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2017
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Coal is hot. President Trump wants to make it great again. Environmentalists hate it for being the single greatest man-made contributor to global warming and environmental contamination...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
24
 
 
Here’s the brightest TV news from the last couple of weeks: Luther is coming back...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
24
 
 
It’s been 40 years since George Lucas made his first Star Wars movie, now called Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. That’s the one that, in 1977, introduced Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia – icons all, along with other memorable characters like C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. And it’s now been 30 years since Mel Brooks spoofed that movie, its imagined universe and its many colorfu
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
24
 
 
Beginning tonight, The Essentials host Alec Baldwin teams up with his old 30 Rock co-star, Tina Fey, for his latest round of animated movie discussions. (It’s the discussions that are animated, not the movies.) Tonight’s topic, “Eyewitness,” is about movie characters whose lives are changed or threatened after they witness something significant – and allows Baldwin and Fey, and us, to revel again in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece, Rear Window, starring Ja
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
24
 
 
Tonight’s “World Enough and Time” is the last episode before next week’s season finale, which will be the last episode before this year’s Christmas special – which will mark, somehow, the final appearance of Peter Capaldi as the current incarnation of the Doctor. The show’s current plot line, therefore, is running out of time – and tonight, Time is in play not only as an abstract, but as an adversary. And so is another Time Lord, making a return, a
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
24
 
 
This final season of Orphan Black is beginning to serve up answers, rather than puzzles – and tonight, finally introduces us to the long-discussed, never-seen scientist P.T. Westmoreland. It also takes several of the clones played by Tatiana Maslany – including Cosima, Rachel, and Alison – and realigns them yet again. And watch for Alison’s suburban husband Donnie, played by Kristian Bruun, to also be placed in serious danger this week. He’s not only in danger of be
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
24
 
 
This repeat from May, only one month ago, is hosted by Melissa McCarthy. Worth seeing again – even though, in terms of politics, so, so much has happened since then…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
23
 
 
The new Netflix series GLOW has an almost eerie kinship to Lifetime’s surprise hit UnREAL...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
23
 
 
As an increasing number of viewers get comfortable streaming their TV shows, along comes a new service that offers a new batch of British programming...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
23
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Netflix has an easy-to-watch, ready-to-binge new series in GLOW, which premieres today with all 10 half-hour episodes of its comedy-drama available for viewing. It’s a fictional comedy based on a real TV show: a late-Eighties syndicated women’s wrestling show called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or G.L.O.W. In this salute to that early testament to TV tackiness, Alison Brie – from both Mad Men and Community, stars as an unsuccessful actress named Ruth, who atte