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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: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:14:58 -0500

Copyright: ©2018 Orlando Sentinel

Kristin Chenoweth follows John Lithgow on 'Trial & Error'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:25:00 PST

The next suspect on NBC’s “Trial & Error” will be played by Emmy and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.

She will portray Lavinia Peck-Foster, an eccentric heiress accused of murdering her husband after she is found with him stuffed in a suitcase.

Tony and Emmy winner John Lithgow headlined the first...


1998 tornadoes: TV news shone in storm

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:40:00 PST

Twenty years ago, I wrote about the tornadoes that devastated Central Florida on Feb. 22 and 23, killing 42. The TV stations provided valuable coverage, and WESH-Channel 2 was exemplary for the work of meteorologist Brad Nitz, now at WSB in Atlanta.

Personalities change, technology improves, but...


WKMG starting 'Ride Along With Trooper Steve'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:55:00 PST

If you hate your commute, long to find a better route or have traffic questions, WKMG-Channel 6 aims to help through a new segment.

The CBS affiliate will preview “Ride Along With Trooper Steve” in the 4 p.m. hour Friday. The afternoon segment will start in early March, said news director Allison...


'Jesus Christ Superstar': Norm Lewis to play Caiaphas

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:30:00 PST

Central Florida will be represented in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”

Norm Lewis, who grew up in Eatonville and once worked at the Orlando Sentinel, will play Jewish high priest Caiaphas in the telecast on April 1, which is Easter Sunday.

Lewis was a Tony nominee for playing Porgy...


'McMafia': Epic gangster story, superb star

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:45:00 PST

The gangster story gains an epic look in “McMafia,” a globe-trotting AMC drama series debuting Monday.

Like Michael Corleone before him, Alex Godman (James Norton of “Grantchester”) fails at distancing himself from the family business. Alex may be a banker in London, but his clan’s Russian roots...


Parkland students give hope, expose weasels

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:15:00 PST

From great tragedy came hope Wednesday.

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland should help the jaded, the disaffected and the hopeless snap out of it. They have given the country a big, Cher-style, “Moonstruck”-inspired “snap out of it” slap.

The students also have stood...


Stephanie Murphy, John Mina talk school security

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:10:00 PST

On Orlando TV’s public-affairs programs this weekend:

Greg Warmoth and legal analyst Bill Sheaffer preview the federal trial of Noor Salman, widow of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen, on “Central Florida Spotlight” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9. Salman is charged with aiding a foreign terrorist...


WKMG debuts ‘The Weekly’ with Justin Warmoth

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:40:00 PST

CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 will showcase its website,, and headline-making stories in a series premiering this weekend.

“The Weekly” airs at 8 a.m. Sundays and replaces “Flashpoint.”

The new show’s full title is “The Weekly on with Justin Warmoth.”

Morning anchor...


'ABC World News Tonight' notches win against Olympics-driven NBC

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:25:00 PST

It’s no surprise that the Winter Olympics would help NBC dominate prime time, but “ABC World News Tonight With David Muir” pulled off a rare feat last week.

For the first time in more than 25 years, the ABC newscast drew the most viewers in an Olympics week. ABC hadn’t managed that achievement...


How to remake yourself? Ex-rocker offers 'Guide'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:15:00 PST

UPDATED: Author, publicist and former rock star Justin Loeber understands the importance of reinvention. He shares pointers in his new book “Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life.”

“It’s a journey that I hope inspires others to just live your life in a way that doesn’t necessarily follow someone...


Oscars: Wonder Woman, Luke Skywalker to present

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:55:00 PST

The blockbusters “Wonder Woman” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be well represented among the presenters at the Oscars on March 4.

The ABC telecast will feature Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, and Mark Hamill, who portrays Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films.

Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie...


Pulse: Bouncer, victim's mom talk gun violence on 'CBS This Morning'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:35:00 PST

Christine Leinonen, who lost her son in the Pulse massacre, and Imran Yousuf, a former Marine who was working as a bouncer at the Orlando nightclub, will be part of a “CBS This Morning” panel on gun violence.

Bianna Golodryga of CBS News leads the conversation on Wednesday’s show, which starts...


'Fake news' triumphs at Polk Awards

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:30:00 PST

President Donald Trump has railed against reporting about Russian interference in the 2016 election, dismissing it as “fake news.”

Yet the Polk Awards, among the most prestigious in journalism, have certified the news was all very real.

Will this mean more Trump tweets?

The awards on Tuesday honored...


Puerto Rico: David Begnaud of CBS wins Polk Award

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:15:00 PST

The many Puerto Ricans who praised David Begnaud for his tireless and in-depth coverage of Hurricane Maria will know this honor is deserved: The CBS News correspondent has won the prestigious George Polk Award for Public Service.

Long Island University, which administers the awards, announced the...


'SNL': Sterling K. Brown to host

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:15:00 PST

He cries as well as anyone on TV, and now he can show his ability to cut up.

Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” will host “Saturday Night Live” on March 10, NBC announced Tuesday. It will be Brown’s debut on “SNL,” and he can promote his latest movie, “Black Panther.”

Brown also has...


Jennifer Lawrence, Patton Oswalt visit Andy Cohen

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:40:00 PST

Jennifer Lawrence and NeNe Leakes are among the guests set for “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.”

The lineup, announced Tuesday:

Sunday: Leakes and Marlo Hampton of of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Monday: James Kennedy of “Vanderpump Rules” and Lauren Wirkus of “Summer House.”



Florida school shooting: 'Dr. Phil' offers two shows

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:50:00 PST

UPDATED: Dr. Phil McGraw will turn to the Parkland school shooting in two episodes of “Dr. Phil” this week.

The Wednesday show is titled “The Valentine’s Day Tragedy; Profile of an Accused School Shooter.”

Seventeen died in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.



News 13 meteorologists honored for emergency preparedness

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PST

Spectrum News 13 meteorologists Mallory Nicholls and Maureen McCann were recently honored at the annual Florida Emergency Preparedness Association Awards.

The two women, who have been with News 13 since 2013, collected the media award for educating the public about emergency management.

They collected...


Trump blasts Oprah, '60 Minutes,' but why?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:10:00 PST

If you have doubts about how President Donald Trump comprehends the world, consider his tweet about Oprah Winfrey’s report Sunday night on “60 Minutes.”

Trump wrote: “Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions...


Nikolas Cruz: Family who took him in on 'Good Morning America'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:50:00 PST

The family that took in Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with killing 17 at a high school in Parkland, will be guests on Monday’s edition of “Good Morning America.”

Kimberly and James Snead will be live in the New York studio for their first TV interview, ABC News said Sunday afternoon.

“We had this...


Trump 'a horror show' on Russia, Bernie Sanders says

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:20:00 PST

President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to speak out on Russian interference in our elections confounded speakers on the Sunday morning shows.

“The real issue now is how do we have a president of the United States not saying what everybody knows to be true?” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked on...


Olympic alternatives: Parkland townhall, PBS, 'Bachelor,' 'Big Brother'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:40:00 PST

The Winter Olympics in South Korea head into their final week.

The ratings, which still put NBC far ahead of the competition, have leveled off and suggest that many viewers are ready for something else. You’ll find options.

CNN will offer a town hall about the Parkland mass shooting at 9 p.m. Wednesday....


Parkland students: Voices of reason on CNN, NBC, CBS

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:15:00 PST

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who have become the voices of reason after Wednesday’s mass shooting will be featured on Sunday morning programs.

CNN’s “State of the Union” late Saturday announced that its guests will include these students: Cameron Kasky, Emma Gonzalez, David...


'Black Panther': Most exhilarating superhero

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:10:00 PST

If “Black Panther” had been released in December, it would be the top contender at this year’s Oscars.

The most exhilarating of all the superhero movies, “Black Panther” actually lives up to the hype, an extraordinary achievement these days.

Director Ryan Coogler’s epic film recalls the grand Oscar...


Rush Limbaugh, Bill Gates, John Podesta: Sunday guests

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:50:00 PST

UPDATED: Here’s a revised look at the Sunday morning guest list:

“Fox News Sunday,” 10 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35: Mark Kelly, co-founder of Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence; radio host Rush Limbaugh. The panel will be Michael Needham, chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America;...