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TV This Week, Dec. 17-23: 'Gunpowder,' 'Peaky Blinders' and more

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Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa co-host the annual special “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.” 5, 7 and 9 p.m. CNN

The hills are alive with “The Sound of Music” in this beloved 1965 blockbuster. With Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. 7 p.m. ABC

“A Christmas Story Live!” is a new three-hour small-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the nostalgic 1983 comedy.

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A trying and triumphant year in TV and beyond for women

Television asked a lot of us in 2017.

Keep up with nearly 500 scripted shows across multiple platforms, binge watch must-see series or risk spoilers, and consume enough news and late night political satire to stay informed, but not enough to lose it entirely and seek solace in “Murder, She Wrote” reruns.

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The year reality and 'reality' fully intertwined

The world, you may have noticed, is in a jumble. Facts are in dispute, even when they have been demonstrated; lies are repeated as truths, even when they have been discredited. It's reality as reality TV, in this Year of Our Fake News 2017, where nothing is real but anything can be "real."

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Overrated / Underrated: 2017 was the worst — or was it?

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The coming digital crash: For all the misguided “pivots to video” in media this year, there’s a very real possibility that the internet may not be the limitless, life-enhancing cabinet of curiosities it once was.

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'Harlots,' 'Handmaid's,' 'Insecure' and late night TV made it an interesting 2017

Harlots (Hulu)

Set in 18th century London, this British-American series follows the women who run and work in the city’s countless brothels and delivers surprising tales of self-determination, camaraderie and cunning business tactics.

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'Twin Peaks,' 'Legion,' 'Danger and Eggs' and 'One Day at a Time' among the best in TV in 2017

A nonhierarchical, non-exhaustive selection of (mostly) new series I found extraordinary, pleasurable or surprising in 2017. Fourteen shows in 10 items.

FULL COVERAGE: Year-end entertainment 2018 »

"Twin Peaks: The Return" (Showtime); "Dark" (Netflix).

Fairy tales of youth, age and missing persons set in the curvature of time.

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