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THURSDAY
MARCH 5
2015

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

IFC, 6:30 p.m. ET

The other day, when the El Rey network presented its latest Director’s Chair installment (with Francis Coppola), it also repeated the two-parter in which host and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez sat down with old buddy Quentin Tarantino. It made me want to see Pulp Fiction all over again – and tonight I can. One thing I learned from that interview: Technically, Pulp Fiction is a trilogy, recycling some of the characters from three separate stories. Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta star.

 
  
 
 

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

Tonight, we’re down to the final eight female singers, with enough talent so that their song choices, as well as performances, should prove interesting. And, quite possibly, pivotal.

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 8:00 p.m. ET

If you watched any of this series when BBC America began importing it last week, I’m betting you’ll return for another dose of episodes of this delightfully smart and funny quiz show. I’ll be there for sure, and especially with the evening’s first episode, which is devoted to the topic of “Journalism.” Stephen Fry hosts.
 
  
 
 

ABC, 10:00 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: John Ridley, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, created this new series, which is deliciously textured, impeccably performed, and structured in a way that is as thoughtful and dramatic as it is unusual. Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton play a long-divorced couple dealing with the murder of their grown son – a crime that resonates throughout various other families and couples as well. To read or hear my full review on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, visit the Fresh Air website. And to read a full review by TVWW contributor Ed Bark, see Ed’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes.
 
  
 
 

IFC, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s guest star? Paul Simon. What else do you need?

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Larry David Chews on Charlie Rose - Larry David is about to star in his new Broadway play about – what else – family dysfunction. Called Fish in the Dark, the show has set a Broadway record for advance sales of over $15 million. David, notoriously cryptic and evasive about himself, was interviewed for 60 Minutes last weekend by Charlie Rose and gave Rose all he could handle with his usual mock outrage in the style of his Seinfeld character George Costanza while perpetually chewing his usual piece of gum. Rose's segment entitled "Who is Larry David?" had David musing whether his new Fish character, Norman Drexel, is really him or not, as with Costanza and his "Larry David" character from his HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. David halted, "The character is similar to me…" and then smiled, "OK, it's me." –Eric Gould


 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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The Americans
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Battle Creek
CBS
Sundays
10 PM ET

Better Call Saul
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Bosch
Amazon Prime Streaming 

Episodes
Showtime
Sundays
10:30 PM ET

Justified
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Man Seeking Woman
FXX
Wednesdays
10:30 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Portlandia
IFC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 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.
 
 

OLIVE KITTERIDGE – Often releases awarded the TVWW Seal of Approval have been a part of TV history for a while. This particular treasure is quite new but we are featuring it because it deserves a spot in a solid home-video library. Frances McDormand stars in the title role, playing an acerbic, intelligent, often depressed woman over a period of decades. This four-part 2014 miniseries, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, features Richard Jenkins as Olive’s husband, and Bill Murray as an acquaintance she meets later in life. Lisa Cholodenko directs. – David Bianculli

 
 
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This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 TV WWorth Buying
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$

Rome: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

Well, it looks like the deep freeze is on for another couple of weeks, so we might as well opt for some escapist hotbed – like ancient Rome. This is a pared down re-release of the 2005-07 HBO series that staged political intrigue and soap opera with lavish settings and cinematography. The series got noticed for for its main storyline which centered on two common soldiers thrown into historical events. Rome’s best feature – its costly art direction – was reportedly its downfall, getting the series cancelled after two seasons despite wide critical acclaim. 45 percent off at Amazon. –EG