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Wednesday TV: Arquette is At It Again

Patricia Arquette, who won awards for one portrayal of one real-life, frumpy middle-aged woman with criminal tendencies in the limited series “Escape at Dannemora,” now plays another one in the new limited series, “The Act” (Hulu, streaming). She’s the overly-protective mom who may be keeping her daughter sick in order to gain sympathy and funds, [...]

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Tuesday TV: Questions in a Contraption

Rob Lowe hosts a fussy new quiz show, “Mental Samurai” (Fox, 9 p.m.), in which contestants are pitched the easiest questions in the world while riding on some sort of amusement-ride contraption that takes them to each inquiry. There are no easy winners, though, as the final question is either a  trick or involves random [...]

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Monday TV: Inventing a Fraud

One of the fastest growing firms in Silicon Valley was something called Theranos, created by a dynamic young entrepreneur named Elizabeth Holmes. Nobody questioned her premise that inserting your finger in a box could do full blood testing. The rich invested and Walgreen’s installed them, until  investigation into its shaky science caused it to drop [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Billions’ Returns, ‘Tricky Dick’

The sharp series “Billions” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) begins its fourth season with an odd alliance between  two who had been nemeses for the past three, Damian Lewis’ Bobby Axelrod and Paul Giamati’s Chuck Rhoades. A new series on the rise and fall of Richard Nixon seems to take a negative look, judging from the title, [...]

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Saturday TV: A Drop of Cirque du Soleil

“Imagined by Cirque du Soleil – One Night for One Drop” (CBS, 8 p.m.) brings a little circus to your Saturday night. The annual event is usually held each year on World Water Day (though this year’s World Water Day is March 22). But this year’s seventh edition was presented on International Women’s Day in [...]

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Friday TV: Aidy Bryant’s ‘Shrill’ Star Turn

“Saturday Night Live” star Aidy Bryant shines in the new series “Shrill” (Hulu, streaming) about a struggling writer at an independent weekly in Portland, Ore. She has to deal with a lowly job as listings writer, an indifferent boyfriend and mildly irritating parents on her way to accepting herself as a larger sized person. Based [...]

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Thursday TV: A New ‘Project Runway’

Harvey Weinstein is gone; the show has moved back to its original network from an 11-year stint on Lifetime. But the biggest change for the 17th season of “Project Runway” (Bravo, 8  p.m.) may be the absence of Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, who have fled to Netflix for a future project. The revamped competition [...]

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Wednesday TV: Big Screen-Style ‘Frontier’

The troubled thriller “Triple Frontier” (Netflix, streaming)  from J.C. Chandor (“A Most Violent Year”), which was picked up by the streaming service after Paramount pulled the plug on a production with Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy, finally sees the light of day. Now starring Ben Affleck, the the big screen-style, cartel-robbing caper that is set [...]

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Tuesday TV: Saget Shows More Videos

The first eight years of the family-friendly “America’s Funniest Home Videos” were hosted by Bob Saget of “Full House.” Once off the show, he became a raunchier comedian. But now the videos and maybe the network have caught up to him, since he’s now hosting a raunchier video clip show, “Videos After Dark” (ABC, 10 [...]

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Monday TV: Making of ‘Imagine’ and Punk

Two strong music documentaries are on tonight. The British-made “John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky” (A&E, 9 p.m.) is about the making of the “Imagine” album, whose title track was pretty much based on a Yoko Ono idea and was originally intended as a B-side to “Give Me Some Truth.” Lots of backstage footage [...]

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