“First Lady” visits personal/political power

This is a tiny slice of Americana – just 41 people, spread over 232 years.
Now a new series views some of the most intriguing: “The First Lady” (9 p.m. Sundays on Showtime, starting on Easter) spends its first season with three women. Michelle Pfeiffer is Betty Ford, Viola Davis is Michelle Obama and Gillian Anderson is Eleanor Roosevelt … who was sort of at the turning point.
“Eleanor was, in my mind, the first modern First Lady,” said Cathy Schulman, who produces the series and wrote the second of this year’s 10 episodes. Read more…

It’s Christmas again, for the 700th “Simpsons”

“The Simpsons” is now coming full-circle: Its first episode (shown here) was a Christmas tale; so is it’s 700th.
That’s on Fox, at 8 p.m. Sunday (March 21) – not your usual Christmas moment. But it’s a flashback story, with the usual “Simpsons” qualities: It’s fairly funny (in spurts) and always fresh and quirky.
Besides, the important thing is that number – 700 episodes.
Some sources list “Dragnet” (762) and “The Magical World of Disney” (736) as higher, but that’s only if you cobble together lots of different versions. Ignore those and “Simpsons” seems to have more episodes than any scripted, primetime show in American TV history. Read more…