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THE AMERICANS
May 16, 2017  | By David Bianculli

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

Last week’s episode, “Darkroom,” ended with a chillingly effective scene in which Elizabeth and Philip (Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys) took daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) into their world even more, by showing her how they developed and printed the photos Paige had taken while babysitting at the pastor’s house. They were photos of his diary entries, and the pages developed contained entries that went from idle musings to deep concerns about Paige, making the pastor more of an actual threat. This week’s episode presents other threats – chief among them a former Nazi identified by the Centre, who sends Philip and Elizabeth to confront her. Confront her, and, if she confesses to her former war-criminal behavior… then what?

 
 
 
 
 
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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

 

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