Tuned In Journal

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' rise again on Nick

Sunday, 16 September 2018 12:00 AM Written by

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For viewers of a certain age, their childhood memories of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” remain strong. That’s why Nickelodeon is rebooting so many of its past hits, including the heroes in a half shell in “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (6:30 p.m. Monday, Nickelodeon).

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Book lovers, unite: 'The Great American Read' is back on PBS

Monday, 10 September 2018 12:00 AM Written by

 

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PBS’s attempt to find America’s “best-loved novel,” "The Great American Read" (8 p.m. Tuesday, WQED-TV), returns with seven more episodes devoted to themes including “Heroes” (Sept. 25), “Villains and Monsters” (Oct. 2) and “Other Worlds” (Oct. 16). Meredith Vieira hosts the program which aired its premiere episode in May then encouraged viewers to read as many books as possible and vote on their favorites at pbs.org/greatamericanread, where voting remains open and 2 million votes have been cast. The finale, where the winning book title will be revealed, airs Oct. 23. (I'll be voting for "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving, pictured above.)

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Bobby Brown's story continues on BET

Monday, 03 September 2018 12:00 AM Written by

 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Two-part, four-hour miniseries "The Bobby Brown Story" (9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, BET) picks up where 2017’s “The New Edition Story” ended with the focus shifting squarely to Bobby Brown, again played by actor Woody McClain. The miniseries was produced with the involvement of Mr. Brown who says stories told about him are untrue and this movie will set the record straight.

“We’re just correcting everything that the press has believed about me and I’m able to tell my story from what I know,” he said in July at a BET press conference at the Television Critics Association summer 2018 press tour. “That’s the basic reason we did this film was to be able to tell my side of the story and … that’s what you’re going to see.”

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TV Q&A: 'Atypical,' 'Reno 911' and 'Hometown High Q'

Thursday, 30 August 2018 12:00 AM Written by

 

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If the character was good enough for Alec Baldwin (“The Hunt for Red October”), Harrison Ford (“Patriot Games,” “A Clear and Present Danger”), Ben Affleck (“The Sum of All Fears”) and Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”), why not a buffed-up John Krasinski (“The Office,” “A Quiet Place”)?

Although his “Office” character Jim was kind of doughy compared to Jack Ryan’s six-pack abs on display in the new series "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" (Friday via Amazon's Prime Video), both Jim and Jack share an innate kindness and do-gooder determination that Krasinski brings to the role. It’s no wonder a former boss derisively calls Jack a “self-righteous Boy Scout.”

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