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2018
Jan
27
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: Conan O’Brien stamps his passport, once again, to visit a country and have them laugh at him, rather than him laugh in their direction. It’s a goodwill tour to a place that sorely needs a few laughs. And this special, it should be pointed out, was planned and filmed long before the President of the United States, by several accounts, recently described this spot on the globe, among others, as a word that rhymes with pit-hole.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
27
 
 
Returning to the roost, tonight’s guest host is Will Ferrell – who, on this show and on Broadway, famously portrayed the President of the United States. But that was three chief executives ago, when George W. Bush was in the Oval Office. The question is: Tonight, in some sketch within tonight’s SNL, will Ferrell’s Bush meet Alec Baldwin’s President Donald Trump? The musical guest, either way, is Chris Stapleton, pictured here with Ferrell.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
26
 
 
The end times are nigh. “Oh, there will be a reckoning!” they say. But wait. “Reports of television’s death are greatly exaggerated,” say others...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
26
 
 
The number of reporters dwindled as the TV Critics Association winter press tour came to its final days last week with sessions from PBS...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
26
 
 
MINISERIES FINALE: The last two episodes of this Steven Soderbergh series, which has run nightly all week, are shown tonight, with the climactic Episode 6 immediately following tonight’s regularly scheduled Episode 5. So far, I’ve come away from this series relatively unimpressed by the mystery aspects of this series’ plot, and not very stirred or convinced by most of the acting (Sharon Stone and Beau Bridges have been the major exceptions). But every episode, in several scenes
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
26
 
 
In hopes of saving their lives, and lots of others, the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew, stranded in a future time, decide that the only way to right the timeline, and return to their own past, is to take on the alien dictators in charge, and fight the Kree. This means, in short, a battle against Marvel’s baddest Blue Man Group (pictured).
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
26
 
 
My favorite late-night talk show moves on BBC America from Saturday to Friday. If you still haven’t tried it, to see how different and loosely conversational this British import is, tonight’s a good night to dive in. The guests include Tom Hanks and, from Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams, who plays the vindictive Arya.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
26
 
 
The news this week has been major. The guests this week, on Maher’s show, not so much – but whether or not Maher gets big names on his panel, he almost always gets strong opinions and entertaining conversations. This week’s scheduled guests include businessman Roger McNamee, political strategist Rick Wilson and actress Zooey Deschanel.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
26
 
 
Resurrecting onetime hit TV series -- either with the old cast or a brand new one -- may have gone from a fever pitch to a fanatical one with CBS’ announcement that Murphy Brown is coming back...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
25
 
 
In the climax of last week’s episode, Michael (Ted Danson) did an unexpectedly nice thing by leaving himself behind in the Bad Place while sending his new, dearly departed human friends – Eleanor, Tahini, Chidi and Jason – to a portal to a slightly safer place. Or is it? Because among the tests they must face is the title of tonight’s installment: “The Burrito.”