Day: November 16, 2020

Country Christmas concerts boom ahead

Country-music people keep finding ways to have TV specials in a COVID era.
Now come two more announcements – a CBS special with Garth Brooks (shown here) and Tricia Yearwood, Dec. 20 on CBS, and the line-up for an intimate “CMA Country Christmas,” Nov. 30 on ABC. That comes shortly after CBS announced a Dolly Parton special, Dec. 6 on CBS. Read more…

“Big Sky” brings Kelley to big-tent ABC

David E. Kelley is finally back where he started – writing and producing for a broadcast network.
He did that for a quarter-century – from “L.A. Law” and “Chicago Hope” to “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice” and “Boston Public.” He was the master at crafting intelligent and entertaining TV over 42-minute stretches, plus commercials.
And then he left – until now. “Big Sky” (shown here, 10 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC) is Kelley’s first broadcast-network show since “Harry’s Law” ended its lone season eight years ago.
“I was not anxious to get back to the broadcast world for a lot of (reasons),” Kelley told the Television Critics Association last month. “Mainly the commercials.” Read more…

Best-bets for Nov. 18: Jailhouse lawyer fights for freedom

1) “For Life” season-opener, 10 p.m., ABC. Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) is a jailhouse lawyer – literally. He got a law degree in prison and uses it to help fellow inmates. (Pinnock is shown here with Dorian Missick.) But as the second season begins, there’s a bigger goal: This is based loosely on the true story of Isaac Wright, who won his own freedom and became a defense lawyer in the outside world. Now Aaron has a complex plan to get his conviction overturned. Success would let him try to rebuild his shaky relationship with his wife, his daughter and the world. Read more…