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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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Ryan Lochte Said He’d Race a ‘Real’ Shark

Olympic gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte says he’d race against a shark. But, he added at an opening day TV Critics Association event Tuesday that “I would race a real shark.” He was referring to fellow medalist Michael Phelps’ much-ballyhooed race against a shark that kicked off this year’s Shark Week Sunday on Discovery. Viewers [...]

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Summer Press Tour Begins in California

If it’s the Golden Age of Television, as people often say, then it should be a gilded time, too, for the annual TV Critics Association summer press tour. As the event first organized for print journalists across North America to display the new season’s shows opened Tuesday in Beverly Hills, it was clear things were [...]

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