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SATURDAY
APRIL 21
2018

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

Caesar and the Colonel sounds like a TV buddy show from the Seventies – but it’s actually the conflicted pair at the heart of this latest entry, from 2017, in the rebooted Planet of the Apes series. Caesar is the now-grown ape who’s set on revenge for what the humans have done to him and the rest of monkeykind – and the Colonel is the military guy who’s familiar with being both for and against him. Woody Harrelson returns as the Colonel, and Andy Serkis, the motion-capture pioneer now given well-deserved top billing, is the man behind Caesar the ape.

 
  
 
 

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Director Norman Jewison mounted this 1968 heist drama with style to spare, playing with the split-screen images, rapid editing and propulsive rock music so popular at that point in the Sixties. Steve McQueen, as a bank executive who plans a clever way to rob his own bank, is stylish, too, and is cool personified – but nothing in this film is as stylish as Faye Dunaway, playing the insurance investigator who’s called in after the robbery.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 10:25 p.m. ET

Season 2 of HBO’s inventive, exciting version of Westworld begins tomorrow night. But tonight, even if you saw and remember every bit of Season 1 from 2016, you might want to take advantage of tonight’s rebroadcast of the Season 1 finale episode. Consider it a refresher course – and a reminder of not only who’s who on this series about artificial humans and their creators, but, even more important, who’s what…

 
  
 
 
 
 
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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...



The Americans
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Atlanta
FX
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Barry
HBO
Sundays
10:30 PM ET

The Circus
Showtime
Sundays
8 PM ET

Homeland
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

iZombie
CW
Mondays
9 PM ET

Killing Eve
BBC America
Sundays
8 PM ET

Legion
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET


The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Les Crustaceans – SNL returned to musical satire last night (Saturday, April 15), with this operetta based on a man (Pete Davidson) who dares to order the lobster at a diner. You know, ‘cause it’s a diner. And no one ever orders orders the seafood. The lobster (Kenan Thompson) shellfishly laments his fate in the style of Les Miserables–Eric Gould

 
 

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Good news TVWW readers: David’s book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available in paperback for under $13. Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and Bianculli's has to do with quality television: what it is and how it got that way." The Washington Post adds, The Platinum Age of Television 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, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points. Bianculli has written a highly readable history."
 
 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
TV WWorth Buying
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The Handmaid's Tale: Season One

This 2017 Hulu series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian tale garnered multiple awards including eight Emmys, which also set it apart as the first streaming series to win Outstanding Drama Series. Starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) as an unwilling captive forced into child-bearing servitude, the series is an acclaimed cautionary tale of theocracy and militarism coming to political power. Handmaid’s Tale second season is scheduled for this summer. The DVD box set is available here for $25 and available here for Prime Video streaming. –Eric Gould