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THURSDAY
MARCH 26
2015

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Various Networks, 7:00 p.m. ET

Week two of March Madness begins, with four games played tonight across two networks. Both CBS and TBS are presenting doubleheaders (and will repeat the trick tomorrow night, completing the roster of Sweet 16 competitors.) CBS coverage, live from Cleveland, starts things off at 7 p.m. ET, with the first of two games from the Midwest bracket: No. 3 seed Notre Dame against No. 7 seed Wichita State, the lowest-ranked of tonight’s seeds to hit the court. On TBS, live from Los Angeles, the next game of the night is at 7:45 p.m. ET, with West No. 1 seed Wisconsin facing No. 4 seed North Carolina. Another No. 1 seed, the much-favored Kentucky, faces fellow Midwest team West Virginia (seeded No. 5) at 9:45 p.m. ET on CBS, and TBS provides coverage of the night’s final game: At 10:17 p.m. ET, No. 3 Arizona facing No. 6 Xavier in the West.

 
  
 
 

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

SERIES RETURN: After taking the winter off, Bones returns with a stretch of new episodes that will run straight through until summer – no Bones about it. And it opens with an episode featuring a special guest star, making a return appearance as a psychic friend of Angela’s: Cyndi Lauper.

 
  
 
 

ABC, 10:00 p.m. ET

This story, which is well worth the time devoted to watch it slowly reveal its secrets and subtleties, continues tonight. More great performances, more disturbing revelations – and more very impressive writing.

 
  
 
 

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: Part 1 of 2. This year, Archer ends its season going out with a very small idea: miniaturizing the agents and sending them on a scaled-down mission, as in the classic movie Fantastic Voyage. Expect, in this episode called “Drastic Voyage,” some fantastic laughs.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

LOOK AT WHAT LIVE TV IS HATCHING NOW – You’d think, with the exponentially exploding number of viewing options available these days on cable, satellite, streaming sites and elsewhere, that I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch anything else. Yet I have, and I’m happy I did, because I’ve found one of the purest and most addictive examples of reality TV I’ve ever seen. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, it’s a live feed of a camera overlooking an eagles’ nest in Hanover, PA. It’s been a fascinating thing to watch, whenever you tune in. During the snowstorm that pummeled the Northeast earlier this month, the nest looked like a giant snowball with an eagle on top – an eagle protecting her two eggs, which appeared in mid-February. According to the State Wildlife Management Agency, that puts the expected hatching date around March 21 – this coming Saturday. So tune in early and often, and watch nature in the raw, whatever happens. Astounding TV – especially considering that 30 years ago, only three eagles’ nests were known to exist in the entire state. Today, thanks to aggressive conservation and importation efforts, that number has grown to more than 250. – David Bianculli

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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American Crime
ABC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Americans
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Battle Creek
CBS
Sundays
10 PM ET

Better Call Saul
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET 

Bloodline
Netflix
Streaming

The Good Wife
CBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

Jane the Virgin
CW
Mondays
9 PM ET

Justified
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET


 
 

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From TV Worth Watching
TOP PICKS FOR YOUR HOME LIBRARY

The TVWW Seal of Approval is an honor we save for TV’s very best – our picks for a truly teleliterate home video library.
 
 

OLIVE KITTERIDGE – Often releases awarded the TVWW Seal of Approval have been a part of TV history for a while. This particular treasure is quite new but we are featuring it because it deserves a spot in a solid home-video library. Frances McDormand stars in the title role, playing an acerbic, intelligent, often depressed woman over a period of decades. This four-part 2014 miniseries, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, features Richard Jenkins as Olive’s husband, and Bill Murray as an acquaintance she meets later in life. Lisa Cholodenko directs. – David Bianculli

 
 
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 TV WWorth Buying
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Carnivàle: Season 1

One of the recurrent references in the recent FXX series Man Seeking Woman was that the couple never finished binge-watching the 2003-05 HBO series Carnivàle.  Unsettling and unusual in its art direction  (think American Horror Story), the series set a Dust Bowl era traveling circus as the supernatural battleground between forces of good and evil. A rocking good way of exploring old-time American values, Carnivàle got five Emmys after its first season and had a great cast including Amy Madigan, Ralph Waite, Clancy Brown, Nick Stahl and Michael J. Anderson from Twin Peaks. One of the great cinematic TV efforts, the series got cut short after its second season. Season One and Two available at Amazon for $15 each. –Eric Gould