June 10, 2011
After more than 20 years in TV and feature films, Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith could hardly be blamed if she wanted to slow down and ease back a bit. It seems as if the Baltimore School for the Arts graduate has been working nonstop on the national stage since her breakthrough TV debut in 1991 as a member of the cast of Bill Cosby's hit NBC series, "A Different World. " But at 39, the wife of actor Will Smith and mother of two children — who are already launched on their own show-biz careers — sounds like she is pushing herself harder than ever.
May 22, 2009
King's response 8:30 p.m. [TNT] Now that the Orlando Magic has humbled LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, what will King James' response be in Game 2? Apparently 49 points weren't enough in Game 1.
March 26, 2009
1 More Madness (Part 1): The early NCAA game (7 p.m, chs. 13, 9) is Xavier-Pittsburgh. Xavier is the best school with the nickname Musketeers. 2 More Madness (Part 2): The late game (same channels) is Villanova-Duke. 'Nova means "it doesn't go" in Spanish - bad for selling a car but no issue for the Wildcats. 3 Check with Cuz: During the Suns-Trail Blazers game (10:30 p.m., TNT), TNT could interview Portland's Brandon Roy about his cousin Patrick losing the NHL wins record. 4 Not in the Army: So you're not playing in the tournament today (3 p.m., Golf Channel)
February 5, 2009
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a made-for-TV movie that seems tailor-made for the times in which we live. With its core story of a poor boy overcoming tremendous obstacles to become a transformative figure in his profession and the world, the biography, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as the world-famous Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, should be perfectly in sync with the Barack Obama zeitgeist. More than at any time since the Age of Anxiety in the 1950s, Americans seem eager for stories of individual achievement, and this one's one of the best anyone could imagine.
January 26, 2009
TNT is using its hit The Closer to serve as lead-in tonight to the premiere of Trust Me, a new series starring Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh. Trust me, there is almost nothing in this drama that works. The series is set in an ad agency with McCormack and Cavanaugh playing two best friends since childhood who now work together thinking up ads for products like cell phones. In the opening scenes, the two are shown mid-day stretched out at a pool, recovering from hangovers. They lie shamelessly about how hard they are working when the boss calls.
December 25, 2008
1 NBA, Part 1: Some Christmas Magic. Playing against some Christmas Hornets (noon, ESPN). 2 NBA, Part 2: In the Spurs-Suns game (2:30 p.m., chs. 2, 7), Steve Nash might sit out to rest for Boxing Day tomorrow (being that he's Canadian). 3 NBA, Part 3: This is the marquee matchup, Celtics-Lakers (5 p.m., chs. 2, 7), so why did the NBA schedule it during dinner time? 4 NBA, Part 4 : Just in case you didn't eat yet, here's the Christmas turkey: Wizards at Cavaliers (8 p.m., TNT)