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  • TV Picks: Merv, 'Newsroom,' 'Last Patrol,' 'Worricker,' 'Poirot'

    TV Picks: Merv, 'Newsroom,' 'Last Patrol,' 'Worricker,' 'Poirot'
    "The Merv Griffin Show, 1962-1986" (MPI Home Video). Even for many of us who remember the genuine article, the image of talk show host Merv Griffin is inextricably mixed up with the impression Rick Moranis unleashed on "SCTV": "Oooo, we'llberightback." But as this filling and fulfilling new DVD romp through the late midcentury demonstrates, that was barely a parody at all. There is a kind of jazzy intimacy to his sound, like a cocktail lounge strapped to the back of a Lear Jet; he pronounces the favorite word "sensational" with an exclamation mark attached to the middle syllable, as if he's taking a corner at high speed. With an afternoon talk show on NBC debuting on the same day (Oct. 1, 1962) that Johnny Carson took over "The Tonight Show," Griffin was a man of the old school, when talk shows were more devoted to talk than they are now and guests flogged their wares somewhat less conspicuously. (Some guests do just seem to be have been favorites of the series, whether great -- Richard Pryor, Henny Youngman -- or small, like rock-singing celebrity hairdresser Monti Rock III.) They have a leisurely air.
  • Video: Dakota Fanning Stars in Emma Thompson Scripted 'Effie Gray' (EXCLUSIVE)

    LONDON - Dakota Fanning starrer "Effie Gray," which is the first original screenplay written by Emma Thompson, world premieres on Oct. 5 in London, and opens in the U.K. on Oct. 10 through Metrodome Distribution. Variety has been given an exclusive clip...

    TV This Week Sept. 28 - Oct. 4: 'Reign' on KTLA

    TV This Week Sept. 28 - Oct. 4: 'Reign' on KTLA
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SUNDAY Your journalist gal-pal is back on the...

    TV Picks: 'Good Wife,' 'The Middle,' 'Black-ish,' 'Marple' and more

    TV Picks: 'Good Wife,' 'The Middle,' 'Black-ish,' 'Marple' and more
    "The Good Wife" (CBS, Sundays), "Nashville" (ABC, Wednesdays), "Madam Secretary" (CBS, Sundays). The most satisfying and the most vexing network dramas, as seen from my little critic's corner of the world, return. And a new show whose degree of...

    TV This Week Aug. 3 - 9: 'Outlander' on Starz

    TV This Week Aug. 3 - 9: 'Outlander' on Starz
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug. 3 - 9, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies --------------------   SUNDAY Are you ready for some preseason football?...