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WEDNESDAY
SEPTEMBER 20
2017

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PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

Part 4. Tonight’s installment is titled “Resolve,” and covers all of 1966 and half of 1967. If you’re old enough to remember that part of the Sixties, you know those were very tumultuous times – with even more upheaval to come. And at home as well as in Vietnam, the war is turning out to be received much, much differently than WWII. For a full review of tonight’s episode, see Alex Strachan’s TV That Matters. Check local listings.
 
  
 
 

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: This cycle’s winner is revealed tonight. I’m guessing it’ll be someone not yet old enough to drive – but I could be wrong.

 
  
 
 

AT&T Audience Network, 8:00 p.m. ET

When you’re a young adult still living with your mother, privacy issues can be difficult to avoid. That’s true tonight of Brady (Harry Treadaway), the vehicular serial killer who lives at home with his very clingy mom, played by Kelly Lynch. And tonight, the mother confronts her son after finding his clown mask – the same mask linked to the “Mr. Mercedes” killer. Both of the collaborators of this new TV series are riding high right now: Stephen King with his new movie version of It (more clowns!), and executive producer and writer David E. Kelley having just snagged Emmy awards for his HBO adaptation of Big Little Lies.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 10:01 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: Last season, The Good Place pulled off an end-of-season surprise that was the most unexpected, sneaky and clever plot twist since the Mel Brooks The Producers season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. In The Good Place, the entire season had presented Kristen Bell’s Eleanor as being a person sent mistakenly to heaven – the titular good place – and trying to either fake or earn her way to permanent residency there. Ted Danson played the “angel” presiding over this particular patch of divine real estate – except that the stunning reveal at the end of Season 1 was that Danson’s angel actually was a devil… and the good place actually was a new version of hell, dreamed up as a devious new way to torture Eleanor and the others in the so-called “good place.” So how to proceed with Season 2? With Eleanor and her new neighbors’ memories wiped, and some given new identities and occupations, to reboot the idea, and the torment, all over again. Eleanor, though, left herself a clue about the place’s, and the host’s, true character. But will she be able to decipher it now? I watched, and enjoyed, this comedy all last season, and expect to enjoy it even more now. For a full review, see David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower.

 

 
  
 
 
 
 
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‘Will & Grace’ 2.0 – Of all the shows premiering this fall, few are more anticipated than the return to NBC of Will & Grace. The show may have been off the air for ten years, but it’s clear the slightly dysfunctional, though very loving, Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack have been missed. A special, airing Sept 19 on NBC – The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace – should be a treat for fans who are holding their collective breath until Sept. 28 when the show returns. To whet the appetite of fans (as if their excitement level isn’t already through the roof), NBC has released a short video with treasured old scenes, new scenes that are destined to become favorites and the story of the original casting sessions. And it’s not “Just Jack!” – Linda Donovan

 
 

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American Horror Story: Cult
FX
Tuesdays
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The Deuce
HBO
Sundays
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Episodes
Showtime
Sundays
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The Guest Book
TBS
Thursdays
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Manhunt: Unabomber
Discovery
Tuesdays
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Mr. Mercedes
AT&T Audience Network
Wednesdays
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Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
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Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
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You're The Worst
FXX
Wednesdays
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available in paperback for under $15. Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

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David Simon’s The Deuce is now premiering on HBO, and like his other series built around ensemble casts and urban themes (The Wire, Treme) Show Me a Hero similarly explored inner-city and political collisions. Following a Yonkers city councilman running for mayor (Oscar Isaac) the miniseries portrays the conflict when federally-mandated public housing came to a middle-class white neighborhood. Simon’s strongest suit is when he brings the stakes to the street and everyday characters. Available at Amazon for $15. –Eric Gould