Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 16 recap: The mother(s) of all midseason finales

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It’s the Season 4 Midseason finale, Dance Moms Nation and that means it’s time for the much-discussed new team. And the new mothers. Well, sort of new. One gave us a special little taste of her tact and refinement — and brought out the best in Melissa — last week. Another we met a month or so ago in Michigan. And another isn’t new to Kira at all. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We start out on a somber note, because the show has finally caught up to Maryen Lorrain’s Feb. 8 death. As each Pitt Crew mother-daughter … Continue reading

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The Little Couple sneak peek and photos: “San Fran, Here We Come!”

The Little Couple San Francisco

It’s Will whirling at the Wharf in tonight’s all-new episode of The Little Couple on TLC! Though it’s been less than two weeks since her final chemotherapy treatment, Jen — who serves as medical director of the Pediatric Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital — decides to take advantage of her invitation to be a keynote speaker at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s international meeting in San Francisco. Because Bill wants to make sure she doesn’t overextend herself, the couple packs up the kids and makes a family adventure of the journey. And when Jen is done with her professional duties, … Continue reading

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Tonight On Chrisley Knows Best: “Date Night”

Chrisley Knows Best

Those Kookie Chrisleys are back tonight on USA for an all new episode of Chrisley Knows Best titled, “Date Night.” The kids want to do something nice for mom Julie and dad Todd by treating them to a day of pampering and a romantic dinner. Robert Burns once wrote, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray,” but this is reality TV, so it is a guarantee that nothing will go as planned. And yet I’m foreshadowing that everything that happens in this beautiful disaster will be complete with a southern drawl, comical results and witty zingers. … Continue reading

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“Pioneers of Television” returns for Season 4 on PBS

"Pioneers of Television" returns for Season 4 on PBS

PBS’ wonderful series Pioneers of Television returns tonight for a run of four new episodes looking back at groundbreaking people, shows and themes that have helped turn television into the medium that it is today. This season’s episodes are: “Standup to Sitcom,” featuring new interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart; “Doctors and Nurses,” which examines TV’s love affair with the medical profession, from Dr. Kildare to ER and beyond; “Breaking Barriers,” which traces the story of people of color in television; and “Acting Funny,” a look at the backstage techniques of America’s favorite … Continue reading

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Ken Burns’ “The Address” demonstrates lasting impact of the Gettysburg Address

Ken Burns' "The Address" demonstrates lasting impact of the Gettysburg Address

Last November was the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a brief but impactful speech that has gone down in history as one of our nation’s greatest. Perhaps befitting the brilliant conciseness of that address, filmmaker Ken Burns looks at the speech in one of his shortest projects, the 90-minute film The Address. While it is nowhere near as sprawling as Burns’ other works, like The Civil War or Baseball, it — as the original address did — delivers an effective message in its brief time. The Address differs from most of Burns’ other projects … Continue reading

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Eric Mabius on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and guest star Valerie Harper

Eric Mabius in Signed, Sealed, Delivered on Hallmark Channel

Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius stars in Hallmark Channel’s delightfully endearing new drama series Signed Sealed Delivered, which premieres Sunday, April 20 at 8pm ET/PT. The series follows a group of postal detectives who are dedicated to delivering undeliverable mail from the past, an act that often transforms the recipient and/or sender’s life. The series is written by Martha Williamson (creator of Touched by an Angel), who has a gift for writing appealing programming for a broad age range. “Anyone from 8 to 80 can sit around and watch because there are aspects from each of these characters that everyone … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: The Nut Job

The Nut Job

Part of the fun of watching an animated film as an adult is hearing the voices of familiar actors come out of the mouths of, say, colorful fish or toys-come-to-life or, in the case of The Nut Job, various woodland creatures like squirrels, moles and raccoons. In the film, Surly the Squirrel has finally taken his capers one step too far, causing the animal community’s winter food supply to be destroyed. Surly and his rat friend, Buddy, are exiled from the group and need to figure out how to survive. Fellow squirrels Andie and Grayson are sent by Raccoon to … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: Behind the Scenes on the set of Ride Along

Ride Along

Because Ride Along is an action-comedy, the director and crew had a lot of wiggle-room to make over-the-top stunts. Shares producer Will Packer: “We had an opportunity to do some really cool driving sequences. We had guns going off and blew up a building. Even Kevin got a kick out of being able to shoot big guns.” But, according to Packer, sometimes Hart pulled back. He laughs: “Kevin was so excited about it. He wanted to do all of his own stunts until it was actually time to do the stunts. Kevin is the guy who says, ‘I’ll do my … Continue reading

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