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2011
Jun
16
 
 
Fran Drescher of The Nanny fame still talks as though she's just gargled with glass shards. Which might be an overall healthier choice for you than watching her new comedy series, Happily Divorced. It's TV Land's latest effort to mix and match familiar stars of bygone TV hits. And perhaps it's time to stop for a while after striking gold with Hot In Cleveland before sinking to Retired at 35 and now this...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
16
 
 
And THWAP! And KA-POW! The campy '60s sensation has become a nightly ritual at our house. The 11:30 p.m. ET airing of Batman on cable channel The Hub is a pretty swell way to end the day -- the deadpan delirium of title star Adam West, the funky parade of movie stars playing silly villains in comic book adventures...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
16
 
 
Feeling behind the curve on some of the tube's coolest series? Settle in for some quick weekend catch-up on top titles from HBO and AMC. "True Blood" races through the entirety of its first three seasons before Season 4 kicks off...Tune to HBO Zone for nonstop immersion in the vampires, werewolves and other odd inhabitants of Bon Temps, Louisiana.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
15
 
 
Almost 20 years ago, in my first book, I predicted what TV might look like in the future - and now that the future's here, it happens I was right. So I'm wondering: What will television look like two decades from NOW? And this time, just for fun, why don't YOU guess?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
15
 
 
Who is this guy? This isn't a feeble attempt to test your golf I.Q. It's more like a feeble attempt to slide NBC viewers a crib sheet before players tee off Thursday for this year's U.S. Open...Mind you, the broadcasters' descriptive "World's No. 1" and Tiger Woods were coupled for so long that it seemed the gifted one would take that title to his grave...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
13
 
 
It's summer, and time to go down to Yasgur's farm again -- this August will mark the 42nd anniversary of the Woodstock music festival. There's nothing notable about that milestone except we're still getting older, and Ang Lee's 2009 dramedy Taking Woodstock is running all summer long on HBO...And all the while, it dances around the edges the festival, without ever pushing to the stage and laying eyes on a rock star...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
13
 
 
I was watching a telecast of "Austin Powers" in "Goldmember" the other day and was surprised, when doing my habitual practice of closely reading the final credits, to see a name that was not familiar to me when the film was released in 2002, but is much more familiar now: Carrie Ann Inaba, one of the judges on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
9
 
 
I love it when I read something by one of our TVWW contributors and it makes ME go "Damn, that's brilliant -- and it had never occurred to me." It happens more than I'd care to admit, and it definitely occurs with Ed Martin's newest Ed Martin's TV Mix dispatch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
9
 
 
The-Protector-Ally-Walker.jpg NBC just announced it's burning off the previous-regime sitcom Friends With Benefits starting June 25. (And yes, that's a Saturday, which tells you what the current regime thinks of the show.) This also reminds me that I'm waaaay late in posting a list of summer programs on the networks and cable channels, so you know what to look forward to (or avoid).
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
8
 
 
gunsmoke-arness-curtis.jpgJames Arness isn't just prime time's Iron Man in terms of playing a classic character for the longest time, as Bianculli noted earlier this week. Arness also remains perhaps TV's most enduring man, as proven by the ubiquity of his Marshal DIllon western Gunsmoke -- still airing on not one but two cable channels, nearly 40 years after its original run...