Monthly Archives: June 2015

Summer TV 2015: Which new dramas and comedies are worth a look

“National Gallery” (PBS, check local listings) Two-night documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the London institution.


*”The Unauthorized Full House Story” (Lifetime at 7) Recommended only for late-’80s/early-’90s nostalgia masochists, this movie is about what it was (maybe) like behind the scenes of the beloved sitcom. Supply your own “Have mercy!” joke.

*”Blunt Talk” (Starz at 8) From Seth McFarlane (“Ted”), a half-hour comedy about exuberantly inept British newsman Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart), who is hired by an American cable news channel for a new show (Piers Morgan, anyone?) and runs into immediate problems. Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”) co-stars.

“Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted” (HBO at 9) Stand-up special taped in Boston in May. Yes, it’s true, she did just have a special on Showtime. Why, yes indeed, she does have a special on Netflix, too. Somebody really likes her.


*”Public Morals” (TNT at 9) This crime drama

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Summer TV Preview 2015 | Every new show, the schedule for every returning show, and what’s worth watching

Premiere date:


June 21


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Pardon me, madam, but is your PBS tote bag vibrating? Blame “Poldark,” a sweepingly romantic seven-part series from “Masterpiece” that seems scientifically engineered to press
the right period-drama buttons, starting with its origins: Based on the novels of Winston Graham, a TV adaptation in 1975
was one of “Masterpiece’s” first hits. Unless longtime fans are simply unwilling to let go of the past, they’ll probably forget
the old “Poldark” ever existed

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‘Monster in My Family’ Brings Together Families of Serial Killers and the Victims

Serial Killer

In a new series on LMN, Monster in My Family, the families of serial killers will be brought together with some of their victims families. On June 3, the network announced that they would be premiering this new series on July 1, with Melissa Moore, an international expert and speaker, facilitating these meetings.

Moore is the daughter of Keith Hunter Jesperson, a man who is also known as the Happy Face Killer. In the premiere episode of Monster in My Family, she brings her own story as the child of a serial killer to the viewers, while also getting together with the family members of one of her father’s

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‘Better Late Than Never’ travel series to star Henry Winkler, William Shatner

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 10 (UPI) — Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye have signed on to star in the travel docu-series Better Late Than Never, NBC announced.

The one-hour program is to begin production in August.

The actors, former athletes and comedian will travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chang Mai, embarking on “the ultimate international excursion with no assistants, no limousines and no lattes, in search of an intimate, life-changing experience,” the network said in a news release.

“The five will navigate their way through each city — communicating with the local population, immersing themselves in local traditions and enjoying exotic food — all the while dealing with the unexpected twists and turns that any trip presents. As they check off items on their own personal

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Vincent T. Bugliosi, Manson Prosecutor and True-Crime Author, Dies at 80

Mr. Polanski was in London while his wife and several friends were staying in the main house at an estate rented by Mr. Polanski. The houseguests who were killed were Abigail Folger, 25, heiress to a coffee fortune; Jay Sebring, 35, a prominent hairstylist; and Voytek Frykowski, 32, a friend of Mr. Polanski’s. The other victim was Steven Parent, 18, who had stopped by to visit a friend, a caretaker at the estate, and was killed outside.

Dipping into the blood they spilled, the killers scrawled “Pig” on a door at the scene of the Tate killings. The next night, at the home of Mr. LaBianca, 44, who owned a grocery store chain, and Ms. LaBianca, 38, the killers used the victims’ blood to print “Death to Pigs,” “Rise” and “Healter Skelter” on walls and a refrigerator door.

It became known later that one scrawl was

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British favorite ‘Doc Martin’ getting American remake; ‘Monster in My Family’ debuts July 1: TV Talk

Today’s TV Talk includes news about “Doc Martin,” the popular British TV series; and another true-crime show, this one hosted by the daughter of the infamous “Happy Face Killer.”

“Doc Martin” comes to America?:  The British comedy “Doc Martin” has long been a favorite with public television viewers, including Oregonians who have watched it on Oregon Public Broadcasting. But will those loyal viewers tune in to an American version?

TV is full of examples of foreign originals that American producers have adapted, to varying degrees of success. For every “The Office,” which was a fitting companion to Ricky Gervais’ original, we’ve seen misfires like “Gracepoint,” which failed to recapture what made “Broadchurch” special.

“Doc Martin” tells the story of Martin Ellingham (played by Martin Clunes), a doctor who walks away from his practice in London to relocate to the Cornish village of Portwenn. He’s cranky and hard to get along with, but

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LMN to Premiere New Original Series MONSTER IN MY FAMILY, 7/1

LMN to Premiere New Original Series MONSTER IN MY FAMILY, 7/1

LMN presents, “Monster in My Family,” a riveting new non-fiction series that delves into the world of infamous serial killers through a unique perspective rarely ever heard, as the family members of the killers come out of the shadows to reach out to the families of the victims. Each episode follows a different family’s journey, facilitated by Melissa Moore – daughter of Keith Hunter Jesperson, infamously known as the “Happy Face Killer” – as they connect with the families of the killer’s victims to express their sorrow and empathy. Six hour-long episodes are set to premiere beginning Wednesday, July 1 at 9pm ET on LMN.

With unprecedented access to the serial killer’s lives behind closed doors, through stunning home video footage, photos, journals and more, “Monster in My Family” reveals the dual lives led

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‘Monster in My Family’ connects serial killers’ relatives with victims’ families

NEW YORK, June 3 (UPI) — Lifetime Movie Network says Monster in My Family, a docu-series that introduces the families of infamous serial killers to the relatives of their victims, is to premiere July 1.

The series will consist of six hourlong episodes hosted by Melissa Moore, daughter of Keith Hunter Jesperson, known in the media as the “Happy Face Killer.”

“With unprecedented access to the serial killers’ lives behind closed doors, through stunning home video footage, photos, journals and more, Monster in My Family reveals the dual lives led by some of the most notorious serial killers through the ones closest to them — parents, partners, friends and children. Through the guidance and unique support of Melissa, the killer’s relatives will meet with families of the victims for the first time, in hopes of providing some kind of peace and closure,” the cable television network said in a news release.


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