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2017
Nov
27
 
 
This 1960 film is tonight’s prime-time centerpiece of TCM’s current overview of the history of blacklisting, and the end of that persecuting era, in Hollywood. Exodus, directed by Otto Preminger, is the story of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. It’s based on the bestseller by Leon Uris, and is adapted for the screen by Dalton Trumbo – whose on-screen credit that year, along with his credited resurfacing the same year on Spartacus, effectively broke the blackli
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
27
 
 
This new American Masters biography is shown at various times in various markets – but try and find and catch it where and when you can. Bob Hope, for his movies, his TV specials and his visits to the troops overseas, used to be ubiquitous, and among the most recognizable faces and entertainers in the world. Today, among the generation that’s the same age as my college students, he’s a virtual non-entity. Watching this documentary will help: attention must be paid. Check local
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
27
 
 
This documentary, looking at the meth epidemic from the sides of both law enforcement and addicted citizens, is tough to watch. But in this case, that’s precisely the point…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
26
 
 
I’m still sad about Tom Petty’s death, and I’m not sure whether watching this will help or hurt – but it’s Petty, returning in 2014 to his old pre-stardom stomping ground of Gainesville, FL, running through a tight yet somehow loose set of hits and rarities. His lengthy set includes “Free Fallin’” and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and “American Girl,” but also “I Won’t Back Down,” the Traveling Wilb
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
26
 
 
Held Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, the 2017 Soul Train Awards is hosted by Erykah Badu (pictured), and features Jessie J, Method Man, Toni Braxton, and others. Come for the music, stay for the fashion and the dancing. Or vice versa.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
26
 
 
The title of tonight’s new episode is “The King, the Widow and Rick.” Rick is, of course, this show’s central hero (played by Andrew Lincoln, pictured), last seen walking alone, with his assault rifle, to parts unknown – but dangerous parts, no matter where he’s heading. The King is Ezekiel (Khary Payton), whose regal confidence has been shattered after the latest battle in this multi-outpost war for dominance and survival. And the Widow is Maggie (Lauren Coha
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
26
 
 
Fiona seems to be coping with all her new responsibilities, at home as well as at work, but tonight she gets thrown for a loop as an old love re-enters her life – with a message. Meanwhile, Frank actually seems intent on self-improvement, and almost any direction he takes will be a good one. Even working at a car wash. After all, it worked for Walter White, right?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
26
 
 
This latest edition of Smithsonian’s well-researched The Lost Tapes revisits the Seventies case of 19-year-old newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, who was kidnapped in 1974 by a ramshackle radical group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst was held by the SLA for 19 months, during which she went from being held captive in a dark closet to participating in one of their bank robberies as an armed assailant. Lost Tapes incl
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
26
 
 
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Nigel Cole directs this new 70-minute documentary, which treads some of the same territory explored in Springsteen’s current sold-out Broadway show: a retrospective look at the songwriter’s life, influences and music.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
26
 
 
Tonight’s new episode is called “The Shucker” – and you shouldn’t miss it, because after all these years without Curb Your Enthusiasm, the show is about to vanish again. Next week is the season finale, “Fatwa!,” which means that tonight’s installment is Larry David’s penultimate Curb episode of 2017.