Category Archives: What’s On TV

Monday TV: Old Spy in the Nursing Home

An 83-year-old man is enlisted to become a private investigator to go undercover at a Chilean nursing home to check on mistreatment but gets involved with the residents instead. Maite Alberdi’s documentary “The Mole Agent,” making its debut on “POV” (PBS, 9:30 p.m., check local listings).  The four part series from the UK, “The Salisbury […]

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Sunday TV: Epix’ New ‘Bridge and Tunnel’

Edward Burns returns to his Long Island roots in the nostalgic series “Bridge and Tunnel” (Epix, 9 p.m.), about a group of old pals trying to find their place after college in 1980. For most, that means hanging back at their parents’ homes (and in particular their backyards), reigniting old flames and such. Burns, who […]

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Saturday TV: The Story of Salt-N-Pepa

Three hours seems an awful long time for a pop music bio-pic but the new “Salt-N-Pepa” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) is buoyed by the music from the hip hop team, the spirited performances from GG Townson and Lalia Odom as Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton respectively. And there are oddball facts about their rise, […]

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Friday TV: Lurie’s ‘Painting with John’

John Lurie, the hangdog musician, artist and occasional actor (“Stranger Than Paradise”) has reached a kind of Zen plateau at 68, painstakingly working on paintings as he serves up philosophy and observations in the very original “Painting with John” (HBO, 11 p.m.).  Through its six episodes you watch his paintings come to life, see how […]

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Thursday TV: A New ‘Walker,’ Texas Ranger

With scarcely a break after “Supernatural” ended its 15-season run, Jared Padalecki returns to the grateful network as “Walker” (CW, 8 p.m.). He shares only the name with Chuck Norris’ famous character. This Texas Ranger returns to Austin spending half as much half time mending family relations as he does busting bad guys. It turns […]

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Wednesday TV: Celebrating the Inaugural

America’s course changes today on Inauguration Day (CNN, CSPAN, BBC World News, 7 a.m.; ABC, CBS, MSNBC, 9 a.m.; NBC, 10 p.m.; PBS, 10:30 a.m.; Fox News, 11 a.m.). Coverage begins early with two starkly different events: the 45th president flying off with as much of a military salute as he can muster, during the […]

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Monday TV: The Black Experience on Film

Turner Classic Movies marks Martin Luther King Day with a slew of documentaries on the Black experience, starting with with “You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South” (8 p.m.), “Freedom on My Mind” (9:45 p.m.), “Say Amen Somebody” (midnight), “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” (2 a.m.), “No Maps on My Taps” (3:30 […]

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Sunday TV: New Victorian Era Detective

A woman tries to establish herself as a detective in Victorian England in the new six-part series “Miss Scarlet & The Duke” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), starring Kate Phillips of “Peaky Blinders” and Stuart Martin.  It provides another “Masterpiece” lead-in to the gentle “All Creatures Great an Small” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local […]

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Saturday TV: John Ford’s ‘The Searchers’

John Ford’s 1954 classic “The Searchers” (TCM, 8 p.m.) with John Wayne and Natalie Wood, is listed as one of the greatest American films that too few have seen. Turner Classic Movies pairs it with a second film that is based on a source novel by Alan Le May, “Along Came Jones” (10:15 p.m.). The […]

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Friday TV: Imagining a Memorable Night

Regina King’s  new film recreates a memorable evening that took place in 1964, when after Cassius Clay’s defeat of Sonny Liston, he partied with his pals Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. “One Night in Miami…” (Amazon Prime, streaming) stars Eli Goree, Aaron D. Alexander, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr.  The […]

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