Rob Owen

Rob Owen

Press tour: Simon Baker back on CBS

Saturday, 19 July 2008 10:52

Simon Baker (CBS)After playing scowling lawyer Nick Fallin on "The Guardian" and a cold-blooded killer in the short-lived heist drama "Smith," actor Simon Baker finally gets a chance to smile in CBS's new Tuesday night fall drama "The Mentalist."

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Press tour: Doherty back to '90210'

Saturday, 19 July 2008 08:44

The new cast of BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Shannen Doherty will return to The CW's reboot of "Beverly Hills, 90210," which is going by just "90210." She'll guest star in multiple episodes as Brenda Walsh, who's brought in to be a guest drama teacher who directs a school musical.

Brenda was last seen heading to London to study acting. She has since become a successful theater actress and has transitioned into directing. Her alma mater, West Beverly Hills High School, invites her to return as a guest director for a student production.

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Welcome back, Julie Bologna

Friday, 18 July 2008 13:45

So I was half-right and half-wrong about the return of Julie Bologna. She'll be back but at WPXI, not WTAE. She did have conversations with WTAE but ultimately opted to go with the folks she knew at Channel 11.Julie Bologna (WPXI)

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More Comcast evidence

Friday, 18 July 2008 10:01

Sigh. I'm still hearing from Comcast customers practicing confirmation bias who think Comcast's decision to move MSNBC to digital cable is a sign that they're trying to stifle liberal voices. As I wrote in today's column, the TV business is driven by money, not ideology. I don't like Comcast's move anymore than other customers do but I won't advance conspiracy theories for which there is no support.

A reader sent me this link that ought to put paranoid fears to rest. According to this report, Comcast has given significantly more money to Democrats than Republicans. So it stands to reason that they moved MSNBC for business reasons, not political reasons, just as I suggested in today's column.

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Press tour: Couric says she's staying

Friday, 18 July 2008 09:13

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- That didn't take long. The first question in a CBS News press conference was about whether or not Katie Couric will remain as anchor of "The CBS Evening News."Katie Couric (CBS)

"I'm glad you got right to it," Couric said.

Both Couric and CBS News president Sean McManus said they have no plan to part company, contrary to reports earlier this year that she'll bolt from the anchor desk after the presidential inauguration in January.

Couric said she thinks media writers live in an echo chamber where a story gets amplified and that media writers are "more fascinated by things like this than anyone else in the real world, so it's befuddling to me the amount of attention I've received. But I think it's died down considerably."

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Singing the praises of 'Dr. Horrible'

Thursday, 17 July 2008 20:01

It looks like something good came out of the writers' strike after all.Sing along with Dr. Horrible.

Joss Whedon and some friends and relatives got together and decided to put on a show, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." It's a 45-minute musical that's been split into three 15-minute parts. The first part posted Tuesday and crashed the Web site. It also quickly rose to No. 1 among iTunes downloads.

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Press tour: Still ‘Desperate'

Thursday, 17 July 2008 17:39

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Here's what we know about the fifth season of ABC's "Desperate Housewives," which will be set five years into the future from last season just as the end of the season finale suggested.Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) gets frumpy on

-- Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) will remain frumpy for at least half the season, which suits Longoria just fine. "I love it because I come into hair and makeup and it's 10 minutes instead of two hours," Longoria said. She's sporting a shorter hairstyle she got for the role.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- ABC put on a panel with executive producers from their hit series and despite some uncomfortable questions to "Grey's Anatomy" executive producer Shonda Rhimes about Katherine Heigl's perceived diss of the show's writers, it was a pretty good-natured exchange among a group of smart, funny panelists.alt

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Emmy nominations announced

Thursday, 17 July 2008 05:23

You can read the complete list at the Emmy site, but highlights are below. The big news was series nominations for "Damages" and "Mad Men," the first time basic cable series have won noms in these top categories.

Outstanding Drama Series

Boston Legal





Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series

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TV Reviews: ‘Gong Show' gets gonged

Wednesday, 16 July 2008 20:01

Dave Attell and a performer on Oh, Comedy Central. You can be so smart ("The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report") and yet so dumb, as exemplified by a reboot of "The Gong Show" (10 tonight) that absolutely no one was asking for. A distracted, unenthusiastic Dave Attell ("Insomniac") hosts this freak show that begins with a warning to viewers to not attempt any of the "Jackass"-like stunts at home.

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