Category Archives: Summer Press Tour 2017

‘Better Things’ Gets Even Better

As good as the first season was, “Better Things” (FX, 10 p.m.) gets even better as its second season starts tonight. Pamela Adlon, who stars, co-writes and directs each episode has found a kind of breakthrough in making a series about a woman like herself, who is a struggling actor and a single mom, balancing [...]

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You Can Bet on HBO’s ‘The Deuce’

David Simon and his creative crew are used to creating whole cities with their ambitious TV series — and changing the medium along the way. First it was Baltimore in “Homicide,” “The Corner” and the superb “The Wire.” Then post-Katrina New Orleans with “Treme.” He began mixing the city with a slight period piece in [...]

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Seth MacFarlane’s Space Ship Stalls

Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy” has made Fox so much money over the years that he’s seemingly been allowed to indulge his every fantasy — from touring Sinatra-style crooner to motion picture leading man (casting Charlize Theron as his love interest). When he told his network he wanted to play “Star Trek,” he was indulged again, [...]

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For Linklater, a Mid-Career ‘Masters’

The venerable PBS showcase “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) steps away tonight from the kind of old time cultural heroes they usually profile, from Sammy Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Edgar Allan Poe (to name three to be featured this season) to a more unusual contemporary figure in the midst of his career. [...]

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Don’t Miss ‘Get Shorty’

Just as “Fargo” successfully advanced the spirit of the original film without exactly duplicating it, the new variation of “Get Shorty” (Epix, 10 p.m.) takes the spirit of the Elmore Leonard novel made into a popular John Travolta movie in 1995. Set in the present day, Chris O’Dowd plays the mob heavy who suddenly gets [...]

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TCA Awards: First to Honor ‘Handmaid’s’

One great thing about the TV Critics Association annual TCA Awards is the opportunity to honor shows before the Emmys get a chance. Hence, the Program of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Drama awards for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the breakthrough Hulu adaptation. Many of its stars including Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Yvonne [...]

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James Van Der Beek Becomes Diplo

James Van Der Beek made sure he met the subject of his funny new comedy “What Would Diplo Do?” (Viceland, 10 p.m.). But the most important part was going to one of the concerts by the electronic dance music hero also known as Thomas Wesley Pentz. “Getting up on stage as him was probably the [...]

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Oddball ‘Chris Gethard’ Show Live Again

When it moved from public access TV to cable on Fusion a year or so ago, it also went from a live, anything-goes comedy talk show to one that was taped and a bit edited. Now, with its move to a new network for its third season, “The Chris Gethard Show” (truTV, 11 p.m.) is [...]

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Funny Women Invade From Canada

From out of Canada comes the quartet of women who pick up the quirks of lives for suburban moms, office workers and other women and translate them into fast comedy scenes in the all female  “Baroness Von Sketch Show” (IFC, 10 p.m.). Part of what’s refreshing about Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, and Jennifer [...]

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Rob Lowe & Sons, Ghost Busters

Rob Lowe finds an excuse to hang out with his college age sons by indulging his life long interest in the paranormal with “The Lowe Files” (A&E, 10 p.m.), where he gets them in a van to visit alleged haunted locales, Bigfoot tracks and the rest. Their camaraderie, and its occasional humor, leavens what is [...]

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