Lisa Weidenfeld

lisa.weidenfeld@metro.us

Oliver Platt checks into Chicago Med

Before there was Shonda Rhimes or Ryan Murphy, there was Dick Wolf, whose TV empire at this point stretches back several decades. Wolf got his start on “Hill Street Blues” before moving on to “Miami Vice” and creating the “Law and Order” universe. These days, he’s focused on the city of Chicago,...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 4:30 PM

Erika Christensen romances a serial killer on 'Wicked City'

ABC’s new drama “Wicked City” is aptly named: Set in the anything-goes club scene in LA in the early 80s, the show follows the exploits of a serial killer (played by Ed Westwick of “Gossip Girl”) and the cop (played by Jeremy Sisto of “Suburgatory”) trying to track him down. But Westwick’s Kent isn...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 3:30 PM

Rachel Bloom makes insanity look good on 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” might be one of the more unusually named programs out there, but star Rachel Bloom says she and creator Aline Brosh McKenna never had any doubts about the title. “It was always ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.’ It was such a strong title,” Bloom says. “We knew it was a musical, and it...

Monday, October 19, 2015, 3:30 PM

Jeffrey Donovan and the Fargo accent

We’re nearing the point where a Minnesota accent is becoming a little intimidating, thanks to the hard work of the “Fargo” universe. The show returns for a new season, set in the ‘70s, complete with yet more amoral, murderous characters all striving to emerge on top. Jeffrey Donovan, best known for...

Monday, October 12, 2015, 11:09 AM

Gina Rodriguez can't keep secrets about Jane the Virgin's new season

The titular Jane in “Jane the Virgin” had a very full year. She got accidentally artificially inseminated, fell in and out of love with the sperm donor, met her father for the first time and got tangled up with a criminal syndicate headed up by the mysterious Sin Rostro. By the end of the year, she...

Monday, October 12, 2015, 10:36 AM

'American Horror Story: Hotel' is giving Wes Bentley nightmares

"American Horror Story” is about to get all “The Shining” on us. After the horror anthology visited an asylum, a traveling carnival and a witches’ coven, the latest installment will take place in an old, deserted, probably haunted hotel in Los Angeles.And true to creator Ryan Murphy’s M.O., there...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:00 AM

Rose McIver is ready for all kinds of new personalities on 'iZombie'

Liv Moore is just your average young professional, trying to balance family, work and romance in the big city. Well, average in the sense that she's also a zombie who can solve crimes by gaining the memories and skills of murder victims whose brains she dines on. But that's just the world of "...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6:00 AM

VIDEO: John Oliver addresses America's mental health crisis

At this point, the only noncontroversial thing you can say about the gun control debate in America is that it's kind of a disaster. And one of the go-to excuses for why mass shootings aren't caused by gun control issues is that they're committed by the mentally ill. In the wake of the Oregon...

Monday, October 5, 2015, 11:16 AM

5 actors about to have their breakout years on TV

Every season of TV brings a mix of returning shows, big new ideas and, well, new shows that look a lot like old shows. But it also means a set of new faces, any one of whom might become the big name TV stars of tomorrow. Now that we're a few weeks into the TV season, here's who we think will be...

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:00 AM

VIDEO: Trevor Noah compared Donald Trump to an African dictator

There's just something familiar about Donald Trump's persona and rhetoric, isn't there? The TV personality/Republican presidential contender talks a big game in a way that other politicians don't, which is undoubtedly part of the reason he's connected with a part of the electorate in a big way. But...

Friday, October 2, 2015, 10:53 AM

Joshua Jackson says Cole is a bit bereft on 'The Affair'

"The Affair" was one of the more unusual TV shows to premiere in the last year, seeing as it was told from the shifting perspectives of two participants in an affair, Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson).The series played with audience expectations about who was telling the truth, while...

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:00 AM

Ken Jeong and Suzy Nakamura talk real life inspirations and representation on 'Dr. Ken'

Even if you don't know his name, chances are you've seen Ken Jeong in something. He originally popped up as a very brusque doctor in "Knocked Up," but has since appeared in a number of comedy hits over the years, from the "Hangover" movies to a long run on "Community." Now, he's finally getting a...

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 6:00 AM

Philip Winchester is ready for action on 'The Player'

Alex Kane is a man on the move. The former government agent has gotten tangled up with an all powerful gambling group in Las Vegas that's betting on whether or not he can solve crimes before time runs out. And while he's at it, he's trying to figure out what happened to his ex. It's a lot for one...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:00 AM

Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' looks pretty familiar

Trevor Noah took over hosting duties on "The Daily Show" seemingly determined to reassure people that it wouldn't be too different from what they were used to with Jon Stewart. The show even started with its familiar introduction about Comedy Central's world news headquarters and that twangy music...

Monday, September 28, 2015, 10:57 PM

Margaret Cho is feeling a little 'Psycho'

Margaret Cho has broken down barriers throughout her career. How many hugely popular, openly bisexual Korean American standup comedians are there out there? She's now embarking on a new tour, which she's unapologetically calling "The Psycho Tour." In advance of her stop at the Wilbur this fall, we...

Monday, September 28, 2015, 2:42 PM

'Cinderella' gets a much more modern prince than that old Charming

It’s no small task to take on an iconic figure of romance from folklore, but Andy Huntington Jones is feeling up to the job. He’s starring as the prince in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which comes to Boston tonight for a few weeks of shows. The Swampscott native has been with the show...

Monday, September 28, 2015, 1:48 PM

Fred Savage is playing the everyman in 'The Grinder'

Fred Savage might be one of the more beloved former child stars out there. And though some shows generate plenty of behind the scenes gossip, Savage promises that his years as Kevin Arnold on “The Wonder Years” would generate no such sordid tales.“It would be a lot of scenes of actors learning...

Monday, September 28, 2015, 11:00 AM

Your Friday pick me up: Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt sing Rihanna

Never has anyone looked happier than Joseph Gordon-Levitt does when given the chance to sing Rihanna as part of a barbershop quartet. He appeared on "The Tonight Show" last night, and Jimmy Fallon got together his usual group of performers, the Ragtime Gals, for an a capella performance of "Bitch...

Friday, September 25, 2015, 11:43 AM

Priyanka Chopra is going from Bollywood to Quantico

If you haven’t heard of Priyanka Chopra, you're in the minority, globally. While the actress might be unfamiliar to American audiences, she’s a hugely successful Bollywood star, and she had that little single with Pitbull ("Exotic") in 2013.But she’s about to become a lot more familiar. The 33-year...

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 2:18 PM

The Avett Brothers are taking over Boston Calling

If it seems like the Avett Brothers were taking a break after the double whammy of 2013’s “Magpie and the Dandelion” and 2012’s “The Carpenter,” don’t be fooled: They’ve been working just as hard as ever. The quick album release schedule was the result of a marathon recording session that resulted...

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 10:41 AM