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2016
Jun
2
 
 
In this week’s episode, Donnie (Kristian Bruun) goes to prison – and orange definitely is not his color.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
2
 
 
Tonight’s scheduled guests: Matt LeBlanc, who just started hosting Top Gear this week, along with Emelia Clarke, Kate Beckinsale, Dominic Cooper, and musical performer Corinne Bailey Rae.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
1
 
 
Let’s be abundantly clear. Donald Trump loves attention far more than he loathes the media -- or as he puts it, “The Press.” Conversely, television loves the ratings Trump provides way too much to ever tune him out...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
1
 
 
“Does Westworld really need another remake?” A “Mr. Blue” posted that on Twitter...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
1
 
 
In two seasons to date, no one has yet won this show, and gotten all the way to the end of the 500-Q marathon –and I suspect no one may ever accomplish the task. This season, just getting to the 100-question mark has been a rarity, but if some contestant gets closer, the interest and the tension ought to rise dramatically. Thus far, though, it’s like watching an automotive race where no driver gets out of second gear. I’m watching, but I feel like both the contestants and I are
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
1
 
 
I just saw the current revival on Broadway, a marvelous production starring Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange, with their sons played by Michael Shannon from Boardwalk Empire and John Gallagher Jr. from The Newsroom. Here, on TCM tonight, is the Sidney Lumet-directed film version of the same intense Eugene O’Neill play, starring Ralph Richardson and Katharine Hepburn. The sons are played by Jason Robards and Dean Stockwell, and the movie was made in 1962, back when Robards – who was th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
1
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: Part 3 of 4. Anika Noni Rose as Kizzy, gets to shine in tonight’s installment of Roots, as the story passes to a new generation – with another still to come tomorrow. For reviews, hear my report for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross on the Fresh Air website, and read our TVWW contributors’ reviews on Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes and David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
1
 
 
Last week, one foreign crisis was averted, as the vacationing preacher returned safely to the U.S. – thus squelching his paranoid wife’s threat to expose the Russian sleeper agents whose daughter they have befriended, and learned a great deal about. But this week, there’s another foreign crisis of sorts, this one having to do with FBI agent Stan and his tenuous relationship with Russian operative Oleg.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
1
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Well, here’s something you don’t see very often: An Australian sci-fi series written by an Aboriginal, and setting up a near-future premise in which three Aussie populations coexist uneasily: white elites, Aboriginal natives, and a recently discovered third group known as the “hairies” – a humanoid species with exceptional speed and strength. The show’s title refers to one of the Aborginals, who adopts a sort of superhero alter identity. One t
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
1
 
 
The new summer variety series Maya and Marty has premiered, and first impressions of this genre revival were very good. The variety show may yet rise again. Martin Short reprised his old Jiminy Glick character, an unwitting, ingratiating, overweight Hollywood reporter who "compliments" his subjects with a chain of earnest, back-handed insults... and Larry David's inability to do the interview straight was the best part...