Halle Berry’s ‘Extant’: Expect Big Things

  During the promotional ramp-up to the July 9 premiere of Halle Berry’s new CBS show Extant, Berry talked comparisons to Rosemary’s Baby and series creator Mickey Fisher referenced a “Joseph and Mary moment,” in which shocked husband Goran Visnjic learns that his astronaut wife (Berry) got pregnant while on a 13-month solo mission in space. So just what has she got gestating? Is it the devil or something divine? More important to CBS, will she deliver a hit, or a big-budget miss? …

Margo Martindale Finds Her Comedy Groove

It’s a season to remember for actress Margo Martindale.  She and Chris Cooper are getting singled out for their performances in the newly-opened big-screen drama August: Osage County — which is no small feat considering they’re in a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard and Juliette Lewis.  At the same time, her CBS sitcom, The Millers, is earning critical second looks. Indeed, The Millers has improved with seasoning.  That’s a good thing, because the Greg Garcia comedy …

Bob Newhart Is a Hit on ‘Big Bang Theory’

Bob Newhart’s fans have been waiting for this one – his first appearance on The Big Bang Theory Thursday night (May 2).  Duly promoted as befits a sweeps-sized casting coup, Newhart has come aboard TV’s highest-rated sitcom for at least three episodes, playing a “Mr. Wizard”- style kiddie science show host who’s a childhood idol of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki).  When Sheldon learns that “Professor Proton” is available for appearances, he giddily books him for an engagement at …

‘Golden Boy’ Looks Like a Winner

A lackluster stretch for new network dramas comes to an emphatic end tonight with the premiere of Golden Boy, the gripping new CBS cop show that breathes fresh life into the standard police procedural. British newcomer Theo James, 28, plays New York City cop Walter Clark, the hotshot of the title. Golden Boy‘s hook is that we first meet Clark seven years in the future, just after he is named the youngest police commissioner in the city’s history. The completed …

Led Zep, Heart Add to 50+ Rockstravaganza

This December is prime time for 50+ rockers.  Is it ever!  The fact was proven abundantly by stars from the mighty Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen to The Rolling Stones, The Who and Bon Jovi in the 12-12-12 benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims this month.  (Yes, Mick Jagger looked creaky, but he still ruled the stage!) This week brings the annual after-Christmas treat — The Kennedy Center Honors, being broadcast by CBS Wednesday, Dec. 26.  And front-and-center once again are …

Frank Peppiatt: 5 Facts About His Cornpone Classic ‘Hee Haw’

It’s odd to think that a native of Canada created one of the most quintessentially American programs ever to air on television, one that celebrated the rough-hewn, folksy humor of the rural South and the musical genre that its people loved. But Frank Peppiatt, who died on Nov. 7 at age 85 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., proved that you didn’t have to be a good ol’ boy to be a countrified hit-maker. Hee Haw, the comedy-music variety program that …