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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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Also on Thursday: ‘Great Pumpkin’ Again

The fruitlessness of faith may be the underlying theme to the beloved Peanuts holiday special that first premiered in 1966. There may be a new poignancy to this year’s annual showing of  “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (ABC, 8 p.m.), since Charles Schulz’s house was one of the thousands that were destroyed in this [...]

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Wednesday TV: Honoring Country Stars

It’s not quite the awards show, but the CMT Artists of the Year 2017 (CMT, 8 p.m.) will salute performers like Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan (pictured above), Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, with performances from Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack and a couple of non-country artists, Common and Andra Day. [...]

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Tuesday TV: Two New Comedies on AT&T

AT&T picked the wrong time to buy DirecTV’s Audience Network, according to recent reports, at a time when cable-cutting is growing. But it is also at a time when it is developing its first comedies, one of which has Ron Livingston as a grizzled rock critic in recovery who does a bad job as sponsor [...]

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Monday TV: Babies, Babies Everywhere

You may think your hospital is busy. But likely not as busy as the Dr. Jose Labella Memorial Hospital in Philippines, serving poor pregnant women, which has an average of 60 births a day, with some mothers sharing single beds. It’s captured in Ramona S. Diaz’s film “Motherland,” making its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 [...]

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Sunday TV: Showtime’s ‘White Famous’

Jay Pharaoh, never used to his full potential on “Saturday Night Live,” bounces back with a series “White Famous” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), about a comedian trying to break into Hollywood movies. But he’s not trying too hard; there’s a number of things he won’t do, despite the fact that “the Golden Age of diversity” opens [...]

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Saturday TV: Elisabeth Moss in Japan

Because he directed some of the most memorable stand-alone episodes of “Girls,” Richard Shepard also made his own short film in Japan when the rest of the show was there for an episode. The 30-minute “The Tokyo Project” (HBO, 10 p.m.) is a kind of “Lost in Translation” variation about two Americans who find one [...]

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Friday TV: Baumbach’s Latest on Netflix

Online entertainment reaches a pinnacle when it presents new movies you’d gladly have gone to the theater to have seen. Tonight’s debut is the latest from Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale,” “Frances Ha”). The fractured family yarn “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” (Netflix, streaming) stars Dustin Hoffman as a grizzled artist patriarch; [...]

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Thursday TV: Female Comics Get a Word

You may remember her from being a nonstop talker on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” where she was also head writer. Now she’s heading her own once a week late night show, “The Rundown with Robin Thede” (BET, 11 p.m.), the first African-American woman to host such a show since Mo’Nique. Chris Rock is [...]

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Wednesday TV: Unnecessary ‘Dynasty’

Maybe I spoke too soon on the guilty pleasures of the new “Dynasty” (The CW, 9 p.m.), a revival of the Carringtons TV soap opera, as redone by the people behind “The O.C.,” Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. But aside from occasional pop culture snarking, or scenes in which an embittered daughter bites the head [...]

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