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FRIDAY
APRIL 19
2019

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Amazon Prime Video, 3:00 a.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: Season 5 of Bosch arrives today on Amazon, with Titus Welliver continuing his portrayal of generally dour detective Harry Bosch. If you though that finally solving the cold case of his murdered mother would allow him to put the past to rest, think again. There are other cold cases buried back there – and they’re almost as haunting. For a full review, see David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower. 

 
  
 
 

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: Chris Lilley, the chameleonic writer-actor from Summer Heights High and Angry Boys, once again shows up with a sketch series in which he plays a variety of outrageous roles opposite less flamboyant co-stars. One of his six characters this time around is a lesbian dog psychic (based on the first two episodes, I’m pretty sure it’s she, not the bitches, who are lesbians). Another is… well, tune in for a sample, if you’re interested. I’m very impressed by his talent at impersonation, but not so much by his improv one-liners. When I watch a sketch show featuring, say, Tracey Ullman , I laugh out loud. Here, I just tend to watch.

 
  
 
 

CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

SPECIAL PREMIERE: It’s time for another set of colorized I Love Lucy specials, shown by CBS in prime time for the first time. I used to hate colorization back in the very old days – but back then, it all looked hopelessly tacky. Today’s computer programs make it much more watchable – and when I teach classic TV to my students at Rowan University, the chance to see anything that isn’t in black & white qualifies as a real treat.

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 11:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s new episodes makes room, on Graham’s couch, for actors from both The Avengers and Game of Thrones. What a super-show!

 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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The Act
Hulu
Streaming 

American Gods
Starz!
Sundays
8 PM ET

Barry
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET 

Billions
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET 

Brockmire
IFC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Fosse/Verdon
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Game of Thrones
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET 

Killing Eve
BBC America
Sundays
8 PM ET 

The Twilight Zone
CBS All Access
Streaming

What We do in the Shadows
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

So Long, Crazy — Crazy Ex-Girlfriend wrapped its series last Friday (April 5th) with a nice little meta-twist that rewarded followers of the irreverent musical comedy and fans of its occasionally stable character Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom). The series about Rebecca’s struggles and obsession over romantic love stayed true to its demanding brand of delivering, on the average, two musical numbers over 61 episodes that was often with great wit, upturning musical comedy conventions as it excavated its characters most embarrassing and unhappy corners. In an extended farewell, Bloom and cast members gathered for a recorded live special in Los Angeles immediately following, entitled Yes, It’s really Us Singing, to reprise some of the most popular numbers from the series. (You can see it here on the CW website.) This one, “Let’s Generalize About Men,” taken here from Season 3, is a a good sample of Bloom’s ability to knock off a standard (“It’s Raining Men) and turn it into an anthem of bitterness.  — Eric Gould

 
 

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Good News TVWW readers: Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, the new collection edited by Douglas Howard and TVWW’s David Bianculli, is now on sale. More than ever, series finales have become cultural touchstones that feed watercooler fodder and tweet storms. TV Finales brings together seventy chapters, each focusing on a separate show, including reliable milestones such as The Fugitive and M*A*S*H through cutting-edge favorites like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Breaking Bad. Writers include today’s leading TV critics, along with many TVWW contributors. "The last word on TV endings." (Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine)
 
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Television today is better than ever, and David’s book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific explores it all and how we got here. (Now on sale for $12). David maps the evolution of the classic TV genres – the sitcom, the crime show, doctor dramas, the Western – and many others. "The Platinum Age is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era... interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Matt Groening, Larry David, and Amy Schumer are high points. Bianculli has written a highly readable history." –The Washington Post
 
 
 

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