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THURSDAY
MAY 26
2016

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: Prime-time game shows continue to attempt a comeback this summer – and here comes the return of an ABC experiment, tried last year, in which contestants have to answer a marathon of questions without missing three in a row. It’s okay, as quiz shows go – but even with the presence tonight of Ken Jennings, it’s no Jeopardy!

 
  
 
 

NBC, 9:00 p.m. ET

This long-running British fundraising event finally came to the U.S. last year. The second annual telecast arrives this year with a naturalized American citizen, formerly from Scotland, as host: Craig Ferguson, shifting from his former CBS home to NBC for the occasion.

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 10:00 p.m. ET

Last week’s episode ended with the death of an original – the original – and that’s a death that ought to resonate deeply throughout the clone community.

 
  
 
 

Comedy Central, 10:00 p.m. ET

In tonight’s new episode, Amy becomes obsessed with a chef, and has her leg eaten off. Let’s hope those are the subjects of two completely unrelated comedy sketches.

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 11:30 p.m. ET

Tonight’s scheduled guests: Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, Jodie Foster, and, as the musical guest, Sir Elton John. Just another “average” week for The Graham Norton Show.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

If We Can Just Convince the Powers That Be to Say Yes, the U.S. Is Ready for ‘Eurovision 2017’ -- Eurovision Song Contest 2016 came to the U.S. on May 14 in the form of the final show – live – thanks to the Logo Network. This is the first year, since the contest’s start in 1956, that we’ve seen the competition on U.S. television and oh what a battle we’ve been missing. But I think I understand why we’ve never participated – aside from the tiny technicality of not being European. (I know, neither is Australia. There’s a reason for their recent inclusion, however, but that’s for another day.) On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Stephen explained why we should be allowed to toss our tri-cornered hat into the ring and introduced us to the U.S. contestant for the next Eurovision Song Contest challenge. It’s obvious that we had to wait for the inspired “Nórnaäs” to come along and perform The Living Life, “translated from the original European,” before we could even think of entering the race. We’ll be serious contenders now. Clearly, Nórnaäs understands everything needed to have the perfect Eurovision act. – Linda Donovan

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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The Americans
FX
Wedensdays
10 PM ET

Game of Thrones
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Inside Amy Schumer
Comedy Central
Thursdays
10 PM ET

 Last Week Tonight
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

 Maron
IFC
Wednesdays
9 PM ET

Orphan Black
BBC America
Thursdays
10 PM ET

 Penny Dreadful
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET

 Silicon
 Valley
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

 United Shades of America
CNN
Sundays
10 PM ET

 Veep
HBO
Sundays
10:30 PM ET
 
 

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From TV Worth Watching
TOP PICKS FOR YOUR HOME LIBRARY

The TVWW Seal of Approval is an honor we save for TV’s very best – our picks for a truly teleliterate home video library.
 
 

HAVE GUN – WILL TRAVEL: THE COMPLETE SERIES –  Richard Boone starred in three major TV series in the 1950s and 1960s, and all of them were noteworthy and unusual. Medic (1954-56) was one of TV’s first medical series, and The Richard Boone Show (1963-64) was a bold experiment, a repertory company anthology show, decades ahead of the likes of American Horror Story. And in between those two series, from 1957-63, was CBS’s Have Gun – Will Travel, a moody, moral, menacing Western. Boone played Paladin, a gunslinger for hire in the post-Civil War West, dressed in black, and carrying beautifully hand-crafted guns,. Paladin  took only the cases that fit with his personal sense of justice and morality. He worked out of a San Francisco hotel, where he lived lavishly, with doting assistance from his Asian personal assistant, played by Kam Tong, whose character’s name – honest – was Hey Boy. But Paladin was no racist. Quite the contrary: Have Gun – Will Travel featured some of the most tolerant TV story lines of the era. (Gene Roddenberry, later to create Star Trek, wrote a few dozen episodes.) This new, complete collection includes all 225 episodes on 35 discs. Listing at $84.98, that’s about $14 per season, but Amazon is selling it right now for $60.37. Have credit card, will purchase.  – David Bianculli

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV WWorth Buying
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HUMANS: Season One

There’s no precise date for the Season 2 return of AMC’s sci-fi import HUMANS yet, but we eagerly await. One of the legitimate worth-watching hits of 2015, HUMANS is science fiction in premise only. While it envisions the day-to-day dilemmas of humanoid servants among us, the series is in every other way an engaging drama of freedom and morality. Some of the “Synthetics,” as the robots are called, may have been secretly programmed to gain actual human consciousness. HUMANS squarely confronts the idea of drones spawned as neo-slave labor, and as their masters, our arrogance, guilt — and new idleness. On sale at Amazon. —Eric Gould