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SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 25
2017

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s second installment in this gorgeous, astoundingly photographed new nature series is called “Mountains,” and it includes footage capturing, for the first time, a snow leopard up close and personal, atop the world, with photography so breathtaking (taken with remote, movement-triggered cameras) that you absolutely must see them. As they say, there’s no leopards like snow leopards. And in case you missed last week’s premiere episode of Planet Earth II, it’s repeated immediately afterward.

 
  
 
 

Encore, 9:00 p.m. ET

This 2002 movie version of the long-running John Kander and Fred Ebb Broadway musical, directed by Rob Marshall and capturing the spirit of the original choreography and direction by Bob Fosse, is one of the best movie musicals ever filmed. The casting is surprising – Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and John C. Reilly in a musical? – but each and every one of them delivers superbly. And Zellweger, as publicity-hungry murder defendant Roxie Hart, deserves another moment in the spotlight – now that Saturday Night Live, and Kate McKinnon, have adapted her narcissistic “Roxie” number for a similarly staged SNL showstopper song-and-dance segment called “Conway,” with McKinnon playing a musical version of Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.

 
  
 
 

IFC, 10:00 p.m. ET

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney host this year’s “alternatives” to the Oscars. If you want to watch them live, you can go to the IFC website to see a live stream of the event, beginning at 5 p.m. ET. But if you can wait a few hours, IFC the TV cable network will be televising coverage of the ceremony beginning at 10 p.m. ET. Nominated for Best Feature: American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester By the Sea, and Moonlight.
 
  
 
 

BBC America, 11:00 p.m. ET

Because of the Planet Earth II doubleheader tonight, The Graham Norton Show is being pushed back to 11 p.m. ET. But with Saturday Night Live still on break, it’s the best place tonight to see some fresh late-night entertainment. Norton’s scheduled guests include Denzel Washington, as well as (pictured) Keanu Reeves and Whoopi Goldberg.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Nobody Does It Better – Vice News has a new video out documenting the case that nobody draws bigger crowds, builds walls, understands debt, and 21 other things better than the President. And there is no clip stringing together all the claims better than this. —Eric Gould
 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

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


Baskets
FX
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Legion
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Girls
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

The History of Comedy
CNN
Thursdays
10 PM ET

HUMANS
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Last Week Tonight
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Man Seeking Woman
FXX
Wednesdays
10:30 PM ET

Riverdale
CW
Thursdays
9 PM ET

Taboo
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Victoria
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET
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BUT WAIT... THERE'S MORE!


FRESH AIR FAVES

Audio of Bianculli's favorite 'Fresh Air' reports, and the stories behind them...


FAVES FROM
"THE MORGUE"

Bianculli's favorite newspaper articles, and the stories behind them...


EXTRAS & FEEDBACK

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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 under $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$
House of Lies: Season One

Don Cheadle’s Showtime vehicle ran out of steam and was cancelled last year, but it’s safe to say Season 1 was a rocket launch. Based on Martin Kihn’s book about the debauched, back-stabbing world of high-stakes business consultants, the 30-minute comedy originally lived on high-style art direction. It liberally borrowed freeze-framed asides, vari-speed rates, super graphics and other editing tricks seen in Guy Ritchie films like Snatch, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Cheadle was nominated four times for an Emmy for his role as Marty Kaan on the series, and Kristen Bell (in a decidedly different role from her current run on The Good Place) costarred as Marty’s partner, rival and love interest, Jeannie. On sale at Amazon for $9.  – Eric Gould