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2020
Apr
9
 
 
On this day in 1997, Arsenio, the sitcom, aired its sixth and final episode...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Apr
9
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Season 4 of this always clever Robert and Michelle King series begins with Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart experiencing a second of déjà vu – going all the way back to this series’ premiere episode and its opening scene, when she’s watching election returns that fateful night in 2016, watches Donald Trump become elected president, and screams an f-bomb of an expletive. Except this time, as she watches, it’s Hillary Clinto
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Apr
9
 
 
This is the penultimate episode of this enticing, imaginative FX on Hulu miniseries – and it’s the episode when the Devs team cracks its project goal, and devises a way to tap into and witness the time stream of our collective history. The implications are astounding – and writer-director Alex Garland makes the most of them. The music in this series, and this episode, is singularly evocative and eerie. So are the images. And the thoughts, the ideas, are haunting. In one scene,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Apr
9
 
 
It’s also a Diane Keaton double feature, if you’re more comfortable with that. Either way, tonight TCM doubles up by showing, in prime time, the two best movies Woody Allen ever made: 1977’s Annie Hall at 8 p.m. ET, followed at 10 p.m. ET by 1979’s Manhattan.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Apr
9
 
 
Tonight’s episode of Will & Grace is a full-out salute to Lucille Ball and I Love Lucy, with three members of the cast taking turns playing Lucy in recreations of various classic I Love Lucy scenarios: The candy factory, the grape stomping, and, yes, the TV commercial for Vitameatavegamin. I just showed that latter episode the other night as part of my Rowan University TV History class – now being taught online, somehow – so time marches on. An
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Apr
9
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Shane Smith, the founder of Vice, has developed an instant series of sorts that takes full advantage of the social distancing mandates prompted by the current pandemic. As Bill Maher and others are quickly learning, what a TV host loses, by having no studio audience, no studio and no in-person guests, can be a gain, by getting remote, “virtual” availability to guests who otherwise might not show, yet are more available than ever at the moment. Tonight, with almost no
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Apr
8
 
 
When the Modern Family cast first assembled, Jesse Tyler Ferguson was surrounded by strangers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Apr
8
 
 
SPECIAL: Jason Lynch of Adweek, measuring the impact and legacy of ABC’s Modern Family sitcom, noted something I’d forgotten: That at the 2009 ABC upfront presentation in New York revealing its fall TV schedule to advertisers, the network did something that hasn’t occurred since. ABC was so proud of Modern Family that it showed the entire series pilot to that very important audience. Modern Family deserved it, and after 11 seasons and 22
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Apr
8
 
 
“Tell me again about the rabbits, George.” This week’s new episode focuses on one of the creatures that I need only look out my backyard window to see – but, nonetheless, promises to reveal some “remarkable” things. Okay, I’ll bite, and ask of this new Nature documentary: What’s up, doc? Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Apr
8
 
 
SERIES FINALE: Obviously, this is the TV show to watch tonight. And it might even be considered the end of an era. Is there another current TV sitcom so deserving of a finale? Aside from HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, that is, which started 20 years ago and has done brilliant work for 10 seasons – but the whole tenor of Curb would tend to run in the opposite direction from such sentiment. Yet here, on Modern Family, it’s not only appropriate