<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Television]]> <![CDATA[Judge Kara DioGuardi may get tougher on 'Idol' hopefuls]]> <![CDATA['Forgotten'? Not Christian Slater]]> BURBANK, Calif. — Actor Christian Slater's long and successful career makes it seem like he never missed out on anything. But there is one thing that passed him by, he says: life. When he was 27 he'd already worked 18 years. "My life about that time was working and stressing about working. That was pretty much what it was based on. I really didn't know there were other things to do. I had no concept or clue," says Slater in the commissary on the Warner Bros. lot.]]> <![CDATA[10 things to love about 'Mad Men']]> With its melancholy, mesmerizing third season coming out on DVD this Tuesday, I spent a recent weekend re-watching "Mad Men." The series, as its fans know, is set in a fictional Madison Avenue ad agency called Sterling Cooper (for its founders, Roger Sterling and Bertram Cooper); with the current story unfolding in 1963. Here are 10 of my favorite things about the show, created by Matthew Weiner, which will return to AMC this summer for its fourth season.]]> <![CDATA[Jets expected to be part of HBO reality series]]> <![CDATA[Starz, no. 3 pay channel, scores first original series hit with Roman slave saga]]> There's no confusing Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" with Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." In the pay TV channel's adaptation of the tale of the rebel Roman slave, the battle cries from the Classical Age have, well, a distinctly 21st century ring ("My boot will meet your ass in the afterlife!"). The sexual intrigue seems lifted right out of a VH1 dating show (when a socialite decides to buy one of the gladiators-in-training, the men are ordered to drop their loincloths so she can make an informed choice). Then there's the graphic, slo-mo violence (including a severed, flying head that would impress Quentin Tarantino).]]> <![CDATA[As Hispanic population explodes, so does Spanish-language TV]]> Their advertising sales may be down nearly $100 million, but Spanish-language broadcasters say that ringing sound you hear from their industry isn't an alarm bell. It's a wake-up call — and a lot of companies have already answered. "This time next year, if you're not in Hispanic media, you're going to want badly to get in," said Don Browne, president of Telemundo. "And those who are already in it are going to feel pretty damn good about it."]]> <![CDATA[Time runs out for Fox's '24' , but a film version beckons]]> Jack Bauer has cheated death a few dozen times, but he couldn't avoid cancellation. After putting the tireless Counter Terrorist Unit agent to work for eight extra-long days, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly has ordered that Jack stand down at season's end. Although everyone on set reacted to the news emotionally, no one is perhaps sadder than the man who brought Jack Bauer to life.]]> <![CDATA[Kirstie Alley takes her weight-loss battle to reality TV]]> The fluctuating weight of Kirstie Alley has kept the once-svelte "Cheers" star on the cover of tabloids for years, a predicament she made fun of in fantastic, over-the-top fashion on the 2005 Showtime comedy "Fat Actress." Now those body issues have led her where so many celebrities go in the hopes of remaking themselves for the public: reality TV. It's there that Alley said she discovered what her everyday life looked like from the outside. "When I see the footage, I'm shocked. I see myself playing with my lemurs, and then I see footage of the stuff around my house ... it does look a little Alice in Wonderland-ish. Apparently, I am very eccentric. I had no idea."]]> <![CDATA[The forgotten 'Survivor': Vecepia would like another shot at reality show]]> When the current season of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" launched, its cast featured nine contestants making their third appearance on the popular reality show. But nowhere to be found was Vecepia Robinson. In fact, Robinson, who earned a niche in reality TV history as the show's first black winner in 2002, never has returned to "Survivor" since capturing the $1 million prize in the Season 4 Marquesas edition. When producers initially sent out their wide casting net for "Heroes vs. Villains," the Hayward resident didn't get an invite. Not even a casual inquiry.]]> <![CDATA[Fox News yanks Sean Hannity from Cincinnati Tea Party rally he was set to star in]]> <![CDATA[AMC's 'Prisoner' remake not very telling]]> The 1960s have been very, very good to AMC, whose Emmy-winning "Mad Men" transformed it from a cable channel known exclusively for classic — and sometimes not-so-classic — movies to a player in the realm of original series.]]> <![CDATA[Joe Mazzello mans up for HBO war series 'The Pacific']]> PASADENA, Calif. — At 26, actor Joe Mazzello is already a 20-year veteran. But he's not like most child actors who grow up on crafts services, private tutors and limos at their service. "I think all of it has to do with parenting and keeping your kid grounded, keeping them in the real world and don't let them get caught up in it," the slender Mazzello says, seated on the sunny balcony of a hotel here.]]> <![CDATA['Mad Men' season finale set for Sunday]]> Reason to watch: Don's big sit-down (or showdown) with Conrad Hilton (Chelcie Ross) and much else.]]> <![CDATA[Oprah to announce 2011 end to her daytime show]]> <![CDATA['Monk' role has been a dream job for Traylor Howard]]> HOLLYWOOD — You'd never know by watching the cast and crew of USA's whodunit, Monk, that its days are sadly numbered. After eight seasons the obsessive-compulsive detective, his ministering assistant and pals at the precinct are heading off into the sunset after Dec. 4.]]> <![CDATA[Reality TV series 'Undercover Boss' exposes cracks in the system]]> <![CDATA['Alice,' Sunday and Monday on Syfy]]> TV characters frequently slip through some version of the looking glass and find themselves in strange places — a surreal island on Lost, an alternate universe on Fringe, an odd totalitarian landscape in AMC's recent remake of The Prisoner. So it's only natural that every now and then, TV tackles the stories that gave us the "through the looking glass" phrase in the first place, Lewis Carroll's tales about Alice in Wonderland.]]> <![CDATA['American Idol' has lost its heart]]> <![CDATA[Delving into 'Dexter': Voice-overs provide a glimpse into the Showtime serial killer's mind]]> Not all voice-overs are created equal. Kristin Bell helps set the snarky tone of the CW's "Gossip Girl," and Brenda Strong adds gravitas to ABC's "Desperate Housewives." But neither is asked to do what Michael C. Hall, star of Showtime's "Dexter," does every episode: invite viewers to listen in on the thoughts of television's most sympathetic serial killer.]]> <![CDATA[MTV dropping 'Music Television' from its logo]]>