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SERIES PREMIERE: This eight-episode prequel series is based on a 2001 movie comedy that, at the time, earned only $295,000 at the box office – but since became a cult favorite for fans of a certain generation (i.e., the generation after mine). The concocters of the original, Michael Showalter and David Wain, enticed all the original actors – many of them now major stars, such as Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and Amy Schumer – to return for a Netflix prequel. So the
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Disney Channel is throwing all the clout it can into this new made-for-TV musical, hoping to recreate the lightning that was captured in High School Musical a Disney generation ago. (Specifically, 2006.) Kenny Ortega, who directed High School Musical, is behind Descendants as well, and it centers on the secretly raised, now-teen children of four iconic Disney villains. Mal (Dove Cameron) is the daughter of Maleficent (played here by Kristin Chenoweth, pictured with the young series leads); Carlo
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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In this 2014 sci-fi action movie, Scarlett Johannson plays a woman who’s a sort of spiritual sister to the protagonist of Flowers for Algernon, whom Cliff Robertson played in the movie Charly. She’s a woman who, thanks to exposure to an unstable drug, begins to evolve significantly. In Charly, the mentally challenged protagonist got smarter and smarter, to genius level, until he began to regress. In Lucy, she just keeps getting smarter and smarter – and more powerful, and much
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum play wrestlers asked by an eccentric millionaire to come to his private training facility in preparation for the 1988 Olympic Games. What sounds like a traditional, inspirational sports movie is anything but, because, by sticking to the facts, Foxcatcher becomes something much more unpredictable and disturbing. And speaking of defying expectations: Steve Carell is all but unrecognizable as the wealthy, wrestling-obsessed John du Pont.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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SERIES PREMIERE: Think of this new TNT reality-series series spinoff in the form of an SAT question. “Cold Justice: Sex Crimes is to Cold Justice as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is to ______.” Then decide, from that completed answer, whether you’re interested in tuning in.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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Renowned and even revered for its star-powered TV "press tour" panels, HBO shrunk to something of a Little Dipper with its Thursday afternoon/evening show and tell...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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I come neither to praise Jon Stewart nor to bury him. Many have done the former, and Fox News seems only too happy to do the latter...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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This is a repeat showing of the American Film Institute’s recent salute to Steve Martin – a salute that boasts not only a generous sampling of clips from Martin’s decades-long movie career, but appearances, and funny short speeches, by lots and lots of Martin’s cinematic colleagues and friends. Martin Short alone is worth tuning in to see, but there’s so much more. And afterward, TCM presents two of Martin’s films: At 9:30 p.m. ET, 1991’s Father of the B
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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Tonight’s new dates feature more returning characters, who haven’t given up on dating entirely yet. In the first of this evening’s two episodes, Stephen and Mia (Ben Chaplin, Oona Chaplin) agree to meet for another date – but she’s a no-show, leading to another dating adventure entirely. And in the second episode, Jenny (Sheridan Smith) decides to try, try again, and go out on another date with a guy she met online: this time, a guy named Christian (Andrew Scott), w
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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Tonight’s new episode is called “Terrorism at Home and Abroad” – and it’s kind of amazing, when you start tallying up all of the domestic and international terrorist incidents that occurred in the Seventies, how frequent and brazen they were. And it’s all recounted here, from the kidnaping of Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army to the rash of airline hijackings that led to intensified airport security, and from dozens of bombings by the anti-war Wea
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 now avaialble on Amazon.

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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