FROM Linda Holmes
Keeping up with pop culture The podcast world’s brightest stars will collide at the first “Now Hear This” festival in southern California this weekend. “WTF with Marc Maron,” “Comedy, Bang! Bang!,” NPR’s “Pop Culture Happy Hour” will be performed live onstage, and hosts will meet with fans.
What’s worth DVR-ing this Fall? It may not feel like Fall is right around the corner just yet, but it is. So that means it’s time to set our DVRs for the return of some of our favorite television shows, and make room for some new shows too.
Monday TV Roundup: 'Dancing With the Stars', 'Heartbeat' and Medical Dramas With Donald Trump making headlines every other day, naturally, the time is right for his second ex-wife to return to network television. Yes, Marla Maples joins the cast of one of ABC’s most popular shows, “Dancing With the Stars.” It’s Monday , which means it’s time to talk TV news.
TV Roundup: 'Sharknado 3,' Grownup Cartoons, 'Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll' Sharknado 3: Oh, Hell No! debuts Wednesday night on the SyFy channel. Madeleine discusses the return of the ‘nado, cartoons for adults, and Denis Leary’s return to cable.
“Empire” Finale and Other TV News In our weekly television roundup, Empire has wrapped up its first season. Were fans satisfied with the finale, and can the show keep it fresh for season two? Also, pasty English comedian James Corden will host his first episode of The Late Late Show tonight, taking over from Craig Ferguson. We talk about that and more in our weekly television roundup.
TV: Oscars Fall Flat Several of the winners at last night’s Oscars injected politics into their speeches, getting mixed reactions. The losers, on the other hand, included not only snubbed films but also the audience. The show itself was kind of a stinker. We talk about the highs, the lows, and other small screen news from the week in our weekly television roundup.
TV Roundup: Grammys, Small Screen Lawyers, and Brian Williams Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” won record and song of the year at last night’s Grammy Awards. The song’s title might also have been a meta-statement from the Grammys to viewers, who for the most part seemed unimpressed with last night’s ceremony. Ratings were down compared to last year, and the Twittersphere responded with a big, collective yawn. We talk about why the ceremony was so underwhelming, along with other small screen news, in our weekly TV roundup.
Goodbye Colbert, Goodbye Serial Today, we say goodbye to two series that changed their respective media platforms: The Colbert Report and the podcast Serial . What made them game changers, and what can we expect from their last episodes? (No spoilers, we promise!)
What To Watch on Thanksgiving Football not your thing? Fear not, there are plenty of other small screen options to take in as you digest your Thanksgiving feast this weekend. We talk about the holiday weekend TV schedule in our weekly television roundup, as well as the changing TV pilot system and how it affects what we see and don’t see.
Shrinking the Big Screen Network TV studios are looking more and more to the big screen for inspiration. We look at the array of shows in development that are based on films. Plus, Neil Patrick Harris on the Oscars stage, NBC’s new sitcom “Marry Me”, and more.
Sneak Peek at the Fall TV Lineup This week on the small screen: a superhero show without its superhero, a virgin birth story and a bunch of college students trying to solve a murder. It’s officially the start of the fall television season, and we take a look at the must-sees and the must-avoids.
TV Roundup Fans of “The Killing” stayed home this weekend to binge on the latest season, released in its entirety by Netflix on Friday . But are there actually any fans of “The Killing” left? And a show predicated entirely on sex, “The Bachelorette,” has a weirdly puritanical view of it.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?