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2012
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31
 
 
SEASON FINALE: In the two-part season finale, the Aster Corporation's interest in Jake is increasing. Martin and Abigail (Catherine Dent) agree to join forces and get closer to finding connections between Jake and Ameilia. Meanwhile, the situation becomes more crucial when Lucy, a mother whose daughter shares the same gift as Jake, becomes involved in the mission. Of course, as we've learned, seemingly unrelated events are somehow tied together...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
31
 
 
Could you spell humuhumunukunukuapuaa? That's reportedly one of the words most popular with this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants. Six-year-old spelling phenom Lori Anne Madison, the youngest-ever contestant, stumbled on the word "ingluvies" in Thursday's semi-finals and didn't make it into tonight's round, but fifty other kids from around the country will take the stage to compete in the finals.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
31
 
 
Badlands is writer/director Terrence Malick's first film, and exhibits all the essential qualities that would go on to appear in his later projects, including the incomparable award-winning Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and most recently, The Tree of Life — meditative voice-overs by the main characters, mesmerizing camera movements, and the shifting, dreamy light and sounds of natural landscapes. There really are no other film sensibilities like Malick's. This 1973 release stars a
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
31
 
 
Maybe it takes Mel Gibson's certain level of, shall we say — volatility — to envision and marshal a replication of the Mayan empire that is so provocative and so effective. And so chilling. However you feel about the writer/director/producer and his allegiance to historical fact, you simply can't deny the ambition and the craft of the project. It's a simple tale of one man being forced to rebel against the corrupt, sadistic oppressors over him -- and the physical sacrifices
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
31
 
 
If you've ever wondered what it was like to be on deck on a 19th century war ship with cannon balls tearing through everything in their paths, here's your chance. It might be a slow night for new shows, but a great one to catch up on some masterworks of film, and Master and Commander fits that bill. In one of Russell Crows many great performances, he plays the English Captain "Lucky Jack" Aubrey of the H.M.S. Surprise, on a chase across the high seas to hunt down and capture his French countep
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
31
 
 
The CW's Breaking Pointe, an unscripted summer series about a Salt Lake City-based ballet company, is already toe-tagging itself in its premiere episode...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
30
 
 
On this day in 2011, cable's VH1 introduced its first hour-long scripted series, Single Ladies, in the form of a two-hour telefilm. The series, executive produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment, starred Stacey Dash, LisaRae McCoy and Charity Shea as three friends with different opinions on relationships...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
30
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: CBS is going to the dogs — for new summer programming, that is. But it's hard to say if they're barking up the right tree with Dogs in the City, a new reality show featuring a "therapist" who treats man's best friend. It's not popular with contributor Ed Bark's feline companions — read his review HERE — and since the TVWW mascot is a cat (specifically my cat, Bane) a ringing endorsement from me would mean, at best, strategically-placed furball land mi
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
30
 
 
It's time to drop the puck: The Los Angeles Kings take on the New Jersey Devils in the first game of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
30
 
 
Considered director Sam Peckinpah's first great film, Ride the High Country stars Joel McCrea as an ex-law man who's hired to transport a shipment of gold, unaware that his old friend, played by Randolph Scott, is planning to double-cross him. The western was Scott's final movie, and also marked the film debut of actress Mariette Hartley.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 $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