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‘Poirot’

Poirot_-9If you have never experienced David Suchet’s definitive portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot, it’s about time you settle into a comfy chair — perhaps with a cup of tea — and enjoy. N’est ce pas? The first of two new cases (“The Big Four”), adapted by Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock”), airs tonight. 9 p.m. Sunday, July 27, on KCTS.

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‘The Divide’

 

divideCo-produced by Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) and Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King”), this new mystery/thriller is the first scripted series for the WE network. Things kick off with a slam-bang pilot that draws the viewer in to the life of a case worker (Marin Ireland) with The Innocence Initiative who tries to overturn an 11 year-old murder conviction. There’s great writing and acting everywhere you turn (with Goldwyn behind the camera as director), and after watching the premiere, you may be more than impatient waiting for a new episode. Two-hour series premiere, 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, on WE.

‘The Bridge’

The BridgeSet near the U.S./Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, this gritty cross-cultural crime thriller returns for a second season with a new case involving the body of a cartel member who is found on U.S. soil. Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir are back as two very different kinds of police officers. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, on FX.

‘The Leftovers’

ustv-hbo-the-leftovers-promotional-imageThis new dramatic series — from the executive producers of “Lost” and “Friday Night Lights” and based on the novel by Tom Perrotta — looks at the residents of a small New York town three years after an event in which 2 percent of the world’s population disappeared without a trace. The series is bleak, but full of intriguing ideas and images (the opening sequence from the pilot is particularly haunting). Justin Theroux heads a cast that includes Amy Brenneman, Chris Eccleston, Liv Tyler and Ann Dowd. 10 p.m. Sunday, July 6, on HBO.

’1776′

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William Daniels, Howard Da Silva and Ken Howard in “1776″

“It’s hot as hell in Philadel-phia.” Spend part of your holiday watching this great 1972 film adaptation of the Broadway musical (by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards) about the events leading up to July 4, 1776. Yes, it’s a musical, but it’s a ton of fun and features a stirring lead performance by William Daniels as John Adams. 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 4, on TCM.

‘Vicious’

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi

This new “Britcom” has two key ingredients that could make it must-see Sunday-night viewing: acting royalty Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. They play longtime partners living in central London, who in tonight’s premiere hold a wake and cope with a new neighbor. This should be a hoot. 10:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, on KCTS.

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