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2017
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SPECIAL PREMIERE: Producer Ken Ehrlich has been overseeing fabulous performance pairings at the Grammys for decades, and is one of the most tasteful and, at times daring, music producers on television. (He also, he told me once, got every performer to sign a personal scrapbook for him, often with scraps of their own lyrics, which must be an amazing book by now.) At Ehrlich’s first Grammys show, he paired Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond for a live performance of “You Don’t Bri
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
24
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: Holiday Inn is another Broadway musical that was filmed, and shown in select movie theaters at the same time it was performed live, by BroadwayHD. This co-production with New York’s WNET-Ch. 13 now surfaces on PBS’s “Broadway Best” lineup – and by the way, I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the story why last week’s scheduled production of the Harold Prince tribute musical mysteriously vanished. But this sort of jukebox modern musi
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
23
 
 
Whatever sharks may lurk in the waters off Australia, the Australian period soap A Place To Call Home hasn’t jumped them yet...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
23
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Happy Thanksgiving. Unveiling, for some reason, on Thanksgiving Day, filmmaker Spike Lee’s newest “joint” is a 10-part TV reexamination of his 1986 breakthrough film, She’s Gotta Have It. DaWanda Wise is cast in the role of Nola Darling, who navigates the streets of Fort Greene in Brooklyn as fluidly as she does the attentions of a series of eager suitors. In the Eighties, this character, and this movie, were all about power dynamics between men and woman
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
23
 
 
Starting at 9 a.m. in all time zones, it’s the annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Live from New York, it’s Thursday morning! And watch on NBC, where the surviving members of the morning-show family won't be suffering from post-scandal depression...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
23
 
 
Ella Ballentine is back as Anne Shirley in this telemovie sequel for the holidays, which co-stars Martin Sheen. It’s followed at 9:30 p.m. ET by the Anne of Green Gables remake, also made in 2016, that re-established Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved character of Anne with a charming new actress playing her. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
23
 
 
And speaking of charming, this sitcom has built up an enormous amount of good will in a very few episodes – at least with me. If you haven’t seen this Big Bang Theory spinoff as yet, tonight is a wonderful time to try.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
22
 
 
Netflix’s new Godless cherishes the DNA of the classic epic Western...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
22
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: I’ve been waiting since Deadwood for another quality show such as this, and here it comes: The Western is back! Michelle Dockery, who already showed off her acting range by going aggressively from the pampered daughter of Downton Abbey to the Southern con artist in Good Behavior, takes on another very different genre and role here. In this seven-part Western drama, she plays a frontier woman who’s handy with a shotgun, twice a widow, and rebel enough to be attracted
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
22
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: This new music special from Barbra Streisand continues a sporadic yet continual string of solo concert TV performances she’s conducted, off and on and over the decades, since vaulting to stardom on Broadway in the 1960s. More than 50 years on, she’s still going, still in command of both the audience and most of her voice – and in this concert from Miami, which ended her recent (and allegedly farewell) tour, she chooses songs, visuals and between-song stories t