Pierce - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/csp/cms/sites/sltrib/pages/columnists.csp?col=Pierce Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Scott D. Pierce: Comedy Central let John Oliver get away http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57846045-223/oliver-central-comedy-daily.html.csp Do you think maybe the folks at Comedy Central regret that they didn’t get John Oliver under contract this past summer? Oliver, a longtime contributor to “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” hosted that show for eight weeks while Stewart was off directing a movie. The reception to his performance, among critics and fans, was hugely positive. And that’s an understatement. Oliver received all sorts of rave reviews. Which is a huge accomplishment when you’re replacing (albeit temporarily) a TV/pop-... Do you think maybe the folks at Comedy Central regret that they didn’t get John Oliver under contract this past summer? Oliver, a longtime contributor to “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” hosted that show for eight weeks while Stewart was off directing a movie. The reception to his performance, among critics and fans, was hugely positive. And that’s an understatement. Oliver received all sorts of rave reviews. Which is a huge accomplishment when you’re replacing (albeit temporarily) a TV/pop-... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57846045@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:33:08 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Bill O’Reilly thinks right-wingers are idiots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57826970-223/colbert-reilly-percent-thinks.html.csp Conservative TV host Bill O’Reilly is making it crystal clear what he thinks of the people who watch his show. He thinks you’re idiots. Just listen to what he’s been saying about “Late Show” host-in-waiting Stephen Colbert, and that’s absolutely clear. O’Reilly thinks you’re too dumb to understand satire. That you’re so simple-minded you don’t get that Colbert has been playing a character, satirizing right-wing TV hosts like O’Reilly since “The Colbert Report” debuted in October 2005. Or, worse... Conservative TV host Bill O’Reilly is making it crystal clear what he thinks of the people who watch his show. He thinks you’re idiots. Just listen to what he’s been saying about “Late Show” host-in-waiting Stephen Colbert, and that’s absolutely clear. O’Reilly thinks you’re too dumb to understand satire. That you’re so simple-minded you don’t get that Colbert has been playing a character, satirizing right-wing TV hosts like O’Reilly since “The Colbert Report” debuted in October 2005. Or, worse... 57826970@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:41:17 MDT Scott D. Pierce: ‘Salem’ gets interesting in the really crazy bits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57827837-223/salem-crazy-interesting-mary.html.csp WGN America’s new series “Salem” is cool and creepy and full of witches — as you might have guessed from the title. “That’s a compliment,” said creator/executive producer/writer Brannon Braga (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “24”). “We’ll take cool and creepy. We’re definitely going after cool and creepy. We’re also going after emotional entanglement with the characters.” “Salem” (Sunday, 8, 9:06 and 11 p.m., WGN America) is also dirty. Not in the context of a dirty movie — although there’s some of th... WGN America’s new series “Salem” is cool and creepy and full of witches — as you might have guessed from the title. “That’s a compliment,” said creator/executive producer/writer Brannon Braga (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “24”). “We’ll take cool and creepy. We’re definitely going after cool and creepy. We’re also going after emotional entanglement with the characters.” “Salem” (Sunday, 8, 9:06 and 11 p.m., WGN America) is also dirty. Not in the context of a dirty movie — although there’s some of th... 57827837@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:18:01 MDT Scott D. Pierce: End these 9 TV shows; save these 7 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57798212-223/bad-shows-abc-cbs.html.csp Over the next few weeks, TV programmers will make final decisions about which shows they will renew and which they’ll kick to the curb. A lot of series have already been picked up. A bunch have gotten the ax. And a bunch more that are “on the bubble” — they might get renewed, they might not. And that decision will usually come down to a network’s new program development; whether programmers think a potential new series will be stronger than what it would replace. These days, pretty much every s... Over the next few weeks, TV programmers will make final decisions about which shows they will renew and which they’ll kick to the curb. A lot of series have already been picked up. A bunch have gotten the ax. And a bunch more that are “on the bubble” — they might get renewed, they might not. And that decision will usually come down to a network’s new program development; whether programmers think a potential new series will be stronger than what it would replace. These days, pretty much every s... 57798212@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:38:13 MDT Scott D. Pierce: No, ‘Mad Men’ is not the greatest show ever http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57792121-223/mad-less-episodes-season.html.csp At the risk of committing TV heresy, “Mad Men” is not the greatest thing ever to hit the small screen. Don’t get me wrong. I like it. And it’s been more or less fascinating to see the characters develop — or not develop — over the 78 episodes of the first six seasons. But, while folks like me who write about TV have gone more-or-less gaga over “Mad Men” at times, while the Emmys have dumped more than their share of awards on Don Draper & Co., the series is not without flaws. Not the least of wh... At the risk of committing TV heresy, “Mad Men” is not the greatest thing ever to hit the small screen. Don’t get me wrong. I like it. And it’s been more or less fascinating to see the characters develop — or not develop — over the 78 episodes of the first six seasons. But, while folks like me who write about TV have gone more-or-less gaga over “Mad Men” at times, while the Emmys have dumped more than their share of awards on Don Draper & Co., the series is not without flaws. Not the least of wh... 57792121@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:15:20 MDT