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2021
Mar
1
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE:  This is the one new NBC scripted drama series filmed before the pandemic, so it has better production values than most. And this opening installment provides a couple of eye-catching visuals and mysterious, physics-defying anomalies. The explanations for these odd occurrences, in both human behavior and unnatural phenomena, seem to revolve around space junk from an apparent alien spacecraft. But once the plot gets down to Earth, pitting investigative scientists agains
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Mar
1
 
 
Real life intruded briefly on the made-up world of TV drama this past week..
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Mar
1
 
 
The NBC family has a terrific new supernatural-rooted show, Resident Alien, on its Syfy network. It doesn't do quite as well with Debris...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Mar
1
 
 
Debris arrives Monday, with all the advantages...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
28
 
 
The Emmys were uncharacteristically intimate because of adjustments made for the pandemic – especially when the live TV show kept returning to Canada to present another spontaneous party celebration from the Schitt’s Creek crew. How will the Golden Globes handle things? I’m not sure. But with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as co-hosts, expect some entertaining, and perhaps even slightly inebriated, anarchy.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
28
 
 
There hasn’t been a week all year, so far in 2021, that hasn’t been almost crushingly newsworthy. And with what the Senate did – and failed to do – this week, and with Donald Trump making the first major political appearance of his post-presidency, and a Trump “statue,” and the post-Cancun Ted Cruz, the streak continues. Tonight, The Circus tries to condense, explain and evaluate it all.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
28
 
 
SERIES RETURN: The “bonus” episodes of this season begin showing up tonight, with the big anticipated event being the return of Maggie and her “reunion” with Negan, who once bashed in the skull of her husband Glenn. Nehan has since been “rehabilitated,” but bygones? That’s hardly likely…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
28
 
 
The first two episodes of this new food and travel series, filmed before the pandemic, have been delicious. Tucci is such a warm guide, and knows Italy and Italian well enough, to lead us to tantalizing restaurants and culinary treats. In Rome, he even took us to a restaurant proudly specializing in animal hearts and livers and brains and intestines – and somehow, didn’t make it seem offal. Tonight, Bologna!
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
28
 
 
In this second hour of this new HBO documentary, the video “testimony” recorded by Mia Farrow, in which daughter Dylan, at age 7, answers questions about Woody Allen’s alleged abusive behavior, is included.  Whether it answer more questions than it poses, however, depends upon your opinion about several other factors. Personally, I’m concerned by the apparent one-sidedness of this account. Both sides should be heard and evaluated, obviously – but Alle
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
28
 
 
Last week’s “best of” special look back was all about Fiona – played by Emmy Rossum, who departed the show last year. Tonight’s is about the paternal central character of the show, Frank Gallagher, the singularly unpredictable and usually unreliable patriarch played so brilliantly, for so long now, by William H. Macy.