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2021
Feb
7
 
 
On this day in 2000, Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper reprised their roles from the '70s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
7
 
 
Animal Planet has been conducting its miniature bowl games, featuring various breeds of puppies (and other animals) cavorting with toys on a tiny football field, for 17 years now. You’d think it’d be old by now. Then again, when the first Puppy Bowl was held, Tom Brady already was playing as a pro football quarterback. So time is relative… and this annual special continues to provide the paws that refreshes.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
7
 
 
If you’re more of a cat person than a dog person, then you may find that this kitty-come-lately Puppy Bowl ripoff, begun by The Hallmark as an annual event less than a decade ago, will, uh, mews you.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
7
 
 
This really could be one of the best Super Bowls ever played. The Kansas City Chiefs, led by young superstar QB Patrick Mahomes, are defending their title from last year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by old superstar QB Tom Brady, are the first team in Super Bowl history, all 55 years of it, to be playing in their home stadium. But with a COVID-reduced attendance, that may not be that huge a factor. But the QB matchup, a true generational battle, certainly is. And because Mahomes already won la
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
7
 
 
Was it only this week that the Democrats in the House of Representatives, joined by fewer than a dozen Republicans, voted to strip incoming Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee seats? And is it only a few days from now when Donald Trump will face an impeachment trial in the Senate for a second time? Yes and yes. All of which makes this as-it-happens Showtime political documentary series a must-record. I’d say must-see, but we’ll all be watching the Super Bowl
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
7
 
 
Another must-record. See above. This is Part 3 of this nonfiction miniseries, and tonight’s installment plays like a full-length courtroom drama. And a very dramatic one, because the defendant does double duty as defense attorney…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
7
 
 
Ibid.  And this is the penultimate episode of this Bryan Cranston miniseries. So don’t forget to set your DVRs for this one, too…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
6
 
 
Comedian Jon Stewart has written and directed two movies to date – one while on hiatus from The Daily Show, the other last year, pre-pandemic, years after leaving that Comedy central hosting job. The first film was 2014’s Rosewater. The second, making its premium cable premiere tonight on HBO, is 2020’s Irresistible, which stars old Daily Show cohort Steve Carell as a political operative who descends upon a small town in Wisconsin to stee
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
6
 
 
Mel Brooks directed The Producers movie in 1968, stunning audiences with his audacious musical spoof “Springtime for Hitler.” In 1974, he stunned audiences again, lampooning Westerns by casting African-American actor Cleavon Little as “Black Bart” in Blazing Saddles. TCM presents both films as a deliriously entertaining double feature – and what’s amazing about Mel’s writing and directing here is that both movies are as inventive, and
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
6
 
 
Another new episode, and a very significant one. Dan Levy of Schitt’s Creek is the guest host – something his dad, Schitt’s co-star Eugene Levy, never got to do, though he and John Candy did pop up for a cameo in one SNL installment back in 1985. When SNL was in its early glory days in the late 1970s, of course, so were Eugene Levy and Candy — and another Schitt's co-star, Catherine O'Hara — as founding members of a competing