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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423 Comments
 
 
scott
Does the crew at tvww have any opinions on the aereo case and the related issues of rebroadcast fees and watching live tv sans cable or satellite or even an antenna?
Apr 23, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
kHCw0c Im grateful for the article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.
Apr 20, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Eileen
It just isn't Easter until Charlton Heston parts the Red Sea! Thanks for the mention; it's an Easter Week tradition in my home. (And shame on the networks. Where is Jeffrey Hunter's King of Kings, The Robe, Demetrias & the Gladiators, Jesus of Nazareth? They used to be shown (pardon me) religiously during Holy Week.)
Apr 19, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
AGpxUa I think this is a real great blog article.Much thanks again. Really Great.
Apr 18, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Sarah
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
 
 
Alan
David,

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
 
Casey
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
 
 
 
Curtis
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
 
Peggy
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
 
 
SharonGS
Final Four: Florida vs. UConn and Wisconsin vs. Kentucky
Apr 5, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
SharonGS
Elite Eight? Try Final Four!
Apr 5, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Peggy
Cry free parenthood!!
Apr 4, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Barry
No love for the series finale of Raising Hope?
Apr 4, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Eileen
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
 
 
dan
April fools day, got it.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Bob
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
 
 
Patrick
The Discovery Fitness one-hour special, THE MAN WITH THE 132-LB. SCROTUM' is a rerun. C'mon David.
Apr 1, 2014   |  Reply
 
NeilRWC
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
 
 
 
Sarah
for my final words on HIMYM go to sarahwatches4u.blogspot.com
Mar 31, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
SharonGS
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
 
 
Mac
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
 
 
 
 
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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.