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Weekend Telly Reminder: USA's "White Collar," PBS' "Place of Execution"

Just a quick reminder to be sure to take a break from your Halloween festivities to tune in to two of the weekend's best television offerings.

Tonight, be sure to catch USA's crime procedural White Collar, which airs its second episode at 10 pm ET/PT. Neal and Peter infiltrate New York's Fashion Week to stop a criminal from selling security data that is stored on a piece of technology woven into the fabric of a runway dress. Given that White Collar is already one of the most gorgeously stylish series on television, the addition of a sartorial-themed plot can only be the icing on top.

While not forgetting of course about HBO's comedy duo of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bored to Death and CBS' The Amazing Race, be sure to tune into Part One of PBS' extraordinary mystery mini-series Place of Execution on Masterpiece Contemporary on Sunday evening. (Check your local listings for details.)

You can read my advance review of the two-part mystery, which I called "gripping and provocative." The truly haunting (and at times harrowing) mini-series stars Juliet Stevenson, Lee Ingleby, and Greg Wise in a dual-stranded mystery taking place in 1963 and the present-day. It's not to be missed.

Comments

AskRachel said…
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first episode of White Collar and am actually really looking forward to the next one tonight. Thank you for the recommendation!
Stella said…
Definitely going to be tuning in to Place of Execution as I've heard only good things about it--and a great mystery is perfect for Halloween weekend!

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