What’s on TV Thursday: ‘The Bold Type’; ‘Council of Dads’

Ed Stockly 2020-07-02 05:30:49 During the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles Times is making some temporary changes to our print sections. The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print but an expanded version is available in your daily Times eNewspaper. You can find a printable PDF online at: latimes.com/whats-on-tv.SERIES Council of Dads When Anthony (Clive Standen) gets to the storm-stricken...

‘Unsolved Mysteries’ on Netflix scares a new generation

Meredith Blake 2020-07-02 03:29:50 If you were a child in the ’80s or ‘90s — and maybe even if you were an adult — you probably lost a few nights’ sleep to “Unsolved Mysteries.”Hosted by the leathery-voiced Robert Stack and featuring one of the eeriest theme songs in TV history, the long-running reality show scared the bejeezus out of a...

‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ Comedy Central reboot to tackle Gen Z

Nardine Saad 2020-07-01 23:36:23 2020, dude. 1993 called and wants its cartoons back.Heh, heh, heh.Comedy Central is bringing back MTV’s iconically crude animated comedy “Beavis and Butt-Head” for an additional two seasons through a sprawling deal with producer Mike Judge.Judge, who created the Gen X-defining series about a duo of unfiltered teenage couch potatoes, will reimagine the irreverent series...

Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ film about slavery goes to Apple

Christi Carras 2020-07-01 22:57:59 “Emancipation,” Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua’s forthcoming film about slavery, has landed at Apple Original Films after a massive bidding war.Apple bought the project for $105 million, outbidding six other parties, the Los Angeles Times confirmed Wednesday. Deadline first reported the news.The period drama, based on a script by William N. Collage, will star Smith...

Ben Ehrenreich’s ‘Desert Notebooks’ explores time with COVID

Jim Ruland 2020-07-01 21:25:31 “The time is out of joint,” Hamlet declares after he’s kicked out of a Zoom meeting.Actually, he utters the famous line after a visit from his father’s ghost, but who among us hasn’t felt time slip during this pandemic? Days that go by in a flash …. Nights that drag endlessly on …. And why does...

‘Cheer’ filmmakers get up close to keep it personal

Robert Abele 2020-07-01 19:00:41 When the Netflix docuseries “Cheer” premiered earlier this year, turning the elite cheerleaders of Navarro College into insta-celebrities, the emotional power of the individual stories seemed to derive not only from their appeal as singular athletes but from the unique pressure of having so short a window to succeed.“Cheer” director and creator Greg Whiteley, who spent...

L.A. jazz-soul legend Roy Ayers has a new album, and new hope for the future

Randall Roberts 2020-07-01 16:30:48 It’s an opening lyric so universal, tucked in a groove so essential, that the song seems to glow as it beams from the speakers.My life, my life, my life, my life in the sunshineEverybody loves the sunshine.Written and performed by bandleader and vibraphonist Roy Ayers, who was born and raised on Vernon Avenue just south of...

No deal yet between writers and studios as deadline passes

Anousha Sakoui 2020-07-01 12:31:01 The Writers Guild of America and the major studios continued negotiations on a new contract Tuesday, but they did not announce any new deal before a midnight deadline.The union, which represents about 10,000 members, began negotiations via teleconference on a proposed film and TV contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on May...

‘The Office,’ ’30 Rock’: All the TV shows to pull blackface scenes

Christi Carras 2020-07-01 06:30:27 Several TV episodes and scenes featuring characters in blackface have been pulled from streaming and syndication in recent weeks as Hollywood confronts its racist past and present.Last week, Tina Fey made headlines by asking NBC to remove episodes of “30 Rock” featuring blackface, and issuing a controversial apology “for pain they have caused.” Other scripted...

Summer Movie Showdown: ‘Do the Right Thing’ takes on ‘Spider-Man 2’

Justin Chang 2020-07-01 05:30:15 We are officially halfway through the L.A. Times Ultimate Summer Movie Showdown, our 16-week contest to program the greatest summer movie season ever. Or at least since 1975, the year that “Jaws” forever changed the landscape of moviemaking, gross tallying and beach bumming forever.To recap the rules: Each week, I present you with a list of...