Day: October 5, 2021

Charlie — new and old — returns for the holidays

Charlie Brown cartoons – new and old – will have a fresh life during the holidays.
The new is “For Auld Lang Syne,” which starts streaming Dec. 10 on Apple TV+. After a disappointing Christmas, Lucy vows to throw herself the best New Year’s Eve party ever.
And the old are classics — led by “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (shown here), one of the all-time greats — that will air on PBS and PBS Kids (each at 7:30 p.m.) and on Apple. They are: Read more…

Best-bets for Oct. 7: from “Ghosts” to “Ghostbusters”

1) “Ghosts” debut, 9:01 and 9:30 p.m., CBS. The Thursday comedies often fit a formula: Most are from Chuck Lorre, the “Big Bang” producer; most (except “Young Sheldon”) are done in front of a studio audience. Now comes a bold step – giving the best slot to a non-Lorre show that’s filmed movie-style (no audence), awash in sight gags and special effects. Rose McIver (“iZombie”) is terrific; at first (shown here), she and her husband don’t see the ghosts in her house. Then a near-death experience changes everything; big laughs ensue. Read more…

Fauci: “weird,” “laser-focused” and Brooklyn-bred

As the AIDS crisis grew, some people pointed their rage at Dr. Anthony Fauci (shown here).
He wasa “Dr. Doom.” His infectious-disease team was filled with “incompetent idiocy,” said a leader of the ACT UP protest group, adding: ”I call you a murderer.”
Then the doctor came to an ACT UP meeting. In “Fauci” – the compelling Disney+ documentary – Peter Staley recalls thinking: “We’re dealing with Brooklyn here.” Read more…