Category Archives: What’s On TV

Sunday TV: Cheadle in ‘Black Monday’

There’s a lot of energy behind “Black Monday” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), a frantic Wall Street comedy that purports to explain why the big crash of 1989 happened by looking at an unusual broker team led by Don Cheadle’s character. The 80s centric series from David Caspe, the creator of “Happy Endings,” also stars Andrew Rannells, [...]

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Saturday TV: Benedict’s ‘Brexit’ Turn

At the moment where the UK seems in crisis over its plan to leave the European Union (or lack of it), the intriguing film “Brexit” (HBO, 9 p.m.) shows how the surprising vote happened. Its plunge into new metrics, social media influence and exploiting dissatisfaction in the hinterlands is useful how to explain how other [...]

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Friday TV: A Nuanced ‘Butterfly’ on Hulu

Anna Friel stars in the new British series “Butterfly” (Hulu, streaming) as a mother as odds with her estranged husband (Emmett J Scanlan) about how to raise their youngest child (Callum Booth-Ford), who was born a boy but identifies as a girl. It’s a thoughtful, nuanced family drama from playwright Tony Marchant that avoids easy answers. [...]

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Thursday TV: Fix Up Your Own Backyard

Landscape designers James DeSantis, Melissa Braiser and Garrett Magee join forces on the new “Backyard Envy” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) to fix up lawns and patios, but one of the first projects has a bit of a water problem. A historian with magical powers meets a vampire to start the British series “A Discovery of Witches” [...]

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Wednesday: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Season Five

Two episodes herald the fifth season start of “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop, 10 p.m.), the comedy created by Eugene and Dan Levy about a formerly wealthy family now relegated to a small town where they live in a motel. In the new series “Deadly Class” (Syfy, 10 p.m.), Benjamin Wadsworth stars as a homeless teen recruited [...]

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Tuesday TV: Return to ‘Roswell, N.M.’

The rebooted “Roswell, New Mexico” (CW, 9 p.m.) starts much the same way the original “Roswell” did on CW nearly 20 years ago — a young woman returns to town, meets a guy who resurrects her from a random shooting at her family’s diner, then learns that he’s an alien. This time the characters are [...]

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Monday TV: Vampire Twist in ‘The Passage’

Scientists are working on a virus that could save humanity but could also destroy it. All they need is a test subject. A federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is sent out to pick up the girl chosen for the test (Saniyya Sidney) but decides to save her instead and they go on the lam in the [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘True Detective’ Finally Returns

Nic Pizzolatto’s “True Detective” (HBO, 9 p.m.) brought with it a grim foreboding, a visual splendor and a kind of philosophic approach to dogged criminal investigation of lurid crime, using indelibly linked pairs. The first season five years ago, with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was a classic (they linger on as named executive producers). [...]

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Saturday TV: I Believe I’m ‘The Fly’

It’s the most famous high-pitched plea in movie history: “Help me!” It happened in the classic 1958 horror film “The Fly” (TCM, 8 p.m.), the one with Vincent Price (Jeff Goldblum was in the 1986 remake). It’s paired tonight with the first of two lesser-known sequels, the 1959 “Return of the Fly” (TCM, 10 p.m.), [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Sex Ed’ Amid Netflix Onslaught

New online today is the British teen comedy series “Sex Education” (Netflix, streaming) about an awkward kid (Asa Butterfield) whose mom (Gillian Anderson) happens to be a sex therapist. The amusing “Friends from College” (Netflix, streaming) with Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Nat Faxon and Fred Savage, returns, a year since the affair that fractured the [...]

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