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2015
May
21
 
 

After a third of a century in late-night TV, David Letterman presented his last show last night (Wednesday, May 20), on the final day of the May ratings sweeps. And he went out with a great one…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
20
 
 
With David Letterman’s retirement now upon us, I’ve been tasked with finding a Video Worth Watching from Dave’s thirty-three years on late night television. How do I choose a highlight from a career filled with highlights...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
20
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: If at first you succeed, try, try again. When ABC first launched Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 1999, it was as a special week-long “special event”: a quiz show, adapted from the British hit series of the same name, presented in prime time and spread over a single week to build momentum and interest. It was such a huge hit that ABC soon repeated the experiment, then began programming so many installments of Millionaire over so many time periods that it oversaturate
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
20
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Speaking of Survivor creator Mark Burnett, here he is again, with another extended live finale of the franchise he launched in 2000, the year after Millionaire – and which helped CBS begin its climb to Number 1. For Survivor, this is cycle number 30, each one hosted by Jeff Probst. Talk about outlasting…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
20
 
 
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals begins tonight, with the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks. This is the phase of the tournament where, traditionally, LeBron James shines like few other players in the history of the game – and now that he’s back in Cleveland, he has even more motivation.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
20
 
 
Francis Ford Coppola made this war film in 1979, waging several wars of his own: with his studio, with the elements, even with some of his rebellious actors – most notably Marlon Brando. The result of all that tortured effort? A cinematic masterpiece. Martin Sheen stars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
20
 
 
SERIES FINALE: Late Show will continue, but Late Show with David Letterman will not. CBS is promoting this last installment of the Letterman era as Letterman: The Final Show. And there’s no way it won’t be memorable. I expect – and I hope – some unscripted speaking from the heart, with Letterman looking directly into the camera and talking honestly. Because that’s where Letterman always has been at his very best (as with his return after 9/11, or after his heart sur
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
19
 
 
SEASON FINALE: This spinoff of Arrow almost instantly eclipsed its parent program in terms of writing, tone and performances, and has maintained that advantage all season long. Tonight, the Season 1 finale, when we find out more about Tom Cavanagh’s character, who started the season as a good guy but along the way changed, literally, into a villain. We also learn what sacrifices the Flash must make in order to combat him.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
19
 
 
Made in 1967, and directed by Arthur Penn, this romanticized biography of the Depression-era bank robbers made a movie star and fashion icon of Faye Dunaway, and propelled Warren Beatty – who produced as well as starred – into the top tier of moviemakers given clout to do what he wished. It’s an exciting, clever film, with a terrific supporting cast (Gene Hackman wasn’t a star yet, but commands attention here, as do Estelle Parsons and Michael J. Pollard), an infamous end
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
19
 
 
SEASON FINALE: At 8 p.m. ET, prior to tonight’s two-hour season finale, NBC presents a recap hour, allowing interim- or non-viewers to get up to speed – and also allowing NBC to recycle some footage and amortize the show’s costs a bit. But at 9 p.m. ET (well, much closer to 11 p.m. ET, actually), a winner for Season 8 is crowned. Expect it to be Sawyer Fredericks.