Day: May 1, 2020

Bush profile: A cheerleader turns presidential

For four noisy – and kind of cheerful – decades, there was nothing presidential about George W. Bush.
Often, “he would be drinking, carousing and having fun,” Charlie Younger, a boyhood friend, says in s new PBS documentary.
He made friends easily, but stumbled at work and at life. One night, he got a driving-under-the-influence ticket; another, he crashed his car into garbage cans and challenged his father to a fight.
But then came the flip side. That’s what makes the film – “American Experience: George W. Bush,” 9-11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (May 4-5) – so interesting. Read more…

Best-bets for May 3: A busy night, from A to Zoey

1) “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” season-finale, 9 p.m., NBC. This has been a splendid anomaly. The concept – Zoey (Jane Levy, shown here) hears people’s thoughts via pop songs – seems silly; piled on top are a romantic triangle, a dying dad and workplace intrigue. But for some people (including me), this is wondrous, bursting with originality, glowing colors, bright sounds and endless likability. That peaks with tonight’s final number – seven minutes, one continuous shot, perfectly crafted. “Zoey” is truly extraordinary. Read more…