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TV Notes


The Bronx Boys (July 29; 7 to 8 p.m.; Cinemax) met in kindergarten in 1936, graduated from P.S. 80 and DeWitt Clinton High School, and then went either Hollywood or somewhere else. Fifteen of these seventysomethings, including Carl Reiner and Ralph Lauren’s older brother Lenny, return to play a gingerly game of stickball and reminisce about Bronx girls. All of us should be so lucky.

90 Miles (July 29; 10 to 11 p.m.; Channel 13) looks at both Cuba and Miami from the P.O.V. of filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldívar, who hadn’t wanted to leave the island in the first place in 1980 but chose to do so, at age 13, for his family. His distant father turned out to be just as unhappy here as there, while Juan has to wonder how happy he would have been as a gay man in Cuba.

Wild Card (August 2; 9 to 10 p.m.; Lifetime) stars Joely Fisher as a footloose Las Vegas blackjack dealer precipitated into adult responsibilities by the death of a sister who leaves behind three troubled kids. That while finding out what really happened in the car crash she should also find a job investigating fraud for an insurance company is credible only because we like Fisher as well as her colleagues in this new Lifetime series, Chris Potter and Rae Dawn Chong.

1-800-MISSING (August 2; 10 to 11 p.m.; Lifetime) is the other new Lifetime series, based on the Meg Cabot novels, with Gloria Reuben as an FBI agent at first reluctant to team up with the young psychic Caterina Scorsone, until Caterina’s cryptic dreams prove indeed to contain clues to the whereabouts of children on milk cartons and the wives of senators. (I especially liked a dream image of a scarecrow, which translated into a gas station under the name of “Bolger.”) While the series isn’t yet as compelling as Without a Trace, Reuben and Scorsone are first-rate.


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