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Friday TV: Legal Yarn ‘Proven Innocent’

Kelsey Grammar is a late addition to the new series “Proven Innocent” (Fox, 9 p.m.), a new legal drama about a firm focused on the wrongfully convicted. Rachelle Lefevre and Russell Hornsby also star in the series co-created by Danny Strong of “Empire” fame. It’s opposite the trial of Red on “The Blacklist” (NBC, 9 [...]

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Thursday TV: The Pacific Leaves Its Mark

Sam Neill went the extra mile in his historical travelogue, “The Pacific: in the Wake of Captain Cook” (Ovation, 9 p.m.). The familiar actor from “Jurassic Park” and “The Piano” didn’t just take away memories from his trip studying colonialism; he got a tattoo. From the grimace in the film, it looked like it hurt. [...]

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Wednesday TV: Travel’s Ghostly Turn

Sad to see the Travel Channel turn into the Haunted House Network. Their latest in the field is the dubiously titled “Paranormal Caught on Camera” (Travel, 10 p.m.) — which is almost certainly a false statement. “Whether you believe or not, this is undeniably a powerhouse entertainment category,” Travel Channel General Manager Jane Latman told [...]

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Tuesday: ‘Miracle Workers,’ ‘Boomerang’

“Miracle Workers” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.), the new comedy from Simon Rich (“Men Seeking Woman”) has Steve Buscemi as God, feeling ambivalent about his creation; Daniel Radcliffe as a low level angel. “It’s sort of like a cross between the Old Testament and ‘Goonies,’” Rich said Monday at the TV Critics Association winter press tour. For [...]

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Monday TV: City Doc, Country Doc

Two documentaries tonight zero in on urban and rural lives. The poetic and cinematic Oscar-nominated “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” by RaMell Ross looks at two young black men and an entire community over a five year period in rural Alabama. It makes its TV debut on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local [...]

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Sunday TV: Grammy Youth Takeover

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards (CBS, 8 p.m.) salutes some legacy artists with a salute to Aretha Franklin and performances by Dolly Parton and Dolly Ross. But mostly, the show will be dominated by younger stars, with performances by Cardi B, Post Malone, Janelle Monáe, J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Chloe x Halle, Dan + Shay, [...]

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Saturday TV: Won’t You Be His Neighbor?

Last year’s top grossing documentary didn’t get an Oscar nomination, but it gets a double showcase tonight — both on premium cable and on public television from which he sprang, with the TV premiere of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (HBO, PBS, 8 p.m.). It’s the story of Fred Rogers and his long running “Mister [...]

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Friday TV: The Agony of Middle School

The comic writers Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle fully commit to reproducing all the icky and unsure moments of middle school in their engaging comedy series “Pen15” (Hulu, streaming), a new series whose title, yes, looks like “Penis.” As good as they are in recreating their unsure lives in 2000, they do so in the [...]

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Thursday TV: Singing the Song of Parkland

After the shooting at Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students and staff members, drama teacher Melody Herzfeld still had to put on a musical. The results are found in the short documentary from Amy Schatz, “Song of Parkland” (HBO, 7 p.m.). Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character John Winchester returns to [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Criminal Minds’ Finale

“Criminal Minds” (CBS, 10 p.m.) closes its penultimate season tonight with the marriage of Joe Mantegna’s Rossi to Gail O’Grady’s Krystal. But there are also a series of fatal shootings to investigate as well. I always love the personal stories,” Mantegna told me for a story in TV Guide Magazine last fall. “Especially in a [...]

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