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Reviewing Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, etc., etc.

The first three hours of The Handmaid’s Tale begin streaming Wednesday, April 26th on Hulu. It’s a 10-episode series, with more seasons planned, adapted from the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel. And of course, its portrayal of subjugated women is now being linked to a certain presidency. Our review is here.

Also, in case you missed them, here are reviews of NBC’s Great News and National Geo’s Genius, which both launched on Tuesday but can be seen via On Demand and other venues.

And on our Back Channels page, return with us now to a 1998 interview with Bill O’Reilly tied to his very first book, a “novel of television and murder” titled Those Who Trespass.

The Monday-Tuesday D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” also is posted, along with a little local news brief.
Ed Bark

Oprah looks like Emmy material in HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Oprah Winfrey has two Oscar nominations, but is yet to receive an Emmy nod for her acting. Her standout performance in the HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks might end up landing Winfrey her first acting win on either the big- or small-screen. It premieres on Saturday, April 22nd, and our review is here.
Ed Bark

Reviewing Season 3 of FX's Fargo

Expected the unexpected -- what else? -- when FX’s Fargo rolls into Season 3, starting on Wednesday, April 19th. But things go more slowly this time, and our review is right here.

Plus, NBC5 comes within an eyelash of a super-rare double grand slam with its four principal local newscasts Monday. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, longtime TEGNA8 photographer Arnold Payne does it all himself in this first-rate look at an unusually determined amateur boxer.
Ed Bark

Former longtime D-FW reporter Steve Stoler looks back with a book while still savoring his new job

Steve Stoler spent 27 years as a D-FW television reporter, the first 17 with KDFW-TV (now Fox4) before moving to WFAA-TV (TEGNA8). His new self-published book, Tonight At Ten, looks back from his latter day vantage point as the City of Plano’s Director of Media Relations, a position he’s very contentedly held since December 2013. Our story -- on his stories -- is on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, the latest batch of D-FW ratings “snapshots” is posted.
Ed Bark

O'Reilly, Veep and a big bucket of D-FW ratings

A long and winding road trip is over, and your friendly content provider is back at it.

Here’s my take on Bill O’Reilly, as he begins a perhaps permanent vacation.

Also, HBO’s Veep returns for Season 6 on Sunday, April 16th. Our review is here.

Plus, here’s a big catchup on D-FW ratings. And another bite-sized one that covers just Monday.
Ed Bark