All CATEGORIES
☰ Menu
The HeldenFiles Online

New Season Notes - Sept. 30

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 30, 2012

Another big night for new TV. CBS has season premieres of "60 Minutes," "The Amazing Race," "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist." ABC has a "Once Upon a Time" recap hour followed by its season premiere and that of "Revenge," and the series premiere of "666 Park Avenue." Fox has season premieres of "The Simpsons," "Bob's Burgers," "Family Guy" and "American Dad." Showtime offers season premieres of "Dexter" and of the recent big Emmy winner, "Homeland." AND PBS starts a new period drama from Britain "Call the Midwife."

I will be watching or recording "The Good Wife," "Amazing Race" and "Once Upon a Time." I have seen "666 Park Avenue," which I wrote about here. I am mildly curious about "Call the Midwife," but not so much so that I made sure to watch the review copy that was sent out. I have seen the premiere of "Homeland," a series I liked very much in its first season, and have some reservations. Acting is still very strong, but I was left questioning one plot element, which seemed not to use the main character in the best way. (I know, vague, This is a show that makes me hate to give away anything.) Still, very engaging viewing.

To read more or comment...

NFL Network Sets Documentary on '95 Browns

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 28, 2012

The official word: On December 17, 1995, the Cleveland Browns played their final game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium before relocating to Baltimore. The latest installment of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life chronicles the Browns’ final season in Cleveland under head coach Bill Belichick, looks at the immediate impact the relocation had on both the city and the organization, and discovers the roots of a football lineage seeded during that time which has reverberated throughout the football world in the 21st century.

 Airing Wednesday, October 3 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network, Cleveland ’95: A Football Life details the coaching staff and front office executives who took what they learned during their five years under Belichick and applied it throughout their football careers. From current NFL general managers Ozzie Newsome, Scott Pioli, Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Tannenbaum, to three-time national championship head coach Nick Saban, to former NFL head coach Eric Mangini and current Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, the Cleveland Browns under Belichick consisted of football’s next generation of leaders who continue to impact the game today.

To read more or comment...

"Captain America" Sequel Plans NE Ohio Shoot

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 28, 2012

The official word: Ohio's film industry is receiving another major production with support from the Ohio Development Services Agency's Film Office. Disney's Marvel Studios was awarded a $9.5 million Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit for two project locations related to the new film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movie will be shot in northeast and southern Ohio.

 

To read more or comment...

And Speaking of Politics ... "The Campaign" DVD/BD Plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 27, 2012

From the official word: Let the mud-slinging begin when the raucous comedy “The Campaign” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on October 30 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. Starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, “The Campaign” pits a career politician against a naïve upstart in an election that transforms the political arena into a circus sideshow. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes an extended cut of the film, featuring an additional 11 minutes of hilarious footage not seen in theaters!

 Directed by Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents”, “Austin Powers” franchise), “The Campaign” stars Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd.

To read more or comment...

Televised Senate Debate Set

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 27, 2012

The official word: Nine Ohio NBC-affiliated television stations are joining forces to broadcast a live 60-minute debate between Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown and Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel. Brown and Mandel are running for the United States Senate seat currently held by Brown. AARP joins the consortium of stations as the exclusive underwriting sponsor for the debate.

The debate will take place Thursday, October 25 in Cincinnati and will be broadcast live on all Ohio NBC affiliates at 7 p.m. NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd will moderate the debate with a panel of broadcast journalists from across the state. The panel of journalists includes anchor/political reporter Colleen Marshall from WCMH in Columbus, anchor Sheree Paolello from WLWT in Cincinnati, and political reporter Tom Beres from WKYC in Cleveland.

To read more or comment...

"Major Crimes" Renewed

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 27, 2012

I don't know if I would call it an exactly "new" show. But it is one that has improved steadily. The official word:

TNT has renewed its hit original series Major Crimes, the year's #1 new cable drama. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of the Warner Bros. Television crime drama, which features two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell leading an outstanding ensemble cast. Major Crimes currently airs Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT, with the first season finale slated for mid-October and the second season scheduled to roll out in summer 2013.

To read more or comment...

Video: All-Star Dancing with the Stars

By Ohio.com Published: September 27, 2012

Former dance instructor and Features Editor Lynne Sherwin and Pop Culture Writer Rich Heldenfels get in step with a new season of DWTS.

To read more or comment...

Hello, Best New Show

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 27, 2012

This is going to be a tough night for viewers in Northeast Ohio and for sports fans everywhere. The choices include the best new show of the season, "Last Resort," on ABC. Let me say that again: The best new show of the season. You need to support this series.

Unfortunately, tonight it will be against the Browns-Ravens game, which is not only a huge rivalry game (and will pre-empt NBC programs locally*) but the first game of the season wtih regular officials replacing the dreaded replacement refs. Woe betide any returning ref who makes a mistake tonight. It's a national telecast on NFL Network, so the viewing challenges will not just be here in NE Ohio.

To read more or comment...

Yes, More "Honey Boo Boo"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 26, 2012

The official word: America redneckognized pint-sized Alana Thompson and her self-proclaimed crazy family with HERE COMES HONEY BOO. In response, TLC has ordered additional episodes of the hit series, as well as three HOLLAday specials (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas). The show, which premiered in early August 2012, has averaged 2.3 million viewers to date. Its first half of the season ends Wednesday, September 26 at 10 PM ET/PT with a special one-hour episode titled “It Is What It Is."

 

To read more or comment...

The New TV Season Continues: Wednesday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 26, 2012

The only new series tonight is "The Neighbors" on ABC (more about that momemtarily)but it's still a big night for TV. Shows kicking off new seasons include "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (picking up last season's cliffhanger), "Modern Family," "Criminal Minds,"  "The MIddle" and "Law & Order: SVU," which fills two hours with back-to-back episodes. "Revenge" has a recap show, lookinvg at last season and teasing the new one, which really launches in its new time slot on Sunday.
 

"The X Factor," " "Survivor," "Animal Practice," "Guys With Kids" and "Animal Practice," all of which have already premiered, continue.

To read more or comment...

Marlee Matlin Coming to Kent State

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 26, 2012

The official word: Academy Award-winning actress, author and deaf advocate Marlee Matlin will be the keynote speaker at an event marking October as disAbility Awareness Month at Kent State University. Matlin’s address on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Kent Student Center Ballroom is free and open to the public.

Matlin received critical acclaim for her film debut in "Children of a Lesser God," which earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. In addition to her film roles, Matlin has starred in numerous TV shows, including “The West Wing,” “Reasonable Doubts,” “Switched at Birth” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

“We think Ms. Matlin embodies the spirit of what this celebration month is all about,” said Amy Quillin, senior associate director of Student Accessibility Services at Kent State.

Matlin’s keynote address is titled “Nobody’s Perfect: Achieving Inclusion, Diversity and Access.”

“Ms. Matlin will focus her address around some of the common misconceptions and attitudinal barriers that she has had to face, and how she overcame them,” Quillin said. Matlin will also share with the audience how she would like the university and community to recognize and honor people’s ability, rather than focusing on their disabilities.

“I think Ms. Matlin's presence at Kent State honors the deaf community, in particular, in recognizing and giving a voice to the myriad challenges that this population has endured and overcome,” Quillin said.

Matlin currently serves as a national celebrity spokesperson for The American Red Cross and was instrumental in getting legislation passed in Congress in support of closed captioning. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and Easter Seals. She has authored three novels for children: "Deaf Child Crossing," “Nobody's Perfect” and “Leading Ladies.” In 2009, she released her best-selling autobiography, “I'll Scream Later.”

“We have not had a deaf actress or speaker of Ms. Matlin’s caliber serve as a keynote for this event,” Quillin said. “We are very excited and exceptionally privileged to be able to bring her to campus and have her speak to the university community.”

Past disAbility Awareness Month entertainers and speakers at Kent State include Bruce Jenner, Josh Sundquist, Travis Roy, Anita Hollander and Josh Blue.

For more information on the event, contact Quillin at aquillin@kent.edu or 330-672-3391.

To read more or comment...

Author Anne Lamott Coming to Akron in November

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 26, 2012

The official word: The Main Event Speaker Series, an author series featuring prominent voices from the worlds of literature, the arts, politics and journalism, resumes this fall with bestselling author Anne Lamott Tuesday, November 20, 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium in downtown Akron.

Lamott writes and speaks about subjects that begin with capital letters: Alcoholism, Motherhood, Jesus. But armed with self-effacing humor – she is laugh-out-loud funny – and ruthless honesty, Lamott converts her subjects into enchantment.

Lamott is the author of seven novels including, Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, Blue Shoe, All New People, and Crooked Little Heart (the sequel to Rosie), as well as five bestselling books of non-fiction, Operating Instructions, an account of life as a single mother during her son’s first year and Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, a guide to writing and the challenges of a writer’s life, Traveling Mercies, a collection of autobiographical essays on faith, and Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith.

To read more or comment...

Classical WCLV Going Noncommercial

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 26, 2012

The official word: WCLV 104.9FM, Northeastern Ohio’s Classical Music station, will begin operating as a noncommercial station on January 1, 2013. The audience will continue to enjoy familiar WCLV programming with familiar voices presenting the greatest music of the past five hundred years and the rich arts and cultural resources of today.
With the transition, WCLV is following commercial classical music radio stations in New York City, Boston and Seattle that have successfully converted to a noncommercial format.


WCLV is now affiliated with ideastream, the multiple media public service organization that operates noncommercial stations WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN. Studios for all three stations are at Idea Center® at PlayhouseSquare.
 

To read more or comment...

USA Renews "Royal Pains" (for 2 seasons), "White Collar," "Covert Affairs"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 25, 2012

The official word: On the heels of an unprecedented seventh consecutive summer win as cable’s #1 network across all key demos, USA signaled additional season pickups for three of its hit original drama series – ROYAL PAINS, WHITE COLLAR and COVERT AFFAIRS. The three series rank among the summer’s top ten scripted hours overall in cable in 18-49. The announcement was made today by Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, co-presidents, USA Network.

"All three of these series have found ways to stay creatively fresh and culturally relevant. The execution in writing, acting and production is among the best on television. In an increasingly competitive landscape, these series got new season pickups the old-fashioned way -- they earned it!," said Wachtel and McCumber.

To read more or comment...

More Notes: African-American Viewing, New Lee Daniels Film, MTV Logos

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 25, 2012

Nielsen notes that, while African-Americans watch more TV on average than the population as a whole, younger African-Americans are moving past traditonal TV.Details are here. A summary:

The average African-American viewer watches nearly seven hours of television daily, almost 2.5 more hours per day than the average viewer in the U.S., according to the new Nielsen report, African-Americans: Still Vital, Still Growing. This fact should pique the attention of marketers and advertisers alike, particularly considering that, in 2012, the African-American population in the U.S. reached almost 43 million and continues to grow at more than one-and-a-half times the pace of the general population.

Between generations, however, TV viewership among African-Americans is deeply incongruent. African-American Baby Boomers (45-64 years old) spend 7 hours and 53 minutes daily watching live TV, while their younger Generation Y counterparts (18-34 years old) spend almost two-and-a-half hours less time viewing live content (5H:12M). This divide makes sense when you consider the myriad new and ever-expanding viewing options that the traditionally more tech-savvy Gen Y has, at their fingertips.

To read more or comment...

Mixed Notes: Hello, New Season Tuesday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 25, 2012

A trio of new shows tonight: -- "Ben & Kate" and "The Mindy Project" on Fox, "Vegas" on CBS -- along with season premieres of "New Girl," "NCiS," "NCIS: LA" and "Private Practice," and the ongoing seasons of "The Voice," "Go On," "The New Normal," "Parenthood" abd "Dancing With the Stars" (with its first results show).

Chalk it up to my demographics, but I have been asked most about "NCIS," since it had the double-cliffhanger ending of Ducky collapsing on the beach and a bomb going off at NCIS HQ. I have seen the season premiere, and will not offer any spoilers here -- except to say that fans should be satisfied, and that the episode is an especially tense and suspenseful one, as it deals with the hunt for Harper Dearing (Richard Schiff).  While"NCIS" is not a show that dazzles Emmy voters, it should get more regard; it is solidly structured, ably acted (especially by Mark Harmon) and effectively paced. To be sure, it can stumble, especially when it decides a multi-episode story line needs to be wrapped up. But for the most part, its fan base is well deserved and well served.

To read more or comment...

"DWTS" Modifies Judges' Scoring

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 24, 2012

No, it hasn't taken away those overused 10 paddles. It has added incremental scores (and promptly added "Emmy Award winner" to Tom Bergeron's name. The official word:

Beginning tonight on the premiere episode of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” the judges will be able to award whole and half points up to 10 (for example, 8.5, 9, 9.5) to accommodate and reflect the higher degrees of difficulty and nuances in performance that this season’s All-Stars will bring to the dance floor.

To read more or comment...

Another Note

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 24, 2012

If you're a "Warehouse 13" watcher (and I am), here's an update:

The Warehouse’s battle against an unspeakable power that has steadily consumed Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) comes to a devastating conclusion in the Warehouse 13 mid-season four finale, airing on Syfy Monday, October 1 at 9PM (ET/PT).

To read more or comment...

Mixed Notes: Hello, TV Season (Updated)

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 24, 2012

Tonight, the TV season starts in earnest -- meaning that CBS and ABC are finally launching rhe bulk of their new and returning shows. Since I have another commitment tonight, this morning I set the DVR for the following broadcast shows: "Dancing With the Stars," "Bones,' "Mike and Molly," "Hawaii Five-O" and "Revolution." In addition, I watched ahead of time both "How I Met Your Mother" and "Partners." One "Mob Doctor" a week ago was plenty, and "The Voice" just doesn't speak to me. On the cable side, I will be recording "Warehouse 13," "Alphas" and "Major Crimes." It's definitely a two-DVR night unless I rely on the On Demand channels.

"Revolution," as silly as I thought the premiere, merits a second viewing tonight because it might turn out to be fun, page-turning pulp now that it has established characters, and because of Billy Burke and Giancarlo Esposito. I am not optimistic, but I haven't given up hope. "Bones" had a good season premiere, and I am a loyal viewer of long standing, "Mike and Molly" makes me laugh  more often than not, and the bride and I found ourselves spending far too much time catching up on episodes in the second-season DVD set; all I have seen of tonight's telecast is a clip, but it's relatively funny. "Hawaii Five-O" is ridiculous, but it passes the time -- and I still love seeing all those scenes of Hawaii in HD. OK, all those scenes which seem to take place on the same stretch of beach -- but I know that stretch!

To read more or comment...

Mixed Notes - Sept. 23

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 23, 2012

These have been semi-hectic days, and the kind which should tell aspiring journalists that they had better be prepared to do many different things. I have been writing some of my usual entertainment efforts. But I also compiled information for a couple of politics stories, and on my Saturday shift yesterday wrote briefly about a drug bust an animal-adoption event.

Some links: a look ahead at the CBS drama "Elementary," and this week's video column, mainly about "The Avengers," with a list of new releases. The first of those politics stories, a roundup of results from a new state poll. (which is explained here).

To read more or comment...

For Your Weekend Amusement

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 21, 2012

It's Official: NFL Network, Time Warner Deal (Updated)

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 21, 2012

Time Warner in NE Ohio has them on now. NFL Network is on channel 346, a rep says; RedZone on 347. For HD versions, 1346 AND 1347.

From NFL Network, Time Warner and Bright House (which also made an NFL Net agreement): NFL Network reached multi-year agreements with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, the country’s respective second- and sixth-largest cable providers, for carriage of NFL Network and the NFL RedZone channel, it was announced today.

To read more or comment...

"Raising Hope" Season Premiere on Twitter

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 21, 2012

Not only is it tech-savvy, it's funny. Here's the official word:

In an exclusive Twitter first, the series premiere of RAISING HOPE (@RaisingHopeFOX) is now available for viewing on the Tuesday-night comedy’s Twitter page at www.twitter.com/raisinghopefox. Starring Martha Plimpton, Lucas Neff and Garret Dillahunt, RAISING HOPE is the first-ever TV series to offer a full episode on Twitter.

To read more or comment...

"Army Wives" Gets 7th Season

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 21, 2012

This is murky about casting, referring only to who starred in the sixth season. But you fans can at least celebrate there being a seventh. The official word: Lifetime has renewed its hit drama Army Wives for a seventh season with a 13 episode order for a 2013 return, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks.

Regarding the announcement, Sharenow said, “Army Wives is a very special program. It’s rare to find a series that connects with viewers and resonates so powerfully after six straight seasons, and we couldn’t be prouder to have it return to Lifetime next year.”

Averaging 3.2 million Total Viewers, Army Wives’ sixth season, which concluded September 9 and was the number one ad-supported cable series in its premiere time period among Women 18+, follows the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women – and one man – living with their spouses and families on an active army post.

The series’ sixth season starred Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller, Terry Serpico, Kelli Williams and Catherine Bell, and also featured Kellie Martin, Alyssa Diaz and JJ Soria. Produced by ABC Studios, with Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin serving as executive producers, the series is based on the book Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage by Tanya Biank, who serves as a consultant.
 

To read more or comment...

"Mad Men" Season 5 DVD/BD Details

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 20, 2012

The official word: The men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are back with all-new drama inside and outside of the office. From creator Matthew Weiner (HBO’s “The Sopranos”) and featuring a stellar cast including Jon Hamm (Friends with Kids), Elisabeth Moss (“The West Wing”), Christina Hendricks (I Don’t Know How She Does It) and January Jones (X-Men: First Class), “Mad Men” Season Five arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Download on October 16, 2012. The AMC premiere of season five was the most watched “Mad Men” episode ever, up over 21% from the previous season premiere. “Mad Men” continues to establish itself as one of the most honored series in television history, winning its fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series last year, a milestone achieved by only three other shows in history (“Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “The West Wing”).

 

To read more or comment...

Mixed Notes - Sept. 20

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 20, 2012

A couple of NBC mainstays, "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation," return tonight, with "The Office" beginning its final season. One of the problems with "The Office" since Steve Carell's departure has been a dark, sad tone, a sourness to its characters' struggles. While there are funny bits* in tonight's episode, it still drifts into that grimness and even meanness again with Dwight, Jim & Pam and even Angela. I can see how some of those sorrows are leading the show toward its finale, but it's still not much fun to watch; it's as if all the sweetness was exhausted in Carell's farewell -- or sent over to "Parks and Rec," which for its premiere sends Leslie to Washington on Pawnee business, and accordingly leaves Ron in charge of the department barbecue. The results are consistently funny and yet optimistic; Lesile's indominability is underscored -- and there are some nice little moments with some political stars. Much more encouraging.

From today's Beacon Journal: the mailbag, a chat with Wanda Sykes and a review of "Trouble With the Curve," which disappointed.

To read more or comment...

Steve Sabol, R.I.P.

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 18, 2012

With his father, Ed, Sabol was key to defining the NFL through their film productions, and was an amiable face for NFL Films presentations. From NFL NetworK:

NFL Films President Steve Sabol, for five decades the creative force behind the unique brand of storytelling and cinematography that brought America closer to the game of football, died today at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer.

To read more or comment...

Viewing Notes: "Revolution"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 17, 2012

Tonight NBC premieres a drama that is aimed at a bunch of demographics: "Lost" fans, "Hunger Games" fans, lovers of post-apocalyptic dramas, lovers of shows where post-apocalyptic young women have still found a way to sew very tight pants.

The show, "Revolution," will get me back for a second episode at least. And a big plot twist from the original pilot has been cut out of tonight's premiere, so it does not feel as overstuffed narratively. But it is still a show that veers between the somber and the silly, with the somber more interesting but the silly too intrusive.

To read more or comment...

Mixed Notes - Sept. 16 (Updated)

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 16, 2012

My look at Fox series "The Mob Doctor" is here.I am not enthused about the show, but I love to say the title -- and wish a famous TV voice was doing so, too. Today's video column, talking "Indiana Jones," Katy Perry, Steve Martin and more, is  here. My latest addition to the Beacon Journal's civility project looks at public perceptions of news media and is here.

 Besides some chores of one sort or another, this has been a Super Sports Weekend for the House of Heldenfels. Friday night was University of Akron soccer, another frustrating game; the final score was 0-0. Yes, against a highly ranked team, with plenty of dramatic play. But there's something missing with this team -- an absolute determination to win -- that UA has had at its best. Lame-duck coach Caleb Porter certainly seemed involved during play, but he looked tired in his post-game remarks, and how do you prepare and motivate young players who know you won't be around next year, and a new coach may have different ideas about how to win, and with whom? We'll see how it goes today, against another tough opponent. (continues after the jump)

To read more or comment...

Mixed Notes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 14, 2012

Considering Jennifer Granholm's current fame, an amusing look at an earlier part of her life. I have had trouble seeing the video all the way through but, great googly moogly, the fashions alone are high entertainment.

 Since I am teaching college freshmen, I am well aware of certain cultural gaps between their knowledge and mine. But what excuse could the NY Times have for a mistake corrected thus:

To read more or comment...

Rich and the movies: Is it time to upgrade to Blu-ray?

By Ohio.com Published: September 13, 2012

You have a stack of DVDs, but new editions are coming out on Blu-ray. What to do? Beacon Journal pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels offers some insight.

To read more or comment...

The Return of "Glee" And Other Notes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 13, 2012

Tonight's season premiere of "Glee" is called "The New Rachel." Imagine my delight. The show's Rachel-centricity has been one of its most annoying aspects, and that title should tell you that her graduation and going to NYC for NYADA has not pushed her off-camera.

In fact, in keeping with what figures to be a common approach on "Glee" this season, the premiere double-tracks its story. One track is Rachel's arriving at NYADA, and finding it is not the unalloyed triumph she expected; her dance teacher, played by Kate Hudson, makes Sue Sylvester seem kindly. Meanwhile, back in Lima, four of the remaining New Directions -- Artie, Tina, Brittany and Blaine -- debate who will be the "new Rachel' -- meaning the top New Directions star. But they face competition from Lima's latest transfer student, Unique,and there's a new girl, Marley Rose, who may ace out all of them.

To read more or comment...

Another Video

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 12, 2012

It starts awful, then basically stays that way -- but manages to be more adorable as it grinds along.

To read more or comment...

For "Cougar Town" Fans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 12, 2012

An entertaining video, after the jump...

To read more or comment...

Al Bartholet Leaving WKSU

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 11, 2012

The station GM and broadcasting veteran is retiring in December. (If you want to be his successor,check this out:
 Here's his WKSU bio:

Al Bartholet was named WKSU’s general manager in 2001, being just the fourth person to lead WKSU since it first went on the air in October 1950. Prior to stepping up to this position, Al was station manager for two years, and he served as director of development and operations coordinator during the previous 18 years.

To read more or comment...

CBS Adapts Sunday Schedule on Late-Football Nights

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 11, 2012

The official word: In an effort to further assist CBS’s Sunday night viewers in navigating primetime series time changes due to NFL overruns, CBS will list the scheduled start times for its Sunday night series 30 minutes later in Eastern and Central Time zones on doubleheader weekends. The Network also unveiled a multi-platform upgrade to the CBS Eye-lert system, which informs viewers of any further adjusted start times.

In response to the history of primetime delays on doubleheader weekends and the NFL’s recent announcement to move the kickoff time of the late afternoon games from 4:15 to 4:25 PM, ET, CBS will now list its lineup on NFL doubleheader Sundays as follows:

To read more or comment...

Two Billy Wilder Movies Make DVD Debuts

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 11, 2012

James Monaco's Movie Guide gave "Five Graves to Cairo" 4 1/2 stars ouot of 5 and praised its "devilishly clever plotting," dialogue and cast, particularly Erich von Stroheim. "Foreign Affair" has 3 1/2 of 4 stars in Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, which calls it a "great Wilder comedy."

The official word:

To read more or comment...

Another Anniversary

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 11, 2012

Today is 9/11, but not the 9/11. That was in 2001, and the ache still is there.

Below are a couple of columns about that day, and the years since. The first is one I wrote a few days after 9/11, the second a 10th-anniversary column from last year.

To read more or comment...

Viewing Notes - Sept. 11

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 11, 2012

Tonight includes the second installment of "The Voice," the time-period premieres of "Go On" and "The New Normal" and the season premiere of "Parenthood," all on NBC. I am far more interested in the new season of "Sons of Anarchy," which begins on FX at 10 tonight.

The drama about a motorcycle gang, its battles not only with the law but with other criminal organizations, and a pulp-meets-Shakespeare family conflict is a show that I tend to lose track of, only to rediscover and think, "Wow,. they are doing some good stuff here." Katey Sagal has been nonstop brilliant on it, and Charlie Hunnam has gotten better year after year; there are great faces (and characters) in the likes of Kim Coates, Ryan Hurst and Tommy Flanagan. And this year includes a couple of guest stars, Jimmy Smits and Harold Perrineau, who make things even more intriguing -- and dangerous.

To read more or comment...

Viewing Notes - Sept. 10

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 10, 2012

In case you have missed mentions of it, "General Hospital" moves to 2 p.m. Eastern time today. That opens up the 3 p.m. hour for ABC-owned stations and ABC affiliates to carry Katie Couric's new talk show at that time, including on WEWS (Channel 5). And that is just one of a bundle of daytime changes as several other new talk shows also debut; Locally, WJW (Channel 8) today kicks off shows hosted by Jeff Probst at 1 p.m. and Ricki Lake at 3 p.m., with Steve Harvey's show  -- which premiered last week -- in between,

Also tonight, "The Voice" begins a new season on NBC -- locally on WKYC (Channel 3); with a large audience expected for its premiere, the show's two-hour telecast will be followed by previews of "The New Normal," which I do not much like, at 10 p..m. and "Go On," whose pilot I enjoyed, at 10:30.

To read more or comment...

Hello, Fall TV

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 9, 2012

My jaded and jaundiced look at the new TV season is here. Brief descriptions of new TV series are here.New shows set for midseason are here. A list of the dates that older shows return is here. A glimpse at what's coming up on cable and PBS is here.

My Channels cover, about "The New Normal" and my frustration with Ryan Murphy, is here.

To read more or comment...

Mixed Notes - Sept. 7

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 7, 2012

Today's print HeldenFiles is here. Includes some more about the Glendale Cemetery movie showing, a little about "Death by China," some Rock Hall info and "Stand Up to Cancer."

In case you have been expecting more posts here lately, you will get one explanation on Sunday, when my annual fall-TV preview package runs.

To read more or comment...

Rich and the movies: Football movies

By Ohio.com Published: September 6, 2012

Football season is underway, and the Beacon Journal's Rich Heldenfels checks in with some pigskin classics.

To read more or comment...

RIP, Art Modell

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 6, 2012

I know he was a pariah in Cleveland, and deservedly so. But let's not forget that he was key to the NFL-TV relationships, and especially the creation of "Monday Night Football," which ran 36 seasons in broadcast-network prime time before moving to ESPN. 

Back in 1995, as the Browns were about to exit Cleveland, I talked with my colleague Marc Gunther about Howard Cosell, Modell and "MNF." From that column:

To read more or comment...

Di Paolo, Lange Launch DirecTV Show on Friday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 6, 2012

From the network: DIRECTV is about to give late-night TV a double-barreled dose of outrageous comedy with the premiere of The Nick and Artie Show, beginning Friday, September 7 on Audience Network.

After taking sports talk radio by storm last year, DIRECTV’s The Nick and Artie Show, featuring comedians Nick Di Paolo and Artie Lange, will tackle TV - Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET - with the most outrageous observational humor to be found anywhere. The guys will review and give their unique takes on the day’s top sports and entertainment stories, along with celebrity interviews, movie reviews, live musical performances and a variety of in-studio segments, from cooking with Artie’s Mom to a game of pool.

To read more or comment...

Some Chuck Berry Tribute Performers Set

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 6, 2012

From the Rock Hall: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University are pleased to announce the initial lineup of artists that will honor Chuck Berry at the 17th annual American Music Masters® tribute concert on Saturday, October 27, 2012. at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre. Chuck Berry will appear to accept the American Music Masters honor and is scheduled to perform.

Tribute concert performers scheduled to appear include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ernie Isley and Darryl McDaniels, Joe Bonamassa, Rosie Flores, John Fullbright, David Johansen, JD McPherson, Lemmy Kilmister , Bucky Pizzarelli, Chuck Prophet, Duke Robillard, Earl Slick and M. Ward. Additional guests will be announced soon.

To read more or comment...

Movie Under the Stars in Glendale Cemetery 9/15

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 5, 2012

The official word: The West Hill Neighborhood Organization (WHNO) and Akron Digital Media Center (ADMC) announce a free outdoor movie night on Saturday, September 15th, 2012, in the historic Glendale Cemetery near downtown Akron.

The moonless evening will include a showing of the black & white classic "It Happened One Night," starring former Akronite Clark Gable, vintage cartoon shorts and audience storytelling. Visitors are welcome to bring their own low chairs, blankets, flashlights (for a safe walk back to their cars) and picnic baskets. Popcorn, snacks and soft drinks will also be available for purchase from WHNO.

To read more or comment...

Dwayne Johnson-Hosted Reality Series Set

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 5, 2012

The official word: TNT has given the greenlight to The Hero (working title), a new reality-competition series that will set out to find the next great hero. TNT has ordered eight episodes of the series from Ben Silverman's multimedia entertainment studio Electus and its 5x5 Media exclusive producers. The Hero will be headlined by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who will executive-produce with his producing partner, Dany Garcia. The series is set to premiere on TNT in summer 2013.

The Hero will bring 10 ordinary people together in a house and then assign them various missions that will test their brains, their brawn and even their morality. The show will challenge the competitors to prove they've got what it takes to be heroes, pushing them to the limits to see what they are willing (and able) to overcome, undergo or sacrifice for the sake of their fellow contestants.

To read more or comment...

Gotye Show Moving From Jacobs to Lakewood 9/16

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 5, 2012

The official word: Gotye with special guest Chairlift and Zammuto is moving from Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica to the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Due to logistical issues a change in venue has been required for this show and we apologize for any inconvenience caused. All tickets will be honored for the new venue.

All tickets purchased for the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica show will be exchanged for comparable seats at Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Fans can exchange their tickets at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Saturday, September 8 and Saturday, September 15 between the hours of 10am – 2pm or at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium box office day of show starting at 2pm.
 

To read more or comment...

In Case You Missed Them: Some FX Series Dates

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 4, 2012

From the network:
 

Sons of Anarchy Season 5 Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 11, 10 PM ET/PT

To read more or comment...

Mixed Notes -- Sept. 4

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 4, 2012

I took a long weekend off from work and the blog in order to relax some, make a family visit, handle some chores (including a long-needed lawn mowing when yesterday's sunshine permitted) and catch up on some work for the classes I am teaching.

As a result, I have not yet seen the most recent lelecasts of "Breaking Bad," "Major Crimes" and "Copper" -- but they are waiting in the DVR. Maybe tonight. The bride and I did use some rest time to watch "What To Expect When You're Expecting," but it proved to be a movie whose cast implied far more possibilities for entertainment than the film actually, uh, delivered.

To read more or comment...

It's Official: Strahan Co-Hosts "Live"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 4, 2012

The official word: Months of rumor and speculation ended this morning as Kelly Ripa proudly introduced legendary NFL star and “Fox NFL Sunday” broadcaster Michael Strahan as her new co-host during the inaugural broadcast of the newly-rechristened syndicated talk show, “LIVE! with Kelly and Michael.”

After an extensive search encompassing more than nine months and top personalities from every area of broadcasting and entertainment, Strahan joined Ripa today for his first official day as co-host. He previously had made several guest appearances on the show, and co-hosted with Ripa 20 times over the last two years.

To read more or comment...

SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS

OHIO.COM VIDEOS

Blogs:

Heldenfels' mailbag


INFORMATIONAL PAGES