MONDAY
JANUARY 11
2021

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

ESPN, 8:15 p.m. ET

All indications, on the very morning this game is to take place, is that it indeed will be played as scheduled – which is somewhat surprising in itself. It’s the Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0) vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0). And while Alabama has the Roll Tide tsunami going for it, Ohio just celebrated last night, after the Cleveland Browns won its first playoff game in decades. So who knows? So far in 2021 (I know it’s early in the year, but still), anyone counting on stability and predictability isn’t paying attention.
 
  
 
 

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

This proudly weird eight-part Spanish miniseries continues tonight with Episode 3 – and if you weren’t thrown by last week’s two-hour premiere outing, in which a humanoid baby emerged from a cow and morphed into a deadly giant spider… well, tonight things get weird.
 
  
 
 
 
 
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Ben Dover
Well-stated write-up of the Inauguration coverage. Our National nightmare and embarrassment is over!
Jan 20, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Bill
isn’t televised by one of the broadcast networks. Instead, you can watch it on ESPN, ESPN+

Don't forget ABC is still a Network.
Jan 10, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
kirk
Thank goodness Dickinson has come back! First season was brilliant!
Jan 8, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
jim
It's always fun to point out that Psycho actually takes place during the Christmas season.
Dec 30, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Ben Dover
Day two with no advice? What will we do?!
Dec 30, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Ken Rehfield
Are you on vacation David? Happy New Year
Dec 30, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Ben Dover
Where are today's recommendations? I'm trying to plan my evening.
Dec 29, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Rob
Thanks for the tip on 1917. Been waiting for a long time for that to show up on a non-rental channel.
Dec 26, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Barry
Where’s Mac?
Dec 24, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Barry
Where’s Mac?
Dec 24, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
rocketx2
Where's the scorecard?
Dec 17, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Ed S.
It's not politics, it's obvious failure on an epic scale, and delusion on the part of 70M Americans for not seeing this.
Dec 15, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Ken
I was in Gainesville then too Dave. Tom Petty probably played in Dub’s, but maybe also at the Lamplighter, Trader Tom’s, Bilbo and Gandalf’s, the Long Branch Saloon, Cin City Lounge, the Keg or the Great Southern Music Hall. My memory's not that good.
Dec 13, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
George A.
“Another way is to import programming filmed in countries that have a better record of handling and containing the virus than the U.S. – which means just about anywhere.” — Just can’t help yourself, can you David? Why can’t we get TV reviews without you shoving your politics down our throats?

Aside from being factually untrue (all of Western Europe says hi), it’s also completely unconstructive, especially as it relates to reviewing this program.
Dec 7, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
jim
Look close. One of those men surrounding Marilyn during "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend" is George Chakiris who won an Oscar for playing Tony in West Side Story.
Dec 7, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Jan Grant
David, I’ve started watching your bit every day during Covid - yeah, months now. I can tell you that it’s a positive highlight to hear your voice and recommendation and frequent puns and such. Thank you for being a daily dose of reality ( I can see the strain in your face as these months go on) leading us to a TV diversion. Thank you.
Dec 5, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Ken Rehfield
David, you're a very punny person!
Dec 2, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Phillip R. Crabb
Well, my 57th year of watching Rudolph - now, with my first Grandchild. Glad it's on Network television still. Even with Year-Round streaming, it's important to watch this as family-viewing...in your Living Room, in season....

Thank you CBS.

Phillip R. Crabb
Franklin, NJ
Dec 2, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Jay Gold
"The present-day composer refuses to die" was said by Zappa's boyhood idol, the composer Edgard Varèse. Zappa included the quote, with attribution to Varèse, on the jacket of Freak Out.
Nov 27, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
Mary B.
Could you all take a look at the title of Put a Ring On It?
The configuration on the On Demand title is
Put a
Ring on It..
so if you read the first line as one word, in Spanish, that is, possibly, "puta."?
If you wanted to play with the acronym, you could read "Ringo" into the jumble, too.. probably not intentional. But still.. might want to split the phrase differently.. or something.
Nov 23, 2020   |  Reply
 
 
 
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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.