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Television News from the New York Times

Jimmy Kimmel on Hosting the Oscars at a Political Moment – With recent awards speeches focusing on President Trump, he says the evening will be a balancing act that avoids too little topical content and too much.
Critic's Notebook: Colbert Rides a Trump Wave, While Fallon Treads Water – On two late-night talk shows, a relatively soft approach and a more pointed one have emerged in comedy about the new president.
Bill Maher, Faulted for Booking Milo Yiannopoulos, Takes Credit for His Fall – In an interview, Mr. Maher spoke about having the right-wing personality on his show “Real Time,” and why he will continue to seek out provocative conservative guests.
Review: ‘My Brother, My Brother and Me’ Has Advice From Three Modern Stooges – This show on Seeso translates the McElroys’ popular podcast to the small screen, deadpan quirkiness intact.
Best of Late Night: Jimmy Fallon Offers His Own ‘Alternative Facts’ – Mr. Fallon presented what he called the White House version of the party game “two truths and a lie.”
What’s on TV Thursday: A Climactic ‘Nashville’; a ‘Blacklist’ Spinoff – Will this be Rayna Jaymes’s swan song? Find out on “Nashville.” Or watch Famke Janssen in “The Blacklist: Redemption.”
Legion: ‘Legion’ Season 1, Episode 3: Days of Future Past – The show now seems ready to get on with the business of making the superhuman into the superhero.
Up Next: The 8-Year-Old Theater Critic Who Stars in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ – Meet Iain Armitage, who rose to fame with a YouTube channel where he offers reviews of “Othello” and “Cats.”

Television News from the Seattle PI

The Hero of The 100 Is Actually a Horse – For a few terrifying moments during Wednesday's The 100 it looked as if the series was ready to burn to the ground every last bit of goodwill it still had when, after being cornered on a cliff above a river, fan favorite character Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) was stabbed in the abdomen and then tumbled over the precipice and into the waters below. After learning of Octavia's apparent death while being held captive by Roan (Zach McGowan) and the Ice Nation, Bellamy (Bob Morley) immediately and emotionally broke down as one would expect him to. To be honest, we had a feeling Octavia was going to survive on account Avgeropoulos promised an "action-packed reunion" between the Blake siblings just last week (and boy, now we can't wait for that moment!), but even if you knew Octavia probably wasn't dead, no one could have predicted Horse's pivotal role in her survival. After Horse, the episode's clear MVP, licked Octavia's fingers to wake her from her near-death stupor, Octavia somehow gathered her last bit of strength and scooped herself up off the ground and onto Horse's back before telling Horse to take her home.
Suits May Be Getting a Spin-Off Focused on Fan Favorite Jessica – USA is toying with the idea of spinning off Suits with a series centered on fan-favorite character Pearson, played, according to TV Line. There are no details about the setting or plot of the potential spin-off, and USA is staying mum. Torres filmed the summer run of Suits after her The Death of Eva Sofia Valdes pilot failed to score a pick-up at ABC.
Blindspot: Odd Couples Make for a Good Episode – Last week's effort used the "fun guest star" approach, as another memorable return for Rich Dotcom (Ennis Esmer) led to one of the season's better episodes. [...] to make things a bit more disorienting, the episode featured what I would refer to as light timeline hijinks -- following one partnership through its full investigation before returning to the same point in time to follow the next duo out in the field. The aforementioned hijinks weren't as generative as the Rashomon-style tactics used in the fall episode "We Fight Deaths on Thick Lone Waters," but it gave the show space to develop the rapport between people who don't normally interact that often. When a suspect's crocodile tears about the futility of life actually worked on Edgar, Patterson had to jump in for the save, but of course the former had no interest in explaining his funk to the latter. Between these first two pairings, Blindspot worked hard to suggest that these people are friends, if not necessarily the best of friends, something that doesn't always come through in a show with such a high-concept premise and the constraints of the weekly procedural. The show turned one of its weaknesses -- the characters not always feeling like real people -- into a strength, playing up the awkwardness to lead in different directions (a minor sense of understanding for Jane and Tasha on one hand, and a wired outburst from Edgar on the other hand). While the episode twice tried to misdirect the audience -- once at the beginning with the two men "fighting" to trigger Roman's memories and later when Roman pretended to snap as a way to gain access to a keycard -- it also gave the characters a chance to see the other side of this ongoing struggle over what to do with Roman/Sandstorm.
How This Is Us Crafted William's Perfect Soul Song – "Memphis" not only celebrated the character of William Hill (Ron Cephas Jones) with stellar writing and superb acting, but by honoring William's musical roots. The episode took us back to William's hometown of Memphis, Tenn. and showed us how the young poet started out as a soul songwriter on the brink of the big time before his mother fell ill with cancer. The soundtrack of William's youth and subsequent death was a powerful ballad titled, "We Can Always Come Back to This," penned by the show's composer Siddhartha Khosla and Chris Foster (who played the guitarist in William's band in the episode). "The script said blues, but there's this whole Stax/soul sound from Memphis that is so influential and so under appreciated," executive producer and "Memphis" director John Fuqua explained to a select group of journalists at an episode screening event. The song is first performed by William's band and then replays with a female singer as Randall (Sterling K. Brown) calms William down from a panic attack, and then drives home after his father's death.
The Blacklist: Redemption: Why Tom Decides to Leave and More Burning Questions Answered – Redemption gets underway Thursday (10/9c, NBC), Tom (Ryan Eggold) will find himself pulled into a world he never could have anticipated, after he goes looking for answers about his past and winds up working for a covert team of mercenaries led by his mother, the ruthless Scottie Hargrave (Famke Janssen). In last week's episode, Tom (aka Christopher Hargrave) learned that his father Howard was killed in a plane crash, and later discovered that the man who confessed to murdering him (Christopher) when he was a child was coerced into making a false confession. The double whammy sent Tom on a quest for answers about who could possibly want to make a young boy disappear, and why. Redemption casting news know that Howard is in fact still alive, and will be played by Lostalum Terry O'Quinn on Redemption. [...] with Tom insisting that Liz (Megan Boone) and their infant daughter Agnes are the only things that really matter to him, it's still unclear what pulls him into Scottie's orbit. [...] although his instincts may be yearning to go out and be a spy, he wants desperately -- sort of like Pinocchio -- just to be a normal person, executive producer Jon Bokenkamp tells TVGuide.com. Details about the new chapter in Tom's life will be revealed on the Blacklist winter finale, which leads into the Redemption premiere Thursday night. Redemption, for answers to all of our burning questions. What makes Tom want to abandon Liz and Agnes and join up with Scottie's crew? Does Tom's quest for answers create a rift between him and Liz? "If anything, the one person in the world who might really understand what it's like to not know really where you're from, and to have deep questions about who you are, would be Elizabeth Keen," Bokenkamp notes. "The one similarity they have is they both may not be telling the whole truth, and they both may have an agenda of their own," says Bokenkamp, before noting that the characters are two ve
STAR Renewed at Fox for Season 2 – Fox renewed the musical drama STAR for a second season, the network announced Wednesday. The series stars newcomers Jude Demorest, Brittany O'Grady and Ryan Destiny as a girl group trio trying to make it in the music business in Atlanta.
How to Get Away with Murder Mega Buzz: Was Connor Really Saving Wes? – Thursday's two-hour finale will show exactly what Connor did in that basement -- which gets complicated since, if you recall, he didn't have his phone on him that night. The fact that the other students aren't as wary of Annalise gives me great pause, Falahee says -- but the ultimate culprit will be very surprising. Crave scoop on your favorite TV shows?
2017 Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win Best Actor? – With a shortened calendar and a monsoon of awards shows and bodies, we rarely get close races at the Oscars anymore. Even if Garfield is not actually in last place, he seems content to just be invited to the party, after missing out on a nod for The Social Network and the early-season concern over if he'd get in for his equally worthy turns in Hacksaw or Silence (actors cannot be nominated multiple times in the same category), or worse, split the vote and not get in for either. Yes, he was in rehearsals in London for a production of Angels in America, but if you/your people really cared and/or thought you had a shot, you'd make it work -- If voters are really that obsessed with La La Land, there's a small chance he gets swept up with the love -- you know there are definitely people who voted for it straight down the ballot -- and become the first Mouseketeer to win an acting Oscar (Justin Timberlake is nominated in song for "Can't Stop the Feeling!"). Mortensen's thoughtfully fierce patriarch of a family reintegrating into society after living in the wilderness is a pure passion vote for anyone who loves the movie, whose cast earned a surprising ensemble nod at SAG. [...] he's Denzel.) Actors make up the largest voting body in the Academy, and SAG and Oscar have only mismatched four times in SAG's 22-year history (ironically, Washington was the beneficiary one of those times, when his Training Day turn beat Russell Crowe's in A Beautiful Mind 15 years ago. Affleck was cruising through the season, winning more than two dozen awards for his devastating portrait of a grief-stricken father who "can't beat it," a simmering pot of emotions that refuses to boil over that's subtle acting at its finest. The SAG loss hurts, but it's not a death knell and Affleck can still eke this out, since he's been a dominant frontrunner all season and has won practically everything else, including the BAFTA, where Washington was not

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