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Upcoming TV Highlights: October

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Legends of the Hidden Temple

Sunday / 8 p.m. / CW
Based on the original Nickelodeon game show, this supersized adult version, hosted by Cristela Alonzo, is taken out of the studio and into a “jungle,” and scaled up with tougher challenges and much bigger prizes on the line.

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A Night in the Academy Museum

Tuesday / 10 p.m. / ABC
Laura Dern and Tom Hanks host this special that gives and exclusive look at the new Academy Museum in Hollywood, CA. The museum features history, exhibitions and insight into movie-making for more than 120 years.

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Home Sweet Home

Friday / 8 p.m. / NBC
Each episode of Home Sweet Home follows two families who lead different backgrounds for a life-changing experience. These families will learn what it is like to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, challenging racial, religious, economic, geographic, gender and identity assumptions as they exchange homes for a week and experience the lives of those unlike them. At the end of each hourlong episode, the two families reunite to share their eye-opening experiences.

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4400

Monday / 9 p.m. / CW
4400 overlooked, undervalued, or otherwise marginalized people who vanished without a trace over the last hundred years are all returned in an instant, having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them.

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TV News

Mike Richards One and Done as ‘Jeopardy’ Host

Jeopardy!’s new host, Mike Richards, recorded one episode for the 38th season yesterday and then immediately stepped down this morning reports Variety. But is anyone really surprised? After a full year of celebrity substitute hosts for America’s #1 game show including the likes of Katie Couric, George Stephanopoulos and super-champ Ken Jennings, the show’s executive producer was announced as the syndicated show’s permanent host on August 11th. Former Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik was also announced as host to various primetime specials and spinoff series for ABC. Read More >>>

The Weird and Wonderful World Built by Sid and Marty Krofft

Long before H. R. Pufnstuf hit the small screen, Sid was a puppeteer who worked in vaudeville and the Ringling Bros. ad Barnum & Bailey Circus. In the 1940’s he created the one-man puppet show knowns as “The Unusual Artistry of Sid Krofft.” By the 1950’s, the brothers were working together and in 1957, they created the adult-themed Les Poupées de Paris puppet show. Although the show featured characters modeled after various celebrities from Judy Garland to Phil Silvers, it also featured a number of topless puppets too! The show was brought to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 and later to New York’s World’s Fair in 1964. That same year, the Kroffts appeared with puppets on The Dean Martin Show (with tops on by way) but were let go after eight episodes because Martin reportedly felt upstaged by the marionettes. The fan letters he was receiving at the time requested more screen time with the puppets! Read More>>>

Best TV Tunes

10 of the Best TV Theme Songs Ever

If you are of a certain age, you remember when TV theme songs actually meant something. In some ways, they could be considered a character on the show. Yes, there were many generic-sounding theme songs, but some still hold up many years later and are just as iconic as the shows themselves. Unlike many of today’s themes that air for ten seconds or less, these classics would play for about a minute before the show would begin and the song would stick in your head for days to come. Very few shows do that today and some have borrowed music from other sources instead of creating anything new. Ironically, many shows that air on premium cable channels or services like Hulu or Netflix still feature the longer theme songs. Then again, you can usually skip the show’s opening if you don’t care for it. Read More >>>

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TV Series Reviews

Ordinary Joe

So, in each scenario, the same actors play different versions of the same character as the stories go back and forth at a frequent pace. It’s clever, but confusing. The rock star is definitely the coolest of the three while the nurse appears to be somewhat of a nerd. But in all three cases, they are the same Joe who by and large is a pretty nice guy. Read More >>>

The Big Leap

The Big Leap is created by Liz Heldens, Jason Winer and Sue Naegle (known for their work on Friday Night Lights, Modern Family and The Plot Against America respectively) who show that they know how to blend comedy and drama together producing potential heartfelt scenes with a dash of comedy so that they don’t come off as too sappy. Read More >>>

Ghosts

Many of us grew up with and still have fond memories of silly TV comedies like Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters and Gilligan’s Island. Though we sometimes try to pretend that we’ve outgrown them, deep inside we still miss them. Every so many years similar shows have been brought to the small screen only to die a slow death from lack of creativity and viewership. Although, every once in a while, one of these high concept shows actually makes it and becomes a nice break from yet another sitcom family or workplace hijinks. Hopefully, Ghosts will be one of those breakthroughs. Read More >>>

Le Brea

Without having watched an episode of the new NBC show, some have described La Brea as TV’s next Lost. That’s being kind. Lost was unusual and mysterious when it first premiered in 2004. There was nothing like it. But it was huge and became the talk at the watercooler every week. Since that time, every network has tried to come up with their own “Lost” but it has proven to be a difficult task. Read More >>>

CSI: Vegas

Like many other people, I was a rabid fan of the original show for most of its incredible 15-year run, but I sort of lost interest in it after William Petersen left the show at the end of season 9. The new show is shiny featuring those incredible camera shots and the familiar “Who Are You” theme song. The show features characters from the past working alongside new characters working in a new and improved lab. Read More >>>

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