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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: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:25:53 -0400

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'Hamilton': Lin-Manuel Miranda releases 'Immigrants' video

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:30:00 PDT

The landmark musical “Hamilton” is back in the headlines.

Show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda premiered a video on NBC’s “Today” Wednesday. Via Facebook, he announced: “So proud to present the video for Immigrants from The Hamilton Mixtape.”

The epic video for the song “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”...


CBS News series promotes streaming service

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:05:00 PDT

CBS News will roll out a four-week summer series, “CBSN: On Assignment,” that should help promote the network’s 24/7 streaming news service.

The series debuts at 10 p.m. Monday, July 31, on CBS.

Among the correspondents who will be featured are Seth Doane, Reena Ninan, James Brown and Elaine Quijano....


Invictus gold medalist to receive ESPYS' Tillman Award

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:10:00 PDT

Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro, who earned a gold medal in shot put at the Invictus Games last year in Orlando, will receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 25th ESPYS.

Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart will present the award to Del Toro.

The ESPYS will air July 12 on ABC with former NFL...


Come back, Sean Spicer: Fiasco at White House

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:25:00 PDT

Sarah Huckabee Sanders makes Sean Spicer look good.

Her performance Tuesday at a White House briefing was a fiasco. No wonder the White House is reluctant to let television carry these events.

Deputy White House press secretary Sanders was particularly vexed by CNN. The cable news channel has retracted...


Trump errs in bashing CNN; cable news thrives

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

When it comes to ratings, President Donald Trump is not the most astute analyst.

He tweeted Tuesday that “ratings way down!” at CNN.

Actually, CNN reported Tuesday that it had its most-watched second quarter on record and enjoyed robust growth in June.

These ratings offer proof that you can win...


'America's Got Talent': No. 1 several ways

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:55:00 PDT

The No. 1 show last week in prime time was “America’s Got Talent,” which far outpaced everything else. Yet “AGT” helped the show that follows it, “World of Dance,” to a No. 2 showing.

The week’s most-watched series in total viewers:

1. “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 12.7 million

2. “World of Dance,”...


'Bachelorette' ejects 'Tickle Monster'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:10:00 PDT

UPDATED: The “Tickle Monster” is no more.

“Bachelorette” star Rachel Lindsay dropped Jonathan, the “Tickle Monster” from New Smyrna Beach, in Monday’s episode of the ABC dating contest.

Jonathan departed the way he came in: tickling Rachel, who responded with good-natured giggles. He praised Rachel...


CNBC, 'The Profit' give Orlando business national exposure

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:45:00 PDT

Full Sail University graduate Brad Turpin acknowledges that he pretty much grows up as a businessman on national television Tuesday night.

Turpin, 30, hasn’t seen the episode of “The Profit” at 10 p.m. on CNBC. But he knows what’s coming.

“I think we’re going to see a small business get a reality...


Trump's tweets: Does he get Russia danger?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:30:00 PDT

What will President Donald Trump do about Russia meddling in our elections?

The president has been tweeting this morning that President Barack Obama “did nothing” about the interference in 2016 and charged that Obama “colluded or obstructed” on the issue. Trump defended himself as well, tweeting...


'Marvel's Inhumans' reaches ABC Sept. 29

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:45:00 PDT

After the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Inhumans” play in IMAX theaters in early September, they will screen Sept. 29 on ABC, the network announced Monday.

Those episodes will screen from 8 to 10 that Friday night.

The first two episodes will be shown in IMAX theaters around the world starting...


Oprah picks 'Behold the Dreamers'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:45:00 PDT

An author inspired by Oprah’s Book Club has become the latest beneficiary of Oprah Winfrey’s love of literature.

Imbolo Mbue learned that her “Behold the Dreamers” was Winfrey’s summer selection when the media queen called her, the writer told “CBS This Morning” on Monday.

“This book is so beautifully...


'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner plays Parliament House

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:25:00 PDT

Fresh from victory on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Sasha Velour will play Orlando’s Parliament House this weekend.

Velour is set to perform at 10 p.m. and midnight Saturday with the Footlight Players at the venue at 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail.

Ticket information at

Velour, a drag...


'American Ninja Warrior,' 'Big Brother': Locals compete

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:25:00 PDT

Local hopefuls on reality series: You’ll see more this week.

“American Ninja Warrior” presents its Daytona Beach qualifiers at 8 p.m. Monday on NBC. The network says the episode will feature these contestants from Central Florida: Halei Jo Fuller, Timothy Steflik, Hunter Sipes, Emily Durham, Tim...


Trump critic: Did we elect Manchurian Candidate?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:10:00 PDT

The latest “Real Time With Bill Maher” served devastating criticisms of Democrats (too wimpy) and Barack Obama (he choked on the Russian investigation).

But Donald Trump and the Republicans came in for the harshest criticism — from two of TV’s most cogent conservative pundits.

“I remember when...


'RuPaul's Drag Race': Who won?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:20:00 PDT

The latest winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is …

SPOILER ALERT: Sasha Velour, a drag queen from New York who prides herself on pushing boundaries.

She wins $100,000 and the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar.

Sasha, who never had to lip sync for her life during the season, soared when challenged...


David Pingalore tells viewers: See you soon

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:55:00 PDT

In his final broadcast for WKMG-Channel 6, sports director David Pingalore told viewers he wouldn’t say goodbye but that he would see them soon.

Pingalore, known at “Ping,” told viewers of the 6 p.m. Friday newscast that he was leaving the CBS affiliate almost 10 years to day he had joined the...


Phil Donahue, Eric Trump, Sean Spicer: Sunday guests

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:20:00 PDT

UPDATED: The Russia investigation, the Senate GOP health-care bill and Donald Trump coverage will be topics this Sunday morning. The lineup:

NBC’s “Meet the Press,” 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich....


ABC shifts 'Romeo and Juliet' sequel to Saturdays

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:05:00 PDT

ABC has pulled “Still Star-Crossed,” its “Romeo and Juliet” sequel, from Mondays and sent the lavish period drama to Saturdays.

Fans next will see a new episode at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 8.

The show from “Grey’s Anatomy” executive producer Shonda Rhimes was delivering weak ratings for a series...


'Younger': Sparkling comedy turns timely

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Desperate for a publishing job, 40-year-old Liza passed herself off as 26 and set TV Land’s fizzy “Younger” in intoxicating motion.

Starting its fourth season Wednesday, the sparkling comedy hasn’t gone flat. Rather, it’s surprisingly timely. “Younger” skewers Washington and alternative facts with...


'Big Bang Theory' outshines reality TV

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:15:00 PDT

On a slow Thursday evening, Sheldon Cooper still had the greatest ratings strength in broadcast television.

“The Big Bang Theory” averaged 6.3 million viewers, according to early Nielsen ratings.

New reality television filled many time slots. ABC’s “Boy Band” debuted to just 3 million viewers....


Joey Fatone vs. Lance Bass; Trump critics visit Bill Maher

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:05:00 PDT

The weekend brings games, premieres, season finales and political controversy.

Boy-band fans will want to give “The $100,000 Pyramid” a look at 10 p.m. Sunday on ABC. Facing off in game two will be Joey Fatone and Lance Bass, members of ‘N Sync, the boy band that formed in Orlando. (Fatone just...


WKMG: David Pingalore leaving

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:30:00 PDT

David Pingalore, the zany sports director known as “Ping,” is leaving WKMG-Channel 6 after 10 years, the CBS affiliate announced Thursday night.

“His contract is up,” news director Allison McGinley said. “His final newscast will be at 6 p.m. Friday.”

Pingalore said he couldn’t comment Thursday...


Andy Cohen talks 'Live' reruns, 'Real Housewives,' Pulse

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:00:00 PDT

Host Andy Cohen thinks “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” will play great in reruns.

“It’s a day party, it’s a night party. Any time is good for a party,” he said Thursday. “I’m excited about more people getting exposed to it at different times of the day.”

The live show is in its eighth...


'Friends': Ready for a Phoebe spin-off?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:35:00 PDT

The Joey spin-off starring Matt LeBlanc didn’t work out, but that was more than a decade ago. (To be exact: 2004-06.)

But now comes word that Lisa Kudrow is in “serious talks” with “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman about a Phoebe Buffay series, In Touch magazine reports.

The magazine quotes an...


Central Florida gets title billing in AMC series

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:40:00 PDT

UPDATED: Central Florida has made its way into a series title, but it isn’t clear yet whether the AMC show will film here.

“On Becoming a God in Central Florida” is the project, and Kirsten Dunst (“Fargo”) may star.

AMC on Thursday described the series as in development.

Dunst would play a widowed...