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2017
Apr
2
 
 
Tonight’s episode is called “And the Oscar Goes To….,” and has great fun with Joan Crawford’s jealous and fiendish campaign to try to steal some of the thunder from Bette Davis, her What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? co-star, who was nominated for an Academy Award while Crawford was not. The show even gets great drama out of the opening of an Oscar envelope – and when’s the last time that happened? Oh, yeah. I almost forgot….
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
2
 
 
Tonight’s episode title says it all: “What Will We Do This Time about Adam?” The performance of Adam Driver, as the unpredictable sometimes boyfriend of Lena Dunham’s Hannah, has been riveting from the start of this series – and it’s still riveting at the end. Adam comes to Hannah with some surprising news, while she, of course, has some significant news of her own. Will this lead to a reconciliation, and the former couple reuniting? Or is that too neat a ribb
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
2
 
 
Start with The Circus, and finish here. It’s a one-two punch of news and insanity, and you never know which show will be serving up which, or when.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
1
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new syndicated series has been rushed into production, in hopes of capitalizing on political and judicial gridlock should the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch be stalled. That would leave the highest court in the land with a general 4-4 ideological divide, and the chances for lower court rulings to stand until a ninth Supreme Court judge finally is approved. This is where The People’s Supreme Court comes in: petitioners normally arguing before t
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
1
 
 
SPECIAL: Eleven years ago, Donald Trump appeared on the 2006 Grammy Awards, making a surprise appearance during a medley in which various celebrities took turns singing familiar TV theme songs. Trump, as himself (at the time, a New York real estate tycoon)  and Megan Mullally, in character as the brazenly wealthy and comically clueless Karen from Will & Grace, sang the theme to Green Acres. That was the 1965-71 sitcom that started out as Beverly Hillbillies in reverse, with rich folks g
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
1
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: The first season of HBO’s Westworld established that there were other amusement park “worlds” that were part of this troubled, part-android universe. To keep fan appetites whetted until the second season begins, HBO is presenting this limited-duration miniseries, set in an intense, isolated facility where visitors – the type who love to play videogames and computer chess, and compete against artificial intelligence – are placed into dehumanizing
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
1
 
 
SEASON FINALE: This long-running Russian propaganda series, broadcast often in almost unavoidable rotation on the RT state-controlled Russian television network, has finally been dubbed and imported for U.S. viewers. Americans finally can see what Russians have seen for years now: Their leader, Vladimir Putin, insisting on national television that he’s just a harmless and regular guy. Every year on this show, Putin moonlights, and shows off his “common man” connections, by taki
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
1
 
 
SPECIAL: Comedy Central has made a lot of unsuccessful series pilots over the years – but never before has found a way to repurpose or amortize them. This new one-week special collects lots of unsold and unsuccessful series pilots from the Comedy Central archive, starring such currently hot comics as Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee, and presents them back-to-back in a one-hour time slot. The comic and pilot with the higher rating gets to move on to the semifinals; by the time the week is over
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
1
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: You can’t blame FX for cashing in on its increasingly relevant period drama series The Americans, which features a pair of Russian secret agents working undercover as everyday Americans in Ronald Reagan’s Cold War 1980s. But rather than present a dramatic reversal, with American spies pretending to be everyday Soviets, FX is going the comic route. In this period sitcom set in the 1960s, Dave Thomas and Sally Kellerman play bumbling American secret agents tasked with
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
1
 
 
SNEAK PREVIEW: When the producers of the just-completed Planet Earth II were considering what to do next, the first thing they considered was to collectively commit to a third entry in this fabulous series about life on Earth. The original Planet Earth was televised in 2006, and the sequel premiered in the United Kingdom ten years later, in 2016. To try to drum up enthusiasm and backers for the project, one of the producers, using CGI special effects, generated a “teaser special” pur