Fox

After all that nastiness, McDermott is a funny pilot


There's a light, loopy quality to "LA to Vegas." It's the sort of thing you expect to see on Fox ... and the sort you don't expect to see with Dylan McDermott as one of the stars. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

PASADENA, Cal. --
Dylan McDermott has spent decades in TV's darkest corners.

"The Four" searches for a star ... or, at least, a ratings hit


Do we really need another music-reality show? Well, Fox needs one ... and it's the network that started it all. So "The Four" starts Thursday (Jan. 4); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Another
music-competition show is upon us..

Wanna watch food shows? Settle in (and bring some snacks)


If you scroll down to the next story, you'll see a fun view of American food, via two master chefs. Along with that, however, I also sent papers a sampling of TV food shows. Here it is:

By Mike Hughes

Television is
stuffed with food shows these days – so many that viewers might
have little time to eat, much less cook. Here's a current sampling:

He's mean, he's nasty ... he's just right for TV


Things have been tough for the Fox network lately, but ratings should perk up a bit. "American Idol" is back, "Empire" got off to a good start ... and now the amiably quirky "Backstrom" debuts Thursday (Jan. 22). Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

It's slow-build Urban on fast-track "Idol"


Is it still possible to get excited about "American Idol"? Yes, actually, because many of the young singers are good, a few have been great and these three judges -- Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. -- really know what they're talking about. The season starts Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 7-8), here's the story I sent to papers about Urban and "Idol":

By MIKE HUGHES

Cliff Curtis: From a small island to global characters


The list of famous Maori actors is relatively short. There's Keisha Castle-Hughes (no relation to me, or to Cinderella's Castle), an Oscar-nominee in the immensely charming "Whale Rider." And there's Cliff Curtis, who played her father in that one ... then played just about everyone, everywhere. Curtis has become a fascinating actor, spanning the globe. Currently, he's in Fox's "Gang Related"; here's the story I sent to papers:


Super Sunday: Her's the 12-hour rundown


OK, by now we should be geared up for Super Bowl Sunday. My two previous blogs offered an overview and a profile of Terry Crews, former pro football player who reaches the Super day via acting. Now here's the third of the three stories I sent to papers; it offers a chronological rundown.


By MIKE HUGHES

Super Bowl: A cold night for red hot chili quarterbacks



(This is the first of three stories I sent to papers, previewing the Super Bowl)


By MIKE HUGHES

Raking through a messy (and funny) TV life


This is a busy time in the TV and cable world, as mid-season shows arrive. "Rake" (Thursday on Fox) is an amiable one, with Greg Kinnear as a sharp lawyer with a messy life. Here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES


"Idol" returns, putting on a fresh accent


"American Idol" returns tonight (Wednesday), freshening a form that already works. Here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES