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Amy Poehler recently showed up on Seth Meyer's Late Night to reprise their old SNL "Weekend Update" bit "Really!?! With Seth and Amy"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Tonight at 7 ET, The USA women’s team faces Germany in the World Cup semifinal. It’s a tough draw, because Germany was heavily favored before the tournament began, and has done nothing to change that perception. The Germans have scored a total of 20 goals in this tournament’s games, and allowed only 3. The USA, by contrast, have survived and thrived not on offense, but on defense, with no goal allowed for the last 423 minutes – more than seven hours of play – and on
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Caitlyn Jenner’s ultra-visible media “coming-out” transition, on a prime-time ABC special with Diane Sawyer and on the cover of Vanity Fair, was accomplished in her mid-60s, after a lifetime of conflict and reevaluation. Tonight’s Frontline looks at the issue from the other end of the age scale: Growing Up Trans talks to teens, and even pre-teens, as well as their parents, to explore, and explain, what it’s like when a child born as one gender identifies with the ot
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Tonight’s new episode has three sketches – including one, in which Amy Schumer goes out on a date and experiences time travel, that’s one of the most clever comic uses of the time-travel gimmick since Back to the Future. And this time, it’s future Amy trying to alter the course of events –and visiting present Amy to do so…
 
 
 
  
 
 
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SERIES PREMIERE: Not a recommendation. This MTV attempt to reboot the Scream movie franchise into a weekly TV series has a prime-time precedent. Remember Harper’s Island, the 2008 CBS series in which a serial killer murdered characters on an average of one per episode? No? Well, that’s sort of my point. And this new Scream, while being just as meta as its pop-culture-aware forebears, likely will turn out as the wrong idea, at the wrong time, on the wrong medium. But if you’re c
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Tonight, two Jons who spell their first names without an H: Jon Stewart hosts Jon Hamm.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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President Barack Obama, politically speaking, is coming off a great week – but he also triumphed in an unexpected arena, as a very impassioned TV-Critic-In-Chief…

 
 
 
  
 
 
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Television’s all-time greatest naturalist, Sir David Attenborough (no, I haven’t forgotten about Jacques Cousteau – he’s a respectable second place), was invited by President Barack Obama to visit the White House and discuss nature. The result, televised for the BBC, just was broadcast overseas, and, over the weekend, here in the States. BBC America repeats it tonight. For a full story, and for Obama’s unexpected role as TV-Critic-In-Chief, see Bianculli’s Blo
 
 
 
  
 
 
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[NOTE: Just posted a new round of replies to your latest wave of responses. Thanks! And keep them coming! -- David] -- Here at TVWW, it’s time to share some news, officially introduce some new contributors, and ask for a bit of help – from you, if you’re so inclined. But it's not financial...

 
 
 
  
 
 
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“Only food runs!”...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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