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2019
Jan
25
 
 
SERIES FINALE: The last batch of episodes for the final season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt shows up today, wrapping up the series on an optimistic note – and on lots of notes, period, as music takes a playfully prominent role in many of these final stories. Watch them in order, but pay attention, in particular, to the “Sliding Van Doors” episode, in which Kimmy’s reality follows an alternate, and very, very different time line, allowing all the regular players (Carol
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
25
 
 
We waited many, many decades for the original Blade Runner movie, the influential dystopian sci-fi drama starring Harrison Ford and based on a story by Philip K. Dick. And when Blade Runner 2049 finally arrived in 2017, starring Ryan Gosling and featuring Ford in a crucial supporting role, it wasn’t worth the wait. But its technical effects are quite good, and so are some of the other supporting cast members, including Robin Wright and Edward James Olmos. But overall, as sequels go, this i
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
25
 
 
The most newsworthy element of this week’s show, and the biggest “get,” arrives right at the top, when Maher welcomes his old friend, and political polar opposite, Ann Coulter. It’s been said that her diatribe, scolding President Donald Trump for caving on his border wall promise, is the primary reason we’re now in the second month of a government shutdown. And not only has it been said, but Maher is likely to open by saying it tonight. However Coulter answers, this
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
25
 
 
The tragic mystique of Janis Joplin has considerably outstripped the success she enjoyed back when she was with us...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
24
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Today is the 30th anniversary of the execution of Ted Bundy, a serial killer accused of murdering more than 30 women in a long-running national crime spree. This four-part nonfiction series gathers archival and new interviews with many people connected to the cases – but the core are the never-before-released audiotapes, recorded in 1980 by a pair of journalists, of Bundy himself, in conversations that took place when he was awaiting his fate on Death Row.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
24
 
 
Because this is the second half of the final season of this prequel to the Batman saga, we’re really getting close to the end. Which means, regarding this show’s heroes and villains, we’re finally approaching the beginning. The Penguin is acting more like himself, and Ed Nygma is about to act more like the Riddler. Selina Kyle already has begun to embrace her inner Catwoman – and tonight, or very shortly, the Joker may surface and make his move.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
24
 
 
SEASON FINALE: My favorite current TV comedy has been known to shake things up with its season finales, and tonight’s Season 3 closer should be no exception. Not that you can tell from NBC’s official synopsis, which is playfully vague, even by Twin Peaks plot description standards. Though last week set up a replication experiment with the entirety of the afterlife hanging in the balance, tonight’s episode, called “Pandemonium,” is described only as follows: “V
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
24
 
 
The annual Golden Globes awards recently came and went without a single win for one of the old line Big Four broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
23
 
 
Today is the centennial marking the birth of Ernie Kovacs, the brilliant TV comic and video pioneer who was one of the medium’s first and most influential mad geniuses. He was born in Trenton, NJ, on Jan. 23, 1919, started doing local TV in Philadelphia in the early 1950s, when both he and TV were very young. Tonight’s TCM tribute includes, of course, the comedian’s film work –1957’s Operation Mad Ball at 8:45 p.m. ET, 1960’s Wake Me When It’s Over at 11
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jan
23
 
 
If the novelty hasn’t worn off yet – and for me, I'm almost embarrassed to admit, it hasn’t – here’s another episode, and another masked contestant eliminated and revealed. Among tonight’s performing (and vulnerable) singers: the Raven and (pictured) the Bee. For the latter singer, at least, no matter who is under that mask: to Bee or not to Bee, that was the question…