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2012
Feb
10
 
 
(Check Local Listings) In this episode, “Lost and Found,” Feinstein visits Broadway composer Jerry Herman, in search of a song that’s never been recorded – and not only finds it, but persuades Herman to perform it.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
10
 
 
Could be trouble, especially since it’s live TV: Tonight’s guests on Maher’s talk show include MSNBC host Al Sharpton. Reverend, meet irreverent
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
10
 
 
It's only four years old, and isn't available everywhere -- at least not yet -- but the relatively new nostalgia network Me-TV already has done something remarkable. It has made it possible for anyone old enough to remember CBS's legendary 1973-74 Saturday night comedy lineup to relive three-quarters of that singularly sensational viewing experience Monday thru Friday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET...The trio of shows comprising those three quarters are M*A*S*H (which is telecast at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
10
 
 
Could you watch 500 episodes of The Simpsons in a row? As in 24/7 nonstop? That's what hardcore fans are doing in Hollywood, trying to beat the Guinness world record for TV viewing. The Simpsons Ultimate Fan Marathon Challenge started Wednesday (Feb. 8) at 5 p.m. ET with 100 contenders, and two nights later, just 29 diehards were still in the mix watching episodes from Season 7. They'll need to keep going two more days to beat the record -- and they still won't be anywhere near 500. (Do the
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
10
 
 
They're old TV shows, newly released on DVD, and they're both hilarious - but they're not sitcoms. They're talk shows: one is a seminar that gathers most of the writers who worked on Sid Caesar's comedy programs of the 50s and 60s, the other is an old episode of The David Susskind Show that invites its prominent guests to explore the topic How to Be a Jewish Son...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
9
 
 
Whatever the lessons of Lost, they seem lost on ABC. Because here comes another otherworldly, string-along drama series whose humans are at the mercy of mysterious unseen forces that include a demon spirit reminiscent of "The Smoke Monster"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
8
 
 
Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on PBS, Nature presents a new installment, called Raccoon Nation, that includes night footage of the prowlers sneaking around city streets and back yards, like the masked bandits they resemble. But as I watch, I can't help but think about my personal battles with raccoons...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
7
 
 
Here's a strange, aggressive bit of salesmanship: PBS Video is releasing Season 2 of Downton Abbey today (Tuesday, Feb. 7) on both DVD and Blu-Ray. But on television, here in the U.S., the series doesn't complete Season 2 for two more Sundays. So if you don't want to wait to see how this year's Downton Abbey adventures end, you don't have to...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
6
 
 
There are lots of professional reasons I can give you to watch Monday's premiere of Smash, NBC's new drama series about the making of a Broadway musical -- starting with its creators, its cast, its premise, its clever twists, and its equally clever music and lyrics. But there's also a personal reason, which I'll save for last...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
3
 
 
Each network has a different approach to programming the post-Super Bowl slot, with varying results. Two years ago, CBS used its post-Super Bowl slot to launch a new reality series, Undercover Boss. It was renewed, and still continues, so that game plan worked. Last year, Fox used its ultra-valuable time slot after Super Bowl XLV to expose new viewers to an existing hit: its high-school comedy-drama-musical mashup, Glee...