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SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 16
2019

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

I’m behind, so I haven’t seen this 2018 Deadpool sequel yet. But I loved the cheekiness of the original, and star Ryan Reynolds obviously treats this self-aware, sarcastic superhero comic-book character as a personal next of kin. And for HBO subscribers who have access to HBO Now, that service is offering a “Super Duper Cut Unrated Version.”

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tonight on Dynasties, it’s a group of animals that always brings out feelings of identification in nature documentaries: the loyal, loving, intensely dedicated family of arctic creatures known as the “Emperor Penguins” – the title of tonight’s episode. And remember: each new episode of Dynasties, in addition to premiering in the U.S. on BBC America, is simulcast by AMC, IFC and Sundance. Also remember: a group of penguins in the water is called a raft, while a group of penguins on land is called a waddle. See also: rookery, huddle, and colony.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 11:29 p.m. ET

Tonight’s guest host: Don Cheadle. Tonight’s musical guest: Gary Clark Jr.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

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



2 Dope Queens
HBO
Fridays
11 PM ET

The Circus
Showtime
Sundays
8 PM ET

Crashing
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

Drunk History
Comedy Central
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

The Passage
Fox
Mondays
9 PM ET

Pen15
Hulu
Streaming

Planet Earth: Dynasties
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

True Detective
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Victoria on Masterpiece
PBS
Sundays
8 PM ET
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

It Was 50 Years Ago Today… The Beatles went up to the roof to play. Yes, children, hard to believe, but it was that long ago (January 30, 1969) when they gave their final, albeit impromptu, performance in London. A bittersweet show only audible on the streets below from the rooftop of Apple Records – it was a last-minute substitute for a planned tour that never got off the ground. On this anniversary, Apple and Sir Peter Jackson, director of Lord of the Rings, have announced a new film in the works of the Let it Be sessions, which resulted in the rooftop concert, culled from 55 hours of never-before-seen footage. Jackson says, contrary to Beatles assumed history, the footage reveals the ongoing joy of the group playing together even though they were in the middle of changes and struggles that eventually broke them up. From the original Let It Be film itself, we've always agreed — and from this remastered video from that day, now on The Beatles YouTube website. —Eric Gould

 
 

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FRESH AIR FAVES

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


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


EXTRAS & FEEDBACK

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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

 
 
 

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