"The Day of the Doctor" (
Some hints are contained in the online prequels "The Last Day," which seems to be a scene from the Time Wars (POV, but whose?), and "The Night of the Doctor," in which Eighth Doctor Paul McGann, who had previously played the role for the space of a single TV movie (and myriad radio dramas), gets a long-awaited second screen appearance. (That means we have jumped back, timeline-wise, or timeywimeyline-wise, into the space before the series was revived, in 2005, after its 1989 cancellation -- but I see I am confusing you.) It probably won't be necessary to watch "Night" in order to comprehend "Day," but watch it anyway. If McGann (more lately of
Also preparatory to the big event is "An Adventure in Space and Time,” a new TV movie (written by sometime "Who" scripter
"Carol Burnett: The
Carol Burnett received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last month -- "an award that Mark Twain himself still has never won,"says
Bill Cosby, 76 and also a Mark Twain Prize winner (in 2009), has a concert special this weekend, his first such TV show in 30 years, though he hasn't been exactly out of sight in the meantime. (Lately, he has become a favored guest on
At 42, with many notches in her comedy gun, Sarah Silverman will also be regarded, by freshmen comics, as an elder stateswoman, an inspiration, a role model, or possibly a person to be gotten out of the way so one's own career might flourish. She also has a performance special this weekend, "We Are Miracles," on HBO, filmed at the small bar at Largo, with an opening in which, waiting on the street to go on, she engages with some savvy cholos. ("Largo," one says, "that's like barely 300 seats." "Well, actually I'm doing it in the littler room." "The little room -- that's like 50 seats." "Thirty-nine with the fire marshal -- whatever!" "You need to call your agent.") There has been some discussion of this show in the blogosphere (what female comics should/shouldn't do, what constitutes success); different strokes for different folks, and all that, but she's both serious and funny here, in a sort of late Lenny Bruce, concert-era mode. You play around with ideas long enough, some people will want to set you on fire. There is plenty of irony in Silverman's presentations, but her title is sincere: "I believe in miracles, though, I really do. They're obviously science-based, but they're beyond my comprehension so to me they're miracles… and we are miracles.... Every single person in this room tonight... there was a time in history, a blip ago in the scope of history, when we were all microscopic specks -- that was far out, right? Everybody got deep." "You find humanity in the oddest of places," she says at the kicker to an opening riff on pornography. Stepping back and considering one disturbing shared thought, she notes, "I built a frame around it that forced you to not be able to blame me for saying it" and of another, "It went in my head and then I couldn't be alone with it." Comedy tonight.
"Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana" (