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MONDAY
JULY 27
2015

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

ABC, 10:01 p.m. ET

This week, survivalist Bear Grylls puts Kate Winslet through her paces. But since she's already survived the Titanic, this should be easy for her to Bear.
 
  
 
 

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

This 1947 movie has a fairly absurd comic premise – and, for the times, a potentially risqué one. Cary Grant plays an artist, and hedonistic bachelor, whose art studio apartment is broken into by a smitten teenager, who wants to model for him. The girl’s older sister, a judge played by Myrna Loy, reacts to the incriminating encounter by forcing the playboy to date the impressionable young teen until her crush wears off.  It’s an odd plot, made even odder by the fact that the girl is played, at age 17, by former child star Shirley Temple.
 
  
 
 

Comedy Central, 11:00 p.m. ET

Some TV hosts, on their last weeks at work, might just go through the motions and pilot their programs on cruise control. Today and tomorrow, Jon Stewart is doing just that, but only in terms of his guests. Tomorrow’s guest is actor Tom Cruise, and tonight’s guest is Republican Senator, and presidential candidate, Ted Cruz.
 
  
 
 

E!, 8:00 p.m. ET

The Caitlyn Jenner reality series premiered last night on E!, and doubtlessly will remain a topic of conversation for the next several days. So if you missed it then, here’s a next-day prime-time repeat, courtesy of E! Or, if courtesy has nothing to do with it, perhaps greed or opportunism do…
 
  
 
 

Starz!, 9:00 p.m. ET

There’s lots of talk these days about the cinematic universe of Marvel Comics – but here’s a 2007 film rarely associated with Marvel, though it’s the comic-book house from whence it came. Nicolas Cage plays a biker avenger from hell, with a flaming skull and a souped-up motorcycle.
 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

WILLIAM SHATNER SINGS WHILE VINTAGE ‘STAR TREK’ PLAYS – In 2004, original Star Trek icon William Shatner teamed up with musician Ben Folds, who produced Shatner’s shockingly listenable Has Been CD, the highlight of which is the opening track. That would be “Common People,” a remake of the 1995 Pulp song, and has Shatner singing lead, eventually trading vocals with Joe Jackson. It’s got more snarl and attitude than most “original” British New Wave, and someone made a video of it in 2008, using footage from the Star Trek animated series as visual accompaniment. It’s good – but a subsequent one, uploaded to YouTube in 2011, is warp-speeds better. It uses Star Trek footage from the actual live-action show – starring Shatner and his colorful cohorts – and every image is cleverly chosen, with an emphasis on all those memorable space babes. This video was recommended to me by Roland Ochoa, who deserves a shout-out – especially for alerting me to something that’s been out there for four years, yet had escaped my notice entirely. Until now. –David Bianculli

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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Dates
CW
Thursdays
9 PM ET

Deustchland 83
Sundance
Wednesdays
11 PM ET

Hannibal
NBC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

HUMANS
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET

Maron
IFC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Mr. Robot
USA
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET 

Rectify
Sundance
Thursdays
9 PM ET

True Detective
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Welcome to Sweden
NBC
Sundays
8 PM ET


 
 

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From TV Worth Watching
TOP PICKS FOR YOUR HOME LIBRARY

The TVWW Seal of Approval is an honor we save for TV’s very best – our picks for a truly teleliterate home video library.
 
 

PARENTHOOD: THE COMPLETE SERIES – One of the few happy by-products of the end of a beloved series is the subsequent release of that series in a complete DVD box set. With this collection covering all 103 episodes, NBC’s 2010-2015 drama series is there for the savoring, all over again or for the first time. Series creator Jason Katims, who did similarly great and singular work in Friday Night Lights, finds high levels of both comedy and drama by looking at family dynamics. Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Erica Christensen and Craig T. Nelson are among the stars, and guest stars making a major impact include Ray Romano and Jason Ritter. Story lines cover such raw topics as cancer and Asperger syndrome, but also the kind of lighter moments more typical of the 1989 Steve Martin Parenthood movie on which this series was based. Family dramas don’t get much better than this. – David Bianculli

 
 

This Day in TV History

1952: NBC Introduces 'Up to Paar'
By Christy Slewinski
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV WWorth Buying
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$

Drunk History: Seasons 1 and 2

Take history experts, ply them with lots of alcohol, take the soundtrack of their sloshy, often erratic discussions of their subject, have A-list talent lip-synch and perform the whole thing in costume, and what have you got? Drunk History, of course. Conceived and hosted by Derek Waters (who is usually pouring by the tall glass for the narrators), DH is a recurring TVWW guilty pleasure and leads viewers across the country to learn the inebriated history of American cities, including Chicago, Detroit and Hollywood. (The tale of Mary Dyer against the Massachusetts Quakers starring Winona Ryder and Michael Cera is gold.) 18 episodes here, including outtakes, extended scenes and “Sober Reveals," all under $15 at Amazon. —Eric Gould