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TUESDAY
OCTOBER 17
2017

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

TBS, 3:30 p.m. ET

Game 3. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs in the first two games of this year’s National League Championship Series, both of which were played at Dodger Stadium. Today, the action shifts to one of the most famous ballparks in all of baseball: Chicago’s Wrigley Field, where home-field advantage shifts to the Cubs. And it’s a day game, too, which for someone old enough to remember when all postseason games were played as the sun shone, is something magical.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

Last night’s opening Battle Round was a good one, ending with a duel that carried unexpected resonance beyond the performances themselves. The song selected by coach Adam Levine as a duet battle for his final two contestants of the night was “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” When these Battle Rounds were taped, Tom Petty, who recorded this hit song with Stevie Nicks and the Heartbreakers, was still alive and well. Hearing the song as an unintentional posthumous tribute was especially powerful – as was the rendition by Adam Pearce and Whitney Fenimore. He won, and she was saved by a “steal” from judge Miley Cryus, so both singers will be around for the next phase.

 
  
 
 

Fox Sports 1, 8:00 p.m. ET

Game 4. Home field has been good to the American League as well this season. The Houston Astros, hosting the first two games against the New York Yankees, won them both. Game 3, played Monday night at Yankee Stadium, was won by the home team as well – with the Yankees trouncing the Astros, 8-1. And now comes Game 4, played once again in New York.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s This Is Us features an injury, a confrontation, and a quiet triumph – but not necessarily in that order, and definitely not to the same siblings.

 
  
 
 

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Frances Conroy, the Six Feet Under co-star who appeared in the very first edition of American Horror Story, shows up in this latest story cycle, Cult, for the first time -- this time as a brunette.
 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

‘Will & Grace’ 2.0 – Of all the shows premiering this fall, few are more anticipated than the return to NBC of Will & Grace. The show may have been off the air for ten years, but it’s clear the slightly dysfunctional, though very loving, Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack have been missed. A special, airing Sept 19 on NBC – The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace – should be a treat for fans who are holding their collective breath until Sept. 28 when the show returns. To whet the appetite of fans (as if their excitement level isn’t already through the roof), NBC has released a short video with treasured old scenes, new scenes that are destined to become favorites and the story of the original casting sessions. And it’s not “Just Jack!” – Linda Donovan

 
 

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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. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live. 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 
 
 
 

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