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2019
May
21
 
 
Brett Cavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the behind-the-scenes figbt on both sides to either elect or oppose him, amounted to what Frontline calls the first “all-out war” for control of the Supreme Court. Here is that story. Check local listings. For a full review, see Alex Strachan’s TV That Matters. 
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
21
 
 
Tonight’s seventh episode of Fosse/Verdon has choreographer Bob Fosse, played by Sam Rockwell, fighting with dancer and actress (and estranged wife) Gwen Verdon, played by Michelle Williams, over the content of their upcoming Broadway musical Chicago. She wants a crowd-pleasing comeback vehicle, but he wants something much, much darker. If you’ve ever seen Chicago, the show or the movie, you know who won that one. Both of them...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
21
 
 
This day in 1990 marked the final telecast of CBS's Newhart...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
20
 
 
This day in 2002 marked the final telecast of the Fox series, Ally McBeal...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
20
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Tonight and tomorrow, The Voice presents its first two-night finale of 2019. Tomorrow night is when the visiting stars will perform,  filling time until the results are revealed – but tonight is the night the four finalists, on live TV, do their best to outshine their rivals. So far as coaches this cycle are concerned, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine have no skin in the game – or, at least, no members of their team in the final. Blake Shelton boasts three of four f
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
20
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: Last year’s prime-time James Corden Carpool Karaoke special, in which he drove around Liverpool with Sir Paul McCartney and presented a surprise McCartney mini-concert at a local pub, was my favorite TV moment of last year. I don’t expect to be similarly moved by this year’s outing, which is dominated by him driving Celine Dion around the Las Vegas strip – but I’ll still watch, and listen, with interest, because the “Carpool Karaoke” co
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
19
 
 
SEASON FINALE: This is not a recommendation. Remember when this show, when it was on Fox, ruled the ratings and dominated media attention? Now it’s the ABC finale again this year, and I’d be surprised if anyone could name all of this year’s judges – much less any of the finalists. Which leads to that age-old philosophical question: If a 2019 American Idol finalist sings on ABC, and no one hears it, did they ever sing at all?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
19
 
 
This 1962 movie version of Harper Lee’s story is a magnificent movie, anchored by a fabulous performance by Gregory Peck as small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. TCM’s showing of it in 2019 is especially timely, since Aaron Sorkin’s new stage version of Lee’s story is still playing on Broadway. And, for the record, is one of the best stage dramas I’ve ever seen.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
19
 
 
In tonight’s new episode of Killing Eve, Villanelle (Jodie Comer) continues her undercover work as Billie – helping Eve (Sandra Oh) to investigate another crime, and catch another killer. But Villanelle, as a field agent, is a dangerous weapon: less of a guided missile than a loose cannon.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
19
 
 
SERIES FINALE: You may have heard. This HBO series ends tonight. And when it’s all over, my guess is that the giant throne will be occupied by the show’s most diminutive character. But this program's plots have Throne me before...