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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, 21 Jan 2018 21:43:27 -0500

Copyright: ©2018 Orlando Sentinel

‘SNL’ blasts Trump with Robert Mueller, Stormy Daniels

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:35:00 PST

“Saturday Night Live” found new ways to lampoon President Donald Trump this weekend. It was an above-average “SNL” because Trump and current events have given the show so much to satirize, and the NBC show responded with inspired bits.

In the episode’s high point, Kate McKinnon was hilarious as...


'Get Out' director: Trump takes us backward

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:40:00 PST

The success of “Get Out” means some sad news for “Key and Peele” fans.

Jordan Peele, who wrote and directed the hit thriller about race relations, plans to give up acting.

“That’s the idea.Daniel Day-Lewis and I are both out,” Peele tells Tracy Smith with a laugh on “CBS Sunday Morning.” “Well,...


Paul Ryan, Dick Durbin, Douglas Brinkley: Sunday guests

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:50:00 PST

UPDATED: The government shutdown and Donald Trump’s first year as president will drive the talk on the Sunday morning shows. A preliminary look at the shows and the guests:

NBC’s “Meet the Press,” 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2: Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Marc Short, White House...


Blake Bortles, 'SNL,' Bill Maher: This weekend

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:00:00 PST

For many Central Florida viewers, the most-anticipated telecast this weekend starts Sunday afternoon.

Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. CBS has the game at 3:05 p.m. The ratings will be stellar here because so many...


'Resident' mixes medical horror, love

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:45:00 PST

“The Resident” opens with a devastating operating room mistake fit for a horror movie.

The medical drama builds on that shocking first impression by taking viewers into an Atlanta hospital where greed, incompetence, bullying and office politics overshadow patient care.

The Fox series enjoys a huge...


Ann Curry: Still classy after all these years

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:05:00 PST

Ann Curry’s interview with “CBS This Morning” was fascinating because she was trying to make serious points without being vengeful.

She displayed class Wednesday in talking about her rocky time on NBC’s “Today.” Her appearance confirmed why she still has many fans.

“Today” has often liked to sell...


Bill Maher welcomes Michael Wolff, Larry Wilmore

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:10:00 PST

The story of the president and the porn star should provide ample material for “Real Time With Bill Maher” this week. Donald Trump’s health, language and views on immigration may be other joke targets for the comedian.

“Real Time” starts its 16th season at 10 p.m. Friday on HBO.

Michael Wolff,...


My brother Tim Boedeker: 'A great guy'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:15:00 PST

When he was a kid, my little brother once ran head first into a tree. We were playing with cousins, and Tim was dazed afterward. But soon, he was smiling and having fun.

That was his style. Get knocked down, carry on.

We lost him a week ago at only 58. He loved being a firefighter in Marshall,...


'Meet the Press': My family of Trump voters

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:15:00 PST

Just a few weeks ago, I was discussing my brother’s politics on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” On Tuesday, we will bury Tim, who was 58, after a battle with cancer.

I know he saw my first appearance on “MTP” in December 2016. I told Chuck Todd that my brother and my dad in Missouri had voted for Donald...


My brother Tim Boedeker: Gone too soon

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:30:00 PST

My brother, Tim, nearly died when he was born, and so we were lucky to have 58 years with him.

He would have turned 59 next month on the birthday he shared with Abraham Lincoln.

He died Wednesday night at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo., after being diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma.

Tim had...


'Black Lightning': CW series is electrifying

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 02:00:00 PST

“Black Lightning” will rightly be celebrated for introducing a black superhero.

But the title character also happens to be — unknown to the world — a caring father, a determined school principal and a former husband who still loves his wife. Behold the well-rounded action figure.

The CW series,...


Super Bowl: NBC promotes ‘This Is Us’ twice

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:25:00 PST

NBC will use the Super Bowl to bolster “This Is Us” in several ways.

An original episode of the family drama will air Feb. 4 after the big game, which is the most-seen telecast each year.

Then the “This Is Us” cast will appear on a special “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” after late local news.


'The Post' reveals Spielberg, the feminist

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:00:00 PST

Why is “The Post,” one of the most acclaimed films of 2017, just opening nationally this week?

First, there was the rushed production. Director Steven Spielberg committed to making the newspaper drama on March 3. The shoot began in late May and concluded in late July. The production team worked...


‘Les Misérables’: Dominic West, David Oyelowo star for PBS

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 19:15:00 PST

Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables,” one of the greatest novels, will get a new, six-part production from BBC One and PBS’ “Masterpiece.”

Andrew Davies will adapt the epic novel, and he is best remembered for the 1995 “Pride and Prejudice” with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Davies also wrote the original...


Alabama-Georgia championship: No. 2 in cable history

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 12:55:00 PST

Alabama and Georgia delivered the ratings Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

The game averaged 28.4 million viewers across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU — billed as a MegaCast by ESPN.

That makes it the No. 2 telecast in cable history. Alabama won 26-23 in overtime.



NBC, Colbert, Muir: Most watched last week

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 12:10:00 PST

NBC, CBS’ Stephen Colbert and ABC’s David Muir could claim to have the most viewers last week.

But the ratings also showed the strength of the CBS lineup — it claimed eight of the 10 most-watched series. Two newcomers, Fox’s “9-1-1” and “Ellen’s Game of Games” on NBC, connected with young adults....


NBC's 'Today' wins sixth straight week in total viewers

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 09:35:00 PST

NBC’s “Today” started 2018 in winning style.

Savannah Guthrie announced last week that Hoda Kotb had replaced the fired Matt Lauer. The latest ratings, for last week, suggest that was the way to go. “Today” notched its sixth week in a row as the most-watched morning show.

“Today” averaged 4.465...


'CBS This Morning' names John Dickerson co-host

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 08:35:00 PST

Smart move, CBS News.

John Dickerson, anchor of “Face the Nation,” joins Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell as a co-host on “CBS This Morning.” He begins the job Wednesday.

Dickerson replaces Charlie Rose, who was fired in November over sexual misconduct allegations.

“Today is our sixth anniversary....


CNN promotes Jim Acosta

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 06:35:00 PST

Jim Acosta, one of the most forceful reporters covering the White House, has earned a promotion at CNN.

He will be chief White House correspondent, CNN announced Tuesday. Acosta has covered the White House for CNN since 2013.

In other changes, effective Monday:

***Pamela Brown is shifting from...


Oprah 'intrigued' by presidential run; Gayle King staying put

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 04:40:00 PST

Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, good pal Gayle King said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.”

King sent conflicting messages when asked about the Oprah-for-president story that ignited wide speculation after Winfrey’s electrifying speech Sunday at the Golden Globes.


Streep, Franco, Oldman visit late night

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 14:35:00 PST

UPDATED: Fresh from the Golden Globes, potential Oscar nominees will make their way to the late-night shows.

Here’s the lineup for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” at 11:35 p.m. on CBS:

Monday (tonight): Liam Neeson, author Michael Wolff and musical guests Andra Day and Common.

Tuesday: Globe...


WESH: Dave Cocchiarella joins sales team

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 11:45:00 PST

Dave Cocchiarella has a new gig at WESH-Channel 2: He is part of the NBC affiliate’s sales team.

Meteorologist Cocchiarella started working weekend mornings at WESH in December 2015.

Before that, he had been at News 13 for 16 years before departing in February 2015. News 13 noted then that it was...


Golden Globes draw 19 million

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 10:30:00 PST

UPDATED: NBC has reason to cheer the Golden Globes in addition to Sterling K. Brown’s victory for “This Is Us.”

The network averaged 19 million viewers Sunday, slightly down from the 20 million who watched last year. Last year’s telecast was the biggest in a decade, and this year’s ranks second...


'Dancing With the Stars' returns April 30

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 09:45:00 PST

ABC’s midseason schedule will feature two nights of “American Idol” and an all-athletes edition of “Dancing With the Stars.”

The Disney-owned network’s take on “American Idol” will air in two-hour installments Sundays and Mondays, beginning March 11 and 12.

The new “DWTS” season — with 10 athletes...


Golden Globes: Seth Meyers kills it; Oprah Winfrey soars

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 20:10:00 PST

Seth Meyers joked that as the first host of the awards season — at the Golden Globes — he was like the first dog shot into outer space.

But he had a stellar voyage Sunday night, delivering classic remarks that acknowledged the sexual harassment scandal that shook the entertainment industry.