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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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: ‘Breaking Bad’ named TCA’s Program of Year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58203351-223/tca-bad-breaking-program.html.csp I presented the program of the year award to “Breaking Bad” at Saturday’s Television Critics Association awards. Eventually. Unfortunately, I walked to the podium without the award. Which was the second time in three years I’ve made that miss. And that’s pretty embarrassing, particularly because I am, ahem, the current TCA president. “Those are not good odds,” Bryan Cranston whispered in my ear as he hugged me. (The “Breaking Bad” star is a very huggy kind of guy.) Fortunately, a couple of form... I presented the program of the year award to “Breaking Bad” at Saturday’s Television Critics Association awards. Eventually. Unfortunately, I walked to the podium without the award. Which was the second time in three years I’ve made that miss. And that’s pretty embarrassing, particularly because I am, ahem, the current TCA president. “Those are not good odds,” Bryan Cranston whispered in my ear as he hugged me. (The “Breaking Bad” star is a very huggy kind of guy.) Fortunately, a couple of form... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58203351@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:17:07 MDT Katherine Heigl and her mom don’t think they’re difficult http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58183243-223/heigl-executive-difficult-katherine.html.csp Beverly Hills, Calif. • Katherine Heigl is returning to network television, and she’s bringing her mother with her.By the way, Heigl doesn’t think either one of them has ever been difficult.In NBC’s new fall drama “State of Affairs,” Heigl stars as CIA analyst Charleston Tucker, who briefs the president of the United States on a daily basis. The president, Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard), was almost her mother-in-law, until the son/fiancé was killed.Nancy Heigl is an executive producer on her ... Beverly Hills, Calif. • Katherine Heigl is returning to network television, and she’s bringing her mother with her.By the way, Heigl doesn’t think either one of them has ever been difficult.In NBC’s new fall drama “State of Affairs,” Heigl stars as CIA analyst Charleston Tucker, who briefs the president of the United States on a daily basis. The president, Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard), was almost her mother-in-law, until the son/fiancé was killed.Nancy Heigl is an executive producer on her ... 58183243@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:26:54 MDT Why would anyone want to be ‘Naked and Afraid’? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58183218-223/naked-afraid-discovery-survival.html.csp Beverly Hills, Calif. • There’s one big question hanging over the Discovery Channel series “Naked and Afraid” — why? Not “Why would Discovery do the show?” That’s obvious. Put naked people on TV — even with the private parts pixelated — and put “Naked” in the title and people will watch. The question is, “Why would the participants strip down and spend three weeks hungry, dirty, hot, cold and covered in bug bites?” “What I always say is, ‘This is who we are. This is what we are made of,’ ” said ... Beverly Hills, Calif. • There’s one big question hanging over the Discovery Channel series “Naked and Afraid” — why? Not “Why would Discovery do the show?” That’s obvious. Put naked people on TV — even with the private parts pixelated — and put “Naked” in the title and people will watch. The question is, “Why would the participants strip down and spend three weeks hungry, dirty, hot, cold and covered in bug bites?” “What I always say is, ‘This is who we are. This is what we are made of,’ ” said ... 58183218@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:47:01 MDT TV preview: Medical drama is a big ‘Rush’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58188636-223/watch-medical-rush-lake.html.csp “Rush” is not your average doctor show. Dr. William P. Rush (Tom Ellis) is hard-living, hard-partying and handsome. He’s a “medical fixer” to Los Angeles’ rich and famous. He cares for billionaires, baseball players and gang members at $20,000 a pop, cash up front. It’s sort of a much-darker version of USA’s “Royal Pains,” and it gets off to a promising start. Watch • 10 p.m. Thursday, USA “Rush” is not your average doctor show. Dr. William P. Rush (Tom Ellis) is hard-living, hard-partying and handsome. He’s a “medical fixer” to Los Angeles’ rich and famous. He cares for billionaires, baseball players and gang members at $20,000 a pop, cash up front. It’s sort of a much-darker version of USA’s “Royal Pains,” and it gets off to a promising start. Watch • 10 p.m. Thursday, USA 58188636@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:12:02 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Al Jazeera is not Arab propaganda machine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58188515-223/jazeera-news-america-think.html.csp What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words Al Jazeera America? If you think unbiased reporting from a TV news channel, you may be in the minority. If you think Middle Eastern conspiracy, you’re probably a little bit … well … um … racist. Al Jazeera is owned by the ruling family of Qatar. Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer bin Mohammed Al-Thani is the director general of the company. But is that greatly different from when Ted Turner owned CNN? Or from Rupert Murdoch and his political agen... What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words Al Jazeera America? If you think unbiased reporting from a TV news channel, you may be in the minority. If you think Middle Eastern conspiracy, you’re probably a little bit … well … um … racist. Al Jazeera is owned by the ruling family of Qatar. Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer bin Mohammed Al-Thani is the director general of the company. But is that greatly different from when Ted Turner owned CNN? Or from Rupert Murdoch and his political agen... 58188515@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:09:02 MDT Scott D. Pierce: He plays soccer, he’s a spy. ‘Matador’ is nuts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58172385-223/soccer-matador-orci-spy.html.csp Matador” is bat guano crazy. The premise of this new series (Tuesday, 7, 8 and 10 p.m., El Rey) is laughable. A guy named Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna) is … well, let’s let executive producer/co-creator Robert Orci (“Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Sleepy Hollow”) describe the idea “that was kicking around for years” and finally found fertile ground with Robert Rodriguez and his fledgling El Rey channel. “Suddenly, it was a natural thing for me to say, ‘What about this idea? Soccer player by day, spy... Matador” is bat guano crazy. The premise of this new series (Tuesday, 7, 8 and 10 p.m., El Rey) is laughable. A guy named Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna) is … well, let’s let executive producer/co-creator Robert Orci (“Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Sleepy Hollow”) describe the idea “that was kicking around for years” and finally found fertile ground with Robert Rodriguez and his fledgling El Rey channel. “Suddenly, it was a natural thing for me to say, ‘What about this idea? Soccer player by day, spy... 58172385@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:08:14 MDT Christopher Walken to play Captain Hook in NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58179524-223/nbc-pan-peter-walken.html.csp Beverly Hills, Calif. • NBC says Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the network’s live version of “Peter Pan.” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a TV critics’ meeting Sunday that the Oscar-winning actor will bring his own spin to the role. Walken could create the first tap-dancing Captain Hook, Greenblatt said, noting the actor got his start in musical theater. Walken is on the big screen now in Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys,” playing a music-loving mob boss. “Peter Pan... Beverly Hills, Calif. • NBC says Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the network’s live version of “Peter Pan.” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a TV critics’ meeting Sunday that the Oscar-winning actor will bring his own spin to the role. Walken could create the first tap-dancing Captain Hook, Greenblatt said, noting the actor got his start in musical theater. Walken is on the big screen now in Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys,” playing a music-loving mob boss. “Peter Pan... 58179524@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:08:14 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Weird, Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm play same guy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58163625-223/radcliffe-hamm-harry-scene.html.csp Would you believe that Daniel Radcliffe could ever grow up to be Jon Hamm? Certainly, the 24-year-old star of all the “Harry Potter” films would have to experience a very late growth spurt. He’s 5-feet-4; 42-year-old Hamm (“Mad Men”) is 6-2. Yet Radcliffe and Hamm play the same character — a morphine-addicted doctor — in the series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories.” At different times of his life, of course. The British series, which returns for Season 2 on Aug. 19 on the cable chan... Would you believe that Daniel Radcliffe could ever grow up to be Jon Hamm? Certainly, the 24-year-old star of all the “Harry Potter” films would have to experience a very late growth spurt. He’s 5-feet-4; 42-year-old Hamm (“Mad Men”) is 6-2. Yet Radcliffe and Hamm play the same character — a morphine-addicted doctor — in the series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories.” At different times of his life, of course. The British series, which returns for Season 2 on Aug. 19 on the cable chan... 58163625@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:07:52 MDT ’Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 19 Emmy nods http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58169328-223/nominations-hbo-series-drama.html.csp Los Angeles • The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, “Fargo,” with 18 bids, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17. The AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin saga “Breaking Bad” got 16 bids fo... Los Angeles • The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, “Fargo,” with 18 bids, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17. The AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin saga “Breaking Bad” got 16 bids fo... 58169328@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:02:39 MDT TV preview: ‘The Strain’ is very scary stuff http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58165509-223/watch-sunday-season-series.html.csp You’ve never seen vampires quite like the ones in Guillermo del Toro’s new series “The Strain.” It opens with terror aboard an airliner, which ends up on runway with no sign of life aboard. Enter Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) from the CDC, and the horror is off and running. It’s intriguing, creepy and downright scary at times. Watch • 11 p.m. Sunday, FX This Weekend — MLS Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy. Watch • 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 30 World Cup soccer Championship gam... You’ve never seen vampires quite like the ones in Guillermo del Toro’s new series “The Strain.” It opens with terror aboard an airliner, which ends up on runway with no sign of life aboard. Enter Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) from the CDC, and the horror is off and running. It’s intriguing, creepy and downright scary at times. Watch • 11 p.m. Sunday, FX This Weekend — MLS Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy. Watch • 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 30 World Cup soccer Championship gam... 58165509@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:20:27 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Freedom of speech bites back at TV stars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58143435-223/richman-freedom-speech-anti.html.csp Another celebrity has learned that freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences of what you say. Or, in the case of Adam Richman, what you put out on social media.. The longtime star of “Man vs. Food” has produced a new series for the Travel Channel, “Man Finds Food,” which was to debut last week. It’s on indefinite hold after Richman got in an Instagram fight that devolved into what he admitted were “inexcusable comments.” Richman, who has long gobbled down food for a living, lost ... Another celebrity has learned that freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences of what you say. Or, in the case of Adam Richman, what you put out on social media.. The longtime star of “Man vs. Food” has produced a new series for the Travel Channel, “Man Finds Food,” which was to debut last week. It’s on indefinite hold after Richman got in an Instagram fight that devolved into what he admitted were “inexcusable comments.” Richman, who has long gobbled down food for a living, lost ... 58143435@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:22:13 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Utah Gov. Herbert will look bad in future docs about gay-rights movement http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58134173-223/herbert-rights-future-gov.html.csp Utah Gov. Gary Herbert needs to watch more TV. There’s no need for him to spend his valuable time watching sitcoms, dramas or reality shows. But, clearly, he hasn’t spent enough time watching documentaries about the civil-rights movement. Two such documentaries aired in the past couple of weeks. “Freedom Summer” was the latest in a series of outstanding programs on PBS. And CNN’s “The Sixties” included the riveting two-hour episode “The Long March to Freedom.” Neither documentary made any effor... Utah Gov. Gary Herbert needs to watch more TV. There’s no need for him to spend his valuable time watching sitcoms, dramas or reality shows. But, clearly, he hasn’t spent enough time watching documentaries about the civil-rights movement. Two such documentaries aired in the past couple of weeks. “Freedom Summer” was the latest in a series of outstanding programs on PBS. And CNN’s “The Sixties” included the riveting two-hour episode “The Long March to Freedom.” Neither documentary made any effor... 58134173@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Jul 2014 22:00:01 MDT TV preview: ‘Extant’ is weird but intriguing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58139054-223/watch-friday-nbc-returns.html.csp In “Extant,” Halle Berry stars as Molly Woods, an astronaut who spent the past year all alone in space and returns to Earth pregnant. Which is weird. So is the fact that she returns to her husband (Goran Visnjic, “ER”) and their robot child (Pierce Gagnon). Really. It’s intriguing. But whether it pans out, only time — and a few more episodes — will tell. Watch • 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS/Ch. 2 This Weekend — Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Scheduled performers include Ariana Grande, ... In “Extant,” Halle Berry stars as Molly Woods, an astronaut who spent the past year all alone in space and returns to Earth pregnant. Which is weird. So is the fact that she returns to her husband (Goran Visnjic, “ER”) and their robot child (Pierce Gagnon). Really. It’s intriguing. But whether it pans out, only time — and a few more episodes — will tell. Watch • 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS/Ch. 2 This Weekend — Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Scheduled performers include Ariana Grande, ... 58139054@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:28:31 MDT Christmas in July: TV week of holiday programming http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58143410-223/hallmark-holiday-movies-abbott.html.csp The Hallmark TV channels are beginning a week’s worth of holiday programming on the Fourth of July — but think ornaments and egg nog instead of fireworks and hot dogs. The stunt on the Hallmark and Hallmark Movie channels begins Friday afternoon and continues into the early morning hours of July 15. Mostly, it will be repeats of the holiday movies that Hallmark traditionally airs during the last two months of the year. “This is a little bit of escapism,” said Bill Abbott, president and CEO of th... The Hallmark TV channels are beginning a week’s worth of holiday programming on the Fourth of July — but think ornaments and egg nog instead of fireworks and hot dogs. The stunt on the Hallmark and Hallmark Movie channels begins Friday afternoon and continues into the early morning hours of July 15. Mostly, it will be repeats of the holiday movies that Hallmark traditionally airs during the last two months of the year. “This is a little bit of escapism,” said Bill Abbott, president and CEO of th... 58143410@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:28:31 MDT Immersive FantasyCon takes you inside world of art http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58104343-223/fantasycon-art-salt-saturday.html.csp The first FantasyCon will feature giant sentinels, a rock monster, panels, celebrities, costumes, a dragon that’s three stories tall and 53 feet wide — and an art gallery. Yes, an art gallery. Fantasy art, of course. Which is one of the ways the new event running Thursday through Saturday in Salt Lake City looks to distinguish itself from other sci-fi/fantasy cons. “We focus on artwork and the artists,” said FantasyCon founder Josh Patel. “So I’ve had the top fantasy artists — some of which have... The first FantasyCon will feature giant sentinels, a rock monster, panels, celebrities, costumes, a dragon that’s three stories tall and 53 feet wide — and an art gallery. Yes, an art gallery. Fantasy art, of course. Which is one of the ways the new event running Thursday through Saturday in Salt Lake City looks to distinguish itself from other sci-fi/fantasy cons. “We focus on artwork and the artists,” said FantasyCon founder Josh Patel. “So I’ve had the top fantasy artists — some of which have... 58104343@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:43:13 MDT Watergate as seen through eyes of Dick Cavett show http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58137161-223/cavett-watergate-nixon-ford.html.csp New York • PBS is marking the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation by running a documentary on the Watergate scandal as seen through the prism of Dick Cavett’s late-night talk show at the time. People with memories of Watergate remember developments unfolding on the evening news or the gripping Senate hearings shown on daytime TV, but fewer recall that Cavett’s ABC program featured appearances by an array of pivotal figures. Even the former host. “I didn’t remember how much ... New York • PBS is marking the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation by running a documentary on the Watergate scandal as seen through the prism of Dick Cavett’s late-night talk show at the time. People with memories of Watergate remember developments unfolding on the evening news or the gripping Senate hearings shown on daytime TV, but fewer recall that Cavett’s ABC program featured appearances by an array of pivotal figures. Even the former host. “I didn’t remember how much ... 58137161@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:14:28 MDT HBO’s ‘True Blood’ headed for a musical afterlife http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58089918-223/true-blood-barr-hbo.html.csp Like the vampires it portrays, “True Blood” won’t seem to die. Even if it means breaking out in song. After the final scene of the upcoming final season of “True Blood,” fans may be able to take another fresh bite out of the HBO vampire drama. In the works: “ ‘True Blood’: The Musical.” Seriously. “This was something that I pitched to HBO and [show creator] Alan Ball,” said composer Nathan Barr, speaking on the arrivals line at the “True Blood” season premiere in Hollywood. Barr has written the ... Like the vampires it portrays, “True Blood” won’t seem to die. Even if it means breaking out in song. After the final scene of the upcoming final season of “True Blood,” fans may be able to take another fresh bite out of the HBO vampire drama. In the works: “ ‘True Blood’: The Musical.” Seriously. “This was something that I pitched to HBO and [show creator] Alan Ball,” said composer Nathan Barr, speaking on the arrivals line at the “True Blood” season premiere in Hollywood. Barr has written the ... 58089918@www.sltrib.com Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:11:02 MDT What’s the hash? Why Twitter hashtags for TV shows matter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58108831-223/viewers-fans-hashtags-media.html.csp During fresh episodes of “Pretty Little Liars,” the marketing and publicity teams at ABC Family huddle in a conference room to tweet live with fans. So do cast members and the show’s producers from where and when they can — and the dialogue often pays off. Nielsen’s Twitter tracking division said “PLL” is the top-tweeted show and ranked No. 1 for the week of June 16-22. “From a very top-level perspective we talk about Twitter being the new water cooler,” said Danielle Mullin, the network’s vice... During fresh episodes of “Pretty Little Liars,” the marketing and publicity teams at ABC Family huddle in a conference room to tweet live with fans. So do cast members and the show’s producers from where and when they can — and the dialogue often pays off. Nielsen’s Twitter tracking division said “PLL” is the top-tweeted show and ranked No. 1 for the week of June 16-22. “From a very top-level perspective we talk about Twitter being the new water cooler,” said Danielle Mullin, the network’s vice... 58108831@www.sltrib.com Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:11:02 MDT TV preview: It’s a ‘Girl Meets World’ this time http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58113259-223/watch-season-cbs-meets.html.csp Thirteen years after the sitcom “Boy Meets World” ended its seven-season run, the show is back. Well, the sequel premieres. Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) are all grown up and the parents of two children in “Girl Meets World.” The new title characters are Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and her younger brother, Auggie (August Maturo). Watch • 10:45 p.m. Friday, Disney Channel This Weekend — Great Performances at the Met A performance of Puccini’s opera “La bohème.” Watch • 9 p.... Thirteen years after the sitcom “Boy Meets World” ended its seven-season run, the show is back. Well, the sequel premieres. Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) are all grown up and the parents of two children in “Girl Meets World.” The new title characters are Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and her younger brother, Auggie (August Maturo). Watch • 10:45 p.m. Friday, Disney Channel This Weekend — Great Performances at the Met A performance of Puccini’s opera “La bohème.” Watch • 9 p.... 58113259@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:47:02 MDT Scott D. Pierce: HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ is weird, confusing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58109500-223/leftovers-lindelof-iframe-lost.html.csp I don’t trust Damon Lindelof. This makes it hard to trust his new HBO series, “The Leftovers.” You know the saying — fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Well, Lindelof fooled me for six years, continually claiming that he knew where “Lost” was going and that, before it was over, he and the other producers and writers would provide answers to the questions they’d raised. That didn’t seem to be the case. Clearly, Lindelof & Co. had no idea where “Lost” was going. Few of the qu... I don’t trust Damon Lindelof. This makes it hard to trust his new HBO series, “The Leftovers.” You know the saying — fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Well, Lindelof fooled me for six years, continually claiming that he knew where “Lost” was going and that, before it was over, he and the other producers and writers would provide answers to the questions they’d raised. That didn’t seem to be the case. Clearly, Lindelof & Co. had no idea where “Lost” was going. Few of the qu... 58109500@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:10:02 MDT