#TBT TV: The Scare Factor III: Scare Factor Lives! (2002)

Scare Factor III

This Throwback Thursday transports us to October 2002, when we celebrated Halloween with our annual Scare Factor series of tributes to the best in horror and sci-fi films and TV shows. Scare Factor III was my personal favorite, as our staff picked our favorite genre characters and wrote little epitaphs for them. From the October 2002 edition of Channel Guide Magazine: It just won’t die! Our annual homage to horror shakes off the rigor mortis for its third edition, this time celebrating our favorite characters who really make for big-scream TV. Our office asylum put their severed heads together and … Continue reading

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CBS should blacklist “The McCarthys”

The McCarthys

The McCarthys CBS Premieres: Oct. 30 Airs: Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/PT Who’s In It? Tyler Ritter, Jack McGee, Laurie Metcalf, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre What’s It All About? The McCarthys are a tight-knit Boston family and are therefore loud, obnoxious, sports-obsessed and closed-minded. Middle child Ronny (Ritter) is gay, civilized, sports-ignorant but WICKED BOOK SMAAHT and therefore something of the family’s black sheep. When Ronny wants to move away, his father (McGee), head coach of a high-school basketball team, hires him to be an assistant coach. Crazy, right? It’s also infuriatingly bad. We’d rather listen to New Kids on the … Continue reading

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Nik Wallenda returns to the wire in “Skyscraper Live”

Nik Wallenda returns to the wire in "Skyscraper Live"

After making around 13 million television viewers’ hearts stop during last year’s gripping wire-walk across a portion of the Grand Canyon, Nik Wallenda is ready to have audiences wracking their nerves again. “I love challenging myself,” Wallenda tells us in an interview. That is obvious when one hears about his latest wire-walking attempt, which will be covered in the live Discovery Channel special Skyscraper Live With Nik Wallenda. As the title indicates, Wallenda will be engaging in a two-part walk between notable Chicago buildings (the second part of which will find him blindfolded). The first part of the crossing will … Continue reading

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Scoring the Scene on “Criminal Minds”

Criminal Minds

CBS’ hit Criminal Minds is one of the creepiest dramas on television. For the past decade, the FBI’s Behavior Analysis Unit has matched wits with entertainment’s most twisted unsubs “unknown subjects.” As the team profiles and hunts down the depraved and despicable villains, the action is set against the most riveting soundtrack on television. The show’s award-winning composers, brothers Steffan and Marc Fantini (along with composing partner Scott Gordon), create the disturbing music that sets the show’s dark mood. Marc and Steffan, what is your background in music? Marc: Our musical background started in recording: rock, pop and songwriting. My … Continue reading

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HBO’s The Comeback: Valerie Cherish returns — and this time, she WILL be heard

HBO's The Comeback:  Valerie Cherish returns — and this time, she WILL be heard

Call it TV’s comeback of the decade — because 10 years is nearly how long HBO’s rule-breaking series The Comeback has taken to return to the network for its much-discussed second season. In the summer of 2005, former Friends star Lisa Kudrow, her producing partner Dan Bucatinsky and Sex and the City’s Michael Patrick King debuted the 13-episode, dual-camera series, which starred Kudrow as fading actress Valerie Cherish, who allows a reality TV crew to capture her humbling return to the small screen in a hormonal teen sitcom. Critical acclaim — and three Emmy nominations — followed. So did cancellation. … Continue reading

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“Nashville” Christmas album releasing next week

"Nashville" Christmas album releasing next week

Halloween is just a few days away, and you know what that means — just about time for many people’s thoughts to turn toward the Christmas season (probably starting at 12:01am on Nov. 1, if not already). Right at the start of the season, on Nov. 4, fans of the ABC series Nashville will get an early Christmas gift with the digital release of the album Christmas With Nashville. Christmas With Nashville will feature holiday songs from the drama’s cast, including Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson and more. Including familiar holiday favorites and … Continue reading

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All Rise For Eliza Coupe On “Benched”

Eliza Coupe

USA’s new comedy series Benched premieres tonight and the vehicle is a welcome return for star Eliza Coupe. She was great on ABC’s Happy Endings and Benched has created a great platform for her to really flex her comedy chops. In Benched, she plays a former corporate lawyer who adjusts to life, and her new clients in the public defender’s office. I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of courtroom TV, most dramas make me doze, and other than Night Court, has court ever been funny? But the courtroom scenes in Benched feel really fresh; there’s great stuff happening in … Continue reading

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Neil Patrick Harris to host variety series for NBC

Neil Patrick Harris to host variety series for NBC

Neil Patrick Harris certainly hasn’t been suffering for work now that How I Met Your Mother has ended. The actor can currently be seen on the big screen in the hit film Gone Girl; he recently finished a Tony-winning run on Broadway as the lead in Hedwig and the Angry Inch; he confirmed two weeks ago that he will be hosting the 2015 Oscars; and yesterday NBC announced that the multi-talented performer will be hosting a new primetime variety series for the network. Ten hourlong episodes of the as-yet-untitled series have been ordered. The program will be based on the … Continue reading

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“American Dad!” recap: “CIAPOW”

"American Dad!" recap: "CIAPOW"

Last week’s season premiere of American Dad! on its new network, TBS, topped basic cable entertainment programs for the evening — delivering 2.5 million viewers between its TBS premiere and its encore presentation on Adult Swim. The episode also was tops for basic cable entertainment in key demos, drawing in over 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 1.2 million adults 18-34, according to a TBS release. We’ll see if the new episodes continue to draw similar numbers, of if people tuned in that first night to see if the show may be “edgier” than its FOX incarnation. As I wrote about … Continue reading

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Dancing With The Stars Halloween Night: Season 19

Dancing With The Stars Halloween Night: Season 19

The rough thing about Dancing With The Stars is, week after week, be say goodbye to couples whom we’ve fallen in love. After dancing their best last week, Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker’s were eliminated (sniff, I am going to miss them) and this week, another couple faces elimination as the number of performances gets upped to two. In Halloween Week, the eight remaining couples participate in their first group competition of the season. But before they dance together, they need to dance in their celeb-pro pairings. Bethany Mota and Derek Hough- Paso Doble Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev- Argentine … Continue reading

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