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THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 22
2018

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Various Networks, 2:40 a.m. ET

The big event covered today on the cable networks covering the Olympics is on NBCSN, where live coverage of the ladies’ free program in figure skating is provided from 8-10 p.m. ET. But also, because I’m obsessed with curling, let’s not that the men’s curling semifinals are covered on two different networks today: On NBCSN from 1:45-4:45 p.m. ET, and on CNBC from 5-8 p.m. ET.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 3:00 p.m. ET

And on NBC, the major Olympic event tonight, perennially one of the most popular televised events, occurs during the network’s 8 p.m.-midnight ET block, with live coverage of the ladies’ gold medal final in figure skating.

 
  
 
 

Paramount, 9:30 p.m. ET

I presume this is going to sound as weird to you as it does to me, so here goes. Tonight in an unusually cast celebrity Lip Sync Battle, one contestant is John Cho, who lip-syncs to “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” And the other, which is even harder to comprehend, is Ben Kingsley, who does his version of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.”

 
  
 
 

IFC, 10:00 p.m. ET

On tonight’s new episode, in this final season of Portlandia, Tracee Ellis Ross guest stars as a “photo booth coach.” Whatever that is.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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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 Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Baskets
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Counterpart
Starz
Sundays
8 PM ET

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
CW
Fridays
8 PM ET

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
IFC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Homeland
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman
Netflix
Streaming

Portlandia
IFC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

Victoria on Masterpiece
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

It’s a Beautiful Day in TV History – Today (Monday, February 19), is the golden anniversary of the premiere of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on public television. All manner of tributes are on the way, from film and book biographies and a PBS special to a U.S. Fred Rogers postage stamp, and even the PBS KIDS network is holding its televised week-long Fred Rogers salute to next week. Today, though, there are a few places you can go to honor one of the best children’s shows, and hosts, in TV history. One is to travel to Latrobe, PA, where St. Vincent College will be hosting a special 7 p.m. ET showing of that first, Feb. 19, 1968 Neighborhood episode. (I’ll be there as one of the introductory panelists, if you’re in the neighborhood.) If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you can watch many seasons of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, including that 50-year-old premiere episode, by streaming it here, or, enjoy episode six here, carried by the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood channel on YouTube. –David Bianculli

 
 

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Good news TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available in paperback for under $13. Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with quality television: what it is and how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. 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." —The Washington Post 
 
 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
TV WWorth Buying
TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$$
Roseanne: The Complete Series

Roseanne is scheduled to return to ABC for nine episodes in March, 20 years after it went off the air. Most of the original cast is returning, include Roseanne Barr and her television spouse Dan, played by John Goodman, whose character will be revived (along with the show) even though he died in the prior series finale. Roseanne’s chiming chord with the working middle class was the series main draw, making it the most popular sitcom for a time. Producers are betting that, along with its reunion appeal (as with the recent reboot of Will & Grace) will make a success. On sale at Amazon for $25. –Eric Gould

 
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