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Joaquin Phoenix on 'David Letterman' tonight: A preview clip

Joaquin Phoenix returned to The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday night. A clip released by CBS gives you some idea of the tone of the show, taped earlier today. Letterman says READ FULL STORY

Craig Ferguson visits 'Big Bang Theory' tonight, as 'Big Bang' cast visits Craig

Tonight, it’s a special Big Bang Theory edition of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The cast will pretty much take over the show, including comedy sketches. Meanwhile, Craig auditions to become READ FULL STORY

My master list of key Emmy predictions for tonight: Take this to the bank

Each week, I’ve been making Emmy predictions in various categories. I thought I’d put them all in one post here, so you can use it to compare your guesses with mine, or use it to win friendly competitions, or just to have a good laugh on me. Remember, these are the ones I think are going to win, not necessarily the shows/people I think should win. Please feel free to supply your own ballot in the Comments section below. Let’s check back in tomorrow morning and we’ll see how I, and you, fared, shall we?

Best drama Lost

Best comedy Modern Family

Lead actor, drama Kyle Chandler

Lead actor, comedy Jim Parsons

Lead actress, drama Julianna READ FULL STORY

Spike Lee's 'If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise' tonight: righteous anger from Katrina victims and Brad Pitt

Not as magisterially furious or as precisely organized as Spike Lee’s previous Hurricane Katrina documentary When The Levees Broke, the director’s new one, If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, is nevertheless an extraordinary piece of work. Lee possesses the gift of transforming polemic into art. The cold facts of the ongoing devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina are given human warmth in interviews with displaced New Orleans residents and footage of the region.

The first half of If God Is Willing aired last night on HBO; the second half can be seen tonight. It includes about an hour dealing with a more recent, blow for New Orleans and vicinity: the British Petroleum oil spill. Tune in, perhaps, for Brad Pitt’s fulmination against the oil company (Pitt, a New Orleans homeowner, has helped the region with his Make It Right organization), but stick around for the painful, brave testimony and eloquence of many of your fellow citizens.

Both parts of If God Is Willing will repeat for the rest of the month and into September.

'True Blood': Who's the best character this season? My choice is...

No new True Blood this week. Instead, a marathon of the new season’s first three episodes, a chance to get caught up and oriented in the show’s new landscape. The series has been packed-to-bursting with new characters: werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello); vampire Franklin Mott (James Frain); Sam’s birth-family the Mickens; vampire king of Mississippi Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare); plus increased screen-time for Kristin Bauer van Straten’s hilariously sour Pam.

I’m highly partial to READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' review, 'Beautifully Broken': Operation Werewolf and Eric, smooth operator

Bill biting the ear off a werewolf — that is a fine way to begin an episode of True Blood, you must admit. Continuing TB‘s new pattern of introducing as many new characters as possible per hour, we quickly got a good long look at READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' tonight: Season three is ending with a bang

Well, it’s the one we’ve been both waiting for and dreading: The third-season finale of Breaking Bad. After the gasping conclusion of last week’s hour — Bryan Cranston’s Walter White ramming into two drug dealers with his car and then shooting READ FULL STORY

Preview of 'Breaking Bad' tonight: Do not miss it, especially the final scene

I know there’s a lot on TV to distract you tonight — oh, how are you going to watch the MTV Movie Awards AND Kate Plus 8? — but I urge you not to miss tonight’s Breaking Bad. In particular, do not miss READ FULL STORY

I'm already missing 'The New Adventures of Old Christine.' Are you?

Last night, The New Adventures of Old Christine should have been leading off CBS’ prime-time schedule. Instead, it was gone. Not even a rerun. Getting canceled will do that.

A few days ago, I lamented the cancellation of Better Off Ted. I liked Old Christine a lot, too. Completely different sorts of sitcoms, of course: Christine was more broad and slapsticky; in a strict sense, more conventional. But, boy, Julia-Louis Dreyfus was good, and Old Christine was an exceedingly clever show, with characters that grew in interesting ways.

Created by Kari Lizer, Old Christine took what could have been a terrible gimmick — the “old” Christine (Louis-Dreyfus) is replaced by her ex-husband (Clark Gregg) with a younger, “new” Christine (Emily Rutherfurd) — and the series proved once again that a TV premise is as good as the writing and performances make it.

The “old” Christine was self-centered, prone to panic, and she drank too much. She was no one’s idea of a good mother (poor little Ritchie), or a particularly good wife, although she and ex-hubby Richard always shared memories of good sex.

But Louis-Dreyfus’ portrayal of Christine Campbell made that woman not just lovable — there were times when you ached for Christine; her basic goodness combined with her loneliness and her hapless screwing-up to create a fully formed female hero, perfectly imperfect.

Christine was also terrific — terrifically blundering, that is — in all her various relationships, whether she was trading jokes and wine bottles with her pal Barbara (a flinty Wanda Sykes), crossing intimacy boundaries with her jittery therapist-brother (the wonderfully dolorous Hamish Linklater), sparring with Richard (Clark Gregg made him a marvelous creation: a horny dope), or finding ways to come to terms with the “new” Christine (Rutherfurd quickly found a way to transcend the dumb-blonde role her character could have remained).

And let’s not forget Christine’s epic battles with the “meanie moms,” Marly and Lindsay (Tricia O’Kelley and Alex Kapp Horner), who were also an excellent act all by themselves, a sort of Laurel and Hardy of the L.A. upper-middle-class. There were weeks when I could have watched a whole episode about Marly and Lindsay.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy for Old Christine in 2006, but CBS treated the show shabbily, putting it on hiatus and moving it around on its schedule.

It deserved a lot better, don’t you think?

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John Cazale tonight: Was he one of the best, most neglected, modern actors?

John Cazale possessed a soulfulness and vulnerability that few actors are able to tap into; in the first two Godfather movies, in Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter, and The Conversation, Cazale glowed in the background. He wasn’t a scene-stealer — he READ FULL STORY

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