Following the acclaim -- and the Oscar -- they received for their script for "The Descendants," writer-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash earned critical kudos again for this 2013 comedy-drama centering around a youngster (Liam James) who feels out of place while vacationing on Cape Cod with his mother and her boyfriend (Toni Collette, Steve Carell). He finds a kindred spirit in the manager (Sam Rockwell) of a water park. Allison Janney and AnnaSophia Robb also star.
From the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., comes another Fox UFC Saturday featuring a main event match between heavyweight contenders Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) and Travis Browne (16-1-1). Also, former women's bantamweight title contenders Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche square off, and in what shapes up to be an explosive lightweight match, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone takes on Edson Barboza. Brad Tavares vs. Yoel Romero rounds out the main card.
Too bad they only give one best actress Emmy per year, because Tatiana Maslany deserves a shelf full of them for her work as the titular orphan, Sarah Manning, and her fellow clones. In the season premiere, as Sarah tries to stay one step ahead of her adversaries, she declares war on Rachel, who she suspects is behind her daughter's disappearance. Kristian Bruun and Jordan Gavaris also star in "Nature Under Constraint and Vexed."
The NHL playoffs -- the most physically grueling postseason in all of sports -- move into their first weekend of action with a conference quarterfinal matchup. Led by their top broadcast team of play-by-play man Mike "Doc" Emrick, analyst Ed Olczyk and ice-side contributor Pierre McGuire, NBC and NBC Sports Network air the bulk of games in the four-round tournament, which requires the champion to win 16 games before accepting the historic Stanley Cup.
The NBA playoffs tip off today and tonight, with coverage including this game on ABC and a tripleheader later on ESPN. TNT gets into the act tomorrow when it airs three games, and the three networks -- as well as ESPN2 -- continue to share postseason rights through the conference finals. At that time, exclusivity kicks in -- ESPN airs the Eastern Conference Finals, the Western Conference Finals are on TNT, and ABC airs the Finals in early June.
Based on a novel by Terry McMillan ("How Stella Got Her Groove Back"), this new drama stars Whoopi Goldberg as the matriarch of a fractured family. After her doctor tells her that her next asthma attack could be fatal, she sets out to get her dysfunctional clan on track before she goes. Ving Rhames, Lyriq Bent, Mekhi Phifer, Anika Noni Rose and Kimberly Elise also star.
The title of Billy Crystal's Tony-winning one-man show refers to the time he had with his father, Jack, who died when Crystal was 15. While the father-son relationship is a big part of the show, though, it's about more than that. It's a portrait of the actor and comedian as a young man, incorporating his love of jazz and the New York Yankees as well as his family.
Workaholic mom Megan (Kristy Swanson) has an extreme case of empty-nest syndrome. Not only have her children (Paul Butcher, Allie Gonino) gone off to college, but so has her husband (Scott Grimes), who's tired of her neglecting him for her career. Operating on the principle of "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," Megan joins her family on campus, where she discovers that Relationship Repair 101 is a very difficult course, in this new comedy-drama.
Despite its title, this new series is more than just a history lesson. It delves into our fascination with sci-fi and what it says about human nature and the human condition. Participants include William Shatner, Nathan Fillion, Richard Dreyfuss, Chris Carter ("The X-Files") and more. The first episode, "Robots," focuses on sentient machines from "The Matrix," "Battlestar Galactica" and -- of course -- "2001: A Space Odyssey."
Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez are the nominal stars of this 2013 action tale, but it's really all about the cars and the stunt drivers. The plot finds an ex-race-car driver (Hawke) forced to do the bidding of a mystery man (Jon Voight) who has kidnapped his wife (Rebecca Budig, "All My Children"). A young hacker (Gomez) with an extremely cool car becomes our hero's unlikely ally -- and thus, the chase is on.