Category Archives: Summer TV Press Tour 2016

A Documentary Worthy of ‘Hamilton’

After a bestselling soundtrack, coffee table book, and record breaking run on Broadway, where it’s won 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, the much lauded “Hamilton” also now has a documentary worthy of it. “Hamilton’s America,” making its debut on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) has the advantage of telling the [...]

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New Batch of Exquisite ‘Black Mirror’

Like a 21st Century “Twilight Zone” whose anthology of chilling stories look at the drawbacks of technology, the British “Black Mirror” (Netflix, streaming) is back after a nearly two year absence with six new stories, bigger budgets and better known stars. Kelly MacDonald is a London detective looking into a killer online campaign in “Hated [...]

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Time Warped ‘Rocky Horror’ Remake

What do you expect from a new version of a naughty old film musical as directed by the guy behind “High School Musical.” Well, the new TV version with the full title “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” (Fox, 8 p.m.) by Kenny Ortega may seem tame for the medium [...]

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HBO’s Surprisingly Good ‘Westworld’

Because it’s based on a less-than-classic 1973 Michael Crichton movie and had its production shut down six months while they tried to figure it out, expectations weren’t high for “Westworld” (HBO, 9 p.m.) the futuristic series about a Wild West playground populated by robots. Yet the result, well acted, paced and photographed, is quite enthralling [...]

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A Fresh Face on British Import, ‘Fleabag’

Of all the terrific comedies this fall (almost exclusively streaming or on cable) just one stars a face that is likely to be absolutely new to audiences. “Fleabag” (Amazon Prime, streaming) stars a frisky Brit named Phoebe Waller-Bridge who chronicles her terrible dating life in a comedy that breaks the fourth wall so regularly, she [...]

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Don’t Miss Tig Notaro’s ‘One Mississippi’

Cancer, stomach ailments and a mother’s death may not seem like the basis of comedy but Tig Notaro has been mining exquisite deadpan humor from her own circumstances the past few years. First in a striking standup routine, then a documentary and now in an online series. “One Mississippi” (Amazon, streaming) has Notaro starring as [...]

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Pamela Adlon’s Great New ‘Better Things’

For the second time in three days (after Tuesday’s premiere of “Atlanta”), FX premieres another new comedy that will further change the game on TV. There have been any number of shows about single parents raising rambunctious kids. But Pamela Adlon’s “Better Things” (FX, 10 p.m.) goes a step further, creating a realistic portrait of [...]

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Donald Glover Turns a Corner with ‘Atlanta’

Comedy has led the charge for creativity in TV the last couple of years, and it will advance even farther this far starting with tonight’s premiere of “Atlanta” (FX, 10 and 10:30 p.m.). From Donald Glover, of “Community” fame, who has also had success as the rapper Childish Gambino, “Atlanta” is like nothing much before [...]

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Luhrmann Gets ‘The Get Down’

If you want an authentic look at the birth of hip-hop in the Boogie Down Bronx your first choice would probably not be Baz Luhrmann, the fair haired Australian director of flamboyant musicals from “Moulin Rouge” to “The Great Gatsby.” But he rounded up some historical figures for authenticity, such as Grandmaster Flash, and expresses [...]

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Triumph Goes to the Conventions

The Insult Comic Dog has finally found an election year that suits him. And in a year when political satire has flourished, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s primary election special was a standout. So he’s back from the bluster and balloons of the national political conventions with “Triumph’s Summer Election Special 2016” (Hulu, streaming). Robert [...]

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