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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) TV preview: ‘Devious Maids’ is hilarious http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57818925-223/watch-maids-saturday-sunday.html.csp Here’s a radical TV thought — “Devious Maids” might be better than writer/producer Marc Cherry’s previous series, “Desperate Housewives.” The two shows are very similar, with large casts and lots of plotlines centering on murder. But Cherry learned from the mistakes he made on “Housewives,” so the plotting is better on “Maids.” And it’s hilarious. Watch • 8 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime Here’s a radical TV thought — “Devious Maids” might be better than writer/producer Marc Cherry’s previous series, “Desperate Housewives.” The two shows are very similar, with large casts and lots of plotlines centering on murder. But Cherry learned from the mistakes he made on “Housewives,” so the plotting is better on “Maids.” And it’s hilarious. Watch • 8 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57818925@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:19:01 MDT Scott D. Pierce: ‘Salem’ gets interesting in the really crazy bits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57827837-223/salem-crazy-interesting-mary.html.csp WGN America’s new series “Salem” is cool and creepy and full of witches — as you might have guessed from the title. “That’s a compliment,” said creator/executive producer/writer Brannon Braga (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “24”). “We’ll take cool and creepy. We’re definitely going after cool and creepy. We’re also going after emotional entanglement with the characters.” “Salem” (Sunday, 8, 9:06 and 11 p.m., WGN America) is also dirty. Not in the context of a dirty movie — although there’s some of th... WGN America’s new series “Salem” is cool and creepy and full of witches — as you might have guessed from the title. “That’s a compliment,” said creator/executive producer/writer Brannon Braga (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “24”). “We’ll take cool and creepy. We’re definitely going after cool and creepy. We’re also going after emotional entanglement with the characters.” “Salem” (Sunday, 8, 9:06 and 11 p.m., WGN America) is also dirty. Not in the context of a dirty movie — although there’s some of th... 57827837@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:18:01 MDT Scott D. Pierce: End these 9 TV shows; save these 7 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57798212-223/bad-shows-abc-cbs.html.csp Over the next few weeks, TV programmers will make final decisions about which shows they will renew and which they’ll kick to the curb. A lot of series have already been picked up. A bunch have gotten the ax. And a bunch more that are “on the bubble” — they might get renewed, they might not. And that decision will usually come down to a network’s new program development; whether programmers think a potential new series will be stronger than what it would replace. These days, pretty much every s... Over the next few weeks, TV programmers will make final decisions about which shows they will renew and which they’ll kick to the curb. A lot of series have already been picked up. A bunch have gotten the ax. And a bunch more that are “on the bubble” — they might get renewed, they might not. And that decision will usually come down to a network’s new program development; whether programmers think a potential new series will be stronger than what it would replace. These days, pretty much every s... 57798212@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:38:13 MDT Scott D. Pierce: No, ‘Mad Men’ is not the greatest show ever http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57792121-223/mad-less-episodes-season.html.csp At the risk of committing TV heresy, “Mad Men” is not the greatest thing ever to hit the small screen. Don’t get me wrong. I like it. And it’s been more or less fascinating to see the characters develop — or not develop — over the 78 episodes of the first six seasons. But, while folks like me who write about TV have gone more-or-less gaga over “Mad Men” at times, while the Emmys have dumped more than their share of awards on Don Draper & Co., the series is not without flaws. Not the least of wh... At the risk of committing TV heresy, “Mad Men” is not the greatest thing ever to hit the small screen. Don’t get me wrong. I like it. And it’s been more or less fascinating to see the characters develop — or not develop — over the 78 episodes of the first six seasons. But, while folks like me who write about TV have gone more-or-less gaga over “Mad Men” at times, while the Emmys have dumped more than their share of awards on Don Draper & Co., the series is not without flaws. Not the least of wh... 57792121@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:15:20 MDT TV pioneers Newhart, Romano, Takei, Uggams and Walker have ‘Dy-no-mite’ tales to tell http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57774920-223/newhart-uggams-television-romano.html.csp “Pioneers of Television” returns for a fourth season on PBS, and it’s a blast from the past not just for the viewers but for the “pioneers” who appear in the episodes. And a bit of a shock when they look back at themselves. “You just think — well, gee, we were younger,” said Jimmie Walker (“Good Times”). “We were heartbreakingly young,” said George Takei of “Star Trek” fame. “I like my hair,” said Leslie Uggams (“Roots”). “A lot of different hairdos.” “When I saw myself,” added Ray Romano (“Eve... “Pioneers of Television” returns for a fourth season on PBS, and it’s a blast from the past not just for the viewers but for the “pioneers” who appear in the episodes. And a bit of a shock when they look back at themselves. “You just think — well, gee, we were younger,” said Jimmie Walker (“Good Times”). “We were heartbreakingly young,” said George Takei of “Star Trek” fame. “I like my hair,” said Leslie Uggams (“Roots”). “A lot of different hairdos.” “When I saw myself,” added Ray Romano (“Eve... 57774920@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:12:43 MDT Billy Bob Thornton is right at home in ‘Fargo’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57797565-223/thornton-fargo-lorne-movie.html.csp In the TV adaptation of “Fargo,” Billy Bob Thornton plays cold-blooded killer Lorne Malvo. Lorne is distressingly likable, particularly for a cold-blooded killer. “I’ve never been afraid of that type of thing,” Thornton said. “I’ve done a movie where, the first scene, I pee on myself and throw up in the alley.” Lorne makes “Bad Santa” look mild. “What I love about what [executive produce/writer] Noah [Hawley] has done with the character is that it’s not a typical bad guy,” Thornton said. “A pupp... In the TV adaptation of “Fargo,” Billy Bob Thornton plays cold-blooded killer Lorne Malvo. Lorne is distressingly likable, particularly for a cold-blooded killer. “I’ve never been afraid of that type of thing,” Thornton said. “I’ve done a movie where, the first scene, I pee on myself and throw up in the alley.” Lorne makes “Bad Santa” look mild. “What I love about what [executive produce/writer] Noah [Hawley] has done with the character is that it’s not a typical bad guy,” Thornton said. “A pupp... 57797565@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:44:01 MDT Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman on late show http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57803210-223/colbert-letterman-cbs-late.html.csp New York • CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, who will take over the “Late Show” next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy. Colbert, 49, has been hosting “The Colbert Report” at 11:30 p.m. ET since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talk-show host. The character will retire with “The Colbert Report.” “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a hig... New York • CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, who will take over the “Late Show” next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy. Colbert, 49, has been hosting “The Colbert Report” at 11:30 p.m. ET since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talk-show host. The character will retire with “The Colbert Report.” “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a hig... 57803210@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:44:01 MDT TV preview: Stars are out for climate change http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57790864-223/watch-nbc-sunday-mtv.html.csp Showtime has a nine-part series that features Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, America Ferrera, Olivia Munn, Ian Somerhalder and Michael C. Hall, and it’s not a movie. “Years of Living Dangerously” is a nine-part documentary on climate change. It’s well done. And it’s scary. Watch • Debuts 11 p.m. Sunday, Showtime This Weekend — The Neighbors Larry finds out he’s pregnant. (Season — and, most likely, series — finale.) Watch • 7:30 p.m. Friday,... Showtime has a nine-part series that features Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, America Ferrera, Olivia Munn, Ian Somerhalder and Michael C. Hall, and it’s not a movie. “Years of Living Dangerously” is a nine-part documentary on climate change. It’s well done. And it’s scary. Watch • Debuts 11 p.m. Sunday, Showtime This Weekend — The Neighbors Larry finds out he’s pregnant. (Season — and, most likely, series — finale.) Watch • 7:30 p.m. Friday,... 57790864@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:38:07 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Would you adopt a pet pig on wheels? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57770879-223/iframe-pet-pig-animal.html.csp Len Lucero did not intend to adopt a pet pig. Let alone one that he had to equip with wheels. But when the Florida veterinarian was faced with the prospect of euthanizing a baby pig with malformed back legs, he couldn’t do it. “Looking at this otherwise healthy animal just crawl across the exam table, it just didn’t seem right to put a healthy animal with a small disability to sleep,” Lucero said. Instead, he took the pig — later dubbed Chris P. Bacon — home for what he thought would be a tempo... Len Lucero did not intend to adopt a pet pig. Let alone one that he had to equip with wheels. But when the Florida veterinarian was faced with the prospect of euthanizing a baby pig with malformed back legs, he couldn’t do it. “Looking at this otherwise healthy animal just crawl across the exam table, it just didn’t seem right to put a healthy animal with a small disability to sleep,” Lucero said. Instead, he took the pig — later dubbed Chris P. Bacon — home for what he thought would be a tempo... 57770879@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:01:56 MDT Feel ‘Glad All Over’ with the Dave Clark Five http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57754852-223/clark-dave-glad-sullivan.html.csp In 1964, there was no bigger television venue for rock bands than “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Dave Clark was completely unaware of that. The founder and leader of the Dave Clark Five was living in London and still not committed to making a profession of music. “I always said to the boys, ‘We’ll only go professional if we get two top-five records. If not, we just carry on and play for the fun of it,’ ” Clark said. “Well, fortunately ‘Glad All Over’ took off.” It sold more than 1.5 million copies and ... In 1964, there was no bigger television venue for rock bands than “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Dave Clark was completely unaware of that. The founder and leader of the Dave Clark Five was living in London and still not committed to making a profession of music. “I always said to the boys, ‘We’ll only go professional if we get two top-five records. If not, we just carry on and play for the fun of it,’ ” Clark said. “Well, fortunately ‘Glad All Over’ took off.” It sold more than 1.5 million copies and ... 57754852@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:14:46 MDT Barbara Walters sets May 16 for exit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57785584-223/walters-abc-barbara-news.html.csp New York • Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on “The View” on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her. Later that night, ABC will air a two-hour prime-time special on her career. Walters, who is 84, began in television in 1961 and became the medium’s best-known interviewer. She announced last year that she will retire from regular TV appearances. Walters will remain involved behind the scenes as an ex... New York • Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on “The View” on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her. Later that night, ABC will air a two-hour prime-time special on her career. Walters, who is 84, began in television in 1961 and became the medium’s best-known interviewer. She announced last year that she will retire from regular TV appearances. Walters will remain involved behind the scenes as an ex... 57785584@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:45:10 MDT Letterman’s departure will reshape late-night http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57774066-223/letterman-late-cbs-kimmel.html.csp New York • Jimmy Fallon’s fast start replacing Jay Leno on the “Tonight” show the past two months had a secondary effect: David Letterman suddenly seemed old. The Top 10 list, the ironic detachment, even the set at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Time doesn’t stop for comedy legends, or superstars of any sort. Letterman, who announced Thursday that he will retire from late-night television sometime in 2015, had to feel it. CBS now faces the challenge of moving on in a reordered late-night world at a ti... New York • Jimmy Fallon’s fast start replacing Jay Leno on the “Tonight” show the past two months had a secondary effect: David Letterman suddenly seemed old. The Top 10 list, the ironic detachment, even the set at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Time doesn’t stop for comedy legends, or superstars of any sort. Letterman, who announced Thursday that he will retire from late-night television sometime in 2015, had to feel it. CBS now faces the challenge of moving on in a reordered late-night world at a ti... 57774066@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:16:02 MDT David Letterman to retire from ‘Late Show’ in 2015 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57771123-223/late-letterman-2015-david.html.csp New York • David Letterman says he’s retiring next year as host of “Late Show.” During a taping of Thursday’s show, Letterman said he has informed his CBS bosses that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract expires. He told his audience he expects his departure will be “at least a year or so” from now. Letterman turns 67 next week. He has the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history, nearing 32 years since he created “Late Night” at NBC in 1982. He ... New York • David Letterman says he’s retiring next year as host of “Late Show.” During a taping of Thursday’s show, Letterman said he has informed his CBS bosses that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract expires. He told his audience he expects his departure will be “at least a year or so” from now. Letterman turns 67 next week. He has the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history, nearing 32 years since he created “Late Night” at NBC in 1982. He ... 57771123@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:12:01 MDT TV preview: Get ready to play ‘Game of Thrones’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57765055-223/watch-cbs-season-sunday.html.csp There’s nothing like “Games of Thrones” anywhere else on TV. No show is mounted on such a massive scale, with such a huge cast and so many storylines spinning at once. And as Season 4 begins, it’s clear this remains one of the great shows on TV. This season hits the ground running — and make sure you don’t miss the final minutes of the second episode. Watch • 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO This Weekend — Unforgettable A couple are killed. (Season premiere) Watch • 7 p.m. Friday, CBS/Ch. 2 Raising ... There’s nothing like “Games of Thrones” anywhere else on TV. No show is mounted on such a massive scale, with such a huge cast and so many storylines spinning at once. And as Season 4 begins, it’s clear this remains one of the great shows on TV. This season hits the ground running — and make sure you don’t miss the final minutes of the second episode. Watch • 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO This Weekend — Unforgettable A couple are killed. (Season premiere) Watch • 7 p.m. Friday, CBS/Ch. 2 Raising ... 57765055@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:41:23 MDT The top 15 Mormons on reality TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57698816-223/mormons-winner-survivor-reality.html.csp Dozens of Mormons (and ex-Mormons) have appeared on reality television, but only a few have made much of an impression. That doesn’t make members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a peculiar people. Most people on reality shows get a few minutes of minor fame and then disappear from sight. But a few of the Mormons (and ex-Mormons) have made bigger impressions. A few even became household names. What follows is a purely subjective list of the top 15 Mormons (or ex-Mormons) on re... Dozens of Mormons (and ex-Mormons) have appeared on reality television, but only a few have made much of an impression. That doesn’t make members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a peculiar people. Most people on reality shows get a few minutes of minor fame and then disappear from sight. But a few of the Mormons (and ex-Mormons) have made bigger impressions. A few even became household names. What follows is a purely subjective list of the top 15 Mormons (or ex-Mormons) on re... 57698816@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:28:56 MDT Officials: Reality TV star Benzino shot by nephew http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57750644-223/benzino-hip-hop-magazine.html.csp Brockton, Mass. • Reality TV star Benzino was injured after being shot by his nephew on a Massachusetts highway Saturday while riding in a funeral procession for a family member, according authorities and Benzino’s hip-hop magazine. Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, is a cast member of the VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly. The magazine confirmed on its website Saturday night that Benzino had been shot. The 48-year-old Benzino was traveling on Route 3 ... Brockton, Mass. • Reality TV star Benzino was injured after being shot by his nephew on a Massachusetts highway Saturday while riding in a funeral procession for a family member, according authorities and Benzino’s hip-hop magazine. Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, is a cast member of the VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly. The magazine confirmed on its website Saturday night that Benzino had been shot. The 48-year-old Benzino was traveling on Route 3 ... 57750644@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:17:39 MDT ‘Walking Dead’ season finale recap: ‘They’re screwing with the wrong people’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57753120-223/rick-carl-michonne-boxcar.html.csp “They’re screwing with the wrong people.” And with those words from Rick Grimes, Season 4 of “The Walking Dead” came to a gasp-inducing end. The finale, titled, “A,” found our intrepid band of survivors with their backs against the wall once again — this time in a dark and gloomy railway boxcar. And, in the process we discovered that — as we suspected — Terminus isn’t exactly the happiest place on Earth. Rick, Carl, Michonne and Daryl wound up imprisoned in that boxcar after being outmanned in a... “They’re screwing with the wrong people.” And with those words from Rick Grimes, Season 4 of “The Walking Dead” came to a gasp-inducing end. The finale, titled, “A,” found our intrepid band of survivors with their backs against the wall once again — this time in a dark and gloomy railway boxcar. And, in the process we discovered that — as we suspected — Terminus isn’t exactly the happiest place on Earth. Rick, Carl, Michonne and Daryl wound up imprisoned in that boxcar after being outmanned in a... 57753120@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:17:39 MDT ’Van Dyke’ DVDs spotlight Moore’s comedic genius http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57758251-223/reiner-dyke-moore-van.html.csp New York • Like any “Dick Van Dyke Show” fan, he’s happy to catch an occasional rerun of the show while flipping channels. “If there’s nothing new to watch, I’ll let the episode play out,” says Carl Reiner. “I’m always pleased to see how well those episodes have aged.” Reiner, of course, holds special status as a “DVD” confederate. He created this timeless half-century-old comedy, which premiered on CBS in October 1961, fueled by his real-life experiences as a TV comedy writer-performer and devo... New York • Like any “Dick Van Dyke Show” fan, he’s happy to catch an occasional rerun of the show while flipping channels. “If there’s nothing new to watch, I’ll let the episode play out,” says Carl Reiner. “I’m always pleased to see how well those episodes have aged.” Reiner, of course, holds special status as a “DVD” confederate. He created this timeless half-century-old comedy, which premiered on CBS in October 1961, fueled by his real-life experiences as a TV comedy writer-performer and devo... 57758251@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:17:39 MDT At long last, we’ll find out ‘How I Met Your Mother’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57677341-223/met-thomas-bays-iframe.html.csp Los Angeles • After nine seasons and 208 episodes, “How I Met Your Mother” is ending the way its creators always intended. Executive producer Carter Bays said the writers’ “lifeboat” has been “just knowing that we get to tell the story that we’ve been waiting to tell.” Waiting a very long time to tell. The last scene of episode 208 is pretty much what Bays and his co-creator and executive producer, Craig Thomas, had in mind when they filmed the pilot in 2005. They had it even more firmly in mind... Los Angeles • After nine seasons and 208 episodes, “How I Met Your Mother” is ending the way its creators always intended. Executive producer Carter Bays said the writers’ “lifeboat” has been “just knowing that we get to tell the story that we’ve been waiting to tell.” Waiting a very long time to tell. The last scene of episode 208 is pretty much what Bays and his co-creator and executive producer, Craig Thomas, had in mind when they filmed the pilot in 2005. They had it even more firmly in mind... 57677341@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:06:08 MDT Jeremy Piven is back as ‘Mr. Selfridge’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57713635-223/selfridge-piven-season-entourage.html.csp You might think the man who plays “Mr. Selfridge” would get special treatment when he goes shopping at Selfridges. Apparently, that’s not the case. Jeremy Piven, who plays Harry Selfridge in the early 20th century, has gone into the iconic London department store a couple of times. But in a hat and glasses, he didn’t look quite like the dapper Mr. Selfridge. “I was kind of under the radar,” Piven said, “but there were a lot of double takes. And then when I went to go buy something, I was really... You might think the man who plays “Mr. Selfridge” would get special treatment when he goes shopping at Selfridges. Apparently, that’s not the case. Jeremy Piven, who plays Harry Selfridge in the early 20th century, has gone into the iconic London department store a couple of times. But in a hat and glasses, he didn’t look quite like the dapper Mr. Selfridge. “I was kind of under the radar,” Piven said, “but there were a lot of double takes. And then when I went to go buy something, I was really... 57713635@www.sltrib.com Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:30:48 MDT