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THURSDAY
NOVEMBER 23
2017

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: Happy Thanksgiving. Unveiling, for some reason, on Thanksgiving Day, filmmaker Spike Lee’s newest “joint” is a 10-part TV reexamination of his 1986 breakthrough film, She’s Gotta Have It. DaWanda Wise is cast in the role of Nola Darling, who navigates the streets of Fort Greene in Brooklyn as fluidly as she does the attentions of a series of eager suitors. In the Eighties, this character, and this movie, were all about power dynamics between men and woman, and the pervasive influence of hip-hop culture1986. In this new version, it still is, but the message, and Nora, are even more deeply developed. Lee directs every episode, but the writers’ room consists of Lee’s wife and fellow executive producer, Tonya Lewis Lee, as well as Lynn Nottage, Rahda Blank, Eisa Davis and Joie Lee. In this new version, Nora’s pursuers include Lyriq Bent as Jamie, Cleo Anthony as Greer, and Hamilton actor Anthony Ramos as Mars, the fast-talking character made famous by Spike Lee in the original movie.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 9:00 a.m. ET

Starting at 9 a.m. in all time zones, it’s the annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Live from New York, it’s Thursday morning! And watch on NBC, where the surviving members of the morning-show family won't be suffering from post-scandal depression...
 
  
 
 

PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

Ella Ballentine is back as Anne Shirley in this telemovie sequel for the holidays, which co-stars Martin Sheen. It’s followed at 9:30 p.m. ET by the Anne of Green Gables remake, also made in 2016, that re-established Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved character of Anne with a charming new actress playing her. Check local listings.
 
  
 
 

CBS, 8:30 p.m. ET

And speaking of charming, this sitcom has built up an enormous amount of good will in a very few episodes – at least with me. If you haven’t seen this Big Bang Theory spinoff as yet, tonight is a wonderful time to try.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit our TV We're Watching page for these and other shows on our DVRs right now...



Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
CW
Fridays
8 PM ET

Curb Your Enthusiasm
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET

The Girlfriend Experience
Starz
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Graham Norton Show
BBC America
Saturdays
10 PM ET

Marvel's The Punisher
Netflix
Streaming

Mr. Robot
USA
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Saturday Night Live
NBC
Saturdays
11:29 PM

This Is Us
NBC
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Crass Reunion – SNL took an opportunity this week to serve up former alum and now-U.S. Senator Al Franken for a pre-Thanksgiving carving over the recent news of the sexual misconduct accusations made against him. Regarding the 2006 photo of Franken mock-molesting his USO co-star, Colin Jost remarks, “Now, I know this photo looks bad, but remember – it also is bad”. –Eric Gould
 
 

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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available in paperback for under $15. Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post 
 
 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
TV WWorth Buying
TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$$
The Dana Carvey Show

The new Hulu documentary about SNL veteran Dana Carvey’s failed 1996 ABC sketch comedy show is now available. Too Funny to Fail recounts how the iconoclastic series, cancelled after seven episodes, got off to a horrendous start with advertisers, after a sketch with Carvey as then-President Bill Clinton, eager to demonstrate his compassion, suckled a baby, puppies and a kitten simultaneously from canine-like array of prosthetic nipples. Carvey’s edgier side turned out to be somewhat ill-suited for prime time, and the show lost six million viewers before the premiere episode ended. The show is now considered a milestone however for it’s now A-list stable of performers and writers: Louis CK, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Robert Smigel. Includes the final unaired eighth episode and deleted scenes. On sale at Amazon for $18. –Eric Gould