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2012
Apr
7
 
 
TV has scheduled a titanic number of shows about the RMS Titanic leading up to April 15's 100th anniversary of the legendary ship's sinking. Documentaries, miniseries dramas, new investigations -- anything Titanic-related is finding its way to the tube over the next week...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
7
 
 
This is why sports on TV is so much fun to watch: It's often completely different in practice than in theory. In theory, this was Tiger Woods' comeback vehicle, until he drove that vehicle into a ditch (or a sand trap) during yesterday's messy-looking Round 2. He starts today at eight strokes off the lead, with Rory McIlroy only one stroke behind the leaders, and Phil Mickelson three. But look who's the co-leader, with Jason Dufner, at five under par: Good old Fred Couples. And when I say "good
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
7
 
 
Cecil B. DeMille’s late-career biblical epic stars Charlton Heston in his most iconic role, as Moses, to whom it is said that God favored as a very special sort of headache patient. (“Take two tablets and call me in the morning.” Or something like that.) ABC is back to showing this every year at this time – although one year, when pushing its own telemovie remake of the same biblical story, it skipped its otherwise annual showing. Bad move – this 1956 Old Testament
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
7
 
 
This movie was released in 1975, but is fully infused with the spirit of the Sixties. Ken Kesey wrote the original novel in 1962 – and though Kirk Douglas tried for years to get the movie made with himself in the central role, it finally was brought to the screen by his son, Michael, who acted as producer. He cast Jack Nicholson as the misplaced, rebellious mental patient, and the rest is cinema history. What a movie – and what a group of actors. Louise Fletcher and Braf Dourif built
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
7
 
 
This 50th anniversary showing of this brilliant film version of Harper Lee’s only novel is historic in more ways than one. The movie stars Gregory Peck as a bravely moral small-town lawyer, and the film was shown Thursday night by the American Film Institute at the White House Family Theater. Peck was the founding chairman of the AFI – and for tonight’s special prime-time telecast, the host of this movie about prejudice and justice is very special indeed: President Barack Obama
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
7
 
 
Here’s an edition of SNL not to miss, and not because One Direction is the musical act. The guest host on this all-new edition is Sofia Vergara, who plays the saucy, sexy, and very sassy Gloria on ABC’s Modern Family. She’s a natural comedienne, and the writers should have a great time showcasing her in new roles and situations.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
6
 
 
After one day at the Masters, the big names – Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson (pictured), Rory McIlroy – are still around, but not at the top. The weather is supposed to clear for day two, and as the cut is made, the field will be made a bit more clear as well. For a perspective on this year’s tournament, see TVWW contributor Gerald Jordan’s new Crossing Jordan column.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
6
 
 
Any time Anna Torv, on this show, is sporting long reddish brown hair, that means we’re watching the “other” Olivia. And this week, we meet a new alternate-reality doppelganger as well. By now, after all the recent cross-universe traveling by lookalike characters, it’s safe to say the doppelgang’s all here.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
6
 
 
(Check Local Listings) On tonight’s performance from the intimate Lincoln Center Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, opera singer Renee Fleming rocks out. Really. She performs songs from her recent indie rock album, Dark Hope, as well as other pieces – including Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and John Kander’s A Letter from Sullivan Ballou, a musical version of a famous moment from Ken Burns’ The Civil War. Also singing: Josh Groban.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
6
 
 
Now that Once Upon a Time is a hit on ABC, and dueling versions of Snow White are vying for attention in movie theaters, here’s a good time to revisit this 2007 musical comedy that predated and prefigured them all. It also introduced us to Amy Adams, perfectly cast as an animated Disney princess come to life – in modern-day Manhattan.