By Mark Kennedy The Associated Press Mon., Sept. 24, 2018 NEW YORK—After spearheading an epic, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has turned to more personal subject matter — one that knows him very intimately, too. Burns tackles the famed Mayo Clinic in his next film, exploring the history of the innovative Rochester, Minn.-based hospital that has been dubbed “The Miracle in a Cornfield.” It has treated luminaries such as the Dalai Lama — and Burns. The first time Burns went, he was immediately impressed by the level and detail of his medical care, like the patient was at the centre, not the doctor. “I began to get curious about why this was so different from any other health care experience I’d had,” he said. The result is the two-hour documentary The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science (Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS), which starts with the hospital’s birth during a tornado in 1883 … [Read more...] about Ken Burns turns his careful eye to the Mayo Clinic
By Chris Barton Los Angeles Times Mon., Sept. 24, 2018 Starring a quartet of seasoned comedy veterans in David Alan Grier, Martin Mull, Vicki Lawrence and Leslie Jordan, the new Fox comedy The Cool Kids raised a few eyebrows as it entered this fall’s lineup. Once the proud incubator of edgier fare such as The Simpsons, the so-called new Fox of 2018 is betting on a retirement home sitcom led by actors who earned acclaim in boundary-pushing comedies from decades past. Lawrence first rose to fame on The Carol Burnett Show in the ’60s and ’70s followed by Mama’s Family in the ’80s. Mull satirized the talk show format with the absurdist Fernwood 2 Night before appearing in big-screen comedies such as Mr. Mom along with the initial run of Roseanne. A longtime standup comic, Grier broke out as part of the boundary-pushing sketch series In Living Color, while the Memphis-born Jordan appeared in The Help as well as a host of TV comedies, including … [Read more...] about Comedy veterans on The Cool Kids bring comedy ‘throwback’ to TV
By Tony Wong Television Critic Sun., Sept. 23, 2018 Josh Dallas and Melissa Roxburgh are sitting at a booth in a Toronto diner sharing a club sandwich with fries. The photogenic couple (Dallas is perhaps best known as Prince Charming from ABC’s Once Upon A Time) are discussing television shows, in particular J.J. Abram’s groundbreaking Lost. “Seriously? You’ve never seen Lost?” says Dallas to the Vancouver native. “Well everyone’s comparing our show to it, so I think I might have to,” says Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) waving a french fry. “People who love that show may love our show — maybe?” Well, maybe. Producer Robert Zemeckis’ Manifest has elements of Lost with a smattering of existential drama The Leftovers. It airs on CITY and NBC Sept. 24. Article Continued Below While the passengers in Lost were stranded on a deserted island, in Manifest, Montego Air Flight 828 lands … [Read more...] about Is TV’s Manifest just Lost without the island?
By Debra Yeo Toronto Star Sun., Sept. 23, 2018 There’s not much at first glance that connects Downton Abbey and Murdoch Mysteries, aside from both being period dramas. One is a beloved British-made TV series about an aristocratic family and their servants; the other is a beloved Canadian-made TV series about a Toronto detective, his pathologist wife and the crimes they solve. But Downton has become the source of a Murdoch Mysteries tradition that continues with Monday’s Season 12 opener (CBC at 8 p.m.): importing guest stars from the U.K. show. Sophie McShera, 33, a Yorkshire-born actress best known for playing kitchen maid Daisy in Downton, follows in the footsteps of Thomas Howes (footman William on Downton, Winston Churchill on Murdoch in 2013); Brendan Coyle (valet Mr. Bates on Downton, Scottish immigrant Mr. Rankin on Murdoch in 2015); and Samantha Bond (Lady Rosamund on Downton, Lady Atherly on Murdoch in 2016). McShera has moved up into a … [Read more...] about Downton Abbey’s Daisy guest stars on Murdoch Mysteries
By Bethonie Butler The Washington Post Fri., Sept. 21, 2018 Alec Baldwin seems to be returning as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. On an episode of the podcast Origins With James Andrew Miller, released Friday, Baldwin told Miller of the Trump appearances this season, “I think I’m going to do some of it, but not a whole lot.” Executive Producer Lorne Michaels also appeared on the podcast, where he recalled Baldwin telling a fan at the recent U.S. Open that he would be back to parody Trump. And Michaels, who also received a similarly optimistic text from the actor’s agent, sounds pretty confident it’s a done deal. “I think there’s probably no other actor who is looking to follow Alec,” Michaels said. “And I think for a new cast member to come in and try that … would be a really tough thing to do.” A representative for Baldwin had no comment. Article Continued Below The news … [Read more...] about Baldwin to return to ‘agony’ of being SNL’s Trump