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'Downton' Returns, And It's As Rich As Ever.

Downton Abbey is the most popular drama in the history of public television. And when the whole of the TV universe is fragmenting, that isn't just impressive — it's almost impossible. Critic David Bianculli ponders the hit show's unlikely success.


Two Contrasting Historical Programs on Television.

Television critic David Bianculli checks out two programs, NBC's six-hour mini-series about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, titled "A Woman Named Jackie;" and a Showtime documentary called "Hearts of Darkness," about the making of the movie "Apocalypse Now."


"The Story Behind the Story" Is Missing Critical Pieces.

Television critic David Bianculli previews the new NBC show, "The Story Behind the Story." The program will look at well-known events from little-explored angles. Planned features include a look at who else was on Ed Sullivan the night the Beatles premiered, and a profile of Abe Zapruder, the man who filmed John Kennedy's assassination.


New Kennedy Mini-Series Has Plenty of Gaps, but Good Performances.

Television critic David Bianculli previews "The Kennedys of Massachusetts." It's a 6-hour miniseries based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's bestseller, "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys," about America's most prominent political family. The series premieres this Sunday on ABC.

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