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SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 13
2016

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

HBO, 9:00 a.m. ET

Today’s new episode is called “Valentine’s Day” – so watch out for the Candy Monster.

 
  
 
 

Showtime, 8:00 p.m. ET

The great Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West star in this fact-based 2014 movie about Welsh miners who go on strike, and gain support from the unlikeliest of allies: a group of gay and lesbian activists from London.

 
  
 
 

CBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

The field is a bit thinner for this latest Republican presidential debate, televised live from Greenville, SC. Jim Gilmore failed to qualify for the event, and both Carly Fiorino and Chris Christie have suspended their campaigns, cutting the debate field to six: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and John Kasich. Face the Nation anchor Jim Dickerson is the main moderator.

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET

Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones makes the first of her cross-genre appearances on Doctor Who – and in this Season 9 repeat episode, her appearance will be embellished with “Doctor’s Notes,” pointing out details and “in jokes” you might have missed the first time around. New Doctor Who episodes aren’t showing up until next year, so why not?

 
  
 
 

TCM, 10:15 p.m. ET

Made in 1979, this is a fabulous fable of a film. Jerzy Kosinski, adapting his own novel, wrote the screenplay about a very simple, sheltered man (played by Peter Sellers) who goes out into the real world, in Washington DC, with very unpredictable and unforgettable results. Shirley MacLaine co-stars, Hal Ashby directs, and the whole thing is a funny, touching, thought-provoking character study.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 11:29 p.m. ET

Melissa McCarthy, who attacks this show like her own personal comedy playground, returns as guest host. The musical guest also shows up on SNL ready to play, and innovate, each time: Kanye West.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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OK Go - Upside Down & Inside Out

Hello, Dear Ones. Please enjoy our new video for "Upside Down & Inside Out". A million thanks to S7 Airlines. #GravitysJustAHabit

Posted by OK Go on Thursday, February 11, 2016

OK, Here We Go Again - We’re big fans of OK Go, the alt-rock group that seems to have made its stake not only with hit songs, but also with accompanying jaw-dropping videos that are art projects all by themselves. Not satisfied with just smart content, the OK Go videos are maybe better known for being equally as astonishing for being shot in one take, without any CGI effects. (You can see our raves about their videos for “The Writing’s on the Wall” here, and “I Won’t Let You Down,” here.) This video, for their song “Upside Down, Inside Out” is shot inside an S7 Airlines jet (headquartered in Russia) flying in a specific arc that makes gravity disappear for 25 seconds at a time. Full of color, synchronized, weightless choreography and, er, liquids, the whole thing takes multimedia performance to it’s modern extreme. This is one time it’s better to unbuckle your seatbelt. —Eric Gould

 
 

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From TV Worth Watching
TOP PICKS FOR YOUR HOME LIBRARY

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FREAKS AND GEEKS: THE COMPLETE SERIES – This is a TV comedy series about high school, putting it in the same continuum as The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Gidget, Square Pegs, My So-Called Life and The Wonder Years. It lasted only one season, but it’s a very important part of that continuum, and this Shout! Factory release more than does Freaks and Geeks justice. All 18 episodes of the series are collected here, unedited, including the groundbreaking episode in which Seth Rogen, as high-schooler Ken, copes with a surprising secret about his new girlfriend. This 1999-2000 series was created by Paul Feig, with Judd Apatow as one of its writer-producers, and the comedy lineage, especially to today’s Apatow movie hits, is strong. Cast members include Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel and stars Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley, who play brother and sister, navigating their way through high school. It’s an excellent series with a heart, and even more fun to watch to see Franco and company at such a young age. It’s due in March 2016 on Blu-ray, but for now, this is a great price for the DVD set.David Bianculli

 
 
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This is the three-season collection of the modern reboot of Sherlock with the Internet and cell phones as the sleuthing tools of the day. This BBC series has been one of the most popular of recent US imports and it’s easy to understand why: from the bold reworking of the original stories to solid performances by Martin Freeman (Fargo) as Dr. Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, the new Sherlock is a must-see for loyal fans of the original works. Includes both Blu-ray/DVD discs, gag reel, cast interviews, behind-the-scenes, Holmes and Watson busts, and more. Now 55% off at Amazon. –Eric Gould

 
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