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2019
Dec
25
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: This series, for the past few years, has presented a stand-alone holiday episode every Christmas or thereabouts, and here’s another new one, advancing the show’s narrative while delivering more than its share of laughs, drama, and emotional moments. Considering the annual nature of this TV event, consider it a special delivery – in more ways than one. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
25
 
 
Family pushing away from the dinner table, and wondering what to do next? Tune to TNT for this wonderful family movie… 80 years old, and still unsurpassed. Have more imaginations been sparked by any work of art anywhere, or inspired more other works of art in return? The answer, I suspect, lies somewhere over the rainbow.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
25
 
 
Television on Christmas Day doesn’t tend to be the focal point it can become on Thanksgiving when there are parades and dog shows and football games...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
25
 
 
On this day in 1981, Chuck Woolery made his final appearance as host of The Wheel of Fortune...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
24
 
 
On this day in 1966, New York television station WPIX introduced its beloved broadcast tradition, 'The Yule Log...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
24
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: This new Netflix comedy special, from John Mulaney, is presented as a sort of modern Mickey Mouse Club, with Mulaney himself as the host. But this is no Pee-wee’s Playhouse, where kids and adults can watch together, each enjoying different elements or taking different things from them. This is like more of a David Letterman approach to the children’s TV genre – so twisted and off-center, in so many ways, that I can’t even recommend it
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
24
 
 
For a few years now, the only times to see 1946’s It’s a Wonderful Life on TV were on NBC, when the network televised it once early in December, and again on Christmas Eve. That happens again this year, which is why the classic Frank Capra Christmas movie, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, is showing again tonight. But it doesn’t explain why, tomorrow on Christmas Day, sister corporate network E! is being allowed to present an all-day marathon of It’s
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
23
 
 
Well, when a TV show’s season is only three episodes long, a “marathon” showing of an entire season is less a marathon than a sprint. But BBC America is showing more than one season of Sherlock, the brilliant modern reinterpretation by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star as Holmes and Watson, and the marathon begins with “A Study in Pink,” which reintroduced the Baker Street sleuth in his newest, and best, TV incarna
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
23
 
 
SEASON FINALE: This series ends its first season with an episode that, as much as any other this year, pulls the rug out from under the viewer by refining a major character’s background and motivation. James McAvoy’s Lord Asriel is one of the characters to keep an eye on… but surprises, in this Season 1 finale, come from many directions, so grin and bear it. (Bear. See what I did there?)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
23
 
 
On this day in 1951, DuMont presented the first coast-to-coast broadcast of a National Football League championship game...