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2014
Dec
5
 
 
It will make many readers of this column feel quite old when I refer to Murphy Brown, one of the most “contemporary” comedies in television history, as a “classic.” I remember enthusiastically writing about this show whenever I was able...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
4
 
 
LIVE: Gather the family, make some snacks, tune the TV to NBC, and straight on till morning: These are the directions to experience Peter Pan, live on television, the way it was last experienced live, when I saw it as wide-eyed child in 1960. I did grow up – but I’m still excited by Peter Pan anyway. This new production stars Allison Williams and Christopher Walken. For a full preview, see Bianculli’s Blog, or go straight to my report on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
4
 
 
Two of “America’s Teams,” the Cowboys and Da Bears, do battle on a Thursday night game that ought to be very highly rated, even on the NFL Network. It’s Dallas vs. Chicago, with the Bears enjoying a frigid home advantage.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
4
 
 
This is the penultimate episode of this Americianized remake of Broadchurch, and one of the episodes where it veers significantly from its original inspiration. One thing to worry about, at this juncture: Will its mystery conclude next week, with the season finale? Or will Gracepoint try to pull a Killing and stretch out its story over two seasons? Because that sure ended well…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
4
 
 
Frank Capra directed this 1941 classic, about a man (Gary Cooper) whose personal philosophy sounds positively Buddhist: to protest certain conditions, he threatens to commit suicide publicly. Except this “John Doe” didn’t exist, until Cooper’s character was persuaded to embody him – and a media storm erupts around him. Also erupting around him: Barbara Stanwyck, at her most beautiful. And cynical.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
4
 
 
Tonight’s interview segment may as well be an episode of Directors’ Showcase. The host is Jon Stewart, director of Rosewater. His guest is Angelina Jolie, director of Unbroken. Remember when neither of them was a hyphenate?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
4
 
 
On this day in 2009, TV Worth Watching founder David Bianculli came out of his legendary basement bunker to discuss his book Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
3
 
 
On this day in 1995, ABC presented a telefilm version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
3
 
 

On Thursday, Dec. 4, NBC presents Peter Pan Live!, a live musical telecast. I reviewed it the last time NBC performed it live – in 1960…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
3
 
 
This used to be a local TV special for New York only, until it went national years ago – and now, it’s an official part of the network television holiday season. Here it is, once again, with the massive tree being lit for the first time this year.