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“Death of Stalin” A Comically Arsenic Satire

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In the closing credits of “The Death of Stalin,” his successor Malenkov, played by Jeffrey Tambor fades from the screen, another casualty in the battle for power after Stalin’s death.

Stalin henchman Beria was a brutal schemer and Malenkov his useful idiot. Beria, played by blustering and blistering British stage veteran Simon Russell Peale, ends up executed in “Murder on the Orient Express” fashion and a cunning Kruschev, played by a perpetually exasperated Steve Buscemi, emerged to become leader of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964.

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Why Sunday is the best night of television

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The best night of the week for television once was Saturday, when “All In the Family” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” ruled CBS.

NBC called its Thursday night shows like “Cheers,” “The Cosby Show,” “Hill Street Blues” and “L.A. Law” “Must see TV.” ABC once declared TGIF with its Friday night lineup of “Full House” and “Family Matters” and now gives its Thursday night shows “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” a #TGIT hashtag.

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Four cable comedies argue that April is the funniest month

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During his likely valedictory appearance last week on  “Late Show With David Letterman.” comic turned US senator Al Franken offered a heartfelt tribute to what Letterman has accomplished as the longest running late night host in TV history. He said that Letterman changed comedy.

This week the return and premiere of notable TV comedies, each featuring fools we suffer gladly, offer some evidence of this change. They are to traditional sitcoms what “Mad Men,” “The Sopranos” and “Breaking Bad” are to TV drama. And like those dramas they are each story and character driven.

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