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2018
Feb
25
 
 
SEASON FINALE: In the U.K., this episode came months after the Season 2 finale, as a stand-alone holiday special that was televised on Christmas day. That’s why its title, “Comfort and Joy,” quotes from a familiar Christmas carol – and also why it includes a scene of merry holiday festivities. But it also includes an action sequence that I’ll call, though the episode does not, “Queen Victoria on ice.” Watch for it. Check local listings.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
25
 
 
MIDSEASON RETURN: When The Walking Dead left for its midseason hiatus, it was after a fierce battle that seemed to see Rick and his cohorts enjoying a victory – except that the final shot had Rick’s son, Carl, looking in the mirror, raising his bloody shirt, and revealing what looked to be a zombie bite. So according to this show’s established lore, if a bite isn’t on a limb that can be amputated, Carl is about to turn into one of the undead. And he was another of the sho
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
25
 
 
Both episodes of Homeland this season have delivered a shocker of sorts, getting this season off to one of the strongest starts in years. At the end of the season premiere, one of the program’s antagonists, who was part of the plot to kill the President-elect, was himself killed – poisoned by a nefarious and highly toxic substance sneakily administered to him by a prison guard. Then last week, Carrie (Claire Danes) fell victim, too, but to a different type of secret attack. She was t
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
25
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: The premiere episode A.P. Bio actually was televised on NBC just as the Olympics were starting, in what the network billed a “sneak preview.” Now that the Olympics are ending, NBC brings it back with another “sneak preview,” this time of Episode 2 – and shows it right after the always highly viewed Closing Ceremonies. (According to NBC, the show premieres officially on March 1, one month exactly after its first “sneak.”) Glenn Howerton s
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
25
 
 
SEASON FINALE: From the very start, this series has mirrored, and played with, the real-life history of comic Pete Holmes, starting with his wife being caught having an affair and leaving him, and with Pete struggling to find his way as a fledgling, squeaky-clean standup comic. Tonight, in the Season 2 finale called “NACA,” Pete is talked into seeking a slot at a college comedy festival, where the acts are much less mainstream – and where Pete, to even his own surprise, may hav
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
25
 
 
Last week, John Oliver returned, with Episode 1 of Season 5. That was the week that was dominated by the Florida school shootings – and tonight, I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about the student survivors who have taken up the issue of gun safety and gun control, and, to this point, not let it go.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
24
 
 
Whether misery loves company is debatable. Whether Veena Sud loves misery is not...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
24
 
 
I wrote about this in yesterday’s Best Bets, to give you guys fair warning – but if you watched or recorded today’s early-morning coverage on NBCSN of the gold model game in men’s curling, good for you. And good for me, because any abuse that’s come my way about loving and supporting Olympics curling is now drowned out by my last laugh. The USA men’s curling team just won gold, ladies and gentlemen. Gold. Prior to this morning’s victory, the highest our
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
24
 
 
The figure skating gala, the four-men bobsled gold medal final runs, and the men’s hockey gold medal game are the events scheduled to be covered live tonight on NBC, in the prime-time block beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
24
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: This is a filmed version of Anna Deavere Smith’s one-man play about what she calls the school-to-prison pipeline, which she also wrote. I probably should write “one-woman” play, to be gender-specific – but since among the many characters she portrays here, several are men, I’m letting it slide. But Smith, like Hal Holbrook in his one-man portrayals of Mark Twain in Mark Twain Tonight!, is equally impressive in terms of performance and research. In