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MONDAY
MAY 20
2019

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: Tonight and tomorrow, The Voice presents its first two-night finale of 2019. Tomorrow night is when the visiting stars will perform,  filling time until the results are revealed – but tonight is the night the four finalists, on live TV, do their best to outshine their rivals. So far as coaches this cycle are concerned, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine have no skin in the game – or, at least, no members of their team in the final. Blake Shelton boasts three of four finalists, and only John Legend, with one representative, has the chance to keep Shelton from adding to his total as the judge with the greatest number of Voice victories.

 
  
 
 

CBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

SPECIAL PREMIERE: Last year’s prime-time James Corden Carpool Karaoke special, in which he drove around Liverpool with Sir Paul McCartney and presented a surprise McCartney mini-concert at a local pub, was my favorite TV moment of last year. I don’t expect to be similarly moved by this year’s outing, which is dominated by him driving Celine Dion around the Las Vegas strip – but I’ll still watch, and listen, with interest, because the “Carpool Karaoke” concept is one of the purest new TV ideas in years. And speaking of years: It’s been four years since Corden premiered as a late-night host for CBS. Since then, he’s proven so valuable to the network – not only as Late Late Show host and viral video star, but as reliably entertaining host of both the Grammys and Tonys on CBS – that his contract renewal at the end of this season should be a foregone conclusion. And he deserves such a big raise, it should be an eightgone conclusion, at least…

 
  
 
 
 
 
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1969
ABC
Tuesdays
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American Gods
Starz!
Sundays
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Barry
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET 

Bonding
Netflix
Streaming
 

Brockmire
IFC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Dead to Me
Netflix
Streaming

Fosse/Verdon
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Game of Thrones
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Gentleman Jack
HBO
Mondays
10 PM ET

Killing Eve
BBC America
Sundays
8 PM ET
 
 

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Game of Tones — You weren’t alone if you thought last Sunday’s must-see Game of Thrones episode, “Battle of Winterfell” (April 28) was so dim and dark, you thought there was something wrong with your TV. (There wasn’t.) See here how Conan upped the brightness on his set and find out why the episode was so muddy. — Eric Gould

 
 

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Good News TVWW readers: Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, the new collection edited by Douglas Howard and TVWW’s David Bianculli, is now on sale. More than ever, series finales have become cultural touchstones that feed watercooler fodder and tweet storms. TV Finales brings together seventy chapters, each focusing on a separate show, including reliable milestones such as The Fugitive and M*A*S*H through cutting-edge favorites like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Breaking Bad. Writers include today’s leading TV critics, along with many TVWW contributors. "The last word on TV endings." (Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine)
 
 
Television today is better than ever, and David’s book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific explores it all and how we got here. (Now on sale for $12). David maps the evolution of the classic TV genres – the sitcom, the crime show, doctor dramas, the Western – and many others. "The Platinum Age is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era... interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Matt Groening, Larry David, and Amy Schumer are high points. Bianculli has written a highly readable history." –The Washington Post
 
 
 

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