Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

Casting Call at Revel for 16th Season of ‘Big Brother’

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

This just in from Revel …

“The public is invited to attend a casting call for Season 16 of the hit CBS show, Big Brother, being held at Revel Casino Hotel’s Ovation Hall (500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City) on Wednesday, April 9, noon-2pm. Each season Big Brother follows a group of strangers living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One by one, the HouseGuests will vote each other out of the house until at the end of three months, the last remaining HouseGuest will win the grand prize.

“Each applicant MUST have the following: (1) A complete short form application. (2) A photocopy of your driver’s license or state issued photo ID. (3) A photocopy of your passport or Social Security card. (4) Two photos -one face and one body shot. Applicants must be 21 and over. To download the application and view a complete list of requirements, visit: http://bigbrothercasting.tv/.”

Hump Day Report: Snow Be Gone

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Hump Day LogoRants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

Although the South Jersey shore region never really got a massive, crippling snowstorm this winter, the constant bombardment of 1-6” storms has been even worse. As a lifelong local, the years when we had big storms always seemed to have breaks with warmer temperatures and we normally only had one big storm a season. Snow is usually rare by the ocean (since the water cools slowly) but I feel like I’m living in Buffalo, NY this winter and it sucks.

I hate being a curmudgeon, bitching about how bad my arthritis has been for three months, but damn it, all this damp weather and constant chill has made me feel awful.

Throw in the normal course of moviegoing this time of year, when we are bombarded by the mediocre movies that follow the Oscar season and I’ve been feeling like Oscar the Grouch.


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Caleb Johnson.

Caleb Johnson.

Maybe I’m just in a grouchy mood but despite liking the judges this year on American Idol — Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and newcomer Harry Connick, Jr. — this is without question the worst group of contestants in the history of the show. It is so bad that this group might finally kill off American Idol and at this point I don’t think it will be missed.

Certainly I have to give the judges, who seem excited about the performers they selected, a healthy hunk of the blame for this debacle.

Look, we know that the producers were forcing the judges into selecting weak male contestants last year because they wanted a girl to win and she did. I loved Candice Glover but have you thought about her at all since the last season’s finale?

Me either.

This year is seems like they don’t want anybody to win, except maybe blues rocker Caleb Johnson who does have talent. The rest of the Idols are consistently mediocre and none of them are strikingly attractive either. Being good looking has nothing to do with talent, but it does have a lot to do with being a musical star down the road, and this show is supposed to be about finding someone who has the potential to be a star.

I will check in on the show occasionally, but my weekly blogs on the series are finished. They just aren’t worth the time and effort.

Gee, I wonder if the weather has contributed to my rant against the 2014 Idols?

I don’t think so because the audience comments on the Entertainment Weekly recaps have reflected a similar point of view.

Sit in the General Lee at the Chelsea in AC

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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It may be too cold to don your Daisy Dukes (tell that to the guy as the end of this post) but Dukes of Hazzard fans will have a chance to sit in the 1969 Dodge Charger made famous from the iconic 1980s TV show as the General Lee car will be parked in The Chelsea hotel lobby from Friday, Feb. 28 (from 1pm) through Sunday, March 2 (at 8:30am).

The car will be roped off, but folks will be able to take photos of it.

In addition, for $15 you can have your picture in the General Lee taken on your camera or phone from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday night. There is a $5 discount for all Chelsea guests.

Although this particular General Lee car did not appear in any of the Dukes of Hazzard TV episodes, it has been signed by all of the TV series’ surviving cast, as well as some of the stunt team members and members of the H&H body shop crew that did all the paint and bodywork in the first five episodes of the show, which were filmed in Georgia. It also has the correct color paint from the TV series as well as correct pushbar, CB Radio, antenna and interior color, and has been used in personal appearances by members of the cast.

As part of this General Lee AC event at The Chelsea, participants can enjoy 10% off dinner at the posh hotel’s Dining on the Fifth (excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity and cannot be combined with other promotions).

Um, really?

Um, really?

Trump vs. Wynn ‘War at the Shore’ Might Be Coming to TV

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Steve Wynn.

Steve Wynn.

Donald Trump.

Donald Trump.

For those of us distressed that Boardwalk Empire is coming to an end with its final season this fall, there is a possible new Atlantic City based TV event on the horizon.  The 1990s casino development war between Donald Trump and Steve Wynn in Atlantic City could soon be a limited-run TV series.

Spike TV has optioned a script for a potential series, to be based on Richard D. Bronson’s 2012 nonfiction book The War at the Shore. Actor Kevin Spacey’s production company, Trigger Street Productions, is developing the series.

Bronson, who serves on the board of directors of Starwood Property Trust, worked for Wynn as they fought to develop a new casino resort despite attempts by Trump to halt the project. The dispute spanned from 1995 to 2000. Trump and Wynn “fought a bare-knuckled brawl with billions of dollars on the line and the very future of the seaside resort community at stake,” the release said.

Casting should be fascinating for this one.

Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debut

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon’s first night as host of The Tonight Show was solid, not spectacular, but that is what was expected. He is funny without being flashy and is a master of physical comedy as he proved with his “evolution of hip-hop dance” bit with Will Smith.

Just when I was thinking his opening monologue was a bit disappointing, came his announcement that the person who bet him that he wouldn’t become host of The Tonight Show owed him $100. This was followed by a parade of celebrities dropping $100 bills on Fallon starting with Robert De Niro and continuing with Tracy Morgan, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, Tina Fey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Seth Rogan, Lady Gaga and Joan Rivers. The final drop-in was Steve Colbert who dumped a bunch of pennies on the desk and declared, “Welcome to 11:30 bitch!”

The return of The Tonight Show to New York after more than 40 years is an exciting development and should spark a continuing rivalry with David Letterman. Certainly the ratings will be crucial. As a fan of Fallon and his clever good-guy vibe I’m expecting him to make the chair his own in the coming weeks and be a worthy member of the fraternity that include Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.

Hump Day Report: Kitten Bowl

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Hump Day LogoRants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly

As much as I love Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, my favorite part of the event has always been the kitty halftime show.

Now the Hallmark Channel has leaped into feline Super Bowl fun with the debut on Sunday, Feb. 2 of the Kitten Bowl. Kitten Bowl is a feline catstravaganza presented in association with North Shore Animal League America (the nation’s largest no-kill shelter and animal adoption organization) and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation.

Hosted by Beth Stern (wife of Howard Stern), TV personality and national spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America, the Kitten Bowl will have New York Yankees radio voice John Sterling as the show’s official play-by-play announcer. Special guests will include Regis Philbin and Rachael Ray.

Bear hanging out at practice.

Bear hanging out at practice.

Let’s face it. Kittens have more agility than puppies at this age, which should make for a more athletic contest (for proof see the picture of Bear hanging from the goal posts), and no cat will be penalized for pooping on the field.

Of course there will be a natural kitten vs. puppy rivalry, but the Kitten Bowl will air at 12 noon, with two reruns, while the Puppy Bowl begins at its usual 3pm start time so you can watch both.

You can go to the Hallmark’s Channel’s Facebook/Kitten Bowl page to pick your own furry fantasy team. I did just that and among my pawticipants are Catvin Johnson of the Cedar Cove Cougars, Troy Paw-La-malau, Feline Manning, Tomcat Brady, Meowshawn Kitty TroyLynch of the North Shore Bengals and Tabby Romo of the Last Hope Lions. While you might be surprised that I picked a feline tribute to a Dallas Cowboy, I just wanted to prove what we’ve suspected all along, that he is a pussy!

In the name of full disclosure, this year you can also create a fantasy Puppy Bowl team via the Animal Planet Website.

In the end the best news is that all the participants are shelter animals that get adopted while raising awareness for the plight of shelter animals.

Boardwalk Empire’s 5th Season Will Be Its Last

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson.

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson.

Goodbye Nucky, we’ll miss you.

HBO says its drama Boardwalk Empire will end after a fifth season this fall. The popular series stars Steve Buscemi as “Nucky” Thompson, the backroom dealer of Prohibition-era Atlantic City. The show won five Emmy awards in September.

Creator Terry Winter said Thursday that the decision to end things came after a great deal of discussion with HBO and his creative team. He says he looks forward to bringing the series to a powerful and exciting conclusion.

Go here for a story on the end of the series.

Stockton Student’s Military Tutoring Program to be Featured on NJTV

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Terry Dougherty

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — New Jersey Public Television (NJTV)’s Classroom Close-up will feature Terry Dougherty, a Galloway Township teacher and graduate student at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, for tutoring children whose parents are in the military. The documentary will run on select dates later this month and in January.

Dougherty (pictured left), who earned Atlantic County Teacher of the Year honors, was the winner of the Great American Teach-Off, and is a Coast Guard wife and mom, started the free program to help military children who change schools frequently and develop gaps in their learning.

The program, which was featured in October’s Family Circle magazine, runs during the summertime at Stockton. The tutors are teachers from Atlantic County school districts and college students who volunteer their time and gain experience.

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Joey Fatone & Me at BBQ Class

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Joey Fatone and I celebrate passing the class.

Joey Fatone and I celebrate passing the class.

I enjoy watching TV more than being on TV but when I was invited go to a BBQ class to learn how to be an official Kansas City BBQ Society judge, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to learn about how to judge a BBQ contest.

The class was being filmed as part of the TV series My Family Recipe Rocks with Joey Fatone on the Live Well Network which will air Sunday, November 10th at 8:30pm. I was sent a link to the show  and since Joey decided to sit next to me I’m in the early part of the episode quite a bit. Joey was down to earth and terrific and it is not his fault that I want to ignore my bad knees and shoulder and run to the gym to lose weight immediately after seeing myself in the video.

To check out the video go here.

Hump Day Report: My Favorite TV Shows

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Hump Day LogoRants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

Now that I have sampled the new fall TV season enough to express an opinion, it is time to announce the list of my ten favorite TV shows at the moment. My list is limited to dramas, because of personal preference — I haven’t really enjoyed any sitcoms since the 1970s, and while I watch American Idol and The Voice, I’m not a big fan of reality television either.

1. Scandal (Thurs. 10pm ABC)
2. The Blacklist (Monday, 10pm, NBC)
3. The Walking Dead (Sun. 9pm, AMC)
4. Homeland (Showtime Sun. 9pm)
5. Person of Interest (Tues. 10pm CBS)
6. Blue Bloods (Fri. 10pm CBS)
7. Covert Affairs (Thurs. 10pm, USA)
8. Revolution (Wed. 8pm NBC)
9. Nashville (Wed. 10pm ABC)
10. Chicago Fire (Tues. 10pm NBC)

James Spader in 'The Blacklist.'

James Spader in 'The Blacklist.'

Chicago Fire provides the opportunity to see heroes in action weekly; I try to ignore the soap opera elements.

Nashville works because of the setting, the music and the terrific performances by Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.

Revolution is rounding back into form and the mystery surrounding Aaron’s rebirth is intriguing; so is the sudden reappearance of the United States government.

Covert Affairs is a guilty pleasure as a Jason Bourne-lite with the dynamic female spy played by former Toms River, NJ resident Piper Perabo.

Blue Bloods provides a nice combination of strong family values and solid cop story action. It’s a terrific cast headed by Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg.

Person of Interest is still on my list although I feel like the storylines so far this season aren’t as good as previous seasons.

Homeland started slow, but with the return of Brody this week, the action and intrigue improved.

The Walking Dead had zombies raining from the ceiling in an action-packed return with another medical threat on the horizon. Gee, aren’t the zombies enough? 

The Blacklist is the best of a group of unimpressive freshman dramas on the tube. It’s high on my list of must-watch TV thanks to the fabulously wicked performance by James Spader as a master criminal using the FBI as his own personal hit squad.

Scandal is back and better than ever with its DC intrigue and the added “daddy” factor for Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). It is not easy being in love with the president.

So what are your favorite shows?