Category Archives: What’s On TV

Tuesday TV: ‘Downward Dog’s Demise

It may have seemed the cutest little sitcom on network TV when it premiered in May. But ABC never figured out what to do with “Downward Dog” (ABC, 10 and 10:30 p.m.), or what to pair it with, so they decided to cancel the Allison Tolman talking dog series altogether. Tonight’s pair of episodes will [...]

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Monday TV: Syrian Girl Adjusts in L.A.

The 30th season of “POV” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) begins with two films about Syrian crisis. Julia Meltzer’s “Dalya’s Other Country” follows a teenager from Syria adjusting to a new life in Los Angeles. It’s accompanied by Daphne Matziaraki’s short film “4.1 Miles” about a Greek coast guard captain caught in the middle [...]

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Sunday TV: A Younger Jane Tennison

Helen Mirren’s character in “Prime Suspect” has retired, so like “Endeavor” told the story of early “Inspector Morse,” here’s “Prime Suspect: Tennison” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). Stefanie Martini plays the young constable Jane Tennison on her first murder case in early 1970s London on this three episode run. The fourth season of the [...]

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Saturday TV: The Worst Idea for a Movie

“Roar: The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.) chronicles the making of the 1981 film “Roar,” about a family beset by big game animals which resulted in serious injuries to the crew and its cast, that included Tippi Hedren and her daughter Melanie Griffith. All told, the ill-fated flop “Roar” was 10 [...]

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Friday TV: Netflix’ New ‘GLOW’ Shines

The prim and petite Alison Brie would seem exactly the wrong person to star in “GLOW” (Netflix streaming), a new series based on the classic 80s series “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.” While that late night show celebrated tough and unconventional women in the ring, Brie seems too proper to be the center. That’s something she [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘The Gong Show’ Returns

Summer’s here and it’s time for the silliest of TV fare. Why not embrace it fully? As ABC does for the unexpected reboot of “The Gong Show” (ABC, 10 p.m.), which pretty much follows the format of the original show from Chuck Barris, the zany host who died earlier this year. The host this time [...]

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Wednesday TV: Yellowstone’s Thaw

It just turns summer today and it’s already been too hot this week to fly planes in and out of Arizona, and extreme climate extremes have also affected one of America’s favorite national parks. In the three part series “Great Yellowstone Thaw” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian’s National [...]

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Tuesday TV: Taking ‘The Road to China’

In the six part series “The Story of China” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), historian Michael Wood looks into the history oldest continuous state and home to over a billion people, traveling from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea and covering a lot of ground. The first two episodes run tonight. Oprah Winfrey’s soapy “Queen Sugar” (OWN, [...]

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Monday: ‘Real Boy’ on ‘Independent Lens’

On “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings), Shaleece Haas’ film “Real Boy” takes a four-year look at a trans teenager named Bennett and the transition of acceptance of his family, particularly his mother, who raised him as Rachael. “Better Call Saul” (Fox, 10 p.m.) ends its stellar third season with a slightly longer [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘My Mother & Other Strangers’

The newest Sunday night import for public television is “My Mother and Other Strangers” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), set in Northern Ireland during World War II and the effect of a huge U.S. Army Air Force invading to establish an airfield. The five part series focuses on the effect on one family of [...]

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