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Now this: James Gandolfini will finally get his HBO tribute this Sunday at 8 p.m. HBO describes it this way:
In this special presentation, more than two dozen friends and colleagues remember the three-time Emmy® winner, who died June 19, 2013 at age 51. Along with first-person reflections, the special features clips of Gandolfini’s work, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.
The title: "James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend."
And here's a brief look. Newsday app readers please go to Newsday.com/tvzone:
There's a prominent report in the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday morning that says CNN chief Jeff Zucker has approached Jay Leno about a late night show after his "Tonight" reign ends early next year. No surprise -- it's been speculated about often, and an approach by Zucker makes all the sense in the world. (I'm kidding, kidding. Can't you take a joke?)
After all, CNN is a news...Read more »
TCM Remembers Joan Fontaine 6:30 a.m. – Blonde Cheat (1938)Joan Fontaine 7:45 a.m. – The Women (1939) 10:15 a.m. – Born to Be Bad (1950) Noon – Ivanhoe (1952) 2 p.m. – The Constant Nymph (1943) 4 p.m. – Suspicion (1941) 5:45 p.m. – Rebecca (1940)
TCM Remembers Peter O’Toole 8 p.m. – Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Midnight – Peter O'Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2011) 1 a.m. – Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969) 3:45 a.m. – My Favorite Year (1982)
Every year at this time Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating" list arrives, and - on a vastly more modest scale - so does my list, of TVs most fascinating....
It's a modest little list, this list, but what it does offer - in my humble opinion - is a quick shout-out to a few who have done something genuinely interesting and not some who have just mastered the twerk...
We...Read more »
Interesting bit of news from Nielsen's annual Top Ten list, released Tuesday morning: "Dancing With the Stars" edged out "American Idol" as TV's most viewed unscripted show last season. "NCIS" remained TV's top draw overall.
It's not earth-shattering news by any means -- "Idol," consistently TV's most watched for a decade, has been in an inexorable slide for years now, but "Idol" has usually been the superior in terms of numbers; in 2012, for example, "Idol's" Wednesday show edged out "DWTS" (15.1 million viewers to "DWTS's" 15.0 million.)
But ... Nielsen's numbers show a drop of about 1 million each for both shows.
Here's the list and you'll be shocked -- shocked! -- to learn that football remains preeminent.
1. NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (NBC) 7.4 ... 21,734,000
2. SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK (NBC) 5.3 ... 15,708,000
3. THE OT (FOX) 5.0 ... 14,753,000
4. NCIS (CBS) 5.0 ... 14,692,000
5. DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC) 4.7 ... 13,862,000
6. NFL REGULAR SEASON (ESPN) 4.6 ... 13,446,000
7. AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY (FOX) 4.6 ... 13,384,000
8. BIG BANG THEORY (CBS) 4.5 ... 13,217,000
9. AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY (FOX) 4.5 ... 13,136,000
10. DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS (ABC) 4.5 ... 12,890,000
Data from 12/31/2012 - 12/08/2013. Regularly scheduled English and Spanish-language programs on Broadcast and Cable. Primetime. Persons 2+ estimates include live and same-day timeshifted viewing. Excludes breakouts, specials, programs less than 5 minutes in duration and programs with less than 4 telecasts. Read as: NBC Sunday Night Football averaged 21.7 million viewers who watched live or via timeshifted viewing within the same day. Source: Nielsen
After suffering the slings, arrows, barbs and -- worse -- dismissal of the critical horde and that horde that hands out awards (though in the case of the Golden Globes, forget about seeking rhyme or reason), "Homeland" ended the third season Sunday night proving all of them wrong. Moving ...and provocative -- or provoking at least this question: Where now? -- the finale was a classic reset.
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"Family Guy's" Brian Griffin died three weeks ago, but thanks to the miracle of modern animation he lives yet again.
That's right: Millions of fans who actually took seriously the idea that one of the most popular cartoon characters on TV was actually dead can now take solace in the fact that they were ... suckered.
Here's what Seth MacFarlane tweeted after the miraculous resurrection:
“And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash.”
But really, how easy was this? So easy that all it took was a warp in the space time continuum that allowed Stewie to rescue Brian before he was run over. Watch and weep with happiness -- or at least weep for those gullible enough to believe Brian really was gone for good.
Great actors - like Peter O'Toole, who died over the weekend at age 81 - rarely confine their work to the stage or screen, and O'Toole was certainly no exception. He eschewed series TV, with one exception - Showtime's "The Tudors" - but not miniseries. There was a recent starring role on the BBC ("Casanova," with David Tennant) but U.S. viewers probably best remember "Masada,"...Read more »
No one needs to be reminded what happened exactly one year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School; certainly no one in Newtown, Conn., where no memorials are planned Saturday, and no TV cameras are welcome. As the snow piles up — 7 to 12 inches expected to cover this town of nearly 30,000 by Sunday morning — TV news will have no familiar easy hooks for anniversary stories; no ceremonies, no reflections,...Read more »
"House of Cards" returns Feb. 14, and in its wake, will bring not only fans but maybe even a Golden Globe or two (the Netflix series got a best drama nomination yesterday.) But what of this mysterious second season? A few hints in this second season trailer, just released...
Newsday app readers can see it all right here, at Newsday.com/tvzone...