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SATURDAY
JANUARY 18
2020

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: This newest ambitious nature documentary series from the BBC is so amazing – in content, visuals, technology, emotional resonance – all I can do is beg you to watch it. And to watch it, if possible, with your children and/or grandchildren, because these programs will connect deeply with every viewer regardless of age. (It’s simulcast on AMC, IFC, and Sundance TV, if that helps.) Sir David Attenborough narrates, and is the perfect tour guide for these breathtaking looks at the planet’s different continents. The series now starts with the episode devoted to Australia, to tap into and connect with the current news about that land’s runaway wildfires. For my review on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, visit the Fresh Air website, and for a review here at TVWW, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
  
 
 

Showtime, 9:00 p.m. ET

This 2018 drama came out the same year as the documentary RBG, and both had the same subject: eventual Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg. In this movie biography, the young Ginsberg, working her way through cases about sexual inequality and women’s rights, is played by Felicity Jones, who’s also played Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything. 
 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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Anne with an E
Netflix
Streaming  
 

Doctor Who
BBC America
Wednesdays
8 PM ET

Dracula
Netflix
Streaming  

Evil
CBS
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Good Place
NBC
Thursdays
9 PM ET    

The Graham Norton Show
BBC America
Fridays
11 PM ET 

Kevin Hart: Don't F**k This Up
Netflix
Streaming 

The Outsider
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET 

Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
8 PM ET 

Shameless
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 

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FRESH AIR FAVES

Audio of Bianculli's favorite 'Fresh Air' reports, and the stories behind them...


FAVES FROM
"THE MORGUE"

Bianculli's favorite newspaper articles, and the stories behind them...


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