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SUNDAY
JULY 21
2019

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

NBC, 11:00 a.m. ET

Irish player Shane Lowry has home-course advantage in this year’s British Open, as it emanates from a very tough course in Northern Ireland. And as I write this, Lowry also has the lead on the final day of play – but the conditions are treacherous, there are six holes to go, and his lead is only half that in terms of strokes. This is when deciding what to attempt, and what to avoid, can make the difference between a final-lap run and a loss of the claret jug. As I typed this, one player shanked his shot then, in frustration, broke his club over his knee.
 
  
 
 

CNN, 9:00 p.m. ET

This entertaining and informative arts documentary series from CNN fills in the cinematic gaps glossed over in its long-running “Decades” series, which began with The Sixties. This movie-centric offshoot began a few decades later, with the 1980s. Now, after last week’s episode devoted to the 1990s, The Movies brings us up to speed, covering both the 2000s and the current decade. It’s the fantasy film era, with fantasies from Marvel and DC Comics and the Star Wars franchise grabbling most of the attention – and box office. Oh, and Avatar, too…
 
  
 
 

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: In this final episode of Season 2, the women who share their dark secret arrive in court – where secrets have a way of emerging. Nicole Kidman stars.
 
  
 
 

Showtime, 9:00 p.m. ET

At the very end of last week’s episode, Kevin Bacon’s Jackie, after squeezing his unreliable informant and putting him in a dangerously uncomfortable position, was targeted by that same informant. Or, at least, Jackie’s teen daughter was – which may be even worse.
 
  
 
 

Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s episode takes place in the year 2009, and spends time watching Roger Ailes (Russell Crowe) both manipulating and alienating one of his anchors, Gretchen Carlson (played by Naomi Watts), while helping the network ascension of Glenn Beck (played by Josh McDermitt).
 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit our TV We're Watching page for these and other shows on our DVRs right now...



Big Little Lies
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

City on a Hill
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET  

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Netflix
Streaming 

Harlots
Hulu
Streaming

iZombie
CW
Thursdays
8 PM ET  

Jett
Cinemax
Mondays
10 PM ET 

Legion
FX
Fridays
10 PM ET 

The Loudest Voice
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET 

Sweetbitter
Starz
Sundays
9 PM ET  

Years and Years
HBO
Mondays
9 PM ET 
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Ground Control to Major Chris — For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing tomorrow, one of the cuts we played on Fresh Air today (Friday, July 19), was audio of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, singing his version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” the song that begins, “This is Ground Control to Major Tom…” The sound is great, but to get to the full impact — as more than 43 million people have done on YouTube — you have to see the 2013 video, and the views of Hadfield performing the song weightless in the International Space Station. So here it is… —David Bianculli

 
 

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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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