Day: December 23, 2022

Best-bets for Dec. 25: morning parade, night-time trauma

1) “Call the Midwife,” 9 and 10:30 p.m., PBS. Each Christmas Day, “Midwife” (shown here) has a movie-length film, stuffed with emotion and, at times, agony. There’s plenty of distress in this year’s well-made film: A pregnant ex-con is homeless; a dad, unable to cope with his daughter’s birth defects, stumbles into alcoholism. But there’s also joy and warmth … plus heroics from a starchy administrator. Read more…

Dionne Warwick: decades of soaring pop songs

Dionne Warwick’s voice floats through large chunks of pop-music history.
She’s had about a dozen top-10 hits, spanning 23 years … plus 40-some other singles on the charts. She’s sung everywhere, done everything. But that’s just the start, Dave Wooley said.
“Dionne (shown here) is a genius,” said Wooley, writer and co-director of “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over,” which debuts at 9 p.m.ET New Year’s Day on CNN. “And I don’t just mean a music genius.” Read more…