Strictly Come Dancing 2022, week two, review: not even this show can resist a Liz Truss gag

One doesn’t normally look to Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) for topical satire but that didn’t deter co-host Claudia Winkleman. “Still to come, Tyler West and Dianne Buswell are playing bank robbers,” she said. “My advice? Go for the dollars. The pounds, not so much.” Perhaps Liz Truss was watching from Birmingham with a face … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week two live: Tony Adams attempts the Charleston

Welcome back to Strictly 2022! After an a-maze-ing opening last week, here’s what you can expect on the second competitive show of the series…  It’s time to tango At least for same-sex pair Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer, who are matching their moody tango faces to break-up queen Adele this week, while James Bye and … Read more

Wendy Williams’ ex appears to credit new fiancée for ‘Wendy’ show success

Wendy Williams’ ex-husband Kevin Hunter seems to acknowledge himself and new fiancée, Sharina Hudson, for aiding in the success of the “Wendy Williams Show.” Counting Hudson, 37, as part of the “team” that built the Emmy-nominated daytime talk show, Hunter, 51, said that no other show host will ever achieve the glory that Williams, 58, … Read more

Trevor Noah says he’s exiting as host of ‘The Daily Show’

NEW YORK — Trevor Noah says that he’s leaving ‘The Daily Show’ as host, after seven years of a Trump and pandemic-filled tenure on the weeknight Comedy Central show. Noah surprised the studio audience during Thursday’s taping, dropping the news after discussing his ‘feeling of gratitude’ that it was the seventh anniversary of when he … Read more

DNA Journey, review: Rob and Romesh chuckle their way up the family tree

The BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? has spawned an entire sub-genre of celebrity genealogy documentaries. Channel 4 is currently airing My Grandparent’s War, while ITV has DNA Journey (ITV) in which pairs of famous people explore their family trees and get prodded by producers to cry on camera. It returned for another run … Read more

Widescreen: Music Box Theatre’s 31 nights of horror movies begins with all five ‘Final Destination’ flicks

The Freeform channel famously packs its 31 Nights of Halloween with family-friendly scares, but Chicago’s premier movie theater brings the gore for its 31 Nights of Horror Films event. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, begins October’s “Music Box of Horrors: Scared Stupid” series at 9:30 p.m. Saturday with a marathon 35 … Read more

Who’s who in the sprawling cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Strap on your boots and wrap up your lembas bread, after years of anticipation we’re finally about to collectively embark upon Amazon’s by now far-from-unexpected journey back into the epic fantasy universe of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay have been admirably tight-lipped about the details, but we know for sure that … Read more

I Hate You, review: Channel 4’s latest sitcom is an absolute dog’s dinner

Calling a TV series I Hate You (All4) is asking for trouble. Especially when that series is so easy to dislike. This misfiring comedy follows twentysomething flatmates Charlie (Sex Education’s Tanya Reynolds) and Becca (rising star Melissa Saint) as they make catastrophic life choices and generally behave abominably. Spend time in the company of these … Read more

The Old Man, review: Jeff Bridges rages – and brawls – against the dying of the light

If you come to The Old Man (Disney+) like I did – not knowing the first thing about it, except that it stars Jeff Bridges, who is pretty good in everything ⁠– then you’ll watch the first 15 minutes and think: boy, this is slow. Grindingly slow.  It seems to be about an old man … Read more