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09:15

The Jan. 6 TV hearings conclude with some really compelling cliffhangers

The Jan. 6 hearings have been packaged like TV shows: Each episode has a plot, and some special guest stars, announced in advance. As a miniseries, the verdict is in: This particular show is a hit.

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09:00

'The Last Movie Stars' offers an intimate portrait of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

A new six-part documentary, directed by Ethan Hawke, pulls from interviews with the couple as well as with their Hollywood friends to provide an unvarnished view of their careers and lengthy marriage.

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09:32

In HBO's reality series 'The Rehearsal,' participants practice real-life scenarios

TV critic DAVID BIANCULLI says The Rehearsal is unlike any TV show he's ever seen, and he's not even sure if he'd classify it as a comedy. But whatever Nathan Fielder is up to here, he's fascinated by it.

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08:39

'Better Call Saul' might be the greatest of all time — if it can stick the landing

Better Call Saul, the AMC show which serves as both a prequel and a sequel to Breaking Bad, has been outstanding ever since it debuted in 2015 says TV critic David Bianculli. The final episodes of the final season begin streaming tonight.

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09:23

Jeff Bridges makes a triumphant return to TV in 'The Old Man'

Bridges plays a former CIA operative who re-surfaces after decades off the grid in FX's seven-episode miniseries. The Old Man will hook you with its slow build and shifting perspectives.

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10:40

Questions of faith and sanity bubble to the surface in season 3 of 'Evil'

Evil, which premiered on CBS in 2019, has shifted over to the Paramount+ streaming service, where it's taken full advantage of its relocation. The latest season keeps increasing in intensity.

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07:41

HBO's sly new 'Irma Vep' proves there's still no business like show business

The new HBO miniseries Irma Vep is fascinating and unusual, but so is its lineage. It all started with a French silent movie serial called The Vampires, made in 1916. That serial was about an organization of criminals who terrorized Paris and called themselves the Vampires.

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10:00

Norm Macdonald's 'Nothing Special' gives us one last dose of the late comic

Most of Netflix's special features Macdonald running through his set in one unbroken take. The rest is a small group of comics, including David Letterman and Conan O'Brien, talking about their friend.

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41:33

'American Dream' documentary examines George Carlin's triumphs and demons

Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" act ignited an obscenity case in the '70s. We listen back to two archival interviews with the late comedian, and David Bianculli reviews a new HBO documentary about him.

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07:07

'Strange New Worlds' is the most enjoyable 'Star Trek' show since the original

The new series is an exciting throwback, connecting the dots and pulling characters and plot points not just from Discovery, but also from the very origins of the Star Trek series itself.

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