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Davis said the role taught her “just how fine the line is between guilt and inno... Playing an attorney on TV has shown Viola Davis there’s a slim — and slippery — divide between guilt and innocence. The 49-year-old actress stars as a defense attorney and law professor on the new ABC show “How to Get Away With Murder,” which premiered Thursday to an impressive 14 million viewers. Davis’ character, Annalise Keating, comes off in the first episode as sharp, intimidating and not all the way righteous. Davis said the role taught her “just how fine the line is between guilt and inno... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58472980@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:19:27 MDT Ed Sullivan statue stolen from TV academy plaza http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58473837-223/statue-sullivan-academy-plaza.html.csp Los Angeles • Los Angeles police are investigating the theft of a solid bronze statue of Ed Sullivan from an outdoor exhibit at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The statue was taken Sunday from atop a pedestal in the academy’s Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. A police statement describes the statue as standing 18 inches tall and weighing about 20 pounds. The Police Department’s North Hollywood area burglary detectives have asked the public for any information that would lead to a... Los Angeles • Los Angeles police are investigating the theft of a solid bronze statue of Ed Sullivan from an outdoor exhibit at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The statue was taken Sunday from atop a pedestal in the academy’s Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. A police statement describes the statue as standing 18 inches tall and weighing about 20 pounds. The Police Department’s North Hollywood area burglary detectives have asked the public for any information that would lead to a... 58473837@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:19:27 MDT GLAAD study: Gay depictions increase on TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58476581-223/percent-characters-gay-glaad.html.csp Television has increased and improved its depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, with the edge going to cable and the Internet over broadcast networks, according to a study released Wednesday. Networks are promoting understanding of gay lives with some of the most inclusive programs yet, but should “strive to include significant transgender content,” Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement. Transgender characters are featured on cable and Internet fare such ... Television has increased and improved its depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, with the edge going to cable and the Internet over broadcast networks, according to a study released Wednesday. Networks are promoting understanding of gay lives with some of the most inclusive programs yet, but should “strive to include significant transgender content,” Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement. Transgender characters are featured on cable and Internet fare such ... 58476581@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:19:27 MDT Scott D. Pierce: CBS’ ‘Stalker’ exploits violence against women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58456135-223/stalker-violence-williamson-women.html.csp The opening moments of the new CBS crime drama “Stalker” (Wednesday, 9 p.m., Ch. 2) may be the most disturbing you’ll see on TV this fall. A masked man chases a woman down the street, splashing gasoline all over her. She makes it inside her car, but has lost her keys. He dumps gas on her car, lights a match and sets the car ablaze. She screams in terror as she is burned to death. Consider it a look inside the mind of creator/executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson. And a glimpse into the tho... The opening moments of the new CBS crime drama “Stalker” (Wednesday, 9 p.m., Ch. 2) may be the most disturbing you’ll see on TV this fall. A masked man chases a woman down the street, splashing gasoline all over her. She makes it inside her car, but has lost her keys. He dumps gas on her car, lights a match and sets the car ablaze. She screams in terror as she is burned to death. Consider it a look inside the mind of creator/executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson. And a glimpse into the tho... 58456135@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:40:56 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Karen Gillan and John Cho look good in their ‘Selfie’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58451273-223/cho-gillan-sort-selfie.html.csp Take an actor from “Doctor Who,” add an actor from “Star Trek” and you get the new ABC sitcom “Selfie” — which is sort of an update on “My Fair Lady.” Really. “Selfie” stars Karen Gillan (Amy Pond in “Doctor Who”) as self-absorbed social-media star Eliza Dooley and John Cho (“Trek’s” Sulu) as Henry, the very proper marketing guru she turns to when a mishap goes viral, making her an online laughingstock. Eliza is a creature of social media, with hundreds of thousands of faux friends but no real ... Take an actor from “Doctor Who,” add an actor from “Star Trek” and you get the new ABC sitcom “Selfie” — which is sort of an update on “My Fair Lady.” Really. “Selfie” stars Karen Gillan (Amy Pond in “Doctor Who”) as self-absorbed social-media star Eliza Dooley and John Cho (“Trek’s” Sulu) as Henry, the very proper marketing guru she turns to when a mishap goes viral, making her an online laughingstock. Eliza is a creature of social media, with hundreds of thousands of faux friends but no real ... 58451273@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:52:02 MDT TV preview: Fox’s ‘Brooklyn’ is back on duty http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58451154-223/watch-fox-saturday-sunday.html.csp “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” came on the scene a year ago as a star vehicle for Andy Samberg, but it’s much better than that. It’s a great ensemble, workplace comedy about police detectives with a great cast that includes Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero and Chelsea Peretti. As Season 2 begins, they’re after a mafioso and undergoing training drills. Watch • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox/Ch. 13 This Weekend — Amazing Race New night for an old favorite. Watch • 7 p.m. Friday, CBS/Ch. 2 MLS Re... “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” came on the scene a year ago as a star vehicle for Andy Samberg, but it’s much better than that. It’s a great ensemble, workplace comedy about police detectives with a great cast that includes Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero and Chelsea Peretti. As Season 2 begins, they’re after a mafioso and undergoing training drills. Watch • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox/Ch. 13 This Weekend — Amazing Race New night for an old favorite. Watch • 7 p.m. Friday, CBS/Ch. 2 MLS Re... 58451154@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:53:36 MDT Rape joke on ‘Simpsons,’ ‘Family Guy’ crossover episode draws attention http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58450318-223/joke-family-rape-guy.html.csp New York • The Fox network isn’t responding to suggestions that it edit its upcoming crossover episode of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” to remove a joke where the punch line is “your sister’s being raped.” The line appears in Sunday’s much-awaited special where Bart Simpson and his family hang around with Stewie and the rest of the “Family Guy” crew, and has already circulated in a trailer for the episode that Fox released online over the summer. It punctuates a scene in which the incorrigible... New York • The Fox network isn’t responding to suggestions that it edit its upcoming crossover episode of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” to remove a joke where the punch line is “your sister’s being raped.” The line appears in Sunday’s much-awaited special where Bart Simpson and his family hang around with Stewie and the rest of the “Family Guy” crew, and has already circulated in a trailer for the episode that Fox released online over the summer. It punctuates a scene in which the incorrigible... 58450318@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:12:08 MDT Scorsese’s latest is HBO documentary on New York Review of Books http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58450188-223/review-scorsese-silvers-york.html.csp As the New York Review of Books approached its 50th anniversary in 2013, editor Robert Silvers and his staff wondered if words were enough to honor one of the world’s signature literary publications. “Should we do anything at all, rumble along in our usual way, or should we make an occasion out of it?” Silvers, 87, recalled during a recent interview at the Review’s offices in Greenwich Village, bookcases unavoidably nearby. “We thought we should do something that was good for us and good for our... As the New York Review of Books approached its 50th anniversary in 2013, editor Robert Silvers and his staff wondered if words were enough to honor one of the world’s signature literary publications. “Should we do anything at all, rumble along in our usual way, or should we make an occasion out of it?” Silvers, 87, recalled during a recent interview at the Review’s offices in Greenwich Village, bookcases unavoidably nearby. “We thought we should do something that was good for us and good for our... 58450188@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:10:02 MDT Jacques Pepin says no slowing down as cooking show ends http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58430121-223/pepin-series-cooking-television.html.csp Jacques Pepin soon will begin production on what his longtime television network is calling his final cooking series, but the chef who has taught generations of Americans to cook says he’s far from retiring. KQED Public Television, the San Francisco-based station that has produced more than a dozen of Pepin’s popular cooking series over the last quarter century, said in a recent release that it will begin recording Pepin’s final series in October. Called “Jacques Pepin: Heart and Soul,” the 26-e... Jacques Pepin soon will begin production on what his longtime television network is calling his final cooking series, but the chef who has taught generations of Americans to cook says he’s far from retiring. KQED Public Television, the San Francisco-based station that has produced more than a dozen of Pepin’s popular cooking series over the last quarter century, said in a recent release that it will begin recording Pepin’s final series in October. Called “Jacques Pepin: Heart and Soul,” the 26-e... 58430121@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:54:01 MDT Fall TV: Color lines are blurred in Fox comedy ‘black-ish’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58436476-223/black-ish-ross-comedy.html.csp Tracee Ellis Ross delivers perhaps the funniest line you’ll hear on a sitcom this fall. The character she plays on ABC’s comedy “black-ish” is, like Ross, an appealing mix of beauty, smarts and zaniness. She is totally plausible as a savvy mother of four and the loving wife of an up-and-coming ad exec (co-star Anthony Anderson), not to mention a busy anesthesiologist. In this upscale African-American family, Dr. Rainbow Johnson also happens to be biracial. This occasionally spurs Andre, her hubb... Tracee Ellis Ross delivers perhaps the funniest line you’ll hear on a sitcom this fall. The character she plays on ABC’s comedy “black-ish” is, like Ross, an appealing mix of beauty, smarts and zaniness. She is totally plausible as a savvy mother of four and the loving wife of an up-and-coming ad exec (co-star Anthony Anderson), not to mention a busy anesthesiologist. In this upscale African-American family, Dr. Rainbow Johnson also happens to be biracial. This occasionally spurs Andre, her hubb... 58436476@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:08:15 MDT ’The Voice’ returns tonight with Pharrell, Stefani http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58442627-223/stefani-voice-pharrell-really.html.csp Gwen Stefani is surrounded by men. She has three sons with husband Gavin Rossdale and is the only female in her rock band No Doubt. But the 44-year-old singer and fashion designer said joining the all-male coaching team on NBC’s reality singing competition “The Voice” has tested her tolerance. “I have to say Adam (Levine) has really, you know, the bar has been risen with him. He is nasty and naughty and dirty and disgusting and he really has no filter. And it’s just really shocking,” Stefani jok... Gwen Stefani is surrounded by men. She has three sons with husband Gavin Rossdale and is the only female in her rock band No Doubt. But the 44-year-old singer and fashion designer said joining the all-male coaching team on NBC’s reality singing competition “The Voice” has tested her tolerance. “I have to say Adam (Levine) has really, you know, the bar has been risen with him. He is nasty and naughty and dirty and disgusting and he really has no filter. And it’s just really shocking,” Stefani jok... 58442627@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:08:15 MDT Shonda Rhimes lays claim to Thursday nights on ABC http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58443080-223/rhimes-shondaland-abc-feel.html.csp Let’s just go ahead and make it official. “Thursday” should be renamed “Shonday.” At least it should on ABC, which has handed its entire Thursday prime-time schedule to drama doyenne Shonda Rhimes. Starting this week locally at 7 p.m., it’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” with Rhimes the showrunner for this medical melodrama’s 11th season. At 9 p.m., “Scandal” begins its fourth year with Rhimes also serving as showrunner. Then, closing out Shonday at 9 p.m., “How To Get Away With Murder” premieres with Viola ... Let’s just go ahead and make it official. “Thursday” should be renamed “Shonday.” At least it should on ABC, which has handed its entire Thursday prime-time schedule to drama doyenne Shonda Rhimes. Starting this week locally at 7 p.m., it’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” with Rhimes the showrunner for this medical melodrama’s 11th season. At 9 p.m., “Scandal” begins its fourth year with Rhimes also serving as showrunner. Then, closing out Shonday at 9 p.m., “How To Get Away With Murder” premieres with Viola ... 58443080@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:08:15 MDT Scott D. Pierce: 13 returning TV faves to watch this week http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58433102-223/season-iframe-abc-wednesday.html.csp If you’re a fan of “Sleepy Hollow” (Monday, 8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13), you already know the truth about the Fox show — it’s absolutely insane. It is, after all, a show about Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who awakens after 250 years to do battle with the Headless Horseman and various other evil beings who are determined to bring about Armageddon.It’s great fun, but it’s nuts. And viewers aren’t the only ones who think so. Mison said he gets that same feeling with “every script.” “I mean, that’s why I lov... If you’re a fan of “Sleepy Hollow” (Monday, 8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13), you already know the truth about the Fox show — it’s absolutely insane. It is, after all, a show about Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who awakens after 250 years to do battle with the Headless Horseman and various other evil beings who are determined to bring about Armageddon.It’s great fun, but it’s nuts. And viewers aren’t the only ones who think so. Mison said he gets that same feeling with “every script.” “I mean, that’s why I lov... 58433102@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:52:33 MDT Fall TV preview: The best and worst of fall TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58388932-223/264-com-date-executive.html.csp If you’re looking for a bunch of big shows that will blow you away, you’re going to be disappointed in the fall 2014 television season. Which is not to say that ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW are letting viewers down.&lt;freeform&gt; Sure, there are some bad shows coming our way, but there are also some gems worth checking out. Here’s the best and worst of what this fall has to offer: BEST SHOW ABOUT A PREGNANT VIRGIN “Jane the Virgin” (Mondays, 7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) • Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is a ... If you’re looking for a bunch of big shows that will blow you away, you’re going to be disappointed in the fall 2014 television season. Which is not to say that ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW are letting viewers down.&lt;freeform&gt; Sure, there are some bad shows coming our way, but there are also some gems worth checking out. Here’s the best and worst of what this fall has to offer: BEST SHOW ABOUT A PREGNANT VIRGIN “Jane the Virgin” (Mondays, 7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) • Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is a ... 58388932@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:22:45 MDT ‘Gotham’ actor’s Penguin inspired by DC Comics http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58432627-223/penguin-says-taylor-comics.html.csp New York • Robin Lord Taylor remembers seeing the “Batman” film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson on its opening night in 1989. But the film Penguin isn’t the one he’s channeling in the Batman prequel “Gotham” that premieres Monday on Fox (8 p.m. EDT). Instead, he says, the comic version of Oswald Cobblepot — yes, that’s The Penguin’s real name — inspired his performance. “I’m definitely influenced by Danny DeVito’s performance and even Burgess Meredith’s performance (in the 1960s “Batm... New York • Robin Lord Taylor remembers seeing the “Batman” film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson on its opening night in 1989. But the film Penguin isn’t the one he’s channeling in the Batman prequel “Gotham” that premieres Monday on Fox (8 p.m. EDT). Instead, he says, the comic version of Oswald Cobblepot — yes, that’s The Penguin’s real name — inspired his performance. “I’m definitely influenced by Danny DeVito’s performance and even Burgess Meredith’s performance (in the 1960s “Batm... 58432627@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:22:02 MDT TV preview: It’s ‘Murder,’ but have fun with it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58425301-223/watch-abc-sunday-cbs.html.csp ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” comes to us from the producers of “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” — which is a good thing. This new series, about a tough defense attorney/law professor (Viola Davis, right) who, along with her students, gets caught up in a murder case is outrageous, but that’s more than half the fun. Watch • 9 p.m. Thursday, ABC/Ch. 4 This Weekend — MLS Colorado Rapids at Real Salt Lake Watch • 8 p.m. Friday, NBCSN College football Utah at Michigan; Virginia at BYU ... ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” comes to us from the producers of “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” — which is a good thing. This new series, about a tough defense attorney/law professor (Viola Davis, right) who, along with her students, gets caught up in a murder case is outrageous, but that’s more than half the fun. Watch • 9 p.m. Thursday, ABC/Ch. 4 This Weekend — MLS Colorado Rapids at Real Salt Lake Watch • 8 p.m. Friday, NBCSN College football Utah at Michigan; Virginia at BYU ... 58425301@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:15 MDT Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on ‘SNL’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58428656-223/pardo-hammond-darrell-voice.html.csp New York • A familiar face — former cast member Darrell Hammond — is taking over for a familiar voice at “Saturday Night Live.” The show announced Thursday that Hammond, who acted on the long-running comedy show from 1995 to 2009, will replace announcer Don Pardo for the Sept. 27 season opener. For all but one year of the NBC show’s 40-year history, it was Pardo’s voice that would announce the host, musical guest and cast members every week, and he continued the job even after he retired to Ariz... New York • A familiar face — former cast member Darrell Hammond — is taking over for a familiar voice at “Saturday Night Live.” The show announced Thursday that Hammond, who acted on the long-running comedy show from 1995 to 2009, will replace announcer Don Pardo for the Sept. 27 season opener. For all but one year of the NBC show’s 40-year history, it was Pardo’s voice that would announce the host, musical guest and cast members every week, and he continued the job even after he retired to Ariz... 58428656@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:31:02 MDT Scott D. Pierce: ‘Madam Secretary’ inspired by Benghazi http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58425481-223/secretary-madam-benghazi-state.html.csp The new CBS series “Madam Secretary” was inspired by the events in Benghazi back in 2012. The series is about a female secretary of state, but not Hillary Clinton. And it’s not really about the terrorist attack — but there is a tie. Executive producer Lori McCreary (“Invictus,” “Under Suspicion”) said she and her company “wanted to break into scripted television” and got some advice from CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. “Nina started by saying we needed to find a character whose story ... The new CBS series “Madam Secretary” was inspired by the events in Benghazi back in 2012. The series is about a female secretary of state, but not Hillary Clinton. And it’s not really about the terrorist attack — but there is a tie. Executive producer Lori McCreary (“Invictus,” “Under Suspicion”) said she and her company “wanted to break into scripted television” and got some advice from CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. “Nina started by saying we needed to find a character whose story ... 58425481@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:07:30 MDT Fall TV preview: Strong women are dominant trend http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58388935-223/woman-fall-nbc-women.html.csp “The Good Wife,” ‘’Homeland,” ‘’Scandal,” ‘’Nurse Jackie” and, well, “Girls” are just a few current shows that put women front and center. And this fall, even more women are stepping up. As if TV programmers were in a classroom cribbing off one another’s exams, a few common themes emerge. One prevalent theme: the fantasy world of comic books and sci-fi, courtesy of newcomers “The Flash” (CW), “Gotham” (Fox), “Constantine” (NBC) and “Forever” (ABC). Spies and anti-terrorism also remain big in our... “The Good Wife,” ‘’Homeland,” ‘’Scandal,” ‘’Nurse Jackie” and, well, “Girls” are just a few current shows that put women front and center. And this fall, even more women are stepping up. As if TV programmers were in a classroom cribbing off one another’s exams, a few common themes emerge. One prevalent theme: the fantasy world of comic books and sci-fi, courtesy of newcomers “The Flash” (CW), “Gotham” (Fox), “Constantine” (NBC) and “Forever” (ABC). Spies and anti-terrorism also remain big in our... 58388935@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:56 MDT Revamped ‘View’ begins its daytime TV run http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58417133-223/config-data-donnell-view.html.csp Daytime’s “The View” revealed its latest makeover Monday, opening the post-Barbara Walters era with a new set, new boss, mostly new team and a promise to be provocative again. Whoopi Goldberg is the only holdover on the daytime chatfest, which has faded in recent years as competitors sought to improve on its ensemble format. A slimmed-down Rosie O’Donnell returned for her second run, joined by actress Rosie Perez and former Republican political operative Nicolle Wallace. “‘The View’ is the show ... Daytime’s “The View” revealed its latest makeover Monday, opening the post-Barbara Walters era with a new set, new boss, mostly new team and a promise to be provocative again. Whoopi Goldberg is the only holdover on the daytime chatfest, which has faded in recent years as competitors sought to improve on its ensemble format. A slimmed-down Rosie O’Donnell returned for her second run, joined by actress Rosie Perez and former Republican political operative Nicolle Wallace. “‘The View’ is the show ... 58417133@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:11 MDT