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Lorraine Hansberry on ‘American Masters’

It seems odd at first that the “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m. ET, check local listings) tonight on the playwright Lorraine Hansberry seems longer than the film last week on PBS about James Baldwin. After all, Hansberry wrote just one play of significance in her short life: the enduring 1959 “A Raisin in the Sun,” [...]

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Also on Friday: ‘High Maintenance’ Soars

“High Maintenance” (HBO, 11 p.m.), as it returns for its second season, is getting some higher profile as well. Those who have the discovered the charming anthology about little New York stories stitched together by the pot delivery guy — a show that first originated online — know that the sweet show can create some [...]

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Thursday TV: Spike Turns Into Paramount

It could be seen as part of the reckoning: The demise of Spike TV, which called itself “The First Network for Men” when it premiered 15 years ago, had a cartoon called “Stripperella” and the “Guys Choice Awards.” Today it changes to the Paramount Network, to reflect the studio that hopes to fill it with [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Assassination of Versace’

The bar was set high for Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” series that began two years ago with the remarkable retelling of the O.J. Simpson Trial. Although a lesser known crime, with a less direct social point to make, the new “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX, 10 p.m.) also has a [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘Black Lightning’ Strikes

Just as we were reaching superhero saturation on the big and small screens, here comes a highlight. worth rallying around. “Black Lightning” (The CW, 9 p.m.) is an adaptation of a DC comic that first appeared in 1977 and has appeared sporadically since then. In the series Cress Williams is the former hero who is [...]

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Monday TV: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

Martin Luther King  Day is the perfect time for the broadcast premiere of Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro.” It’s an imaginative look not only at the intellectual powerhouse of writer James Baldwin, as seen on TV interviews and in speeches, but also his own words from an unpublished manuscripts on his three [...]

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Sunday TV: Queens, Past and Current

Just as it did in its first season, the lavish and well wrought “Victoria” falls a bit under the shadow of the regal doings in the Netflix series “The Crown.” But Jenna Coleman’s luminous Queen Victoria is just as compelling as she enters season two finding her footing on the throne and asserts herself against [...]

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Saturday TV: Jason Isbell Plays a Set

Americana star Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit play five songs from their latest album, “The Nashville Sound,”on  a new “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings). Also on the bill is his wife, the singer and fiddler Amanda Shires, who had her own new album out last year, “My Piece of Land.” Tonight is [...]

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Friday TV: Coupla Retired Guys Talking

When David Letterman retired two years ago, late night television lost not only a singular comic voice but also a host who could have a natural curiosity about his guests (He could also have contempt for them, and it was a delight to watch that natural reaction as well). He only chooses the best ones [...]

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Thursday TV: More TV and Film Awards

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association throws in with the Broadcast Film Critics Association to combine their night of handing out honors with the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Award (The CW, 8 p.m.). Olivia Munn, left, hosts the live event. “Feud: Bette & Joan” received the most nominations among the TV shows. “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot [...]

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