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2013
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In tonight’s new episode, Holder (Joel Kinnaman) studies the photos of murder victims to look for an overlooked common denominator, while Linden (Mireille Enos) focuses on her prime suspect. At least Holder and Linden are working together in tandem again, if not always in the same room.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
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Tonight’s episode features the return of a pair of long-dormant characters, and their relationship has changed significantly in the interim. Meanwhile, Bill (Stephen Moyer) decides to trust Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) enough to send her out on a devious mission, to visit a professor whose knowledge Bill requires, and return with him. Bll’s advice to her, knowing the teacher’s not-so-secret lechery: “You should wear something inappropriate.” Mission accomplished.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
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30
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This is the beginning of the eighth and final season for Dexter, which picks up six months after last season’s bloody cliffhanger, in which Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), to protect brother Dexter, pointed her gun at someone other than her sibling. She’s still reeling from that decision – while Dexter (Michael C. Hall) has to deal with a new serial killer on the loose in Miami, and a specialist, played by the attention-demanding Charlotte Rampling, who’s broug
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jun
30
 
 
Still following the path of his family ancestry wherever it takes him, tonight Tom (Chris O’Dowd) visits yet another distant American relative – who tells him of a movie-star forebear who starred in silent Westerns in the 1920s, as “Tumbleweed Tim.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
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SERIES PREMIERE: Liev Schreiber stars as the title character, a brooding Hollywood fixer in this new Showtime drama series, which also features Jon Voight as Ray’s father, just released from prison after 20 years. Their father-and-son dynamic is the strongest element of a powerful new show – one good enough to add to your weekly viewing list. For a full review, and a link to my Fresh Air with Terry Gross report for NPR, see Bianculli’s Blog.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jun
29
 
 
Summertime, and the viewing is sleazy – or, at least, questionable. This time of year, on broadcast network TV, just being a non-repeat qualifies as being somewhat of interest. Tonight in prime time, there are three different examples of Write-Off Theatre – shows that were canceled quickly earlier this season, but have returned over the summer so the networks can burn off unused episodes and lose a little less money on them. Exhibit A: This ABC series starring Anthony Edwards, playin
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jun
29
 
 
It’s tempting to say “They don’t make made-for-TV biographical movies the way they used to,” but in this case, they do. And Martin Landau, as the drooling old man who becomes the Texas stripper’s significant other, is a piece of casting that makes this new Lifetime film worth watching. And then, of course, there’s Agnes Bruckner in the title role. For a full review, see Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jun
29
 
 
The latest edition in this series of specials profiling the various incarnations of the Doctor brings us the Sixth Doctor, played by Colin Baker. He may be to Doctor Who what George Lazenby is to James Bond, but still, here he is. And for those who need a prior primer, BBC America is prefacing this new special with all the previous Doctors Revisited specials, beginning at 6 p.m. ET with The First Doctor.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
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29
 
 
Write-Off Theatre, Exhibit B: ABC, as it is with Zero Hour, continues to present unaired episodes of this series in order to reduce its losses.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
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SERIES RETURN: Write-Off Theatre, Exhibit C: Here’s another series that came and vanished quickly, and, this summer, is returning just as quickly with new episodes. But of tonight’s Phoenix-like TV shows, this is the one that generated some initial enthusiasm here at TVWW. For proof, check out Eric Gould’s original Do No Harm review in his Cold Light Reader column.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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