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Thursday TV: Dating from a Safe Distance

Gawking at couples going through their clumsy motions of romance is becoming a staple of armchair entertainment. Besides “The Bachelorette” or tonight’s concluding “Married at First Sight” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) (Will they decide to wed or depart to their home countries?), there is a new angle. “Date Night Live” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) follows dates from New [...]

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Wednesday TV: Hip-Hop Talent Scouts

On the new “Signed” (VH1, 9 p.m.), rapper Rick Ross joins with songwriter The-Dream and Lenny S. of Roc Nation to find the next big hip hop and R&B star to come out of Atlanta. Their choices will get mentoring and advice from people like Meek Mill, DJ Khaled and Bangladesh. But there will also [...]

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Tuesday TV: The First ‘Fast and Furious’

A dozen years before Vin Diesel was born, John Ireland and Dorothy Malone starred in their own race film, “The Fast and the Furious” (TCM, 1:30 a.m.). The 1955 B-movie was in fact the first release from Roger Corman’s American International Pictures. It’s part of a showcase of 1950s car culture films revving up on [...]

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Monday TV: Two More New Shows Start

New shows are still rolling out on broadcast TV schedules this late in summer. On “Somewhere Between” (ABC, 10 p.m.), Paula Patton plays a TV news person whose child is kidnapped. But since the action replays over and over again, she has a way to crack it. It’s an adaptation of a South Korean series. [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Insecure,’ ‘Ballers,’ Sharks

Issa Rae’s adaptation of a web series to a glossy premium cable comedy might have had some bumps in its first season, but by tonight’s season premiere, “Insecure” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.) is more assured and bold in depicting the life of an African-American woman in Los Angeles and several of her interesting friends navigating love [...]

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Saturday TV: Hanging with Julian Assange

Even while profiling Edward Snowden in the first rate documentary “Citizenfour,” director Laura Poitras had been following Julian Assange down his particular wormhole to Wikileaks. There was even crossover between the films. Her resulting “Risk” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) begins in 2006 with Assange trying to get a hold of Hillary Clinton to give her information [...]

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Friday TV: New “Ozark’ ‘Descendants 2′

The good will that Jason Bateman and Laura Linney have built up through their careers compels you to give their sudden new series a chance. “Ozark” (Netflix, streaming), despite its name, is about a Chicago financier and secret money launderer who gets in deep trouble with a cartel. Easi Morales is on Bateman’s case and [...]

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Thursday TV: Parole for O.J. Simpson?

“Today the day.” Such were the memorable words of a guy on the street in Key West, Fla., 22 years ago. Nobody had to ask what he was talking about: It was the day the O.J. Simpson murder trial began. Back then, it was the stuff of all three networks’ wall to wall coverage. Something [...]

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Wednesday TV: Caribou, Migration Champs

Let’s hear it for the caribou, who take the longest land migration of all the species on the series “Nature’s Great Race” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). It involves 2,000 miles through the frozen Arctic wilderness of Canada and Alaska and conquering frozen rivers, rugged mountains and a few ravenous bears and wolves. It [...]

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Tuesday TV: Photographing Every Species

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has a big ambition: to document every species on the planet in a project he calls the Photo Ark. Each is shot, if possible, in high resolution 4K on a black background. And some are farewell portraits. That’s because “We stand to lose half of all species to extinction by [...]

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