TV for Grownups

Benedict Wong (L) and Joan Chen (R) in a scene from Netflix's "Marco Polo." Photo Credit: Phil Bray for Netflix.
Marco Polo, the next big thing from Netflix, will land at last on Friday after being buffeted for weeks in a media storm of questions, among them: Will the lavish limited series help Netflix in its quest to capture ground in the international marketplace? Will the $90 million production, filmed in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, top the streaming company's stellar successes with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black? Will the release designed for binge-watching (all 10 hours of the first season will become available at once) make a star of Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy? And, will 13th century China be the next big thing?
Red tent
Ever since Anita Diamant's 1997 novel, The Red Tent, blew up into a global best seller — with a reported 3.3 million copies in 28 languages sold — fans have debated what it would be like to see the Bible-inspired work come to life on film. Lifetime answers that question Dec. 7 and 8 with its miniseries adaptation starring Rebecca Ferguson ( Mission: Impossible 5) as Dinah, daughter of the biblical Jacob; Minnie Driver as Leah, Dinah’s mother; Morena Baccarin ( Homeland) as Rachel, Jacob’s beloved second wife; and Debra Winger as Jacob’s mother, Rebecca. It's sexy and exotic, with sumptuous images of biblical women communing together in the private confines of their “earthbound rainbow” shelter and otherwise dealing with life amid the windswept wastes of antiquity.
Peter Pan Live! - Season 2014
Thursday's Peter Pan Live!, at 8 p.m. ET,  would be must-see TV if for no other reason than 71-year-old Christopher Walken dancing as the villainous Captain Hook. The singular star of Deer Hunter, Hairspray and many a Saturday Night Live sketch has fond memories of tap lessons as a kid. He asked the show's producers to go heavy on the terpsichorean turns in this version of the beloved musical. His will be the dancingest Hook ever, they promised on last week's pre-show special, The Making of Peter Pan Live!
Downton Abbey Season 5 Premieres Sunday, January 4th, 2015 on MASTERPIECE on PBS (C) Nick Briggs/Carnival Films 2014 for MASTERPIECE This image may be used only in the direct promotion of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC. No other rights are granted. All rights are
Downton Abbey fans who've been dying for disclosures about Lady Mary and her suitors, thirsting for tidings of Mr. Bates' implication in the death of Mr. Green, or craving bon mots from the dowager countess, get ready for a big tease. PBS's Downton Abbey Rediscovered airs Sunday, November 30 — amidst its post-Thanksgiving pledge drive — offering tantalizing morsels from the banquet of drama coming in Season 5 as well as Bernadette Peters wryly introducing favorite moments from the past four seasons.
Dancing to Latin Rhythms
This is the fourth and final in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15.
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More than 40 actors who are 50 and older are among the anointed ones nominated for Emmys this year. With the 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards coming Monday, Aug. 25, here are five reasons so many veterans got nominations.
Maggie Gyllenhaal in 'The Honorable Woman'
A first-class, cerebral mystery/espionage thriller set amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, British auteur Hugo Blick's "The Honorable Woman" has become one of the most talked-about television dramas of the summer. Its title star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, has said she is more proud of the eight-part mini series than anything else she's done in her career. Its supporting cast, including Stephen Rea and Janet McTeer as British agents, is absolutely brilliant. And of course, it could not be more timely.
Tom Bergeron
Tom Bergeron loves hosting live TV shows. No surprise, then, to hear him rhapsodize about his upcoming emcee duties for A Capitol Fourth on PBS; it's a super-sized version of his thrill of choice.
Whoopi Goldberg in 'A Day Late and a Dollar Short'
Watching Whoopi Goldberg in Lifetime's A Day Late and a Dollar Short, to air Saturday April 19,  you may find yourself thinking that we haven't been seeing enough of The View host's Oscar-winning acting skills in recent years.  She reminds us in this movie of just how good she is.
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