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SATURDAY
OCTOBER 21
2017

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Hulu, 3:00 a.m. ET

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: This is a documentary about a TV sketch comedy series that came and went quickly 21 years ago, and is most remembered today for an infamous opening sketch so polarizing, literally millions of viewers changed channels before it was over. The program was ABC’s The Dana Carvey Show, and it’s worth remembering, in this very funny documentary, because of its all-star lineup of writers and performers. Saturday Night Live and Wayne’s World star Carvey had such then-unknown on-camera help as Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert, and the writers’ room included Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, and Charlie Kaufman. Watch, in particular, for one particularly Pythonesque sketch: “Waiters Who are Nauseated by Food” (pictured, with Colbert and Carell). For my full review on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, visit the Fresh Air website.
 
  
 
 

Fox Sports 1, 8:00 p.m. ET

The Houston Astros fought back in last night’s Game 6 in the American League Championship Series, tying the AL pennant series at 3-3 and forcing tonight’s do-or-die Game 7, for both the Astros and the improbably resilient New York Yankees.

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last week, Dirk Gently began its second season. What happened? It’s still way too early to tell, because that’s the kind of series this is. Tonight there’s a discovery of a body – or, at least, a connection between the body and another of Dirk’s cases. Maybe.

 
  
 
 

Showtime, 9:00 p.m. ET

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: This new documentary explores the life, music and messages of George Michael, one of the power players in the glory Eighties days of MTV.

 
  
 
 

BBC America, 10:00 p.m. ET

Graham Norton rarely makes room for politicians on his guest couch, but tonight’s show is a high-profile exception. One of his guests tonight is Hillary Clinton –and while she’s no stranger to late-night talk show appearances, The Graham Norton Show is a very different kind of animal – freewheeling, uninhibited, and usually requiring lengthy interaction with the week’s other guests, who, in this case, include actor Jeff Goldblum. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the former presidential candidate gets preferential solo treatment, and gets to talk to Norton alone. Power, even when not fully realized in the electoral college, has its privileges.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

‘Will & Grace’ 2.0 – Of all the shows premiering this fall, few are more anticipated than the return to NBC of Will & Grace. The show may have been off the air for ten years, but it’s clear the slightly dysfunctional, though very loving, Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack have been missed. A special, airing Sept 19 on NBC – The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace – should be a treat for fans who are holding their collective breath until Sept. 28 when the show returns. To whet the appetite of fans (as if their excitement level isn’t already through the roof), NBC has released a short video with treasured old scenes, new scenes that are destined to become favorites and the story of the original casting sessions. And it’s not “Just Jack!” – Linda Donovan

 
 

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FRESH AIR FAVES

Audio of Bianculli's favorite 'Fresh Air' reports, and the stories behind them...


FAVES FROM
"THE MORGUE"

Bianculli's favorite newspaper articles, and the stories behind them...


EXTRAS & FEEDBACK

Share your favorite TV in-jokes and first TV loves...
 
 
 
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. 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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