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Tuesday: The Crimes of Early ’60s Perth

It seems at first another true crime story. But the four-part “The Night Caller” (Sundance Now, streaming) is unusual because it takes place in Perth, Australia, and occurred nearly 60 years ago. Those who remember the reign of a serial killer (and inveterate hit and run driver) are asked to read headlines about it to […]

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Saturday TV: Football Playoffs Kick Off

NFL’s Wildcard Weekend begins with three games today — Indianapolis at Buffalo (CBS, 1:05 p.m.), Rams at Seattle (Fox, 4:40 p.m.) and Tampa Bay at Washington (NBC, 8:15 p.m.). Yet another instant marriage series is on in “All or Nothing” (OWN, 8 p.m.) and followed by a couple more episodes.  No new “Saturday Night Live” […]

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Thursday TV: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Again

They only parse it out a couple of times a season now, but here it is time for “It’s a Wonderful Life” (NBC, 8 p.m.) and Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey cavorting all over Bedford Falls, and realizing what life would be if he weren’t around.  Two of the actors from “Outlander,” Sam Heughan and Graham […]

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Monday TV: Raising an Arm in Protest

By raising his gloved fist at the 1968 Summer Olympics, sprinter Tommy John became one of the first athletes to bring activism to sport. He recalls the moment in the new documentary “With Drawn Arms” (Starz, 9 p.m.), which includes comments from Megan Rapinoe, Jemele Hill, Jesse Williams and the late John Lewis.  Stress levels […]

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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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