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'This Is Us' offers pivotal episode; 'Scandal' returns

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:20:00 PST

Schedule changes and premieres will figure prominently in the week ahead.

Many drama fans will cheer the season premiere of “Scandal” at 9 p.m. Thursday on ABC. The network rolls out new episodes of all three Thank God It’s Thursday series: “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m. and “How to Get Away With Murder”...


'SNL': Brilliant monologue, Kellyanne Conway spoof

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:40:00 PST

Donald Trump’s new administration has inspired “Saturday Night Live” to even more pointed comedy than usual. The show also enjoyed a stunning lift from host Aziz Ansari this weekend.

In the most memorable bit, writers spoofed Kellyanne Conway by dropping the Trump adviser (played by Kate McKinnon)...


Trump inauguration drew nearly 31 million TV viewers

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:25:00 PST

Donald Trump’s inauguration averaged nearly 31 million across 12 channels, according to Nielsen.

The audience was up from the 20.6 million who watched Barack Obama’s inauguration four years ago.

But the first Obama inauguration had 37.8 million viewers in 2009.

The record is held by Ronald Reagan...


Trump: Comedians dump on 'Putin's puppet'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:35:00 PST

The commentators and comics have given Donald Trump a lot to tweet about.

The most withering review came from George Will in The Washington Post: “Living down to expectations, he [Trump] had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history.”

Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard tweeted:...


CW's 'Riverdale' gives Archie a spicy makeover

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

They hold the “Sugar Sugar” in “Riverdale,” CW’s sharp and sour take on characters from Archie Comics.

Now you may dismiss this drama, which debuts at 9 p.m. Thursday, as a pretentious and lurid revision of a sweet old favorite. But we wouldn’t be talking about Archie and the gang if not for this...


Kellyanne Conway, Bernie Sanders: Sunday guests

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:20:00 PST

UPDATED: Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, will appear on three Sunday morning talk shows.

The lineup:

Conway; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talk to CBS’ “Face the Nation” at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. The political panel will be Lanhee Chen...


Arsenio Hall joins Mike Epps in Orlando

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:55:00 PST

Arsenio Hall will join Mike Epps for “The Festival of Laughs,” which will be performed at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the CFE Arena.

The lineup also features comedians Bruce Bruce, Tony Rock and Felipe Esparza.

Tickets starting at $47 are available through Ticketmaster.

The area is on the University of Central...


Trump's 'strong stuff' stuns pundits

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:10:00 PST

In his first moments as president, Donald Trump flabbergasted television’s pundits.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer called Trump’s inaugural address “very strong stuff.”

“I did not see any outreach either across the aisle or even to his own party,” Schieffer said. “He basically took the hide off everybody sitting...


'Big Bang Theory': Sheldon Cooper rules

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:45:00 PST

Sheldon Cooper’s peacemaking skills impressed Thursday viewers.

“The Big Bang Theory” easily topped the national and local ratings, according to early Nielsen ratings released Friday morning.

“Big Bang” averaged 15 million viewers — way ahead of the sitcoms that followed: “The Great Indoors” with...


Grammys: Adele to perform

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST

Adele had sound problems at last year’s Grammys, but she will be back this year to perform.

She is, after all, a top nominee for the album “25” and the record “Hello.” Adele, a five-time nominee this year, has won 10 Grammys in her career.

James Corden hosts the 59th annual Grammys at 8 p.m. Feb....


NFL, 'SNL,' Bill Maher, 'Beaches': This weekend

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:30:00 PST

Donald Trump, the NFL and Idina Menzel supply the weekend highlights.

The NFC and AFC Championship Games should do mighty fine things for the ratings of Fox and CBS on Sunday. Fox presents Green Bay at Atlanta at 3 p.m., then CBS broadcasts Pittsburgh at New England at 6:30 p.m. 

CBS will follow...


Comic Kathleen Madigan: The Villages has sense of humor

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:25:00 PST

Comic Kathleen Madigan delivers one of her wittiest bits about The Villages and her “illegal” attempts, as someone younger than 55, to spend a night in the retirement community about one hour from Orlando.

“They called my agent. They want to book me to do a show,” Madigan said. “They have a good...


Trump alternatives: Will, Grace, Cartman, Leslie Knope

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:45:00 PST

Donald Trump or Leslie Knope?

If you don’t want to watch Trump’s inauguration as president Friday, TV will offer marathon alternatives.

Esquire Network will present “Parks and Recreation” episodes with Amy Poehler as Knope. The marathon runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; fans will get 22 episodes.



Jane Lynch to play Janet Reno

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PST

Jane Lynch is going from “Glee” to the government.

The Emmy winner will play former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in the scripted series “Manifesto” about the search for the Unabomber.

Production starts Jan. 30 in Atlanta, and the series will air on Discovery Channel later this year.

The Discovery...


Bill Maher welcomes Jane Fonda, Keith Olbermann

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:35:00 PST

Viewers who want a change of pace after Donald Trump’s inauguration can look to HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

Oscar winner Jane Fonda will be the top-of-show interview guest as Maher begins his 15th season.

Keith Olbermann will be the mid-show interview.

With those guests and Maher’s opening...


Oscar nominations: 'Hidden Figures' deserves kudos

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:15:00 PST

The Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, and they are likely to supply more suspense than the actual awards.

The heavy favorites for the Feb. 26 ceremony on ABC: “La La Land,” director Damien Chazelle and lead actress Emma Stone; lead actor Casey Affleck for “Manchester by the Sea” and...


Markeith Loyd arrest: Orlando tuned in

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:05:00 PST

Central Florida viewers flocked to local TV's coverage of Markeith Loyd’s capture. There was wide interest in the arrest of the suspected cop killer with more than 460,000 viewers across various channels.

WFTV-Channel 9 topped Tuesday night’s ratings with its coverage from 7:15 to 9 p.m., which...


NFL, 'This Is Us' top weekly ratings

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:40:00 PST

UPDATED: The NFL was way out in front in the prime-time ratings for last week.

But here’s encouraging news: NBC’s new “This Is Us” ranked third in total viewers as well as the 18-to-49 age group. On Wednesday afternoon, NBC announced that it had renewed “This Is Us” for two additional seasons,...


Bob Graham talks Trump, Obamacare

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:15:00 PST

UPDATED: In local public-affairs programming this weekend:

Bob Graham, the former Florida governor and senator, talks to “Central Florida Spotlight” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9. He offers his impressions of President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration and the efforts to repeal...


'Will & Grace' returns to NBC; Spock gains father

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:10:00 PST

Big TV news for two beloved franchises: “Will & Grace” and “Star Trek.”

NBC will bring back the Emmy-winning “Will &Grace” for 10 episodes in the 2017-18 season.

More news to thrill fans: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally all will be back.

Series creators Max Mutchnick...


Trump inauguration: TV plans extensive coverage

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:30:00 PST

UPDATED: Television networks will toss their regular schedules Friday to cover Donald Trump’s inauguration as the country’s 45th president.

Here’s a quick look at what Central Florida viewers can expect from Washington:

WESH-Channel 2: The NBC affiliate carries “Today” from 7 to 10 a.m. with Matt...


Markeith Loyd arrested: Joy in the bar

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:50:00 PST

“They caught him,” the man at the end of the bar said, reading a tweet from the Orlando Police Department. 

The news that accused cop killer Markeith Loyd had been arrested Tuesday night swept through the Thornton Park restaurant.

The bartender switched to local TV and kept clicking around to catch...


'Gong Show' starts nationwide search

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:10:00 PST

A new version of “The Gong Show” — to air on Disney-owned ABC — is seeking talent.

Contestants can apply online at Performers must upload a video submission of their act and complete the online application.

Producers will reach selected contestants to schedule auditions.



John Lewis profile debuts Feb. 10 on PBS

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:40:00 PST

Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights leader who questioned the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency, is profiled in a new PBS documentary.

“John Lewis — Get in the Way” will premiere at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 10 on PBS.

Kathleen Dowdey produced and directed the  first documentary biography...


Lisa Lampanelli talks weight, sex, Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:25:00 PST

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli says talking frankly has freed her and helped her act whether the topic is weight loss, sex drive or Donald Trump.

“I’ve always been a take-chances kind of comic. I never held back on anything,” said Lampanelli, who plays Hard Rock Live Orlando on Friday, the day Trump...