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Thursday football -- big and brief and maybe forever


Right about now, CBS seems terribly excited about its Thursday-night football games, which start Sept. 11. Here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES


Yes, even summer can have big-deal scripted shows


Every now and then, TV people vow to give us something more (or better or just different) in the summer. Occasionally, they actually do. Now, with the success of last summer's "Under the Dome," this seems to be one of those times; here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Under this dome, life gets interesting


The good news is that "Under the Dome" is first-rate TV. CBS' summertime mini-series, from a Stephen King novel, is richly crafted and thoroughly watchable. Here's the story I sent to papers.

By MIKE HUGHES

In a world of sprawling choices, many
people still feel confined.

So Stephen King pushed that feeling a
step further: In his “Under the Dome” novel, he had an entire
town become suddenly, inexplicably encased by a dome.

Newhart and "Big Bang": Comedy masters converge


This will be an interesting TV week for the odd and (especially) the funny. My previous blogs look at the return of "Warehouse 13" on Monday (April 29) and the debut of Amy Schumer's show on Tuesday. And on Thursday comes a grand comedy convergence -- Bob Newhart on "The Big Bang Theory." Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Yes, TV keeps changing – wildly,
weirdly – over the years.

Grammy weekend: Here are the details


The previous blog took an overview of this Sunday's Grammy telecast. Now here are the boxes I sent to papers, with key details:

By MIKE HUGHES

This year's Grammy awards will sort of
be a long, lingering tune. That will stretch across six hours over
two nights; here are key details, all times are ET:

The build-up

Grammys plan a mega-show ... which they may promptly change


Last year's Grammy telecast offered sensational television -- from Adele to the Beach Boys to moving Whitney Houston tributes.

And this year We won't know for sure until it happens, Sunday on CBS. This is a telecast that goes through constant changes, right up to showtime. Here's the story I sent to papers; a separate one will list details:

By MIKE HUGHES

The Grammy awards are coming Sunday,
with the usual stockpile of big-time, big-voice types.

Wait ... is it the Super Bowl already?


If this is Monday -- it is, I checked -- then life is already in Super Bowl mode.

Today, lots of shows -- "The Talk," CBS Sports Network, CBS Radio Network, parts of "The Insider" -- begin broadcasting from New Orleans. Others arrive later, including CBS' morning show on Thursday and its evening news on Friday.

It's elementary, dear viewers: Sherlock follows Super Bowl


We're busy talking Super Sunday now -- the Super Bowl and everything connected to it. My two previous blogs took overview of the day on TV and of the two teams. Here's another story I sent to papers, on something more specific -- "Elementary," which gets the key spot after the game:

By MIKE HUGHES

Let's give Jonny Lee Miller time to
adjust. This whole success thing is new turf.

Hey buddy, got a dozen hours to spare?


On Sunday, the rest of life will gently recede and the Super Bowl will consume us. With that in mind, I'm sending several stories to papers; here's the first one, a viewer's guide to Super Sunday:

 

By MIKE HUGHES

On Sunday, people will conspire to
gather near their TV sets.

Funny lives become a (sometimes) funny TV show


OK, you may know that I'm not big on the opening episode of "Partners" (8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, on CBS).

Still, I'm very big on the people who created it. They're funny guys who are basing this on their own lives, so maybe it will get better. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Max Mutchnick and David Kohan kept
turning out new comedies.