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2014
Apr
30
 
 
This 1997 action film, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, is a double homage. Its title role is a star vehicle for Pam Grier, who shone in such Seventies blaxploitation films (and Tarantino guilty pleasures) as Foxy Brown. And it’s based on the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard, whose oddball characters and playful dialogue clearly have inspired Tarantino’s films. The supporting cast for Jackie Brown is another reason to watch: It includes Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, M
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
30
 
 
In tonight’s new episode, Jay (Ed O’Neill) does something quite uncharacteristic: He enters Stella in a dog show.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
30
 
 
Tonight’s new episode is a backdoor pilot for what could be – and, given CBS’s ongoing faith in its crime-procedural dramas, soon will be – the latest spinoff from an existing CBS franchise. The guest star is Patricia Arquette, whose years on NBC’s Medium have her well prepared to play a “cyberpsychologist,” a woman who uses her powers of perception and deduction to solve crimes on and from the Internet. Finally – someone equipped to catch that elu
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
30
 
 
There’s plenty to praise, and pay close attention to, in this show’s superior second season – and something to watch, certainly, as Keri Russell’s Elizabeth dons a new wig to seduce a new targeted mark. But tonight, there’s something special to listen for as well. This episode includes a song on the soundtrack that was written especially for the show, and this episode, by Pete Townshend.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
30
 
 
Stephen Colbert showed his love for Broadway, and his skill at musical comedy, by appearing in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Company – at the composer’s request. Tonight, in character as his conservative blowhard, he plays host to one of the most talented performers in Broadway history: Audra McDonald, who’s just been nominated for a sixth Tony Award, for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, for her harrowing, haunting impersonation of Billie Holiday
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
29
 
 
Now that How I Met Your Mother is over, Cobie Smulders, who played the eventual second wife of that show’s endlessly digressive narrator, is free to pop in on this Avengers spinoff series. She’s reprising the role of agent Maria Hill, which she’s played in the Avengers and Captain America movies, and in the pilot of this ABC series as well. And tonight, she tracks down the remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, figuring they may be the only people left she can trust. And as we already
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
29
 
 
Tonight’s installment is devoted to the advent of color TV – to, that is, the depiction of minorities on television. Previous installments of this series have been frustratingly superficial, but I’m holding out hope that this one will be more judicious about the choices of its clips, guests and narratives. One thing they did right, certainly: land Bill Cosby, who changed television with both I Spy in the Sixties and The Cosby Show in the Eighties, as an interview subject. Check
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
29
 
 
The most recent episode, number six out of 10, finally got us into the south-of-the-border vampire bar. But it ended just as Eiza Gonzalez, as Santanico Pandemonium, was about to take the stage – which is one of the main things I’ve waited seven TV hours now to see. But unless they devote tonight’s show entirely to flashbacks, we’ll finally get her hypnotic, vampiric snake dance. I’ll be there, and may as well express my gratitude in advance: Fangs for the memories.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
29
 
 
This is episode three of Fargo, and it’s an episode in which an already dense and delightful plot thickens considerably. Among other events: Billy Bob Thornton’s always opportunistic Lorne Malvo tracks down the blackmailers – and blackmails them instead.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
29
 
 
Tonight’s scheduled guest is Robert Rodriguez, whose From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series currently runs on the El Rey network, which Rodriguez controls as well. So after watching tonight’s new episode on El Rey, tune to Comedy Central to see Rodriguez spar verbally, and amiably, with Stephen Colbert.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under $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