Television News from the New York TimesReview: ‘Hairspray Live!’ Had Power Voices but Still Lacked Power – The latest live musical from NBC sabotaged itself with distracting side business.
The Best TV Shows of 2016 – A sampler of television as dizzying and agitated as the year we’ve just lived through.
Review: ‘Shut Eye’ on Hulu Follows a Scamming, Small-Time Psychic – Jeffrey Donovan stars in the new show, created by Les Bohem and set in Los Angeles.
Peter Vaughan, Maester Aemon in ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies at 93 – Mr. Vaughan had an acting career in films and British television for more than 50 years before his turn as the blind mentor to Jon Snow in the HBO series.
Vows: Tom Rock and Terry Cosentino: In a Second Amazing Race, Romance Triumphs – A hole in their boat sunk their chances at victory on reality television. But there was yet another race to be won.
Despite a Sinking Ship, Love Prevails – The relationship of Tom Rock and Terry Cosentino was strengthened during an appearance on “The Amazing Race,” even though they lost. The couple married Nov. 12 at the Whitby Castle in Rye, N.Y.
What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Taraji’s White Hot Holidays’ and ‘SuperMansion: War on Christmas’ – Taraji P. Henson heats up the stage in a holiday variety show, and Bryan Cranston lends his voice to an aging superhero in “SuperMansion.”
Designated Survivor: ‘Designated Survivor’ Season 1, Episode 9: The Whistle-Blower – Hannah and President Kirkman work to expose or cover up potentially damaging information.
Television News from the Seattle PIAll the Things We Loved About Hairspray Live! – Solidifying this as NBC's best musical by far, and the one to beat going forward. What were your favorite moments? Other Links From TVGuide.com Hairspray Live!Harvey FiersteinJennifer HudsonKristen ChenowethDerek HoughAriana GrandeMaddie BaillioMartin ShortDove Cameron View the original article on TVGuide.com
Once Upon a Time Mega Buzz: Robin Hood Isn't the Only Surprising Face in the Wish-Realm – Showrunner Eddy Kitsis tells us that the thing he's most excited for in the second half of the season is for fans to see the wish-realm version of... Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue)!
Designated Survivor: President Clueless Gets a Clue – "The Blueprints" was a very bottom-heavy episode of Designated Survivor, slowly meandering through 40 minutes of television before smashing us over the head with a few whoppers at the end, including one that corrects a lot of what I noted about last week's episode: that president Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) was tragically misinformed about what was really happening under his watch, and it wasn't a whole lot of fun to see that since we knew a lot more than he did. On the flip side, the plot of the week involved a government whistle blower and NSA employee whose path led him directly to Kirkman, who he endorsed fully. Why? Because he read every email and text that Kirkman sent and liked his moral stance and the fact that he texts his kids a lot. Though Kirkman admitted the whistle blower would head to jail for a long time for stealing NSA data, including dirt on the late exploded president's cabinet, he admitted that the whistleblower wasn't insane and showed him a lot of respect. What does this really mean and why am I blabbering on about it? Because it's another clue that Kirkman -- who claims to be independent and is supposedly equally on the right and left (so, center) -- is fundamentally more liberal than the show claims he is. Several episodes back, Designated Survivor planted seeds for a romance between Emily (Italia Ricci) and Aaron (Adan Canto). Hannah tracked down (well, Chuck did) MacLeish's squad mates to interview them, and she found out (well, Chuck found out too because she made him interview people also) that all his vet friends said the same thing and had the same story. [...] Hannah found an old photo of MacLeish's squad and lo and behold, mystery terror suspect Catalan was in his squad! Visiting her CIA friend and their dingy diner meeting spot, Hannah learned the truth that the government covered up: Racing to MacLeish's confirmation to reveal the truth, Hannah was speeding through D.
Fuller House: Every Full House Character We Want to See in Season 2 – The Beach Boys made multiple appearances during the original run of the series and it'd be great to see them back in the family home -- especially if it means another sing along with Uncle Jesse (John Stamos).
This Is Us: Why Rebecca Deserves Compassion for Her Difficult Decision – While her decision to communicate with and then visit William was rooted in good intentions -- the boy was seriously struggling to latch on to his cultural identity, amplifying his sense of "otherness" in the family and the world -- going to see him was a huge lapse in appropriate boundary-setting. Could he have demanded his son back, ripping the kid away from stability and pushing him into the uncertainty of life with his Dad? Situations like this have been debated in courts and the media for decades, but the benefits of giving the child guaranteed food, clothing, shelter and an opportunity to thrive outweighed a cultural connection and the hope of those things. If there is a person alive who has not tucked a secret back into the dark drawers of the mind because revealing it would shatter peace, please, enlighten us all with TED talks about how to be perfect. In the fall finale, we saw Rebecca try to comfort her panicked daughter Kate (Chrissy Metz) as she's having an emergency appendectomy; she grabs a twig off a wreath and tells her it's a magical Christmas branch that'll protect her from anything bad. [...] that well-meaning instinct to do what's best for the kid and family is what good moms do. Like he seems to be doing though, we can take a step back and look at the intent behind parents' colossal screw-ups, respect their decisions, forgive them and maybe in time marvel at how lucky we are to have parents who'll do anything for us -- including carry a secret that eats them alive -- just to make sure we're happy and safe.
The CW Cancels Reign After Four Seasons – The period drama's upcoming fourth season will be the show's last, TVGuide.com has learned. The drama series, which stars Adelaide Kane and Megan Follows as the young queen Mary and Catherine de Medici, respectively, is currently filming, which means the show will at least have a proper conclusion as the writers are crafting a series finale. Season 3 moved to Friday nights where it averaged less than a million viewers in adults ages 18-49 and a 0.3 rating -- and the fact that it was renewed for a fourth season at all was a bit of a surprise.
This Was the Blackest Year in Television – The pop star took the biggest stage in TV, leading an army of women dressed as Black Panthers who at one point formed an X on the field, which seemed like (and most likely was) an overt tribute to Malcolm X. It might've been easy to miss the statement amid all the booty shaking, but days later, cries of "Boycott Beyoncé" made it clear she'd had an impact. [...] we saw the broadest, most varied, provocative portrayals of African-American life on TV ever; with many of them proving to be success stories that illuminated that black narratives and universal appeal aren't mutually exclusive. [...] while stories from all cultures are important, this season's spate of content focused on African-Americans -- historically shut out of powerful and lucrative engines like TV -- helped push forward the promise of a more inclusive industry. Orange Is the New Black, UnReal and black-ish all confronted killings of African-Americans by police with widely talked-about storylines: the heartbreaking death of Poussey (Samira Wiley) on OITNB, which paralleled Eric Garner's real-life choking in New York City; the shooting of an innocent black man by police on UnReal sparked conversation about institutional bias, based on the way the story pivoted to a white heroine; and black-ish's lauded episode "Hope" invited America to eavesdrop on a family wrestling with fear, confusion and perplexing questions following a case of police brutality. The women of HBO's Insecure were a little more grown up but also grappling with universal issues: hero Issa (Issa Rae) was a ball of confusion and shaky decision-making, while the corporate Molly (Yvonne Orji) illustrated what it looked like to be a winner in the office and a mess everywhere else. Power continued to complicate the life of its anti-hero drug dealer James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) -- a cunning, murdering, savvy businessman who is also a sensitive father seeking redemption. In Netflix
The Bachelor: 10 Amazing Revelations from the Contestants' Bios – The Pilates instructor likes to rent movies at home. Maybe if she marries Nick he'll share his Netflix login with her and she won't have to deal with late fees anymore. The Bachelor premieres Monday, Jan. 2 at 8/7c on ABC. Other Links From TVGuide.com The BachelorNick Viall
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