Fresh air: Who needs it? Sunshine? Bad for the skin. Summer is here, and that means it's prime growing season for couch potatoes looking to bask in the light of their televisions.Summer television used to be an oxymoron, of course, unless you were interested in catching up on "Law & Order" reruns.
It's a little-known fact--and, frankly, a little hard to imagine--but back in 1979, John Lennon and Yoko Ono started writing a Broadway musical. It was an oddly frivolous genre for the "angry" Beatle and a woman who once recorded her own orgasms, but love often led Mr.
"Brooklyn" is that most endangered of Broadway beasts: a musical that's not a revival or a movie knockoff but a real, live, original work. Even more compelling, the show was written by a formerly homeless songwriter and the woman who plucked him off the streets and gave him a home.
Fed up with politics? Don't look for an escape on TV, where every day will soon be Election Day, even where you'd least expect it. Next week the Sundance Channel debuts "Tanner on Tanner," a sequel to the acclaimed 1988 mini-series directed by Robert Altman and written by "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau.
Mel Gibson has never even acted in a sitcom, so you can forgive some people's skepticism when he wanted to direct one. "I remember saying something stupid like, 'Has he ever done multicamera before?' " says Mike Scully, the co-creator of the show in question, ABC's "Complete Savages." "And someone said, 'Well, on "Braveheart" he had 18 cameras.' And I said, 'That would be multi'." "Savages" stars Keith Carradine as the single father of five rambunctious sons.
Neal Karlen calls his memoir "Shanda," a Yiddish word that means "disgrace." It's a good description of a man who once told "Hebe" jokes, dated shiksas (non-Jews) and turned himself into what he calls a "Jewish Uncle Tom." Fortunately, Karlen found his way out of the self-loathing desert.
It's election season, and the choices are tough. Should you go with an old friend or the new Trump? Will you feel safe traveling to "LAX" or "Hawaii"? Sure, that presidential thing is important, but some of us will think almost as much about which fall shows to watch as we will about Bush vs.
Graham Norton is a very naughty man. He thinks nothing of whipping a sex toy out of a drawer and offering it to an unsuspecting guest, just for laughs. He still giggles about the time he found a Webcast of a woman playing "God Save the Queen" on a penny whistle--and she wasn't using her mouth to play it.
When you're moaning about gas prices this summer vacation, consider Nicole Richie's payment plan. Through the magic of reality TV, Nicole and her friend Paris Hilton find themselves with no money, no credit cards and their pink trailer home running on empty somewhere in Florida. "What can we sell?" asks Paris. "A $100,000 watch?" Quicker than you can say "money shot," the ladies pull into a gas station.
Remember the good old days when TV networks copied each other without even trying to be creative? Now every rip-off comes with a twist, as in "How about 'Survivor' where all the challenges make you sick?" or "Let's do 'The Bachelor' with little people!" But none of those copycats are as shameless as the imitators spawned by "Extreme Makeover," a feel-good show that follows people before, during and after plastic surgery.
RedemptionApril 11 at 8 p.m. ET, FXJamie Foxx ("Ali") stepped away from comedy a few movies ago, but it's still a shock to see him in "Redemption. "Foxx plays Stanley (Tookie) Williams, the cofounder of the Crips gang who turns himself into an antiviolence crusader and prize-winning author--he's been nominated for Nobel Prizes in both peace and literature, and he's done all that while on death row.