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SUNDAY
JULY 22
2018

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

NBC, 7:00 a.m. ET

Jordan Spieth is one of three players tied for the lead as the 2018 British Open begins its fourth and final day at Carnoustie in Scotland – and because of the time difference, televised coverage of that final day begins very early in the States – at 7 a.m. ET on NBC, and running until it’s over. The three leaders begin the day at 9 below par, with one player two strokes behind, another three strokes behind, and then, at 5 below par and only four strokes off the lead, seven players – including such familiar names as Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, and, with his best final day positioning in years, Tiger Woods. Yesterday, the unusually unforgiving course played very sweetly. Today, though, the wind gusts are supposed to hit double digits, which ought to wreak havoc with the scorecard totals.

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 7:00 a.m. ET

All episodes of Season 1 of Killing Eve are repeated in sequence, and in a mayhem-filled marathon, today by BBC America, beginning at 7 a.m. ET. And all episodes contain bonus extended footage, so it’s even more of a Killing. Sandra Oh, who got nominated for an Emmy, stars as an intelligence agent chasing a global assassin. Jodie Comer, who co-stars as said assassin, was not nominated – but should have been.
 
  
 
 

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

TCM continues and concludes its salute to composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein tonight, honoring the 100th anniversary of his birth, and each day of the salute has been even more exciting than the one before it. Friday we got some of the films for which Bernstein composed the music, including the classic West Side Story. Yesterday we got a sampling of episodes, from the first and tenth seasons, of CBS’s New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts, which suckered me in for an all-night deep dive. (The most unexpected treat, it turns out, was the episode about modes, which included such ear-catchingly recent examples of specific musical modes as “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks and “Norwegian Wood” by the Beatles.) And today, TCM caps its Bernstein weekend – my favorite TCM programming stunt of the year to date – with a generous sampling of episodes of Bernstein’s appearances on TV’s iconic, early arts series Omnibus, hosted by Alistair Cooke, who later was tapped as host for the initial years of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre. The Omnibus series was presented, over its decade-long run, by all three networks: CBS from 1952-56, ABC for one season in 1956-57, and NBC from 1957-61. According to TCM, tonight’s seven installments of Omnibus featuring Bernstein, beginning at 8 p.m. ET with his deconstruction and performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, all come from the show’s final season in 1961. Other Omnibus topics tonight include “The World of Jazz” (8:45 p.m. ET), “The Art of Conducting” (9:45 p.m. ET), “American Musical Comedy” (10:45 p.m. ET), “Modern Music: The Music You Love to Hate” (12:15 a.m. ET), “The Music of J.S. Bach” (1:15 a.m. ET), and, finally, “What Makes Opera Grand” (2:30 a.m. ET). It’s worth noting, though, that the evening’s “Beethoven 5th Symphony” opener also was the topic for Bernstein’s TV premiere way back in November 14, 1954 – which also was on Omnibus. So whether this evening’s TCM salute begins with a 1961 Omnibus remake of Bernstein’s classic TV lecture on Beethoven, or slips in his 1954 debut, it’s an event building an evening around.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

Part 3. In tonight’s episode, “Fix,” several of this show’s mysteries are explained – but they have less to do with the disappearances and murders of young girls than about the recent and distant past of Amy Adams’ haunted newspaper reporter. And the more we learn, the more we not only understand, but empathize…

 
  
 
 

FX, 9:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: Tonight’s eighth episode, the final one of the season for Pose, is called “Mother of the Year.” And we know, based on their competitive behaviors thus far, which of these gala-hosting mothers remain in prime contention…

 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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The 2000s
CNN
Sundays
8 PM ET

Anne with an E
Netflix
Streaming 

The Affair
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits and Monsters
TruTV
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Dietland
AMC
Mondays
9 PM ET

The Great British Baking Show
PBS
Fridays
9 PM ET

Harlots
Hulu
Wednesdays
3 AM ET

HUMANS
AMC
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Sharp Objects
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Somebody Feed Phil
Netflix
Streaming 
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Pranks for the Memories – Clips from the new Sacha Baron Cohen comedy half-hour Who is America? have been released today, (Sunday, July 15) the day of its Showtime premiere. In this clip, Cohen (in heavy prosthetic makeup) plays anti-terrorist expert, Erran Morad, whose mission is to arm Israeli children as young as four years old. Gun lobbyists and some Republican leaders (but not all interviewed) happily agree with the “Kinder-Guardian” program. Cohen is still at the top of his prankster game, and is an equal opportunity political offender with Bernie Sanders and Howard Dean among his targets… along with Sarah Palin and former Vice President Dick Cheney. There seem to be 7 episodes currently planned, running through the end of August. –Eric Gould
 
 

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