief proponent of the constitutional amendment...


Phil Collins: Alcoholism nearly killed me

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:00:00 PDT

Phil Collins opens up about misconceptions of him, his alcoholism and the Alamo in an interview with "CBS Sunday Morning With Jane Pauley."

Collins, 65, tells CBS' Jim Axelrod that alcoholism nearly killed him in 2006.

"How bad did it get?" Axelrod asks. 

"Oh, I was at death's door, you know. I...


Clinton-Trump 3rd debate: 71.6 million watched

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:45:00 PDT

UPDATED: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump still knew how to draw a crowd in their contentious third presidential debate.

They attracted 71.6 million Wednesday across 13 networks, according to Nielsen ratings released late Thursday afternoon.

They set a record with the first debate, which pulled...


Trump: Colbert, analysts bash Emmy loser

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:30:00 PDT

Donald Trump continues to surprise, which is a good quality in an entertainer and very unbecoming in a presidential nominee.

His TV career tripped him up in the third presidential debate Wednesday night: He is still smarting about Emmy losses for "The Apprentice." He again received most of the...


'NCIS,' 'This Is Us': Tuesday's top performers

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:56:00 PDT

The Tuesday ratings brought encouraging news for CBS and NBC.

CBS' "NCIS" was the most-watched Tuesday show nationally, and newcomer "Bull" ranked second. 

But NBC's new "This Is Us" was the favorite series of the 18-to-49 age group and surpassed "The Voice," its lead-in, in that count. Orlando's...


Pulse mural: Public invited to unveiling

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:25:00 PDT

A mural memorial to the Pulse victims will be unveiled outside the nightclub in downtown Orlando at 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

The canvas honors the 49 slain and at least 68 injured in the June 12 shooting. The public can sign the mural to show a united front and support for the victims' families.



Spooky Empire rescheduled to December

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:45:00 PDT

Spooky Empire has bounced back after having to cancel because of Hurricane Matthew.

The convention will now be Dec. 2-4 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Those are the only details available for now, a convention spokeswoman said.

Fans should look for more updates as soon as they become available...


'MasterChef': Cheryl Hines cooks for Central Florida charity

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:40:00 PDT

Cheryl Hines is showing her support for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida in a new way: She will cook on national television in "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown."

The two-hour special, featuring cooking contests for charity, airs at 8 p.m. Jan. 2 on Fox.

Hines, who stars in the Fox sitcom...


'Idol' finalist streams songs tonight from Full Sail

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:50:00 PDT

"American Idol" fans can catch three songs tonight from Dalton Rapattoni, who finished third on the final season.

Rapattoni and his band will be performing at 7 p.m. at the Full Sail Live venue on the Full Sail University campus near Winter Park. 

He will stream the first three songs on the "American...


Orlando Film Festival starts today

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:10:00 PDT

The Orlando Film Festival will roll out 324 films this year: 63 features and 261 shorts. The festival has a couple of marquee events this year, organizers say.

A salute to director Kevin Smith features two films, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. The documentary "Film Hawk" focuses on film consultant...


News ratings winners: ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:10:00 PDT

People keep telling me how turned off they are by this presidential election, but many viewers are following every step in the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton race.

Last week's ratings reveal that interest and show victories shared by news organizations and programs.

In the evening news race, "ABC...


Tim McGraw, Faith Hill play Orlando

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:45:00 PDT

The announcement has been rumored for days, and it finally came Wednesday morning: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will play Orlando's Amway Center a year from now.

Mark your calendars: They will bring Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 here Oct. 21, 2017.

But tickets go on sale next week. The pre-sale begins...


Kanye West plays Orlando Dec. 6

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 PDT

Kanye West is bringing the Saint Pablo Tour to Orlando.

He will perform at 9 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Amway Center.

Tickets to the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

But American Express Card Members can start purchasing tickets at 10 a.m. Wednesday and continue through 10 p.m. Friday.



'Medical Marijuana Debate' on WESH

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:45:00 PDT

WESH-Channel 2 is offering the live "Medical Marijuana Debate" at 7 p.m. Tuesday (tonight).

The discussion about Amendment 2 will feature attorney John Morgan and Dr. Jessica Spencer.

He is a proponent of the measure, which he describes as an issue of compassion.

She is against the measure and...


Sheldon Cooper: Monday magnet

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:00 PDT

Sheldon Cooper was the biggest draw Monday in national broadcast television.

But he had competition locally from "Dancing With the Stars" (the most-watched show in the Orlando TV market) and "Monday Night Football" (the favorite of young adults here). 

In the national ratings, Sheldon and "The...


NFL, 'NCIS,' 'Empire': Weekly leaders

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:38:00 PDT

The NFL, the "NCIS" franchise and "The Voice" were responsible for seven of the 10 most-watched broadcasts last week.

The NFL, which is having ratings problems this season, supplied the three most-watched broadcasts with young adults.

The most-watched programs nationally:

1. "The OT," Fox, 15.4...


Adam Sandler, other comics head to Orlando for 'Neftlix presents the Here Comes the Funny Tour'

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:20:00 PDT

Calling all Adam Sandler fans.

He, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Nick Swardson are coming to Orlando as part of the "Neftlix presents the Here Comes the Funny Tour."

They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St.

They will be joined by "a special surprise guest."


WKMG anchor issues texting call to action

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:05:00 PDT

UPDATED: WKMG-Channel 6 anchor Matt Austin suffered a severe concussion and required 10 staples in the head last month after his car was totaled by a texting driver.

On the 11 p.m. Monday news, Austin issued a call to action about texting, reported that the driver didn't receive a ticket and highlighted...


Carl Hiaasen shares favorite Florida story

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:33:00 PDT

Author Carl Hiaasen, widely admired for his peerless Florida satire, has two Orlando appearances next week.

He and fellow Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry will headline a sold-out Monday event at the Orlando Museum of Art. Then Hiaasen will promote his latest book, "Razor Girl," at 7 p.m. Tuesday...


'Voice' lines up Keys, Stefani for next edition

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:33:00 PDT

Alicia Keys, who has re-energized "The Voice" this season, will be back for the 12th edition early next year.

She will be joined by Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

Miley Cyrus, who joined the NBC singing contest with Keys this fall, will return next autumn for the 13th edition. The...


'DWTS' finds its 'best male dancer ever'

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:11:00 PDT

You can start an Argentine tango in bed and finish it in the shower.

"Dancing With the Stars" provided this valuable lesson Monday through an epic performance from Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko.

The steamy routine earned a standing ovation and perfect scores from judges. The couple danced right...


Melania Trump talks to CNN, Fox News

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:40:00 PDT

UPDATED: Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, has given interviews to CNN and Fox News Channel.

CNN is billing the chat with Anderson Cooper as "her first sit-down interview since the allegations concerning her husband became public." Since The Washington Post reported...


Orlando Film Festival: Coming this week

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:55:00 PDT

For its 11th edition, the Orlando Film Festival will present 320 films in five days.From Wednesday through Sunday, the festival will play at Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe in downtown Orlando. Most of the films are shorts with roughly 70 features.

Festival passes, good for all screenings, cost $50. Day...


Colbert goes live Election Night on Showtime

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:55:00 PDT

Can't stand the idea of watching the election results on Nov. 8?

You can turn to Stephen Colbert, who will present a live special at 11 p.m. ET Election Night on -- get this -- Showtime.

The program's very descriptive title: "Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's...


'NCIS: LA' scores; NFL leads

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:40:00 PDT

The NFL scored for Fox and NBC Sunday night, but CBS stood up surprisingly well, especially in Orlando.

The NFL and "The OT" delivered 18.4 million to Fox in the 7 p.m. hour, according to early Nielsen ratings. "Sunday Night Football" on NBC had 14 million fans at 8:30 p.m., according to early...