The Must List: July 14, 2006
1. ‘MEERKAT MANOR’
Stories of love, loss, and betrayal starring a colony of impossibly cute mammals. If only all TV family dramas were as compelling as Animal Planet’s addictive nature series.
2. ‘CHUCK BERRY: HAIL! HAIL! ROCK ‘N’ ROLL’
On a sumptuous four-DVD set: the 1987 concert film that sought to restore Berry to his rightful place at the center of rock’s family tree. Review >
3. ‘THEY’LL NEVER PUT THAT ON THE AIR,’ BY ALLAN NEUWIRTH
From All in the Family to Seinfeld: Sharp analysis and firsthand anecdotes illuminate the stories behind TV’s most taboo-busting comedies.
4. ‘MARCH OF THE PENGUINS’ TRAILER
A très amusant ad for a French movie channel that imagines the penguins as mini Bonapartes. http://www.betc-emperorsmarch.com/
5. ‘WHY WE FIGHT’
On DVD: Director Eugene Jarecki examines the ever-growing influence of the ”military-industrial complex” in his thoughtful and eye-opening doc.
6. MERYL STREEP
For her delicious scenery-chomping turn as The Devil Wears Prada‘s platinum-coiffed fashion-magazine editor-from-hell.
7. GERALD MCRANEY IN ‘DEADWOOD’
The Simon & Simon star is electrifying as a wealthy businessman so canny and ruthless, he actually has Al Swearengen worried. Review>
8. ‘BIG BROTHER: ALL-STARS’
CBS has decided to let viewers vote which past BB contestants should go back into the house. Can anybody beat a Janelle-Kaysar ticket?! TV Watch>
9. ‘SURROUNDED,’ BJÖRK
Satisfy your obsession (or start one) with this seven-CD collection — including five albums and 26 videos — from the quirky queen of electro-pop. }” target=”_blank” class=”embedded-link”>
10. ”AIN’T NO OTHER MAN,” CHRISTINA AGUILERA
Is it just us, or does this super-catchy jazz-infused single make you want to jump on a bed and sing into a hairbrush too?