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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

TV highlights: Jill and Jessa Duggar speak out on ‘The Kelly File’

(All times Eastern)SERIES PREMIERE: The latest binge-watchable sci-fi drama “Sense8” (Netflix streaming) zooms in on eight strangers who suddenly realize that their minds are linked and are forced to work together to survive the clan of hunters who see them as dangerous forces in the world. Newcomers Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith and Doona Bae star.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Hannibal’ returns to NBC for a third season

(All times Eastern)On the penultimate episode of “Bones” (Fox at 8 p.m.) Season 10, two worlds collide when remnants of an ex-con and a biker-turned-yoga instructor are found in the remains of a forest fire.Read full article >>

TV highlights: Fox News’s Megyn Kelly sits down with the Duggars for an exclusive interview

(All times Eastern)For the first team challenge of the season, the Top 20 visit Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., where they cook up the best burgers and fish and chips they can for thousands of park patrons on “MasterChef” (Fox at 8 p.m.).Read full article >>

‘The Bachelorette': Controversial ‘Brokeback Bachelor’ twist was a misleading mess

What do you do when nothing very interesting is happening on your reality dating show? Hype the fact that two male contestants are falling in love with each other, of course! Never mind if it’s actually real.Read full article >>

How ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ became a ratings winner

Little by little, ABC’s “World News Tonight” has climbed to the rocky summit of Mount Nielsen. After years of also-ran status, the evening newscast has caught up to NBC’s “Nightly News,” the ratings champ for more than five years. The two programs now jockey for the title of America’s most-popular TV news source. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ABC Family’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ returns for a sixth season

(All times Eastern) RETURNING SHOW: Your favorite teenage troublemakers find themselves trapped outside Charles’s Dollhouse as his games become more menacing on the sixth-season opener of “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family at 8 p.m.). Read full article >>

Best acceptance speech ever? T.J. Miller of ‘Silicon Valley’ sets high bar at Critics’ Choice Awards.

Dear all other award shows: Can you be more like the Critics’ Choice Awards?The show on A&E, honoring the best in TV over the past year, had it all on Sunday night. A charming host (Cat Deeley); solid one-liners from presenters; delightfully unusual winners, and best of all, a mere two-hour run time.Read full article >>

TV highlights: Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ returns for its 12th season

(All times Eastern) RETURNING SHOW: The 12th season of “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox at 8 p.m.) begins with hopefuls in Dallas and Memphis auditioning for the judging panel of Paula Abdul, Nigel Lythgoe and Jason Derulo. An interview with first lady Michelle Obama will also be featured. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe’ premieres on Lifetime

(All times Eastern) “30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” (HBO at 8 p.m.) honors its latest inductees — Ringo Starr, the 5 Royales, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, LouShow More Summary

‘Survivor’ changed television forever and it still endures. What’s the secret?

Television producer Mark Burnett remembers the first time he got in trouble with CBS, the network that has aired his reality show “Survivor,” for the past 15 years. While overseeing filming during the first season in early 2000, Burnett...Show More Summary

The live ‘Hoarders’ intervention was just as upsetting as you would imagine

“Live, televised intervention”: Three words that don’t usually go together. But that’s what happened on the season premiere of “Hoarders” on Thursday night — and it was just as upsetting as you would imagine.Read full article >>

TV highlights: David Oyelowo’s film ‘Nightingale’ premieres on HBO

(All times Eastern)The HBO original film “Nightingale” (HBO at 9 p.m.) stars Golden Globe-nominated actor David Oyelowo (“Selma”) as a war veteran whose life begins to unravel as he addresses the unseen followers of his video log about his obsession with an old Army buddy. Barlow Jacobs, Heather Storm and Elliott Lester co-star.Read full article >>

Josh Duggar wasn’t the first: How reality TV background checks don’t always uncover serious allegations

There’s only thing more troubling than TLC pulling “19 Kids and Counting” off the air after allegations of child molestation against star Josh Duggar. And that’s the fact that it’s not the first time something like this has happened.Read full article >>

NBC’s ‘Aquarius’: Come for the Manson, stay for the sober upheaval

Has it only been 11 days since Don Draper experienced his breakthrough while meditating at Big Sur? Among the many theories put to rest with “Mad Men’s” finale was the silly (but faintly plausible) notion that the show’s plot would intersect...Show More Summary

TV highlights: Louis C.K. premieres another stand-up special after ‘Louie’s’ fifth-season closer

(All times Eastern)“Bones” (Fox at 8 p.m.) takes the cooking competition fad one step further while investigating the murder of a well-known cookie jar collector, and the killer who may just be a fellow kitchenware enthusiast. Read full article >>

TV highlights: CBS’s ‘The Briefcase’ and Fox’s ‘Bullseye’ premiere

(All times Eastern) A mystery-box challenge finds the Top 22 chefs using 20 common ingredients that could be found in the average home before the remaining contestants face a pressure test to make their own version of an apple pie on “MasterChef’ (Fox at 8 p.m.). Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘America’s Got Talent’ returns on NBC

(All times Eastern) RETURNING SHOW: Now in its 10th cycle, “America’s Got Talent” (NBC at 8 p.m.) presents America’s best and worst talents on the stage at Radio City Music Hall to show off whatever mind-blowing or pathetic talents people want to present. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Howard Stern and Mel B return as judges. As always, Nick Cannon hosts. Read full article >>

‘The Last Alaskans’: A reality show with a heart as big as its subject

For my next trick, I’m going to urge all of you to watch a new reality show that’s set in Alaska. Wait, come back! I get it — the last thing in the world you’re likely to watch is one more reality show set in Alaska, since we already have about a hundred to choose from. Show More Summary

TV highlights: Nicole Kidman’s ‘Grace of Monaco’ premieres on Lifetime

(All times Eastern) RETURNING SHOW: On the Season 7 opener of “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC at 8 p.m.), the contestants, including former Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo and Seattle Seahawk player Jon Ryan, face obstacles such as the “Mini Silk Slider,” “Spin Cycle” and “Hourglass Drop.” Read full article >>

As much as some might like to, now is not the time to cancel the Duggars

Cut and run is an instinctive network and advertiser response when a reality TV show unexpectedly implodes. But it’s the wrong answer, not only to a PR problem but to a fundamental question of why reality shows exist in the first place.Read full article >>

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