Day: August 4, 2019

Pop gets funny — Lear, Linn, Levys

LOS ANGELES — We never expected the Pop network to be a treasure-trove of comedy.
We didn’t expect much of anything, actually. The network’s image and purpose were kind of sketchy.
But here it is now, with producers ranging from Norman Lear (97 and a TV legend) to Laura Chinn, 33, who spent years adrift in Florida. “I would go to California, but I couldn’t stay for long,” she said. Read more…

CW: “The 100” joins the departure line

LOS ANGELES — The old gang seems to be breaking up at the CW network.
Then again, the new shows will be a lot like the ones that are leaving.
Three of the network’s most-praised series — “iZombie,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” — ended their seasons this year. Two more, “Arrow” and “Supernatural,” have already said the coming season will be their last.
And now comes one more: “The 100” — which wraps ends its current season Tuesday – will also make next season its last, said CW chief Mark Pedowitz. Read more…

Best-bets for Aug. 6: The chaotic joy of Woodstock

1) “American Experience,” 9-11 p.m., PBS. Five weeks before Woodstock, promoters had a mega-list of performers — and nowhere to play. Banned in one town, they scrambled to find another. They barely got the stage finished … never did get the fences … and saw the masses swarm in. Food was scarce, mud was abundant and traffic was so snarled that the performers needed helicopters. This could have been a disaster, but people who were there recall it fondly. Here’s a terrific, 50th-anniversary portrait. And for a full Woodstock story, scroll down this page or jump to the “stories” category. Read more…

Small show wins big at TCA awards

LOS ANGELES — “Fleabag” — a handmade British show, filled with charm and regret – is the year’s big winner in the Television Critics Association awards.
The TCA gave it the top award for comedy and also named it program of the year. In addition, Phoebe Waller-Bridge – its creator and star — won the individual comedy award. (She’s shown here in the show.)
The drama awards went to “Better Call Saul” and to “Fosse/Verdon” star Michelle Williams, with “Russian Doll” named best new show and “Chernobyl” winning for best movie or mini-series. Read more…