The more complex our personal technology gets, the more eager television is to take advantage of it. In the case of interactive TV, that now means the ability to vote on contestants and otherwise effect the outcome of what transpires shows – often in real time. But as our TV critic David Bianculli notes, this new “interactive” wrinkle actually is as old as television itself. In fact, even older.

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How 'Bewitched' Tackled TV Violence -- More than 40 Years Ago

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“Television violence is certainly nothing new, nor concerns about how it may be impacting individuals in general and society as a whole. But since when has bloodlust been so hot?”

There’s been a significant surge of violence on television for the past decade.

Ed Martin reminisces about a 1971 episode of the now-classic ABC comedy Bewitched titled “TV or Not TV.”

Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli (of tvworthwatching) reviews the new HBO series Doll & Em, starring real life best friends Dolly Wells (left) and Emily Mortimer.

After a traumatic break up, Dolly leaves England for Los Angeles to serve as Emily’s personal assistant while she films a movie. The two must navigate the “fairly rigid Hollywood class system,” exposing vanity and insecurities along the way. Bianculli writes:

What weighs down this sitcom, especially at first, is its lack of subtlety. Plot points, like recurring jokes, are hammered home too hard and much too obviously. Even the closing theme song, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” telegraphs that things will get worse before they get better.

Despite all that, though, if you stick with Doll & Em, eventually it will stick with you, too. And as the central dynamic shifts and the friendship unravels, you’ll care about both of them, and what happens next.

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Chris Lilley returns to HBO as the queen bee of her elite private girls school, Ja'mie (pronouced “Je-MAY”). The comedy series features an array of mean-girl antics, hair-flipping and girlish hand-waving.

Eric Gould reviews the new series at TVWW.

‘Ja'mie: Private School Girl’ premieres tonight on HBO at 10:30 p.m. ET

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HBO’s ‘Getting On’ is a new hospital-set comedy starring Laurie Metcalf ('Rosanne’), Alex Borstein ('MadTV’) and Niecy Nash ('Reno 911’). Assigned to look after the female geriatric patients at an extended care unit, the series is a caring and amusing story that Ed Bark says is grade-A material.

Read his review at TVWW.

'Getting On’ premieres tonight on HBO at 10 p.m. ET

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George Clooney narrates “JFK: One PM Central Standard Time,” as a part of PBS’s “Secrets of the Dead” series, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Read Eric Gould’s review at TVWW.

“JFK: One PM Central Standard Time” airs tonight on PBS at 10 p.m. ET.
Take a Peek at 'Peep Show,' A British Import on Netflix

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‘Peep Show’ is a quick, smart and fresh comedy from Britain’s Channel 4 starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. The series follows flat mates Mark and Jez as they maneuver through their terribly mundane lives. They don’t seem to have anything in common, yet they depend on each other to be equally miserable, luckless and morally compromised.

Gabriela Tamariz reviews the series at TVWW.

Check out 'Peep Show’ on Netflix.
'Parts Unknown' Wraps Season in Ruins of Motor City

‘Parts Unknown’ Wraps Season in Ruins of Motor City

Anthony Bourdain visits an eye-opening wreckage in Detroit on the season finale of CNN’s “Parts Unknown." 

"The only place I’ve ever been that looks like Detroit does now? Chernobyl. I’m not being funny. That’s the truth,” says Bourdain.

Eric Gould reviews the episode at TVWW.
Poehler Opposites in NBC's Inviting 'Welcome to Sweden'

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Poehler is at it again.

This time Greg Poehler joins his sister, Amy Poehler, as the show’s executive producer, on NBC’s new summertime comedy Welcome to Sweden, premiering tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

Ed Bark says the new series is “more charming and amusing than laugh-out-loud funny. But its charms are considerable and the overall premise is bracingly unique.”
Over the Moon for 'Moone Boy'

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Winner of an International Emmy in 2013, Moone Boy is a comic Irish series penned by Nick Vincent Murphy and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The Sapphires, HBO’s Family Tree) that offers a semi-autobiographical glimpse into O’Dowd’s childhood in Boyle, Ireland. 

The six-episode first season is part of the Hulu inventory, and Season 2 of the Irish import premieres Thursday, April 24.

We must recognize that television is the frontier of today. It will affect the future of our world in ways we can only begin to guess. Art, music and literature are not passive. They demand someone to look and listen and to think and respond. It will be the same with television, and audiences must learn to participate intelligently, for they will share the responsibility for what they see.

John-Boy Walton,

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Lifetime's 'Flowers in the Attic' Better Than Movie Version

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Lifetime presents ‘Flowers in the Attic,’ starring Ellen Burstyn, Heather Graham and Kiernan Shipka ('Mad Men’). Based on the famous novel by V. C. Andrews, Shipka plays a kid caught in an incestual relationship while locked in an attic with her siblings for more than 3 years. 

Jonathon Storm says the made-for-TV movie is better than the 1987 movie version.

'Flowers in the Attic’ premieres Saturday night on Lifetime at 8 p.m. ET.
50 Years Ago, As '1964' Reminds Us, Beatles and Hillbillies Reigned on TV

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American Experience presents ‘1964,’ a two-hour documentary about the events and issues of the 1960s including Beatlemania, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.

Writer-director Stephen Ives’ '1964’ premieres tonight on PBS at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings). For details, visit