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2019
May
26
 
 
If you’re looking for a proposition that can bring a polarized nation together, here’s a candidate: No one likes to see his or her favorite TV show end...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
26
 
 
LIVE SPECIAL: This is the 30th anniversary of this televised holiday concert on PBS, a Memorial Day eve event held to honor the troops. Always one of the most proudly patriotic TV events on the calendar, this year’s lives festivities include appearances by Alison Krause, Patti LaBelle, Sam Elliott, Joe Mantegna and Colin Powell. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
26
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Season 1 of Killing Eve ended with a stunning surprise, an intimate and unexpected stabbing. Tonight is the Season 2 finale – and while Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve (Sandra Oh) have been working the same case, ostensibly for the same people, I wouldn’t be surprised by another tectonic shift in their relationship before this episode is over.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
26
 
 
Viewers and critics often talk of a performer “stealing” a scene in a film, or an entire movie – and that’s precisely the case with this 1963 comedy, which stars David Niven as a suave jewel thief. The jewel he’s planning to steal is the pastel-shaded diamond of the title – called the “pink panther” – and the notorious, mysterious thief is known only as “The Phantom.” The Pink Panther, as a cartoon character, sprang to life (and a
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
26
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: Game of Thrones ended last Sunday, with viewers still debating the effectiveness of the finale, and HBO still lamenting the loss of its biggest franchise. To that latter point, HBO tonight fills the time slot formerly occupied by Game of Thrones with this behind-the-scenes special. I especially like the title, The Last Watch, because, for Thrones fans, that’s precisely what this is. Until, that is, the inevitable spinoffs begin spinning off. Meanwhile, we have an illusion
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
26
 
 
Wendy and Taylor keep marching towards their respective climactic encounters – while, elsewhere, Axe and Wags prepare for their own new, pivotal power struggles.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
25
 
 
I really enjoyed this action comedy-drama when it came out in 1973 – and the intervening decades have treated it very well. Director Richard Lester, who is the guy who captured The Beatles so brilliantly in A Hard Day’s Night, brings the Alexandre Dumas novel to vivid life. The settings are alternately sumptuous and squalid, the action veers between slapstick and swashbuckling, and the casting is inspired. Michael York stars as D’Artagnan, the wide-eyed young man who duels, bef
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
25
 
 
In this 2018 horror slasher film, Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Laurie Strode – a role she first played 40 years earlier, in John Carpenter’s influential 1978 film of the same name. The plot of this new film acknowledges the passage of that much time, and revisits, four decades later, the woman who was the only surviving teenager among the major characters in that first Halloween film – which, by the way, was Curtis’ film debut. And Curtis, of course, is the daughter of Janet
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
24
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This is not a recommendation. Revenge creator/producer Mike Kelley created this new Netflix anthology series, which in its opening cycle takes the basic premise of Indecent Proposal, switches the genders, and expands the story by about four times.  Jane Levy and Blake Jenner play the attractive young couple approached by a meddling tycoon, who offers a life-changing sum in exchange for being able to sleep with one of the married people for one night. The twist is, this time
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
24
 
 
This week, this series goes to a new planet, called Kitson, in hopes of rescuing the recently located Fitz. One problem: Kitson is a giant gambling mecca, Rescue kind of like a planetary Las Vegas, but with fewer restrictions. Another problem: the high-stakes gambling include betting for slaves, and Fitz is betting he’ll win his freedom. But he’s betting himself…