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Wednesday: Sherlock Holmes’ Kid Sister

Millie Bobby Brown, the charismatic star of “Stranger Things” returns in a new film about Sherlock Holmes’ teenage sister, “Enola Holmes” (Netflix, streaming), based on the book series by Nancy Springer. Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin co-star as her brothers.  Alex Gibney dips into Russian interference into the last election with a deep look at […]

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Tuesday: ‘Time 100’ Listed but Can’t Meet

The big event for the movers and shakers named for the annual “Time 100” (ABC, 10 p.m.) was actually meeting in  a big summit. That was all canceled for this year, so the pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans will have to make do with this one hour special. Can they even fit all of […]

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Monday TV: Holdbacks and Cable Revivals

The day after the Emmys is the traditional start of the new TV season, and here’s what we have to show for it in a pandemic year.  The one new show to speak about is “Filthy Rich” (Fox, 9 p.m.), which was to have started airing in the spring but was saved to the fall […]

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Sunday TV: Winning Emmys from Home

It won’t be the most disrupted Emmys ever (that happened after 9/11 it was rescheduled twice and finally held in November). This year The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.) will try to bypass the pandemic by showing presenters, nominees and winners from home from 130 different feeds all coming into the empty Staples Center, […]

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Saturday TV: Recalling the Life of ‘RBG’

The 2018 documentary “RBG” (CNN, 10 p.m.), about the remarkable life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, gets a replay. It’s the film where she she says she wants to be remembered “as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to […]

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Friday TV: Nurse Ratched’s Early Days

Not sure that the backstory of the Big Nurse in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (that won Louise Fletcher an Oscar in 1975) needs to be told. But the new “Ratched” (Netflix, streaming), like the past Ryan Murphy productions for the service, is gussied up in set design, costumes and a big cast of […]

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Thursday TV: Drama Seeks Vanished Plane

Archie Panjabi of “The Good Wife” stars alongside Christopher Plummer as investigators trying to figure out the disappearance of an air liner over the Atlantic in the drama series “Departure” (Peacock, streaming), imported from Canada. Not to be confused with the Amanda Seyfried movie of the same name, the imported German series “The Last Word” […]

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Wednesday TV: ACM Awards Tries Again

Postponed from April, The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS, 8 p.m.) is finally presented — from Nashville for the first time — with live and taped performances from its most iconic venues, the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe — all still minus an audience. Performers include Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, […]

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Tuesday TV: Freezing the Tyke for Later

It sounds like a science fiction movie, but the documentary “Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice” (Netflix, streaming) follows a family from Thailand who decide to cryogenically freeze the brain of their adorable two-year-old daughter through an Arizona company in an effort to give her a chance of a later life.   “Frontline” (PBS, […]

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‘Watchmen’ Sweeps Invisible TCA Awards

Alas, no dress-up this year for the TCA Awards, the annual event from the TV Critics Association, where winners (and strangely, no losers) show up in a California hotel ballroom to accept their plexiglass kudos safe in the knowledge that nothing they say will be either broadcast or otherwise held against them. That has led […]

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