Friday, September 19, 2014

Preview: Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan

Melissa Rivers and the Cast of Fashion Police Celebrate Joan Rivers

E! is dedicating the entire day today to celebrating the life of Fashion Police host and all-around, already much-missed comic legend Joan Rivers. First up is a 13-hour marathon of Fashion Police, which leads into Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan at 8pm.

On the special, Joan's daughter and Fashion Police executive producer Melissa Rivers joins co-hosts Giuliani Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos to remember Joan Rivers and share their memories about her.

Preview: The Knick

Clive Owen Tests Out the Tools in Early 20th Century NYC
News & Observer 

The Knick (Cinemax, 10pm) - Thackery (Clive Owen) and Dr. “Bertie” Chickering (Michael Angarano) test a new operating-room procedure, while Cornelia second-guesses her impending nuptials. Also, Everett contemplates how to help Eleanor overcome her grief, and Barrow makes deals on some used merchandise. Keep reading.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Preview: Married

Married May Be the Best Least-Talked-About Show on TV

Married (FX, 10pm) is the type of show that makes TV critics want to take off their taped-together glasses, pull on a pair of pants and emerge from their shadowy lair to shout to the world, "Why aren't you watching this show?" A moment later, after a smoker's coughing fit and sun blindness, the frustrated critic slithers back underground.

Married is a binge-worthy show that's understated. It's beautifully written with fully formed, relatable characters.

Preview: Ebola: Are We Next?

Discovery Dedicates Its Entire Primetime Lineup to Understanding Ebola
Discovery Channel

Ebola: Are We Next? (Discovery Channel, 9pm) - While experts argue over the likelihood of Ebola mutating to become airborne, the current Ebola virus already has mutated in order to survive. The speed and method of mutation varies from virus to virus. Here’s how it works.

Viruses reproduce through host cells. The virus injects its DNA or RNA into the host cell, enabling it to deliver instructions to the cell to make more viruses. Those viruses spread throughout the organism.

But that’s when the immune systems of host organisms -- including humans -- kick in. Keep reading.

Preview: Project Runway

Project Runway Designers Rock Tween Looks

Project Runway (Lifetime, 9pm) is having a really good season, its 13th, with contestants like Kini Zamora and Sean Kelly designing runway-ready, world-class looks. And, mercifully, Runway this year has for the most part avoided the made-up dramas that have derailed past seasons, in favor of focusing on the fashions and the design process. Tonight, the designers create American Girl-inspired looks for pre-teen girls.

Daytime TV: Special Report: Scotland's Vote for Independence

Scotland's Vote for Independence and Its Impact on the World's Economy

photo: Reuters
Today, Scotland voters decide if the country will secede from the United Kingdom or remain a country strongly tied to the financial powerhouse to its south, England.

If Scotland's residents choose independence, it will shake up much more than Scotland's economy. It will have an impact on the world's economy.

This morning, Fox Business Channel's Neil Cavuto is speaking with business and financial leaders about today's vote and what it will mean for the rest of us.

Special Report: Scotland's vote for Independence airs on FBN 5am Eastern to 9am Eastern.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: The Mysteries of Laura

Debra Messing's Detective Could Stick Around for Years if NBC Handles This Right

NBC's new detective series The Mysteries of Laura (10pm) with Broadway actress and Will & Grace star Debra Messing is something of a mess. It's not sure if it's a comedy or a drama. And several of the characters are drawn with too-broad strokes: bratty kids, icy female coworker, effeminate gay guy.

But Mysteries is an endearing mess that, if the show is tweaked and its ensemble cast is tightened up, could become a modern-day Murder, She Wrote - the Angela Lansbury series that aired on CBS for a few hundred years (give or take).

On the show, Debra is New York City Det. Laura Diamond who is prone to shooting suspects without warning, speeding around the city in a suburban-style car with police lights flashing, and figuring out cases with the ease of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple.

Review: Red Band Society

Octavia Spencer's Medical Drama is a Major Disappointment

Octavia Spencer
In the opening moments of the fall TV season's first big new premiere, Fox's medical drama Red Band Society (9pm) from Steven Spielberg and starring The Help's Octavia Spencer, the show with a great premise and a wonderful actress at its helm falls off the tracks. And it doesn't get up.

There are a few small details that the behind-the-scenes team or the actors themselves allowed on screen that are maddening and symptomatic of the show's bigger problems. There are a couple of minor goofs, like the actors holding cups of coffee that are clearly empty or mishandling a cigarette (don't make actors smoke on screen if it's obvious they don't smoke). But there's a bigger problem in those opening moments, too - a much bigger problem.

Octavia's character Nurse Jackson is introduced as an unlikeable, abrasive person with a loud mouth, a terrible attitude and no redeeming qualities.

Preview: Making a Scene with James Franco

James Franco Puts His Own Spin on Classic Movie Scenes

AOL Original’s new series Making a Scene with James Franco debuts this Wednesday, and it features James Franco doing what he does best: art-like mini-projects that require more than a sentence to explain. Despite a title that sounds like something dry and conversational and hosted by James Lipton, the 10-episode first season actually showcases Franco & Co. taking a variety of famous scenes from famous movies, mashing them up, and staging the result. Keep reading.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stats: The View

ABC's Revamped Daytime Show The View Hits 8-Year High

The View (ABC, 11am), featuring the highly anticipated-return of Rosie O’Donnell to The View, joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg and newcomers, actress Rosie Perez and Republican political analyst Nicolle Wallace, the [18th season] premiere of The View was the series’ best premiere in 8 years in total viewers (3.902 million – since Rosie joined the cast in 2006).

In fact, it was the series’ No. 2 premiere on record in total viewers, while among target women, it posted solid double-digit percent increases over its year-ago launch to hit 3-year highs among women 18-49 (+15% – 683,000 vs. 596,000) and women 25-54 (+20% – 911,000 vs. 761,000).