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MONDAY
JULY 25
2016

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Dearest, most ardent, TVWW readers: We see you’ve noticed the program content keeps coming, but the Best Bets column continues to be conspicuously blank, not even a screen full of white snow to be found. David has been unwillingly offline, home recovering from an illness, but doing very well, you’ll be happy to know. Quoting Monty Python’s Spamalot to us today, he said he’s incapacitated but "I’m not dead yet!" You’ll also be happy to learn that the Best Bets switch should be back on very soon, we think perhaps in a week, more or less. Meanwhile, if you want to continue to pinch-hit as you have been (at Best Bets Talk Back), please feel free to post your own Bets for others to read and share. We so appreciate your enthusiasm and love for TVWW, and we know David does, too. Please hang in and stay tuned. "Bianculli’s Best Bets" will return after this (relatively) short break!  —TVWW 

 
  
 
 
 
 
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Mac
Wed. 7/27 -TCM rewards folks staying up all night,or setting their DVRs,for the final night of their Westerns overview hosted by David Carradine with a quirky quartet of stories with modern ideas.
The Shooter(1966)-Roger Corman funded this super low budget film with Jack Nicholson involvement, starring Warren Oates in a disturbing tale of death and paranoia.Never released to theaters and spare TV showings for this cult film.
Little Big Man(1970)-Dustin Hoffman is a white man raised by Cheyenne and recounts his 121 years,yes,121, and his many changing roles over decades. Weird? You bet. Arthur Penn directs this epic.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller(1970)- Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with Robert Altman's vision of a gritty mining town. The town,actually constructed by Altman and crew, is really the star of this classic.
Finally,Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate(1980) gives the viewer a chance to reflect and decide for themselves if this is a hit or a miss. Cimino died July 2nd.
Whew!
Jul 27, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Angela
Here's my condensed BB recommendations for any night of the week: Casual, a Hulu exclusive comedy. By the creator of UP and another excellent movie I forget the name of. A feel good series that is also intelligent. It's about 3 siblings trying to navigate relationships and life and that most everyone can relate to because they are the real deal. Meaning they've taken off their masks. Perfect for binge watching. And if you still in the mood to binge on TV after that then check out, Love on Netflix. Down to earth, funny, and clever.

Speaking of masks, I do hope people aren't missing out on Mr. Robot, on Wednesdays nights at USA network, 10pm Eastern time. Even if you decide you have no idea what Mr. Robot is all about, (join the club) the characters more than make up for it, and even if you decide you don't like the characters, though I don't know why anyone wouldn't, the show is worth watching just for the photography. You can see season 1 for free on Amazon Prime.
Jul 27, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Oh, who are you kidding? TMC is having an uber-marathon of cool old flicks and you just wanted time off to watch them all. WE'RE ON TO YOU, DAVID! :D Just kidding, of course. Get well soon, we TV sheep need our shepherd to guide us through the muck of daily TV schedules. Come back to "pick" for us soon. ;-)
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Joanne
Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Mark N
be well, David
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Gail
Hope to "see" you soon, David!
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Elise
Get well soon, David!!
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
Certainly a night of few bets,outside of NBSCN,which is actually running a marathon of new episodes of Poker After Dark. Best? Dunno. Colbert has been great not only with Jon Stewart popping up but also having a stuffed weasel named Caligula raising havoc last week at the RNC and this week in Philly. Till Then? How about ESPN with crosstown rivals the Chicago White Sox and the Cubs with the added attraction of possibly seeing newly minted Cubbie reliever,Aroldis Chapman,just acquired from the Yankees. Yesterday the Yankees had a mini-fire sale,closing their hopes for 2016 by ridding themselves of the controversial All Star closer that only saw action in pinstripes for three months. Chapman has a 30 for 30 documentary in his future for sure.
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
TVWW
Dearest, most ardent, TVWW readers: We see you’ve noticed the program content keeps coming, but the Best Bets column continues to be conspicuously blank, not even a screen full of white snow to be found. David has been unwillingly offline, home recovering from an illness, but doing very well, you’ll be happy to know. Quoting Monty Python’s "Spamalot" to us today, he said he’s incapacitated but "I’m not dead yet!" You’ll also be happy to learn that the Best Bets switch should be back on very soon, we think perhaps in a week, more or less. Meanwhile, if you want to continue to pinch-hit as you have been (here), please feel free to post your own Bets for others to read and share. We so appreciate your enthusiasm and love for TVWW, and we know David does, too. Please hang in and stay tuned. "Bianculli’s Best Bets" will return after this (relatively) short break! —TVWW
Jul 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Joe in SF
Hello Best Bets Besties! Leading up to this weekend's "Sharknado 4", Syfy is running some whoppers. Tonight (7/25), it's "Dam Sharks" at 9PM Eastern. "A group of sharks begin building dams out of human bodies which they obtain from a corporate retreat." I am NOT MAKING THIS UP! It's your choice: Democratic Convention or fish building dams OUT OF HUMAN BODIES!!
Jul 25, 2016   |  Reply
 
Amy
Thanks, Joe, for the heads/fins up about Sharknado 4. I have set it to record!

Hope you feel better soon, David. We miss you.
Jul 26, 2016
 
 
Karen
lol, Joe in SF, thanks for brightening my Monday! :)
Jul 25, 2016
 
 
 
Kate
I'm in Best Bets withdrawal. What about posting some recommendations on your Facebook site? Please.
Jul 25, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Mac
Sad week for no TVWW as not only no recommendations of what to watch,but missing takes on the RNC swap meet(I'll trade you one Trump/Pence logo from 7/15 for five Trump/Pence logos from 7/18 and throw in an original Michelle Obama speech ),the Colbert/Stewart shows,the appearance of SNL on MSNBC(they return next week from Philly at the DNC's dance,so Kate McKinnon can steal the night away from the real Hillary),and...Ailes, Ailes, more Ailes and Rupert's new job. And some critique is needed about that PBS/NPR cheapo-cheapo RNC coverage while Charlie Rose had an exclusive with Hillary. Meanwhile, no Palin at the RNC 'cause evidently Science shows that Alaska is far away from Cleveland,but Sarah made numerous stops for The Donald earlier in Iowa,Florida and California.National Enquiring minds want to know...
Jul 24, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
TVWW
Hello BB readers! We will continue to be offline for a few more days at minimum. Please Stand By as you have been, and keep chiming in with your own BB picks! We appreciate it and will return soon. --TVWW
Jul 23, 2016   |  Reply
 
Neil
Has this turned into Bianculli's quadrennial two week vacation? Or has he used the convention weeks to recover from some cosmetic work? (To extend his "Radio Substitute Host" shelf life a while longer.) C'mon, guys, if there really is a technical problem, I'll gladly code the Best Bets into HTML pro bono until it's fixed.
Jul 24, 2016
 
 
 
Karen
Good to know there are other BB co-dependents out there ;)
Jul 22, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Bill
List the Best Bets here in the comments, seems like an easy short term fix
Jul 22, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Tricia
There's nothing quite like sudden absence to reveal a dependency. I ???????? you B3. Please come back soon.
Jul 21, 2016   |  Reply
 
Tricia
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Jul 21, 2016
 
 
 
SharonGS
Just a program note, since 'Thirteen' on BBCAmerica has been a 'Best Bet' in the past weeks. BBCAmerica is showing tonight's episode--I think the last one--at 6 p.m. EDT.
Jul 21, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
TVWW
Yes, Best Bets are temporarily offline, but reader dedication to TVWW is not! (Which we LOVE, by the way...) Please Stand By, we will return as soon as possible! --TVWW
Jul 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
Angela
So sorry you're having to deal with *that* side of technology. Hope it's not a Kernel Panic! ;-) Good luck!
Now for an important question. What's everyone watching tonight, Friday the 22nd?
Thanks!
Jul 23, 2016
 
 
 
Joe in SF
There's a whole bunch of stuff on TV tonight. You should watch it. If you don't like what you are watching, change the channel to something else.

I thought I would give it a try to fill in during the technical difficulties, but I've failed. Bianculli makes it look so easy each day. I'll sit patiently and wait for the Best Bets to return.
Jul 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
Casey Chapple
Wish we could fave comments. Joe would get one. Yep.
Jul 21, 2016
 
 
 
Anne
Sorry your having technical troubles. But why don't you publish your best bets on the Facebook page?
Jul 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
Angela
Maybe they're busy trying to fix the technical difficulties!
Jul 23, 2016
 
 
 
 
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David Bianculli

Founder / Editor

Behind David in the picture is the first TV owned by his father, Virgil Bianculli, a 1946 Raytheon. (The TV, not his father. His father was a 1923 Italian.) David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, including a 14-year stint at the New York Daily News, and sees no reason to stop now. Currently, he's TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and is an occasional substitute host for that show. He also teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University, and his most recent book, 2009's Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour',has recently been purchased for film rights. His next, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific, is coming this fall, 2016.

 
 
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