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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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: ‘The Flash’ takes the early lead over ‘Gotham’ in fall TV lineup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58238273-223/flash-gotham-iframe-com.html.csp Having watched all the available pilots for all the upcoming fall shows, maybe the biggest surprise for me is that, while I like “Gotham” a lot, I like “The Flash” more. These are not full-blown reviews. Both these pilots may be tweaked before they air, so it’s possible I could change my mind about one or both of them. “Gotham” is scheduled to premiere Monday, Sept. 22, on Fox; “The Flash” is scheduled to premiere Tuesday, Oct. 7, on The CW. Don’t get me wrong. My first impression of both shows... Having watched all the available pilots for all the upcoming fall shows, maybe the biggest surprise for me is that, while I like “Gotham” a lot, I like “The Flash” more. These are not full-blown reviews. Both these pilots may be tweaked before they air, so it’s possible I could change my mind about one or both of them. “Gotham” is scheduled to premiere Monday, Sept. 22, on Fox; “The Flash” is scheduled to premiere Tuesday, Oct. 7, on The CW. Don’t get me wrong. My first impression of both shows... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58238273@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:48:57 MDT Contract dispute delays ‘Big Bang’ production http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58246250-223/season-bang-cbs-contract.html.csp New York • Production on a new season of “The Big Bang Theory” is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television’s most popular comedy, said that Wednesday’s scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There’s no word on when “The Big Bang Theory” team will be back at work. The CBS series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons... New York • Production on a new season of “The Big Bang Theory” is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television’s most popular comedy, said that Wednesday’s scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There’s no word on when “The Big Bang Theory” team will be back at work. The CBS series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons... 58246250@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:15:01 MDT Hulu gets ‘South Park’ for a mere $80 million http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58183267-223/park-south-parker-episodes.html.csp Beverly Hills, Calif. • When the next batch of new “South Park” episodes premiere, you’ll be able to watch them on Comedy Central. On SouthPark.cc.com. And on Hulu. And they will be released on all three platforms at the same time. Not only that, but the entire catalog of “South Park” — 244 episodes and counting — is now available on Hulu. When the new season begins in September, episodes will be available on Hulu and SouthPark.cc.com as soon as they finish airing on Comedy Central. And both sit... Beverly Hills, Calif. • When the next batch of new “South Park” episodes premiere, you’ll be able to watch them on Comedy Central. On SouthPark.cc.com. And on Hulu. And they will be released on all three platforms at the same time. Not only that, but the entire catalog of “South Park” — 244 episodes and counting — is now available on Hulu. When the new season begins in September, episodes will be available on Hulu and SouthPark.cc.com as soon as they finish airing on Comedy Central. And both sit... 58183267@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:20:48 MDT TV preview: ‘Hell on Wheels’ mocks Mormons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58237446-223/watch-sunday-season-abc.html.csp When last we saw the ludicrous Western “Hell on Wheels,” a band of Mormons had ridden into town, shot up the place and taken Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) prisoner. They were about to hang him when, instead, he married the Mormon teen girl who is carrying his child. And Season 4 of this increasingly crazy show picks up from there. Watch • 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC This Weekend — MLS Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids. Watch • 7 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 30 Last Tango in Halifax A surprise visitor m... When last we saw the ludicrous Western “Hell on Wheels,” a band of Mormons had ridden into town, shot up the place and taken Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) prisoner. They were about to hang him when, instead, he married the Mormon teen girl who is carrying his child. And Season 4 of this increasingly crazy show picks up from there. Watch • 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC This Weekend — MLS Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids. Watch • 7 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 30 Last Tango in Halifax A surprise visitor m... 58237446@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:20:48 MDT Maggie Gyllenhaal glows as ‘The Honorable Woman’ on SundanceTV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58238173-223/woman-gyllenhaal-blick-http.html.csp “The Honorable Woman” is a meditative thriller that investigates a woman’s inner life and a global hot spot. An eight-hour miniseries premiering Thursday, July 31, at 8 and 11 p.m. locally on SundanceTV, “The Honorable Woman” is a virtuoso effort by Hugo Blick, who wrote and directed it. And in the lead role of Baroness Nessa Stein, an Anglo-Israeli businesswoman who wants to span a raging divide with communication cables laid between Israel and the West Bank, Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers the m... “The Honorable Woman” is a meditative thriller that investigates a woman’s inner life and a global hot spot. An eight-hour miniseries premiering Thursday, July 31, at 8 and 11 p.m. locally on SundanceTV, “The Honorable Woman” is a virtuoso effort by Hugo Blick, who wrote and directed it. And in the lead role of Baroness Nessa Stein, an Anglo-Israeli businesswoman who wants to span a raging divide with communication cables laid between Israel and the West Bank, Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers the m... 58238173@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:20:48 MDT Take off your clothes to make it in reality TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58238214-223/naked-dating-com-shows.html.csp A contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn’t beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind and didn’t need to use his imagination. The “Dating Naked” series is the latest example of reality television’s newest trend: Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable. Leading the way is Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid,” on which a man and woman who don’t know each other fend for themselves in the wilderness for three weeks without a sti... A contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn’t beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind and didn’t need to use his imagination. The “Dating Naked” series is the latest example of reality television’s newest trend: Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable. Leading the way is Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid,” on which a man and woman who don’t know each other fend for themselves in the wilderness for three weeks without a sti... 58238214@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:20:48 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Why would you watch horrific TV violence? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58215952-223/williamson-didn-fun-sort.html.csp Kevin Williamson couldn’t have been surprised that the response to his new series “Stalker” has been critical. The writer/producers’s new CBS procedural drama, scheduled to premiere on Sept. 22, opens with a horrifying scene in which a stalker sets a young woman on fire. “That was maybe being a little flashy to try to get picked up,” said Williamson, trying to use humor to deflect criticism. It didn’t work. And that was, at least in part, because Williamson has a history of creating violence in... Kevin Williamson couldn’t have been surprised that the response to his new series “Stalker” has been critical. The writer/producers’s new CBS procedural drama, scheduled to premiere on Sept. 22, opens with a horrifying scene in which a stalker sets a young woman on fire. “That was maybe being a little flashy to try to get picked up,” said Williamson, trying to use humor to deflect criticism. It didn’t work. And that was, at least in part, because Williamson has a history of creating violence in... 58215952@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:18:45 MDT TV team: Actor, detective role paired for 25 years http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58227201-223/suchet-poirot-actor-acorn.html.csp Los Angeles • British actor David Suchet has spent a quarter-century bringing to life a certain fussy Belgian sleuth with a mustache as impeccable as his intellect and crime-solving skills. For Suchet’s dedication to Hercule Poirot through 70 TV adaptations of Agatha Christie’s works, he has been rewarded with the sort of critical praise — “miraculous” and “splendid” are among the applied adjectives — that any fellow classically trained actor would envy. Fan reaction can be similarly fervent. “T... Los Angeles • British actor David Suchet has spent a quarter-century bringing to life a certain fussy Belgian sleuth with a mustache as impeccable as his intellect and crime-solving skills. For Suchet’s dedication to Hercule Poirot through 70 TV adaptations of Agatha Christie’s works, he has been rewarded with the sort of critical praise — “miraculous” and “splendid” are among the applied adjectives — that any fellow classically trained actor would envy. Fan reaction can be similarly fervent. “T... 58227201@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:53:36 MDT Simmons calls ex-KISS bandmates crack addicts, losers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58183544-223/simmons-kiss-band-stanley.html.csp Beverly Hills, Calif. • Paul Stanley is kind of crude and nowhere near as funny as he thinks he is. Gene Simmons is kind of blunt. OK, he’s kind of a jerk. The two original members of KISS appeared before the members of the Television Critics Association to promote their upcoming AMC series “4th and Loud,” which premieres Aug. 4. It’s about their Arena Football League team, the Los Angeles KISS. Stanley got things rolling by opening up with a crude masturbation joke. The biggest problem — it was... Beverly Hills, Calif. • Paul Stanley is kind of crude and nowhere near as funny as he thinks he is. Gene Simmons is kind of blunt. OK, he’s kind of a jerk. The two original members of KISS appeared before the members of the Television Critics Association to promote their upcoming AMC series “4th and Loud,” which premieres Aug. 4. It’s about their Arena Football League team, the Los Angeles KISS. Stanley got things rolling by opening up with a crude masturbation joke. The biggest problem — it was... 58183544@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:19:53 MDT TV preview: ‘Sharknado 2’ is super-dumb fun http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58214766-223/watch-sunday-sharknado-dumb.html.csp When ‘Sharknado’ premiered a year ago, it was a surprise success. The incredibly stupid movie about sharks being lifted in a water spout and wreaking havoc on Los Angeles became a pop-culture sensation, which is why we now have “Sharknado 2: The Second One.” It’s pretty much the same movie set in New York. It’s super dumb, gross, ridiculous — and fun. Watch • 10 p.m. Wednesday, Syfy When ‘Sharknado’ premiered a year ago, it was a surprise success. The incredibly stupid movie about sharks being lifted in a water spout and wreaking havoc on Los Angeles became a pop-culture sensation, which is why we now have “Sharknado 2: The Second One.” It’s pretty much the same movie set in New York. It’s super dumb, gross, ridiculous — and fun. Watch • 10 p.m. Wednesday, Syfy 58214766@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:55:01 MDT Scott D. Pierce: ‘Manhattan’ feels like sci-fi, but it’s history http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58212057-223/manhattan-series-war-hickey.html.csp Imagine a TV series about a group of people sequestered in the middle of nowhere, secretly racing to build the ultimate weapon to end a war that has engulfed their planet. As millions are dying across their world, they’re desperate to perfect this weapon before the powers of evil do. Sounds like science fiction, but it’s science fact. It’s “Manhattan,” a new drama series about the Manhattan Project, which built the atomic bombs that ended World War II. “We sometimes talk about this story as a t... Imagine a TV series about a group of people sequestered in the middle of nowhere, secretly racing to build the ultimate weapon to end a war that has engulfed their planet. As millions are dying across their world, they’re desperate to perfect this weapon before the powers of evil do. Sounds like science fiction, but it’s science fact. It’s “Manhattan,” a new drama series about the Manhattan Project, which built the atomic bombs that ended World War II. “We sometimes talk about this story as a t... 58212057@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:52:01 MDT 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... 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