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2015
Apr
14
 
 
Before she hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend, and before she broke out as the brash Cookie on Empire, Taraji P. Henson played detective Carter on this CBS series – until her character was killed off. But now that Henson is a big star, she’s returning to Person of Interest – but only for this episode, which finds a way to showcase her, in flashback.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
14
 
 
SERIES FINALE: This is easily the biggest TV event of the night. How will Graham Yost’s fabulous exploration of Elmore Leonard’s backwoods Kentucky universe end tonight? I have no idea – but if the central troika of Raylan, Boyd and Ava all get out of there alive, I’ll be quite surprised. Then again, this series has surprised me consistently, by defying expectaions and delivering something even better, from the start.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
14
 
 
The usual “big” shows – AMC’s Mad Men, CBS’s The Good Wife, Netflix’s House of Cards, FX’s Justified, to name a deserving few -- have lately been getting most of the attention. But I’d like to throw some renewed support here to BBC America’s Broadchurch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
13
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: Part 1 of 3. Acorn TV is importing and presenting this three-part British miniseries, starring David Morrissey as a Manchester cabbie turned getaway driver, over as many weeks. You can watch the opening installment on Acorn’s streaming service beginning any time today, with Part 2 arriving next Monday, and the concluding installment a week after that. For Walking Dead fans who loved to hate Morrissey as the Governor, watching this 2014 miniseries may be interesting, an
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
13
 
 
Purely by coincidence, the scheduling tonight of this 2014 Angelina Jolie movie provides a fascinating opportunity to flip between a new movie and its original inspiration. That’s because, at 8 ET tonight, The Disney Channel televises Disney’s original 1959 take on the Maleficent story, its animated Sleeping Beauty movie…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
13
 
 
…Once this 1959 Disney animated film begins, have some fun switching your channels between this one and the Starz! channel, which will be partway through presenting Angelina Jolie in the title role as the embodiment of Maleficent. Compare and contrast. Extra points if you switch between the same scene in both movies.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
13
 
 
I don’t know what to call this show’s return after a brief hiatus, because it already came back at midseason after one break. Is this the mid-midseason? The pre-summer season? The fall of the house of Fox? Whatever it is, Gotham is back tonight – and according to the previews, Jim Gordon is returning with a vengeance.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
13
 
 
What a fun film this is, after all these years. This 1933 movie had special effects that were state of the art at the time, and part of the enjoyment of watching today is of imagining how amazing it was to see this more than 70 years ago, only a few years after the invention of the motion-picture talkie. Part of the humor, too, is noticing how the scale models keep changing King Kong’s scale, or how herbivorous dinosaurs become man-eating killers. But hey – they did that in 1925, too
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
12
 
 
Young Jordan Spieth continues to lead the pack going into the final day, having added a 2-under-par third round to his sizzling first two rounds of 8-under and 6-under. But other golfers had an even better Saturday, with Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson shooting 5-under-par for the day, and Rory McIlroy and the getting-his-groove-back Tiger Woods shooting a four-under. After three days, today’s championship round begins with Spieth at 16-under-par for the tournament – four shots ahead
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
12
 
 
Last week’s episode ended with an accusation of voter fraud against Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and her camp – one that, if it sticks, could jeopardize not only Alicia’s newly acquired status as State’s Attorney, but drag down her husband, the Governor. And there are other accusations of misconduct in this week’s episode as well – ones that don’t bode well for the future of Kalinda (Archie Panjabi), whose doctored email evidence was found and submitted i