Category Archives: What’s On TV

Sunday TV: Lighting the White House Tree

L.L. Cool J helps the President and First Lady in “The National Christmas Tree Lighting” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) in Washington, D.C., with performances from H.E.R., Juanes, Ken’ Mo,’ Kristin Chenoweth, Maren Morris, Patti LaBelle, Billy Porter and Chris Stapleton.  The label from Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss that signed Joe Cocker, Carole King, Janet Jackson […]

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Saturday TV: ‘A Clüsterfunke Christmas’

The overpopulated field of Christmas rom-com is long overdue for parody and it comes in tonight’s “A Clüsterfunke Christmas” (Comedy Central, 7 and 9 p.m.) from “Saturday Night Live” alums Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer, who write, executive produce and star. It concerns a big city real estate exec set to buy a country inn […]

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Friday TV: Girl Power in New ‘Harlem’

The new “Harlem” (Amazon Prime, streaming) looks like a New York version of “Insecure,” but despite all the talk of empowerment among its four stars, it has more of a second-hand feel of “Sex and the City,” except raunchier. From the maker of “Girls Trip.”  Kiera Knightley and Matthew Good play a couple trying to […]

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Thursday TV: It’s a Hard-Knock Night

The tradition of live TV musicals continues with the three-hour “Annie Live!” (NBC, 8 p.m.) with Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks, Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan and Celina Smith in the title role. Rounding out the cast are Nicole Scherzinger, Tituss Burgess and Megan Hilty, replacing Jane Krakowski after she was hit with […]

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Wednesday TV: ‘The Power of The Dog’

Jane Campion’s acclaimed new Western “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix, streaming), an adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst, makes its television debut.  The cancelled series has new life in the holiday musical “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” (Roku Channel) with original cast members Jane Levy, Peter Gallagher, Mary […]

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Tuesday TV: Inside the Tent Cities

The new documentary short “Lead Me Home” (Netflix, streaming) provides a glimpse at life in urban homeless encampments on the West Coast and talks to the people who landed there.  “Mo Amer: Mohammed in Texas” (Netflix, streaming) has the comedian Mo Amer performing in his hometown of Houston. The mountaineering manga series “The Summit of […]

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Monday TV: Climbing to the Top, in a Hurry

A new documentary “14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible” (Netflix, streaming), chronicles the efforts of Nepali mountaineer Nimsdai Purja to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000 meter (or 26,246-foot) peaks in just seven months, breaking the former record of seven years.  Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce host the 12th “CMA Country Christmas” (ABC, 8 p.m.) […]

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Sunday TV: Anthrax in a New ‘Hot Zone’

While its first season about the Ebola pandemic started before the current pandemic, the second season of the anthology “The Hot Zone: Anthrax” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.), as the title indicates, concentrates on the deadly white powder that started to appear just after 9/11 when everyone was already on edge. Daniel Dae Kim, Tony Goldwyn […]

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Saturday TV: ‘Nash Bridges’ Speeds Back

Twenty years after it went off the air after six seasons, Don Johnson and Cheech Marin revive “Nash Bridges” (USA, 9 p.m.) with the detective pair drawn back into the action in San Francisco all these years later. The TV movie includes the participation of original creator Carleton Cuse, who went on to help create […]

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Friday TV: The Secrets of Growing Up

The documentary “Cusp” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) is a coming of age documentary about three teenaged girls in a small Texas town dealing with their upbringing.  The amusing confessional documentary “How to with John Wilson” (HBO, 10 p.m.), filled with lots of witty observations of the city, begins a second season, looking at the real estate […]

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