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FRIDAY
JULY 1
2016

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

HBO, 8:45 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: More viewers watched last Sundays season finale of Game of Thrones than had tuned to any episode in the show’s history, so the popularity of this game of warcraft chess has far from peaked. But if you missed it, or would like to see it again, HBO is repeating it in its entirety with this same-week rerun. You have to wonder, given the increasing acceptance of Video on Demand and HBO Go, how much longer this network, or any other, will be able to continue pulling the same-week rerun trick.

 
  
 
 

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: Some shows imported from the U.K. are fascinating, and hypnotic, largely because they proceed at their own pace, with their own rules, and with their proudly idiosyncratic interests and obsessions. That was the case, for many decades, with One Man and His Dog, and it’s the case here, with many men and women, and judges, and their cakes and pies. Check local listings.

 
  
 
 

TCM, 9:15 p.m. ET

It’s Olivia de Havilland night on TCM, and that means another chance to see, in all its widescreen glory, 1939’s classic Civil War drama, Gone with the Wind. She played Melanie Hamilton, not Scarlett O’Hara, but that’s a good enough excuse to run it again.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

What a political week… and, once again, what a show to look forward to, to help put it all into perspective. Tonight’s scheduled guests include comedian Jim Gaffigan, though I’m not sure he’s the one to shed the most light this week.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Broadway is Sending Love to Orlando -- The Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic What the World Needs Now has been recorded hundreds of times since Jackie DeShannon made it a hit in 1965, but I doubt any of those renditions could have the power and emotion of the recording made on June 15 in New York City. On that day, members of the Broadway community came together to record the song in an effort to help the loved ones and victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting. The participating artists include legendary Broadway stars like Chita Rivera and Joel Grey as well as recent Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Other faces – and impressive singing voices – we’d more quickly recognize from their television roles include Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, BD Wong, and Wayne Brady. Regardless of the “who,” the “why” is the reason to listen to this performance. And when you buy the recording, from iTunes or Broadway Records, 100% of the profits will go to the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida (“The Center”). – Linda Donovan

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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American Gothic
CBS
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Angie Tribeca
TBS
Mondays 
9 PM ET

BrainDead
CBS
Mondays 
10 PM ET

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Crackle.com
Streaming

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
TBS
Mondays
10:30 PM ET

 Maron
IFC
Wednesdays
9 PM ET

Maya & Marty
NBC
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Orange is the New Black
Netflix
Streaming

Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

 UnREAL
Lifetime
Mondays
10 PM ET
 
 

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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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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.
 
 

STAR TREK – THE ORIGINAL SERIES: THE COMPLETE SERIES – This new Blu-ray release will not be the final word on the classic Star Trek series this year, since September marks the original show’s golden anniversary. In a few months, Paramount/CBS is scheduled to issue a mega-box set, including not only the 79 episodes from the classic Star Trek series here, but also the Star Trek movies featuring the original TV show cast members and a complementary collection of the animated episodes. But if you don’t need or want the movies or the cartoon series, this is the newly repackaged Star Trek collection to get. Twenty discs, and a price already reduced to $59.99 on Amazon, less than $1 per episode. And there are some evocative memories here, from green-skinned alien women to cuddly tribbles, in one of the most durable and influential sci-fi TV series ever made. – David Bianculli

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV WWorth Buying
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$
Power: Season One

The buzz-worthy Starz crime drama of a boss trying to go legit has been quietly building a dedicated audience and critical acclaim. Power continues the recent Starz tradition (Boss, Magic City) of antiheroes dangerously walking both sides of the line. Once glamorous nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) is out, the old life pulls him back in, Michael Corleone-style. Season One, which sets the storyline, is on sale at Amazon for $8. —Eric Gould