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THURSDAY
MAY 24
2018

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: Prisoners of War is an Israeli series, shown in Israel in 2010 and 2012, that was (very freely) adapted into the still-running Showtime series Homeland. This newer Israeli-made series, billed as a Netflix original and produced in 2015, is no less timely because of its delay in arriving here. It looks at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from both sides: from the point of view of the commander of an Israeli special forces unit, and from one of his main targets, a Palestinian Hamas leader of the Jihad against Israel. The series arrives dubbed in some scenes, subtitled in others, but begins strongly and keeps that momentum – and its relevancy – going without a break.

 
  
 
 

ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET

Why this special, and why now? This ABC special looks at recently revealed information about the death of music superstar Michael Jackson, so that’s the overall “why.” But why now, since the anniversary of Jackson’s 2009 death is June 25, just over a month away? No idea.

 
  
 
 

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Thursday nights on TCM this month belong to Marlene Dietrich, and tonight’s lineup is full of her later-career curiosities, including, at 10:15 p.m. ET, her unlikely turn as a saloon singer in a 1942 Western opposite John Wayne. But the one to make a special effort to catch arrives at midnight ET, when TCM presents her 1944 star turn in Kismet, in which she performs one provocative dance number adorned in very leggy, very striking gold body paint. Take that, Goldfinger!

 
  
 
 

TNT, 9:00 p.m. ET

This is Game 5 in the postseason NBA West conference series. The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets have split the first four games, so it’s now a best-of-three contest to see which team gets to advance to this year’s NBA Finals. And for this Game 5, Houston enjoys home-court advantage.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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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...



The Americans
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Archer
FXX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Brockmire
IFC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

The Circus
Showtime
Sundays
8 PM ET

Killing Eve
BBC America
Sundays
8 PM ET

Legion
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Patrick Melrose
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

United Shades of America
CNN
Sundays
10 PM ET


Westworld
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Otterwise, a Great Performance – Critical praise is high for Benedict Cumberbatch on the premiere of his new Showtime series, Patrick Melrose. No surprise there, after his turns in series like Sherlock, Hawking, and many others. He’s also a good sport, instantly game in this clip from a 2015 episode of The Graham Norton Show where Norton posted pictures from an apparently popular meme playing on Cumberbatch’s assumed resemblance to otters. (??) Don’t miss the pose with the teddy bear at the end. –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: David’s book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available in paperback for under $13. Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and Bianculli's has to do with quality television: what it is and how it got that way." The Washington Post adds, The Platinum Age of Television 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, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points. Bianculli has written a highly readable history."
 
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This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
TV WWorth Buying
CURRENT SPECIAL DEAL$$
The Crown: Season One Box Set

It’s the royal wedding season after all, so grab your top hat or fascinator and join in this popular Netflix original chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from her ascension to the throne at the age of 25 to modern times. With her reign at 66 years and counting, there’s a lot of territory to cover, and four seasons are planned. On sale at Amazon for $17. Remember, no smiling and wave only with the wrist. –Eric Gould