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THURSDAY
OCTOBER 30
2014

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

TNT, 8:00 p.m. ET

Now that baseball is over, it’s time to switch to basketball – at least for tonight, when the game offers enough subtext and drama to warrant a lot of attention. The visiting team is the New York Knicks, and the home team is the Cleveland Cavaliers, marking LeBron James’ return to that club, and city, since he left Cleveland for the Miami Heat. Thomas Wolfe was wrong, at least when it comes to basketball and Akron, Ohio native James. As he proves tonight, you can go home again.

 
  
 
 

CBS, 8:31 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: Allison Janney won two Emmys this year – one for her dramatic supporting actress work on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, and one for her comedic supporting actress work here. So if you’ve never seen Mom, here’s your chance. It’s back for Season 2 with Janney playing one of the Mom parts on this sitcom. Another: Anna Faris, playing Janney’s daughter.

 
  
 
 

CBS, 9:01 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: Not a recommendation, just an observation. This is the final season of this sitcom, which has gone on much longer than anyone involved in it dared dream – especially after the controversial departure of Charlie Sheen. Jon Cryer’s co-star, ever since, has been Ashton Kutcher, but this season will be the last lap around the track for both of them. So it’s time to pull out the Halloween costumes – a zombie Elvis for Kutcher, and, for Cryer, a costume that’s just Ducky.

 
  
 
 

CBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: Holmes and Watson are back, but Kitty’s here, too. And if you Sherlock Holmes fans remember a certain Baskerville hound much more than you do a character named Kitty, here’s a fun flashback of sorts. And this Kitty is played by Ophelia Lovibond, who sounds like a character Sir Arthur Conan Doyle might have concocted on his own. Then again, so does the star of PBS’s Sherlock import, Benedict Cumberbatch. Lucy Liu, Jonny Lee Miller stars.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 10:00 p.m. ET

Things are moving kind of slowly on this show as it plays out its final season. First Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) is barely getting around after his “episode,” and now his son Crosby (Dax Shepard) is fretting about slow times at the Luncheonette. Too little music coming out, too few musicians coming in…

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

IT'S MORE THAN OK - We are big fans of alt-rock OK Go’s music video brand – stunning productions all done, unbelievably, in one take. You can see their amazing pop art adventure from the summer, “The Writing’s On the Wall,” here. As if that ingenious effort weren’t enough for one year, they’re back with “I Won’t Let You Down” which uses drone cameras and gyroscopic unicycles, among other things, to pull the jaw-dropping thing off. Last time we saw synchronization this big it was at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony… maybe. (“I Won’t Let You Down” was released today, October 27, and it’s already over one million YouTube hits.) –Eric Gould

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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The Affair
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET

Dr. Who
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET

The Good Wife
CBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Graham Norton Show
BBC America
Saturdays
11 PM ET

Homeland
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Jane the Virgin
CW
Mondays
9 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Parenthood
NBC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Parts Unknown
CNN
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 

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Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel [Blu-ray]

The barrel is back. Issued as a limited release following the 2013 conclusion, the Breaking Bad complete series is back in the collector’s “money barrel” set. There are six graphically-themed cases inside, which include 55 hours of special features from all seasons, a two-hour documentary, the Los Pollos Hermanos apron and a commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan. This is the ultimate collection for those who want to return to total immersion in the series. Available for 30% off at Amazon on October 28. –Eric Gould