Category Archives: What’s On TV

Tuesday TV: Lupe Vélez All Day

Turner Classic Movies spotlights the Mexican femme fatale Lupe Vélez all day in “Where East is East” (6 a.m.), “The Squaw Man” (7:15 a.m.), “Kongo” (9:15 a.m.), “Mexican Spitfire” (10:45 a.m.), “Mexican Spitfire Out West” (noon), “Mexican Spitfire at Sea” (1:30 p.m.), “Laughing Boy” (2:45 p.m.), “Playmates” (4:15 p.m.), “Strictly Dynamite” (6:30 p.m.), “The Girl [...]

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Monday TV: A Deeper Look at Iran

The first of a two night “Frontline” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) looks at the efforts of the Dutch New York Times correspondent Thomas Erdbrink to find a more humane face of Iran than is often depicted. His explorations are explored in “Our Man in Tehran.” Not to be confused with Johnny Carson’s Carnac [...]

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Sunday TV: The Other TCAs, ‘Insecure’

What many of us think is TCA means something very different to the youth interested in the Teen Choice Awards (Fox, 8 p.m.). Khalid, Megan Trainor, Evvie McKinney, Bebe Rexha and Lauv all perform as part of the event at the Forum in Los Angeles. Zac Ephron, Chris Pratt and the cast of “Riverdale” are [...]

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Saturday TV: Live Fast, Die Furious

The actor best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in “The Fast and the Furious” series, and died at 40 in 2013 while shooting the seventh version is subject of a a documentary about his life, with commentary with many of his costars. “I Am Paul Walker” (Paramount, 9 p.m.) accompanied by the 2011 installation, [...]

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Friday TV: Too Much from Netflix

Netflix is rolling out so many titles so fast that they have long since broke the barrier of presenting bad TV as well — something for everyone I guess. But the sitcom “All About the Washingtons” (Netflix, streaming), starring Rev. Run and his wife Justine, is a scripted variant of his own previous show “Run’s [...]

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Thursday TV: Preseason Games Begin

Preseason football arrives in earnest with three games, Cleveland at Giants (NFL, 7 p.m.), Washington at New England (NBC, 7:30 p.m.) and Dallas at San Francisco (NFL, 10 p.m.). The  dramatic moves of bucking, a dance style developed by gay men at historically black colleges in the South who weren’t allowed to be majorettes, is [...]

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Wednesday TV: Nashville’s CMA Fest

A four day event in Nashville from June is distilled into three hours on the CMA Fest 2018 (ABC, 8 p.m.) with performances from Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakum and many more. Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini host. Forty teams unleash their warrior creations [...]

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Tuesday TV: Investigating Charlottesville

As the one year anniversary approaches for the Charlottesville rally that killed one and injured 20, A.C. Thompson, a reporter on “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) and ProPublica takes a deeper look at what happened and what it meant. “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville” shows how police laid off as white nationalists attacked those protesting [...]

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The Welcoming World of ‘Lodge 49′

Jim Gavin was raised in Southern California – specifically Long Beach, where the quirks and characters of the sun-kissed area belted the strip malls, and the struggles on the ground. It informed both his acclaimed 2013 collection of short stories “Middle Men” and now the charming, low key series “Lodge 49″ (AMC, 10 p.m.). “’Middle Men,’ [...]

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Also on Monday: ‘Better Call Saul’ is Back

Let’s welcome back the first rate “Better Call Saul” (AMC, 9 p.m.) as Jimmy gets closer to the persona he was on “Breaking Bad” (and we continue to glimpse the person he became after). For right now, he has to deal with the fate of his brother, while Mike takes on a new task in [...]

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