Austin O'Connor

Austin O'Connor covered television, film, gaming, gadgets and all kinds of entertainment for AARP.org. Follow him on twitter: @austinjoconnor
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Who needs Matthew Crawley?
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Does the world really need another Bonnie & Clyde?
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Getting On, HBO's off-kilter new comedy series, is about nurses and doctors working in a female geriatric care unit at a California hospital - not exactly the sort of setting that would seem to inspire humor. Still, the show has genuinely funny moments, even while it remains realistic about its environment.
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Alpha House is a very funny show, certainly the best of this fall's new TV comedies.
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The Challenger Disaster is one of those movies - The Social Network and Moneyball are other fairly recent examples - that manage to wring gripping, suspenseful drama from a subject that wouldn't seem to inspire it. The film, which premieres on Science Channel on Saturday night at 9, recounts the true story of the Rogers Commission, the presidentially appointed group that investigated the cause of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion.
JFK: The Day That Changed Everything
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NGCI IBMS Code: 042589
The flood of upcoming TV specials commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination threatens to be a little redundant: Conspiracy theories aside, we probably know about as much as we'll ever get to know about that awful November day.
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Dying is a subject most people would rather not talk about, let alone base an entire television show on. But on Time of Death, Showtime's poignant, oddly beautiful docu-series that premieres tonight at 10, there's no escape from watching life's final act.
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When Lillie McCloud wowed the judges at her X Factor audition, it was a moment more than 50 years in the making.
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The Counselor is a mess of a  movie. That's surprising, given the talent in this modern noir -  Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender and  Brad Pitt - and a screenplay (his first) by Cormac McCarthy, the esteemed author who has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. As a screenwriter, the 80-year-old turns out to be a great novelist.
Edythe Kirchmaier posts to Facebook a few times each week. Her "Likes" include Prince William and The Cheesecake Factory, and most of her comments are about her family; others concern her charity work for nonprofit Direct Relief, which delivers medical supplies to disaster sites around the globe.
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