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SATURDAY
OCTOBER 25
2014

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

And now it’s Game 4, with the San Francisco Giants enjoying its second home-field advantage against the Kansas City Royals – with the changes in designated-hitter roles that apply. Play ball! Again!

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last week, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) couldn’t exit the TARDIS, because of a shift in space-time dimensional relative reality. (You had to be there.) Tonight, he can exit his time-and-spaceship – and when he does, he returns to a familiar place, Trafalgar Square in London. But it’s in a very unfamiliar condition. As in, terribly overgrown with foliage.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 10:00 p.m. ET

Here’s another gem of an SNL vintage rerun: Tom Hanks is the host of this show, guest hosting in 1990, just two years after making the shift from Bosom Buddies to movie star as the big-screen star of Big. The young kid showed such promise. Whatever happened to him?  The musical guest is Aerosmith – so watch this 1990 edited-down installment and realize that decades in Steven Tyler’s future is a gig as judge on American Idol.

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 10:00 p.m. ET

Okay, this is ridiculous. I know I keep talking about how this show lands such good guests, and does such good things once it lands them. But check out tonight’s lineup: Not only Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr., who are on a movie publicity tour, but Stephen Fry – and U2. With a lineup like that, and a host like Norton, I’ll be there. And U2 should be watching….

 
  
 
 

NBC, 11:30 p.m. ET

The vintage SNL program is in prime time. The new one is saved for later – for 11:30 p.m. ET. And tonight, after a week off, Saturday Night Live returns with guest host Jim Carrey, who for years spread his wings, and demonstrated his talents, on a rival sketch-comedy series, Fox’s In Living Color. Tonight’s musical guest: Iggy Azalea.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

CHOREOGRAPHED POLICE WORK -- There will be a new complete series collection of Reno 911 coming out next month (you can pre-order here).  The 2003-09 Comedy Central series parodied COPS-like police reality shows in a mockumentary, single-camera style with the actors improvising a lot of the dialogue. Led by former members of the MTV sketch comedy show The State, not much was out of bounds for the politically incorrect show, with the inept officers encountering an ever-shifting cast of perps, survivalists and crooked politicians. We're returning here to one of our fave throwback 911 clips, the roadside sobriety exam of a suspected drunk driver that turns the usual balance test into something with a little more flair. Never gets old. --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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This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 TV WWorth Buying
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$
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