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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 ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58388932@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:22:45 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 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:13:06 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 ’Queen Latifah’ promises a ‘juicy’ second daytime TV season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58417164-223/latifah-queen-season-audience.html.csp Queen Latifah is making changes in her daytime talk show for its second season. The biggest, she said, involves her. “Everything at the end of the day comes down to me being myself,” Latifah said. “My whole goal this year is to be more loose, more playful, more fun, more provocative.” The result, she said, will be “juicy.” “For me, it’s having a good old time and being La,” Latifah said. Her first year with “The Queen Latifah Show,” which returns this week in syndication (check local listings), ... Queen Latifah is making changes in her daytime talk show for its second season. The biggest, she said, involves her. “Everything at the end of the day comes down to me being myself,” Latifah said. “My whole goal this year is to be more loose, more playful, more fun, more provocative.” The result, she said, will be “juicy.” “For me, it’s having a good old time and being La,” Latifah said. Her first year with “The Queen Latifah Show,” which returns this week in syndication (check local listings), ... 58417164@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:11 MDT DVD review: Just go with the ‘Sleepy Hollow’ flow http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/51939854-223/hollow-sleepy-ichabod-season.html.csp Grade • A- DVD/Blu-ray •Season 1 of “Sleepy Hollow” came speeding at us in completely crazy mode and never really slowed down much. In the first episode, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) wakes up 250 years after beheading the Headless Horseman — who, it turns out, is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Ichabod is a man out of time, teamed with a present-day cop (Nicole Beharie) and on a mission to prevent all sorts of supernatural bad things from happening. (And they have great chemistry.) O... Grade • A- DVD/Blu-ray •Season 1 of “Sleepy Hollow” came speeding at us in completely crazy mode and never really slowed down much. In the first episode, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) wakes up 250 years after beheading the Headless Horseman — who, it turns out, is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Ichabod is a man out of time, teamed with a present-day cop (Nicole Beharie) and on a mission to prevent all sorts of supernatural bad things from happening. (And they have great chemistry.) O... 51939854@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:55:25 MDT Scott D. Pierce: ‘Red Band’ looks good; ‘Laura’ is just terrible http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58406681-223/laura-band-red-iframe.html.csp Fox’s “Red Band Society” is about a bunch of teens with life-threatening illnesses who turn a hospital into their home/high school. NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” is about the mother of bratty twins who is also a NYPD detective. “Red Band Society” is far more plausible. Which isn’t difficult, given that “The Mysteries of Laura” is downright dumb. “The Mysteries of Laura” (Wednesday and Thursday, 9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): If you thought Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) was tough to believe as a playwri... Fox’s “Red Band Society” is about a bunch of teens with life-threatening illnesses who turn a hospital into their home/high school. NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” is about the mother of bratty twins who is also a NYPD detective. “Red Band Society” is far more plausible. Which isn’t difficult, given that “The Mysteries of Laura” is downright dumb. “The Mysteries of Laura” (Wednesday and Thursday, 9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): If you thought Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) was tough to believe as a playwri... 58406681@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:55:14 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Ken Burns’ ‘Roosevelts’ is well worth 14 hours http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58398406-223/burns-iframe-roosevelt-roosevelts.html.csp Ken Burns is known for his very good, very long PBS documentaries. But when it comes to the “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” 14 hours seems barely enough. The series begins with the birth of Theodore Roosevelt in 1858, continues through the life of Franklin Roosevelt, and ends with the death of Eleanor Roosevelt in 1962. It’s an amazing history of an amazing family. The documentary series debuts Sunday at 7 p.m. on KUED-Ch. 7 and continues for the following six nights, also at 7 p.m. The ... Ken Burns is known for his very good, very long PBS documentaries. But when it comes to the “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” 14 hours seems barely enough. The series begins with the birth of Theodore Roosevelt in 1858, continues through the life of Franklin Roosevelt, and ends with the death of Eleanor Roosevelt in 1962. It’s an amazing history of an amazing family. The documentary series debuts Sunday at 7 p.m. on KUED-Ch. 7 and continues for the following six nights, also at 7 p.m. The ... 58398406@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:32:13 MDT TV preview: Join the ‘Red Band Society’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58399204-223/watch-fox-season-sunday.html.csp There aren’t many shows narrated by a 12-year-old in a coma, but “The Red Band Society” somehow makes it work. This new series follows a group of teens who suffer from cancer, heart disease, cystic fibrosis and more. They live in a hospital and try to be regular kids at the same time. It’s surprisingly upbeat despite the subject matter. Watch • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fox/Ch. 13 This Weekend — MLS Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders. Watch • 8:30 p.m. Friday, NBCSN College football Wake Fo... There aren’t many shows narrated by a 12-year-old in a coma, but “The Red Band Society” somehow makes it work. This new series follows a group of teens who suffer from cancer, heart disease, cystic fibrosis and more. They live in a hospital and try to be regular kids at the same time. It’s surprisingly upbeat despite the subject matter. Watch • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fox/Ch. 13 This Weekend — MLS Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders. Watch • 8:30 p.m. Friday, NBCSN College football Wake Fo... 58399204@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 MDT Bill Maher returns with back-to-back hours Friday on HBO http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58397896-223/maher-news-hbo-says.html.csp The news can be hard for viewers to take straight. Too confusing, too depressing, too wacky, too much. That has made useful a breed of news presenters who soften the blow with wit and pungent insight on programs such as “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” the soon-departing “Colbert Report” and the recently arrived “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.” Yet another mainstay on the laugh-while-staying-current watch list: HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which on Friday resumes its 12th season af... The news can be hard for viewers to take straight. Too confusing, too depressing, too wacky, too much. That has made useful a breed of news presenters who soften the blow with wit and pungent insight on programs such as “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” the soon-departing “Colbert Report” and the recently arrived “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.” Yet another mainstay on the laugh-while-staying-current watch list: HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which on Friday resumes its 12th season af... 58397896@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:53:19 MDT Scott D. Pierce: NOVA special: Vaccinate or you risk the lives of children http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58374068-223/autism-child-parents-lives.html.csp About 10 percent of American children are not immunized, and PBS’ NOVA makes one thing clear — their parents are not only endangering their children’s lives, but the lives of others. And for almost no reason whatsoever. There is, for example, absolutely no evidence that vaccinations cause autism. “Those who choose not to vaccinate their children are making a bad and misinformed choice that puts not only their children at risk, but those with whom their children come in contact at risk,” said Dr... About 10 percent of American children are not immunized, and PBS’ NOVA makes one thing clear — their parents are not only endangering their children’s lives, but the lives of others. And for almost no reason whatsoever. There is, for example, absolutely no evidence that vaccinations cause autism. “Those who choose not to vaccinate their children are making a bad and misinformed choice that puts not only their children at risk, but those with whom their children come in contact at risk,” said Dr... 58374068@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:25:19 MDT Judge Judy offering book for free http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58388293-223/book-judge-judy-sheindlin.html.csp New York • Judge Judy is offering advice to women free of charge. Television’s most popular judge is celebrating the 19th season opening of her syndicated show Monday by offering her new book, “What Would Judy Say: Be the Hero of Your Own Story,” for free to anyone who wants it. The book offers plainspoken advice primarily for women, telling them not to let anyone besides themselves define what makes them happy. It is filtered through stories of the charmed life of retired New York Family Court ... New York • Judge Judy is offering advice to women free of charge. Television’s most popular judge is celebrating the 19th season opening of her syndicated show Monday by offering her new book, “What Would Judy Say: Be the Hero of Your Own Story,” for free to anyone who wants it. The book offers plainspoken advice primarily for women, telling them not to let anyone besides themselves define what makes them happy. It is filtered through stories of the charmed life of retired New York Family Court ... 58388293@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:25:19 MDT Cartoon Network anti-bullying crusade calls for you to speak up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58375770-223/bullying-network-speak-cartoon.html.csp Are you ready to speak up against bullying? Cartoon Network is challenging the public to clear its throat and tell the world “I speak up” in a chorus of 1 million videos. Participants are invited to declare those three words into their mobile devices and share their videos at www.StopBullyingSpeakUp.com, as well as to their own social media platforms using the hashtag #SpeakUp. The drive is kicking off Cartoon Network’s annual Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign, which will culminate during its Sp... Are you ready to speak up against bullying? Cartoon Network is challenging the public to clear its throat and tell the world “I speak up” in a chorus of 1 million videos. Participants are invited to declare those three words into their mobile devices and share their videos at www.StopBullyingSpeakUp.com, as well as to their own social media platforms using the hashtag #SpeakUp. The drive is kicking off Cartoon Network’s annual Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign, which will culminate during its Sp... 58375770@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:05:01 MDT Lea Thompson, Tommy Chong among new ‘Dancing’ pack http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58373685-223/dancing-chong-lea-season.html.csp Actress Lea Thompson, “Duck Dynasty” diva Sadie Robertson and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip are making tracks for the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.” ABC on Thursday announced the 13 contestants for its fall round of the dancing competition. They also include talk-show host Tavis Smiley, “Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish, Olympic athlete Lolo Jones, actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Other amateur hoofers include comedy veteran Tommy Chong, YouTube star ... Actress Lea Thompson, “Duck Dynasty” diva Sadie Robertson and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip are making tracks for the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.” ABC on Thursday announced the 13 contestants for its fall round of the dancing competition. They also include talk-show host Tavis Smiley, “Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish, Olympic athlete Lolo Jones, actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Other amateur hoofers include comedy veteran Tommy Chong, YouTube star ... 58373685@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:05:41 MDT Pittsburgh-based reality show ‘The Chair’ to debut http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58364699-223/movies-movie-based-age.html.csp Viewers of a new reality show will soon find out what happens when two fledgling directors are given $850,000 to direct their own movies from the same script. “The Chair” debuts Saturday, Sept. 6, on the cable network Starz and documents the making of both movies. The show will be followed shortly after by the theatrical and digital releases of the two movies at the center of the docuseries. The 10-week series will air in one-hour installments each Saturday through mid-November. It’s the brainch... Viewers of a new reality show will soon find out what happens when two fledgling directors are given $850,000 to direct their own movies from the same script. “The Chair” debuts Saturday, Sept. 6, on the cable network Starz and documents the making of both movies. The show will be followed shortly after by the theatrical and digital releases of the two movies at the center of the docuseries. The 10-week series will air in one-hour installments each Saturday through mid-November. It’s the brainch... 58364699@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:14:23 MDT TV preview: ‘Biggest Loser’ takes on athletes, including ex-Utah quarterback Scott Mitchell http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58366045-223/watch-utah-nbc-byu.html.csp This season of “The Biggest Loser” focuses on ex-athletes who have gained huge amounts of weight — including former Springville High/University of Utah quarterback Scott Mitchell, who spent 12 seasons in the NFL with Miami, Detroit, Cincinnati and Baltimore. Now 46 years old and 366 pounds, Mitchell has sleep apnea and high blood pressure. Watch • 7 p.m. Thursday, NBC/Ch. 5 This Weekend — Stand Up to Cancer Star-filled fundraiser. Watch • 6 p.m. Friday, ABC Family, Cooking, E!, ESPN News... This season of “The Biggest Loser” focuses on ex-athletes who have gained huge amounts of weight — including former Springville High/University of Utah quarterback Scott Mitchell, who spent 12 seasons in the NFL with Miami, Detroit, Cincinnati and Baltimore. Now 46 years old and 366 pounds, Mitchell has sleep apnea and high blood pressure. Watch • 7 p.m. Thursday, NBC/Ch. 5 This Weekend — Stand Up to Cancer Star-filled fundraiser. Watch • 6 p.m. Friday, ABC Family, Cooking, E!, ESPN News... 58366045@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:14:23 MDT