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FRIDAY
OCTOBER 31
2014

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

BBC America, 8:00 p.m. ET

Happy Halloween. If you want genuinely creepy TV fare to go along with your spooky festivities, this 1991 high-class, Oscar-winning horror classic is the way to go. Especially if you show the movie with specially prepared TV dinners, with fava beans and a nice chianti. Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster star.

 
  
 
 

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

These are your father’s zombies. Maybe your grandfather’s. But made in 1968, George Romero’s low-budget 1968 movie about the brain-hungry, flesh-seeking undead would inspire the genre for decades, no less than Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula. Dollar for dollar, it must be one of the most influential horror movies ever made.

 
  
 
 

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

The reopening of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center certainly is cause for celebration, in any event. But this particular event (taped, not live, at least in TV terms) is especially welcome. Michael Feinstein opens his Americana songbook, and opens the door of the Rainbow Room to a handful of selected guests, all of whom fill the place with music, and a very entertained invited audience, for an hour. Among the guests: Christine Ebersole. Among the highlights: Nebraska actress June Squibb singing a Sophie Tucker number that I may adopt as my theme song: “I’m Living Alone and I Like It.” Check local listings.
 
  
 
 

HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s show is heavy on second-tier celebrities, but ones who are very active in politics: Kal Penn (seen, in photo, with another politically connected guy you might recognize) and Eva Longoria. And with midterm elections around the corner, their perspectives on minority voting turnout and trends may prove quite insightful. Also on the bill: Gen. Wesley Clark and Sen. Angus King.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 11:00 p.m. ET

The city providing the setting and inspiration for tonight’s installment is Nashville. Dave Grohl visits with country legends old and new (represented, respectively, by Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood). There’s a new song – and on the same night, at the same time in real life, the Foo Fighters also are in Nashville, hosting a sold-out, come-in-costume concert at the famed Ryman Auditorium.   

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

IT'S MORE THAN OK - We are big fans of alt-rock OK Go’s music video brand – stunning productions all done, unbelievably, in one take. You can see their amazing pop art adventure from the summer, “The Writing’s On the Wall,” here. As if that ingenious effort weren’t enough for one year, they’re back with “I Won’t Let You Down” which uses drone cameras and gyroscopic unicycles, among other things, to pull the jaw-dropping thing off. Last time we saw synchronization this big it was at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony… maybe. (“I Won’t Let You Down” was released today, October 27, and it’s already over one million YouTube hits.) –Eric Gould

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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The Affair
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET

Dr. Who
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET

The Good Wife
CBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Graham Norton Show
BBC America
Saturdays
11 PM ET

Homeland
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Jane the Virgin
CW
Mondays
9 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Parenthood
NBC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Parts Unknown
CNN
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 

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 TV WWorth Buying
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel [Blu-ray]

The barrel is back. Issued as a limited release following the 2013 conclusion, the Breaking Bad complete series is back in the collector’s “money barrel” set. There are six graphically-themed cases inside, which include 55 hours of special features from all seasons, a two-hour documentary, the Los Pollos Hermanos apron and a commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan. This is the ultimate collection for those who want to return to total immersion in the series. Available for 30% off at Amazon on October 28. –Eric Gould