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2012
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PART 1 of 2: British historian Niall Ferguson travels to 11 countries to explore the six characteristics he says the West possessed to become an economic and political superpower, and questions whether Eastern civilizations are now poised to eclipse the West.  The two-part series – based on Ferguson’s book, Civilization: The West and the Rest – concludes next Tuesday. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
22
 
 
On this day in 1992, Johnny Carson made his final appearance as host of The Tonight Show, and bid his audience a very heartfelt good night. Carson's final week was filled with memorable moments...Taped before an invitation-only audience, episode 4,531 was a retrospective that offered clips from Johnny's 30-year reign as the king of late night...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
22
 
 
During times when backlot filming provided cover for wide varieties of names and locations, Route 66 hit 40 different states for its 116 episodes — all of which can be seen on a new, 24-disc DVD collection...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
22
 
 
SEASON FINALE, PART 1 of 2: Phillip Phillips or Jessica Sanchez? They sing, you vote, and tomorrow, the season 11 American Idol will be crowned.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
22
 
 
When it comes to generating excitement for the networks' upcoming fall and midseason schedules, there is nothing quite like the annual upfront week in New York City. TVWW contributor Ed Martin recaps the action...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
22
 
 
It's Memorial Day upcoming this weekend — the holiday enacted to honor American War veterans after The Civil War. So there really is no better time to revisit Ken Burn's The Civil War, the landmark 1990 documentary miniseries that put him and his company on the map (on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line...)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
21
 
 
SERIES FINALE:  Tonight’s final episode of House is called “Everybody Dies,” and during a visit to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday, star Hugh Laurie dodged social media speculation that his character would die in the series finale. “Speculation is good. Uncertainty is good,” he teased. But there is an interesting exchange in tonight’s episode that qualifies as an “Extra,” or televised inside joke, between Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
21
 
 
President Barack Obama bestows America’s highest honor for popular song on the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, whose catalog includes such classics as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “What the World Needs Now is Love,”  “Walk on By” and “Alfie,” during the latest In Performance at the White House program. Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Rumer, Michael Feinstein, Arturo Sandoval, Stevie Wonder, Shel&eac
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
21
 
 
I can relate to tonight’s Eureka, since planning for the “Worst Case Scenario” is part of my daily modus operandi. It’s an understatement to say Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) has a sinking feeling while inspecting a communications tower. And when the Global Dynamics computer begins playing War Games during a company disaster-preparedness drill, one has to wonder if things could possibly get any worse.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
21
 
 
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers each have two wins going into tonight’s Eastern Conference semifinal Game 5, so the ball is, literally, in either team’s court. During the Western Conference semifinal game that follows at 9:30 p.m. ET, the Los Angeles Lakers are in a more precarious position. Their opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder, are leading the series 3-1, thanks to a 3-pointer by Kevin Durant just 13.7 seconds before the end of Game 4. There’s so much hoops ac