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In tonight’s new episode, two of the gang’s significant others are led astray, when the boys decide to keep secret their plan to sneak away for a screening of the new comics-inspired movie Suicide Squad. But someone else reveals the plan, so the girls aren’t led astray for long.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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Just like the remaining NCAA men’s teams this year, the contestants on American Idol are down to the Final Four. And tonight on Idol, after performances by those remaining singers, that number gets whittled down to three. Last week, one of them, Trent Harmon, turned in a series-best performance, and just in time – but who will leave after this new round depends on song choice, as much as performance, this evening.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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MINISERIES PREMIERE: This new CNN miniseries by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, a follow-up to their previous decade retrospectives The Sixties and The Seventies, begins, as did those others, by looking at the decade through the eyes (or the eye) of television. But this time, this opening installment is expanded to two hours, allowing for twice as much discussion of the era that gave us Hill Street Blues and MTV and Miami Vice and The Cosby Show and the finale of M*A*S*H. This time around, I should
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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SEASON PREMIERE: This season, Archer and company open a detective agency, and the first client they get is a modern, movie-star variant on the standard femme fatale. Nothing else about this series, though, is standard – just very, very funny.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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This 1956 Eliza Kazan movie, based on a play by Tennessee Williams, is about a 19-year-old girl, played by Carroll Baker, married to a man who promised to protect the somewhat simple girl’s virginity until she turned 20, which is just around the corner. But so is another man, which makes this a particularly steamy film, starring Karl Malden and Eli Wallach. This is shown on the last night of TCM’s month-long salute to controversial films because the Catholic Legion of Decency banned
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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The television incarnation of Rush Hour, like the hit film, gives us just as much cop story as it needs to tie the laughs together...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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Here’s the minority report from CNN’s three-hour Republican presidential candidate “town hall” meeting Tuesday night. There weren’t any, despite the downtown Milwaukee venue...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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SERIES PREMIERE: This new 10-part drama series arrives with two names that instantly raise expectations: Jason Katims and Aaron Paul. Katims was a writer-producer on NBC’s Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, and Paul played Jesse on AMC’s Breaking Bad. But Katims is only an executive producer here, not a creator. Paul plays Eddie Lane, who has a crisis of faith during a religious retreat in Peru, and begins to questions both the teachings and motives of the Meyerist sect – a fi
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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MIDSEASON PREMIERE: Cookie and Lucious are back, and acting as a team again – and I’m not Lyon. Why? Because they’ve identified a common enemy…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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TCM ocasionally shows full-length silent films in prime time, as it did very recently with Buster Beaton’s The General. But this is a rarity for TCM: a silent film from the 21st century. Jean DuJardin stars in this Oscar-winning movie, which was released in 2011.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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