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SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 25
2012

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

Season 3 of Downton Abbey, featuring Shirley MacLaine, doesn’t premiere until next year – okay, January 6, but still, it’s a wait. In the meantime, here’s a new special, a retrospective that will remind fans what we’ve been missing, and initiate newcomers to what’s about to come. Angela Lansbury hosts. Check local listings.
 
  
 
 

CBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last week, Judd Hirsch guest starred as a judge, and gave a typically complex, captivating performance. This week’s new episode presents another guest star who can be counted on to provide the same: Stockard Channing, playing Veronica, the meddling mother of Julianna Margulies’ Alicia. This is her first appearance, but I’m already betting she’ll make more.
 
  
 
 

AMC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last week’s episode was a strong and pivotal one, taking several formerly disparate story lines – the prison, the Governor’s compound, the nomadic Michonne, Daryl and his brother – and weaving them, like a DNA strand, into one. And it left us with Rick, coming off a mental crisis that was cleverly scripted, staring through the prison fence at a wounded, wordless Michonne. But when she does speak, it’ll lead to a collision of the two camps, and, perhaps, to the two brothers.
 
  
 
 

Lifetime, 9:00 p.m. ET

This is not a recommendation in terms of quality – but this new Lifetime telemovie is fascinating in its own creepy way. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, and Grant Bowler as Richard Burton. Bowler is convincing in the part, but Lohan isn’t, not for a second. And that becomes fun to watch, in a way, especially when the 1960s show-biz romance wallows in knowing allusions to the present. When the celebrity supercouple is chased by photographers, Lohan’s Taylor shrugs them off as a temporary nuisance. “They’ll find someone else to stalk,” she tells Burton. “You think?” he asks. Drolly, Taylor replies: “Yeah, I think.” And so they have. And while Lohan doesn’t improve her image with Liz & Dick, it has its moments, or at least its seconds. It’s written by Christopher Monger, who wrote the screenplay for one of the best telemovies in recent years, HBO’s Temple Grandin. For a full review, see Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes.
 
  
 
 

Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET

Last week’s episode ended with a cliffhanger that left us up in the air – or close to it, as Brody (Damien Lewis) was driven to a remote wooden clearing, with a helicopter appearing from nowhere. Its passenger? The elusive, manipulative and very dangerous Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban).
 
  
 
 
 
 
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Tom
Angela Siegfried
Watching TV doesn't mean their can't also be direct interactions

"their" ? Less T.V. might be a good idea.
Feb 10, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Bob516
David, you asked, "And is there any way this type of TV interaction, even at this young age, can be anything but good?"

From the American Academy of Pediatrics-
"Pediatricians should urge parents to avoid television viewing for children under the age of 2 years. Although certain television programs may be promoted to this age group, research on early brain development shows that babies and toddlers have a critical need for direct interactions with parents and other significant caregivers (eg, child care providers) for healthy brain growth and the development of appropriate social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Therefore, exposing such young children to television programs should be discouraged."

BTW, your granddaughter is incredibly cute, and her cry of joy would melt even the hardest of hearts.
Feb 9, 2016   |  Reply
 
Watching TV doesn't mean their can't also be direct interactions with parents and other significant caregivers. I wonder why the AAOP feels the need to say otherwise.
Feb 10, 2016
 
 
 
Nancy
Have no interest in watching the O.J. Simpson story. Did it really need to be told? Feel sadness for the deaths of Ron and Nicole, their families and the Simpson children.
Feb 9, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
jan
Loved the Bob & Ray clip. I had the good fortune to see them years ago at a college interim on humor. I had never heard of them, but they were really funny, and I've been a fan ever since. (That was one great interim, BTW: we had several funny movies including "Bedazzled” with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with Danny Kaye; and we also had terrific speakers like Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Armour, and Bob & Ray. It was wonderful.) Thanks for posting the segment.
Feb 5, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
Thanks for the Bob & Ray moment,a favorite. If you don't get that bit,you don't get it. A reason,like Fresh Air,This American Life and others,for a RadioWorthListening.com as,even though they did appear in places where you could see them,one only needed a good pair of well tuned ears and a different way at looking at the world to enjoy. Another personal favorite-Chocolate Wobblies-the ad for a warehouse of Easter candy that was stored a little too close to the ceiling lights. Rocks fans are still mourning the loss of David Bowie. The true end of Bob & Ray hits me as hard. But fear not-I'll hang by my thumbs and write when I get work.
And don't throw things into the Grand Canyon. If you do it will stop being so
Grand.
Fitting that Bob passed on Ground Hog Day,and not because of Chris Elliott's sublime part in that movie. It's Ground Hog meat in discussion,folks. Look and listen. And laugh.
Feb 5, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Michele
I'm enjoying the zom-com iZombie and I'm glad it's returning finally. However, the main character's name is not Ivy, it's Olivia Moore. As in 'Liv' Moore. Get it?
Feb 2, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Janet Masters
Trump on Trump funny.
Jan 31, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
Absent-Minded Professor is definitely a product of its time,but many a boomer,including myself,sure loved it! Our local second-run theatre had a long line of kids, literally around a steep incline block,waiting, each kid holding a quarter for admission and a nickel for a box of root beer barrel candy. Supporting cast of adults if fine,too. TCM shows the first MacMurray Disney kid film,The Shaggy Dog,at 10PM. This one I saw at least twice on first release. This one features Annette & the recently deceased Kevin "Moochie" Cocoran,where the kids carry the story. These first few Disny live action,low budget comedies were pretty good with Bill Walsh producing after toiling successfully on Davy Crockett & the Mickey Mouse Club for TV.
Jan 27, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Angela
I believe I finally found a YouTube video TVWW worthy. Hope you agree! https://youtu.be/qRv7G7WpOoU
Jan 24, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Sean Dougherty
Ant Man actually came out after Age of Ultron, so it isn't "the latest" Marvel film.
Jan 22, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Bob516
"disinterested Penelope (Sabina Sciubba), who marries him only to get her greed card." Greed card? Pun intended?
Jan 21, 2016   |  Reply
 
EG
Right you are, Bob. Green card is correct, although "greed card" read pretty good, too. TVWW has revised. --EG
Jan 21, 2016
 
 
 
Dave
Disappointed that there was no mention of The Godfather marathon today on HBO. Saw it mentioned in a story on Yahoo, but it was already almost an hour in. Will it be re-broadast?
Jan 18, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Angela
I think I had almost as much fun watching Adele's Karaoke, as they had making the video. Thanks for the heads up!
Jan 18, 2016   |  Reply
 
EG
Her reaction to James' first harmony is so unscripted, so genuine. Gold. --EG
Jan 19, 2016
 
 
 
jim
According to the on line TV Guide listings tonight's episode of The Good Wife is scheduled to be broadcast at 10 PM on the east coast and, as usual, it could be later than that if the game goes long.
Jan 17, 2016   |  Reply
 
Angela
Why do I keep forgetting The Good Wife is always broadcast much later than it's supposed to be aired. I now have 3, 1/2 hour show recordings with 1/2 hour of whatever game was on before it I guess. I'm surprised anyone still watches The Good Wife considering....Ugh!
Jan 18, 2016
 
 
 
jan
I noticed you mentioned the DVD for "When Things Were Rotten." Do you think there's any chance that they will put out a DVD for Seasons 1 and 2 of "Galavant"? I would buy that.
Jan 17, 2016   |  Reply
 
EG
Hello, Jan: "Galavant" Season 1 is available now at Amazon Video. Haven't seen a DVD release date yet. With the show's success, DVDs and extras will likely be coming. -EG
Jan 19, 2016
 
 
 
Ryan
This website is now my home page whenever i open my browser!!!
Thanks David Bianculli for keeping me informed : )
Jan 16, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Marie
Wow! Just happened on to this website after reading David Bianculli years ago in the Akron Beacon Journal and more recently hearing him on Terry Gross' show. Love this website and I WILL be back.
Jan 15, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Ken
Our listings for Showtime does not have The Imitation Game on at 9PM
Jan 15, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Mark
Psycho and The Birds tonight on BBC America? In my viewing area it's Batman for four hours. WTF?
Jan 15, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Ken
No mention of the Republican debate tonite on FBN? Should be very entertaining
Jan 14, 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.  He's currently at work on another.

 
 
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