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PSYCHO
March 20, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
I’ve been marveling, with increasing enthusiasm, at how the actors, writers, producers and directors of the Bates Motel A&E prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film classic Psycho have made this final season so multilayered, inspired, and entertaining. The closer the TV show gets to the timeline of the movie, the better it’s gotten – and it was good to begin with. So tonight, at a pivotal time when the TV show and movie plots finally intersect on Bates Motel, TCM prefaces that with a prime-time showing of the original Psycho, starring Janet Leigh. Watch it at 8 p.m. ET, then flip to A&E to watch Marion Crane, played by a different woman entirely, arrive at the Bates Motel…
 
 
 
 
 
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"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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