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While watching Woody Harrelson do such outstanding work on HBO’s True Detective, take a moment to catch him in a very different role, but commanding the screen just as effectively, in this 2009 zombie action comedy. Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone star – and Bill Murray turns in a very memorable cameo.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Classic film noir movies don’t get more classic than this 1942 Humphrey Bogart film. Watch it again, and remind yourself why. Ingrid Bergman co-stars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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SEASON PREMIERE: Fans of this show have been waiting all season for the second course of this grisly buffet to begin. Tonight, it does, and with the roles reversed: Hannibal's outside of the prison bars looking in, and the investigator is inside looking out, accused of being the killer himself.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Just before the Oscars Sunday, there’s an appearance tonight by one of the nominees up for Outstanding Actor: Bruce Dern, star of Nebraska – and, just before that, a recurring player on HBO’s own Big Love.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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I love this movie. And here it is again: Made in 1973, one of the best teamings by Robert Redford and Paul Newman, and one of the best performances by Robert Shaw, who would go on to star as Quint in Jaws just two years later.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
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We first learned about Ken Burns’ celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address last year, with many celebrities participating in the project with their own video recitals. In this charming version, Elmo learns that the address isn’t a place but an important speech in American history.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
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As usual, the gang gathers at Sheldon and Leonard’s place for a fast-food dinner. What’s not usual, though, is that their food no longer rests on their laps: Leonard has done some redecorating by introducing a dining room table. And you can imagine how welcome Sheldon will be to this sudden change in his familiar and comfortable routine.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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SERIES PREMIERE: This new Sundance crime series has several elements in common with The Killing, at least on the surface: a missing girl, a distraught mother, a hostile nearly Native American reservation, and a very persistent investigator. In this case, the investigator is Harold Jensen, played by Martin Henderson. He lives and works in the mountains of northern New Jersey, in Walpole, near a Lenape tribe settlement led by Phillip Kopus, played by Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones. The distraugh
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
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Tonight’s new episode features Cheryl Hines, star of ABC’s Suburgatory, as a client who wants advice on throwing an ultimate bar mitzvah – and who also has a significant past with Robin Williams’ Simon. And since Hines clocked many impressive seasons playing Larry David’s wife on Curb Your Enthusiasm, she ought to be especially adept at keeping up with the freewheeling, improvised discursions on this Williams-paced David E. Kelley sitcom. The outtakes played during
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
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This season of Parenthood seems devoted to shaking up the status quo, and putting formerly solid relationships under a brighter spotlight, and exposing formerly unseen stresses. Zeke and Camille, the patriarch and matriarch of this extended clan, have gone through a rough patch of their own – and now, just as they seem to be regaining their balance, another disruption bubbles to the surface. That bubble comes in the form of Crosby and Jasmine, who show up suddenly and ask to temporarily mo
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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

 
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