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CBS, 2:00 p.m. ET

Yesterday, in the first half of the Elite 8, both No.1 teams in their respective brackets advanced to the Final Four: Wisconsin from the West and the tournament’s overall favorite, Kentucky, from the Midwest. But Kentucky almost lost to Notre Dame Saturday night, winning on a pair of clutch free throws in the final seconds of a thrilling game – and even after that, Notre Dame had a shot at the win with a three-pointer that missed the mark. What a game. Meanwhile, today’s first game will not feature a No. 1 seed as the winner, because in the East, the three top seeds already have been eliminated. That leaves No. 4 Louisville, the highest-ranked East team still standing, facing No. 7 Michigan State, which toppled No. 3 Oklahoma on Friday. That game starts around 2:20 p.m. ET on CBS, followed at about 5 p.m. ET, on the same network, by the South’s No. 1 seed, Duke, facing No. 2 seed Gonzaga.


PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: This underrated PBS import begins Season 4 – and even if you’re unfamiliar with the show’s characters and premise, you can get up to speed quickly as these nurse midwives in downtrodden East London try to help expectant mothers in the decades after WWII. Check local listings.


HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

This documentary, written and directed by Alex Gibney, may not be the boldest and bravest TV offering ever to probe, recount and question the basic tenets of Scientology (that distinction, believe it or not, still goes to an episode of South Park), but it’s close. In this potent two-hour study, Gibney’s strongest and most memorable segments involve one of two factors: new interviews with former Scientologists, including Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis, and vintage interviews, unearthed by Gibney, with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard himself. Tom Cruise is shown in vintage interviews and footage, but does not participate in this new documentary, which is thought-provoking and, at times, disturbing. For a full review, see Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes.

CBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last week’s episode fooled me, I freely admit. As the hour unfolded, I expected the election to go one way – and then (surprise!) it went another. So now what? Well, now there’s a little room for political realignment. And political payback.


AMC, 9:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: Any episode of The Walking Dead is fraught with drama and danger – but an extended season finale episode? And one which begins with our hero Rick being subdued and knocked unconscious by another of our heroes, Michonne? And with the whole question of whether the residents of the walled-in city are friends or foes up in the air? How can you not watch?

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Mar 28, 2015   |  Reply
I hope everything is all right with you.
Mar 26, 2015   |  Reply
David, I hope everything is ok.
Mar 26, 2015   |  Reply
Where is your Bianculli's Best Bets for today? I can't live without you.
Mar 26, 2015   |  Reply
It is 12:44 pm Wednesday and you are showing Tuesday's info, PLEASE flip the switch at 8 am - it is written please show it!!!!!!!!
Mar 25, 2015   |  Reply
Chill! What would you do if there was a real emergency?
Mar 26, 2015
Just to note, Disney Family will show ALL of their "Princess" movies over Sat & Sun, even the Princesses of color like Mulan & Pocahantas' They are a nice treat as well, maybe even more
Mar 21, 2015   |  Reply
I'll check out Bloodline simply because of Kyle Chandler, though it does sound like there may be other reasons to watch it, too. But I whole-heartedly agree about Kyle's fantastic acting. I do not understand the acting industry. He should have been in thousands of shows by now. Plus he's not bad to look at.
Mar 20, 2015   |  Reply
I have watched Glee since the beginning and here are my final …
Mar 20, 2015   |  Reply
I just remembered your synapsis of IZombie, to me, sounds like True Calling, didn't the lead female character die to come back to life only to work in a morgue and when she touched the recently dead was able to see how they died.
Mar 18, 2015   |  Reply
Peter Brumlik
Bianculli, you've gone over to the dark side. The reason people 'binge watch' is to see if a series gets better; it doesn't. Much of what you recommend has about as much depth as 'Dragnet.'
Mar 17, 2015   |  Reply
I totally agree.... and whats the obsession with zombie's and the undead David???? Is it that most people walk around in the state of mental confusion and delirium?? Haven't been on this site since Last Man on Earth debut not sure if it was reviewed but this show to me is worth half hour of my time. Raises some fascinating dilemmas. Now with the addition of January Jones even more potential. Hats off to Will Forte...unique writing and acting!!!
Mar 18, 2015
There is a peregrine nest on a ledge of the Rachel Carson Bldg. in Harrisburg as well. I agree: best reality footage to be seen and enjoyed. DEFINITELY worth watching!
Mar 17, 2015   |  Reply
Keith Robin
David, I guess every true fan of "Justified" got the same kick out of that line that you did. It's why I lament the end of, to me, one of the most unrecognized, non-award-nominated show on television. But given the way the accolades are awarded these days, it doesn't worry me too much. I have the satisfaction of enjoying the series from the first episode (and subsequently on bluray) in the company of well-informed, intelligent viewers like you and everyone that follows you on this wonderful website!
Mar 17, 2015   |  Reply
I'm really surprised and a bit disappointed that Banshee (which just aired its final episode of the season) has not been mentioned outside of its season premier. I do not feel the need to sing its praises, as I'm sure anyone familiar with the show is already aware of its strengths, but I do want to give it a shout out. After all, The Walking Dead has made it onto the list every Sunday night since it first aired, and yet, that remains a show stuck in an endless feedback loop with a lot of gore and violence to push that cycle along. Banshee on the other hand manages to feel refreshed after every episode. This season in particular has been so packed with story telling and action (hands down the best action you will see on television) that each episode has felt almost like a self-contained film. And yet, each episode has also left you white-knuckled and reeling to find out what comes next. Banshee is one of the best shows on television, and probably the most purely entertaining.
Mar 16, 2015   |  Reply
David, you missed a few things about Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang. Along with all the other James Bond connections to Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, you forgot Baron Bomburst aka Goldfinger aka Gert Frobe. How about the male name play, Bomburst as I already mentioned, and my favorite, Dick van Dyke's role Caractacus Potts---crackpot.
Mar 14, 2015   |  Reply
So glad to mentioned the repeat of Shameless. It's one of my favorite shows, and the acting--especially Jeremy Allan White and Noel Fisher, but really of all of the kids--has been amazing. I'm so glad they have kept the same actors over the years to play the roles of the kids (unlike the replacement Lily in Modern Family whom I still don't like). They're all great.
Mar 13, 2015   |  Reply
Also one of my favorite shows. I don't think I could pick out an actor who does not give an amazing performance. I find the writing so well done. One weakness I have found, I tried to watch it again from the first season, and it just didn't grab me on the second viewing.
Mar 14, 2015
Yesterday, Thursday the 12th of March, you recommended Requiem for a Heavyweight on TCM, specifically the earlier television version, rather than the movie version. However, at least in my area (Comcast of South Jersey) there was only the movie version on TCM and I was unable to find any broadcast of the earlier television version.
Mar 13, 2015   |  Reply
Linda Donovan
David was merely mentioning that his preference is for the TV version of "Requiem..." not that it was actually airing that evening. Sorry for the confusion!
Mar 14, 2015
Is it just me, or, is some of the music on last night's "THE GOOD WIFE" filched from the old film: "BARRY LINDEN" (sp?) I'm just sayin'.....
Mar 9, 2015   |  Reply
Re:3/7/15 highlights.Worth mentioning that tonight TCM's Essentials starts a new co-host after three years of Drew Barrymore.Tonight,Sally Field joins Robert Osborne to present Roman Holiday. If preview snippets are true,it looks like Field's Norma Rae will be included as an Essential during this run. And hopes that Robert will be able to tell Sally that he likes her.
Meanwhile,know that Llewyn Davis is more specifically a fictionalized version of Dave Van Ronk,even mimicking the artwork for Dave's 1963 LP,Inside Dave Ronk(hence the movie's title). One interesting note,after you've seen the film, compare the cover art for the Inside LPs. Where is the cat?
Mar 7, 2015   |  Reply
Please revise the description of “Vice,” where the blurb for “Real Time” is now repeated (as of 8:57 AM ET).
Mar 6, 2015   |  Reply
I count 10 hours of new programing I want to watch this Sunday evening. Too much of a good thing is too much.
Mar 1, 2015   |  Reply
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David Bianculli

Founder / Editor

Behind David in the picture is the first TV owned by his father, Virgil Bianculli, a 1946 Raytheon. (The TV, not his father. His father was a 1923 Italian.) David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, including a 14-year stint at the New York Daily News, and sees no reason to stop now. Currently, he's TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and is an occasional substitute host for that show. He also teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University, and his most recent book, 2009's Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, has recently been purchased for film rights.  He's currently at work on another.

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