DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

Contributors

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2012
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In tonight’s episode, Dreama Walker’s June gets invited to a wedding, but the invitation is addressed to both her and her ex-fiance. A pep talk by Krysten Ritter’s Chloe has her attending anyway – and displaying, perhaps, a bit too much pep. Kevin Sorbo guest stars. For a review of this unexpectedly quirky new sitcom, see guest contributor Cecilia Razak's review HERE.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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Nice guys finish last in ABC's Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23, says TVWW guest contributor Cecilia Razak. And that's just one reason to watch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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The nation's first public television station, WGBH in Boston, began its broadcasting history today in 1955 with Come and See, a children's program hosted by by Mary Lou Adams and folk singer Tony Saletan. WGBH is considered by some to be PBS' flagship station...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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After being cancelled by the Fox network in 2003, the Seth Macfarlane animated series Family Guy returns from the dead - after notching impressive DVD sales - and returns with new episodes, beginning May 1, 2005. First episode of its second, still-current run: "North by North Quahog," in which Peter and Lois attempt a second honeymoon in the hotel room of Mel Gibson.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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This new one-hour biography of Jesse Owens, whose speed mocked Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, is itself presented at a breathtaking, exhilarating pace. Narrated by Andre Braugher, and co-produced by Stanley Nelson (who wrote it) and Laurens Grant (who directed it), Jesse Owens, like its subjects, bursts out of the blocks with no wasted motion – and never slows down. For a full review, see Gerald Jordan’s Crossing Jordan review HERE. C
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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The same day this four-hour documentary is released on home video, HBO2 repeats it, showing Part 1 tonight and concluding with Part 2 at the same time tomorrow. To order the DVD, click HERE. And to watch the Beatles’ complete rooftop concert, with links to previous Material World reviews by Eric Gould and me, click HERE.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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This is the elimination night that gets us down to the Final Four. All I’m saying is, Juliet Simms had better be one of them. Even when they make her go on stage dressed as a fallen angel to sing an Aerosmith song, as they did last week (see photo), she takes those two strikes and somehow manages to score a hit. And last night, she channeled James Brown -- and got very good reception. For a report about the British version of this show, now in its first season over there, read new contri
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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Parts 3 and 4. This four-hour examination of the current financial crisis, and how we got to this point, is very informative, but also very depressing. And there’s no avoiding the conclusion that we’re not close to being out of the woods yet. But we knew that already, didn’t we? Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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Long before Peter Benchley went to the sea with Jaws, but long after Herman Melville did it with Moby-Dick, Ernest Hemingway dove into his own aquatic allegories with this short, terse story about an aging fisherman and his persistence in his quest to catch an elusive, glorious marlin. Spencer Tracy stars in this 1958 movie version, directed by John Sturges. The author’s fourth wife, Mary Hemingway, can be seen in the film very briefly, playing a tourist.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
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Kim Akass reports from England about the BBC's version of The Voice -- the one with Tom Jones as a judge, and a talent show that's making quite a splash on the other side of the pond...