TUESDAY
JULY 10
2018

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Fox, 2:00 p.m. ET

It’s really serious now. We’ve arrived at the semifinals, and so have only four teams, each of whom is still, quite literally in this tournament, alive and kicking. Tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET on Fox, we have England vs. Croatia, a must-see game. But today’s is must-see, too: It’s France vs. Belgium, a game of two explosive offenses. Belgium leads the scoring thus far in the 2018 World Cup, notching 14 goals in its five matches to date, and coming back from an 0-2 deficit to Japan to win that thriller of a match. Right now, oddsmakers have given these two squads the best chance of winning this year’s Cup, but only one will advance to the final. Vive la France!

 
  
 
 

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

This continuation of the 10 [INSERT PLURAL NOUN HERE] That Changed America series of PBS specials has host Geoffrey Baer taking a tour of, and making a case for, 10 U.S. streets with major historical, social and architectural significance. Some, like New York’s Broadway (pictured), are no-brainers. (David Hartman devoted an entire hour to it on New York public TV years ago, superbly.) Others, like the Kalamazoo Mall in Michigan, require a bit more explanation. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.  Check local listings.
 
  
 
 

CW, 9:00 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: This new summer CW fantasy series – imagine Game of Thrones without money to spend – stars relative newcomer Jessica Green, playing a warrior with nascent supernatural powers who is the only survivor of a brutal attack on her family and townspeople. At least it’s not a rerun, or a reality show, so I mention it here. Once.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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jim
Once again I would like to point out that "Gone With The Wind" was NOT filmed in widescreen. Like virtually all films of it's vintage it was filmed with an aspect ratio of 1.37:1 which is roughly equivalent to the old square tv screen. When viewed on our wide screen televisions it should have black bars on each side. If it is stretched out to fill the screen it is generally done by lopping off the top and bottom of the image and is most definitely not what the film makers intended. It was shown this way in theaters during a mid 1960's release. I don't have cable so I don't know how it is presented on TCM, but I wouldn't recommend watching it if it's presented in a wide screen format. For just a couple of bucks you can buy the movie on disc and see it in it's original format.
Jul 19, 2018   |  Reply
 
Mac
TCM is quite picky about GWTW. The film is the reason why Ted Turner bought the MGM/UA film library. GWTW is his Rosebud. It is shown in original standard format. And ,yes, copies of GWTW are cheap. I own two used multi-disc packages and they cost under five bucks total. GWTW is cheaper to own than Scarlett,the 1994 mini-series based on the 1991 controversial "sequel".
Jul 20, 2018
 
 
 
Mac
7/19-TCM listing is actually two Steve McQueen '60s films. 8PM-Bullitt-always a great view. Possibly Lalo Schifrin's greatest soundtrack.
10PM-Sand Pebbles-Director Robert Wise story of U.S./U.K./Chinese relationship almost 100 years ago. Great reviews and solid money maker,I found this to be three hours of slow moving confusion 50 years ago. Have I finally grown up to appreciate this epic?
1:30AM-Cincinnati Kid-Very watchable gambling story filmed in New Orleans with a great cast,another great Schifrin score(feat. Ray Charles) and McQueen having to decide between his love for trueheart Tuesday Weld or his temptation of Ann-Margret. Decisions.
Jul 19, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
Forgot that Sam Bee came back last night. I've caught up on You Tube and the episode repeats Sat. 7/21 @ 11PM. Act 3 sees Amy Hoggart take her dual citizenship back to the U.K.,dressed in pink princess garb,asking Brit anti-Trump folk how they really think. Filled with f bombs and wonderfully tasteless visuals 'cause it's You Tube,there are two signs evidently so disgusting they had to be pixelated online. Sam's back!
Jul 19, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
Katherine Heigl is the modern day Ted McKinley of shark jumping. She could spoil Big Bang Theory if given a chance.
Jul 18, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
Current NOAA forecast for D.C.'s All-Star Game-t-storms more likely sooner than later. One suspects with so much ad money on the line,it plays out,though it may go into late night. Back in the day,Philly station would play Rainout Theater during delays,sometimes newsreel footage of past World Series or,aggh,The Babe Ruth Story,truly the worst baseball film ever. There is mighty competition in that category,including Ed,a Matt LeBlanc feature involving a chimpanzee roommate/mascot.
One recent good thing about the All-Star game-the idiot rule about deciding home field advantage for the winning league ended last year. Just play,don't get hurt and hopes to see a favorite player. Around here,Aaron Nola,who could face his LSU roommate,Alex Bregman,who is very much human,and a dangerous bat. Alex already has one World Series ring but Nola is currently whispered for NL MVP. Nola's numbers are compared against Phillie Grover Cleveland Alexander. Ronald Reagan starred as GCA in that film.
Jul 17, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Tammy
Ouch, Tom. The number one rule of a decent comment board is to be civil. If you don't have anything positive to contribute, please leave the conversation. Your bitterness is tiresome.
Jul 16, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Tom
Mac, your bashing is getting tiresome. Why don't you start up your own blog for all the losers you post for. You could be their King. Does your nonsense belong on a T.V. site? Your posts must take up 90% of the space here no wonder the board of comments is dead.
Jul 16, 2018   |  Reply
 
Angela
Tom, there's one other TV critic's website I like a lot in part because his one rule is that everyone only talk about the shows, etc. and *not* about each other. Let's stick to doing that here, too, ok?
Jul 18, 2018
 
 
 
George Ashur
"In tonight’s second installment of The 2000s, we get Mission Accomplished, the title of which is derived from the George W. Bush administration’s overly optimistic celebration after its initial phase of the Iraq war in 2003. Famous photo. Famous faux pas." -- Famous urban myth. It was the crew of the Navy ship, not the Bush administration, who decided to hang up that sign. But, Bush-bashing never goes out of style, so I'm probably wasting my time pointing out the facts.
Jul 15, 2018   |  Reply
 
Angela
George, for what it's worth, I don't think you're wasting your time as far as facts go. In fact, I find it a very refreshing change from the many, many other board comments I read that are too often based on falsehoods and fantasy so please do continue. And contrary to a certain opinion I truly hope Mac will do so, too. But I'm not too worried about that because Mac can more than hold his own.
Jul 18, 2018
 
 
Mac
"Stories" are out there about the banner. A 2009 CBS news show has Dan Bartlett,a senior Bush adviser,admitting to signing off on the sign. This after both Press Secretary Scott McClellan & the Navy took the blame in the past. Bartlett came forward while working as a CBS political analyst, a day after Bush43 admiitted to the banner "mistake",Jan. 2009,at the end of his presidency. Republican strategist Ed Rollins added that 43 "flew in on a jet,he had a pilot's outfit on",after Bush switched from his nearby helicopter to the jet. If the banner read:"Join the Navy.See the Army."(thanks,Harpo),how quickly would that banner have come down? The White House was supposed to control the visuals. You can see Bush playing dress up,laughing in photo ops, pre-selfie era. 104 U.S. soldiers died pre-speech. From then to conclusion,add almost 3500.
Bush bashing never goes out of style when there is so much rich material.
Jul 16, 2018
 
 
 
Mac
So Sascha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series,starting tonight,either had no preview DVD available or no one here cares? Is it that bad? The Dick Cheney "sign my waterboard kit" trailer is outstanding! Just too bad Little Dickie looks feeble-this after causing the unnecessary deaths of 1000s of U.S.military fighting the wrong enemy on a lie. He looks like one of those WWII holocaust commanders who are restricted to soft foods cut up in a senior care facility. They still killed Jews and would do it again if possible. Now,it is pudding to look forward to at the end the day. Let it be known that Jesse Watters or Greg Gutfeld could never pull this off. Feckless.
Jul 15, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
I think the reader's choices made for 7/12 brought interesting suggestions(I exclude my three posts). Nice to see other ideas.
Recently found out that local cable setup quietly added YES,the Yankees' channel but since hometown Phillies were opposite,that is where my loyalties followed. As I've explained before,I was literally born in Philadelphia(raised in the 'burbs) and consider it a birth defect. I grew up wanting and Ed Bouchee baseball card. Look it up. Ewww! And they let him come back. But this 2018 version of the Phillies are fun to watch. If only the radio team did the TV,especially when Larry Anderson,now semi-retired, is on duty. Friday nights include a radio-only postgame roundtable which includes some of the TV folk and sometimes they even talk baseball. The only place I can listen is in my car.
When You Tubing,I like to get caught up on premium cable satire. And hour goes by quickly.
Jul 13, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
cheryl
World Series of Poker, final table of 9, tonight elimination of 3, all will be millionaires, on ESPN.
Jul 12, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Neil
On evenings like tonight, which seem to be happening more and more this summer, I waste time on Youtube watching clips from recent late night shows. While Fallon and Meyers are still on vacation, Kimmel and Colbert returned Monday with new shows. So as of today, there are (about) 240 minutes of content, none of the network commercial clutter, and a little bit of Youtube's own commercials, some of which you can skip. My advise: watch Kimmel's first monologue segment from each night and then skip the rest of his shows, and then overdose on Colbert clips. If you're adventurous, find the series of David Letterman interviews from earlier this year on Netflix and O.D. on those.
Jul 12, 2018   |  Reply
 
Angela
You don't want to miss, A Closer Look with Seth Meyers. He's right up there with Colbert. I also like how as time goes on Meyers is letting us in on how he really feels.
Jul 14, 2018
 
 
 
Lenny
The pitching matchup makes the Yankee-Indian game special even if you arent a baseball fan. Severino versus Kluber, with a possible Cy Young award at stake
Jul 12, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Keith Robin
I hope I'm not being to repetitive, but my suggestion to anyone who has Epix On Demand, how about catching up on the first four episodes of "Deep State"? And if you have Netflix, the first season of "Fauda" if you've never seen it, and Season Two, if you have!
Jul 12, 2018   |  Reply
 
Angela
Keith, I've seen both seasons of Fauda so I was happy to learn about your recommendation for another show about the Middle East. Because I have Amazon, Hulu and Netflix I'm able to watch 99.9% of what's available even without cable including HBO et al or ABC All Access and a bunch of other channels but sadly, not Epix.
Editing to add; I'm visiting my mom who happens to have Epix! I hope I can binge watch Deep State before I leave! Times like this I wish I pirated shows.
Jul 14, 2018
 
 
 
Mac
7/12 -And,finally,another choice. Law & Order repeats an episode which features Dean Winters,aka Mayhem on those disgusting Allstate Insurance ads. Winters goes back to the first season of L&O:SVU(1999) and his relationship with Olivia Benson is part of the series' subplots over the years. Winters showed up in three episodes this past season. Meanwhile,his Mayhem persona currently proves to run if you see him at a wedding. But watch where you're running,and no scissors.
Jul 12, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
7/12-Our cable lisitings online did indeed substitute XXX for The Disappearance. Good thing Trump is abroad. He probably thinks XXX is a Stormy Daniels flick he missed on Pornhub. Wiki notes that XXX got a Razzie nomination as Most Flatulent Teen-Targeted Movie. Other noms : Scooby-Doo,8 Crazy Nights and Crossroads. All lost to Jackass. Tough competition,but a clear winner,but obscured by a hazy,brown cloud.
Jul 12, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
7/12- TCM to the rescue. Steve McQueen month has The Great Escape,an oft-shown but always enjoyable WWII film.
Next up-the not so oft-shown Soldier In The Rain,which pairs our hero with Jackie Gleason.Hilarity ensses. Or not. Imagine the dark side of Sgt. Bilko. William Goldman's novel,based on his time in the military; Blake Edwards & Maurice Richlin wrote the screenplay. Ralph Nelson (Lilies of the Field) directs. B&W. Tuesday Weld shows up. One of Henry Mancini's finest themes- no lyrics,just a haunting wordless chorus. The film is flawed,which is one of the points it tries to make:life is messy. BTW,Goldman is still around. A list of his unproduced material is as interesting as what made it to market.
Next up-Baby,The Rain Must Fall. Another flawed film,but on a dreary summer night,finds rewards for sticking around.
Jul 12, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Louis
The season finale of Hulu’s The Handmaiden dropped yesterday so finish watching this excellent series on this barren Thursday!
Jul 12, 2018   |  Reply
 
Louis
Too quick..correction: The Handmaid's Tale.
Jul 12, 2018
 
 
 
jwarthen
This does nothing for your Thursday-night desert, but CONDOR deserves a lot more attention than it is getting. This recommendation, from someone who pledged to avoid watching any more entertainments with hit-men (also serial killers and zombies). Its tautness has produced sequence too tense to be enjoyed, the series benefiting hugely from the formatting of advertising to the end of the hour. William Hurt and Brendan Frasier get their best roles in years, and several young women tear into vivid characters that ought to buoy their careers. The Washington exteriors also add to the impact. Series/season half-done now with five episodes remaining-- not too late for latecomers.
Jul 12, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Carolyn
Check out the new show on CBS, Whistleblowers. People who inform on shady and dangerous practices need to be protected and admired.
Jul 11, 2018   |  Reply
 
Mac
Show premieres 7/13.Difficult to find reviews. Have you seen any advance material? Show is hosted by a "TV judge"(his term) and that does not bode well. Eight episodes to eat up an hour of CBS programming for July & August. Deadline lists the series as from "CBS News for CBS Television Studios" so there are mixed messages as to the reliability of credentials. It sounds like they are trying to have it both ways-entertaining news. Let's hope for the best.
Trump just lambasted an interview with one of Rupert's U.K.newspapers as fake news,even while the audio contradicts Trump's "fake news" tirade. Don't feed the Pushmi-Pullyu.
Jul 13, 2018
 
 
 
 
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David Bianculli

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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's also an author and teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University. His 2009 Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour', has been purchased for film rights. His latest, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific, is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV.