Category Archives: What’s On TV

Tuesday TV: Uncovering More U.S. Nazis

I sometimes worry about the reporter A.C. Thompson whose fearless work for ProPublica and “Frontline” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) takes him to the heart of violent hate groups where he has uncovered names and faces involved in them. Tonight, in the wake of the synagogue bombing in Pittsburgh he connects the dots to [...]

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Monday TV: ‘Little Drummer Girl’ Begins

From the people who brought you the stylish and effective limited series “The Night Manager” two years ago comes another handsome John le Carré adaptation, “The Little Drummer Girl” (9 p.m.) starring Florence Pugh as an actress enlisted into an espionage caper by an Israeli spy team that includes Michal Shannon, doing one of his [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Escape at Dannemora’

The rise of limited series allows storytelling to become more languorous. And a dramatization of that famous 2015 prison break in upstate New York that might otherwise be a fast moving caper turns into a slow-simmering eight-episo exploration of how a lonely prison worker, given a doozy of a performance by Patricia Arquette, could be [...]

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Saturday TV: Jonestown’s Anniversary

It’s been 40 years ago this week that the world was shocked by events in Guyana, where 900 were dead from a murder-mass suicide and a still tasteless popular phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid” was born. The documentary “Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle” (Sundance, 9 p.m.), based on the book “The Road to Jonestown” by Jeff [...]

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Friday TV: Michael Douglas Back on TV

After Henry Winkler’s Emmy-winning turn in “Barry,” here’s another series about a nearly washed up Hollywood acting coach, “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix, streaming) with Michael Douglas in the title role. It’s amusing to see him rail against his clueless students and spar with his manager, Alan Arkin, who fails to deliver him any acting jobs [...]

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Thursday TV: Oprah Talks With Michelle

For the sheer number of interviews the former First Lady is doing surrounding her new book, it’s hard to feature just one. But the “OWN Special: Oprah Winfrey Presents Becoming Michelle Obama” (OWN, 8 p.m.) may be the standout — a head-to-head among equally powerful and influential and mutually-respecting women. The big interview on “Murphy [...]

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Wednesday TV: Nashville’s CMA Awards

For the 11th year in a row, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host The 52nd Annual CMA Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.), the annual confab that includes performances from Kacey Musgraves, Pistol Annies, Garth Brooks, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Old Dominion, Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley, among others (it’s three [...]

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Tuesday TV: Shania Twain, Singing Judge

As with the pop music singing competitions these days, the real star power on “Real Country” (USA, 10 p.m.) can be found at the judges’ table, where Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen will hold court, listening to Nashville hopefuls. There have been other country-only singing competitions in the past decade, but none with [...]

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Monday TV: The Art World at the Moment

Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary “The Price of Everything” (HBO, 8 p.m.) takes a look at the art world at the moment, when high-rolling collectors have inflated art prices, enriching auction houses, but not necessarily the artists behind the works. It flits between auction houses, to artists’ studios to collector’s homes, giving some priceless glimpses at, say, [...]

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Sunday TV: New British Import ‘Sally4Ever’

An unexpected and hilarious little comedy debuts tonight with the British import “Sally4Ever” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.), starring mousy Catherine Shepherd as mousy, nearing-middle aged woman in a long, dull relationship who suddenly finds excitement with an unpredictable woman — played by Julia Davis, who also wrote and directed all seven episodes. There’s a decent amount [...]

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