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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, 17 Dec 2017 06:53:24 -0500

Copyright: ©2017 Orlando Sentinel

'SNL' stages Christmas show you'd like to return

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 03:45:00 PST

For Christmas, “Saturday Night Live” gave the equivalent of a lump of coal.

The high point this weekend came at the end: Foo Fighters delivered a joyous Christmas medley, then the show was over.

It’s not a good night for a comedy show when the musical act is the best thing, and Foo Fighters mercifully...


Doug Jones, Paul Krugman, John Kasich: Sunday guests

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:50:00 PST

The GOP tax plan will guide a lot of discussion on the Sunday morning programs. The shows and the guests:

ABC’s “This Week,” 10 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9: Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia Business School and former chair of the Bush Council...


'Roseanne' returns to ABC March 27

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:00:00 PST

The return of “Will & Grace” to NBC has thrilled fans.

Next up: “Roseanne” will be back on ABC, starting March 27, for nine episodes.

The premiere will run one hour.

“Roseanne” will air in its regular time slot at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, starting April 3. ABC can use the ratings help on that night.



'SNL,' 'Christmas Story,' '60 Minutes,' 'Sound of Music': This weekend

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:50:00 PST

Two entertainment programs could make headlines this weekend, when ABC delivers its annual showing of “The Sound of Music” and “Hawaii Five-0” imagines the future. And look for “60 Minutes” to have people talking for a follow-up report on the DEA.

Headline-maker No. 1: Comedian Kevin Hart hosts...


'Mother Nature' named Cox Conserves Hero

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:55:00 PST

When Mother Nature wins, don’t we all win?

So it is very good news that “Mother Nature” has been designated Orlando’s Cox Conserves Hero for 2017.

Audrey Swindal, 89, received the honor Wednesday. She is known as “Mother Nature” at the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs — Wekiva Youth Camp.



'Survivor': Who made final five?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:35:00 PST

The final five are set for the “Survivor” finale next week.

Voted out in this week’s episode: Satellite Beach lifeguard Ashley Nolan, who was stunned by the outcome at tribal council.

Most players had wanted the overbearing Ben out, but he played an immunity idol, surprised everyone and made it...


Teresa Jacobs, Buddy Dyer, Steve Hogan: Weekend guests

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:30:00 PST

UPDATED: The guest list this weekend on Orlando TV’s public-affairs programs:

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs talks to Justin Warmoth for the “Flashpoint” interview at 8 a.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6. She looks back at 2017 and talks about community struggles (Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton's...


'A Christmas Story': Watch Ralphie sing

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:00:00 PST

Are you ready for a singing, dancing Ralphie Parker in pursuit of that Red Ryder BB gun?

The musical “A Christmas Story Live!” asks that question at 7 p.m. Sunday on Fox and puts a new spin on the adored 1983 film, a holiday staple.

Purists may object, but there are reasons to hope this live telecast...


Comedian Tom Rhodes loves Orlando frankly

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:30:00 PST

Comedian Tom Rhodes has returned home to play the Orlando Improv the week before Christmas the last seven years.

“The city has changed tremendously,” said Rhodes, 50. “Growing up in Oviedo, I wanted to explore the world, and I wanted to see things and know things. In the time that I’ve been traveling...


'Ask Me Another': Orlando show airs this weekend

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:45:00 PST

If you missed “Ask Me Another” when it taped at Hard Rock Live Orlando, you can catch the show this weekend.

The NPR series presents the telecast, which taped Oct. 19, to a national audience at noon Saturday.

Ophira Eisenberg, Jonathan Coulton and Art Chung guide the Central Florida contestants...


'Shape of Water' lands at Enzian next week

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 PST

“The Shape of Water,” which leads all movies with seven Golden Globes nominations, will arrive in Central Florida next week.

The Cold War fantasy from director Guillermo del Toro was originally set to start at Enzian this Friday. But “Lady Bird,” which received four Globe nominations, will continue...


Comedian Bill Burr plays Bob Carr Theater

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:15:00 PST

When comedian Bill Burr plays Orlando this weekend, he will have reasons to celebrate.

His first child was born this year. “F Is for Family,” his animated Netflix series, has generated strong reviews for its second season. The Murphy family — Burr, Laura Dern and Justin Long — will be back for...


WFTV: Martha Sugalski hosts 'Spread Love and Kindness'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:30:00 PST

To highlight good news during the holiday season, WFTV-Channel 9 anchor Martha Sugalski will host the special “Spread Love and Kindness.”

The program debuts at 7 p.m. Saturday on the ABC affiliate.

Emmy winner Sugalski also reported the features in the program. She profiles a retired carpenter...


WESH adds anchor from Central Florida

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:00:00 PST

WESH-Channel 2 has hired a new weekend anchor, and she grew up in Orlando.

Sanika Dange, who attended Lake Highland Prep for middle and high school, joins the NBC affiliate next month. She will anchor the evening and late-night newscasts on weekends and report during the week.

“WESH 2 has a wonderful...


Golden Globes nominate Willem Dafoe of 'Florida Project'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:20:00 PST

“The Florida Project” scored one nomination — best supporting actor for Willem Dafoe — in the Golden Globes.

The nominations for the 75th prizes suggest the Oscar race will focus on four films. They were nominated for best dramatic film: Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” a newspaper history lesson;...


Tom Hanks, Matt Damon visit Stephen Colbert

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:30:00 PST

UPDATED: You’re going to see a lot of movie promotion on the late-night shows this week. A look at the guest lineup.

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” showcases Matt Damon of “Downsizing,” Tom Hanks of “The Paper” and Adam Driver of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Here’s the guest list for Colbert,...


'Big Bang Theory' birthday; 'Young Sheldon' trip to Cape Canaveral

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:20:00 PST

Holiday specials and episodes top the highlights for the week. The lineup:

Series: “NCIS” sets its holiday special in Afghanistan, where a visiting U.S. senator (James Morrison of “24”) learns he must return home for a family emergency. The Mark Harmon drama airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on CBS.

In a...


'Florida Project' actress acclaimed one of 2017's 10 best

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:15:00 PST

Winter Springs actress Brooklynn Prince, who is 7, is one of “The 10 Best Actors of the Year,” according to The New York Times Magazine.

Brooklynn was cited for her performance as fun-loving Moonee in “The Florida Project,” director Sean Baker’s comedy-drama about impoverished children living near...


'Saturday Night Live': James Franco bleeds for laughs

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:35:00 PST

“Saturday Night Live” made Santa’s naughty list with an exuberantly coarse Christmas episode this weekend.

Actor James Franco, in his fourth time as host, got in the crude spirit by throwing himself into the physical comedy and helplessly cracking up at jokes. He was a Bloomingdale’s gift wrapper...


Trump lacks 'fear of Lord,' Jerry Brown says

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 04:05:00 PST

Donald Trump and Russia will be topics for “60 Minutes” this weekend, but in separate reports.

Trump’s views on climate change come up in a segment about Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., and the state’s efforts to reduce emissions.

Brown blasts the president for withdrawing the country from the Paris...


Bernie Sanders, Nikki Haley, Jim Himes: Sunday guests

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 14:55:00 PST

UPDATED: Get ready for Russia, Russia, Russia when the guests gather on the Sunday morning programs. The lineup:

NBC’s “Meet the Press,” 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.; Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn. The panel will be Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher, David...


WESH explores 'Space Coast Comeback'

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 14:00:00 PST

WESH-Channel 2 examines Brevard County in the post-shuttle era in “Chronicle: Space Coast Comeback.”

The hour special, hosted by Jim Payne, airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the NBC affiliate.

Payne interviews county leaders about jobs, development and prosperity. They explain how unemployment of more...


'Jesus Christ Superstar': Alice Cooper plays Herod

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:55:00 PST

NBC’s version of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” has enlisted rock legend Alice Cooper to play King Herod.

The rock opera will air Easter Sunday, April 1.

The network described it as a “staged rock concert.”

“Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play...


James Franco hosts 'SNL'; '60 Minutes' profiles Donald Sutherland

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:25:00 PST

“Saturday Night Live” will make headlines, “Sunday Night Football” will generate big ratings, but the Donald Sutherland interview on “60 Minutes” will stick with you.

Sutherland, the father of Kiefer, has appeared in dozens of well-remembered movies. His credits include “The Dirty Dozen,” “M*A*S*H,”...


'Olaf's Frozen Adventure' debuts on ABC

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:25:00 PST

If you missed “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” in the movie theaters, you can catch it on ABC.

The featurette, with characters from “Frozen,” had a limited run in movie theaters before the hit film “Coco.”

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will screen at 8 p.m. Thursday on the Disney-owned TV network.

The short...