Television - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/Television 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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: NBC’s Tamron Hall has fallen in love with southern Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58347880-223/hall-utah-beautiful-grylls.html.csp Tamron Hall has fallen in love with southern Utah — despite the trying circumstances of her only visit there. The co-host of the third hour of “The Today Show” and anchor of MSNBC’s “NewsNation,” Hall spent 48 hours learning to be a survivalist an hour outside Kanab for Monday’s episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). “I’m from the great state of Texas,” Hall said, “and when you’re a Texas child, you believe there’s nothing as beautiful as the flat landscape of Texas.” B... Tamron Hall has fallen in love with southern Utah — despite the trying circumstances of her only visit there. The co-host of the third hour of “The Today Show” and anchor of MSNBC’s “NewsNation,” Hall spent 48 hours learning to be a survivalist an hour outside Kanab for Monday’s episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). “I’m from the great state of Texas,” Hall said, “and when you’re a Texas child, you believe there’s nothing as beautiful as the flat landscape of Texas.” B... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58347880@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:42:26 MDT The case against binge-watching TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58352656-223/watching-episodes-binge-watched.html.csp It’s no secret technology is changing our television-viewing habits. Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching — going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch. In the old days, of course, people watched one episode a week. That changed with digital video recorders and Internet streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. DVDs and online services also make it possible to start shows from the beginning, even years after the finale has a... It’s no secret technology is changing our television-viewing habits. Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching — going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch. In the old days, of course, people watched one episode a week. That changed with digital video recorders and Internet streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. DVDs and online services also make it possible to start shows from the beginning, even years after the finale has a... 58352656@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:56:48 MDT TV preview: Harry Houdini is brought to life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58339264-223/watch-houdini-monday-nbc.html.csp Almost 88 years after his death, Harry Houdini remains a name familiar to millions — and known as the greatest escape artist of all time. The two-part TV movie “Houdini” casts Oscar-winner Adrien Brody as the man who became a legend. Born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest in 1874, he became an American success story — and the subject of a tragic tale. It’s good TV. Watch • 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, History This Weekend — College football BYU at Connecticut. Watch • 5 p.m. Friday, ESPN Doctor W... Almost 88 years after his death, Harry Houdini remains a name familiar to millions — and known as the greatest escape artist of all time. The two-part TV movie “Houdini” casts Oscar-winner Adrien Brody as the man who became a legend. Born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest in 1874, he became an American success story — and the subject of a tragic tale. It’s good TV. Watch • 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, History This Weekend — College football BYU at Connecticut. Watch • 5 p.m. Friday, ESPN Doctor W... 58339264@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:18:28 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Five things I really hate about television http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58343783-223/nbc-really-espn-finale.html.csp I love TV. Not all of it, but, yeah, I love it. Except for the parts that I hate. And there are several things that are annoying the heck out of me right now. Here are five: Spoiler alert • Networks, generally try to keep spoilers from getting out so as not to ruin the viewing experience for their audience. Except for NBC, which spoils its own shows. This is nothing new. It’s been happing since NBC ads spoiled the Season 2 premiere of “Law & Order” and what was supposed to be the surprise ret... I love TV. Not all of it, but, yeah, I love it. Except for the parts that I hate. And there are several things that are annoying the heck out of me right now. Here are five: Spoiler alert • Networks, generally try to keep spoilers from getting out so as not to ruin the viewing experience for their audience. Except for NBC, which spoils its own shows. This is nothing new. It’s been happing since NBC ads spoiled the Season 2 premiere of “Law & Order” and what was supposed to be the surprise ret... 58343783@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:00:05 MDT Can comic-book TV shows please the fanboys (and fangirls)? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58343385-223/batman-book-character-com.html.csp Comic-book superheroes are coming to television faster than attention-starved reality-show contestants, which poses an interesting dilemma. TV shows are not comic books. So how much do you try to make a show look like a graphic novel? Geoff Johns, the chief creative officer of DC Comics, said the new CW series “The Flash” is “probably the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever.” Self-described comic-book fanboy David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), the executive producer of ... Comic-book superheroes are coming to television faster than attention-starved reality-show contestants, which poses an interesting dilemma. TV shows are not comic books. So how much do you try to make a show look like a graphic novel? Geoff Johns, the chief creative officer of DC Comics, said the new CW series “The Flash” is “probably the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever.” Self-described comic-book fanboy David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), the executive producer of ... 58343385@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:35:27 MDT Netflix is the cool kid at the Emmys http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58207680-223/netflix-cool-cards-category.html.csp When Emmy nominations were released on July 10, “Game of Thrones” reigned supreme with 19 nods and “Fargo” - don’cha know - was right behind it with 18. But the hands-down winner was Netflix, which amassed 31 nominations. That’s more than the Fox network. That’s more than all but two cable networks, FX and HBO. That’s more than any outlet would be expected to collect after just two full seasons of original programming. “It’s got the buzz, the mojo, the cool factor that it took more than a decade... When Emmy nominations were released on July 10, “Game of Thrones” reigned supreme with 19 nods and “Fargo” - don’cha know - was right behind it with 18. But the hands-down winner was Netflix, which amassed 31 nominations. That’s more than the Fox network. That’s more than all but two cable networks, FX and HBO. That’s more than any outlet would be expected to collect after just two full seasons of original programming. “It’s got the buzz, the mojo, the cool factor that it took more than a decade... 58207680@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:51:29 MDT NBC’s Emmycast logs robust 15.6 million viewership http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58339249-223/million-15.6-nbc-awards.csp New York • NBC says the Emmys thrived despite a Monday airing in the dog days of August. Broadcast on a nontraditional night prior to Labor Day, the television awards show nonetheless logged 15.6 million viewers. It was the second biggest audience for an Emmy Awards broadcast in eight years, NBC said Tuesday. The viewership was exceeded only by last year’s airing by CBS, when it drew 17.8 million viewers on a Sunday in September, with an NFL game as lead-in. The 15.6-million audience makes this ... New York • NBC says the Emmys thrived despite a Monday airing in the dog days of August. Broadcast on a nontraditional night prior to Labor Day, the television awards show nonetheless logged 15.6 million viewers. It was the second biggest audience for an Emmy Awards broadcast in eight years, NBC said Tuesday. The viewership was exceeded only by last year’s airing by CBS, when it drew 17.8 million viewers on a Sunday in September, with an NFL game as lead-in. The 15.6-million audience makes this ... 58339249@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:51:29 MDT Fallon to lead honors as Leno wins top humor prize http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58343299-223/prize-humor-leno-fallon.html.csp Washington • Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The performing arts center announced Wednesday that Fallon will join Chelsea Handler, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Betty White, Kevin Eubanks and others in honoring Leno with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians on Oct. 19 in Washington. T... Washington • Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The performing arts center announced Wednesday that Fallon will join Chelsea Handler, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Betty White, Kevin Eubanks and others in honoring Leno with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians on Oct. 19 in Washington. T... 58343299@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:51:29 MDT ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ claim Emmys — again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58336632-223/won-emmy-actor-actress.html.csp The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards looked an awful lot like a repeat — or, at least there were an awful lot of repeat winners. “Modern Family” won its fifth consecutive Emmy (tying “Frasier”) as best comedy series, and “Breaking Bad” won its second consecutive Emmy as best drama to cap off a night in which it quickly became clear that the best way to win an Emmy was to have already won one. Or more than one. “ ‘Modern Family’ has been a big, beautiful dream for the last five years,” said exec... The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards looked an awful lot like a repeat — or, at least there were an awful lot of repeat winners. “Modern Family” won its fifth consecutive Emmy (tying “Frasier”) as best comedy series, and “Breaking Bad” won its second consecutive Emmy as best drama to cap off a night in which it quickly became clear that the best way to win an Emmy was to have already won one. Or more than one. “ ‘Modern Family’ has been a big, beautiful dream for the last five years,” said exec... 58336632@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:12:20 MDT Red carpet gallery: Fashion highs and lows at the Emmys http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58338104-223/red-carpet-skirt-wilson.html.csp New York • The gowns came in all shapes at Monday’s Emmy Awards, dominated by reds, blues and whites. And then there was “House of Cards” actress Robin Wright, dazzling in a cream Ralph Lauren jumpsuit with a plunging tuxedo jacket front and virtually no back at all. “Of all the stars wearing head-to-toe white, Robin Wright stole the show,” said Eric Wilson, fashion news director for InStyle magazine. “It was the ultimate power look from the front with a sexy backless surprise.” Wilson, a fan of... New York • The gowns came in all shapes at Monday’s Emmy Awards, dominated by reds, blues and whites. And then there was “House of Cards” actress Robin Wright, dazzling in a cream Ralph Lauren jumpsuit with a plunging tuxedo jacket front and virtually no back at all. “Of all the stars wearing head-to-toe white, Robin Wright stole the show,” said Eric Wilson, fashion news director for InStyle magazine. “It was the ultimate power look from the front with a sexy backless surprise.” Wilson, a fan of... 58338104@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:32:04 MDT ’Modern Family,’ Brian Cranston aim at Emmy record http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58335036-223/emmy-actor-awards-series.html.csp Los Angeles • Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV’s top awards and new records year after year. The 66th prime-time Emmys, airing at 8 p.m. EDT Monday on NBC with host Seth Meyers, are full of such possibilities, including a fifth best comedy series trophy for “Modern Family” that would tie it with all-time sitcom champ “Frasier.” The ceremony moved from its usual Sunday home in September to avoid conflicts with “NBC Sunday Night Foo... Los Angeles • Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV’s top awards and new records year after year. The 66th prime-time Emmys, airing at 8 p.m. EDT Monday on NBC with host Seth Meyers, are full of such possibilities, including a fifth best comedy series trophy for “Modern Family” that would tie it with all-time sitcom champ “Frasier.” The ceremony moved from its usual Sunday home in September to avoid conflicts with “NBC Sunday Night Foo... 58335036@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:17:05 MDT Billy Crystal pays tribute to Robin Williams at Emmys http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58338152-223/williams-crystal-config-data.html.csp Billy Crystal, left speechless by Robin Williams’ death, paid tribute to his great friend and comedy brother at the Emmy Awards, movingly remembering him as “the greatest friend you could ever imagine.” Following the Emmys’ in memoriam segment Monday night, Crystal appeared on stage at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre to honor Williams, who was found dead in his Northern California home on Aug. 11. A luminous image of the late comedian hovered overhead. “He made us laugh, big time,” said Crystal. Afte... Billy Crystal, left speechless by Robin Williams’ death, paid tribute to his great friend and comedy brother at the Emmy Awards, movingly remembering him as “the greatest friend you could ever imagine.” Following the Emmys’ in memoriam segment Monday night, Crystal appeared on stage at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre to honor Williams, who was found dead in his Northern California home on Aug. 11. A luminous image of the late comedian hovered overhead. “He made us laugh, big time,” said Crystal. Afte... 58338152@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:17:05 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Seth Meyers will try to liven up Emmys http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58325721-223/meyers-jokes-really-think.html.csp Seth Meyers is hosting the 66th Annual Primetime Emmys on Monday (6 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). He wanted the job. Why he wanted it is anybody’s guess. It’s a rather thankless position. You’re the face of an unwieldy three-hour-long (or more) telecast that almost inevitably bogs down into a big bore. To his credit, the host of “Late Night” isn’t going to try to reinvent the wheel. He’s going to get up onstage at the Nokia Theatre LA LIVE and try to be funny. “Well, I’m limited by the fact that I can’t si... Seth Meyers is hosting the 66th Annual Primetime Emmys on Monday (6 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). He wanted the job. Why he wanted it is anybody’s guess. It’s a rather thankless position. You’re the face of an unwieldy three-hour-long (or more) telecast that almost inevitably bogs down into a big bore. To his credit, the host of “Late Night” isn’t going to try to reinvent the wheel. He’s going to get up onstage at the Nokia Theatre LA LIVE and try to be funny. “Well, I’m limited by the fact that I can’t si... 58325721@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:49:51 MDT Why the Emmy Awards don’t play well on TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58318632-223/win-comedy-hbo-awards.html.csp Do you care who wins the outstanding writing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic special at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday? If you do, chances are you’re related to one of the nominees. That’s one of many categories few probably care about — one of 26 categories stuffed into a three-hour telecast. When you figure in all the commercials and promos, that’s one award every 4 minutes and 50 seconds. When you factor in host Seth Meyers’ opening monologue, the taped bits, the attemp... Do you care who wins the outstanding writing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic special at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday? If you do, chances are you’re related to one of the nominees. That’s one of many categories few probably care about — one of 26 categories stuffed into a three-hour telecast. When you figure in all the commercials and promos, that’s one award every 4 minutes and 50 seconds. When you factor in host Seth Meyers’ opening monologue, the taped bits, the attemp... 58318632@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:37:14 MDT BYUtv meets TV critics, and gay question arises http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58309550-223/byutv-critics-swofford-flats.html.csp Beverly Hills, Calif. • BYUtv recently met members of the Television Critics Association, and the critics came away impressed. The Provo-based, LDS Church-owned channel presented itself and some of its programming at the TCA press tour — a semiannual gathering of critics from across the United States and Canada. It was the first time BYUtv appeared before the TCA, where critics are accustomed to seeing presentations from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, CNN, Discovery, HBO, Showtime and more. And it was... Beverly Hills, Calif. • BYUtv recently met members of the Television Critics Association, and the critics came away impressed. The Provo-based, LDS Church-owned channel presented itself and some of its programming at the TCA press tour — a semiannual gathering of critics from across the United States and Canada. It was the first time BYUtv appeared before the TCA, where critics are accustomed to seeing presentations from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, CNN, Discovery, HBO, Showtime and more. And it was... 58309550@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:48:05 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Muddled ‘Intruders’ is no ‘Doctor Who’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58317652-223/intruders-doctor-episodes-morgan.html.csp You could say that writer/producer Glen Morgan and BBC America are incredibly brave with their new series “Intruders.” You could also question whether they’ve lost their minds. Because the premiere of this show is perhaps the most obtuse hour of television you’ll see this season. At the end of 60 minutes, you’ll have very little idea what’s going on. And that’s by design. “It’s based on a novel by Michael Marshall Smith, and that’s very much how the novel reads,” Morgan said. “You go through th... You could say that writer/producer Glen Morgan and BBC America are incredibly brave with their new series “Intruders.” You could also question whether they’ve lost their minds. Because the premiere of this show is perhaps the most obtuse hour of television you’ll see this season. At the end of 60 minutes, you’ll have very little idea what’s going on. And that’s by design. “It’s based on a novel by Michael Marshall Smith, and that’s very much how the novel reads,” Morgan said. “You go through th... 58317652@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:50:56 MDT TV preview: There’s a new ‘Doctor Who’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58317531-223/watch-sunday-doctor-season.html.csp A new season of “Doctor Who” begins with a new Doctor — Peter Capaldi takes over the role of everyone’s favorite Time Lord. And the Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) are in Victorian London, where there’s a dinosaur on the loose. If that’s not enough to deal with, a whole bunch of people are dying when they spontaneously combust. Watch • 6:15 p.m. Saturday, BBC America This Weekend — MLS Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas. Watch • 7 p.m. Friday, NBCSN Masterpiece Mystery! In 1961 London, chari... A new season of “Doctor Who” begins with a new Doctor — Peter Capaldi takes over the role of everyone’s favorite Time Lord. And the Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) are in Victorian London, where there’s a dinosaur on the loose. If that’s not enough to deal with, a whole bunch of people are dying when they spontaneously combust. Watch • 6:15 p.m. Saturday, BBC America This Weekend — MLS Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas. Watch • 7 p.m. Friday, NBCSN Masterpiece Mystery! In 1961 London, chari... 58317531@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:50:55 MDT Saturday Night Live’s Don Pardo passes away at age 96 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58314817-223/michaels-pardo-snl-nbc.html.csp New York • Don Pardo was a timeless classic, and in selecting him as the announcer for the brand-new “Saturday Night Live,” Lorne Michaels must have known it. “When they gave me a list of NBC staff announcers and I saw his name, there was no hesitation,” Michaels, who remains “SNL” executive producer, recalled on Tuesday. On Monday, Pardo died at age 96, having served as an “SNL” mainstay and through-line from its debut in October 1975 up through the close of its 39th season in May (apart from a... New York • Don Pardo was a timeless classic, and in selecting him as the announcer for the brand-new “Saturday Night Live,” Lorne Michaels must have known it. “When they gave me a list of NBC staff announcers and I saw his name, there was no hesitation,” Michaels, who remains “SNL” executive producer, recalled on Tuesday. On Monday, Pardo died at age 96, having served as an “SNL” mainstay and through-line from its debut in October 1975 up through the close of its 39th season in May (apart from a... 58314817@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:59 MDT Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58312930-223/pardo-voice-nbc-shows.html.csp New York • Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded “Saturday Night Live.” Don Pardo, the eras-spanning radio and TV announcer whose resonant voice-over style was celebrated for its majesty and power, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96. Pardo’s strong jaw and leading-man smile were seldom on display, but for more than 60 years his elegant pipes graced newscasts, game shows (during the original run of “Jeopardy!,” its e... New York • Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded “Saturday Night Live.” Don Pardo, the eras-spanning radio and TV announcer whose resonant voice-over style was celebrated for its majesty and power, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96. Pardo’s strong jaw and leading-man smile were seldom on display, but for more than 60 years his elegant pipes graced newscasts, game shows (during the original run of “Jeopardy!,” its e... 58312930@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:27:01 MDT Scott D. Pierce: FXX will air amazing ‘Simpsons’ marathon! http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58297586-223/simpsons-fxx-app-episode.html.csp OMG! The greatest marathon in the history of TV is about to begin! Every episode of “The Simpsons” — 552 to date. Plus “The Simpsons Movie.” Consecutively. That’s almost 12 days of nonstop Homer, Marge, Bart Lisa, Maggie and more, beginning Thursday at 11 a.m. MT on FXX. Cowabunga, dude! There’s so much more to this than just the marathon and all the “Simpsons” FXX carry on a daily basis thereafter. • On Sundays, FXX will air themed, eight-episode mini-marathons leading into the “Simpsons” epi... OMG! The greatest marathon in the history of TV is about to begin! Every episode of “The Simpsons” — 552 to date. Plus “The Simpsons Movie.” Consecutively. That’s almost 12 days of nonstop Homer, Marge, Bart Lisa, Maggie and more, beginning Thursday at 11 a.m. MT on FXX. Cowabunga, dude! There’s so much more to this than just the marathon and all the “Simpsons” FXX carry on a daily basis thereafter. • On Sundays, FXX will air themed, eight-episode mini-marathons leading into the “Simpsons” epi... 58297586@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:47:57 MDT