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2020
Sep
22
 
 
On this day in 1999, NBC introduced one of television's most honored dramatic series, The West Wing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Sep
22
 
 
Deep down, Michael Kirk, the veteran investigative reporter and on-air correspondent behind some of PBS Frontline's most trenchant and impactful exposés, always suspected his fifth time co-producing The Choice would feature a last-minute twist unlike any he had seen before...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Sep
22
 
 
Fox is just about the only broadcast network throwing much effort into pretending to launch a new fall season this week – but its seams are showing. Tonight, Fox presents a double feature of two new episodes of its nonfiction science series Cosmos: Possible Worlds – but it isn’t really a new season. These are leftover, previously unaired episodes from Season 1, beginning with Episode 14. Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts. Regardless, the episodes are new, and on the commercia
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Sep
22
 
 
Tonight is the fourth installment of this fascinating documentary, and it’s the episode that not only examines three new aspects or “chapters” of filmmaking (“Staging,” “Journey,” and “Discovery”), but connects some of the earliest and most current female cinema directors. In this non-chronological study of film, the first woman filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, finally gets mentioned and celebrated. And in the same installment, so does Pat
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Sep
22
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: Frontline, one of the best nonfiction series to come out of PBS (and all of television, for that matter), premiered in 1983, and has been going strong – very strong – for 37 years now. In 1988, five years into its run, it presented its first special edition of The Choice, in which it offered back-and-forth biographies of the Republican and Democratic candidates for the presidency. Back then, the subjects were George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Sep
22
 
 
Like Frontline on PBS, this HBO series has been doing very strong TV journalism for a very long time. This is the silver anniversary for Bryant Gumbel’s sports news and features series, and Season 25 is unfolding during an international pandemic and the exponential rise of the Black Lives Matter movement – two stories that are front and center in our country, our culture, and this program.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Sep
22
 
 
Even PBS is having trouble finding neutral journalistic middle ground in this year's presidential election. This is not good news...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Sep
21
 
 
Four of Meryl Streep’s movies are shown tonight as a TCM quadruple feature – and while all of them are good, a couple can be grouped among her “lesser” films. But that’s only because she’s made so many great ones, and one of those concludes tonight’s retrospective. The action begins at 8 p.m. ET with 1988’s A Cry in the Dark (the cry being, basically, “A dingo ate my baby!”). At 10:15 p.m. ET is the well-received war
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Sep
21
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: When I highlighted this new Fox sitcom in yesterday’s Best TV Tomorrow video on our TV Worth Watching channel on YouTube, I pointed out that its stars included Kim Cattrall of Sex and the City and Gerald McRaney, whom I said was so great in Westwood. Well, he wasn’t. He wasn’t even in it. Or even Westworld. I was thinking of another HBO series, Deadwood, and misspoke. These days, I do more than my share of misspeaking. An
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Sep
21
 
 
After all we've been through this year, the least we deserve is a few tasty empty calories...