Palo Alto's Jon M. Chu delivers mysterious 'Home Before Dark'
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jon M. Chu, the Palo Alto native who directed “Crazy Rich Asians,” finds it fitting that his first big foray into television is with Apple’s new streaming service.He, after all, grew up in Los Altos — the same city where Steve Jobs once lived (and home to that famous garage). And he has fond memories of how Apple employees and other tech workers who frequented his parents’ restaurant there would occasionally drop off equipment for the fledgling young filmmaker to use on his projects.“In a sense, I was raised by Silicon Valley to be a storyteller,” he says. “This is kind of l...
The Mercury News
Was March 2020 the weirdest month of the 21st century?
An old phrase says “May you live in interesting times,” and while it sounds like a blessing, it’s often thought to be a curse.The coronavirus has upended life as we know it. Store shelves and city streets are empty; drive-thrus for both fast food and pandemic testing are essential; and distilleries are producing hand sanitizer instead of hooch.For the first time in generations, people of all generations agree on one thing: This is something none of us have experienced before.And it’s pretty weird.In fact, March 2020 may be the strangest month yet of the 21st century.Of course, there are seriou...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Binge-worthy TV: Shark Week … in a weekend!
In this age of shelter-in-place restrictions, TV programmers are scrambling to find inventive ways to seize your attention while you’re housebound.And so the Discovery Channel is inviting you to “sit back, relax and put your fins up” for a “Shark Week in a Weekend” binge session.Yes, television’s longest-running summer TV event will swim onto screens for a special weekend marathon featuring a lineup of fan-favorite episodes. It promises to take viewers to oceans around the world with a team of renowned marine biologists and science institutions to deliver “groundbreaking shark stories incorpor...
The Mercury News
Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies after contracting coronavirus
Beloved Japanese comedian Ken Shimura has died at age 70 after he was diagnosed with coronavirus and placed on a ventilator in Tokyo, according to his representatives.The famed funnyman, who died Sunday night, was a member of the popular comedy skit group The Drifters, a household name in Japan in the 1970s and ’80s.Shimura reported feeling fatigued March 17 and was hospitalized three days later after developing a fever and respiratory problems, his talent agency said, according to Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun.He was placed on a ventilator March 21 with severe pneumonia and tested posi...
New York Daily News
Dahleen Glanton: The media shouldn't muzzle Trump — no matter his lies and ineptitude
From the moment the coronavirus struck, Donald Trump has used the crisis to promote his personal agenda. And the news media have struggled with how to handle his campaign rally-style briefings.Last week, they made a decision.Heeding a growing call from many respected journalists, CNN and MSNBC began cutting away from the lengthy news conferences. KOUW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Seattle — the first state to have a full-blown COVID-19 outbreak — stopped airing the briefings entirely. Others made similar adjustments.That’s a mistake.In effect, it’s censorship. News organizations shou...
Why 'Cheers' is the perfect show to binge during the Big Lockdown
By now, you’ve probably used this time of self-isolation to revisit an old TV favorite. If you’re smart, you’ve picked “Cheers.”Americans have long been smitten with the Boston bar. There’s something special about this ragtag team of characters who seem to have very little of a life outside the no-frills tavern — and don’t mind at all. Self-quarantine never looked so good.I’ve spent the past two weeks zipping through the first four seasons of the 1982-93 series. (The fifth season, in which Shelley Long’s Diane stalks Ted Danson’s Sam is way too over the top, and the Kirstie Alley era, which fe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Daniel Neman: Hot peppers and the worst game show ever
Well, it’s been a good run, but Western Civilization has come to an end.I am speaking, of course, of a television game show called “Hot Ones” — or rather, “Hot Ones: The Game Show.”Rome had its gladiators and its lions. We have “Hot Ones: The Game Show.”Clearly, this show is the result of a bunch of guys — it had to be all guys — sitting around and saying “What is the stupidest idea we can think of?” And then another guy says, “And how can we make that even worse?”“HO:TGS” is a fairly standard game show with a twist. The host asks questions to two teams of two contestants each. In one round, t...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ira Winderman: NBA's choice with playoffs is true champion or max revenue
MIAMI — At a time when everything seems so surreal and yet is so very real, the question with sports is what defines reality — and legitimacy.It is a question the NBA and others are toiling with, even as players sit idle.This past week, NBA TV featured the Miami Heat’s run through the 2012 NBA playoffs, which included seven games of drama against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals and then NBA Finals success against the Oklahoma City Thunder.That season — before a complete, standard-format playoffs — went only 66 games, 16 shy of routine, due to the lockout that created a Dec....
Tom Krasovic: Sports talk radio adjusts to life without sports
SAN DIEGO — Alpine is dark when Judson Richards wakes up. It’s still dark when his work day begins at 6 a.m. While his pregnant wife and his mother slumber elsewhere in the rural home, Richards settles behind a microphone to start his shift.What he’s after is light, and not necessarily the daylight that creeps up the Cuyamaca Mountains to the east.Sports are supposed to be light, not heavy. Can they still be, when there’s a viral pandemic on the loose, when the games have been scrapped, because there’s so much real life happening?Talking about sports is what Richards, 39, does each day. The fo...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Coronavirus homestay: Miss the sights and sounds of Chicago? Experience the city via your favorite TV shows
If you’re self-quarantined at home, you might find yourself missing the sights and sounds of Chicago. Fear not, here is a (non-comprehensive) roundup of shows — old and new — that are shot in the city. OK, we’ll fudge it: Some are just “set in” Chicago.‘ER’The classic hospital drama ran for 15 seasons on NBC (1994-2009) and it’s the show that made Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies and George Clooney household names — the latter of whom, as Dr. Doug Ross, was Clooney as his Clooney-est. Though shot in Los Angeles, it periodically filmed in Chicago and it got a lot right about the city, including th...