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2014
Nov
21
 
 
This is a fascinating special, and a glimpse at watching true creativity in action – and, at times, creativity inaction as well. Writer-director Sam Jones has cameras running during the two-week period in which legendary music producer T Bone Burnett invites a hand-picked gaggle of musicians to create an entire album, and suite of songs, out of a mother lode of rare lyrical artifacts: unpublished lyrics written by Bob Dylan during his Big Pink “Basement Tapes” year in 1967. The
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
21
 
 
SEASON FINALE: What a way to go out for the season. Chris Matthews is on the panel, John Cleese is the scheduled top-of-show guest, and Seth Rogen joins the panel midway through. And while there are plenty of hot topics for Maher and company to consider, the political highlight is immigration reform – and the third-rail topic, one of Maher’s specialties, is the swirling controversy surrounding Bill Cosby.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
21
 
 
One of tonight’s guests is James Corden, for whom host Letterman, as the boss at Worldwide Pants, has more than the usual stake. Corden, come next January, is the new host of The Late Late Show.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
20
 
 
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) showed measurable and unexpected character growth a few episodes ago  -- growth that had the studio audience gasping in shock and applauding in approval. And tonight, now that he has professed his love for Amy (Mayim Bialik), and she has reciprocated,  they get to move forward.  More fun with flags!
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
20
 
 
Tonight, you can have your movie terror the way Paul Revere planned his warning signals about the British invasion: This 1963 Alfred Hitchcock classic should typify “One if by air,” but the redcoats were not yet that sophisticated with their manner of attack. But in this scary movie about a mysterious avian revolution, some of the most frightening scenes occur when the birds in question are sitting perfectly still, perched on land, or on playground bars – so “One if by la
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
20
 
 
And this 1975 Steven Spielberg killer shark thriller is, of course, representative of Paul Revere’s “Two if by sea.” It’s also representative of one of the best suspense films, or action films, or monster movies, or however you wish to categorize it, in the history of the movies.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
20
 
 
MIDSEASON FINALE: This is what the networks, cable and broadcast, increasingly are calling their final first-run episodes of the year before the holiday break. I suppose it’s because “midseason finale” sounds a lot better than “the last episode before we pack things up until the New Year, when people start watching TV in large numbers again.” But on this particular midseason finale, we’re supposed to solve the murder that was introduced way back in the series
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
20
 
 
On tonight’s episode, another fall finale, Max (Max Burkholder) is a guest at a party thrown by his parents for the Chamber Academy – and it’s a party at which he’s determined to propel his relationship with his “girlfriend” to the next level. Which, to the objective outside observer, might as well be called “base camp.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
20
 
 
ABC’s David Muir is a TV natural, in his element alone at a news desk but more so when out and about doing things that networks anchors just didn’t used to do...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Nov
20
 
 
On this day in 1983, ABC presented The Day After, a miniseries depicting the aftermath of a fictional nuclear war...