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2014
Oct
28
 
 
Last week, as one of the surprises served up by this series, Simmons returned to the fold, extracted from her top-secret mission infiltrating H.Y.D.R.A. But her tense times aren’t over: Tonight, she has to deal with the reactions of Fitz, who missed her so much he went crazy without her. Literally: hallucinations and everything, including hallucinations of her.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
28
 
 
This look at the history of Isis is written and produced by Martin Smith, who, over the years with Frontline, has more than earned the right to take on controversial subjects and follow his reporting no matter where it leads. Here, once again, he does just that. Check local listings.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
28
 
 
This now qualifies, I’m pretty sure, as the most violent show on television. Last week Bobby (Mark Boone Junior), one of the only remaining sympathetic characters on the series, had his eye scooped out by his heartless captors. That eye was sent, along with a video, to Jax and company – and guess what? Jax is out for revenge, which has turned out to be his new default mode.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
28
 
 
Part of the fun in speaking with WKRP in Cincinnati creator Hugh Wilson for the long-awaited DVD release of his series was getting his backstory. I’m always curious about where TV storytellers come from and how they got into The Game...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
27
 
 
Six episodes in, and Gotham has solidified its early promise as one of the few new fall series worth a pledge of allegiance. It’s been clever, and visually stylish, from the start, and tonight’s episode continues the slow roll-out of familiar story lines and characters. Tonight, for example, a villain known as The Goat targets Gotham City’s privileged one-percenters – and one of them, young Bruce Wayne, defiantly decides not to run for cover.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
27
 
 
From the beginning, this show has shone more of a spotlight on its judges than its contestants – and while no winner of The Voice has yet become famous, such judges as Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and others have gotten big career bumps, and widened their fan bases, by spinning around in those big red chairs. And tonight, a guest mentor arrives to steal even more of the spotlight: Taylor Swift, whose shift from country to pop with her just-released CD, and her Number One hit “Shake It
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
27
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: One of the unofficial slogans of TV Worth Watching is the simple but direct promise, “No Kardashians.” Permit me to break that promise this once – not as a recommendation, but as a notation. So far this season, while CBS was presenting its trial season of Thursday Night Football, the hit Thursday sitcom The Big Bang Theory was moved to Monday instead. That ended last week, along with CBS’s run of Thursday football games, at least for this season. So this
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
27
 
 
Poor Jane has found herself pregnant in an unusual, if not exactly miraculous, way, despite still being a virgin. But in this week’s episode, she suggests a change to her personal status – and not just on her Facebook profile. After what’s happened to her with the accidental artificial insemination, she makes an offer to her boyfriend that she’s previously withheld on principle: “Let’s have sex.” But if he agrees, the show may have to change its title. G
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
27
 
 
Viewers may come to this biography of James Brown because it’s produced by Mick Jagger – but whatever brings them here, they’ll be happy they came. Directed by Alex Gibney, this documentary is so overflowing with vintage stills and clips, and fresh interviews and great stories, that – just like Brown himself – it starts in high gear, and never flags. And some of the stories are fascinating and fresh, at least to me. Like when Little Richard got a better contract and
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
27
 
 
We are big fans of alt-rock OK Go’s music video brand – stunning productions all done, unbelievably, in one take. They’re back with “I Won’t Let You Down” which uses drone cameras and gyroscopic unicycles, among other things...