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2014
Oct
26
 
 
I feel good. I knew that I would when I saw that HBO was coming out with a documentary on James Brown, produced by Mick Jagger. It's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, and its first HBO showing is Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. ET...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
26
 
 
It’s all tied up again – each team has won two games in this year’s World Series, and the next team to repeat that feat will emerge as the baseball champions of 2014. The San Francisco Giants, having won handily last night to make things even, has one more home-field advantage game by the bay before Game 6 returns to Kansas City and the Royals’ home base for what could be the deciding game
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
26
 
 
It seemed as though our hardy band of heroes, by escaping their cannibal captors, destroying the villains’ headquarters and spreading out into the woods, had gotten a leg up on their adversaries. But by the end of last week’s episode, just the opposite proved to be true: the bad guys had resurfaced, with an appetite for vengeance and more – while one of our favorite characters woke up to find himself not a leg up – but one leg down. Grisly. And gristly.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
26
 
 
Homeland threw another curve at viewers last week, revealing that the pivot point of this season’s central plot – the accidental killing of Pakistani civilians at a wedding during the targeting of a high-ranking terrorist on the CIA’s kill list – may, like the embarrassing international incident itself, may be rife with bad intelligence. As in: the dead terrorist may not be dead after all, which leads to all sorts of other questions about who’s deceiving whom.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
26
 
 
What a beautiful ending to last week’s show: Alicia (Julianna Margulies) takes to the podium, in front of the press, to announce her candidacy, while husband Peter (Chris Noth) arrives at the last minute to stand by her side. It was a role-reversal image of how The Good Wife started back in 2009 – and the episode ended with the media covering the press conference jumping all over that contrasting pair of images. It was a reminder of how far Alicia has come – and, at the same ti
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
26
 
 
If you’ve been with this series for two weeks now, you get the idea: This story is being told through a prism, and each person’s perspective bends the light in a different way, coloring everything from the memory of events to the depiction of costumes and facial expressions. What a subtle, daring central idea for a TV series. If you don’t watch closely, you’ll miss the best parts. So watch closely. It’s worth it.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
25
 
 
And now it’s Game 4, with the San Francisco Giants enjoying its second home-field advantage against the Kansas City Royals – with the changes in designated-hitter roles that apply. Play ball! Again!
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
25
 
 
Last week, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) couldn’t exit the TARDIS, because of a shift in space-time dimensional relative reality. (You had to be there.) Tonight, he can exit his time-and-spaceship – and when he does, he returns to a familiar place, Trafalgar Square in London. But it’s in a very unfamiliar condition. As in, terribly overgrown with foliage.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
25
 
 
Here’s another gem of an SNL vintage rerun: Tom Hanks is the host of this show, guest hosting in 1990, just two years after making the shift from Bosom Buddies to movie star as the big-screen star of Big. The young kid showed such promise. Whatever happened to him?  The musical guest is Aerosmith – so watch this 1990 edited-down installment and realize that decades in Steven Tyler’s future is a gig as judge on American Idol.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
25
 
 
Okay, this is ridiculous. I know I keep talking about how this show lands such good guests, and does such good things once it lands them. But check out tonight’s lineup: Not only Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr., who are on a movie publicity tour, but Stephen Fry – and U2. With a lineup like that, and a host like Norton, I’ll be there. And U2 should be watching….