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THE WIZARD OF OZ
December 20, 2014  | By David Bianculli

TNT, 7:45 p.m. ET

 

Nobody gets in to see the Wizard. Not nobody, not nohow! Not unless you have cable – in which case, you can tune to TNT tonight and see, almost casually, the annual movie-on-TV event that was so significant, and so eagerly awaited, when I was a child that I wrote about it in advance, in a countdown, in my diary at age 7. And today, by the way, is the final day of my Personal History of Television exhibition at the Apexart gallery in New York, where that very diary is on display under glass. But that’s just for laughs. More seriously, on display, are such things as Rod Serling’s typewriters, Fred Rogers’ sneakers and sweater, and the writers-room scene-by-scene notecard breakdown of the final episode of Breaking Bad. And yes, Wizard of Oz is represented, too, on one of the video wall TV history displays. The exhibition is free – and it’s been fun. At least for me.

 
 
 
 
 
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