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Transition Television, From PBS and CNN – One program documents the national division, another examines the delicate transfer of power.
Donald Trump News Conference Gets the ‘S.N.L.’ Treatment – The actor Alec Baldwin, in a parody of Mr. Trump’s first news conference as president-elect, began by vowing to answer what he said was “the question that’s on everyone’s mind.”
Review: A Transfer of Power in ‘Homeland.’ Situation Normal, for Now. – This Showtime series’s new season is set during a transition to a female president whose relationship to intelligence advisers is dicey.
Review: Thoroughly Modern ‘Victoria,’ Still Nursing That Crush – Stuffy is not a word that in any way describes this costume drama on PBS about the young queen who would rule an empire.
Dick Gautier, Who Played a Rock Star in ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Is Dead – The comic actor, who was also known for his role as a robot on the TV show “Get Smart,” was 85.
What’s on TV Monday: ‘13th’ and Civil Rights Documentaries – In honor of Martin Luther King’s Birthday, stream “13th,” Ava DuVernay’s film about the mass incarceration of African-American men. Or take your pick of civil rights documentaries on TCM.
Tony Rosato, of 1981-82 ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast, Dies at 62 – Mr. Rosato’s comedy career, which began in Toronto with the Second City troupe, ground to a halt because of mental illness and his incarceration.
What’s on TV Sunday: ‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Victoria’ and ‘Homeland’ – Call it “Vatican of Cards”: “The Young Pope” is sometimes so bad it’s almost good, our critic says. And Season 6 of “Homeland” brings a note of comfort in troubling times.

Television News from the Seattle PI

Gotham: Jerome Returns to Bring Total Anarchy – Maybe it's the whole "absence makes the heart grow fonder" thing or maybe I'm still bursting with holiday spirit (haha, no) or maybe, just maybe, Gotham got it's act together during the winter hiatus and the fact that "Ghosts" wasn't completely unbearable television wasn't just a happy accident. A brainy groupie with a plan to resurrect his chaotic hero experimented with a corpse from his day job at the city morgue, and a cultish following of emo kids in Joker make-up and some spare costumes from My Chemical Romance's Black Parade days primed the rudderless Gotham underground for the return of the city's current answer to the Clown Prince of Crime. With Jerome's return and the promise of lawlessness that he represents, the sort of "honor among thieves" that Gotham's mafia tradition embraces presents a natural adversary. Jim Gordon wasn't personally responsible for every single major crisis to besiege Gotham City since his arrival, but he certainly cracked the foundation of the city severely enough that when it was faced with the likes of the Maniax and the Indian Hill escapees, and even Theo Galavan's (James Frain) brief mayoral stint, the resources to withstand and ultimately surpass these threats just weren't there any longer.
The Bachelor: The Most Awkward Moments of Episode 3 – Nick keeping Corinne around became a problem during the pool party. The other women's suspicions about what Nick is really here for exploded on him. Vanessa called him out on him knowing what people are going to say and how closely he's going to be watched, especially with his reputation, and so why is he even entertaining the possibility that he'd keep someone around purely because he wants to have sex with her? "I'm not judging Corinne," she said. Judging from the teaser, the next episode is going to be We Have to Talk About Corinne.
Supernatural's Misha Collins Will Guest-Star on Timeless – A Supernatural reunion of sorts will go down on Timeless next month, when Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel on the CW series, makes a guest appearance on the NBC series from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. Collins will appear on the time-travel drama's Feb. 13 episode as legendary Prohibition enforcer Eliot Ness, the leader of the Untouchables, Variety reports.
Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda Pens West Wing Tribute Rap – Rob Lowe thinks a West Wing reunion "might happen" The song falls short of some of Miranda's best work on the Hamilton soundtrack, but is an amusing dose of nostalgia for West Wing fans nonetheless. Check out (the NSFW) "What's Next" here: Other Links From Lin-Manuel MirandaThe West Wing
Orlando Jones Wants to Do a Sleepy Hollow-Supernatural Spin-Off with Misha Collins – "If you can get Misha Collins from Supernatural to team up and we'd be demon exterminators together," Jones, who was at TCA promoting the upcoming BET miniseries Madiba, pitched. Madiba, a six-part miniseries about the life of South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela, premieres Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9/8c on BET.
Gotham Mega Buzz: Harley Quinn Is Coming Sooner Than You Think – If Gotham fans are over the moon about the return of Jerome (Cameron Monaghan), they should hold on to their hats, because Gotham's version of Harley Quinn is coming a lot sooner than expected -- in the Season 3 finale, to be precise. Ahead of Season 3, executive producer John Stephens teased that a Harley precursor character was in the works, but the show was unsure of when she would launch, given her appearance in the DC cinematic universe's Suicide Squad.
Get Shorty Stars Ray Romano, Chris O'Dowd Reveal the Pros and Cons of Playing Tough Guys – The 1995 hit film Get Shorty (based on the novel by Elmore Leonard) is being rebooted as a series at Epix and will star the charming Chris O'Dowd as Miles Daly, a tough guy who works for a murderous crime ring in Nevada, but tries to clean up his act for his daughter... by getting into the movie business. Luckily, he has Romano to offer some words of warning about the physical toll those on-screen fights can take.
This Is Us: What Happens When We Meet Beth's Family? – Through it all, he's been able to lean on his awesome wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson). Randall, she said, will also be making more attempts to identify with his African-American heritage, an experience he didn't have much growing up. Speaking of cool, Beth famously became the, uh, dopest TV wife of 2016 when she whipped up a batch of pot-laced brownies -- which led to the revelation that Randall's father William (Ron Cephas Jones) was in contact with Randall's adopted mother Rebecca (Mandy Moore) for years, unbeknownst to Randall. Does she know how to turn the "sticky-icky" into gooey treats?

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