Bonnie Hunt has got to be TV's most unlikely sitcom star.It's not that she's unfunny--she steals just about everything she's in, from playing Renee Zellweger's wonderfully bitter sister in "Jerry Maguire" to her sharp and consistently hysterical appearances on the "Late Show with David Letterman." It's just that Hunt, 38, hasn't exactly had the best of luck on series television.Her new show, "Life With Bonnie," is her fifth sitcom in the last decade.
American Idol" is the Mae West of TV talent shows: when it's good, it's very good, but when it's bad, it's better. "Idol" is the first program since "The Gong Show" to understand that talented people are fine, but it's the terrible performers who are truly entertaining.
It takes less than 40 minutes for the first person to start crying on "Frontier House." That's not so bad, given that "Frontier" is one of those semisadistic PBS shows where mild-mannered history buffs travel back in time to live just like the natives--in this case, like homesteaders in 1883 Montana.
Tom and Nicole may now be the most famous unmarried couple in America, but Katie Couric and Matt Lauer run a close second. They've been cohosting the "Today" show for five years, and if you feel you know them because they come in for coffee every morning, you're not entirely wrong.
Here's a depressing thought: 2001 may be the first year in recent memory that failed to produce any break-out television shows. That's right--not a single show that debuted this year seems poised to become a top 10 hit.There were a few modest additions: CBS's "The Guardian," the WB's "Smallville," Fox's "Bernie Mac." But none of them has created the big-ratings buzz that "C.S.I." or "The West Wing" or "Malcolm in the Middle" generated in their debut years.
The tag line for the ABC drama "Alias" is "Sometimes the truth hurts," which is true enough for a show about a young woman who thinks she's a CIA agent only to discover she's been tricked into working for the enemy.But how about the stuff in "Alias" that somehow doesn't hurt its heroine, Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner)?