Day: January 8, 2020

ABC turns “Thirtysomething” again

(This is an expanded version of a story I posted earlier today)
PASADENA, Cal. – “Thirtysomething” is heading back to ABC, at the age of … well, thirtysomething.
The show started 32 years ago and ended four years later, with a pile of awards and a niche in society. It was “so embedded in popular culture that its title was entered into the dictionary,” said Karey Burke, who is president of ABC Entertainment.
So now she may be bringing it back. The deal finances a pilot film and setting up a writers’ room for a possible Read more…

“Ackley” bridges gaps and stirs emotion

For two seasons, this has been an intriguing duo – two teens who have everything in common and somehow, nothing in common.
They are friends on “Ackley Bridge,” a series that – as its third season starts streaming Monday (Jan. 13) – is about to change profoundly.
Missy Booth and Nasreen Paracha (shown here) were born on the same day, in the same hospital. They’ve grown up together, in a town where jobs are scarce and expectations are low. We often see them on an abandoned couch, surveying a world they (and others) don’t really understand. Read more…

Best-bets for Jan. 10: Meet the new crime-solvers

1) “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For the Bone Collector” debut, 8 p.m. NBC. This started with Jeffrey Deaver’s novel: A paralyzed police detective hires a cop to do his on-scene work. That became a 1999 movie with two Oscar-winners – Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Now it’s a series with Russell Hornsby (shown here in an early scene, before Rhyme’s injury) and Arielle Kebbel. The opening and closing scenes are way too nasty; in between, however, this is a good start, with understated dialog and a solid story. Read more…