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TUESDAY
SEPTEMBER 25
2018

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: Part 2 of 2. Last night’s episode established the rapport, and tensions, among this year’s quartet of judges: veterans Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, and relative newbies Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. Of the four, former American Idol winner’s enthusiasm and cockiness plays well, while Hudson’s wobbles between playful and egotistical. But overall, it’s a comfortable chemistry, and these early “Blind Audition Rounds” are among the show’s most entertaining – and surprising.

 
  
 
 

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: To begin Season 2, The Gifted starts with a realignment of the power structure within the fugitive mutant community – then jumps forward in time six months, to explore the effects of that change in leadership. Season 1 of The Gifted was one of the better new sci-fi shows probing the minority-treatment theme by looking at human’s wariness of mutants – a theme even more timely as we begin Season 2.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 9:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: One of the few remaining broadcast TV dramas of recent seasons to generate buzz and acclaim, this NBC series returns for Season 3. Now that it’s explained the cause of Jack’s death, it’s focusing on new mysteries – including one that will be teased, and a bit more explained, in tonight’s season premiere episode.

 
  
 
 

CBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: This is not a recommendation. It’s worth noting, so I’m noting it, that longtime NBC executive producer Dick Wolf, creator of the Law & Order and Chicago franchises for that network, is generating a new series – for CBS this time, and with an even shorter title than the classic ABC series The F.B.I. Stars include Jeremy Sisto and Missy Peregrym. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
  
 
 

FX, 11:30 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: This Australian import is a fast-paced drama series created by and starring Scott Ryan, and fans of HBO’s Barry will recognize the premise: a burned-out hit man trying to quit his violent and deadly line of work, while keeping that career separate from his blossoming private life. Mr Inbetween has neither a period nor a hyphen in its title, and that same speed-demon approach applies to its storytelling style as well. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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Better Call Saul
AMC
Mondays
9 PM ET

Bojack Horseman
Netflix
Streaming

The Circus
Showtime
Sundays
8 PM ET

The Deuce
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

The First
Hulu
Streaming

Forever
Amazon Prime
Streaming

Kidding
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET

Maniac
Netflix
Streaming

Mr. Mercedes
AT&T Audience Network
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Picture Yourself Near a Train in a Station — The impromptu surprise appearances by Paul McCartney are starting to pile up (and well, at what point are they less of a surprise?). Performed at New York’s Grand Central Station (Friday 9/7/18) on the occasion of the release of his new album “Egypt Station,” reports had the show not exactly public, held behind blackout curtains for invited guests. So, the rest of us would have only heard McCartney on our way to Yonkers unless we dialed it up live on YouTube. No matter, this is a worthwhile performance for a couple of reasons — with McCartney still graciously game even with some of the old notes now out of his range, and he dusts off “I’ve Got a Feeling” an old fave from the “Let It Be” rooftop concert in 1969 — which isn’t well-known but obviously distinguishes you as a qualified Beatles fan if you know it. —Eric Gould

 
 

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