Fox

He's mean, he's nasty ... he's just right for TV


Things have been tough for the Fox network lately, but ratings should perk up a bit. "American Idol" is back, "Empire" got off to a good start ... and now the amiably quirky "Backstrom" debuts Thursday (Jan. 22). Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

It's slow-build Urban on fast-track "Idol"


Is it still possible to get excited about "American Idol"? Yes, actually, because many of the young singers are good, a few have been great and these three judges -- Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. -- really know what they're talking about. The season starts Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 7-8), here's the story I sent to papers about Urban and "Idol":

By MIKE HUGHES

Cliff Curtis: From a small island to global characters


The list of famous Maori actors is relatively short. There's Keisha Castle-Hughes (no relation to me, or to Cinderella's Castle), an Oscar-nominee in the immensely charming "Whale Rider." And there's Cliff Curtis, who played her father in that one ... then played just about everyone, everywhere. Curtis has become a fascinating actor, spanning the globe. Currently, he's in Fox's "Gang Related"; here's the story I sent to papers:


Super Sunday: Her's the 12-hour rundown


OK, by now we should be geared up for Super Bowl Sunday. My two previous blogs offered an overview and a profile of Terry Crews, former pro football player who reaches the Super day via acting. Now here's the third of the three stories I sent to papers; it offers a chronological rundown.


By MIKE HUGHES

Super Bowl: A cold night for red hot chili quarterbacks



(This is the first of three stories I sent to papers, previewing the Super Bowl)


By MIKE HUGHES

Raking through a messy (and funny) TV life


This is a busy time in the TV and cable world, as mid-season shows arrive. "Rake" (Thursday on Fox) is an amiable one, with Greg Kinnear as a sharp lawyer with a messy life. Here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES


"Idol" returns, putting on a fresh accent


"American Idol" returns tonight (Wednesday), freshening a form that already works. Here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES


This big little brother finally has his day


Geoff Stults may be big on TV -- starring in a new series that starts Friday -- but he's not that big a deal in his own family. After all, George Stults is also an actor and has big-brother status. Here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES


The "'Glee' Era" persists, amid churn and change and such


The season-finales are piling in now, with "Glee" as one of the first. That's Thursday; here's the story I sent to papers: 

 

By MIKE HUGHES

In the expanse of TV history, “Glee”
is still a newcomer. On Thursday, it concludes its fourth season;
that's only halfway to matching “Midwestern Hayride.”

Mama knows best: The making of a scare master


If you missed the taut debut of Fox's "The Following" on Monday, don't fret. That episode reruns tonight (Friday, Jan. 25, 10 p.m.). The second episode runs twice next week ... then the first two get a cable rerun on Feb. 8.

The show is worth catching, despite moments of wretched, gory excess. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Some moms might take their kids to
Candyland, Disneyland and other comfy lands.