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2018
Jan
28
 
 
This second episode of Counterpart is shown tonight, deepening the mystery of what’s going on between these two worlds, and these two lookalikes. The performance by J.K. Simmons gets even better, and several of the supporting players get to do double duty as well… but whatever this series is adding up to, it hasn’t gotten there yet. But it’s intriguing enough, for now, to stay tuned.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
28
 
 
SEASON FINALE: This season’s Shameless has managed to juggle several audacious story lines without bursting the bubble of any of them. Will Fiona (Emmy Rossum) get away with imprisoning her apartment crashers by stealing them in with plywood over the entrances? Will Ian continue to rise as a modern Messiah for the misunderstood? Will Carl and Kassidi (pictured) continue their explosive, clearly ill-fated Bonnie-and-Clyde-type “marriage”? And will Svetlana succeed in using the I
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
28
 
 
Every week on this show, comic Pete Holmes (playing, in this semi-autobiographical comedy series, an exaggerated version of himself) relies on the kindness of strangers. Well, not strangers, really, so much as fellow, more successful standup comics, upon whom he relies to give him advice, moral support, and a couch on which to crash for a while. Tonight’s victim? Bill Burr.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
28
 
 

Back in the day, the first Super Bowl wasn’t even the name for the game. It was known in 1967 as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game...  but the instinct for spectacle was there from the start...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
27
 
 
The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm isn’t your conventional TV show. It runs less than 20 minutes and it’s essentially a capsule summation of the Holocaust, told by a 10-year-old...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
27
 
 
This weekend, the Breaking Bad marathon concludes, which means we’re down to the final episodes of the show’s final season. And today’s mini-marathon begins with Season 5, Episode 7, the unforgettably titled, and written and directed and acted, “Say My Name.” Five episodes are shown today – and tomorrow, we get the rest, as TV’s best dramatic series comes to an end, once again. (And to the reader who can't find this marathon, please look again, and check
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
27
 
 
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. And Sheila Levins, the veteran HBO documentary chief who has presented and generated excellent, important documentaries for many decades now, has found a special way to both honor and exemplify the day, This new HBO documentary by Amy Schatz, just under 20 minutes long, is a full-family special combining animation with a simple, compelling narrative. A 90-year-old man named Jack is interviewed by his 10-year-old great-grandson, Elliott, about the
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
27
 
 
This is an overview of the career and artistry of Elton John, but it’s not a standard biography. Instead, it’s John himself, holding court to explain the inspirations behind the 20 most popular songs in his catalog, as voted by fans. Considering that his collaborator, Bernie Taupin, wrote the lyrics for virtually all of them, expect a lot of input from him as well.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
27
 
 
In this 1949 classic, James Cagney revisits the gangster genre that made him famous more than 15 years earlier in 1931’s The Public Enemy, and reclaims it entirely. This time he plays a psycho convict who escapes from prison and resumes his life of crime on the outside, with a woman (Virginia Mayo) by his side and his mother (Margaret Wycherly) always on his mind. “Made it, ma! Top o’ the world!” Another classic, proudly and correctly presented as one of “The Essent
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
27
 
 
Watch this! Record this! I can’t be more effusive about Blue Planet II, the latest entry in the astounding nature documentary series from the Planet Earth crew. Tonight is episode 2, “The Deep,” which utilizes the latest advances in technology, in both filmmaking and underwater exploration, to send its human filmmakers deeper in the ocean than any human has ever been before. They descend to a world of darkness where you’d expect nothing to be able to survive – and t