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2019
May
14
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: Original Roman & Martin’s Laugh-In cast members Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi and Jo Anne Worley appear in this new celebratory special, honoring the fast-paced comedy sketch series that was among TV’s most popular shows of the early 1970s. Historically, Laugh-In borrowed from the rapid-fire joke style and sight-gag setups of Ernie Kovacs’ brilliant specials of the 1950s, and the prime-time topical comedy of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. But by firing at al
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
14
 
 
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Director Antoine Fuqua and writer Steven Leckart have crafted this two-part documentary biography of the former Cassius Clay. It’s a powerful study, and both parts are shown tonight, so settle in and watch with intrigue, to get more proof about how early, and how consistently, the man calling himself “the Greatest” was battling more than rival boxers in his pursuit of freedom, justice, equality and celebrity. What’s My Name? is better than most Ali d
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
14
 
 
Last night, for the first time, The Voice was granted access to the songs of The Beatles, and presented duet showcases in which its semifinalists teamed for such songs as “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude.” Tonight, the results of that battle – but I can reveal my results early. The Voice didn’t do the legacy of The Beatles any favors. The show should have let it be.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
14
 
 
This sixth episode of Fosse/Verdon is called “All I Care About Is Love,” taking its title from a song from the Broadway musical Chicago. That musical, in which Bob Fosse fashioned a later-career showcase for Gwen Verdon, is the subject of tonight’s episode – and so is the physical stress Fosse put himself under at the time. The movie All That Jazz, directed by Fosse himself, covered this ground already. This time, though, it’s done without changing the names.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
14
 
 
Part 7. With nothing more than dialogue, and an occasional dash down the street or impulsive shove, Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike have made their characters here come fully to life. They play a married couple, at this point living apart and seeing a therapist, trying to decide whether to heal or put an end to their marital relationship. This 10-part series is written by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears, who collaborated on the wonderful movie version of High Fidelity. And by now
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
14
 
 
Weighing in at two hours, 40 minutes and airing in one sitting, HBO’s What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali, is as thrilling today as it was in his yesteryears...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
14
 
 
ABC scrimped on new fall series Tuesday, but not on women marching at the heads of them...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
13
 
 
We’ve arrived at the Top 8 semifinal performances – and tonight, the contestants are given access to the Beatles song catalog, as a promotional tie-in to the upcoming movie Yesterday – which, by the way, looks positively charming, as evidenced by the film’s promo.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
13
 
 
Mark Cousins directs this new study of Orson Welles the filmmaker, actor and private person. The approach by Cousins is both hyper-personal (he narrates, asking questions of the long-dead icon) and arbitrary (the film is divided into almost capricious sections and sub-sections), but, like any film that looks closely at Welles’ life and work, is worth a look, and bound to offer up a previously unknown nugget of insight or vintage interview fragment. The true treat with tonight’s TCM W
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
13
 
 
This is the start of the second and final week of this marvelous mini-miniseries: 10 episodes, about 10 minutes each, running weekdays, starring Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike as a married couple meeting for a quick drink, and chat, before their weekly marital therapy sessions. We never see the sessions, but the pregame show is so raw, funny and revealing, State of the Union has become one of my favorite TV shows of the year – and so far, it’s less than an hour long. Catch up o