TV picks for Sept. 4:  Richard Linklater, Halle Berry, "Fargo”

  • Updated: September 3, 2014 - 1:33 PM
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Bertil Guve and Pernilla Allwin in 1982’s “Fanny and Alexander.”

Berry, berry good

Much has been made of Halle Berry’s summer fling with network TV in “Extant,” but it’s not the Oscar winner’s first flirtation with the small screen. In 2005, she starred in “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God,” a look at racism in America in the early 1900s. Of course, Berry also starred alongside Leah Remini in the 1989 “Who’s the Boss” spinoff “Living Dolls,” but we’ll save that for another day. 7 p.m., Aspire

Can’t beat the real thing

One of the biggest TV stories of the year is the success of FX’s “Fargo,” which just won an Emmy for best miniseries. Yet despite all the attention, I realized that it’s been ages since I re-watched the 1996 original Coen brothers’ “Fargo.” The opportunity has arrived. 7 p.m. ThisTV, Ch. 5.6

Slacker’s delight

Director Richard Linklater is best known for off-kilter talkies like “Dazed and Confused” and “Before Sunrise,” so it’s interesting that he’s picked fairly conventional films for his night as TCM’s curator. Not that it’s a bad list. The slate starts off with 1958’s “Some Came Running” (7 p.m.), continues with 1950’s “The Asphalt Jungle” (9:30 p.m.) and concludes with the Ingmar Bergman classic “Fanny and Alexander” (11:45 p.m.). All well worth your time.

Neal Justin

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