Category Archives: Television

Rolling Stone Pages Through 50 Years

The 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone is being marked a number of ways, from a biography that publisher Jann Wenner has already disavowed (and is being well-reviewed) to this two part documentary from Alex Gibney and Blair Foster, “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge” (HBO, 9 p.m.) that takes a swing from its heyday. While [...]

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Another Live Night for Chris Gethard

At a time when huge teams of writers script nearly every moment of late night comedy shows, with filmed bits are carefully shot in advance and even the nightly “live” shows taped hours in advance to accommodate editing, truTV’s freewheeling “The Chris Gethard Show” (11 p.m. ET) adheres to the fearless, no-net thrills of live [...]

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A Few Thoughts on the Emmys

You may notice from my lack of Emmy picks, red carpet attention or speculation on how Stephen Colbert will do as host, that the results of the 69th Academy of Television Arts and Sciences weren’t of much concern to me either. Yes, I’d agree that “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Atlanta” deserved to win, and i [...]

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Homework for a Nation: ‘The Vietnam War’

There is something undoubtedly daunting about “The Vietnam War” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick epic that begins the first of its 10 episodes tonight. The sheer weight and depth of 18 hours — presented night after night over two weeks — makes it seem burdensome as homework (There [...]

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McCain and Kerry Agree on Vietnam

There will be scores of community talk-backs associated with the Ken Burns-Lynn Novick opus ”The Vietnam War” that starts Sunday on PBS. Perhaps none will be as prestigious as the one this week at the Kennedy Center, that featured three Vietnam veterans that rose to heights in the government. There, Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of [...]

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‘Better Things’ Gets Even Better

As good as the first season was, “Better Things” (FX, 10 p.m.) gets even better as its second season starts tonight. Pamela Adlon, who stars, co-writes and directs each episode has found a kind of breakthrough in making a series about a woman like herself, who is a struggling actor and a single mom, balancing [...]

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Two Documentaries on D.C.’s NFL ’80s

For the fifth year in a row, the Washington NFL team began its season with a loss Sunday. No news here: it looks like it might be another long season. Let us turn back, then, to Washington’s 1980s heyday at RFK Stadium, with the help of two absorbing new films in ESPN’s very consistent documentary [...]

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Another Steve Harvey Show, for Daytime

While prime time will dribble out its fall schedule over the next couple of months, many daytime shows start up immediately after Labor Day. Such was the case last week for “The View,” marking its 10th anniversary with Whoopi Goldberg, “Ellen DeGeneres,” and for the debut of “Steve” (check local listings). The Steve in this [...]

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‘Dancing with Stars’ Cast Largely Starless

Perhaps we need a new definition of “Stars.” Few if any of the participants in the 25th season of “Dancing with the Stars” can rightfully be so described. None are, say, on the Hollywood Walk of Stars. Many will not register a whit of recognition. But here they are anyway. The fall cast, announced Wednesday, [...]

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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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