Category Archives: Summer Press Tour 2017

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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‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Puts On the Hoodie

Paul Bettany portrays Ted Kaczynski tonight in “Manhunt: Unabomber” (Discovery, 9 p.m.), the first of an eight-hour miniseries on the cable network. He’s part of a cast that includes Sam Worthington and Chris Noth as investigators, Jane Lynch as Janet Reno and Mark Duplass as the brother who turned him in. Bettany credited hair and [...]

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Knock First at HBO’s ‘Room 104′

A warning to those, like I did, put on the Duplass Brothers’ new “Room 104” (HBO, 11:30 p.m.), expecting something light and witty along the lines of their last series, “Togetherness.” And maybe there are a couple of episodes that are funny. But the ones I’ve seen so far bend closer to “Twilight Zone” horror. [...]

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Ryan Lochte Said He’d Race a ‘Real’ Shark

Olympic gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte says he’d race against a shark. But, he added at an opening day TV Critics Association event Tuesday that “I would race a real shark.” He was referring to fellow medalist Michael Phelps’ much-ballyhooed race against a shark that kicked off this year’s Shark Week Sunday on Discovery. Viewers [...]

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Summer Press Tour Begins in California

If it’s the Golden Age of Television, as people often say, then it should be a gilded time, too, for the annual TV Critics Association summer press tour. As the event first organized for print journalists across North America to display the new season’s shows opened Tuesday in Beverly Hills, it was clear things were [...]

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