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2015
May
26
 
 
Another new episode airs tonight – but having finally tuned in for some episodes, I’m not at all certain this new quiz show has the drama, or the sparkle, to catch on. But these are the installments that will let us know, one way or the other, because the contestants are working their way closer to the allegedly intense end of the line.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
26
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This harmless, entertaining, often genially embarrassing quiz show returns for a new season, with Jeff Foxworthy as host.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
26
 
 
Correspondent Martin Smith, basically the very best war reporter on this series (and one of the best, period), takes a hard look at U.S. military plans for Syria – and how the White House basically was unprepared for the rise of ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever they call themselves. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
26
 
 
One of tonight’s topics: “80s Ladies.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
26
 
 
David Steinberg’s scheduled guests this week: Cheech & Chong and Dane Cook.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
25
 
 
You aren’t going to be able to see many better, or more appropriate, Memorial Day movies than this one. Made in 1998, and directed by Steven Spielberg, it begins with one of the most jarring and intense war movie scenes ever put on film – and keeps going. Tom Hanks stars as a captain given a particularly risky humanitarian mission, of finding and escorting back to safety Private Ryan (Matt Damon), the only surviving son of a woman who lost her three other boys to war the same day. Co
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
25
 
 
ABC’s summertime quiz show experiment returns, after a few days of a holiday breather for reruns, with a fresh installment, as contestants try to complete their marathon Q&A sprint without answering three consecutive questions incorrectly.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
25
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: History Channel is aiming to make this new miniseries feel like an old-fashioned Western epic, starting with the decision to film it in classic old CinemaScope. It’s the story of Texas independence, a piece of American history that begins as Mexican history, at the Alamo, and keeps going. Stars include Bill Paxton as Sam Houston, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Erastus “Deaf” Smith, Kris Kristofferson as Andrew Jackson, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Emily West, the
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
25
 
 
This movie, starring Nicole Kidman as movie star turned actual princess Grace Kelly, premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival. To say that it was greeted less than warmly is an understatement: Even though it was produced by the Oscar-generating Weinstein brothers, Grace of Monaco left France without a U.S. distributor, and ends up making its American premiere as a Lifetime acquisition. Co-stars include Tim Roth as Prince Rainier of Monaco, as well as Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi and Parke
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
25
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This is not a recommendation, just a notation. On tonight’s new NBC reality competition series, hosted by Bear Grylls, 14 “real men” try to survive on an island. First thing they should do to survive: Turn off their TVs. No, wait, that’s the first thing we should do…