Category Archives: Television

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 It was the first time the TCA ever rescinded an award, and it didn’t come easy.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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Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who is America?’

Heavy prothetic makeup is the vehicle for Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest devilish comedy. Lest anyone imagine he is Ali G or Borat, he’s padded with all kinds of altering makeup  to lure the famous and not so famous before his cameras under false pretenses in the elaborate prank undertaking “Who is America?” (Showtime, 10 p.m.). [...]

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A Quick End for ‘Roseanne’

“Roseanne” was never as political as all the writing about the show. It actually seemed to make sense that her old working class character, resurrected after 20 years, might be a Trump supporter in her old age. With the brilliant Laurie Metcalf as her political opposite it seemed to work in the show’s reboot premiere, [...]

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A Chat With Reality Star Eddie Money

Add Eddie Money to the long list of rockers, from Ozzy Osbourne to Bret Michaels and Joe Jonas, to open their homes to reality TV crews. His new series “Real Money” (AXS TV, 9;30 p.m.)  chronicles life with his grown kids, who are also members of his backing band when he tours. Money, at 68, is [...]

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Al Pacino Becomes Joe Paterno for HBO

Al Pacino has specialized in playing actual people for HBO films, from Roy Cohen to Phil Spector, Jack Kavorkian and now Joe Paterno, in an understated and effective portrayal of the beloved Penn State coach whose image was tarnished by its proximity to the considerable claims of sexual misconduct of his former defensive coordinator, Jerry [...]

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Comic Nimesh Patel Keeps Topical

The comedian Nimesh Patel was in town this week, playing the Improv. His first D.C. show, he says, came in opening for Michael Che at the old LivingSocial on H Street. It was the Che connection that helped land his “Saturday Night Live” gig last fall, where he writes as part of the “Weekend Update” [...]

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