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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: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:37:15 -0400

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Enzian 'coolest movie theater in Florida,' Cosmo says

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Pardon us if we’re telling you the obvious, but Enzian has been named “the coolest movie theater in Florida.”

Cosmopolitan magazine lists a favorite theater in each state “for film geeks across the country.”

Kate Beckman wrote the article, which posted Wednesday.

Cosmo raves that the single-screen...


Colbert produces Trump animated series for Showtime

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:50:00 PDT

If you can’t get enough of Stephen Colbert’s comedy about President Donald Trump on CBS’ “The Late Show,” good news: He will deliver a 10-episode, animated series for Showtime this fall about the Trump presidency.

And on Showtime, Colbert will have more freedom to unleash his satiric fury.



Katy Perry to host MTV Video Music Awards

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:25:00 PDT

Katy Perry will get a warm-up for being an “American Idol” judge when she hosts the MTV Video Music Awards.

The event will air live at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 27, from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

The news came via Perry’s Twitter account with the message “Introducing your MOONWOMAN. Brace for...


'NCIS': Maria Bello joins cast

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:55:00 PDT

With Jennifer Esposito departing “NCIS,” Maria Bello is coming aboard as a foil for Mark Harmon, CBS announced Thursday.

Bello will be a series regular on the drama, the most-watched on broadcast television.

“NCIS” starts its 15th season at 8 p.m. Sept. 26. Bello begins the new role in the fourth...


'Manhunt: Unabomber': One of the year's best

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:55:00 PDT

If just the idea of a Unabomber docudrama repels, prepare to be amazed by the exceptional “Manhunt: Unabomber.”

The eight-part series, starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Discovery Channel, excels on several levels. It tautly follows FBI agents who, for 17 years, hunted the terrorist who killed three...


'Curb Your Enthusiasm' features Bryan Cranston, Lauren Graham

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:55:00 PDT

The new season of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will feature Bryan Cranston, Lauren Graham, Jimmy Kimmel and Nick Offerman, HBO announced Wednesday.

The ninth season of the Larry David sitcom starts at 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, and offers 10 new episodes.

Returning as David’s co-stars will be University...


'Today' alums: Ann Curry on PBS, Tamron Hall on ID

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Big news Wednesday about former anchors of NBC’s “Today.” Ann Curry is back, and PBS has her. Tamron Back is back, and ID has her.

Curry will report and serve as executive producer on “We’ll Meet Again,” a six-part series to debut in winter 2018.

The program looks at major historical events through...


Charter to end Spectrum Sports channels

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:05:00 PDT

UPDATED: Charter Communications on Wednesday said it will shutter the channels of Spectrum Sports in Florida at year’s end, an announcement that came on a day of job eliminations.

“We have decided to cease operations for the linear channels of Spectrum Sports in Florida at the end of the year,...


Piff the Magic Dragon: Have Chihuahua, will travel

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:30:00 PDT

Piff the Magic Dragon played Orlando Improv last year, but the “America’s Got Talent” magician has fired up a totally new act for his return.

“Every single trick is different from beginning to end for Orlando,” said Piff, who plays the Improv Friday through Sunday, July 28-30.

That’s true, too,...


Sinkhole expert provides lesson on WFTV

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:55:00 PDT

In public-affairs programming this weekend on Orlando television:

Geologist and sinkhole expert David Wilshaw talks to Greg Warmoth on “Central Florida Spotlight” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9. Wilshaw is president of Britannia Solutions, a Winter Garden firm specializing in engineering...


'America's Got Talent,' 'Game of Thrones' lead ratings

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:55:00 PDT

UPDATED: “America’s Got Talent” continues to dominate the weekly ratings in super-slow July.

But HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” with its second episode this season, did better than everything else on broadcast TV.

“America’s Got Talent” pulled in an impressive 12.6 million viewers for NBC, which won...


WESH to simulcast 5 p.m. news on Estrella TV Orlando

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:50:00 PDT

In another sign of how seriously Orlando television takes the growing Hispanic population, WESH-Channel 2 will simulcast its 5 p.m. news on sister station Estrella TV Orlando.

The half-hour simulcast starts Monday and will be presented in English with closed captioning in Spanish. Estrella TV is...


George A. Romero: Enzian salutes director

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:55:00 PDT

Enzian is pulling out the zombies to honor director George A. Romero, who died July 16 at 77.

The Maitland theater will screen three Romero movies, starting with “Night of the Living Dead,” the 1968 thriller that is the director’s best-known work. The film screens at 9:30 p.m. Friday, then at the...


'Dancing With the Stars': 25th season starts Sept. 18

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:55:00 PDT

When “Dancing With the Stars” begins its 25th season, it also will kick off the ABC fall lineup.

The dance contest, hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, remains a huge draw for the Disney-owned network. It was ABC’s most-watched show last season, and the new season starts Sept. 18.

The ABC...


Billy Manes: NPR, Cindy Wilson honor him

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:45:00 PDT

UPDATED: To his many fans, Orlando journalist Billy Manes was a rock star.

The LGBT activist is getting love from the rock world — and from radio as well.

NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Monday paid tribute to Manes, who died Friday at 45. Host Ari Shapiro said Manes “crackled with energy” and...


Diana, Shark Week, Melania Trump impersonator: This week

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:05:00 PDT

Some of the week’s most riveting programs arrive Monday (today) — and in late night.

One of the summer’s most memorable is “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy,” an HBO documentary debuting at 10 p.m. Monday on HBO. Prince William and Prince Harry share memories of their mother and look at priceless...


'Diana, Our Mother': A shining hour for William, Harry

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Of all the Diana programs tied to the 20th anniversary of her death, “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy” is the indispensable one.

The HBO program, debuting at 10 p.m. Monday, is classy, insightful and extremely moving. Be prepared to shed a few tears because her sons, Prince William and Prince...


George Zimmerman: 'Toughest episode to produce'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The four-part “Jury Speaks” on Oxygen looks at the trials of Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, George Zimmerman and Robert Durst.

“The Zimmerman jury was the toughest episode to produce,” executive producer Nancy Glass said by email Saturday. “We reached out to all six jurors and the four alternates....


Disney's 'Descendants 2' reaches 13 million

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:55:00 PDT

“Descendants 2,” which premiered Friday across six channels, averaged 13 million viewers, according to ratings released Saturday afternoon.

The Disney Channel movie had the biggest audience on Disney Channel, where 5.3 million watched.

When the original “Descendants” debuted in 2015 on just Disney...


Billy Manes: Orlando's original gay voice dies at 45

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:20:00 PDT

Billy Manes, one of Orlando’s best-known gay personalities for his witty writing, fearless activism and distinctive style, died Friday. He was 45.

Friends shared tributes on social media and the Orlando Weekly, his former employer, announced his death Friday. Manes’ husband, Anthony Mauss, on Thursday...


George Zimmerman verdict: The jury speaks

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:10:00 PDT

Three jurors from the George Zimmerman trial are going on national television to defend their controversial verdict — one that sparked protests across the country — and legal analysts say they could perform a public service.

“People don’t understand you have to follow the law,” juror Madelin Rivera...


Anthony Scaramucci, Al Franken, Susan Collins: Sunday guests

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:25:00 PDT

UPDATED: Health care, the Trump White House and Russia will be topics on the Sunday morning programs. Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, will appear on three programs.

The lineup:

CBS’ “Face the Nation,” 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6: Scaramucci; Sen. Susan Collins,...


'Midnight, Texas': Haven with promise

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:35:00 PDT

The talking cat, the levitating police car and the house infested with angry ghosts set Midnight, Texas, apart from other small TV towns.

But the NBC series “Midnight, Texas,” debuting at 10 p.m. Monday, will inevitably be compared to HBO’s “True Blood.” Both are based on novel series by Charlaine...


'Game of Thrones,' Shark Week, 'Big Brother': This weekend

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

“Game of Thrones,” Shark Week and “Big Brother” will provide weekend highlights.

HBO’s epic “GoT” roared to its best ratings ever last Sunday for its seventh-season premiere. The episode featured a lot of setting-up for the future, which may have frustrated some fans. This weekend’s episode, “Stormborn,”...


Billy Manes suffers 'serious health crisis'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:25:00 PDT

Billy Manes, former editor-in-chief at Watermark, has “experienced a serious health crisis,” his husband said on Facebook Thursday.

Anthony Mauss told friends that “right now, he needs to rest and heal.”

Mauss added: “Please know that he is stable and he is getting medical care. He is not alone...