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2016
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Dinner at Downton Abbey has gotten rowdy over the years, but it never got scary until Sunday night, when Lord Grantham...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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With television drama, it’s not often that we get to say OMG, look what just splashed down. With Louie C.K.’s new Horace and Pete, we do. It's a 67-minute drama that C.K. posted on his website Saturday, without advance notice...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
31
 
 
What’s a hotter TV commodity than even the presidential candidate debates? That would be true crime, whether scripted or otherwise. Not that it ever really went away...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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31
 
 
SPECIAL: NBC is the network that revived the concept of live TV musical specials, with The Sound of Music and others, but it’s the Fox network that may solidify the trend. At the end of the year, it’s presenting a live telecast of The Rocky Horror Show, starring transgender Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox. And tonight, Fox presents a revised stage version of one of the most durable musicals of the past two generations: Grease, starring Julianne Hough as Sandy (pictured),
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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31
 
 
This documentary series launched itself at the perfect time, as each week leading up to tomorrow’s Iowa caucus seems to have been more momentous, and more unpredictable. And now, we’re on the brink of the first votes cast in the race for the 2016 presidential nominees – with The Circus covering, among other things, the Donald Trump-less Republican debate.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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31
 
 
All season, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) has run afoul of one particular judge – and tonight, she does it again.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
31
 
 
“Racing cars and pigs – who could better that?” Only Downton Abbey, which also presents a visit to Downton by Neville Chamberlain, where politics are thick and tempers are simmering – until an unexpected outburst, at that very tony dinner, that shakes the household to its core. For a rundown and reaction of each week’s Downton Abbey episode, see David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
31
 
 
Tonight’s episode is called “Yum Time.” Given the sexual predilections of this show’s primary characters, that might be construed as some sort of happy-ending sexual act – but it’s actually the name of a candy Axelrod (Damien Lewis) used to love as a kid, and whose current incarnation distresses him enough to do something about it. I can relate. If I had Axelrod’s money, I might buy up Chips Ahoy! – just to make them go back to the cookie’s o
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
30
 
 
In tribute to the late Abe Vigoda, who died Tuesday at age 94, Antenna TV is presenting a six-hour marathon of Barney Miller episodes showcasing Vigoda as his most beloved character, the world-weary, and everything-else-weary, Fish. The tribute begins at 4 p.m. ET, but the key hour is the last, at 9 p.m. ET, when the nostalgic TV network repeats the one-hour “Goodbye, Mr. Fish,” the “retirement” episode in which Fish left the precinct. Actually, he was heading off to a sp
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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30
 
 
Tonight’s episode in this period series is called “Marked Twain” – and yes, indeed, it features a plot in which the esteemed author, in the latter years of his life, visited Canada to give a lecture, and was shot at by someone upset with his writing and views. Murdoch and company set out to protect this visiting American writer – and while the plot is intriguing on its own merits, what makes this episode worth a visit is the actor playing Mark Twain: It’s Will
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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