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2015
Sep
30
 
 
The Cookie continues to not crumble, in this second episode of Season 2, in which one of the subplots is Ludacris. That’s not a misspelled complaint – he's one of the week’s guest stars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
30
 
 
Naturalist and author E.O. Wilson, whose studies of insect behavior over the decades has prompted some to call him a modern Darwin, is profiled in this two-hour biography of the man and his groundbreaking findings about the sociology in anthills and other insect cultures. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
30
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This is a warning, not a recommendation. The actors starring in this new medical series, Marcia Gay Harden and Luis Guzman, are very good. In other things. But even they can’t elevate the script to tolerable levels here, in a show about a hospital so constantly overstressed it occasionally goes into the patient-care equivalent of cardiac arrest. If Harden, in particular, makes you want to tune in, in this case I’d advise against it.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
30
 
 
In this week’s episode, South Park gets gentrified – leading to local commission hearings that may remind some viewers of HBO’s recent David Simon miniseries, Show Me a Hero. Or not. Either way, expect to laugh.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
30
 
 
The first two interviews conducted by the new Daily Show host have been, in a word, dull. Tonight, though, is Noah’s first interview with a politician: New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
30
 
 
Tonight, on Late Show, it’s a reunion of two former Daily Show correspondents, each of whom have moved from that Comedy Central showcase to different networks and series. Stephen Colbert, the host of this program, plays host, for the night, to John Oliver, now the star of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Not too long ago, Oliver, as the summer Daily Show substitute for Jon Stewart, was the lead-in to Colbert’s The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Now they’re sha
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
30
 
 

It’s official: The best TV Christmas special ever made is being turned into a series of holiday postage stamps, and you can preorder them now. Should you? Good grief, yes!...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
29
 
 
Tuesday is middle-aged Adonis night on Fox’s new fall schedule. So after John Stamos in Grandfathered comes Rob Lowe in the better rendered The Grinder...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
29
 
 
Aging playboy Jimmy Martino (John Stamos) is a self-idolizing, phony flatterer who runs an upscale Hollywood restaurant and polices any gray hairs as though they were weeds in a Tournament of Roses Parade float...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
29
 
 
The numbers pale in comparison to the 9/11 terror attacks — 270 people killed, some in midair aboard Pan Am Flight 103 and some on the ground, in the then quiet, bucolic town of Lockerbie, Scotland...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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