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SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 11
2012

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET

With the spell lifted in Storybrooke, time has returned more or less to normal. Which means the city and its inhabitants experience, for the first time in decades, a full moon. Which means Ruby, a.k.a. Red, played by Meghan Ory, has a tough time of it. In this show's imaginative twist on the Red Riding Hood story, she's a werewolf.
 
  
 
 

CBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Christina Ricci guest stars tonight, in this new episode, as standup comic who takes to national TV to get something off her chest – namely, her top. She bares herself on live TV, arguing afterward that she had a very good reason. And it’s an argument that becomes one of the firm’s newest cases, with F. Murray Abraham returning in his recurring role of opposing counsel.
 
  
 
 

AMC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last week, this show featured another unexpected, emotionally moving death – one that rocks the usually stoic Rick, and has him acting a lot less reserved than usual.
 
  
 
 

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

You’d think James Cromwell would be causing enough trouble on TV these days as the heartless doctor on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum. But even though he’s a regular there, the actor had enough time to also pop in on last week’s Boardwalk Empire episode, playing the wealthy and imposing Andrew Mellon (James Cromwell) in an episode that, like at least one other prime-time drama last Sunday, featured the sudden death of a beloved supporting character.
 
  
 
 

Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET

Last week’s show included two scenes that, much more than usual, strained credulity. Brody’s daughter, haunted by her boyfriend’s hit-and-run on a pedestrian, found the victim in a local hospital (how?) and talked to the woman’s daughter, just to learn that death was imminent. And in another scene, the terrorist’s tailor shop was being searched by the CIA when heavily armed and armored terrorists burst in, in broad daylight, and shot up the place. But both scenes, however improbable, enhanced the stakes for what will happen tonight, so let’s see what happens next.
 
  
 
 
 
 
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869 Comments
 
 
Mark N
be well, David
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Gail
Hope to "see" you soon, David!
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Elise
Get well soon, David!!
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
Certainly a night of few bets,outside of NBSCN,which is actually running a marathon of new episodes of Poker After Dark. Best? Dunno. Colbert has been great not only with Jon Stewart popping up but also having a stuffed weasel named Caligula raising havoc last week at the RNC and this week in Philly. Till Then? How about ESPN with crosstown rivals the Chicago White Sox and the Cubs with the added attraction of possibly seeing newly minted Cubbie reliever,Aroldis Chapman,just acquired from the Yankees. Yesterday the Yankees had a mini-fire sale,closing their hopes for 2016 by ridding themselves of the controversial All Star closer that only saw action in pinstripes for three months. Chapman has a 30 for 30 documentary in his future for sure.
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
TVWW
Dearest, most ardent, TVWW readers: We see you’ve noticed the program content keeps coming, but the Best Bets column continues to be conspicuously blank, not even a screen full of white snow to be found. David has been unwillingly offline, home recovering from an illness, but doing very well, you’ll be happy to know. Quoting Monty Python’s "Spamalot" to us today, he said he’s incapacitated but "I’m not dead yet!" You’ll also be happy to learn that the Best Bets switch should be back on very soon, we think perhaps in a week, more or less. Meanwhile, if you want to continue to pinch-hit as you have been (here), please feel free to post your own Bets for others to read and share. We so appreciate your enthusiasm and love for TVWW, and we know David does, too. Please hang in and stay tuned. "Bianculli’s Best Bets" will return after this (relatively) short break! —TVWW
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Joe in SF
Hello Best Bets Besties! Leading up to this weekend's "Sharknado 4", Syfy is running some whoppers. Tonight (7/25), it's "Dam Sharks" at 9PM Eastern. "A group of sharks begin building dams out of human bodies which they obtain from a corporate retreat." I am NOT MAKING THIS UP! It's your choice: Democratic Convention or fish building dams OUT OF HUMAN BODIES!!
Jul 25, 2016   |  Reply
 
Karen
lol, Joe in SF, thanks for brightening my Monday! :)
Jul 25, 2016
 
 
 
Kate
I'm in Best Bets withdrawal. What about posting some recommendations on your Facebook site? Please.
Jul 25, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
Sad week for no TVWW as not only no recommendations of what to watch,but missing takes on the RNC swap meet(I'll trade you one Trump/Pence logo from 7/15 for five Trump/Pence logos from 7/18 and throw in an original Michelle Obama speech ),the Colbert/Stewart shows,the appearance of SNL on MSNBC(they return next week from Philly at the DNC's dance,so Kate McKinnon can steal the night away from the real Hillary),and...Ailes, Ailes, more Ailes and Rupert's new job. And some critique is needed about that PBS/NPR cheapo-cheapo RNC coverage while Charlie Rose had an exclusive with Hillary. Meanwhile, no Palin at the RNC 'cause evidently Science shows that Alaska is far away from Cleveland,but Sarah made numerous stops for The Donald earlier in Iowa,Florida and California.National Enquiring minds want to know...
Jul 24, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
TVWW
Hello BB readers! We will continue to be offline for a few more days at minimum. Please Stand By as you have been, and keep chiming in with your own BB picks! We appreciate it and will return soon. --TVWW
Jul 23, 2016   |  Reply
 
Neil
Has this turned into Bianculli's quadrennial two week vacation? Or has he used the convention weeks to recover from some cosmetic work? (To extend his "Radio Substitute Host" shelf life a while longer.) C'mon, guys, if there really is a technical problem, I'll gladly code the Best Bets into HTML pro bono until it's fixed.
Jul 24, 2016
 
 
 
Karen
Good to know there are other BB co-dependents out there ;)
Jul 22, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Bill
List the Best Bets here in the comments, seems like an easy short term fix
Jul 22, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Tricia
There's nothing quite like sudden absence to reveal a dependency. I ???????? you B3. Please come back soon.
Jul 21, 2016   |  Reply
 
Tricia
Substitute 'need' for the question marks above. I tried to use Unicode to insert italics, but it didn't work here.
Jul 21, 2016
 
 
 
SharonGS
Just a program note, since 'Thirteen' on BBCAmerica has been a 'Best Bet' in the past weeks. BBCAmerica is showing tonight's episode--I think the last one--at 6 p.m. EDT.
Jul 21, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
TVWW
Yes, Best Bets are temporarily offline, but reader dedication to TVWW is not! (Which we LOVE, by the way...) Please Stand By, we will return as soon as possible! --TVWW
Jul 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
Angela
So sorry you're having to deal with *that* side of technology. Hope it's not a Kernel Panic! ;-) Good luck!
Now for an important question. What's everyone watching tonight, Friday the 22nd?
Thanks!
Jul 23, 2016
 
 
 
Joe in SF
There's a whole bunch of stuff on TV tonight. You should watch it. If you don't like what you are watching, change the channel to something else.

I thought I would give it a try to fill in during the technical difficulties, but I've failed. Bianculli makes it look so easy each day. I'll sit patiently and wait for the Best Bets to return.
Jul 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
Casey Chapple
Wish we could fave comments. Joe would get one. Yep.
Jul 21, 2016
 
 
 
Anne
Sorry your having technical troubles. But why don't you publish your best bets on the Facebook page?
Jul 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
Angela
Maybe they're busy trying to fix the technical difficulties!
Jul 23, 2016
 
 
 
Tom Powers
You were way too kind in your review of Vice Principles.
Jul 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
James
NOoooo!
Must...
have...
best...
bets...
* sitting in corner, tearing up newspaper *
Jul 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Neil
It's Monday, July 18th as I write this, and today's Best Bets is a test pattern and the comment that it's unavailable today due to technical difficulties. That by itself is funny, but it's also the day that the Republican Convention and Trumpence Coronation begins. Coincidence, irony or cosmic karma?

(By the way, did anyone else notice how "Trumpence" sounds like a worthless old English coin?)
Jul 18, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
7/16/16-Stay with TCM after their monthly spooling of The Odd Couple for more Walter Matthau with Don Siegel's(Dirty Harry) 1973 caper, Charley Varrick. Matthau is a bad guy who accidentally steals money from the mob and Dean Wormer,yes,Dean Wormer(John Vernon)is part of the badder guys. Joe Don Baker,too,but you would expect that. Everything else,including Mrs. Jack Lemmon,is unexpected. While TCM showcases the '70s this month,this is about as '70s as they get. They say it is closed captioned,which is nice since the first DVD from Universal forgot to do that.
Jul 16, 2016   |  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. His next, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific, is coming this fall, 2016.

 
 
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