Competition

We Mine the Mind of Simon Cowell as America’s Got Talent Narrows the Field

Let’s just get this out of the way right now: Yes, Simon Cowell genuinely is the kindhearted, quick-to-grin guy you see on the current season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, which launches its live shows on Tuesday, July 26. We’ll swear to it. Credit the joy of being dad to adorable toddler Eric. And being freed from the laser focus on bolstering his record label via the global Idol and X-Factor franchises Cowell also helped create. But mostly, says the charming Brit, watching an endless parade of good people do entertaining things makes him feel like a kid at the carnival […]

Impractical Jokers go to the UK
Interview

Who Is Dumber: Americans or Brits? Impractical Jokers Tell (Learn) All

If you’re not familiar with Murr, Joe, Sal and Q — truTV’s Impractical Jokers — you’ve been seriously missing out. These loveable guys, who have been best friends since high school, are the funniest people on TV today. The guys take their overly awkward hidden challenges/punishments and have at it with Britain bystanders in Impractical Jokers: British Invasion in their one-hour midseason premiere tonight (10pmET on truTV). So are Brits more gullible than us Americans? The guys got a rude awakening. “No. You know, I think the exact opposite,” says James “Murr” Murray, who was on set filming when we […]

The A Word SundanceTV cast
Drama

The A Word: Autism’s the Word, But Family’s the Thing in Superb SundanceTV Drama

The A Word airs Wednesdays beginning July 13 at 10/9CT on SundanceTV. Joe Hughes’ family is struggling. The music-obsessed little boy is likely on the autism spectrum. His Aunt Nicola, training to be a doctor, is sure of that and wants to help, but the clan is too bruised by her past affair to listen. Joe’s doting mum and dad, Alison and Paul, desperately hope that — despite his differences and increasing alienation by his peers — their son will outgrow the worst of his quirks. His half-sister Rebecca adores her brother but puzzles quietly over how to gain her parents’ notice as […]