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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, 10 Dec 2016 08:05:42 -0500

Copyright: ©2016 Orlando Sentinel
 



Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Michael Lewis: Sunday guests

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 16:30:00 PST

"Fox News Sunday" has the blockbuster guest this weekend: President-elect Donald Trump. The Sunday morning guest lineup:

Trump will discuss his plans for the first 100 days in office, the secretary of state job and relations with the media. "Fox News Sunday" airs at 10 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35....

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Kirk Douglas at 100: His finest performances

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:45:00 PST

Happy 100th birthday, Kirk Douglas,  and thanks for all the movie memories.

Mr. Douglas has never won a competitive Oscar, although he received a lifetime honor. He is better remembered than most winners and reminds us that having a long, varied career is the better prize than collecting a statuette...

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Fox's 'Star' keeps it flashy, trashy

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:35:00 PST

Hustle, heartache and slinky dance moves propel Fox's grandly absurd "Star."

Three young women, including two long-separated sisters, come together as a singing act, and presto! They look ready for MTV videos and national awards shows.

Their problems, conflicts and lack of practice suggest this...

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Pulse anniversary: WKMG presents hour special

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 05:10:00 PST

To mark the sixth-month anniversary of the Pulse attack, WKMG-Channel 6 will air the hour special "6.12.16" at 10 p.m. Monday.

"My hope is that it's cathartic," news director Allison McGinley said. "My hope is that before Christmas it can remind people of the love and hope" after the attack at...

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'Walking Dead,' 'SNL,' NFL, 'Frozen': This weekend

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:00:00 PST

UPDATED: The weekend highlights range from "The Walking Dead" and Shakespeare to "Frozen" and "Sunday Night Football." There's something for everyone.

"The Walking Dead" offers a 90-minute midseason finale at 9 p.m. Sunday on AMC. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan, has said he will be featured...

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'Hairspray': NBC's best, and a star is born

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:20:00 PST

"Grease" rubbed off on "Hairspray" with exhilarating results Wednesday night on NBC.

“Hairspray Live!” worked best of NBC’s recent live musicals because the show captured the excitement of live performance. The program followed an example set by Fox’s live “Grease” earlier this year: Make an appreciative...

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Pulse: Patty Sheehan discusses site

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:10:00 PST

UPDATED: In local public-affairs programming this weekend:

Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan is a guest on "Orlando Matters" at 7 a.m. Saturday on WRBW-Channel 65. The program looks at how Orlando has moved forward six months after the Pulse shooting, Sheehan discusses a call from Pulse owner...

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Greg Warmoth: It's his Reindeer Run now

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

The Reindeer Run was named for WFTV-Channel 9 anchor Vanessa Welch from 2011 to last year.

But she departed for an anchoring job in Boston, and now it's the Greg Warmoth Reindeer Run. The WFTV anchor is thrilled by the honor. 

"It is very humbling to have such an amazing event named after me,"...

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'Voice': Orlando singer falls short of finals

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 18:15:00 PST

Orlando singer Christian Cuevas fell short of making the finals of "The Voice."

The NBC singing contest on Tuesday announced three of its four finalists -- Billy Gilman, Sundance Head and We McDonald -- and Cuevas had to fight for the final slot.

He performed "I Can't Make You Love Me," the Bonnie...

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'Big Bang Theory,' 'Walking Dead' top weekly ratings

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 17:10:00 PST

Orlando viewers still love Sheldon Cooper. "The Big Bang Theory" topped the weekly ratings with the most viewers, and "The Walking Dead" was the favorite of young adults locally.

The week's most-watched telecasts in viewers, according to Nielsen ratings supplied to the Sentinel:

1. "The Big Bang...

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Michelle Obama says farewell on CBS, OWN

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 05:05:00 PST

After eight years in the White House, first lady Michelle Obama is getting several chances to say goodbye on CBS.

One special -- take a breath for this wordy title -- "First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House -- An Oprah Winfrey Special" will air twice this month.

It debuts at...

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'Jeopardy!': Orlando aquatic vet competes

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 04:30:00 PST

Did you know Orlando has its very own Lara Croft?

We're not talking the video game figure of Tomb Raider fame.

No, our Lara Croft is an aquatic veterinarian.

And she's evidently very smart because she's competing Friday on "Jeopardy!"

The game show, now in its 33rd season in syndication, airs at...

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Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel lands biggest headache

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 02:35:00 PST

Jimmy Kimmel has just drawn the hardest job in show business, and he sounds happy about it.

Kimmel on Monday tweeted: "Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And it if is, my revenge on The Academy will be terrible and sweet."

Hosting the Oscars is a largely thankless job because the...

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'Voice': Can Orlando singer make finals?

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:40:00 PST

On a night of really big singing on "The Voice," Orlando's Christian Cuevas sounded refreshingly restrained. He also went first on the two-hour show Monday, and he delivered a religious song, "To Worship You I Live (Away)."

Other singers were covering Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and the Judds....

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Disney composer serves two heroines

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:20:00 PST

Composer John Kavanaugh initially resists when asked to name favorites among his roughly 280 songs. They include those for two animated series: 140 songs for four seasons of Disney Junior's "Sofia the First" and about 40 songs so far for Disney Channel's "Elena of Avalor."

But the Rollins College...

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'Hairspray,' Victoria's Secret, white-hot Taraji: This week on TV

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:50:00 PST

If you can't get your holiday spirit going, television will try to help this week. We start with a few specials:

Fox devotes two hours to "Showtime at the Apollo," hosted by Steve Harvey, at 8 p.m. Monday. Just look at this lineup: Ashanti and Ja Rule will perform "Helpless" from "The Hamilton...

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Pulse coverage: WESH, WFTV, News 13 win Emmys

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 09:55:00 PST

UPDATED: Orlando TV stations WESH-Channel 2, WFTV-Channel 9 and News 13 have won Emmys for their coverage of the Pulse nightclub attack.

They received the prizes Saturday night at the 40th Annual Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards in Orlando.

The honors are reminders that even as television news is...

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Trump makes 'SNL' great again

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 05:40:00 PST

Donald Trump is the satirical gift that keeps giving for "Saturday Night Live," which made history Saturday night.

The NBC show bashed Trump's Twitter habits, and the president-elect responded with a negative review -- during the show.

Trump tweeted: "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable!...

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Mick Jagger, at 73, does get satisfaction

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 07:55:00 PST

The Rolling Stones, the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, are talking to "CBS Sunday Morning." 

And Keith Richards, 72, and Mick Jagger, 73, sound happy, which is good news. They've brought so much happiness to other people.

They talk the band's history, the band's future and the band's new...

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Dallas Cowboys, Sheldon Cooper: Thursday winners

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 04:40:00 PST

There were two big winners in the Thursday ratings: NBC and "The Big Bang Theory."

NBC scored with "Thursday Night Football," which drew its biggest audience ever for the Dallas Cowboys' 17-15 win over the Minnesota Vikings. On TV alone, the game averaged 21.8 million viewers. With other platforms...

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'SNL': John Cena, Casey Affleck to host

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 03:59:00 PST

"Saturday Night Live" is becoming an important part of Oscar season.

Emma Stone, touted as a best-actress favorite for "La La Land," hosts this weekend for the third time.

Casey Affleck, the best-actor frontrunner for "Manchester by the Sea," will host the Christmas show Dec. 17. Affleck, the younger...

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Mike Pence, David Petraeus: Sunday guests

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:45:00 PST

UPDATED: Vice President-elect Mike Pence visits several Sunday morning programs. The guest lineup:

Pence and former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus talk to ABC's "This Week" at 10 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9. The panel will be former Obama adviser David Axelrod, GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, ABC's...

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'Hairspray': Can it repeat 'Grease' feat?

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:20:00 PST

Live musicals are challenging. NBC has tried the genre most often recently: "The Sound of Music" in 2013, "Peter Pan" in 2014 and "The Wiz" in 2015.

Then Fox swept in this year with "Grease," which earned four Emmys and the best reviews of the lot. The beginning of a trend? Nope. Fox laid an egg...

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No. 52 Florida shines on CNN

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:30:00 PST

W. Kamau Bell shares his low impression of Florida to start his CNN show, "United Shades of America." The comedian says it's "no black guy's first choice" to visit and ranks it No. 52 behind other states, Puerto Rico and Guam.

"I think I have the same impression of Florida as many people have:...

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'I Love Lucy,' Emma Stone, Mariah Carey: This weekend

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:05:00 PST

UPDATED: Weekend highlights are supplied by Lucille Ball, Emma Stone and Mariah Carey, among others. A few programs to keep in mind:

The "I Love Lucy Christmas Special," at 8 p.m. Friday on CBS, provides two colorized episodes of the classic 1950s sitcom. The hour pairs "The Christmas Episode"...

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