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2019
May
16
 
 
I seem to be writing the word “penultimate” a lot lately. It’s May, and a lot of series are fast approaching their season finales and finales – or, as is the case tonight on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, jumping from the penultimate and presenting the ultimate. But tonight, Sundance’s State of the Union indeed is presenting its penultimate installment – and with only 20 minutes of dialogue-heavy drama left (tonight’s 10-minute episode and tomorrow&rsq
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
15
 
 
Two of Paul Newman’s most dazzling star showcases are shown tonight in prime time by TCM. At 8 p.m. ET, there’s 1963’s Hud (pictured), Newman’s character study of a consummate rebel. And at 10 p.m. ET, there’s one of my favorite movies of all time: 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, directed by George Roy Hill and co-starring Robert Redford. In the 50 years since this film’s original release, I don’t think I’ve gone a week without quo
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
15
 
 
SEASON FINALE: This is not a recommendation. This is the finale of the 38th cycle of Survivor competitions, which I stopped watching several years ago, after watching and supporting them for a very long time. But when even the variations became repetitive, I lost interest – just as I have done increasingly, this season, with NBC’s The Voice. But if you’re still into tribal councils and duplicitous winners, here you go again. Jeff Probst, after all this time, still hosts.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
15
 
 
Last week’s episode was not only this treat of a TV show’s best yet – it also used the excuse of the convening of a “vampire’s council” to make room for a gaggle of unexpected, delightful cameos. Not only did Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and Jonathan Brugh comprise their original roles from the movie that served as the inspiration for this FX spinoff series, but there were appearances by celebrity vampires – actors who had played vampires on film or TV
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
15
 
 
Gabby tumbled into a depression bender last week, defiling her own home with rude graffiti aimed at her cheating wife – and falling off the fitness wagon by having a fast-food “banquet” from Panda Express. By episode’s end, she’d blurted out all her personal traumas while delivering live commentary on a baseball broadcast – the exact way her broadcast partner, Brockmire, began his own downward spiral at the start of this series. Gabby, though, has some help&he
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
15
 
 
Part 8. Last night, Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd had a pre-therapy session argument about their respective tastes in pop culture: Her character likes Meet the Midwife and dislikes black-and-white films, while his character, a critic, is precisely the opposite. Really made me laugh – and love both of these characters even more. Two more episodes to go, at 10 minutes each, and I’m already bemoaning the imminent end of this intoxicating TV experiment.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
15
 
 
Tim Conway spent his career making you notice the guy that no one ever noticed...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
15
 
 
Former CBS sitcom stars Patricia Heaton and Billy Gardell are getting new whirls while a familiar face from cable’s FX, Walter Goggins, moves to a new address this fall...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
15
 
 
Starsky and Hutch wrapped up its four-season run on this day in 1979...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
14
 
 
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In ended its run today in 1973...