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2011
Dec
5
 
 
A Charlie Brown Christmas, broadcast by CBS in 1965, was and remains the best holiday TV special ever made. Even in an age of DVRs and Blu-Ray, gathering the family to watch Linus, Snoopy and the gang, even with commercial intrusions, is one of the few annual television traditions we have left. But now, as ABC televises it Monday night at 8 ET, that network, too, is disrespecting a classic...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
4
 
 
"The Singing Detective" might not conjure a picture of holiday cheer, but still, it's an essential gift of TV Worth Giving, and certainly one Worth Getting. If you have a quality TV collector on your list who somehow, by some gross omission, doesn't have it as part of his or her home video library, here's your chance. You can give a milestone work of television art, and one that will keep giving, and keep rewarding, with each repeated viewing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
3
 
 
This column will provide a link to, and add illustrated commentary for, my current TV review on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, in which I talk -- very specifically -- about the pivotal, exciting things that have just happened on such quality shows as Dexter, The Walking Dead, Homeland and American Horror Story. If you're behind, or don't want to read details, then stop here. But if you're up to date on those shows, and are as excited by recent events as I am, keep reading (and start listening) for some illuminating images and additional raves...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
3
 
 
The final performance of Paul Simon's "So Beautiful or So Whatspring" 2011 concert tour will show up on many PBS stations this month...Does Paul Simon, in this public-TV setting, reflect more Vincent van Gogh -- or more Lawrence Welk?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
3
 
 
Westerns got serious when Hollywood started to show just how bedraggled towns were in the era that preceded pavement. Comes now -- far from the sunny, spotless sets on Hollywood back lots -- Hell on Wheels, approaching the midway point of its first-season run...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
1
 
 
NOW UPDATED! New listings through Sunday include The Office, Everybody Loves Raymond, Roseanne, The Simpsons, The Waltons, and more!...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Nov
30
 
 
In composer Stephen Sondheim's new book, Look, I Made a Hat, he reveals lots of things that should surprise even the most diehard Sondheim enthusiast -- not personal admissions, but details of works both produced and unproduced. One, in particular, stunned me...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Nov
28
 
 
Christmas listings have now been extended through Wednesday, Nov. 30! By the start of December, we should have all the listings posted for the rest of the holiday season, in a more usable format, with fun seasonal photos. Bear with us -- this project is a monster!...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Nov
28
 
 
No one covers holiday programming like TVWW, and by that, we mean Hanukkah, too. Case in point: we remind you of Shalom TV's annual roll-out of The Hebrew Hammer. It ushers in the annual Festival of Lights with a "Blaxploitation" parody sending up every Jewish cultural stereotype possible in irreverent Airplane style -- from the almighty Jewish Guilt to the meddling Jewish mother...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Nov
23
 
 
Jacques Pepin has a new public-television series, Essential Pepin, and an accompanying book of the same name. This chef has acquired millions of television followers over several decades and 12 previous public-TV cooking series. Even as his age has reached the mid-70s, the new series' quality remains as high, and the content as fresh, as ever...