Category Archives: Television

Remembering Big Bird’s Caroll Spinney

Sad to hear about the death at 85 of Caroll Spinney, a puppeteer who gave joy to generations of kids who may have never heard his name. But they sure heard of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch too, both of whom Spinney gave life (and voice) to for 40 years. News of his death [...]

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Dave Chappelle Snares Mark Twain Prize

The 22nd recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Sunday was a hometown hero, comedian Dave Chappelle — a perfect pairing, said comic Sarah Silverman, since “you both love using the n-word.” The marching band of his Washington D.C. alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, joined in on [...]

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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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Saturday TV: Swashbuckling All Day

A dozen Errol Flynn movies seems right for a late summer Saturday. It starts today on Turner Classic Movies with “Footsteps in the Dark” (6 a.m.), “Northern Pursuit” (8 a.m.), “The Master of Ballantrae” (10 a.m.), “The Sea Hawk” (11:45 a.m.), “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (2 p.m.), “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” [...]

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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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Don’t Miss Terrific ‘Perpetual Grace LTD’

Whenever people ask for a TV recommendation, I have always offered “The Patriot” (Amazon Prime, streaming), Steve Conrad’s quirky, low key but effective European spy thriller that has had a couple of seasons (still online, go to it!) and is awaiting a green light for a third. In the meantime, Conrad takes his same sensibilities, [...]

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Embodying the Dazzle of ‘Fosse / Verdon’

Gorgeous-looking, high-end limited series with top stars doing Emmy-worthy work depicting in many cases real people has usually been under the aegis of Ryan Murphy at FX. But with Murphy moving to Netflix with his impending projects, the network with so many impressive original shows has turned to some of the top names in musical [...]

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A Stirring Salute to the Queen of Soul

Any time is a good time for a salute to Aretha Franklin music. But the Queen of Soul did it so well herself, it’s hard to pay tribute and come close. The music special “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul” (CBS, 9 p.m.) tries its best, but in the end succeeds largely [...]

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TCA Does the Right Thing About Cosby

It was the least worst thing that happened to him Tuesday. But after a discussion of more than a year, the TV Critics Association has voted to rescind the 2002 Career Achievement Award given to Bill Cosby. It was the first time the TCA ever rescinded an award, and it didn’t come easy. After an [...]

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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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