Category Archives: What’s On TV

Friday TV: Kid Reporters to the Rescue

The new family mystery “Home Before Dark” (Apple TV +, streaming) seems at first far-fetched: a murder cracked by a 9-year-old self-declared reporter. But the character of Brooklynn Prince (of “The Florida Project”) is based on the work of Hilde Lysiak, an enterprising young reporter I met. Looks kind of entertaining too. On the new [...]

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Thursday TV: Abby Goes to a Sitcom

Longtime “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette turns to comedy in the new “Broke” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) in which she plays a single mother whose sister and brother-in-law come to live with her. That couple, played by Natasha Leggero (“Another Period”) and Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”) likely carrying most of the comedy weight. It accompanies the [...]

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Wednesday TV: Wearing the Stetson Inside

The next coronavirus concert brings the country star Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood, performing from their home recording studio in “Garth & Trisha Live!” (CBS, 9 p.m.). It comes just three days after Brooks’ star turn at the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize was on public television. There are no wild tigers in [...]

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Tuesday TV: Bribery in NBA Recruiting

That the NCAA basketball tournament was called March Madness seems quaint now. In a much deeper era of madness, the absence of the event means no brackets, no elite eight, and maybe one good thing: no chance of the kind of scandal that arose in recent years and led to the conviction last year of [...]

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Monday TV: ‘One Child Nation’ on PBS

We are learning too clearly these days that government policy can have devastating consequences. It happened in China, too, and we’re not talking about the coronavirus. It was its one child policy that has had ripple effects in the generations following. Filmmaker Nanfu Wang’s Oscar-nominated “One Child Nation” makes its debut on “Independent Lens” (PBS, [...]

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Sunday TV: Sad Songs Save So Much

How does popular culture confront every huge disaster? With a concert! It happens again tonight with the hastily-planned Living Room Concert for America (Fox, 9 p.m.) hosted by Elton John, with performances from Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billy Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Sam Smith, H.E.R., Dave Growl, Camila Cabello and Tim McGraw. The [...]

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Saturday: West Memphis Three Revisited

The 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas gets another look tonight. Originally three teenagers who were into the occult and heavy metal were convicted in the community heavily in the Bible Belt. After further investigations, celebrity involvement and the “Paradise Lost” documentaries, they were released from jail in 2011. Now “Truth and Justice” [...]

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Friday TV: Gunn, Klum in New Design Show

What’s different about the new fashion designer competition “Making the Cut” (Amazon, streaming)? It seems to have a more global approach. Judges confer in front of the contestants. Most of all, there is a super-easy way to buy the designs weekly, through Amazon of course. But what makes it appealingly familiar is that it features [...]

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Thursday TV: Fleeing Brooklyn for Berlin

Shira Haas stars in Maria Shrader’s new four-part adaptation of Deborah Feldman, “Unorthodox” (Netflix, streaming), in which a young Hasidic Jewish woman leaves Brooklyn and the orthodoxy for a new life in Berlin. The makers of the bracing documentary “Hacking Democracy” about the ease with which voting machines can be hacked in the U.S. return [...]

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Wednesday TV: Traveling by Television

When travel began to be shut down due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, religious landmarks were among the first to close. Thus a new series like “Earth’s Sacred Wonders” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) may be the only way for now to visit such places as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Jerusalem and the Shaolin [...]

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