Day: March 12, 2020

Virus brings quick TV changes

As reaction to the coronavirus spreads, here are a few quick TV notes:
– First, a quick one for tonight (Thursday, March 12): At 10 p.m. ET, CNN has a town hall: Coronavirus: Fact and Fiction,” with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Anderson Cooper. From the start of the crisis, Gupta has done a superb job of bringing clarity and sanity to the coverage.
– Now a later one, after the current rush: At 8 p.m. next Thursday (March 19), PBS has “Confronting Coronavirus.” Judy Woodruff anchors, with Amna Nawa, William Brangham and a panel of experts. Read more…

Best-bets for March 14: A fast, furious day

1) “Fast and Furious” films (shown here) everywhere. How many roaring engines and screeching tires do we need in one day? Today brings eight of the nine “F&F” movies; the missing one shows up Sunday. WGN America has the first four at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.; it reruns the first two at 5:30 and 7:30, skips the third and reruns the fourth at 10. The fifth? That’s at 5:45 p.m. on HBO. Others are at 8 p.m. – the seventh on FX, the eighth on NBC, the ninth on HBO. That leaves the sixth, at 10 p.m. Sunday on FX. Read more…

Social-distancing? We can all be Butt-head

Most of us have that inner voice, telling us to watch less television.
It’s always been there. We were told not to watch so many cartoons or so much sci-fi silliness, not to watch Beavis and Butt-head (shown here) watching videos. We’re reminded not to become Beavis or Butt-head.
But now that changes: With coronavirus concerns, watching TV is a socially responsible thing to do.What used to be anti-social behavior is now a fine form of social distancing.
Fortunately, the timing is right; this is the “platinum age” for TV fiction, when quantity and quality intersect. If you’re just getting re-acquainted with your TV set, here’s an update, starting at the top Read more…