Category Archives: What’s On TV

Tuesday TV: One Last ‘Bones’ to Pick

After 12 seasons and nearly 250 episodes, “Bones” (Fox, 9 p.m.) closes up shop with one last chase of a serial killer. Based on a real life forensic anthropologist, Hart Hanson’s series floated on the chemistry between Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. In addition to the two stars, the series built a nice ensemble that [...]

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Monday TV: Who was Pocahontas Really?

This month marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas, the Pamunkey tribe princess, who also served as an ambassador and peacemaker to invaders like John Smith near present-day Jamestown. Sure, her statue is in the U.S. Capitol and she’s become one of the Disney princesses with the best singing voices, but how accurate [...]

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Sunday TV: Brontë Sisters as Stars

They’ve already adapted almost all of their novels, so “Masterpiece” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) concentrates on the sibling authors in the two-hour film “To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters.” Written by Sally Wainwright of “Happy Valley” and “Last Tango in Halifax” fame, it stars Finn Atkins as Charlotte, who wrote “Jayne Eyre,” Chloe [...]

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Saturday TV: Homegrown Terrorists

Travel bans aside, most terrorism in the U.S. in the past decade have come from homegrown enemies who became convinced of their cause. Alison Ellwood’s documentary “American Jihad” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) looks at the phenomenon, talking to former Jihadists and the families they affected. Super busy Alex Gibney executive produced. “Planet Earth II” (BBC America, [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Tangled’ Becomes a Series

Mandy Moore and Zach Levi are the voices of “Tangled: The Series” (Disney Channel, 7:30 p.m.), based on the 2010 Disney feature. Another series is based on a toy: “An American Girl Story — Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance” (Amazon Prime, streaming). Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda return for the third season of [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Baskets’ Season Finale

One of my favorite shows, “Baskets” (FX, 10 p.m.) ends its second season with a big opportunity for Chip — a traveling Russian circus seeking an experienced clown. Maggie’s mother visits on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.). Mateo is transferred to a different store on “Superstore” (NBC, 8 p.m.). Richard Blais is guest judge on [...]

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Wednesday TV: Direct ‘Shots Fired’

Networks are getting better about tackling serious issues. The latest, “Shots Fired” (Fox, 8 p.m.), touches on racial issues that arise from a police shooting. The unnecessary twist is that it’s a white teen shot by a black cop. But it broadens from there. The marquee stars, Richard Dreyfus, Dennis Haysbert and Helen Hunt appear [...]

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Tuesday TV: Two Streaming Chappelle Gigs

The comic Dave Chappelle famously got a little freaked out when Comedy Central offered him a fortune to continue his successful sketch show. He disappeared for a while, to pop up from time to time such as on a memorable “Saturday Night Live” in November, perhaps one of that show’s best episodes in a generation. [...]

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Monday TV: Mr. T and Charo Dance

The 400th episode of “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.) is also the 24th season start for the competition that this time features Mr. T, Charo, Chris Kattan, Olympian Simone Biles and the guy you thought you were rid of last week, “Bachelor” Nick Viall. Speaking of which, two of the worst contestants on [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘The Circus’ All Around Us

“The Circus: Inside the Biggest Story on Earth” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) was meant to refer to the election season, but now clearly the circus conveys its results. So here’s season two, eight weeks into the new administration and Mark Halperin aboard Air Force One. It repeats at 8:30 p.m. A couple of “The Real Housewives [...]

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