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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, 22 Apr 2018 03:31:12 -0400

Copyright: ©2018 Orlando Sentinel

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ endures as ‘Scandal’ ends

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:10:00 PDT

The 2004-05 season was a strong one for ABC. “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Boston Legal” debuted in the fall, then “Grey’s Anatomy” appeared at midseason

The first three have concluded their runs on ABC, but “Grey’s Anatomy” will be back for its 15th season in the fall, the network announced...


Barbara Bush: TV carries her funeral

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:50:00 PDT

TV will salute former First Lady Barbara Bush with extensive coverage of her funeral in Houston. The service will be at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

Most channels will start at noon Saturday (today). Here’s what you will find:

ABC: George Stephanopoulos anchors from New York with analyst Cokie...


'Jeopardy!': Who won the college tourney?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:30:00 PDT

A University of Central Florida sophomore finished third in the Jeopardy! College Championship.

Hannah Sage, who collected $25,000 for her play, said it was “wonderful” to represent UCF in the two-part finals that ended Friday on the nationally syndicated game show.

“I am very proud to be a Knight...


Facebook ‘has never cared,’ app developer tells ’60 Minutes’

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:55:00 PDT

The Facebook privacy scandal receives a “60 Minutes” showcase in a report called “The Data Miner.”

Lesley Stahl interviews app developer Aleksandr Kogan, who has withering things to say about the social network.

Kogan says he isn’t even sure he read the Facebook developer policy with prohibitions...


Kellyanne Conway, Ronan Farrow, Amy Chozick: Sunday guests

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:25:00 PDT

France, Iran, Donald Trump and the Russia investigation will be topics on the Sunday morning programs this weekend. An early look at the lineup:

CBS’ “Face the Nation,” 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6: Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif; Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian foreign minister;...


John Green, Zora Neale Hurston on 100 favorite novels list

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:55:00 PDT

Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” have made the cut.

They are among America’s 100 best-loved novels listed for the PBS series “The Great American Read.”

Hurston, who grew up in Eatonville, is best remembered for the 1937 book about Janie Crawford,...


'Westworld,' Meghan Markle, '60 Minutes': This weekend

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:45:00 PDT

The weekend highlights range from the return of “Westworld” to the latest appearances for Stormy Daniels’ attorney to a devastating report from “60 Minutes.”

I’ve watched a lot of television over the years, and few reports have hit me as hard as the “60 Minutes” segment documenting an Alzheimer’s...


'Jeopardy!': UCF student starts finals

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:45:00 PDT

Hannah Sage, a sophomore at University of Central Florida, finished the first half of the Jeopardy! College Championship in second place Thursday.

She is competing with William Scott from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and Dhruv Gaur of Brown University in Providence, R.I.

The winner will...


'Murphy Brown' adds Tyne Daly

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:35:00 PDT

How’s this for dream casting to wow longtime TV viewers?

Emmy winner Tyne Daly will join “Murphy Brown” when the sitcom revival returns to CBS next season.

She will play bar owner Phillis, the sister of Phil, the bartender who is now deceased. Pat Corley, who played Phil, died in 2006.



'The Voice': Maroon 5, Top 12 perform

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Maroon 5, featuring frontman Adam Levine, will perform on Tuesday’s edition of “The Voice.” The band will deliver the single “Wait” from the album “Red Pill Blues.”

The main business on the NBC singing contest will be determining which singer of the Top 12 won’t be moving on.

The Top 12 will sing...


'60 Minutes' charts Alzheimer's devastation over decade

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:20:00 PDT

For any family that has lived through a loved one’s decline to Alzheimer’s, a “60 Minutes” report Sunday will be painfully familiar. For anyone who hasn’t traveled that path, the segment “For Better or for Worse” will be a devastating revelation.

Dr. Jon LaPook, chief medical correspondent for...


'Westworld': Strong women electrify theme park

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:10:00 PDT

Done up as a fierce bandit queen, Evan Rachel Wood presides over the epic “Westworld” as the confounding android Doris.

Filled with wonder one moment, brutally ruthless the next, Doris keeps the sprawling HBO drama electric with uncertainty and dread.

“Westworld,” which starts its second season...


Trump effect: Stormy Daniels, James Comey boost ratings

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:00:00 PDT

The Trump controversies have been very good for TV ratings.

James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump, gave “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” its best ratings this season. Comey’s Tuesday appearance on the CBS late-night show posted a 3.5 overnight rating, better than the combined rating...


'The Voice': Ormond Beach singer in Top 12

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:35:00 PDT

Kaleb Lee of Ormond Beach has made the Top 12 on “The Voice” and will perform Monday on the NBC singing contest.

Lee learned that he had graduated to the next round after giving a solid performance of “Die a Happy Man” on Wednesday’s show.

Coach Kelly Clarkson stood and sang along as Lee performed.


'Jeopardy!': Student feels UCF's pride

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:55:00 PDT

Hannah Sage says everyone at the University of Central Florida has been excited about her performance in the Jeopardy! College Championship.

“I’ve had a lot of people randomly come up to me, as I’ve been walking around campus, and say congrats or say it’s really cool that they got to see somebody...


'Meghan Markle: American Princess' salutes 'Suits' star

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:00:00 PDT

For big events, it’s always nice to have familiar faces around.

“Meghan Markle: American Princess,” a CBS special, will feature former TV host Linda Ellerbee and “Wire” actor Wendell Pierce, who played Markle’s dad on “Suits.” They will be discussing the American actress’ May 19 marriage to Prince...


CBS has renewed 17 series

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:40:00 PDT

If you like the CBS schedule as is, you should be happy that it’s going to look very similar next season.

The network renewed 11 series on Wednesday adding to the six previously announced.

Back next season will be the Friday dramas “MacGyver,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Blue Bloods.”

Other renewals are...


‘SNL’: Tina Fey, Amy Schumer to host

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:15:00 PDT

“Saturday Night Live” will end the season with powerhouse hosts: Donald Glover on May 5, Amy Schumer on May 12 and Tina Fey on May 19.

The NBC show last weekend announced that “Atlanta” star Glover will host and also be the musical guest as Childish Gambino. Glover will have a chance to promote...


James Comey, Alliance of American Football: This weekend

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

UPDATED: In Orlando public-affairs programming this weekend:

Former FBI Director James Comey talks to Greg Warmoth on “Central Florida Spotlight” at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on WFTV-Channel 9. (Note the later time; WFTV is pushing back the program to cover Barbara Bush’s funeral.) Comey has been promoting...


'Roseanne': No. 1 for season

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:10:00 PDT

“Roseanne” was again the most-watched show Tuesday, and it has become the season’s No. 1 series.

The latest “Roseanne” episode featured the returns of Johnny Galecki as David and Oscar winner Estelle Parsons as Bev. The episode drew 13 million viewers, according to early Nielsen ratings released...


Author David Baldacci boosts books, literacy

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:30:00 PDT

David Baldacci’s 42nd book, “The Fallen,” came out Tuesday. How does the 57-year-old author set such a prolific pace?

“Writing is not a job or a hobby,” he said from Virginia. “It’s a lifestyle. I can’t separate me from the writer. I get up every day, I close the door, ideas hit me, I sit and write....


'Jeopardy!': UCF student in college finals

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:40:00 PDT

A sophomore at the University of Central Florida will compete in the finals of the Jeopardy! College Championship.

Hannah Sage, who is from Sarasota, won the semifinals telecast Tuesday. She earned $28,401, overtaking the second-place finisher by $1.

The two-day finals start Thursday and conclude...


'Roseanne,' 'Big Bang Theory' top weekly ratings

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:25:00 PDT

“Roseanne” has been No. 1 for three weeks in a row. This week’s episode features Johnny Galecki, star of last week’s No. 2 show, “The Big Bang Theory.” Oscar winner Estelle Parsons returns as Bev, mother to Roseanne and Jackie.

The two comedies were tops in total viewers as well as the 18-to-49...


'American Idol': Orlando singer eliminated

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:50:00 PDT

Orlando singer Alyssa Raghu’s run on “American Idol” has ended.

The 16-year-old, a sophomore at Lake Nona High School, made it to the Top 24. But she was not among the singers who advanced to the Top 14 in Monday’s episode.

Raghu had done well on Sunday’s show with her version of Rihanna’s “Stay.”...


'Voice,' 'American Idol': Local singers perform

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Want to show your support for the Central Florida hopeful on “The Voice”?

Kaleb Lee of Ormond Beach is moving into the live shows. The NBC contest offers episodes at 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday this week.

Fans can download the Voice app and vote for Lee.

Lee and his wife, Meagan, moved to Florida in...