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Disney Gets Into Hulu

By admin Published: April 30, 2009

Although the networks put things on their own sites -- I watched "Lost" on ABC online this morning -- Hulu is a handy clearinghouse for a variety of programs from NBC and Fox, and other channels, along with movies and other material. Adding Disney and ABC to the mix makes it even handier.The ad-supported aspect can be irritating, but that's happening on the network sites anyway, and so far at least it's not as overdone as in regular broadcasts.

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"Lost": Happy 100th

By admin Published: April 30, 2009

I know that I am going to have to watch last night's episode of "Lost" a second time, because even by the detail-laden standards of this show, it was packed with info and implications. But for now, let me just say what a swell episode it was. ....

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Updates flesh out 'Bones'

By Heldenfels Mailbag Published: April 30, 2009

If it's Thursday, this must be the mailbag.

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Thursday Notebook

By admin Published: April 30, 2009


(From EW.com)

You can read my review of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" here. As you can read, I liked parts of it but grew weary of it. Making great comic-books movies -- making great movies, period -- is hard. But the bar is set pretty high right now. I didn't get into a lot of Wolverine mythology minutiae in the piece because I was trying to write for the people who were curious about the film, or had seen the others, but had never read nor cared about the comic-book background.

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"American Idol" Results

By admin Published: April 29, 2009

Very interesting bottom three ...

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Nice Shirts, But $60 Worth of Nice?

By admin Published: April 29, 2009

From today's mail:
Charlie Sheen, renowned television and film actor, and Christopher Wicks, designer and owner Rock & Roll Religion have finalized a deal to sell the signature line of retro shirts at Nordstrom retailers nationwide. The collection, which features Sheen's iconic short sleeved, button- up shirts officially launched at Magic Las Vegas on February 17, 2009 and will be available for purchase beginning in June. ...

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The Heldenfiles - Bride Quest Continues

By admin Published: April 29, 2009

Bride Quest Continues. As much as we hear about mega-movies pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, we shouldn't forget that other films get made for small dollars, still manage to get in theaters and find an audience.

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"Mad Men" Season Two DVD Coming July 14

By admin Published: April 29, 2009

Here's the announcement:

Coming on July 14th, Lionsgate is proud to announce the DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of MAD MEN: SEASON TWO!

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"Dancing With the Stars": The Results

By admin Published: April 28, 2009

Notes after the jump.

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"American Idol" Notebook

By admin Published: April 28, 2009

Starting late. Dinner at Lockview -- grilled cheese! tater tots! -- and some shopping which continued online at home. Now on to songs of the Rat Pack, after the jump. ...

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Swine Flu Special on NEON

By admin Published: April 28, 2009

Here's the release:

With the swine flu outbreak making headlines across the country, many Northeast Ohio residents are seeking a local perspective on the issue. This Wednesday and Thursday, Time Warner Cable’s Northeast Ohio Network (NEON) will air a 30-minute special with an expert from the Cleveland Clinic to address the current health crisis.

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More Monday: "HIMYM," "Two and a Half Men"

By admin Published: April 28, 2009

Two comedy episodes with inspired premises (even if both were given away in the promos), but trouble with endings. ...

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"Dancing With the Stars"

By admin Published: April 27, 2009

Instead of spending a lot of time on individual performance recaps, I'm going to ran about one dancer.

It has at times seemed that "DWTS" was very interested in keeping Melissa Rycroft around as long as was humanly possible; she has a fan base; she's also an ABC-made star, thanks to "The Bachelor," and I have no doubt the network bigwigs are trying to think of another venue for her. Still....

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"Heroes" Season Finale

By admin Published: April 27, 2009

My notes, from a column that appeared in Sunday's Beacon Journal, after the jump.

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Goodbye, Pontiac

By admin Published: April 27, 2009

GM says it will phase out the Pontiac brand. This is a bummer not only because we just got a Pontiac, but because the company has had a strong place in pop culture. To wit:

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The Heldenfiles - Movie Man's Movies

By admin Published: April 27, 2009

Movie Man's Movies. Cleveland's Terrence Howard, back on the big screen with Fighting, chatted with the Rotten Tomatoes Web site about his favorite films and the list is pretty diverse.

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"The Amazing Race" And Other Viewing Notes

By admin Published: April 27, 2009

I know that synchronized diving is difficult, but why did neither Tammy/Victor nor Kisha/Jen trying counting out loud to get themselves in synch? "One ... Two ... Three ... Jump!" would get you to at least a 3 or 4, wouldn't it?

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Hallmark Sets Bea Arthur/"Golden Girls" Tribute

By admin Published: April 27, 2009

Here's the gist:
Hallmark Channel announces it will pay tribute to legendary star Bea Arthur, who passed away ... at her home in Los Angeles, with a “Golden Girls” Memorial Day Marathon (Monday, May 25 (6:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.), featuring episodes focusing on Arthur’s character Dorothy Zbornak, a gruff, wise-cracking divorcée who shared her Miami home with her mother and two loopy friends. ...

Henry Schleiff, President and CEO, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel HD, said, “It is impossible to overstate Bea Arthur’s impact on TV culture. She is actually one of a handful of comediennes who genuinely altered the direction of the medium in which she starred.

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"The Office": Triumphant

By admin Published: April 24, 2009

As I have said here more than once, one of the things I very much like about "The Office" is that Michael Scott is not a complete idiot. He's out of his depth as a manager, but he's a terrific salesman. And last night he did one of his greatest selling jobs ever.

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"I'm a Celebrity" Casting

By admin Published: April 24, 2009

This, you may recall, is the show that was supposed to include Blago, only a judge said no. The official announcement:

Cast members will include: Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (stars of MTV's "The Hills"), NBA great and TV personality John Salley ("Best Damned Sports Show Period"), supermodel and TV star Janice Dickinson ("The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency"), 2007 "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar, actor Stephen Baldwin ("The Usual Suspects") and professional wrestler and beauty queen Torrie Wilson. Additional celebrity contestants will be named soon along with the hosts of the show.

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"Survivor" Thursday: Now, That's a Dragon Slaying

By admin Published: April 24, 2009

I was hoping against hope that Sierra would win on immunity on Thursday's "Survivor" just so we wouldn't have to listen to more of her begging for mercy from her cold-hearted foes (especially the very mean Tyson) in the post-immunity-challenge segments. But what the show had in mind was even better. Jeff Probst was also pleased. And here's the teaser for next week: "SCRAMBLING TO SAVE THEMSELVES, TWO CASTAWAYS SELL OUT A FORMER ALLY BEFORE TURNING ON ONE ANOTHER. ... With her heart on her sleeve, one castaway takes an honest approach to the game but lands herself in hot water with everyone."

And so to the jump.

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Friday Morning Notebook

By admin Published: April 24, 2009

Some things I plan to write about in more detail later: Michael Scott's glory on "The Office," an improving "Parks and Recreation," splendid twists on "Survivor," a few funny moments on "30 Rock," and anything that comes to mind between my finishing my columns today and getting back here.

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Ted Henry Retiring

By admin Published: April 23, 2009

Here's the announcement today from Channel 5:

After nearly 38 years at WEWS-TV, anchor Ted Henry will retire effective May 20, 2009. In an announcement to station colleagues today, Ted says he “will leave with feelings of satisfaction, fulfillment and with expectations for an enjoyable retirement of continued learning.” Ted plans to spend more time traveling around the world with his wife, Jody.

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ABC Renews 12 Shows

By admin Published: April 23, 2009

Here's the gist from the network:

ABC has announced early pick-ups for the 09-10 season of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Private Practice,” “Supernanny,” “Ugly Betty” and “Wife Swap.”

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The Mailbag

By Heldenfels Mailbag Published: April 23, 2009

Q: About 25 years ago, I was watching an old black-and-white movie with a beautiful blonde woman with a very distinctive voice. My husband and I finally figured out that it was our great Katherine Chancellor from The Young and the Restless. I seem to think that James Cagney was in it, too, but I can't find anything in here that shows the two of them together. I think it was a gangster movie, but am not sure. Can you help, please?

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Suicide challenges 'House'

By Heldenfels Mailbag Published: April 23, 2009

If it's Thursday, this must be the mailbag.

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Thursday Notebook: "Idol," "DWTS," "Reaper," Some Links

By admin Published: April 23, 2009

Between school and work I have been running hard the last few days, so I apologize for getting backlogged on posting. Let's catch up, starting with next week's "Idol" theme: "standards made famous by members of the original Rat Pack, a group of legendary performers that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr." Also, Taylor Hicks performs on the results show.

Links:
A review of "The Soloist," with Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., is here. For those of you who like my explanation of field conditions, I saw it at a preview Tuesday night in the Cedar Lee, with a decent-sized crowd; a string quartet performed before the screening.
A feature about locally made independent film "The Bride & The Grooms" is here.
The weekly mailbag is here.

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Cleveland Film Fest Sets 2010 Dates

By admin Published: April 22, 2009

The official word: The 34th Cleveland International Film Festival will be held March 18 – 28, 2010 at Tower City Cinemas in Tower City Center. The Cleveland International Film Festival has grown to attract nearly 67,000 admissions for 11 days to Tower City Center. More than 300 films originating from over 60 countries are showcased during this annual Spring arts tradition.

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The Heldenfiles

By admin Published: April 22, 2009

The 1945 movie This Man's Navy will get a showing in the main Akron-Summit County Public Library at 1 p.m. Saturday, courtesy of the Lighter Than Air Society. Admission and popcorn are free.

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Don Draper Is My Best Friend

By admin Published: April 22, 2009

All right, the "Mad Men" character isn't anyone's best friend. Sometimes it's fun to think of what it would be like to hang out with Don, or with Grace Hanadarko, or Eric Taylor. And according to a new study, it's not entirely bad to imagine such things. It says that "illusionary relationships with
the characters and personalities on favorite TV shows can provide
people with feelings of belonging, even in the face of low self esteem
or after being rejected by friends or family members." I will try to forgive the use of the word "belongingness." A release about the study is after the jump.

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Kayaking With the Stars?

By admin Published: April 21, 2009

ABC is bringing back "The Superstars," pairing athletes with alleged celebs, and looking for some "DWTS" magic; one of the celebs is Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

The pairings are: The team pairings for “The Superstars” will be Terrell Owens & Joanna Krupa; Jeff Kent & Ali Landry; Robert Horry & Estella Warren: Bode Miller & Paige Hemmis; Kristi Leskinen & Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Lisa Leslie & Dan Cortese; Jennifer Capriati & David Charvet; and Brandi Chastain & Julio Iglesias, Jr. Show starts June 23. More of the announcement after the jump.

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NBC Sweeps, and Some Season Finale Plans

By admin Published: April 21, 2009

After the jump, finale dates for "30 Rock" and "The Office" (Amy Ryan returns!) and other items of potential interest. ...

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CBS Shows Season Finale Plans

By admin Published: April 21, 2009

Below are the series teasers, via CBS. After the jump are the finale dates and more info.
The Drama
Det. Ray Langston Must use Deadly Force for the First Time on "CSI"
Gibbs Is Forced to Make a Decision that Sends Shockwaves Through NCIS
Red John Strikes Again on "The Mentalist"
Horatio Fights to Save Yelina While Delko's Life Hangs in the Balance on "CSI: Miami"
Melinda and Jim Renew Their Wedding Vows on "Ghost Whisperer"
Amita's Kidnapping Leads the "Numb3rs" Team to a Charismatic Sociopath
Danny and Elena Take Their Relationship to a New Level on "Without a Trace"
The "CSI: NY" Team Loses a Member and Another Is Threatened
While the BAU Team Tracks One Serial Killer, Another Returns to Exact His Revenge on a Two-Hour "Criminal Minds" Event
A Killer Commits a Shocking Act Against Det. Rush; the Music of Pearl Jam Is Exclusively Featured in the Two-Part "Cold Case" Finale
"The Unit" Must Locate Nuclear Bombs Targeting Three U.S. Cities

The Laughs
Leonard and Penny Reconsider Their Feelings for One Another on "The Big Bang Theory"
Ted Encourages Barney to Profess His Love to Robin on "How I Met Your Mother"
Mia's Return Makes Charlie Question His Relationship with Chelsea on "Two and a Half Men"
Jeff and Audrey Try to Perk Up Their Sex Life on "Rules of Engagement"
Christine Learns Some Shocking News at the Wedding of New Christine and Richard on "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Gary and Allison: In the Bedroom Again? on "Gary Unmarried"

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Works In Something Approximating Progress: "Parks and Recreation," "Cupid"

By admin Published: April 19, 2009

I want to like both "Parks and Recreation" and "Cupid." "Cupid" had me at first, then stumbled this past week. "Parks" got the benefit of the doubt its first week, then just made me more doubtful this past week. ...

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"The Amazing Race"

By admin Published: April 19, 2009

With tonight's outcome all but preordained by the results a week ago, "Race" had two things to keep the episode interesting: the Margie/Luke vs. Kisha/Jen duel, and Tammy and Victor's taking advantage of their knowledge of Chinese. My favorite example of the latter: "If we don't win, our parents will cry themselves to death."

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Looking Ahead: "Criminal Intent" Returns

By admin Published: April 17, 2009

The series is back on USA Network on Sunday, starting with a Vincent D'Onofrio episode. On April 26, Jeff Goldblum, above, makes his first appearance as detective Zach Nichols, the newest partner of Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson).

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Funny Business: "The Office," "30 Rock"

By admin Published: April 17, 2009

I have seen only the first five minutes or so of "Parks and Recreation" (liked the Easter-egg-hunt bit) but I will save it for a separate post. I did get through the night's warhorses, "30 Rock," and "The Office," both of which were quite satisfying.

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More "Amazing Race" (Yay)

By admin Published: April 16, 2009

From CBS:

CBS has ordered the 15th edition of the six-time Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE, hosted by Phil Keoghan, for broadcast during the 2009-2010 season.

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"CSI": Aeschylus, Martin Luther and "Astro Quest"

By admin Published: April 16, 2009

The greatest comedic tribute to "Star Trek" is, of course, "Galaxy Quest." But tonight's "CSI," which I watched in a sort of double bill with last week's episode, was very well done, mimicking not only the costumes and the cheeseball sets but the dialogue, the rigid postures in the acting and the lustfulness -- all while being, like "Star Trek," an allegory for something else, in this case "CSI" itself.

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"Survivor"

By admin Published: April 16, 2009

The best episodes of "Survivor" usually involve one of two moments in Tribal Council. One involves an amazing blindside which we have watched being set up, complete with clips of the blindsided one smugly declaring his/her brilliance just before the fire gets snuffed. I hoped for a long time that tonight was one of those. Instead, it was the other kind of good "Survivor," where the scheming is so complicated and the alliances so uncertain that we watch Tribal Council with no idea who has the upper hand, and therefore a sense of surprise no matter how it turns out. ...

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More Praise for Madden

By admin Published: April 16, 2009

"American Idol" Tour Dates Set

By admin Published: April 16, 2009

The full schedule for American Idols Live! Tour 2009 is as follows. Includes Cleveland on Aug. 23. Basic announcement of the tour is below the schedule.

Date: Location: Venue:
July 5th Portland, OR Rose Garden
July 7th Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 8th Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
July 10th Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
July 11th Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
July 12th San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
July 14th West Valley City, UT E Center
July 16th Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
July 17th Ontario, CA Citizens Bank Arena
July 18th San Diego, CA Sports Arena
July 20th Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena
July 23rd Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
July 24th Tulsa, OK BOK Center
July 25th N. Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
July 26th Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
July 28th Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
July 29th Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
July 31st Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
August 1st Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
August 2nd Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
August 4th Washington DC Verizon Center
August 5th Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
August 7th Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
August 8th Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 11th Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 14th Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
August 15th Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
August 16th Hartford, CT XL Center
August 18th Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
August 19th Albany, NY Times Union Center
August 20th Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
August 22nd Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
August 23rd Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
August 25th Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
August 26th Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
August 28th Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
August 29th St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
August 30th Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
September 1st Minneapolis, MN Target Center
September 2nd Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
September 4th Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
September 5th Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
September 6th Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
September 8th Reading, PA Sovereign Center
September 9th Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
September 10th Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard
September 12th Portland, ME Cumberland Civic Center
September 13th Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
September 14th Syracuse, NY War Memorial Arena
September 15th Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena

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Madden Retires From Broadcasting

By admin Published: April 16, 2009

"It's time," Madden said in a statement released by NBC. "I'm 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I'm home and, more importantly, when I'm not..."

Big news. Madden was not only a major figure in TV football -- the kind of guy whom networks wooed -- but a major brand name through his video games. And he always managed not only to seem approachable and friendly but to actually be that way. I had a nice chat with him not long before he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and spoke with him on other occasions, and it was just like talking to a guy from next door.

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"American Idol" Results Notes

By admin Published: April 16, 2009

All the build-up, all the anticipation, all the singing and the judges' save rescues ... Matt Giraud.

It's not that I hate Giraud or anything. I have had weeks when I preferred him over his cuter musical-genre cousin, Kris Allen. But he has been a bit of a bore, and he's not that good a singer. Aside from Paula and Kara looking at him as if he's double-scoops-with-whipped-cream-and-jimmies and they've both got extra large spoons, I see no compelling reason for his continuing on the show. As Simon said before the Twin Hysterics began arguing, Matt's not going to win this thing.

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Actress has lengthy resume

By Heldenfels Mailbag Published: April 16, 2009

If it's Thursday, this must be the mailbag

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Dance To Johnny Crawford

By admin Published: April 15, 2009

I've seen video clips from time to time of the former "Rifleman" co-star with his dance band. Now he is putting out a CD. Full announcement after the jump.

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The HeldenFiles - Friday Night Lights Rescheduled

By admin Published: April 15, 2009

WKYC (Channel 3) will air the third-season finale of Friday Night Lights from midnight Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday.

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"Dancing With the Stars" Results

By admin Published: April 14, 2009

As should be evident from my late post about "American Idol," below, I am having some trouble juggling everything tonight because I am trying to get a package ready for a class tomorrow in addition to my usual Tuesday viewing. But I did catch the end of "DWTS" and have some comments about the results after the jump. ...

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"American Idol": Songs From Bryan Adams Movies

By admin Published: April 14, 2009

OK, so it wasn't exactly that category. But with a vast movies catalog to choose from, we got two Bryan Adams songs, as well as such sublime cheese as "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing," the recycled "Born To Be Wild," the lovely "Falling Slowly," Steve Van Zandt in the audience, a real throwdown between a contestant and judge, and a weird attempt to keep the "Idol" train on time ...

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Cultural Passages: Fidrych, Kalas, Chambers

By admin Published: April 14, 2009

Monday's news included the deaths of pitcher Mark Fidrych, sportscaster Harry Kalas and porn star Marilyn Chambers. Notes after the jump.

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Monday Night Recap: "Dancing With the Stars," "How I Met Your Mother," "2 1/2 Men"

By admin Published: April 14, 2009

I've customarily done in-progress recaps of "DWTS" as it airs, but my schedule and energy level just haven't made that possible lately. I'll show Len Goodman what hectic looks like! I did watch the show, though, and posted a brief note on Twitter and FB. Some longer notes, as well as comments on my Monday comedies, after the jump.

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WKYC Sets "Friday Night Lights" Telecast

By admin Published: April 13, 2009

As you may know, the long-delayed Indians game on Friday kept the season finale of "Friday Night Lights" from airing on WKYC (Channel 3). The station had to kept permission from NBC for another telecast, and has done so: from midnight Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday. A station rep said Channel 3 tried to get the OK to put it in prime time, perhaps in a slot where NBC had a rerun, but the network stuck to its rule that you can't pre-empt network prime for a local telecast of a bumped network show.

So anyway, you can see it at that time on regular TV, or record it then. Or you can see it now online at NBC.com and Hulu.com.

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TCM Releases 15 "Most Influential" Films List

By admin Published: April 13, 2009

It's a gimmick list, part of TCM's marking its 15th anniversary and part of a way to drive people to the TCM Web site. And "most influential" is an amusing category, since it breaks away from the usual "best" lists and allows the inclusion of movies that aren't great but that affected filmmakers and audiences; I'm still thinking how much of Brian DePalma's oeuvre drew on these films.

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"The Amazing Race": Sharks

By admin Published: April 13, 2009

One of the best known lines from Woody Allen in "Annie Hall" is this: "A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark." I'm not convinced that's a way to look at relationships, and I definitely believe that's an awful way to look at "The Amazing Race."

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Sunday Notebook

By admin Published: April 12, 2009

Maybe I just needed a laugh but I got a few from last night's "Saturday Night Live," including from the sketch above. Am also amused by the New Jersey gay couple and by Jon Bovi, and even though there was no point, Armisen's commercial-mom was giggle-worthy. On the other hand, there was a Gilly sketch -- never makes me laugh -- and a tired Kathie Lee bit, and host Zac Efron performed gamely but was no JT.

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"Friday Night Lights": "Underdogs"/"Tomorrow Blues"

By admin Published: April 10, 2009

Locally, the Indians had a multi-hour rain delay and the resumed game has cut into tonight's third-season finale of "FNL." Episodes do get posted on NBC.com and Hulu.com at some point. UPDATE: "Tomorrow Blues" is now on BOTH sites. And they just said on the air that it will air on Channel 3 at a time to be determined after talks with NBC; Channel 3 will announce the new time on its Web site, WKYC.com.

As for the episodes, I have the spoiler-heavy notes after the jump. Let me say here that I saw the first 11 episodes of the third season some time ago but had missed the last two. For an array of time-management reasons, I did not get to them until tonight. I watched with a great sense of relief since the show has been picked up for two more seasons -- again airing on DirecTV first, then on NBC -- but still admired the way that the season finale was designed both to work if it was the last show and to leave plenty of doors open if another season happened. And it has had a superb season, if not a perfect one.

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"Survivor": Conspiratus Interruptus

By admin Published: April 10, 2009

Some folks got a leg up. And an ugly leg it was:

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Actor has 'Growing Pains'

By Heldenfels Mailbag Published: April 9, 2009

If it's Thursday, this must be the mailbag.

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"American Idol" Performance/Results

By admin Published: April 8, 2009

(UPDATE: Next week's show, according to Fox, will have contestants "perform songs of the cinema under the guidance of director Quentin Tarantino in an 'Idols at the Movies'-themed performance show.")

Because of a night out and a busy day, I did not get to last night's "Idol" performances until just before I watched the results show. Fortunately, I have been burned enough by "Idol" overruns that I had set an extended recording time, and didn't miss Adam's show-closer. But I have to wonder if there is no one on the show willing to tell Paula and Kara in particular to hurry things up. I wonder even more, though, whether the show cares all that much about running long, since it pushes "Idol" viewers into the next hour and ups the overall ratings for the show following it. But tonight, at least, it seemed to run on time. Notes after the jump. ...

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ABC Summer Plans, Burn-Off of "Pushing Daisies," "Eli Stone," "Dirty Sexy Money"

By admin Published: April 8, 2009

ABC sent out a long release about its summer plans (which start in May). For those of you who want to see the remains of the three shows mentioned in the header, here's the info:

Airdates for the remaining episodes of “Pushing Daisies,” “Eli Stone” and “Dirty Sexy Money” were also announced, with “Pushing Daisies” returning to the schedule as of Saturday, May 30 through Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 p.m.; Eli Stone” on Saturday, June 20 through Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 p.m.; and “Dirty Sexy Money” on Saturday, July 18 through August 8 at 10:00 p.m.

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Wednesday Notebook: "The Unusuals," "Cupid," 'DWTS"

By admin Published: April 8, 2009

A few notes on viewing tonight and last night, after the jump.

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The Heldenfiles: 'House' to the White House.

By admin Published: April 8, 2009

Viewers of House will have noted the abrupt departure of Dr. Kutner (played by Kal Penn) on Monday night. The reason: Penn is going to work for the Obama administration.

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On the (Snowy) Road

By admin Published: April 7, 2009

I will be catching up with tonight's viewing later. Spent the evening in Cleveland at a screening of "Observe and Report," the weird, dark Seth Rogen comedy. (There's a lot of "Taxi Driver" in this thing.) Drove to and from in blowing snow, saying to myself, "Pretend it's November. Then it won't seem so bad." Will do some posting tomorrow.

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"Kings" Falls

By admin Published: April 7, 2009

Timing is everything. Last night, at my English class, some other students were talking about "Kings." And, considering what too often happens with serialized shows, more than one was worried that "Kings" would get pulled before it could finish its allotment of episodes. Well, according to the trades, NBC is not pulling the show but it is moving it, from Sundays -- where the ratings have been dismal -- to Saturdays, where the networks pretty much fold up their tents anyway. Varety story here. Hollywood Reporter story here. Hollywood Reporter clarifies that "Kings" will make its first Saturday appearance on April 18. It will be MIA on Sundays effective this coming weekend.

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PlayhouseSquare 2009-10 Broadway Series Announced

By admin Published: April 7, 2009

Includes "Young Frankenstein," "Chicago," the Taylor Hicks "Grease," "In the Heights," "August: Osage County," "Xanadu," "Dirty Dancing." So, three based on movies and two more that have been made into movies that are better-known than the Broadway versions. Full announcement after the jump.

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ABC Family Announces New Lineup

By admin Published: April 7, 2009

More "Secret Life of the American Teenager" (June 22), "Lincoln Heights" (Aug. 4) and "Greek" (Sept. 14); a series version of "10 Things I Hate About You," more. All the boilerplate is after the jump.

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More "High School Reunion"

By admin Published: April 7, 2009

I know a couple of people in my office that will delight in this news. ...

TV Land announced today that it has picked up its successful reality series “High School Reunion” for a third season. Over 1 million people have been watching the current season, which airs its final episode on April 8. Now viewers can tune in as Las Vegas’ Chaparral High School’s Class of 1989 will experience a reunion like no other. Set on the garden isle of Kauai, the classmates of Chaparral -- some of whom haven’t seen each other in over twenty years -- will have the unique opportunity to finally settle a score, find new love or rekindle an old flame and reconnect during this luxurious getaway. “High School Reunion” is produced for TV Land by Mike Fleiss (“The Bachelor”) through his NEXT Entertainment production company in association with Warner Horizon Television. “High School Reunion” is set to debut its third season, with eight episodes, in the third quarter of 2009, on TV Land during TV Land PRIME, the network’s primetime destination block.

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The Return of "Rescue Me"

By admin Published: April 7, 2009

After the jump is the review I wrote for Sunday's Beacon Journal. As I say in the piece, I saw three episodes; FX sent out nine and I expect to get to more as we go along. Time permitting, I may also post notes on individual telecasts. But here, at least, is an overview. And I remain really ambivalent about the show.

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"House": What the ...?

By admin Published: April 7, 2009

After the jump, some explanation of the twist in last night's "House," from an interview by EW's Michael Ausiello.

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"The Shield" Final Season on DVD June 9

By admin Published: April 6, 2009

Details from the announcement after the jump. A great last season, and one of the best season finales ever....

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"Dancing With the Stars" Tonight

By admin Published: April 6, 2009

I didn't have the energy to do a dance-by-dance recap of tonight's "DWTS" but I can sum up my overall reaction very simply: Gilles Marini. Gilles Marini. Not only a good-looking guy who almost certainly drew gasps when he went shirtless, but an amazing dancer. The only thing that kept him from a perfect 30 tonight was Len getting fuddy-duddy about the hectic nature of the dance. I went back and looked at it a second time and can see Len's point to some degree -- Gilles and Cheryl Burke were really fast, squeezing multiple steps in single musical notes, it seemed -- but on first look it had been dazzling. This guy is going to be tough to beat, and right now I can't think of a reason why I would want him to be beaten.

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"Friday Night Lights" Bummer

By admin Published: April 6, 2009

TV Shows on DVD reports that the third-season DVD set of "Friday Night Lights" will have music substitutions and the NBC-edited versions of episodes instead of the longer cuts which aired on DirecTV. Story here. Bad decision all around, and a big reason why I won't be giving up my review discs of the DirecTV versions. And there better not be a "collector's edition" down the road with the longer cuts, just to squeeze more money out of diehard fans.

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More "Everwood" on DVD (Finally)

By admin Published: April 6, 2009

The folks at TVshowsondvd.com have been all over this story, but for those of you tuning in late, here's the official announcement:

One of television’s most beloved and touching dramas is back when Everwood: The Complete Second Season comes to DVD June 16, 2009 from Warner Home Video. The Emmy® nominated series created by Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money) stars Treat Williams, Gregory Smith and Vivien Cardone as a family building a new life in Everwood while tackling difficult real-life issues such as grief, drugs, unplanned pregnancy and relationships. The long-awaited six-disc collector’s set of this critically acclaimed family drama includes all 22 episodes from the second season, along with almost 40 minutes of never-before-seen unaired scenes. Everwood: The Complete Second Season DVD is priced to own at $39.98.

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"Saturday Night Live": Very Thin

By admin Published: April 5, 2009

I can't blame the trimmed-down Seth Rogen for all the failings of "Saturday Night Live," which is quite capable of being bad without him. But I do wonder if he has greatly over-extended himself -- and if the jokes about people confusing "Observe and Report" with "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" were in fact some whistling past the graveyard. Saw "Blart" last night, and it isn't good. (When in doubt, fat joke.) But it had some giggles here and there, it made major money and Rogen definitely looks as if he is getting to the party late. I'll let you know if the movie is any good after I see it later this week.

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Me and DTV

By admin Published: April 5, 2009

Some fun with other-the-air-DTV this weekend...

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New Tricks

By admin Published: April 4, 2009

I have been eager with some technological things, slower with others. A big reason is that I become addicted/fascinated with each new toy, and that reduces the time I have for the old toys -- and for non-toy activities. But I keep playing nonetheless. So here's the thing: I am now on Twitter. I haven't done much with it yet but have added phone capability, so there may be times when it amuses. Twitter is also linked to my Facebook page, so if you're an FB friend, you'll see my Twitter remarks there -- and that seems to happen pretty rapidly. Posts from this blog also show up on FB, although sometimes very slowly. I am still trying to figure out what else to do and where to do it.

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"Gran Torino" to DVD on June 9

By admin Published: April 3, 2009

Complete announcement after the jump.

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Why You Haven't Seen a Big "ER" Farewell Here

By admin Published: April 2, 2009

UPDATE: Ratings are up for finale but not overwhelming. Story here.

I've been having a wrestling match with my conscience over not saying more about "ER," which ends tonight. After all, I do write about television (among other things) and it had a long and enormously successful run, including seasons when it was the most-watched show on TV. 

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"Breaking Bad" Gets Third Season

By admin Published: April 2, 2009

Full announcement after the jump.

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'Without Warning' alarms TV audience

By Heldenfels Mailbag Published: April 2, 2009

If it's Thursday, this must be the mailbag .

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"American Idol" Results

By admin Published: April 1, 2009

One of the more interesting examples of career suicide and of an "Idol" smackdown on tonight's show. It started when Megan Joy made the bottom three and was asked how she felt about Simon's comments the night before.

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"Project Runway" Dispute Settled; Will Air on Lifetime This Summer

By admin Published: April 1, 2009

Here's the statement from NBC, which had been fighting the show's jump from its Bravo channel:

NBC Universal, The Weinstein Company and Lifetime have resolved their disputes. The Weinstein Company will pay NBCU for the right to move Project Runway to Lifetime. All of the parties are pleased with the outcome. Harvey Weinstein added, "I want to personally congratulate Jeff Zucker and NBCU on their success in the litigation and thank Jeff for resolving this in a professional manner. We look forward to working together on our ongoing projects."

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'Without Warning' alarms 1994 TV audience

By Heldenfels Mailbag Published: April 1, 2009

If it's Thursday, this must be the mailbag. . . . Q: What was the name of the TV show with Sander Vanocur that broke into regular programming back in '94 and was about asteroids hitting Earth? I remember the date of the ''news broadcast'' and the actual date were the same.

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"Guiding Light" Canceled

By admin Published: April 1, 2009

The last telecast will be Sept. 18. It has run almost 57 years on TV, and another 15 on radio before that. Akron's Frank Dicopoulos is in the current cast. Akron's Melina Kanakaredes is among the many alums from the show; other names of note include Kevin Bacon, JoBeth Williams, Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, Blythe Danner, Christopher Walken and Cleveland's Ruby Dee -- and that's just from a list compiled more than 20 years ago for a 50th-anniversary book. While other soaps have come and gone, this is the biggest demonstration of the decline of the daytime soap as a genre. Full announcement after the jump.

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"Pushing Daisies" Season 2 on DVD on July 21

By admin Published: April 1, 2009

Standard DVD AND Blu-ray no less. Full announcement after the jump.

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"McElroy and LeFleur"

By admin Published: April 1, 2009

Those guys on "How I Met Your Mother" sure know their Canadian film history. I thought I was the last diehard fan of the "McElroy and LeFleur" movies, which I have saved on VHS because those low-budget 1999 DVDs did not get the rights to Trooper's original version of the "McElroy and LeFleur" theme and instead substituted a much less compelling rendition by Ontario session musicians. I admit they're not all great, especially the fifth and sixth ones. And the TV series was just silly. How could anyone but Jeff Wincott (seen left, in "McElroy and LeFleur 3") have plausibly played McElroy? I know, Clark Johnson (below right, in the original "M&L") was still the best LeFleur, too, but that part became more and more irrelevant to the movies.

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