TV picks for Feb. 24-25: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Network,’ ‘Young Adult’
Battle of the Network stars
The idea of watching Bryan Cranston as mad-as-hell anchor Howard Beale is intriguing and expensive. Hes currently tackling the role on stage in London. Youll just have to settle for the original 1976 film Network, which earned Peter Finch a posthumous Oscar, defeating a mad-as-hell Sylvester Stallone, who was contending as Rocky Balboa.
2:15 a.m. Sunday, TCM
Not just for laughs
Patton Oswalt, one of our smartest standups, is also a terrific character actor, most notably as the voice of semi-reason in Syfys Happy! and NBCs A.P. Bio. This should come as no surprise to those who saw his heart-tugging performance as Charlize Therons should-be love interest in 2011s Young Adult, a comedy written by former Twin Cities writer Diablo Cody and shot partly in Minnesota.
7 p.m. Sunday, WUCW, Ch. 23
For those who still have the stomach for it, The Walking Dead returns for the second half of its eighth season with an 82-minute episode, a running time that gives us some extra time to say goodbye to the character of Carl (Chandler Riggs), who is unlikely to recover from last years zombie bite.
8 p.m. Sunday, AMC