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FRIDAY
MAY 26
2017

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Acorn TV, 3:00 a.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: This four-episode limited series – or mini-miniseries, or whatever we should call it these days – is a British import about very unattractive characters (behaviorally, not physically) in a very attractive setting. The setting is Cornwall, where Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones) plays a successful chef with two grown kids, an ex-wife whose recipes built his reputation, and a younger second wife who suspects him of cheating on her. And he is – with his ex. Dawn French, who’s made me laugh ever since she teamed with Jennifer Saunders on the sketch comedy series French and Saunders in the late Eighties, is very good, and very believable, as the ex-wife – dramatic roles suit her, it turns out – but her part is hardly sympathetic. In fact, the only character worth rooting for in the entire story is the second wife, played by Emilia Fox – who, when she gets angry at her husband, takes it out on his fancy convertible by smashing its windows with a bat, Lemonade-style. Except, since this is England, it’s a cricket bat. And what makes Delicious worth watching, despite its abrasive central characters, is a shocking plot twist that arrives early, and twists everything, in a very unusual and compelling way. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower

 
  
 
 

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: It’s Season 3 for Bloodline – and in this episode, the normally reliable character, played by Kyle Chandler, goes off the rails. Or, at least, goes off the road, after a car accident that can best be described as unusual. It involves an alligator…

 
  
 
 

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

MOVIE PREMIERE: Based on the Rolling Stone article and subsequent book by the late Michael Hastings, this new Netflix movie stars Brad Pitt as Gen. Glen McMahon, a military leader commanding troops in Afghanistan. Clearly based on then-active Gen. Stanley McChrystal, this is a war movie for a war that, at this point, has no end, and no clear winners. Which, arguably, is the moral of War Machine in the first place.
 
  
 
 

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last week, American Masters presented a new profile of famous chef James Beard, one that explained his importance to the pantheon of international culinary masters. Today, it tries to do the same with a slightly lesser, but still shining, star in that same firmament: Jacques Pepin. Check local listings.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

When Push Came to Shove — Another day, another viral video of the President – this time from the NATO summit in Brussels yesterday (05/26/17). Seems the Prime Minister of Montenegro was an obstacle to the next photo-op. One takeaway here: for those still thinking about the accidental presidency, it’s clear here that the commander in chief is now clearly enjoying the status, and doesn’t mind the job. Looks like he loves it. –Eric Gould
 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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American Gods
Starz!
Sundays
9 PM ET

Anne With
An E

Netflix
Streaming

Better Call Saul
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Fargo
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

I Love Dick
Amazon Prime
Streaming

The Handmaid's Tale
Hulu
Streaming

iZombie
CW
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

Last Week Tonight
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Master of None
Netflix
Streaming

VEEP
HBO
Sundays
10:30 PM ET
 
 

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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 available on Amazon for $20.

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. 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

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
TV WWorth Buying
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$
Anne of Green Gables: 30th Anniversay Edition [Blu-ray]

Moira Walley-Beckett, veteran of Breaking Bad (she won an Emmy for writing the “Ozymandias” episode) has a new adaptation of the 1908 "Anne of Green Gables" tale premiering in May on Netflix. Entitled Anne With an E, the new series will go deeper and darker into Anne’s back-story. The 1985 mini-series version, starring Megan Follows, tracked the original children's novel of the spirited and headstrong 11-year-old orphan who finds a new family and rural life on Prince Edward Island. The adaptation received multiple nominations and awards, and perhaps more than any of the numerous AOGG sequels, animations and series, helped make a worldwide audience for Anne, who is full of blundering charm and courage. Available at Amazon. –Eric Gould