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MONDAY
JANUARY 21
2019

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

BBC America, 6:30 p.m. ET

You take it for granted – at least I do – that there are many movies that remain part of the cultural conversation, that have been seen by virtually everyone of adult age. Except, as I keep teaching young adults year after year, I find that supposition to be somewhat shaky. The ways young people used to absorb TV and films from prior generations, such as afternoon TV syndication and late-night movie showcases, no longer exist as such, or are viewed far less by younger audiences. So it’s possible, even likely, that 20-ydear-olds, say, have never seen a James Bond film starring Sean Connery, and equate 007 with Daniel Craig. So whether you’re a millennial seeking enlightenment or a Baby Boomer seeking nostalgia, BBC America tonight provides a delicious triple feature of the three Bond films, all starring Connery, that launched the still-running franchise At 6:30 p.m. ET, the action begins with 1963’s From Russia with Love, followed by 1964’s Goldfinger (still the all-time best Bond movie, pictured) and 1962’s Dr. No.

 
  
 
 

Fox, 9:00 p.m. ET

This is the second episode of this new Fox vampire series, and enough happens tonight that it’s fair to say the plot thickens – or maybe even coagulates. The interesting wrinkle in The Passage is that the science-created vampires have psychic powers, and the best element is that it has, at its core, a compelling relationship between a rogue government agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and the gifted young girl (played by Saniyya Sidney). This relationship is very human, which makes all the inhumanity and inhumans around them even more threatening.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit our TV We're Watching page for these and other shows on our DVRs right now...



Butterfly
Hulu
Streaming

Counterpart
Starz
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Good Place
NBC
Thursdays
9:30 PM ET

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Netflix
Streaming

The Passage
Fox
Mondays
9 PM ET

Planet Earth: Dynasties
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET 

Project Blue Book
History
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET 

True Detective
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Victoria on Masterpiece
PBS
Sundays
8 PM ET
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Santa Paws –It’s the holidays, and we at TVWW know what you really want for Christmas – a puppy! So, here's the Great Danes Service Dog Project from Ipswich, MA via Explore.org— a non-profit group dedicated to raising the pups and training them to assist veterans and others with mobility needs. Danes are perfect to provide stability for standing adults. Meanwhile, when they’re young, they’re unbearably adorable with their puppy mayhem and dream running. All 11 of them. They’re the sure cure for whatever ails you this year… politics, family, lack of sunlight…—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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