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  • TV Picks: Thanksgiving TV, 'Hello Ladies,' 'MasterChef Jr.,' more

    TV Picks: Thanksgiving TV, 'Hello Ladies,' 'MasterChef Jr.,' more
    "Hello Ladies: The Movie" (HBO, Saturday). Those mourning Stephen Merchant's one-season-and-canceled HBO series about an Englishman in Hollywood looking for love in (some of) all the wrong places, or those just seeking closure, will be cheered by this brief return. Or not so brief: At two hours, it is fully half as long as the whole first season. But it's a real movie, with a dominating through-line and an actual conclusion, not just a series of episodic exertions and humiliations strung together. Directing and starring and writing again with Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (veterans of the American version of "The Office," whose British original Merchant co-created with Ricky Gervais), Merchant concentrates on the relationship between his character, Stuart, and his friend and tenant Jessica (Christine Woods), a long-aspiring actress who has decided that her aspiring days are through. Some of the shots at Hollywood feel a little easy and familiar -- it's a target as broad as a barn's side -- and the story runs down some well-worn paths: There is a showing-off-for-an-old-girlfriend subplot and more than a little of Harry and Sally in Stuart and Jessica. But "The Movie," though the term "cringeworthy" still applies, is also less exaggerated than the series; it wants to keep things relatively real. (There is good support again from Nate Torrence, Kevin Weisman and Kyle Mooney as Stuart's posse.) Merchant is not an actor of enormous range; but he has the awkward-but-forward thing down and does some subtle, effective work as Stuart, whose memories of lifelong failures have kept him in a state of protective self-importance, begins to step outside his own head. Woods, lately seen in a recurring role on "The Walking Dead," is marvelous once again, completely present and whole even when instructed to lie on her back and kick her legs like a dying cockroach. Nicole Kidman plays herself in a party scene; Stephen Tobolowsky is a rich guy with a yacht; and Allison Tolman, of TV's "Fargo," and everywhere you look nowadays, shows up here, too, in a bar. ("Hello Ladies: The Movie" will replay through November and December on HBO and HBO2; check whatever it is you check for dates, for dates.)
  • Netflix Nabs 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' from NBC

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Just days after ordering a fourth season of "Longmire" from A&E, Netflix is plucking yet another series from the hands of network TV. This time it's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," an NBC comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock...

    'Justified,' 'Americans' return in January

    'Justified,' 'Americans' return in January
    You'll be hearing a lot more about returning series, but the FX announcement certainly is worth celebrating. The channel is home to some of TV's best dramas. "Justified," the superb modern Western, begins its sixth and final season at 10 p.m. Jan. 20....

    TV Review: 'Hello Ladies: The Movie'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sparingly appealing as a series, "Hello Ladies" fares somewhat better as an 80-minute movie, designed (much like finales to "The Office" and "Extras") to wrap up the show. Those aforementioned comedies were the creations of...

    Boxed sets make great holiday gifts

    Not many people realize that before Black Friday comes Indecision Monday, Confusion Tuesday and Stumped Wednesday. It's all those the days before you head out shopping where you try to decide on the right gift for those on your shopping list. One...