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The Gabby Douglas Story is a real-life gymnastics tale with a stunning conclusion

On the eve of the Winter Olympics, Lifetime dramatizes one of the greatest stories from the 2012 summer games. Gabby Douglas (Sydney Mikayla, Imani Hakim) became the first African American to win the individual all-around gold medal in artistic gymnastics, while her mother, Natalie (Regina King), offered conspicuous emotional support from the stands. >More
 You go, Girls: The comedy's third season justifies the 'voice of a generation' hype

Everyone without HBO keeps asking me: Is the third season of Girls any good? Does the series hold up as a satire of post-collegiate millennials grasping for meaning in New York City? Is creator-writer-star Lena Dunham really the voice of her generation? >More
 The brilliant detective series Sherlock returns to Masterpiece

When last we saw Masterpiece's Sherlock Holmes, two years ago, he had seemingly jumped to his death as a way of saving his friends. Since then fans have speculated on how he might have survived, and the long-awaited new season of "Sherlock" takes pleasure in teasing us about our obsession. >More
 Matthew McConaughey questions the meaning of life in True Detective

Matthew McConaughey turned in a performance for the ages in Dallas Buyers Club, and damned if he doesn't turn in another one in True Detective. He plays Rust Cohle, a one-of-a-kind Louisiana detective investigating a murder with occult overtones. >More
 The Poisoner's Handbook recalls the heyday of cyanide and arsenic

You might not think you want to watch a two-hour documentary about chemicals. But The Poisoner's Handbook tells a fascinating tale about pioneers in the use of toxicology for criminal investigations and public health. >More
 The Kennedy Center picks Billy Joel over Jerry Lee Lewis

This year's Kennedy Center Honors celebrates jazz innovator Herbie Hancock, guitarist Carlos Santana, movie star Shirley MacLaine, opera singer Martina Arroyo and pianist Billy Joel for their contributions to American culture. >More
 I still love Lucy: CBS airs a little-seen Christmas episode

What are the odds of a black-and-white 1950s sitcom being funny in 2013? Extremely low " unless the sitcom is I Love Lucy. In the I Love Lucy Christmas Special, CBS offers us a holiday gift by airing two 1956 episodes, "The Christmas Episode" and "Lucy's Italian Movie." The only concession to modern-day audiences is colorization. >More
 Psych: The Musical is a detective show with Broadway razzle-dazzle

Creator Steve Franks has made a success out of Psych, the comedy-drama about a private investigator who fakes psychic powers. How to freshen things up after seven seasons? Franks goes for broke with Psych: The Musical, a two-hour, over-the-top Broadway-style episode. >More
 Bonnie and Clyde, superstars, in a new TV movie

The real Bonnie and Clyde were grotesque killers with no redeeming qualities. But the new TV movie Bonnie & Clyde swathes them in glamour. As played by Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger, they're Depression-era hotties who look fabulous while robbing banks and breaking out of jail. >More
 Treme's last jam

Treme's final run begins with Barack Obama's election in 2008. We see a clip of Obama alluding to Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" in his acceptance speech, and that song becomes a leitmotif in the episode. >More
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