May Sweeps Go Out With a Twang

This year’s May sweeps end Wednesday night – and the schedule over these final four days is a veritable dessert cart of TV goodness. Tomorrow night (5/20), there’s the delectable “Mel Brooks: Make a Noise” offered by PBS’s American Masters. Also tomorrow night: the final performance show of this season’s Dancing With the Stars, with the results show coming up Tuesday night. And y’all had better hold on tight for the season finale of ABC’s Nashville on Wednesday (5/22). One of …

‘How to Live With Your Parents’: Boomer Humor Abounds

How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) sports a title (and a mouthful of one at that) that speaks directly to many boomers whose adult children have moved back home. Premiering tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ABC in the plum post-Modern Family time slot, the new sitcom bursts out of the gate with more than a few belly laughs. It’s funny enough to make you hope it can find an audience during its spring run …

A Retooled ‘Body of Proof’ Is Back

Get ready for what producers are calling the “higher octane” version of Dana Delany’s Body of Proof when the show launches its third season Tuesday. There will be more action for Dana’s Dr. Megan Hunt character – literally and figuratively. Hunky Mark Valley has been brought in to provide the romantic action. He plays Detective Tommy Sullivan, with whom Megan has a past and potentially a future. He isn’t intimidated by the tough, brusque, witty medical examiner. He can stand …

Anthony Edwards Returns to Series TV in Conspiracy Mystery ‘Zero Hour’

Former ER star Anthony Edwards is back to series television on Valentine’s Day, in the aggressively promoted ABC mystery thriller serial, Zero Hour. It’s been more than a decade since Edwards breathed his last breath on ER, a prime-time event grownup viewers most certainly recall, involving magazine cover stories, dream-like soft focus scenes, tears, and water cooler chatter the next day.  Dr. Mark Greene and his departure remain so vivid, even now, it’s probably to Edwards’ advantage that he waited …

A Savory ‘Taste’ of Dining With Anthony Bourdain

It’s not quite the shock level of seeing Bob Dylan in a Pepsi ad, but it is surprising to see counterculture gastronome Anthony Bourdain serving as judge, mentor and producer on a glossy mainstream network cooking competition show And yet, here he is, the silver fox who has been known to knock fellow chefs he felt were overly-commercialized, fronting ABC’s The Taste, which launches Tuesday (Jan. 22) with a two-hour premiere. What sets this program apart from other TV cook-offs …

‘Nashville’ Scores, Catfight or No

The sublime Connie Britton gets smacked in the face with ageism as a country super star who suddenly finds a brazen little man eater – Hayden Panettiere – usurping her territory in Nashville, premiering Wednesday (10/10) on ABC. Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes doesn’t bother playing nice to established star Rayna James.  Unlike All About Eve’s Eve Harrington, Juliette is vixenishly vicious, snubbing Rayna from the get-go, as she poaches Rayna’s guitarist, her producer, her record company. Even Rayna’s daughters, sitting in the …