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WEDNESDAY
MARCH 4
2015

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

BBC America, 8:00 p.m. ET

SERIES REPEAT: If you missed, or would like to re-experience, the current rebooting of Sherlock Holmes, now’s your chance. PBS imported Sherlock originally, but now BBC America has acquired its rerun rights. So here it is again, beginning tonight with the episode that introduced Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous sleuth of Baker Street, and Martin Freeman as his often flustered associate, Dr. Watson.

 
  
 
 

Fox, 9:01 p.m. ET

There are only a few episodes left, so expect the plot to boil over. This is not the kind of series to avoid going out with a bang – even if just for a seasonal break. Guest stars include Estelle (pictured).

 
  
 
 

CBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: Maybe you can help me on this one. I’ve been sifting through my memory – which, these days, is like sifting through a sieve – and can’t think of another instance, before tonight’s premiere of CSI: Cyber, in which an actor or actress starred in a new TV series almost immediately after winning an Oscar. Patricia Arquette did just that, after winning an Oscar for Boyhood, but there may be a catch. She started filming Boyhood even before starring in her previous TV series, Medium, so she’s been at this for quite a while. But is there an Oscar precedent in this regard? If so, tell me. Meanwhile, Arquette is indeed the star tonight, of the latest CBS procedural. For a review, see Uncle Barky's Bytes.

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 10:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: This is complicated, but is worth sorting out. Broadchurch began as a British miniseries, imported by BBC America, starring David Tennant as a detective investigating a murder in a remote coastal town. Then Fox mounted an Americanized remake of it, called Gracepoint, also starring David Tennant – but with an American accent. Now he’s back in Season 2 of Broadchurch, back with his original accent, and a far superior crime drama that will pull you back in, completely, even before the opening credits begin. Olivia Coleman co-stars.

 
  
 
 

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Callie Thorne continues her guest role as Tori in tonight’s episode, spending more time with Noah Emmerich’s Stan. Meanwhile, at his neighbor’s house, things are much more intense as Elizabeth is instructed to move against her husband, if she has to, in order to fully indoctrinate their daughter into the ways of the KGB.

 
  
 
 

FXX, 10:30 p.m. ET

Tonight’s episode features a pair of surrealistically amusing takes on relationships – good examples of why this series has been renewed for a Season 2. One comic observation is that new relationships are applied for, like college applications, and rejected just as dismissively. The other is that, when a potential soulmate is found, the temptation is to try to get too close too soon. Or, as the protagonist of this oddball series asks, “We spend so much time together, why not get surgically conjoined?”

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Larry David Chews on Charlie Rose - Larry David is about to star in his new Broadway play about – what else – family dysfunction. Called Fish in the Dark, the show has set a Broadway record for advance sales of over $15 million. David, notoriously cryptic and evasive about himself, was interviewed for 60 Minutes last weekend by Charlie Rose and gave Rose all he could handle with his usual mock outrage in the style of his Seinfeld character George Costanza while perpetually chewing his usual piece of gum. Rose's segment entitled "Who is Larry David?" had David musing whether his new Fish character, Norman Drexel, is really him or not, as with Costanza and his "Larry David" character from his HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. David halted, "The character is similar to me…" and then smiled, "OK, it's me." –Eric Gould


 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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The Americans
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Battle Creek
CBS
Sundays
10 PM ET

Better Call Saul
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Bosch
Amazon Prime Streaming 

Episodes
Showtime
Sundays
10:30 PM ET

Justified
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Man Seeking Woman
FXX
Wednesdays
10:30 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Portlandia
IFC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 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.
 
 

OLIVE KITTERIDGE – Often releases awarded the TVWW Seal of Approval have been a part of TV history for a while. This particular treasure is quite new but we are featuring it because it deserves a spot in a solid home-video library. Frances McDormand stars in the title role, playing an acerbic, intelligent, often depressed woman over a period of decades. This four-part 2014 miniseries, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, features Richard Jenkins as Olive’s husband, and Bill Murray as an acquaintance she meets later in life. Lisa Cholodenko directs. – David Bianculli

 
 
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Rome: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

Well, it looks like the deep freeze is on for another couple of weeks, so we might as well opt for some escapist hotbed – like ancient Rome. This is a pared down re-release of the 2005-07 HBO series that staged political intrigue and soap opera with lavish settings and cinematography. The series got noticed for for its main storyline which centered on two common soldiers thrown into historical events. Rome’s best feature – its costly art direction – was reportedly its downfall, getting the series cancelled after two seasons despite wide critical acclaim. 45 percent off at Amazon. –EG