CW, 8:00 p.m. ET

Boy, am I glad I don’t have to try to say this on the radio: Tonight’s guest, in this effortlessly endearing CW improv comedy sketch series, is champion sumo wrestler Byambajav Ulambayar.

Cinemax, 8:00 p.m. ET

This 2012 fact-based thriller, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, is an intense and entertaining account of a bold and bizarre attempt to extricate some diplomats who had fled from the takeover of the American embassy in Iran in 1979, in a mission that remained top secret for decades after. The supporting cast is full of talented TV faces: Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad, John Goodman from Roseanne, Victor Garber from Alias, Tate Donovan from Damages, and Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights.


ABC Family, 9:00 p.m. ET

It was four years ago, back in 2010, that Miley Cyrus starred in this standard romantic drama, playing a somewhat rebellious young woman who gets closer to her dad (Greg Kinnear) because of their shared love of music. In real life, that same story line was acted out by Miley Cyrus too, in a way, but with a lot more tongue. And twerking. And notably, her love interest in this coming-of-age romance movie is played by Liam Hemsworth, who went on to co-star in The Hunger Games as Gale Hawthorne. So this is of interest as a social and pop-culture artifact – just not as a movie.

Starz!, 9:00 p.m. ET

Peter Landesman, an investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine and a former war correspondent, directed and co-wrote this fact-based 2013 movie with Vincent Bugliosi, the former prosecutor whose bestseller Helter Skelter provided a detailed look behind the scenes in the trial of Charles Manson. In Parkland, Bugliosi and Landesman follow the trails of many storylines ripping in and around Dallas in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of John F. Kennedy. The stars include Paul Giamatti (pictured) as Abraham Zapruder, who took what turned out to be the only filmed record of the assassination, and Billy Bob Thornton as a secret service agent.


TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

This is as noir as film noir gets. In this 1946 study in love, lust and greed, John Garfield stars as a man who thinks he’s on to a good thing: the apparent love of a bad woman. Lana Turner plays that scheming woman, and plays her like a spider in full command of its web – and its prey.

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Yes I'm not the only one who gets fustraded with CBS sports on Sunday night ruining my TV watching, football, college basketball and even maybe golf "sigh".
Apr 13, 2014   |  Reply

Why does it take so long to post your daily tv worth watching? Some days I can view the recommendations around 9 a.m. Other days I can't seem to get them until early afternoon. My preference is the earlier the better.
Apr 12, 2014   |  Reply
Alan, why not work your viewing of Best Bets into your own schedule later in the day so you won't be disappointed, or left hanging around the site waiting for an update? Put another way, no reason in the world why websites should be run according to the wishes of one patron.
Apr 14, 2014
Die Hard - best Christmas movie ever.
Apr 9, 2014   |  Reply
Dan Malloy
11:04 Eastern time Monday and the website is showing Sunday Listings. Adjust your clock!!!
Apr 7, 2014   |  Reply
Seriously, again? Think of TVWW as a public service. Google is your friend.
Apr 9, 2014
HiK6IQ Wow, great article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.
Apr 6, 2014   |  Reply
Final Four: Florida vs. UConn and Wisconsin vs. Kentucky
Apr 5, 2014   |  Reply
Elite Eight? Try Final Four!
Apr 5, 2014   |  Reply
Cry free parenthood!!
Apr 4, 2014   |  Reply
No love for the series finale of Raising Hope?
Apr 4, 2014   |  Reply
Already left you a post under your Komical Kardashian Komments. Didn't remember it was April Fools until I started my comment, and then remembered a Revered TV Worth Watching Tradition - The April Fools Recommendations! Thanks, quite enjoyable. Forgot there was so much junk on tv.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
April fools day, got it.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
You asked, "What could possibly be more interesting than a TV show about arm wrestlers?" I am waiting for Celebrity Nerd Game of Arms. I want to see Sheldon Cooper vs Pee Wee Herman, or Alan Harper vs Niles Crane.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
The Discovery Fitness one-hour special, THE MAN WITH THE 132-LB. SCROTUM' is a rerun. C'mon David.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
Besides, the South Park guys beat you to the punch, at least a couple years back , in an episode where Stan's father gets an "enlarged scrotum" from (or due to) medical marijuana.
Apr 1, 2014
for my final words on HIMYM go to
Mar 31, 2014   |  Reply
Thank you for pointing out the Craig Ferguson-Drew Carey job switch. Drew and Connie Schultz talking Cleveland should be a rare treat, too. I'll set my DVR for both Craig and 'The Price Is Right'.
Mar 31, 2014   |  Reply
TCM's Mar. 28th celebration of movies, involving food, ended on a warped note with Soylant Green followed by Night of the Living Dead.But before those,yes,Big Night.Found a copy of this just a few weeks ago at the area's last remaining Blockbuster Going Out of Business sale.Just days left before closing and this gem was ignored-mine!This is food porn wrapped around a small story of two brothers that reaches epic importance.Timpano-lasagna on steroids.
Mar 29, 2014   |  Reply
vape lady
Computer broke and it's way too difficuct to type on this 2" cell phone. Buf had to chime in my opinion about this wonderfully fun and smart movie. Does anyone knowe there more movies by this writer? Way too frustrustrating for me to do a search to find out on a not smart cell phone
Mar 30, 2014
Bob Prestifilippo
Deliverance on 3/27 note Pudgy Bobby is Ned Beatty not Ronny Cox in a dual role.
Mar 27, 2014   |  Reply
David Bianculli
Ha! You're absolutely right. Bad typing on my part. Good catch on yours. I fixed it. Thanks...
Mar 27, 2014
I love the pictures of the lovely, lanky, blond cheerleaders when the NCAA tournament is a best bet. Not. Is the best bet about basketball or cheerleading? I am a little put off by what comes off to me as potentially sexist ...although you could be honestly appealing to the demographic.... (Chastising with affection and kid gloves, because you are my go to place for my tv viewing!)
Mar 27, 2014   |  Reply
Me again
THERES my basketball players!
Mar 30, 2014
Glad to make you laugh. I'll buy the gator story. And I'll respect your fifth amendment right.... ;-)
Mar 28, 2014
David Bianculli
This made me laugh. I'm from UF, and I chose the photo not for the "lovely, lanky, blond cheerleader," but for the gator mascot. My defense is that the photo choice, in this case, wasn't sexist at all. In many other cases, however, I plead the fifth...
Mar 27, 2014
I know "Psych" is not the greatest TV show, but I've always found it enjoyable. Sorry it's leaving. That said, I've been disappointed in the last few episodes. I don't care for Mira Sorvino, and I miss Maggie Lawson and Kristen Nelson. Since it's the end of the series anyway, why didn't they just stay with the original cast?

And D Davis: I read that A&E pulled Those Who Kill but may be showing it later, or possibly reworking it. I kept trying to find it, too, and I had a hard time finding any information about it at all.
Mar 26, 2014   |  Reply
D Davis
What happened to Those Who Kill on A&E?
Mar 24, 2014   |  Reply
Apparently is now airing on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN).
Apr 5, 2014
Linda Donovan
Sorry to to tell you, D, but "Those Who Kill" was pulled from the A&E schedule after just two episodes.
Mar 27, 2014
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David Bianculli

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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.