Day: April 8, 2022

ABC plans a playful summer

ABC is planning another game-stuffed summer, but with a difference:
This time, it will have three new games, alongside the vintage ones.
The network’s summer success has been built on pieces of the “Bachelor” franchise (also returning this summer, with Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia, shown her), plus games from way back. This summer – starting in July, after the pro-basketball playoffs — that continues: “Press Your Luck” goes back to 1983, “Family Feud” (now with celebrities) to 1976 and “$100,000 Pyramid” to 1973 (when it was merely $10,000).
But joining them will be the new shows. “Generation Gap,” hosted by Kelly Ripa, has kids and grandparents answering trivia about the others’ generation. “The Final Straw” has people trying to remove objects from a tower, without making it fall. And “Claim to Fame” is more of a reality show, involving people who, at first, don’t reveal their link to more-famous relatives; it’s hosted by Kevin Jonas, 33, of the Jonas Brothers and his not-famous brother Frankie, 21. Read more…

Best-bets for April 10: “Eve” exits strongly, “61st” enters grimly

1) “Killing Eve” series finale, 8-10 p.m., BBC America. This has always been a great (but odd) series. It shouldn’t surprise that the finale (which reruns Monday on AMC) is sometimes weird and generally superb. As it starts, Villanelle is in the Scottish woods with another hitwoman … Konstanin is grooming a young assassin … Carolyn is pensive about her old days in The Twelve … and Eve (shown here with Villanelle in a previous episode) is convinced The Twelve must die. There are odd detours, a big (but quick) finish and then a final jolt. Read more…

Laurie’s first love returns to the screen

A first love can have a powerful grip on someone – even on a well-bred British lad.
So Hugh Laurie says he’ll always remember “my first-ever crush.”  Frankie Derwent was “quick and bold and ready to take a chance.”
And fictional. She’s a character in a novel – “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?” (shown here) – that he’s adapted and directed; it reaches the Britbox streaming service on Tuesday (April 12). Read more…