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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
 In Generation Cryo, a teenager searches for her sperm donor dad

Breeanna, a 17-year-old from Nevada, is on a mission to find her biological father. She knows him only as donor #1096 " the guy who happened to provide the sperm for her lesbian mothers. Through a website, she has tracked down 15 half-siblings scattered throughout the country. Generation Cryo is a video diary of her journey to meet them and, ultimately, to solve the riddle of her birth. >More
 A cop comes to love his android partner in Almost Human

Almost Human is a wild ride of a cop series. It boasts cool gadgets and thrilling action, not to mention poignancy in the human/almost-human bond. >More
 For and against JFK: American Experience offers a warts-and-all portrait of the controversial president

I'm powerless to resist a documentary about John F. Kennedy. Though I'm well aware of the late president's faults, I'm drawn in by his charisma every time. I cheer his triumphs and bemoan his tragedies. And I always respond to images of the assassination as if I'm seeing them for the first time. >More
 PBS explores the mystery of Jimi Hendrix's life and music

Hard to believe, but in the four decades since Jimi Hendrix died, no one has made a great documentary about him. Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin' on American Masters fixes that problem. It capably tells the story of Jimi's rise from impoverished Seattle youth to rock star to drug casualty -- an extraordinary journey of just 27 years. >More
 PBS offers a new perspective on Orson Welles' War of the Worlds

As an Orson Welles fanatic, I thought I knew everything about his infamous radio adaptation of War of the Worlds from 1938. The 23-year-old genius crafted the program as if Martians had actually invaded the U.S., with news bulletins seeming to interrupt regularly scheduled programming. >More
 Reign turns an Elizabethan royal into a Gossip Girl

The new drama Reign is basically Gossip Girl in doublets and puffy sleeves -- a soap opera about beautiful young people and their transgressive behavior. But it has an advantage over Gossip Girl, in that transgressive behavior was much more dangerous in the 16th century than it is in our own permissive times. >More
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