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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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Monday TV: Dancing with Reality Stars

Given the success of “Tiger King” and the lingering stories about her first husband’s disappearance, the booking of Carole Baskin is a delicious addition to the 29th season of “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.), where other reality stars include “Cheer” coach Monica Aldana, Nev Schulman of “Catfish,”  Chrishell Stause of “Selling Sunset,” and […]

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Wednesday TV: Another from Tyler Perry

The least funny things are happening in American assistant living homes but the man of a million TV shows (and recent new billionaire) thinks he can eke comedy out of the situation with his latest show, “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” (BET, 9 and 9:30 p.m.). Nam Lynn plays a man who moves his family from […]

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Sunday TV: A Trip Into the NXIVM Cult

Any look into the weird NXIVM world would be interesting, but the nine-part “The Vow” (HBO, 10 pm.) benefits from a wealth of footage from almost every stage of the story, making it all the more compelling. That’s because an early convert was filmmaker Mark Vincente, who was part of a team that made the […]

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Wednesday TV: Dodgeball and Democrats

With reality competition shows built around tag, mini-golf and cannonball, it’s about time that there’s one for dodgeball. But not just dodgeball, this is “Dodgeball Thunderdome” (Discovery, where the prize is $25,000 and everything is bigger. David Dobrik hosts the show, which isn’t even on ESPN 8 “The Ocho.” Erin Lim and Andrew Hawkins co-host.  […]

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Saturday TV: ‘Birds of Prey’ Alight

It was called “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” (HBO, 8 p.m.) when it was released in movie theaters in February. Soon enough, its name was changed to “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” on marquees. It made more than $200 million and was one of the top 5 highest grossing […]

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Saturday TV: Hockey Returns to Canada

Another major sport resumes its season today when hockey gets under way, in the relatively safe confines of Canada. Still, taking the ice in August is a shaky proposition, so they jump straight to the Stanley Cup qualifiers, with Montreal vs. Pittsburgh (NBC, 8 p.m.) in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference qualifying round. Other […]

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Monday TV: Radical Monarchs Fly High

Making its debut on “POV” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s “We are the Radical Monarchs” chronicles the work of a group of young girls of color tackling various social justice issues, earning badges as they do so. Cookie sales are not involved.  National Geographic gets a jump on Discovery’s Shark Week […]

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Other Things I’ve Written Lately

Here are some other things I’ve written lately for other outlets: A survey of 20 new exhibits to see in 2020 at various Smithsonian Museums. A dance review of the National Ballet of Canada’s recent visit at the Kennedy Center. A Q&A with Sergio Mendes for The Vinyl District. Alex Trebek holds forth at the […]

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Ryan Adams Surfaces in Jesse Malin Show

What was already a pretty nifty small club gig – with New York rocker Jesse Malin and his band headlining a show also featuring Chuck Prophet at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe turned into something more notable when the guest stars started coming in during Malin’s encore. First there was Richard Bacchus of his old band D […]

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