| Jan 23, 2014
| 4:28 PM
"The Michael J. Fox Show" (NBC, Thursdays). I come to spare a few good words and happy thoughts for this fine family sitcom, to praise and not to bury it, though the dominant (and no doubt accurate) line in the press is that it is fatally low-rated and...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:45 AM
Strive as one might for objectivity, certain shows come equipped with viewer expectations. So when Denis Leary announced that USA would be debuting his comedic accompaniment to "Rescue Me," a natural reaction, at least among Leary fans, would have been...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 11:04 AM
Art imitates life to a degree in "Necessary Roughness," an engaging new dramedy premiering Wednesday, June 29, on USA Network.
Inspired by the story of Dr. Donna Dannanfelser, who worked as a therapist for the New York Jets in the mid-1990s, the series...
| Jun 29, 2011
| 6:19 AM
USA network prides itself on its "blue skies" dramas, but those skies get cloudy in the intriguing new series, "Necessary Roughness" (9 p.m. June 29, USA; ** 1/2 stars out of 4).
"Life is like football," Long Island therapist Dani Santino says in the...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 7:31 AM
The first screening of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" came just weeks after the attacks of Sept. 11. The movie had been in the works for years, the first in a trilogy based on novels that had been written decades earlier, of course,...
| Aug 14, 2011
Every once in a while, a fire truck will pass by Rudolph Giuliani's window, and the former New York mayor will flash back to that dreadful day when he had to drop everything and rush to ground zero. "It's just hard to hear it and not react," he said in an...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 2:10 PM
We know it's coming, yet that doesn't make it any easier.
Watching the planes slice through the towers and the towers crumble, seeing the Pentagon smoldering, and knowing the brave sacrifice that took place above a field in Pennsylvania -- all remain...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 5:37 AM
MOVIES OPENING (Friday)
I Don’t Know How She Does It
The Lion King 3-D
Anderson (talk-show premiere; syndicated)
Monday Night Football: New England at Miami (season premiere; 7 p.m.; ESPN)
| Jan 10, 2012
| 2:42 PM
Talk about a control freak. Chelsea Handler, the late-night TV host whose comic memoirs have been turned into "Are You There, Chelsea?" (7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, NBC; 2 stars), can't step out of the limelight in the new sitcom.
"That '70s Show" alum Laura...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 8:22 AM
Charles Durning, a Tony Award-winning actor whose prolific work in films and television included supporting roles in the classic comedy "Tootsie" and the TV sitcom "Evening Shade," died Monday. He was 89.
Durning, a decorated veteran of World War II,...
| Dec 28, 2012
Fontella Bass, 72, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, died Wednesday at a St. Louis hospice of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago, said her daughter, Neuka Mitchell. Bass had...