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Thursday TV: Brilliant Community & Parks, a Live 30 Rock, More

Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

Welcome to May sweeps (albeit still in April) and, more important, the countdown to the end of the official broadcast season on May 23. Meaning an end, for now, to those pesky repeats and the start-and-stop scheduling of favorite shows. Reason enough to celebrate? Wait until you see what NBC has in store for you tonight (or at least for those choosy few who gravitate toward the network's better Thursday night comedies).

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Ken Burns Adds to Baseball History with The Tenth Inning

Barry Bonds

The star of Ken Burns' The Tenth Inning — besides baseball itself — is Barry Bonds.

"He had to be," Burns says.

While Babe Ruth did it on hot dogs and beer and Hank Aaron on a diet no one ever questioned, Bonds is suspected to have set baseball's all-time home-run record on steroids. So Bonds looms large throughout the four hours of Burns' follow-up to his Emmy-winning 1994 documentary series Baseball.

Burns and partner Lynn Novick — whose credits include the masterful The Civil War and Jazz — expansively cover the last 16 years of the sport, including... read more

War Is Hell -- But Heavenly TV

On Friday, TV Guide editors got an early glimpse at a new masterpiece. When it comes to the latest anything by Ken Burns, it's never too soon to get the buzz started.The great and eloquent documentarian and his longtime producing partner Lynn Novick stopped by the offices to show selected scenes from his latest epic: The War, a seven-part, 14 1/2-hour exploration of World War II through the eyes and emotionally charged recollections of "ordinary" citizens who either served in the trenches of the European or Pacific theaters or who lived through it on the home front. No talking-head experts or academics in this vivid history — it’s mostly first-person, focusing on nonfamous (for now) members of four communities meant to symbolize the impact of this “worst war” on a country at once united and shattered by the horrors of combat. (The witnesses hail from Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Luverne, Minnesota.)Burns told us that WWII v... read more

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Premiered: September 23, 1990, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Ken Burns' acclaimed history of what Lincoln called America's `fiery trial' blends vintage stills with dramatic voice-overs and on-camera commentary. `The Civil War' won numerous awards, including two Emmys and a Grammy, and remains PBS's highest-rated series. It also made a household name of writer Shelby Foote, whose homespun anecdotes and insights set the standard for commentators on such later Burns documentaries as `Baseball' (1994) and `Jazz' (2001).

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