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2019
May
24
 
 
This new Live from Lincoln Center intimate concert features Megan Hilty, whom Broadway fans may remember from her turns in Wicked and other shows. TV viewers, though, are just as likely to know her from NBNC’s Smash, where she played the actress who starred as Marilyn Monroe in the fictional musical biography called “Bombshell.” Hilty will sing a song from “Bombshell” here, which may bring her, and us, one step closer to seeing a full-blown production or concert ver
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
24
 
 
Renée Zellweger stars in What/If as venture capitalist Anne Montgomery, a woman who lives to wield power...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
24
 
 
Pitching In is a breezy, lightweight tale that pokes around in the familiar dramas of family and makes a small village in North Wales look like one of the most beautiful places on Earth...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
23
 
 
SPECIAL: There are different Red Nose Day efforts and events. There’s the original, which was started in the U.K. by Comic Relief there, aimed at raising money and awareness for children suffering from hunger and poverty. The U.S. followed suit in 2015, and the whole “red nose” idea is to keep things as light and funny as possible while tackling a very somber issue. On NBC tonight, there’s a two-hour live telethon, heavy on NBC celebrity performers: Blake Shelton and Kell
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
23
 
 
DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL:  This new biography, 10 years after the death of the famous actress, utilizes audio diaries she had recorded in the final years of her life. It also, however, will leave ample room to show photos and clips from her TV and movie career – which goes all the way back to 1975, pre-Charlie’s Angels, when she played her David Janssen’s beach neighbor on his short-lived detective series, Harry O (pictured). But this ABC special, I’m guessing, will be he
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
23
 
 
Tonight’s new episode is called “Dot Zom,” and has Liv (Rose McIver) and company investigating the death of an app developer. If this gives her the excuse to eat some brains of the victim and become temporarily super-savvy when it comes to computer programming and technology, maybe Liv can crash the zombie website that’s causing so many problems this season. And if not, maybe she could fix my outgoing email server…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
23
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: This Sundance miniseries isn’t evil, but it’s positively medieval. Based on the bestselling Umberto Eco novel, it’s a new, longer treatment of the same story that starred Sean Connery as a Franciscan friar in a 1986 film version. John Turturro plays the role once portrayed by Connery, and this miniseries version presents two episodes per week every Thursday for three weeks, beginning tonight. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
23
 
 

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
 
 
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.