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Emmy nominations announced

The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday. While I have no idea which way Emmy voters will go, there are a lot of great nominations – and, of course, a couple of favorites missing from the list. A look at the major categories: Drama series:    “Breaking Bad”(AMC); “Downton Abbey” (PBS);“Game of Thrones” (HBO); “Homeland” (Showtime); “Mad Men” (AMC); and “House of Cards” (Netflix). My take: I’m really rooting for “Breaking Bad” to win this as it heads into its final… Read More »

CBS renews 18 shows

This is the time of year when many series start signing off for the season, with fans not knowing if it will be their last, as the networks prepare for upfronts in mid-May, when new fall schedules are unveiled. Today, fans of CBS shows got a preview of what the network’s fall schedule will be like when CBS announced the renewal of 18  primetime series. Renewed shows include newsmagazines “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes”; reality shows “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor”… Read More »

Watch this (week of March 3)

SUNDAY In the new drama “Red Widow” (9 p.m., ABC), a suburban mom (Radha Mitchell) is thrust into a life of organized crime after her husband is killed. [youtube cZbQHeYLQwQ] On “Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS), the contestants are in New Zealand, and an injury threatens to end the race for one pair. After a couple of weeks off, “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS) returns with a new episode that has Elsbeth continuing her defense of Eli against a… Read More »

Coming soon: ‘Community’ (and other favorites)

With the seasonal TV slowdown, I thought rather than highlight what’s on this week, I’d let you know when a few of your favorites are returning next month. Dates are subject to change, and I’m sure I’ve left some shows out. But either way, it’s a great time to unclog your DVR to make room for a busy new year: January 4 “Merlin” (10 p.m., Syfy) returns for its fifth and final season. January 6 Jillian is back as season… Read More »

Watch this (week of Oct. 28)

This week, it’s all about the World Series, which airs at 5 p.m. on Fox today and, if necessary, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. And on “Monday Night Football,” the 49ers face the Cardinals in Arizona. If you aren’t a sports fan, though, there are a few other highlights. SUNDAY My interest in reality TV has been waning over the past couple of seasons, and with the glut of great TV on Sunday nights, I’ve totally missed mentioning the return of… Read More »

Watch this (week of May 6)

This week is a busy one for season finales, so here’s a look at some shows that are ending (for now): SUNDAY “The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS) ends with a two-hour finale.  MONDAY Martha Stewart guest-stars on “2 Broke Girls,” (8 p.m., CBS) as Max and Caroline try to get her interested in their fledgling cupcake business. Hopefully, she’ll class up the jokes a little bit. On “Castle” (10 p.m., ABC), Beckett and Castle look into tip about the… Read More »

What’s going; what’s staying

This week, CBS announced the renewal of a slate of shows, including rookies “Person of Interest” and “2 Broke Girls.” Other shows returning next year (most of them no-brainers) include “Survivor,” “The Good Wife,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Amazing Race,” “Undercover Boss,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS” and its offshoot, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Mentalist,” “Mike & Molly,” and  the original “CSI.” No word yet on its spinoffs. HBO canceled its racetrack… Read More »

Battle of the shows, round 1

Click the remote control a couple of times, and you’re likely to land on yet another show about doctors, lawyers or cops. (It’s even money that any time of day that you turn on the TV, you’ll be able to find an episode from the “CSI” and “Law and Order” franchises alone.) Forget flattery… for networks, imitation is often the surest way to make money. Not that it always goes well. (Anyone remember Rob Lowe’s legal drama “Lyon’s Den”? How… Read More »

Watch this (week of Feb. 19)

SUNDAY Springfield is finally fed up, and the town banishes Homer and clan as “The Simpsons” marks its 500th episode (8 p.m., Fox). (As one of the longest-running shows ever, it’s a wonder the town put up with Homer and Bart this long.) Also Sunday, the 20th (!) season of “The Amazing Race” kicks off with a trek from Santa Barbara, Calif., to Santa Barbara, Argentina. (8 p.m., CBS). Last season was the first I gave up on (call it… Read More »