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2019
Jul
30
 
 
On TCM, as part of its latest menu in its month-long “Out of This World” film voyage, the network starts with Steven Spielberg’s 1977 classic. You’ll never look at space the same way again. Or mashed potatoes. And what a magnificent, vitally important score by John Williams!
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jul
30
 
 
How do you salute sci-fi space films properly without including George Lucas’s 1977 blockbuster? It introduced the franchise, and now is retitled Star Wars: A New Hope. And the answer is, you don’t. So TCM has it… and is showing it tonight. Also shown this evening, as part of the lineup: 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (at 12:45 a.m. ET) and 1976’s Logan’s Run (at 6 a.m. ET).
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jul
30
 
 
This day in 1989 marked the last telecast of The Jim Henson Hour on NBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jul
29
 
 
On this day in 1983, NBC attempted to capitalize on the growing popularity of music videos with the introduction of the late-night show, Friday Night Videos...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jul
29
 
 
Cambridge Analytica, John Oliver noted in a Last Week Tonight monologue last season, is not the Latin, scientific name for John Oliver, sadly. Would that it was...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jul
29
 
 
In 1962, director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini teamed for this tense bank-heist drama, starring Glenn Ford and Lee Remick. Ford plays the good guy, trying to help Remick, who plays a bank employee being forced to steal from her own bank. The mastermind behind the robbery has abducted her younger sister, and threatened to kill her unless the older sister follows instructions. The villain is played by Ross Martin, a few years before he co-starred in The Wild Wild West, and th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jul
29
 
 
MINISERIES FINALE: Tonight brings the final installment of Russell T. Davies’ hauntingly memorable futuristic drama (and really: wasn’t the body-strewn beach scene one of the most gripping TV scenes yet of this TV season?). In the drama, the episode begins in the year 2029 – only a decade from now. But given what’s happened to the characters, and in politics, it seems a lot longer. And a lot scarier.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jul
29
 
 
Tonight’s episode focuses on Syd, and provides a potential back story – starting with infancy, as it did when introducing David, her eventual boyfriend, enemy, quarry, and now what? Things have a way of shifting on Legion. How did the narrator introduce last week’s opening-tease synopsis of recent events and clips from the show? Something like “Purportedly on Legion”?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jul
29
 
 
TV has always been fond of sketch comedy. It's gone from Sid Caesar and Milton Berle to The Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Live. It's had the full range of people, as long as your range consists primarily of white males...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jul
28
 
 
On this day in 1952, NBC launched the short-lived quiz show, Up to Paar, with host Jack Paar...