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MONDAY
APRIL 27
2015

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

At the end of last week’s episode, the suave-looking serial killer known as the Ogre (recurring guest star Milo Ventimiglia from Heroes) revealed his secret S&M and torture room to Barbara (Erin Richards), who reacted to the discovery with a slight but nonetheless surprising smile. This week, his knife is at her throat – but is it a deadly threat aimed at punishing her beloved Jim Gordon, or something more consensual?

 
  
 
 

CW, 9:00 p.m. ET

Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and her nemesis Petra (Yael Grobglas) have been wrestling with each other all season – but only figuratively. Tonight, in one of this series’ typically (and delightfully) over-the-top plot twists, they make it literal.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

HBO has been on an amazing roll of late with its original documentaries, led by Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. But this new one, by Nick Broomfield, attacks another cold case less successfully, by focusing on the former and current residents of South Central Los Angeles, neighbors of Lonnie Franklin, imprisoned in 2010 on counts of multiple mass murder. Was he the “Grim Sleeper” who killed dozens of local women? This nonfiction film asks the question, and looks for answers – but, and this is one of its shortcomings, with no help from the LAPD. Still, it's a story that needs, and deserves, exploring.
 
  
 
 

PBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

Last year, Dick Cavett’s Watergate dove into the veteran talk-show host’s program archives to explain and explore that Seventies flash point from a surprisingly rich and varied selection of perspectives. Tonight, he does the same thing with another incendiary subject of the era: the Vietnam War. And once again, he proves that, many decades ago, he presided over a talk show that on occasion, talked about subjects of utmost seriousness.  Check local listings.

 
  
 
 

National Geographic, 11:00 p.m. ET

Last week, host Neil deGrasse Tyson, in this new TV version of his podcast and radio show of the same name, spent an hour with his guests talking about the science and sociology behind Star Trek. This week, the topic is the science of movies by Christopher Nolan, who wrote and directed Memento, Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

WATCH, AND BE, "SMARTER EVERY DAY" – So I was out running errands, listening to PRI’s Science Friday on public radio, and Ira Flatow was interviewing a guy named Destin Sandlin, who creates entertaining educational videos for his own YouTube Channel, Smarter Every Day. As soon as I got home, I tuned in to the video shown here, “Slow Motion Flipping Cat Physics” – and I was hooked. And that was only the beginning. Wait until you get to "Chicken Head Tracking," and watch the chicken use its head like a gyroscope. I smell a TV spinoff… (NOTE: No cat was harmed in the making of this video.) -- David Bianculli

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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American Crime
ABC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Big Time in Hollywood, FL
Comedy Central
Wednesdays
10:30 PM ET

The Good Wife
CBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Graham Norton Show
BBC America
Saturdays
11 PM ET

Louie
FX
Thursdays
10:30 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Mad Men
AMC
Sundays
10 PM ET

Nurse Jackie
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Parts Unknown
CNN
Sundays
9 PM ET

VEEP
HBO
Sundays
10:30 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.
 
 

THE WONDER YEARS: THE COMPLETE SERIES SET – The Wonder Years ran for six seasons, from 1988 to 1993, and featured an adult narrator looking back on childhood with both nostalgic affection and a wizened perspective. It wasn’t a new idea for a sitcom – one of TV’s very first, Mama, pulled the same trick in 1949. But in The Wonder Years, which had narrator Daniel Stern portraying the adult Kevin Arnold looking back on his own junior high and high school years in the Sixties and Seventies, series creators Carol Black and Neal Marlens gave us one of TV’s all-time best comedies. Fred Savage stars as young Kevin, with Danica McKellar and Josh Saviano as unforgettable childhood friends Winnie and Paul, respectively. This complete set, which looked back at a previous generation, took another full generation to arrive on DVD, but it’s well worth the wait. – David Bianculli

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 TV WWorth Buying
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$

Bates Motel: Season One (DVD + UltraViolet) 

FX’s Fargo recently resurrected a Hollywood classic and built a new series around the original’s mise-en-scène. Same thing for Bates Motel (now in its third season on A&E), with a backstory which envisions budding psychopath Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his equally unbalanced Mommy (Vera Farmiga) as they establish their infamous roadside inn. There has been plenty of territory for Bates Motel to explore Norman’s slow descent before delivering his well-known room service to unwitting guests. On sale at Amazon, $17.Eric Gould