Category Archives: What’s On TV

Friday TV: Strong ‘Seven Seconds’

The sheer number of shows that continue to premiere on streaming services — and Netflix in particular — can be daunting to the point of surrender. But the new “Seven Seconds” (Netflix, streaming) stands out as a great crime drama that at the same time reflects the racial divides in the country as only a [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Bachelor Winter Games’ End

It was a stupid way to divert people who got snow-blind by all the skiing and skating, but “The Bachelor Winter Games” (ABC, 8 p.m.) has been sort of entertaining, even though few on it could actually ski or skate (but they tried). They did manage to couple up pretty cozily though, even though it [...]

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Wednesday TV: Students Demand Action

A town hall event that may be worthy of the countdown clock they’ve been using for it, is “Stand Up: The Students of Stonemason Douglas Demand Action” (CNN, 9 p.m.) in which outraged surviving students demand action on gun violence like the one in Parkland, Fla., a week ago that killed 14 students and three [...]

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Tuesday TV: Monsters From All Over

It’s the 200th anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s first and most popular book, “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.” The wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley was only 20 at the time. Scores of adaptations have come in the last century; the newest comes online, with the British import “The Frankenstein Chronicles” (Netflix, streaming). It stars Sean [...]

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Monday TV: The History of Black Colleges

The history of America’s HBUs are told in Stanley Nelson’s documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). The haven for black intellectuals was also an incubator for social change, and produced such leaders as Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. Du [...]

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Sunday TV: Joel McHale, Talking Again

Joel McHale began his career doing “The Soup” for a dozen years. He’s back to the format, sort of, in the online “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” (Netflix, streaming), adding guests, sketches and video clips. It’s been months since the last new episode, so there’s a lot to cover on the fifth season [...]

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Saturday TV: New Space Cartoon.

TBS’ move to becoming an unusual comedy outpost continues with the elaborate sci-fi cartoon “Last Space” (TBS, 10 p.m.) about a prisoner on a space ship that gets involved in fighting whole galaxies for befriending a benign circular form that is also a planet killer. The hero is a cad who doesn’t seem like he’d [...]

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Friday TV: Deconstructing Rap Lyricism

Black History Month brings Sacha Jenkins’ “Word is Bond” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), a thoughtful exploration of hip hop, with a special emphasis on the mechanics the language and the artistry of writing with interviews from old school pioneers like Rakim, Nas (above) and Big Daddy Kane to Jadakiss, Clips and J. Cole. It’s enhanced by [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Splendor in the Grass’

Not only did William Inge win an Oscar for his screenplay of “Splendor in the Grass” (TCM, 8 p.m.), he also appears as a Protestant clergyman in Elia Kazan’s 1961 film. But you’ll be looking more at young Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood. It’s part of a day long look at best original screenplay Oscar [...]

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Wednesday TV: New Chris Rock Special

Chris Rock chooses Valentine’s Day for his first standup comedy special in a decade, “Tamborine” (Netflix, streaming). The timing is in part so he can talk about his own failures in marriage that led to his 2014 divorce. “Sometimes you sing lead, and sometimes you’re on tambourine,” he says of a relationship. “And if you’re [...]

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