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2014
Sep
4
 
 
Larry David doesn’t do the talk-show rounds much at all – so his scheduled appearance on tonight’s Tonight Show is noteworthy. And even more so, since he’s sure to be discussing his just-announced Broadway debut.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
4
 
 

The first foray by Starz! into unscripted TV is The Chair, a new 10-part series that gives the same script to two different directors to see what they come up with. In the same spirit, I invite other TVWW critics to write their own reviews of The Chair. Meanwhile, here’s mine…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
4
 
 
It seemed Joan Rivers would go on forever making fun of fashion, celebrities, aging, plastic surgery and herself but, sadly, she passed away today...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
3
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Tonight the four finalists – Valerie Rockey, Ricky Udeba, Zack Everhart and Jessica Richens – find out which one of them walks away, or waltzes or taps away, with the Season 11 Dance trophy.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
3
 
 
What a wonderful movie. “I like to watch TV,” Peter Sellers’ Chance the gardener says in this 1979 modern fable, adapted from his own novel by Jerzy Kosinski and directed superbly by Hal Ashby of Harold and Maude fame. I do, too – and the chance to watch this movie unedited and uninterrupted, in its original screen ratio, is one reason why. Director of cinematography Caleb Deschanel, who filmed the equally gorgeous The Black Stallion the same year, worked with Ashby to cr
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
3
 
 
This is the show that reveals the Top 12 acts – and while I don’t normally recommend or care about this show, on a slow Wednesday night, if you have any interest in checking out the level of this year’s competing talent roster, now’s the time.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
3
 
 
The promo for tonight’s episode, which features both a portable bomb and a gunfire ambush, boldly announces, “It’s the episode that changes everything.” Let’s hope so – because so far, Legends has been anything but legendary.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
3
 
 
Sonya gets put in an especially precarious position tonight – getting closer to the killer than she might wish, at least under the particular circumstances. This is when she would want her partner to come to the rescue – but first he has to find her.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
2
 
 
The impact of national network broadcast news, in the digital age, has dwindled substantially in importance and reach – so much so that tonight’s latest changing of the guard, from ABC’s Diane Sawyer to former ABC weekend anchor David Muir, also comes with a reduction of power in the primary prime-time anchor seat. Before tonight, on broadcast TV, the evening news anchor was the one who led virtually all breaking news and election coverage – but under the Muir regime, tho
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
2
 
 
Of course this ABC special, because ABC is owned by Disney, is wholly and blatantly self-promotional as well as self-congratulatory. But so was Disneyland, the weekly series ABC launched 60 years ago, and that certainly was worth watching, and proved very, very durable as a pop-culture entity. So, I suspect, will Frozen, which, 50 years from now, is likely to have little girls singing along to “Let it Go” with their three-dimensional holographic Disney playmates.