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2017
Feb
20
 
 
SEASON FINALE: The Season 1 finale of this show takes the time-traveling crew back to 1954, and the Communist-fearing era of Sen. Joe McCarthy. Spencer Garrett guest stars as McCarthy – and depending upon when in 1954 this story takes place, it might well make room for legendary CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow’s stand against McCarthyism on See It Now – and for the resultant Army-McCarthy hearings, at which Joseph Welch famously asked McCarthy, “At long last, sir, have you l
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
20
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This is the fifth and final season for Bates Motel – and knowing this, the producers can plan accordingly, making this last batch of episodes align with events from Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1960 film Psycho, which has served as this prequel series’ prime inspiration. That makes these final episodes even more intriguing, especially since Norman (Freddie Highmore) begins the year by installing a new shower curtain. And since his mother, played by Vera Farmiga,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
20
 
 
In last week’s Season 2 premiere, we saw Emily Berrington’s Niska, perhaps the most militant of the synths, avoiding detection by wearing a long red wig, hanging out in dance clubs, and waiting for the right time to infect the Internet with her socially explosive uploads. It’s all intended to spark a reunion, then a revolution. Or, in the case of these hybrid humanoids, an evolution…    
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
19
 
 
Lately, there’s no such thing as a free, new top quality drama on CBS. Instead, you’ll have to pay for it. The network’s recently launched streaming service, CBS All Access, gets serious this Sunday with its first original series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
19
 
 
If the last thing you need is one more place where you have to buy a TV show, then you’d probably be delighted if the first original drama on CBS All Access, The Good Fight, were a piece of junk. Sorry. It’s not...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
19
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Strap yourself in, because this particular Sunday is one overcrowded, overachieving night of television. It begins with a new CBS drama series that, after this first taste, moves exclusively to the network’s streaming sister site, CBS All Access. The good news is that it’s a spinoff sequel of The Good Wife, starring Christine Baranski and other returning faces and new regulars, and it’s excellent (she’s seen here, with guest stars Bernadette Peters and Pa
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
19
 
 
I was in the second year of my career as a TV critic when NBC presented its golden anniversary prime-time celebration, NBC: The First 50 Years. That 1976 special was four-and-a-half hours long, and hosted by Orson Welles. Forty years later, with almost twice as much network history to celebrate, tonight’s The Paley Center for Media Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary special is only three hours long, and is hosted by Kelsey Grammer. But as a TV historian and long-time critic, I applaud th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
19
 
 
In tonight’s episode, the pregnant Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) appoints a regent in case she dies during childbirth, but the Tory party is livid at her selection. So if you’re seeking some escapist entertainment, and want to watch a period costume drama built tonight around about controversial appointments by powerful rulers, here you go. Good luck. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
19
 
 
Last week’s midseason premiere ended with a seemingly happy cliffhanger for a change: An expression of happiness on the face of a character, Andrew Lincoln’s Rick, who had just come upon and recognized a familiar person from the past. Who is it, and what happens next? That’s the launching point for tonight’s episode, which continues the twin themes of reunions and resistance. And there you go – The Walking Dead, these days, is a drama about scrappy survivors banding
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
19
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern star in this new HBO miniseries, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. Each of the seven episodes is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild, The Dallas Buyers Club), and adapted by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal), so it has a uniform voice, tone, and look. I’ve seen all but the final hour, and while I recommend Big Little Lies, the central mystery – both the murderer and the victim remain u