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MONDAY
JULY 22
2019

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

In a description of an earlier episode of this fascinating, frightening, futuristic miniseries by Russell T. Davies, I mistakenly wrote that loose-cannon British politician Viv (played so disturbingly well by Emma Thompson) was being elected Prime Minister. Well, I was wrong then, but I’m right now. That’s what happens in tonight’s episode – and for global stability, it’s not a welcome eventuality.
 
  
 
 

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s episode has David toying with time, aggressively, to try to right what he sees are the wrongs he and others have committed, and to both alter and save the future. This happens so often in the Marvel universe – both The X-Men and The Avengers franchises already have used time travel to alter destiny – that why shouldn’t it happen in Legion? Except, on this show, the time stream, like the plot, is particularly difficult to follow. But it’s worth it…

 
  
 
 
 
 
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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...



Big Little Lies
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

City on a Hill
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET  

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Netflix
Streaming 

Harlots
Hulu
Streaming

iZombie
CW
Thursdays
8 PM ET  

Jett
Cinemax
Mondays
10 PM ET 

Legion
FX
Fridays
10 PM ET 

The Loudest Voice
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET 

Sweetbitter
Starz
Sundays
9 PM ET  

Years and Years
HBO
Mondays
9 PM ET 
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Ground Control to Major Chris — For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing tomorrow, one of the cuts we played on Fresh Air today (Friday, July 19), was audio of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, singing his version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” the song that begins, “This is Ground Control to Major Tom…” The sound is great, but to get to the full impact — as more than 43 million people have done on YouTube — you have to see the 2013 video, and the views of Hadfield performing the song weightless in the International Space Station. So here it is… —David Bianculli

 
 

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

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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
 
 
 

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