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FRIDAY
JUNE 24
2016

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

MOVIE PREMIERE: This Netflix movie, one of the new programming avenues with which it’s experimenting, streams beginning today, starring Paul Rudd as a man who takes a six-week course and sets out to become an at-home caregiver. His first potential patient is a young invalid with muscular dystrophy, played by Craig Roberts, whose initial entrance, a few minutes into this gentle comedy-drama by Rob Burnett, ought to persuade you to stick around and settle in. Burnett, former executive producer of Late Show with David Letterman, is trying something new here, at least for him: a character study that turns into a buddy-comedy road trip, but with more complications and angst than most. Co-stars include Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle and Bobby Cannavale.

 

 
  
 
 

BBC World News, 10:30 a.m. ET

There are many days when I slide over to watch BBC World News, now available several times a day on the BBC World News America channel (search for it). But today, starting at 10:30 a.m. ET, everyone should watch, because British coverage of its own stunning Brexit decision – with voters in England voting to leave the European Union – is going to be something to watch. And already, it’s being called by some British pundits as a sign that the same global discontent will sweep Donald Trump into the White House.

 
  
 
 

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

More wonderful Billy Wilder-directed movies are shown today on TCM, starting at 8 p.m. ET with 1958’s Witness for the Prosecution, a delightful mystery movie starring Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton. Also tonight, don’t miss 1959’s Some Like It Hot (10:15 p.m. ET) and 1960’s The Apartment (2:45 a.m. ET), both starring Jack Lemmon. That’s three classics in three years, an amazing stretch.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

With the House of Representatives sit-in, the U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 “non-decision” blocking some of President Obama’s immigration reform executive orders, and England’s astounding vote to remove itself from the European Union, this is one hell of a news week. And Maher’s guests this week include Paul Begala, Michael Steele, and The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Broadway is Sending Love to Orlando -- The Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic What the World Needs Now has been recorded hundreds of times since Jackie DeShannon made it a hit in 1965, but I doubt any of those renditions could have the power and emotion of the recording made on June 15 in New York City. On that day, members of the Broadway community came together to record the song in an effort to help the loved ones and victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting. The participating artists include legendary Broadway stars like Chita Rivera and Joel Grey as well as recent Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Other faces – and impressive singing voices – we’d more quickly recognize from their television roles include Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, BD Wong, and Wayne Brady. Regardless of the “who,” the “why” is the reason to listen to this performance. And when you buy the recording, from iTunes or Broadway Records, 100% of the profits will go to the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida (“The Center”). – Linda Donovan

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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Game of Thrones
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Inside Amy Schumer
Comedy Central
Thursdays
10 PM ET

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Maya & Marty
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From TV Worth Watching
TOP PICKS FOR YOUR HOME LIBRARY

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STAR TREK – THE ORIGINAL SERIES: THE COMPLETE SERIES – This new Blu-ray release will not be the final word on the classic Star Trek series this year, since September marks the original show’s golden anniversary. In a few months, Paramount/CBS is scheduled to issue a mega-box set, including not only the 79 episodes from the classic Star Trek series here, but also the Star Trek movies featuring the original TV show cast members and a complementary collection of the animated episodes. But if you don’t need or want the movies or the cartoon series, this is the newly repackaged Star Trek collection to get. Twenty discs, and a price already reduced to $59.99 on Amazon, less than $1 per episode. And there are some evocative memories here, from green-skinned alien women to cuddly tribbles, in one of the most durable and influential sci-fi TV series ever made. – David Bianculli

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Power: Season One

The buzz-worthy Starz crime drama of a boss trying to go legit has been quietly building a dedicated audience and critical acclaim. Power continues the recent Starz tradition (Boss, Magic City) of antiheroes dangerously walking both sides of the line. Once glamorous nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) is out, the old life pulls him back in, Michael Corleone-style. Season One, which sets the storyline, is on sale at Amazon for $8. —Eric Gould