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Bob Schieffer, 78, is retiring after today’s edition of Face the Nation, capping a career covering 46 years of distinguished reporting of the best old-school style: a respected newsman who took his job very seriously, himself much less so. In a special edition of Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes, another venerable Texas reporter, our own long-time TVWW correspondent, reprints three of his vintage interview encounters with Schieffer. And to honor the occasion and say a fond farewel
 
 
 
  
 
 
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I’m a member of this organization, so it behooves me to point out that tonight, A&E presents a prime-time telecast of this year’s awards show. Honesty compels me to admit, though, that I prefer the lower-key Television Critics Association Awards – the ones that, for most of that organization’s history, have not been televised, and seem much more intimate as a result.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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This documentary, written, produced and directed by Alex Winter, examines the case of Silk Road, the illegal drug trafficking site that lurked on the “Deep Web,” until the government shut down the site in 2013 and put its purported entrepreneur, Ross William Ulbricht, on trial. But as this documentary makes clear, nothing about the case, or the motives for the site, or even the identity of the Silk Road-running “Dread Pirate Roberts,” is as simple as it might appear. And
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Last week’s episode was called “The Gift” – and midway through, we learned that the title referred to a presentation in court of Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister. And tonight, various family members from different clans begin to share screen time – and destinies. 
 
 
 
  
 
 
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A few episodes ago, Patti LuPone, in an intense guest-star appearance, turned in one of those performances that deserve to be remembered at Emmy time. Whether it will be or not, though, it helped serve notice, once again, that this supernatural series is doing stuff at least as impressive as FX’s higher-profile American Horror Story – and poor Vanessa (Eva Green) is having a rough time of it.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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EDITOR'S NOTE: To mark the retirement of CBS's Bob Schieffer, Ed Bark offers up three of his past articles about the much-revered newsman...

 
 
 
  
 
 
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Inhabiting Marilyn Monroe requires the look, the curves, the vulnerability and the breathy little girl intonations, not necessarily in that order. Kelli Garner checks out on all four in Lifetime’s The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe...

 
 
 
  
 
 
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This induction ceremony, held earlier this month in Cleveland, isn’t necessarily the most star-studded event since the Hall began doing this 30 years ago – but if you’ve been waiting for The “5” Royales and Bill Withers to get their due, you’ve waited long enough. Ringo Starr becomes the last of the Beatles to be inducted individually, though, at the start of the Seventies, he started his solo career with a string of catchy hits, usually written by and featuri
 
 
 
  
 
 
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MINISERIES PREMIERE: Part 1 of 2. Kelli Garner, star of the brief period series Pan Am, becomes the latest actress to stand in for perhaps the most famous cinematic sex symbol of them all. This two-part miniseries has Marilyn Monroe recounting her life, loves and traumas to her therapist, while we tag along watching the various flashbacks. Susan Sarandon co-stars as Norma Jean’s unstable mother, and other players include Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Joe DiMaggio and Stephen Bogaert as Arthur Mil
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Alicia Florrick and her daughter were watching this movie recently on an episode of The Good Wife. Her daughter asked her if she ever got to change people’s minds in the courtroom like Gregory Peck did, and deliver such impassioned, important speeches. “No,” she told her daughter. Her days in court mostly were about small pieces of evidence and key phrases in the rules of law – an answer that made me love her character all the more, but also love To Kill a Mockingbird all
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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