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2015
Aug
30
 
 
SERIES FINALE: If you’ve stuck with this alien-invasion series to the end, this is the end. Tonight is the final episode of this somewhat-under-the-radar sci-fi show, with Noah Wyle’s Mason leading the resistance to the last. And this is the last…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
29
 
 
TV’s coin of the realm, the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old audience, continues to work against those shows that dare to “skew old.” It’s not fair and never has been...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
29
 
 
Great Scott! It’s George C. Scott Day on TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars,” and one of the films shown during this particular 24-hour salute is Scott’s most famous movie role: as the gruff WWII general in 1970’s Patton, which is shown at 5 p.m. ET in the widescreen format that makes room for the entire flag.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
29
 
 
Two very clever, and classic, modern Doctor Who episodes are shown tonight, accompanied by behind-the-scenes info. The first is Vincent and the Doctor, in which the Vincent in the title is Vincent Van Gogh – leading to a spectacularly clever appearance by the Tardis in a Von Gogh-ish canvas (pictured). The other, at 9:15 p.m. ET, is The Doctor’s Wife, the first Doctor Who script to be written by famed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
29
 
 
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote this script, about two geeky friends navigating the last weeks of high school, when they were in high school. It took a few years, until Rogen was one of the stars on Freaks and Geeks, for him to work up the courage to give his script to one of that show’s collaborators, Judd Apatow, who backed this movie comedy in 2007. By then, actor Rogen was too old to play one of the lead characters, so he played a cop instead. The stars? Jonah Hill and Michael Cera
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
29
 
 
This 1961 movie is a smart, brooding character study showcasing three wonderful actors: Paul Newman (in a role he would reprise decades later, in 1986’s The Color of Money), George C. Scott (the star being saluted today on TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars”), and Jackie Gleason – in a fitting dramatic role, showing off his real-life skills with a pool cue.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
29
 
 
SERIES FINALE: Mads Mikkelsen, as Hannibal Lecter, gets his last meal, so to speak, in tonight’s episode. It’s the final episode of Hannibal, which, to this point, has neither been renewed by NBC nor rescued by Netflix, Hulu or any other streaming service. So even though the story of the Hannibal in the movies kept going in sequels, this looks like the end of the road for the TV cannibal killer. For Hannibal the Cannibal, it must be bitter news to swallow.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
28
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Today on Netflix, the entire first season of Narcos is available for streaming. It’s the story, based on actual events but strongly fictionalized, about the rise of cocaine in the 1970s – and, in particular, the rise of ruthless drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. “Pablo says the gringos will fall in love with this sh**,” one of his couriers tells another the first time a packet of the white powder makes its way to Miami. Brazilian actor Wagner Moura plays Escoba
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
28
 
 
Ingrid Bergman is the star being saluted today by TCM, on one of the final days of its month-long Summer Under the Stars. And in prime time, we get two of her best performances, in movies that are, in their own ways, positively iconic. First up, at 8 p.m. ET: 1942’s Casablanca, a drama about people caught in a romantic triangle, in the midst of WWII, in a North African hideaway. Humphrey Bogart and Paul Henreid co-star with Bergman, and this movie remains one of the most famous movies of a
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
28
 
 
According to on-air promos, tonight’s 20/20 will be devoted to Wednesday’s shooting of a TV crew in Virginia.