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2019
May
31
 
 
Last week’s episode was a rarity, played mostly for laughs upon a galactic casino. This week, S.H.I.E.L.D. gets back to its more dour basics: saving the universe while looking out for fellow team members.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
31
 
 
MOVIE PREMIERE: Oh, my, what a total treat this is. Thirteen years after ending abruptly and prematurely, HBO’s Deadwood returns – with a telemovie sequel that serves as a perfect end to one of TV’s most perfect series. The acting is fabulous, and Milch’s script is a triumph. For my full review on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, listen to today’s show or visit, later this afternoon, the Fresh Air website. (The Friday program I host also makes room for replay
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
30
 
 
Tonight’s new episode has Liv (Rose McIver) riding the wave, and attitude, of the brains of a 19-year-old genius – whom the CW press materials describe as a “Ferris Beuller” type.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
30
 
 
John Turturro stars in this new Sundance miniseries version of bestselling Umberto Eco novel – and is one of its teleplay adapters as well. So if you’re not caught up in this fresh adaptation (which premiered last Thursday), you have him to blame. Twice.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
29
 
 
Paul Newman has been showcased in many, many excellent movies as Star of the Month on TCM in May – but as we get near the end of the month, and the end of Newman’s film resume, some of his very best performances and films have been saved for last. Exhibit A: This 1982 courtroom drama, written by David Mamet, in which Newman plays an alcoholic attorney who summons the drive and self-respect to tackle one more tough legal case, and give it the energy and combativeness it requires. Co-s
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
29
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Tonight is the Season 1 finale for Shadows, but never fear. Never fear because a) this is a comedy series about vampires, so it isn’t scary, and b) FX already has renewed Shadows for a second season. Tonight’s season finale is called “Ancestry,” and has Nandor tracking down one of his still-living descendants.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
29
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This animated comedy premiered a decade ago, and has reinvented itself wildly over the years. In fact, for three seasons now, its titular hero has been in a coma, lingering near death, while his subconscious spins through a series of odd fantasies recasting his friends and co-workers in alternative roles in a string of unpredictable misadventures in exotic settings. This season, the setting is outer space, and Archer’s fertile imagination takes him and his “crew&rdqu
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
29
 
 
There’s nothing new to look at here unless you’re among those who haven’t yet seen a TV series about a haunted woman who sees the dead and then aids or afflicts the living...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
29
 
 
Turns out zombies aren’t the only people who can be dead but not quite gone...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
29
 
 
If you’re looking for a breezy bit of TV candy to kick off the summer, PBS stands ready to serve...