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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:13

What’s new to view: A fall 2018 TV preview

Fall TV premiere season is upon us!

Granted, the whole “new fall lineup” has increasingly become less of a thing with the proliferation of streaming services willing to drop entire seasons in one go and networks becoming more and more flexible with regards to when a series can and should debut, but whether it is by design or simply through inertia, we still see a whole lot of new material hit the airwaves in the autumn.

As per usual, this preview addresses only those shows entering their debut seasons. This isn’t about all the exceptional television that is returning for a second or third or fifth or tenth season – this is about stuff we haven’t seen before. It’s a chance to look ahead at what’s coming and think about what content – if any – we might be willing to invest our limited leisure time into.

(Note: This story hits the streets on Sept. 19. We’re focusing on shows that have yet to make the scene, so for the handful of entries that bowed earlier this month … sorry. Better luck next time.)

It’s a mixed bag. We’ve got broadcast and we’ve got streaming. We’ve got comedy and drama. We’ve got prestige fare and we’ve got mass appeal. We’ve got highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrow – all the brows you could ever desire.

Will all of these shows be good? Absolutely not. Should you watch them all? Also – no. But if there’s even one or two gems among the flotsam, that’s a big win. And honestly, it looks like there might be a couple of winners here.

Or maybe it’s all just poorly-conceived adequately-executed entertainment detritus. Who can say?

Let’s have a look at some of 2018’s fall TV premieres.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:24

New to view – 18 new shows for 2018

Remember when the fall television lineups were all that mattered?

It wasn't so long ago that that autumn offerings were the be-all and end-all of new TV. Shows that made their debuts in January were considered little more than filler, with the term “midseason replacement” taking on a derogatory tone.

However, as the ways in which we consume television have changed, so too have our attitudes regarding when shows join their respective lineups. Instead of an afterthought, this second season has become a viable entity in its own right, with loads of interesting programming arriving on your screens of choice.

Broadcast networks, premium and basic cable outlets, streaming services - everybody has something for the viewer looking for something new to consume this winter. If nothing else, it seems likely that all tastes - highbrow, lowbrow and everything in-between - will be addressed.

Have a look at some of the intriguing options that are en route.

Published in Cover Story

A big win, but was it?

The case against Bill Cosby heated up last week when the now-disgraced actor and comedian appeared in court as part of a string of pretrial appearances related to his alleged sexual assault against a former Temple University employee.

Published in Celebrity Slam
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:33

New to view in 2017 - A TV preview

Some upcoming television debut offerings

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 18:34

A Superstore' scene-stealer

A conversation with Colton Dunn

Published in Buzz

It's fall, which means school is back in session, the leaves are changing colors and some of your favorite television shows are finally returning after a too-long summer hiatus. Many people are excited to catch up with the 'Modern Family' gang, 'The Walking Dead' zombies and the new cast of 'Dancing with the Stars,' and they don't want to miss a moment of their beloved shows while on the go. Luckily, smartphones and tablets are the perfect tools to stay connected, informed and entertained wherever you go.

With the 4G LTE network available through U.S. Cellular, customers can tune into 'The Middle' while in the middle of a flight and keep up with the Kardashians while they're keeping up with their errands. Cutting-edge devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 allow users to catch all of their favorite sitcoms along with the news or even the big game from anywhere.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 11:17

What's new on the networks

a fall 2012 TV preview

Being a television executive is much like being a professional gambler: It's a business built around taking huge risks. Sometimes, those risks pay off hugely. More often, they don't. So it is with new network television shows. For every breakout hit, there are half a dozen flops. And that doesn't even count the scores of filmed pilots that ultimately fail to find a home.

Still, hope springs eternal, even in the entertainment business. The network dial is riddled with new offerings this fall. Any one of them could conceivably capture the public's imagination and become a mainstay for the next five years. Of course, that just means the rest of them will be boring, bland and ultimately forgettable assuming they aren't epically terrible. We can probably count on at least one of those as well.

Published in Cover Story

NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' pushes people to shed pounds and pounds of excess weight through exercise and good nutrition in order to get healthy. Twenty contestants lost a large amount of weight and inches throughout the 13th season including Jeremy Britt who lost a whopping 199 pounds to become this season's 'Biggest Loser' winner, beating out his own sister Conda, and former professional wrestler Kim Nielson. 

"The most important thing I learned was hard work pays off. In the end, everything I did paid off for me," Britt said. "You never underestimate anyone especially someone like Kim. I was doing whatever I could at home to make sure she wasn't outworking me. I knew Kim was going to give me a run for my money."

And she did. Kim lost 118 pounds and showed off her new, slim 134 lb. figure on the scale during Tuesday night's finale. As celebratory as the finale was, there were a few contestants like Buddy Shuh and Mark Cornelison, that didn't partake in the festivities because they quit the show.

Published in Buzz
Monday, 23 April 2012 11:09

'Biggest Loser' players send momma home

'The Biggest Loser' contestants on NBC's weight loss reality show had a rough week (NOT!), when they were whisked away to Hawaii where they faced the challenge of losing weight on vacation. Instead of hitting the gym, they worked out on the beach. The players even got the opportunity to learn to surf courtesy of athlete Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack and inspired the movie, Soul Surfer. After the weigh in, the two contestants who fell below the yellow line and risked elimination turned out to be the mother daughter duo - Kimmy and Megan Stone. Kimmy asked the players to send her home in order for her daughter to stay; a request they willingly granted. 

"I didn't feel like I was going home to face failure because I was 11 pounds away from my goal. I felt like I wanted Meghan to have more time on the ranch to lose weight. As a parent, you always want what is best for your child. I felt sacrificing my position on the show for Meghan to stay was a no brainer," Stone said.

Stone, a 48-year-old registered nurse from Missouri admits she never watched 'The Biggest Loser' before becoming a contestant on the show.

Published in Buzz

'The Biggest Loser' didn't just lose the contestant with the lowest percentage of weight loss this week. Two other contestants, Buddy Shuh of Michigan and Mark Cornelison of Texas, voluntarily packed their bags and went home after learning the show's producers were bringing back one of the previously eliminated contestants, yet again, to compete with those still in the game. That left Jeremy, Conda and Kim as the final three on the ranch until Jeremy Britt fell below the yellow line and was sent home.

"We had gotten word the other contestants were coming back for a chance to compete. We thought we were the final five and this was just a dagger to our hearts. It just seemed wrong," Britt explained.

"It would've been Adrian and Daphne's third chance [getting to come back]. Everyone disagreed with what was going on."

Published in Buzz
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