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2014
Sep
30
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Karen Gillan, a former Doctor Who companion who was utterly charming on that series, takes center stage here as a modern Eliza Doolittle – only instead of being cockney and poor, she’s cocky and a boor. She’s also flashily overdressed, like a fashionista with access to a bottomless closet of free samples, and is obsessed with conducting and reliving her entire life on new media. John Cho co-stars as the marketing executive who teaches her, like a younger and ev
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
30
 
 
This is the American League Wild Card game – winner moves on, loser goes home for the winter. The Kansas City Royals squad has less playoff experience than the Oakland Athletics, and that may make the difference here. The Royals, however, have home-field advantage for this last-stand effort, and that may help as well. But for baseball fans everywhere, the 2014 postseason starts here, with the first and only game of the night.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
30
 
 
Last week’s Season 2 reboot got the series off to a strong start – and tonight, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his few trustworthy associates continue to do battle with all sorts of enemies, internal as well as external. And in tonight’s episode, the trail of one particularly unstable and powerful villain leads them to a familiar face: Raina (recurring cast member Ruth Negga), who has some advice for the surviving S.H.I.E.L.D. members – advice they’re approaching v
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
30
 
 
Here’s an episode loaded with daddy issues, and other kinds: Jess (Zooey Deschanel) gets another visit from her dad, played by Rob Reiner – but this time he’s brought along a much younger woman, to whom he intends to propose. Complicating things is the fact that the “new girl” in question attended high school the same time as Jess – and, way back when, even stole Jess’ boyfriend. Now she’s after Jess’ dad – and she’s played, in wh
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
30
 
 
There really wasn’t any doubt, but last week’s show made it official: In this final season, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) has gone over to the dark side in a way that makes Walter White look like a model citizen. And he’s taking dead aim again tonight, upping his body count at an alarming rate – especially since he seems to be killing people for all the wrong reasons. And once he learns that, who’s left to kill, but his own mother?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
29
 
 
Even at the height of its ratings powers, The Cosby Show stood accused in some quarters of not being black enough. A generation later, the new ABC family comedy black-ish makes that same criticism from within the show itself...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
29
 
 
How to Get Away with Murder is joining holdover hits Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal... Murder is driven by bare-knuckled law professor/defense attorney Annalise Keating, brought to vibrant life by Oscar nominee Viola Davis...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
29
 
 
In this episode, Howard (Simon Helberg) gets an exciting invitation from left field – or, rather, from the infield. He’s invited, as an astronaut, to throw out the first pitch at a ball game. Which, for Howard, will take more than a little practice to pull off without embarrassment.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
29
 
 
Last week’s premiere episode of Gotham spent much of its time with Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), the twisted little man who, in time, will reinvent himself as the villainous Penguin. This week, the focus is on young street stray Selina Kyle, who, in time, will become Catwoman – and who, in this young pre-costumed incarnation, is played by Camren Bicondova.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
29
 
 
What century is this, anyway? On Sleepy Hollow, not only do we have Ichabod Crane, demon hunter – bringing to life, in a more heroic and driven way, the character from Washington Irving’s classic short story – but this season, we have him teamed with none other than Benjamin Franklin, played by Timothy Busfield from thirtysomething.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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