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2019
Sep
9
 
 
On this day in 1975, ABC introduced the situation comedy Welcome Back, Kotter...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Sep
9
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This season of Monday Night Football begins on ESPN with a doubleheader, with two Week 1 games played back to back. First, at 7:10 p.m. ET, is the Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints, followed at 10:15 p.m. ET by the Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders. And it’s worth noting that Monday Night Football remains the second oldest continuing series in prime time. Before moving to ESPN, it began on sister broadcast network ABC in 1970. The record holder, th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Sep
9
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This is the third and final season for The Deuce, the latest series from David Simon and his talented collaborators, including co-creator George Pelacanos. And once again, there’s a significant time jump between seasons. The initial season of The Deuce began in 1971, culminating in the 1972 arrival in Times Square (and the rest of the country) of the first “mainstream” porn film, Deep Throat. The second season jumped to 1977, when
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Sep
9
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: This is not exactly a recommendation.  But I know viewers of a certain age will watch this anyway, and may even enjoy it – so here it is. This is a home remodeling series with a celebrity and nostalgia twist: It takes the home made famous, or at least recognizable, by The Brady Bunch, the blended-family sitcom that premiered 50 years ago on ABC, and does a full-scale makeover. And it has to, because the property, at 11222 Dilling Street in Los Angel
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Sep
9
 
 
I’d recommend this show anyway, but tonight I’m mentioning Our Boys for an additional reason. Until now, the series has been shown on HBO at 9 p.m. ET on Mondays – but tonight, with the third-season arrival of The Deuce, HBO is moving Our Boys to a later time slot at 10 p.m. ET. If you have a season pass to record Our Boys, or watch on HBO Go, that won’t matter – but if not, consider this a heads up.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Sep
9
 
 
The Deuce, HBO’s complex exploration of the New York sex industry during its 1970s-1980s golden age, was always projected as a trey...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Sep
8
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: The preseason games are over, and the 2019 NFL schedule begins with its first full Sunday complement of games. And while you can find your favorite regional games on your local broadcast stations or on cable and satellite and streaming NFL packages, NBC still reserves one Sunday game for prime time, and gets big ratings because of both the time of day and the games it and the NFL select. This season opener, for example, pits the Pittsburgh Steelers (or Pitts the Pittsburgh Steel
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Sep
8
 
 
Tonight’s episode is entitled “Tern Haven,” and don’t expect any haven where this family is collected to be a safe one.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Sep
8
 
 
Maura Tierney, for now, has emerged as the dramatic heart and emotional center of The Affair, trying to deal with all the betrayal and unanswered questions left in the wake of this series’ titular action. But there are new characters coming to the fore, and they’re just as emotionally tormented.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Sep
8
 
 
Kirsten Dunst’s character became much bolder last week – seizing the day by seizing the microphone at a high-profile sales convention, and offering herself as the new publicity director and exercise guru at the local water park amusement center. And in Central Florida, she wants to find even higher mountains to climb – which in Florida, topographically speaking, is not easy.