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2019
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Almost four decades after the publication of Umberto Eco’s revered and dark novel The Name of the Rose, someone finally took a deep breath and adapted it for a television miniseries. It’s bold and ambitious, and it mostly works, thanks in no small measure to the brilliant move of casting John Turturro...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
22
 
 
NBC's 3rd Rock from the Sun ended its run on this day in 2001...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
22
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: For a TV history professor, this is the mother lode: An ABC experiment in which episodes of two of Norman Lear’s groundbreaking 1970s comedies, All in the Family and its spinoff The Jeffersons, are performed and broadcast live. I like the casting – Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunker and Jamie Foxx as George Jefferson – because both have solid experience in sitcoms. And you couldn’t find a better sitcom director than James Burrows, period. Norman Lear and J
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
22
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: After ABC’s 90-minute live special, in which scripts from vintage 1970s sitcoms are performed again with a new cast for a new generation, this special provides context and history regarding former hit CBS sitcoms All in the Family and The Jeffersons. You can get similar information and enlightenment in my TV History & Appreciation of the ‘60s and ‘70s classes at Rowan University – but ABC doesn’t require you to pay tuition. Not yet, anyway.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
22
 
 
Tonight’s episode is about the staging of the Biannual Vampire Orgy. I’m just guessing here, but I’m expecting something a lot less sexy than True Blood.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
22
 
 
SEASON FINALE: This Season 3 finale finds Brockmire (Hank Azaria) back at the big leagues at last – but that doesn’t mean it’s for long, or that it goes well. Again, I’m just guessing… but given Brockmire’s personal foibles and track record, it’s an educated guess.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
21
 
 
Supreme Revenge, veteran PBS Frontline correspondent Michael Kirk’s detailed exposé of the behind-the-scenes politics that have driven recent US Supreme Court appointments, is jam-packed with facts and figures, but one number stands out...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
21
 
 
If you’re in the mood for a whirlwind travelogue of exotic upscale destinations, mostly in Europe and the Middle East, CBS’s Blood & Treasure is your new summer show. You should be aware, though, that the travelogue is sporadically interrupted by a plot...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
21
 
 
SEASON FINALE: In yesterday’s part one of this cycle’s two-part finale, Maelyn Jarmon (pictured) – the only remaining female finalist, and the only one not to be coached by Blake Shelton (her coach is John Legend) -- performed a beautiful version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” How beautiful? Afterward, it hit #1 on the iTunes Top 100 List – and probably will be enough to give Jarmon the victory at the end of tonight. But before we find out who wins, to
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
21
 
 
Tonight’s installment is called “Generation Woodstock” – and while the plans for a golden anniversary festival concert event have gotten increasingly problematic for this summer, few things went as planned in the summer of 1969 either. But thanks to farmer Max Yasgur’s last-minute offering to use his land for the three-day music event, Woodstock ended up being a real lollapalooza.