Category Archives: What’s On TV

Monday TV: Women Surviving Misery

One of the most harrowing stories of the decade happened in Nigeria, where 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped and taken into the forest by terrorist extremists in 2014. Fewer than half were released after a government deal years later. Living together in rehabilitation, they were advised not to relive those days for a documentary “Stolen Daughters: [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘The Woman in White’

Public TV looked at its Sunday night schedule and said: More British drama! So here’s a new five-part adaptation of Wilkie Collins’s 19th century mystery that “Masterpiece Theatre” has tackled before. This time, the handsomely-photographed  “The Woman in White” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) with Ben Hardy and Olivia Vinall, gets a distinctly feminist [...]

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Saturday TV: Small Shoes to Fill

“Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage spent several years helping turn an expansive, pre-suicide interview with the French actor Hervé Villechaize by journalist Sacha Gervasi into a screenplay, which makes its debut as the original film “My Dinner with Hervé” (HBO, 8 p.m.), written and directed by Gervasi. There was more to the actor with [...]

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Friday TV: More ‘Making a Murderer’

The sheer success of the series that helped kickstart a true crime TV blitz three years ago, demanded a second season of “Making a Murderer” (Netflix, streaming), if not the appeals process of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who have been convicted and given life sentences while providing  insight into the workings of rural [...]

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Thursday TV: You Get a Rock

It’s not often that a whole new religion is presented in a half hour special – let alone a family cartoon — but that’s what “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (ABC, 8 p.m.) does, and has been doing for more than half a century. Only the third “Peanuts” special, first aired in 1966, when [...]

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Wednesday TV: Leaf Peeping, Live!

I’m a sucker for live nature events and the latest one, after “Big Blue Live” and “Wild Alaska Wild” Is “Autumnwatch-New England” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), celebrating good, culture, science and wildlife in the region, but mostly fall foliage. The live stuff will be best (though dark this time of year), but there [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘Roseanne’ Without Roseanne

When Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet got her fired from her own sitcom, there was some thought of keeping the rest of the writers and cast to try doing the show without her. The resulting “The Conners” (ABC, 8 p.m.) premieres tonight. If the rebooted “Roseanne” began with the resurrected Dan, this one starts with the [...]

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Monday TV: Two Emotional Documentaries

A couple of emotionally involving documentaries premiere tonight. In Rudy Valdez’ “The Sentence” (HBO, 8 p.m.), he chronicles the 15-year-sentence given his sister Cindy Shank for being a girlfriend of a drug dealer as an illustration of mandatory minimum sentences that causes a whole family to suffer, particularly her three daughters who grow up while [...]

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Sunday TV: HBO Goes ‘Camping’

I’m not understanding the critical scorn heaped on “Camping” (HBO, 10 p.m.), an amusing little comedy about a group of couples who celebrate a 45th anniversary with an ill-fated outdoor outing. Jennifer Garner stars as the overly uptight organizer; David Tennant is hardly recognizable as her meek husband. The cast includes brett Gelman, Ione Sky [...]

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Saturday TV: Another Kennedy in Space

Documentarian Rory Kennedy has a personal stake in her feature-length space film “Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow” (Discovery, Science, 9 p.m.) celebrating 60 years of the agency; it was her uncle JFK who put forth the national challenge to get to the moon. At a time when a Soyuz mission to the International [...]

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