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SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 25
2016

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

TVWW Update 092516 -- The good news continues, TVWW readers — David is still up and around and tending to light duties. We’re expecting a TVWW hello from him soon, over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, the return of daily “Best Bets” is still up in the air for now, so here is our abbreviated rundown for the upcoming week.

Unless you’ve been camping in Nunavut for the last 18 months, you’re aware that the first presidential debate is on for Monday night, 9 p.m. ET on the major networks and cable news channels, and you can join in with the approximately 100 million expected viewers to see the political fireworks. If you’re looking for similar-styled mayhem, you can flip over to the Sundance Channel, which is running Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior two times, back-to-back during the debate.

Backtracking to tonight (Sunday, September 25), one of TVWW’s guilty pleasures, Family Guy, returns for its 15th season at 9 p.m., ET on Fox, and Fear the Walking Dead also continues, same time on AMC. David Hinckley says farewell to Charles Osgood and sets up his final appearance today on Sunday Morning here, and also has an inside look at Sunday’s season’s finale of Starz’ Power, here. Also, Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown returns to CNN at 9 p.m. to talk hotdogs with President Obama in Hanoi.

For Tuesday (September 27), we expect all the cable news channels to be analyzing the aftermath and campaign spins from Monday night. Frontline will also run its usual down-the-middle reportage about both candidates on PBS, 9 p.m., ET. (Check local listings.) NBC’s This is Us will air its second episode and another TVWW guilty pleasure, Drunk History, will return for its fourth season with its inebriated interpretation of historical events on Comedy Central, 10 p.m., ET. AMC’s Atlanta also continues on FX at 10 p.m., ET.

If you’re western-minded, Kevin Costner’s 2003 epic tale of 19th-century land conflicts, Open Range, airs on AMC, 7 p.m. ET, on Wednesday night (September 28). IFC’s Documentary Now! also has a new mockumentary installment, “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything” featuring the fictional monologist of the same name, same night, at 10 p.m. ET.

TCM is rerunning Alec Baldwin’s interview with the late Gene Wilder on Role Model, Thursday night, 8 p.m., ET and Pamela Adlon’s Better Things continues on FX, same time.

To wrap the week, we will be checking out another episode of the series adaptation of The Exorcist on Fox, at 9 p.m. ET, and Real Time with Bill Maher, airs at its usual time at 10 p.m., ET on HBO.

Thanks for your patience and many more for continuing to follow TVWW while David is away. —TVWW

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Deadpan Spin -- Hillary Clinton has shown up on the latest release of Funny or Die's Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and you can cut the stillness with a knife. Like President Obama in his appearance on the show, the Democratic nominee for president is a good sport. The acting chops for a visitor to Between Two Ferns are basic: give deadpan responses to Zach’s outlandish questions and second (and harder) don’t laugh at them. Clinton does well at both, particularly when Galifianakis asks her if the best way to reach her is email. —Eric Gould

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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American Horror Story:
Roanoke
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Better Things
FX
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Circus
Showtime
Sundays
8 PM ET

Designated Survivor
ABC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Documentary Now!
IFC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

High Maintenance
HBO
Fridays
11 PM ET

The Good Place
NBC
Mondays
10 PM ET

This Is Us
NBC
Tuesdays

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

Quarry
Cinemax
Fridays
10 PM ET
 
 

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Good news, TVWW readers: An advance copy of David’s upcoming book from Doubleday has just arrived! The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available on Amazon for pre-order for its November 15th release. You can read some of the dustcover summary here, including: “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. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television,…he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series and the variety show. David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, including exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.” —TVWW

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Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theater: The Complete Collection

My kids grew up devouring this series, which began on Showtime from 1982. Actress, producer and host Shelley Duvall, pioneering the green-screen set technology used today by Once Upon a Time, invited her show-biz friends to revisit and reimagine their favorite fairy tales of old – and what makes this series so great is that she had such talented friends. Billy Crystal and Fred Willard in The Three Little Pigs, Robin Williams as The Frog Prince and Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell in Little Red Riding Hood. And there’s Duvall herself, starring in Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel (opposite Jeff Bridges). Directors included Francis Ford Coppola and Tim Burton, and the spin on most of these stories is a total delight. (Repackaged and re-released, 2015.) On sale at Amazon for $25. – DB