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2014
Mar
24
 
 
This is the penultimate episode of this CBS sitcom’s neverending story – the episode in which Barney and Robin finally get married, after an entire season (no kidding) of comedic foreplay.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
24
 
 
In case you missed it last night (which was likely, since Sunday night is so full of must-see TV), here’s a next-day repeat of the season’s best episode yet of Shameless. It sends both Frank and his daughter Fiona to new absolute lows, but in a way that humanizes the latter and uses the former as a leading though mostly silent player in one of TV’s most clever plot twists of the year. William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum star.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
24
 
 
Based on the promos, this new episode, “Ivan,” is one in which we learn the truth – more of it, anyway – about Tom. At which point, if the truth is damning, James Spader, as Red, gets to deliver a season-long “I-told-you-so.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
24
 
 
Last week, Norma (Vera Farmiga) delivered a shocker that was the reverse-gender equivalent of the stunner in Chinatown – “He’s your uncle and your father!” But is it really that surprising that the Bates family tree has some very unstable branches?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
24
 
 
This week’s guests on David Steinberg’s talk show about comedy features separate interviews with Richard Lewis and Gilbert Gottfried. Should be interesting: the latter isn’t interviewed on TV very often, and the former, whenever he is, goes straight for the honesty, whether or not the laughter that ensues is riotous or nervous.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
23
 
 
Yesterday’s games provided all sorts of the thrills, upsets and excitement that you expect from March Madness – and today, eight more games are played to identify the survivors for next week’s games. CBS televises the first three, beginning at 12:15 ET with Kansas, seeded No. 2 in the South, facing Stanford (No. 10). At 2:45 p.m. ET, Midwest’s undefeated No. 1 seed Wichita State faces No. 8 seed Kentucky. Then, at 5:15 p.m. ET, Iowa State (seeded No. 3 in the East) faces
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
23
 
 
What a well-timed month in which to relaunch this groundbreaking astronomical science series. Earlier this week, scientists unearthed a potential new discovery that not only might validate another of Einstein’s theories, but the entire Big Bang theory as well. (The concept, not the sitcom.) Even today, some people don’t believe some of the science discussed in Cosmos – but there has been progress. And that’s the subject of tonight’s installment, titled “When K
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
23
 
 
This late-season story line, about a resurfacing of the ballot-box-tampering issue, has been exciting to watch, especially since there have been so many twists, turns and frustrating dead ends. It seems that the trail of evidence is leading to Alan Cumming’s Eli Gold. But I’m rooting for him, and not just because I treasure the character of Eli. I also just saw Cumming last night in previews, reprising his role of the emcee in a Broadway re-revival of Cabaret, and loved it, and him,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
23
 
 
Last week’s episode delivered the kind of horror you don’t usually expect from a horror franchise: human horror, having nothing to do with killer creatures and everything to do with the human condition. Come to think of it, The Walking Dead has pulled this trick on several occasions, but never more effectively than last week, when it whittled its ranks even more, but without having a single walker to blame for the body count. And this week, what happens next? The way this season is w
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
23
 
 
The second episode of this series delivers even more secrets and surprises, and also shows how the different characters continue to advance their respective secret agendas. Gillian Anderson’s character of Meg, for example, is putting up part of her fortune to meet a demand placed by the kidnappers, even though her own sister, an FBI agent working the case, knows nothing about it.