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Sobering up with reviews of Hulu's The Looming Tower and USA's Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.

Real-life events yet again have been all too grim of late. So if you want to get away, well, neither of these two newcomers is the answer right now.

Hulu’s The Looming Tower depicts events leading up to 9/11 -- and whether they could have been prevented via due diligence and cooperation rather than high level infighting. Jeff Daniels stars, and our review is here.

Also, the USA network daringly presents Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.. It’s a “true crime” story that’s been barely touched compared to others -- and our review is here.

Plus, in case you missed it, there’s also a review of CBS’ Living Biblically, which premiered Monday.

Monday’s D-FW ratings “snapshot,” the first after 18 straight days of NBC’s prime-time Winter Olympics coverage, is also in the house.
Ed Bark

A pair of new reviews: Netflix's Seven Seconds and NBC's Good Girls

Netflix’s expectedly grim Seven Seconds, from the creator of The Killing, is now available for streaming. Our review is based on watching the entire first season of 10 episodes, and you can find it right here.

Plus, NBC’s Good Girls premieres in a plum time slot Monday after a heavy dose of promotions during the Winter Olympics. That review can be found here.
Ed Bark

D-FW Winter Olympics rating and an anthem for the ages

NBC went Vonn-centric Tuesday night. But while veteran skier Lindsey Vonn fell short of the gold, the Peacock continued its unbeaten Winter Olympics streak in the D-FW Nielsen ratings. All the numbers are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, you really need to see and hear Marvin Gaye’s performance of the National Anthem at the 1983 NBA All-Star game. There’s no need for the Fergies of the world to be ridiculed on social media and late night comedy shows. Instead start a new tradition. Just replay Gaye before the tip-off of every NBA All-Star game -- and all will be well. Enjoy his soul-stirring, unsurpassed rendition on our Web Browser page.
Ed Bark

Figure skating not a sport? That's cold.

Fox4 sports reporter/anchor Edward Egros took a lot of punches on Twitter Tuesday after declaring that figure skating is performance art, but clearly not a sport. Let’s take a look on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page, where some of Egros’ D-FW TV sports peers also took the ice.

Plus, D-FW’s Tuesday ratings “snapshot” spotlights snowboarder Shaun White’s dramatic ride to the gold.
Ed Bark

Dirt digging at the site of the now deceased Texas Stadium and an unclebarky.com look at the morning it all came down

SMU’s ongoing efforts to preserve vintage WFAA-TV filmed reporting from the 1960s and ‘70s have yielded a vintage clip from the original dirt-digging festivities at what would become the stadium with the hole in the roof.

Enjoy the clip on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page, where there’s also a link to unclebarky’s extended coverage of the April 2010 morning when it all came crashing down.

Plus, the weekend D-FW ratings snapshot includes all the numbers for NBC’s Friday-Sunday prime-time coverage of the fledgling Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang.
Ed Bark

Reviewing two newbies: Showtime's Our Cartoon President and HBO's Here and Now

Sunday, Feb. 11th brings two decidedly different new series.

Showtime’s Our Cartoon President is an extension of the recurring animated snippets on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Our review is here.

HBO’s Here and Now is from Alan Ball, creator of two previous mainstays, Six Feet Under and True Blood. We take a closer look right here.
Ed Bark

Amazon ads/links are back on unclebarky.com

Those Amazon links that used to be on unclebarky.com until a new mechanism kicked in a couple of years ago have returned where they were before. So if you enjoy the content on this always free site, you can help your friendly content provider out by first simply clicking on one of unclebarky.com’s three Amazon links -- on any of our pages. They’ll take you right to Amazon and you can then make the purchases you were going to make anyway. Or simply browse. Small sales commissions are paid to your tireless TV chronicler for each purchase made. And it all adds up!

Note: right now you’ll have to use either a Safari or Google Chrome browser. For whatever reason, the links currently don’t appear on Firefox.

As always, thanks for your continued patronage and support.
Ed Bark

Finfrock ends long tenure as NBC5's chief meteorologist, but will remain with station on part-time basis

David Finfrock, the dean of D-FW weathercasters and NBC5’s chief meteorologist since 1991, is relinquishing that title to incumbent Rick Mitchell, but will remain with the station on a part-time basis.

Finfrock and the man who hired him, the late Harold Taft, had been the only chief meteorologists in NBC5’s 70-year history. All the details and a full interview with Finfrock are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark