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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, the streak continues. And tonight, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tries to condense, explain and evaluate it all.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
28
 
 
On this day in 1983, M*A*S*H's concluding episode, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen," attracted 77 percent of all TV viewers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
27
 
 
On this day in 1979, NBC introduced one of TV's lesser-known vampires, Michael Nouri's Count Dracula from The Curse of the Vampire...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
27
 
 
These Dean Martin specials, which Decades collects tonight in an all-weekend marathon, are anything but politically correct, so be forewarned. But they’re fascinating, to me, because no matter how many hundreds or thousands of paid customers are crammed into the Las Vegas venues for these Las Vegas celebrity roasts, the people on the dais essentially are performing only for each other. And what makes them laugh, in these vintage TV specials, is illuminating as well as sometimes surprising.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
27
 
 
Kevin Costner ascended quickly in Hollywood, and leveraged his clout aggressively and intelligently. After his breakout supporting role in 1985’s Silverado as the irrepressible Jake, he spent the next few years playing leading men who no less magnetic. In successive years from 1987 to 1989, Costner played the incorruptible Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, the poetic veteran baseball player in Bull Durham, and the obsessed farmer in Field of Dreams. Th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
27
 
 
Nick Jonas, without the other Jonas Brothers, is the musical guest tonight – and, in this new installment, he’s also the guest host.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
26
 
 
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Including both music and personal moments, this new documentary spends time with singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, one of the few performers to substantially increase her following during this pandemic year.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
26
 
 
Once a week, Disney+ presents a new episode of this latest Marvel TV series. Today is the penultimate episode, and it’s the installment that explains everything – the weird and shifting TV “world” of WandaVision, how Vision has risen from the dead to occupy this sitcom fantasy setting, and, as in Blue Velvet or Twin Peaks, what hidden evil lurks beneath the surface banality. When WandaVision premiered, I was hoping it would take the
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
26
 
 
MOVIE PREMIERE: One of the original cat-and-mouse cartoons is revived for a new generation., with a new animated film (and live-action hybrid) that presents their origin story as household adversaries. As always, bet on the mouse. But I’d like to point out this one little question, which has gnawed at me for decades now: What’s with all the mouse holes in the floorboards? Were apartments and homes so overridden with rodents in the 1940s that it was accepted as commonplace that mice l
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
26
 
 
MOVIE PREMIERE: The script for this new movie biography is predictably by the book, and step by step, starting with an interview that launches a movie-length flashback. The production values are less than lavish, also – but forgive all that to watch Andra Day as jazz legend Billie Holiday, who does an excellent job approximating both her singing and speaking voice. Add this portrayal to Diana Ross’ raw performance in Lady Sings the Blues and Audra McDonald’s even rawe