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FRIDAY
OCTOBER 24
2014

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

Game 1 of the San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals World Series made it look like this year’s Fall Classic might be a blowout, with the Giants dominating like – well, like Giants. But Game 2, two-thirds of the way through a much more competitive contest, saw the Royals explode with a scoring jag that evened the series, and set the stage for tonight’s Game 3. Tonight the scene shifts to San Francisco, where Kansas City will have to play by the Giants’ rules.

 
  
 
 

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

It’s interesting, if not exactly ironic, that Tony Bennett is appearing directly opposite Game 3 of the World Series tonight. It means that the singer whose most famous hit is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” will be singing his heart out while the Giants play in San Francisco. But he’s singing, this time, with Lady Gaga, in a performance recorded at Lincoln Center in July. This is no quickly improvised jazz vocal set: The sets and lighting are by the amazing Robert Wilson (Philip Glass’ Einstein on the Beach), and the songs are pulled from the great American songbook. Check local listings.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 10:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: This is a warning, not a recommendation. The high entertainment values of Fox’s Gotham and the CW’s The Flash might lead you to conclude that any new comic-book series this fall is a good bet. Not true – as Constantine will prove to you if you tune in. For a full review, see Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes.
 
  
 
 

HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

Bill Maher doesn’t need any help generating quotes that turn out to be incendiary and, on social media, long-lasting. But tonight, his roster includes two guests who are specialists of the form: Mary Matalin and Cornel West.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 11:00 p.m. ET

This is the second song in this inventive series, in which the Foo Fighters visit a different city for inspiration, interviewing people about the local music scene and history, and emerging with a song. This week it’s the Beltway, and the new song is called “The Feast and the Famine.”

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

CHOREOGRAPHED POLICE WORK -- There will be a new complete series collection of Reno 911 coming out next month (you can pre-order here).  The 2003-09 Comedy Central series parodied COPS-like police reality shows in a mockumentary, single-camera style with the actors improvising a lot of the dialogue. Led by former members of the MTV sketch comedy show The State, not much was out of bounds for the politically incorrect show, with the inept officers encountering an ever-shifting cast of perps, survivalists and crooked politicians. We're returning here to one of our fave throwback 911 clips, the roadside sobriety exam of a suspected drunk driver that turns the usual balance test into something with a little more flair. Never gets old. --Eric Gould

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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The Affair
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET

Dr. Who
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET

The Good Wife
CBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Graham Norton Show
BBC America
Saturdays
11 PM ET

Homeland
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Jane the Virgin
CW
Mondays
9 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Parenthood
NBC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Parts Unknown
CNN
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 

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 TV WWorth Buying
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel [Blu-ray]

The barrel is back. Issued as a limited release following the 2013 conclusion, the Breaking Bad complete series is back in the collector’s “money barrel” set. There are six graphically-themed cases inside, which include 55 hours of special features from all seasons, a two-hour documentary, the Los Pollos Hermanos apron and a commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan. This is the ultimate collection for those who want to return to total immersion in the series. Available for 30% off at Amazon on October 28. –Eric Gould