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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.
  • TV This Week Nov. 9 - 15: 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B'

    TV This Week Nov. 9 - 15: 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B'
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 9 - 15, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies --------------------   SUNDAY Do not attempt to adjust your...

    Laurie Metcalf returns to the small screen in 'Getting On' and 'The McCarthys'

    BEVERLY HILLS When Laurie Metcalf decided to be an actress the world lost a terrific secretary. The woman who struck gold as Roseanne's younger sister on "Rosanne," and later became Sheldon's Bible-thumping mom on "The Big Bang Theory," somehow missed her...

    'Last Patrol' covers the inner journey home after war

    'Last Patrol' covers the inner journey home after war
    Sebastian Junger can't seem to get war 'out of his system. With his new, highly personal documentary, "The Last Patrol," it appears the filmmaker-journalist behind the Oscar-nominated Afghanistan War documentary "Restrepo" would be the first to agree....

    'Korengal' looks at the psychological effects after the battle

    'Korengal' looks at the psychological effects after the battle
    With the 2010 film "Restrepo," war documentarians Sebastian Junger and the late Tim Hetherington brought a searing immediacy to the Afghanistan conflict, relaying the day-to-day of soldiers deployed on a brutal, exposed, rocky outpost known for...