Day: February 17, 2021

Solid, stoic Murdoch discovers slapstick

There are many words we’d associate with the lead character (shown here) in “Murdoch Mysteries.”
They include “steady,” “sturdy,” “solid,” “stoic” and such. They do NOT include “slapstick.”
But here is the season-opener, at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) Saturday (Feb. 20) on Ovation, directed by the show’s star, Yannick Bisson. It has versions of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel, plus a big sight gag, complete with a collapsing building. Read more…

Best-bets for Feb.19: lots of drama, lots of Denzel

1) Denzel Washington films, cable. Some viewers can jump between Washington’s Oscar-winning performances. His first (supporting actor) was for “Glory” (1989), a brilliant film (shown here with Washington and Morgan Freeman) about a Black unit in the Union army; that’s 8 p.m. on Starz. His second (actor) was for “Training Day” (2001), as a corrupt and street-smart cop; it’s 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Vice. For more, catch “The Equalizer” (2014), at 10:30 p.m. on TNT. In a variation on the TV series, he plays a former federal agent, helping the little guy. Read more…