Category Archives: Summer TV Press Tour

Ted Lassoes Another Virtual TCA Awards

Getting a four day jump on the Emmys, the second Covid-preempted Television Critics Association Awards Wednesday, showered “Ted Lasso” with three wins — for outstanding new program, outstanding achievement in comedy and program of the year. But Jean Smart won individual achievement in comedy for “Hacks” the same year she was bestowed a career achievement […]

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A Fuller Portrait of John Walker Lindh

The withdrawal of the U.S. from Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban makes particularly relevant a documentary on the so called “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, “Detainee 001” (Showtime, 9 p.m.). Director Greg Barker doesn’t show his hand; he follows the story as it unfolds. What’s surprising is how much Lindh spoke about how […]

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The Native Humor of ‘Reservation Dogs’

From the Taika Waititi school of deadpan comedy (with touches of magical realism) that brought us “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Wellington Paranormal” comes “Reservation Dogs” (Hulu, streaming), a terrific comedy about kids on an Oklahoma reservation itching to get out. Most of the credit for the show comes from Sterlin Harjo, who […]

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HBO’s Mind-blowing Take on ‘Watchmen’

For a network that put the skids on its alternate history “Confederate” after uproar on racial insensitivity, HBO begins one of its most anticipated new series amid the single worst incident of racial violence in American history. Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of the revered graphic novel “Watchmen” (HBO, 10 p.m.) begins tonight with a harrowing replication of […]

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‘Brady Bunch’ Restores Own Fake House

It takes more than a cheesy reunion movie to get the six original “Brady Bunch” kids together these days. But when HGTV won a bidding war against Lance Bass to buy the nondescript North Hollywood house seen in the establishing shot in every episode of their iconic 1970s sitcom, the once young cast — now aged […]

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The Brash ‘Florida’ Show That Could

The last great new series of the summer comes to TV after a rough ride through two earlier companies. First announced as an AMC project, “On Being a God in Central Florida” (Showtime, 10 and 10:45 p.m.) was bumped to lowly YouTube Premium before being picked up on premium cable, where its first two episodes […]

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‘Fleabag’ Leads Winners at TCA

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “Fleabag” flew at the 35th annual Television Critics Awards Saturday night, and David Milch was honored for a lifetime of television writing as well as his last great opus, “Deadwood.” Phoebe Waller-Bridge – a winner last year for co-creating “Killing Eve” – won program of the year for the second season of her […]

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Female Superheroes on TCA Day One

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — She spent 12 seasons in a show about comic book-crazy nerds, so maybe it’s no surprise that the first project for Kaley Cuoco after “The Big Bang Theory” is an adult animated show about Joker henchwoman. Cuoco produces and provides the voice for “Harley Quinn,” coming this fall for DC Universe, […]

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Say Hello to FX’s New ‘Mr Inbetween’

Amid the avalanche of mediocrities premiering this week on broadcast TV, one shining spot will be the fleeting new Australian import “Mr Inbetween” (FX, 10 p.m.). It can be found in the corners of cable, premiering after “Mayans M.C.” (FX, 9 p.m.) in half hour slots. They’ll play two episodes of the six-episode season over […]

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Nixon Introduces Jane Fonda Documentary

The lengthy documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” (HBO, 8 p.m.) begins not with any men who define four of the five “acts” in which the film is divided. It starts with Richard Nixon on one of his tapes, just musing. “Jane Fonda,” he says on the tape from September, 1971. “What in the world […]

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