Category Archives: What’s On TV

Thursday TV: Olaf, Direct from the Theater

When it appeared last month as the overly long short before the Disney hit “Coco,” it garnered some of the worst “Frozen” backlash. So here it is as it may have intended to be, another animated holiday TV special. “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” (ABC, 9 p.m.) features the voices of the original hit. No, “Coco” doesn’t [...]

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Wednesday TV: Ed Helms Back at the Desk

Things were more clear cut back when he was on “The Daily Show,” when fake news was just another word for satire. But now the term is a political weapon and there are a handful of satiric news shows. So Ed Helms seems a latecomer with his one-time one hour special “The Fake News with Ted [...]

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Tuesday TV: Apatow Tries Standup Again

As a teen, Judd Apatow really wanted to be a comedian. it was shyness in part that got him sidetracked to producing and directing comedies. But then the stand-up bug hit him again. A performance at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal was captured for the special “Judd Apatow: The Return” (Netflix, streaming). [...]

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Monday TV: Descending Into ‘A Gray State’

Erik Nelson’s documentary “A Gray State” (A&E, 10 p.m.) is about an Iraqi veteran in Minnesota who was trying to make his own dystopian film (named “Gray State”) about an encroaching police state. Paranoid right wingers embraced his violent trailer enough to help fund it. But before he could get it made he was found [...]

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Sunday: Reviving a High School Musical

An actual high school alumni class in California returns to stage a production of Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” 20 years after they first did so in the one-hour special “Encore” (ABC, 10 p.m.). This time, though, professional directors and choreographers get involved and they’ve got to get it done in a week. Plus they have [...]

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Saturday: Holiday Romances Won’t Stop

There’s a lot going on these days in the South, from the impending Alabama election to today’s opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Neither will be likely touched upon in the the new holiday romance “Christmas in Mississippi” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) with Jana Kramer returning to help her mother with decorations and reuniting with [...]

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Friday TV: ‘The Crown’ Returns, Regally

Netflix has a lot of money to spend on programming, but they simply lavish it on “The Crown” (Netflix, streaming), the opulent series about the earlier life of Queen Elizabeth II which drops the entirety of its second season today. While barely remembered crises of the late 50s and early 60s occur, the focus comes [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Psych: The Movie’ Flashback

Light, goofy detective series seems to have faded on cable in recent years, so it’s a little of holiday treat to revisit one of them in “Psych: The Movie” (USA, 8 p.m.), which ended its run in 2014 after eight seasons. James Roday and Dulé Hill reprise their roles as the the wisecracking crime-solving buddies, [...]

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Wednesday TV: Weaver Revisits Fossey

Sigourney Weaver memorably portrayed naturalist Dian Fossey nearly 30 years ago in Michael Apted’s “Gorillas in the Mist” and has maintained a fondness for her ever since, such that she provides her voice in the three part documentary series “Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) that begins tonight, using rare archival [...]

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Tuesday TV: New ‘Stripped’ on Bravo

People have so far been only too glad to go naked and afraid in the secluded outdoor endeavors for popular cable series. Now, the new “Stripped” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) brings it all indoors, where participants agree to spend 21 days without possessions, clothing or access to Bravo shows. It’s based on a Danish reality series [...]

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