DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

NOEL HOLSTON

GARY EDGERTON

GERALD JORDAN

ROGER CATLIN

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

DAVID SICILIA

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
Enter your email address:
 
 
 
 
TUESDAY
MAY 21
2019

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

NBC, 9:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: In yesterday’s part one of this cycle’s two-part finale, Maelyn Jarmon (pictured) – the only remaining female finalist, and the only one not to be coached by Blake Shelton (her coach is John Legend) -- performed a beautiful version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” How beautiful? Afterward, it hit #1 on the iTunes Top 100 List – and probably will be enough to give Jarmon the victory at the end of tonight. But before we find out who wins, tonight’s live show will give us performances by some noteworthy guests, including the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Hootie & the Blowfish, BTS and One Republic.

 
  
 
 

ABC, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s installment is called “Generation Woodstock” – and while the plans for a golden anniversary festival concert event have gotten increasingly problematic for this summer, few things went as planned in the summer of 1969 either. But thanks to farmer Max Yasgur’s last-minute offering to use his land for the three-day music event, Woodstock ended up being a real lollapalooza.
 
  
 
 

PBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

Brett Cavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the behind-the-scenes figbt on both sides to either elect or oppose him, amounted to what Frontline calls the first “all-out war” for control of the Supreme Court. Here is that story. Check local listings. For a full review, see Alex Strachan’s TV That Matters

 
  
 
 

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s seventh episode of Fosse/Verdon has choreographer Bob Fosse, played by Sam Rockwell, fighting with dancer and actress (and estranged wife) Gwen Verdon, played by Michelle Williams, over the content of their upcoming Broadway musical Chicago. She wants a crowd-pleasing comeback vehicle, but he wants something much, much darker. If you’ve ever seen Chicago, the show or the movie, you know who won that one. Both of them...
 
  
 
 
 
 
Read and add comments HERE for today's Best Bets!
 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit our TV We're Watching page for these and other shows on our DVRs right now...



1969
ABC
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

American Gods
Starz!
Sundays
8 PM ET

Barry
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET 

Bonding
Netflix
Streaming
 

Brockmire
IFC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Dead to Me
Netflix
Streaming

Fosse/Verdon
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Game of Thrones
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Gentleman Jack
HBO
Mondays
10 PM ET

Killing Eve
BBC America
Sundays
8 PM ET
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Game of Tones — You weren’t alone if you thought last Sunday’s must-see Game of Thrones episode, “Battle of Winterfell” (April 28) was so dim and dark, you thought there was something wrong with your TV. (There wasn’t.) See here how Conan upped the brightness on his set and find out why the episode was so muddy. — Eric Gould

 
 

BUT WAIT... THERE'S MORE!


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...


EXTRAS & FEEDBACK

Share your favorite TV in-jokes and first TV loves...
 
 
 
Good News TVWW readers: Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, the new collection edited by Douglas Howard and TVWW’s David Bianculli, is now on sale. More than ever, series finales have become cultural touchstones that feed watercooler fodder and tweet storms. TV Finales brings together seventy chapters, each focusing on a separate show, including reliable milestones such as The Fugitive and M*A*S*H through cutting-edge favorites like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Breaking Bad. Writers include today’s leading TV critics, along with many TVWW contributors. "The last word on TV endings." (Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine)
 
 
Television today is better than ever, and David’s book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific explores it all and how we got here. (Now on sale for $12). David maps the evolution of the classic TV genres – the sitcom, the crime show, doctor dramas, the Western – and many others. "The Platinum Age 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, Matt Groening, Larry David, and Amy Schumer are high points. Bianculli has written a highly readable history." –The Washington Post
 
 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 

New This WWeek
Series and specials in variety formats