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2019
Dec
9
 
 
This week’s cross-promotional CW superhero mini-miniseries, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which began yesterday on Supergirl, continues tonight on Batwoman. Then it continues tomorrow night on The Flash – the TV equivalent of a storyline stretching across the titles of several comic books from the same company.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
9
 
 
This fantasy series keeps advancing its plot each week in a way that makes it more intriguing – but to this point, while such performers as Lin-Manuel Miranda finally have elbowed their way into the spotlight, there’s still a lot of preamble here. And they’re ambling through this preamble, at no deliberate speed. On a weak TV night, it’s still the most attractive option… but that’s grading, atb this point, on a fairly steep curve.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
8
 
 
When it's time to make a series pilot, TV people open up the bank vault. The Game of Thrones pilot has been reported at $5-to-10 million. Lost was said to be $10-to-14 million, including buying an old plane...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
8
 
 
All the Greg Berlanti DC Comics superhero shows for the CW mount a cross-series narrative of some type each season, imitating the common practice, in both DC and Marvel Comics, to encourage sampling of the less popular titles by spreading a continuing plot among several of them. The same technique works on TV, or makes the attempt, as tonight’s Supergirl launches a new mini-miniseries story line, called “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” that eventually will envelop such si
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
8
 
 
There’s a lot of change washing over Ray Donovan this season. Jon Voight, as Ray’s father, has been killed, resurrected and exiled out of the country – and those are only the events of three successive, respective episodes. Also in the third episode of this season last week: one of the show’s best supporting players, Katherine Moennig as Lisa, Ray’s private eye assistant, said goodbye and was last seen at the airport heading west – presumably, in rea
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
8
 
 
You're pouring out all your desperation to your therapist. Your life's a wreck, and you feel like you have no connections or purpose...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
8
 
 
By sheer dint of its storytelling and directorial flair, Watchmen has become Sunday’s best TV show – and the closest thing to brilliantly told graphic novel television since FX’s Legion left the air. Once Angela (Regina King) followed the IV line patched into her arm and discovered that the other end was hooked to an… elephant, while Jeremy Irons’ Smartest Man in the World was convicted in court by a jury of his… pigs, I gave up trying to
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
8
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This sequel to The L Word, which ran from 2006-09 on Showtime, returns with some of the same characters – but, a decade later, also introduces and follows a new generation of characters, expanding its universe in other ways as well. Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey and the aforementioned Katherine Moennig reprise their original roles.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
8
 
 
SERIES FINALE: This long-running HBO comedy, Mike Judge’s caustic and prescient satire of Silicon Valley, ends tonight. And given Judge’s sense of humor, and perspective, don’t be surprised if the ending to this take on Internet profiteers is more than a little apocalyptic.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
8
 
 
SEASON FINALE: HBO has promoted this dramatization of the Tom Perrotta novel as a “limited series,” which should mean a miniseries with a definite end, which, in turn, should mean that tonight’s season finale is indeed the show’s final episode, period. But Big Little Lies was promoted and described by HBO the same way, and its popularity prompted an initially unplanned Season 2. So we’ll see. And, as long as HBO keeps making Mrs. Fletcher, I&rsqu