March 24, 2013 in Features

TV Notes: HBO’s ‘Phil Spector’ boasts Pacino, Mirren, Mamet

Chuck Barney Mcclatchy-Tribune
 

Don’t miss

“PHIL SPECTOR” – It’s not often that you find a TV movie boasting the acting talent of Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, and the writing of David Mamet, so this one is to be savored. The film is more character study than courtroom drama as it explores the tenuous relationship between the oddball music icon and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden, who represented Spector during his 2007 trial for the killing of actress Lana Clarkson. Some of Spector’s music makes for a haunting soundtrack. 9 p.m., Sunday, HBO.

Other bets

Tonight: “Live From Lincoln Center” presents “Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway … All of ’Em!” It’s a special that has Chenoweth belting out classic songs in celebration of the stage’s great leading ladies. 7 p.m., KSPS: 8 p.m., KCDT.

Tonight: “Fringe” may be no more, but you can catch the great John Noble on “The Good Wife.” He plays an unstable client of Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) who becomes a murder victim. 9 p.m., CBS.

MONDAY: Two new judges – Usher and Shakira – will be in those spinning seats as “The Voice” returns for a fourth season. That’s OK with us, but can they help this show finally find a singer who can make an impact on the pop charts? 8 p.m., NBC.

MONDAY: The rollicking blackout drama “Revolution” returns from a four-month break with high-voltage action. We pick up right where we left off, with Miles (Billy Burke) and the rebels trying to fight off Monroe’s (David Lyons) military choppers and machine guns. 10:01 p.m., NBC.

MONDAY: “180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School” is a riveting two-part documentary that delves into the lives of students at an inner-city Washington, D.C., campus, where the faculty faces extraordinary challenges and pressures. 9 p.m., KSPS and KCDT.

TUESDAY: You won’t find many TV dramas better than “Justified.” The show’s tremendous Season 4 continues with an episode that finds Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) trying to sort things out after the apprehension of Drew Thompson. 10 p.m., FX.

WEDNESDAY: “Psych” reaches the 100-episode milestone tonight and celebrates with a “Clue”-themed case that will allow viewers to vote in real-time on the show’s website for the guilty party and determine the outcome of the episode. Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren and Martin Mull guest star. 10 p.m., USA.

THURSDAY: “Fall to Grace” is the latest documentary from Alexandra Pelosi. It follows former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who famously resigned from office in 2004 after announcing he was gay. He has since started a new life as he trains to be an ordained minister and offers spiritual guidance to women in prison. 8 p.m., HBO.

FRIDAY: “Philip Roth: Unmasked,” the latest installment of “American Masters,” explores the life of the man some call the greatest living American author. The program offers an intimate interview with Roth, who discusses his life, his writing process and the inspiration behind his most famous novels. 9 p.m., KSPS; 10 p.m., KCDT.

SATURDAY: Whovians, rejoice. Tonight kicks off eight fresh episodes of “Doctor Who.” The opener airs just in front of the new drama series “Orphan Black,” starring Tatiana Maslany as an orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who turns out to be her clone. 5 and 8 p.m., BBC America.


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